46 ( +1 | -1 ) GK Board analysisHow do you feel about using the board analysis function provided, I sometimes feel like I am cheeting myself when I use it because you havnt got it when you play face to face(as the game should be played). I think it makes people play above their level because they can find combinations that they might not find in a face to face game. Let me know if you agree or think I am just a moaning prat
24 ( +1 | -1 ) Analysis FunctionThis is a standard tool no different from the good ol' chess board that most all correspondence players use to analyze their games. If you feel the game should be played a different way, I suggest you not play correspondence chess.
34 ( +1 | -1 ) erdite,the board analysis facility is a perfectly legitimate tool to use when playing correspondence chess here. There is nothing nefarious about it nor is it cheating, by any stretch of the imagination. You have the choice of using it and thereby possibly playing a better game, or you can ignore it. It is just one more excellent feature of Gameknot's great site.
24 ( +1 | -1 ) analysislets face it playing across a board is easy , playing on a computer there are so many things that can do wrong, comp probs/ mouse and keyboard probs/ and navigating sites etc. Use the analysis, i think you need all the help u can get. :)
166 ( +1 | -1 ) erdite,I think one part of your question goes to the heart of the matter. You say, "when you play face to face (as the game should be played)". That's a statement that may be true for you, but certainly doesn't represent the view of everyone and certainly not most correspondence chess players. It could equally be argued that correspondence chess is a more "pure" game because it allows for deeper analysis away from time pressure, tournament hall noises, full weekend commitments, etc.
Also, keep in mind that there is a long history of correspondence chess that predates the internet (you English have long been active in that area). There are magazines and books specifically related to correspondence chess and there is a separate Correspondence Chess World Championship.
There are lots of other approaches to chess as well - solving endgame studies, composing chess problems, simply playing through master games for enjoyment - suggesting that OTB play is the only proper chess activity is a bit of a stretch.
As to your particular concern, I encourage you to accept the fact that you are within the rules here when you use the analysis board and use it as a learning tool for your OTB play. My particular approach on GK is to study the position without moving the pieces the way I would in OTB play and only then, when I think I have found the strongest move, start using the analysis board. That way I get the benefit of the visualization that I will use OTB plus I gain the benefit being able to move the pieces. I think my OTB play has improved as a result.
60 ( +1 | -1 ) No problemo !Analysis belonging to correspondence chess is legal to be sure and not in anyway known as cheating becuase during a face to face game , you could analyze in the same way , except you need your memory to it , on correspondence chess , you will not be able to remember much of your analysis becuase its is correspondence chess . Also , without analysis , as being , tactical plans are the most important thing of chess which is something hard to organize in correspondence chess and you could do a blunder and make the move , gameknot doesn't allow takebacks but an analysis board gets you 100% sure .