Though our system in principle is similar to other existing systems, it is
very different in practice. It provides functions that other systems simply
do not possess. Display of moves is made at the actual speed moves are played
on the board, and error-free. This is especially important for spectators in
the case of blitz games, active chess or time trouble in FIDE-rated games.
Advantages of our system
Our network system has unique advantages over other systems.
All the complexes work simultaneously in real time, i.e. demonstration of
games, annotations, producing the express bulletin and transmission of moves,
live broadcasting for TV and via Internet take place at the same time as play
on the chess boards. This is not available with any other system.
Choice of number of games displayed per screen
According to the organizer's choice or the availability of projectors, we can
display up to 6 games on one screen. This provides very flexible options for
organizers and producers.
For example, in a 12-player round robin (6 boards) you have the following
1 projector displays 6 games
2 projectors display 6 games or each of them displays 3
3 projectors display 2 games each. In two latter cases, we can insert
text, image, advertisements, and logo on the second half of the screen. For
display of games, from 1 to 6 boards
Review and changing the size for a game displayed
When one game is finished, we can review it a few times and then remove it
from the screen and adjust the image to display the remaining games.
Insert video image
Our network provides the following choice. We broadcast in one single source
(VGA) from 1 to 6 boards (from 2 to 12 players). In this signal, another
video source (videocamera, videoplayer etc.) can be inserted (players, logos
of sponsors or any other information).
Thanks to our network solution we can transpose games and video images from
one screen to another.
Extreme sensitivity of the chess board
Each square of our chess board is extremely sensitive, in that the computer
"sees" a piece, even if located at the edge of a square and in emergency
cases there is the option or overridding the board position by the operator.
This feature vastly reduces the possibility of a mistake for spectators.
Choice of 16000000 colours!
This function is very useful: organizers can choose a colour for each element
displayed on the screen and TV sets - pieces, board squares, score sheets,
players names, country, time, borders, backgrounds etc.
This is very useful in adapting colours of a board to other video images.
2 minutes blitz is possible!!
Instantaneous identification of pieces and moves permits broadcasting of high
speed events like blitz games of only 2 minutes duration.
Number of demonstration places is unrestricted
Organizers have an unrestricted choice of places where games will be
demonstrate - stage, press center, rest rooms, foyer, bar etc. Besides, there
is a similar unrestricted choice of display possible at remote locations.
Play with rules!
Our system audits correct play by players and can signal to arbiter about any
irregularities to the rules (an illegal move or 2 moves in a row in blitz
games or in time trouble).
Rewriting the last move
If a player changes a move with the same piece the computer will rewrite this
Moves in vertical mode
Spectators can see the notation of games in the same format as on a score
sheet, i.e in vertical mode. This is more natural for chess players and very
useful for spectators who arrive late since they can replay the opening for
Express bulletin: clock times per move
Clock times per move are posted what helps the chess journalist to annotate
Journalists and spectators can consult a database and the most powerful chess
computer programs to analyse games.
the first 6 items listed above are unique to such systems.
The Shahcom system: a new technological
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Graphical display of games: from 1 to 6 boards
Price for service (general remarks)