The program has the option to play chess through the Internet. There are two methods, one is to make use of one of the public chess servers, the other method uses the build in function of The program to play to someone else using the same program. Next a tutorial using both methods is given. Both methods assume you already have a valid Internet connection and you are not behind a firewall or proxy server. In other words you have a transparent Internet connection.
Using a Chess server On the internet there are many free chess servers active, the function of a chess server is to bring two people together in play a game, moves send by one player are passed on to the other player. A chess server has many more functions, It can keep track of your ELO rating, allows you to observe other people games, you can see who is online, challenge people for a match etc. To make maximum use of a chess server you have to register yourself, you will get a nickname and a password. If you are not registered on most chess servers you can still play games but they won’t get rated.
To start using a chess server you must take the following steps:
• Create or open an Internet console, the Internet console contains all the settings to communicate with a specific chess server. The program contains a number of pre-configured Internet consoles. The Internet console has two panes, the top large one contains the responses received from the chess server, the bottom small pane allows you to send you own commands.
• Connect to the Chess server using the Connect button from the Internet console. Fill in your name and optional password. When connected you should see the welcome screen of the chess server. Note: If you have never logged in before, leave the password field blank.
• Now you can use the various commands from the Internet menu. You can find out who is online, which games are playing, challenge someone for a game etc.
• Be prepared, someone may challenge you as well, if this happens a popup dialog appears with all the challenges received so far. You can accept or decline a challenge. If you accept you can just start playing the game.
• When your finished, use the disconnect button to disconnect from the chess server.
Using a direct connection It is also possible to play without a chess server, in this case you have a direct connection to someone also using the program. One of the players need to take the role as server, while to other takes the role as client. Further operation is similar as when using a chess server. Next a step by step procedure is given for both the server as the client role.
• Create or open an Internet console, make sure to set the Console type to ChessPartner server. This can be done in the console properties.
• To activate the server, press the connect button, fill in your nickname. The console window will show << Server ready on port: 5000 >>
• At this point the server is ready to receive a connection from the remote client. One note, the remote client needs to know the computer name or IP address of the server. In case of a dialup connection this IP address may be different every time. To find out your current IP address use the dialup monitor, this can be found somewhere under details (check your OS manual). In windows 95/98 you can also use the winipcfg program, just run it from the ‘Run’ option below the Start button.
• Create or open an Internet console, make sure to set the Console type to ChessPartner client. This can be done in the console properties. In hostname file in the computer name or IP address of the remote player.
• Press the connect button to active the connection. Fill in your own name. If all goes well, you should see the welcome screen from the remote server, like : << Chess partner welcomes you>>.
• Now there is a direct connection between the two programs, you can chat by just typing some text in the console windows and pressing enter.
• To start a game use the Challenge command just as you would do when you are connected to a real chess server. If the remote player accepts the challenge the game is started.
Using ICQ It is possible to find out the remote player’s IP address when both players have an ICQ account, for instructions how to do this check out the ICQ documentation. Also it is possible to start the program with some command line options to pass the IP address.
Command line parameters:
CP5.EXE Filename [options] Filename should be the name of a saved Internet console configuration, e.g. “icqfriend.fic” . If the filename contains spaces, you must enclose it in quotes. The following options can be used: /Host=name[:port] With this option you can specify to which remote computer to connect. The name can be a hostname or a IP address plus an optional port number. /HostType=n This option specifies to type of host to connect to, the n parameter can have to following values: 0 - Internet Chess Server 1 - ChessPartner Client 2 - ChessPartner Server /Name=username[:password] Here you can pass the user name that is sent during the logon sequence. /HostOptions=n Additional options can be given, the value n are a number of bit flags. 1=computer plays, 2=auto challenge accept. Sample ICQ configuration: External Application Executable: c:Program filesLokasoftChessPartner5.0CP5.exe Command Line: /Host=%i:5000 /HostType=1 /Name=%h External Application Server Executable: c:Program filesLokasoftChessPartner5.0CP5.exe Server Command Line: /Host=localhost:5000 /HostType=2 /Name=%h