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Once More into the Breach

October 12, 2016

I have been putting a lot of hours into Tarrasch, and for once most of those hours have been in testing (and fixing problems revealed by testing) rather than answering the siren call of enhancements and new features. The result is not only a new Nightly build, but a new Beta build as well (until the next Nightly build these builds are exactly the same thing). I am pretty confident about this build actually – it “feels” solid. I suspect this build could well be the most robust version of Tarrasch I’ve ever put out – I’ve certainly tried harder to find problems in corner and edge cases than I ever did with Tarrasch V2. I am almost tempted to retire Tarrasch V2 now.

But this is all based on a feeling, the objective truth is that this version is brand new and a significant delta on previous versions (literally dozens of refinements) so it’s more sensible to stick with the plan, to put in more testing, get more feedback, get more solid miles behind me.

My thanks to Claude Tamplenizza, from Australia for doing some systematic testing for me. He gets a credit on the Help > Credits page in this release.

There aren’t a million visible enhancements to see but I do urge keen users to switch to the new version because the many many bug fixes are definitely worth the price of admission – this is definitely more solid than previous Tarrasch V3 versions. A few enhancements you might notice;

  • You can now modify the board colo[u]rs (no doubt there are people who preferred the old Greyscale scheme – they will be happy).
  • That reminds me that I now try and detect whether you’re in a “color” country or a “colour” country and adapt my spelling accordingly. Little details count I think.
  • The board colo[u]rs make it into the preview chess board. But not (yet) the setup chess board.
  • I’ve improved the new chess graphics anti-aliasing (basically anti-jaggies) somewhat. It’s a subtle but worthwhile graphics enhancement.
  • If you use the database facility to explore an existing game, a “>” character appears in the database move statistics window to guide you through the game. Hard to describe but very obvious and useful in the right circumstances.
  • I’ve added a button to make it easy to make new tabs.
  • You can [once again] click on player names and clock times to make changes (I temporarily lost this facility with the new look).
  • If you are adding games to a tournament file, Tarrasch will now try and help you out by auto-filling the rating fields (for repeat players). Next step – support picking the players from a list! (no I haven’t done that – but I hear the siren call).
4 Comments leave one →
  1. José Miguel permalink
    October 18, 2016 8:40 pm

    Dear Mr. Forster

    Thanks for a new version of Tarrash V.3. I like Tarrash, very much.

    About V.2, maybe – only maybe – been a hobby. Some like versions, to test your self discipline in control of “siren call”. Some like maintenance version’s, only with incremental alterations.

    If be the case, V.3 transformer in “kingdom of creation”, and V.2 of “perfection”.

    Its only one idea… (If I understanding the post).

    Thank You, very much.

    Congratulations.

    ZehMiguel

  2. October 18, 2016 8:59 pm

    Thank you Jose Miguel. I think we have a little language problem that makes it hard for me to understand this comment. If you like, add something in Portuguese. I have a Brazilian friend who I am sure would be happy to translate it for me. Thank you for your support.

  3. Chris permalink
    November 6, 2016 3:18 am

    Thanks for creating Tarrasch. I use it to record my analysis in online correspondence chess, and I love the way it allows me to create variations and sub-variations, with comments.
    Looking forward to V3!
    (Apologies if this is a duplicate post; I tried posting a comment and it seems to have disappeared.)

    • November 7, 2016 1:33 am

      Thanks for the positive feedback. Sorry, your previous post hadn’t disappeared but posts from new people are held in moderation until I see and approve them. This is the default WordPress behaviour, I haven’t actively decided to do it this way. Although it actually does make sense – there are plenty of spammers out there ready to take advantage of a more liberal setting. For the record it’s always best for new commenters to reply to the most recent post I think, so your comment made it to the right place. I am working really hard to finish up Tarrasch V3 in a timely way. It’s getting really close.

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