Saturday, April 29, 2006

One month of ICC - Looking back

As mentioned in this post, i got a free month's acces to the Internet Chess Club. Now, i've gotten a free month's acces before, so it wasn't like it was completely new to me, but i still would like to take a look back. I played a lot of shitty games. Mostly due to not being able to play under (for me) ideal circumstances. Ideal meaning (in this case) not being able to concentrate enough. And if there is one thing i rely on during a game, it's my concentration. When it breaks, i screw up. But i got to play some decent games as well, luckely :-)
I mostly played against high rated bots at standard time control... At the times i was on, there were few or no actual people willing to play games with standard time controls, so... And as far as playing titled players goes, i got my butt kicked by a couple of them :-) Including GM Wang Hao. Who, by the way, is a really cool guy. I also tried to get a game with GM Boris Alterman, as well as with GM Hikaru Nakamura, GM Pentala Harikrishna and IM Ben Finegold. Which were al no-no's. They acted pretty stuck-up. Not that that was anything new... It seems that a lot of titled players have that attitude in common when it comes to playing a "nobody" like me. There was also this incident where i was branded as a cheater and i wasn't allowed to play rated anymore. At one occasion when i was on i simultaniously played a game on ICC as well as on Playchess (as a guest). But i played on Playchess through ChessBase 9, which caused me to swith back and forth inbetween ICC and ChessBase 9. I don't know how, but ICC is able to monitor what you've got running. And they monitored me running ChessBase 9. Which makes me feel quite uncomfortable. What if i got some porn running :-)
That's a joke. Though i am not gonna deny watching it ;-)
Anyway, i got into a pretty big fuzz about it with one really pigheaded admin, who kept insisting i read the help files on computers. Just so i could tell him i've read them and that i wouldn't do it again. Do what again? I'm no cheater! I allready explained the matter to him in detail. But still he wanted to hear me tell him i've read the help files and that i wouldn't do it again. Which i refused :-)
The discussion ended in quite some name calling, after which i went and looked up another admin, who got the job done without a fuzz, and without being pigheaded...
Anyway, i am kinda glad it is over with. Cause by trying to take advantage of this free month's acces and play a lot, i kinda ignored PCT. Now i can finally get back to work on it actively again... And for those interested, i included an image showing my ICC results of one month's play.


At 29 April, 2006 22:24 , Blogger sciurus said...

Interesting. Did you use their software? may be they have something in there that checks which other programs are running on your computer. A bit like spyware ;-)

At 30 April, 2006 05:43 , Blogger Edwin 'dutchdefence' Meyer said...

That seems like a logical explanation... Dam'n 007!

At 04 May, 2006 15:54 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Mr. Meyer! We never played when you were on ICC but we could have--I looked through my old games since your screen name looked familiar but it turned out I played someone named Dutchman. I must say, I think you could have eaten a little crow don't you think! People do cheat. I used to use, which I liked very much. There was a feature there which allowed you to abort a game when the program detected your opponent switching back and forth from the interface to another program. I used it a few times. I remember once a player messaging me not to worry, he was downloading something while playing and not to abort as he was not cheating. (IIRC, he did seem distracted and he lost.) Overall I think ICC has some good features not available elsewhere and I'm not going back to Hope to see you around!

Andrew Waller

At 05 May, 2006 07:48 , Blogger Edwin 'dutchdefence' Meyer said...

Hi Mr. Waller!

Since i am from the Netherlands, i am not very familiar with the expression "I think you could have eaten a little crow". What is it that you are saying? Are you saying that i did cheat? If so, please do not respond. Because i am not interested in getting into another discussion about it. And yes! People do cheat. Unfortunatly.

At 06 May, 2006 21:07 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course not, I merely meant that if you were somewhat apologetic, expressing that you understood the problem without admitting guilt, you might have reached some sort of agreement you were both happy with. (If it were me my goal would be to stay with ICC.)


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