32 ( +1 | -1 ) Internet Chess Club experiencesIs anyone here familiar with the ICC? I'm starting to realize that I don't have the time or endurance for weekend long chess tournaments anymore but would still like to play regular, longer games. I'm about to sign up for the 7-day free trial and try them out. Anybody got any thoughts, suggestions, experiences good or bad? ws
176 ( +1 | -1 ) I agree with fmgaijin. I played at ICC for a couple years before I found this site. The blitz is excellent, and another perk is that you literally have grandmasters, international masters, fide masters and so on playing each other (blitz) 24 hours a day, which can be a lot of fun to watch. I even got a chance to play a couple of the IM's myself (on the rare occasion that my blitz rating would get high enough for them to give me the time of day. lol) which was a nice experience. You can also of course play standard time controls, but it is a lot less popular over there. I did not come across any obvious program users at the level I was playing at. They have a pretty decent team over there that investigates such matters and I never found it to be a problem. Once someone is exposed as a cheat, they are branded with a (C) next to their name, which can be pretty funny and many just quit the site after that. :-) Although it is understandable that fmgaijin would come across a greater abundance of computer users at his level.
With that said... the reason I left is that a majority of the people there (outside of the professional chess players), are ... ehhh... @$$##les. My ignore list was loaded with jerks and it got to the point that I did not feel like renewing my membership. Thankfully shortly after I left there, I found Gameknot. Check out the 7 day free trial though, you might like it. I go back for a free trial every now and again just to watch the grandmasters play or to follow a live event. They have great coverage of what is taking place in the real life chess world, which is another perk.
253 ( +1 | -1 ) to budders and everyone ...I think there is something to bear in mind when you meet players who choose to be very rude or egotistical to you. When they do so, they simply brand themselves better than any "C" will ever do. Players who are truly strong at Chess simply do not behave that way. They have no need as they know how good they are and do not display such insecurities. I have had only one player at GK who chose, to heckle me during our game. Which immediately marked him as someone I would check into. And it turned out he was not possessed of the knowlege of a 2100 player, as his rating would suggest now... not even being proficient in chess notations nor opening names. To top it off, the player was not even secure enough to start his heckling till having advantage. If you ever run into a highly rated player behaving poorly, you can bank on the fact they are not what they would pretend to be. I have run into several "Grandmasters" at other sites who were quickly debunked by some specially prepared lines for that purpose ... that any GM would know of. So I am always leary of seeing such claims made online. I havent played at ICC much, so can only wonder ... do they have any means of establishing that such players are really the GM's they claim to be>? wschmidt , My experience with ICC has been very short. I did not like the interface very well nor method for getting games. So only did part of my week there. One thing I noticed was my rating there for blitz turned out hundreds of points lower than at other sites. One big problem was losing games on time. It seems that some other players could move without using time, whereas I was always charged time. Tho I am familiar with preselecting moves and just unclicking, etc. And have access to Java's Time saving program, I always forget the name, TimeSomething. I still do not know why this was, for me. But since learned to turn up my Processes to HIGH for the browser used, JAVA and Timeseal (I think it is). Perhaps that is what they were doing then, I don't know. But I could not play 2 minute chess there for instance, which at other sites, seems quite a sufficient time for me. Nor play +1 times well there, taking at least +2 for me to have a breakeven on the time to move. Maybe its gotten better since. If so, let me know! Might give it another try ...
41 ( +1 | -1 ) Titles on ICCCraig, they made me fax them a document that established that I was "me" before they listed my FIDE title beside my name. So if the SITE lists someone as GM (vs. writing "GM" as part of your handle), then you may be sure that the account was registered to a titled player. Of course, it may be that player's kid or buddy playing at the moment, and WHICH GM has a particular handle may also be tricky to determine *EG*!
62 ( +1 | -1 ) fmgaijinThanks for the info, Loren! That is good to hear, that ICC does check it out on their site. I wish that more others did so to. A PS to my prior post: ICC was not one of the sites I referred to there about having phoney GM's turn up. Don't think I actually was there long enough to play any titled players at all. Makes me wonder if IM Michael Valvo might play there, simply because he was "the best" blitzer I'd ever met at Leisure Linc probably. Tho GM Kopec was 'not bad' hehe. I will have to see if anyone is playing there that I've known, now hearing GM's and IM's there will be real. Very cool. ...
42 ( +1 | -1 ) hi I play quite often on playchess and find it very nice ,much beautiful interface than ICC,I dont think there is too much computer cheating in both ,regarding the results it is quite different than gameknot I got arouind 2 300 on blitz in ICC and only 2200 at best in playchess as I am quite slow it seem to be quite right.Just to quote a funny thing the first player I met on ICC was a grandmaster and... I win !
23 ( +1 | -1 ) A professor I know told me about the history of ICC, and about FICS, and comparing the two's histories, not to mention the obvious cost difference (FICS being free), I know where I play for real time online chess.