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bigt2555 125 ( +1 | -1 )
electronic board vs. real board I have made an observation on my playing that I would like a little commentary and/or analyzation on from anyone who has been playing online for a while. I will give you a portion of my history first in hopes that it will help with, and possibility increase the accuracy of the analyzing. When I was younger I used to play chess quite often and do a lot of tournament play. I took a nine year sabbatical from the game and now I am back playing again. I figured that the quickest way to sharpen my skills would be to play online. A friend told me about Game Knot and so I tried it out and liked it. Although I am new to online I have already made the discovery that my level of playing is greatly diminished when I only use the electronic boards that you see on the screen. However, when I set up a real chess board and make my moves there, and then transfer the moves to the game online I do far better. It almost seems as though I am unable to see the moves when I just use the electronic board, opposed to using the old fashion chess set. Is there some reason for this difference or is it purely just a psychosomatic problem that I will have to work through?

Thanks for your thoughts,

brobishkin 43 ( +1 | -1 )
Electro vs wood... I too (at times) think I suffer from this psychological viewing of the chess board... On-line chess is an excellent way to practice and a great way to sharpen your eye for tactical and positional factors... But to view and adjust to the real board with its beauty and feel of the pieces (triple weighted) can be a hard adjustment... Do you ever reach for the mouse when your at the chess club?... That is when you know you have it real bad...

dozer 29 ( +1 | -1 )
I'm not sure But I think that human benefits seeing the pieces and the board in actual 3D... Using more the part of brain that handles space and such things... Just a hunch..

Kind Regards,
calmrolfe 27 ( +1 | -1 )
Electronic board I have got so used to looking at a 2" electronic board that I almost prefer the 2D version to the full sized Board !!

However, the major problem I have encountered with the electronic board is getting the J'Adoube function to work properly....


Kind regards,

craigaosborne 62 ( +1 | -1 )
i believe so. when i first started plying gameknot i have found that i am not as good on the 2D chess board as i am on a 3D chess board. i put it down to missing the actualisation of pieces being on the board.if you can see and feel the peices it is easier to picture in your head more moves ahead. i am sure there are other people who can play better on a 3D board than a 2D one and this raises the question ' if you can play better on a 3D board then are the top players on this site even better?' also if you are better with 3D then the quetion is raised ' does your rating really reflect how good you are? but these are debatable.
clemens 47 ( +1 | -1 )
I think that it is merely a matter of practice. Since I started to play chess sometime last summer, I have almost only played chess online (as a result of a lack of opponents in the real world), and as a result I think I find it easier to play using 2D diagrams than with real pieces. I do however regularly study with a real board and some chess book, so I think it could be much worse.
indiana-jay 105 ( +1 | -1 )

That phenomena works equally to everyone so I don’t think it is a real problem. There are various real chess sets, and there are various 2D chess sets. Each with it’s own “quality”.

Open 2 different 2D (or the real 3D) chess sets and you may find that you can think a lot easier with one of them. On GK we have 3 options for board graphics, and I choose the second graphics (2D look). This graphic, together with the board size (relative to material size) and background color, is I think one of the best on-screen chess set graphic design.

I noticed that with real chessboard I prefer a relatively large squares (relative to pieces/material size), but with on-screen chessboard I prefer a “crowded” design (the squares are relatively small compared to the pieces)

If you compare the best real chessboard with the best on-screen chessboard, I think everyone will agree that the real one is better (I assumed the same level of adaptation)
premium_steve 22 ( +1 | -1 )
i think..... that i get better (not much better though, of course ;)) on an online board once i get used to the look of the pieces and the board itself. it's hard to say for sure though!

this is a fun little thing to think about.
honololou 35 ( +1 | -1 )
Having gotten used to… playing online and looking at chess diagrams, I no longer
think of the game as 3-dimensional. While (like brobishkin)
I appreciate the beauty and craft of the pieces, I find that I
am now more comfortable looking at diagrams rather than
a 3D board setup. Perhaps if I played more over the board
like I used to, it would be different.
maca 28 ( +1 | -1 )
My apinion I have played a lot of online chess,
and novadays i sometimes find it
difficult to ha a good view of real
chessboard, especially with big ones.

That's why i somethimes lose games
just becouse i didin't saw that my piece
was under treath.

silverwolfwsc 33 ( +1 | -1 )
i am better off to play online, though as i play more OTB i find that my skill there is improving faster than my skill online seems to. I think that when i'm playing on the internet, i dont tend to really study my situation as much. I guess thats the nature of the internet, everything is quick.