Sunday, December 14, 2008

Can the Citrine be used for ICC games?

Does anyone know if it is possible to use the Novag Citrine to interface with play at ICC? I emailed them but it is one of those companies that takes forever to respond to queries.

Any experience with this would be great to hear about.

Note I am aware of the DGT board, which is set up to interface with ICC, but it is $400 more than the Citrine.


Blogger Fermin said...

Well I own a Citrine and happy with it. I have never played by ICC, I only use it with Arena and my PocketPc with a bluetooth adapter. It is great when traveling or for "pocket" games :)
One friend of mine says that it is possible to write a driver emulating the DGT board and use it in programs compatibles with DGT like Chessbase. DGT has publish in his web the protocol so it is only a matter of programming and patiente. Of course it is illegal...... so dont try yourself :)
I know it is possible to use Citrine too with Scid.
The only thing that is annoyed is move enter is not very precisse in some occasions. A pitty.....
At first I used to play with Citrine and Arena often but now it is on a bag I made for it. I pity because is a lot of $$
I am interesting in hear other users opinions.....
Best wishes and happy Christmas!!!
Fermín ( )

12/14/2008 05:13:00 PM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Fermin: thanks a lot for the information, I appreciate it. It is way beyond my skills to write such a driver, but that is useful information nonetheless!

It looks really good, and is so much cheaper than the DGT board...

12/14/2008 05:15:00 PM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Tonight I set up my computer next to my board and played a game on the board, only using the computer to enter the moves and to check on the time remaining. It seems to work just fine, and it will save me a few hundred bucks.

The companies with these products (DGT and Norvag) could really use a web site upgrade!

12/14/2008 08:44:00 PM  
Blogger From the patzer said...

Sorry, cant help you there but since ICC isn't Chessbase compagny like playchess server i think you can play with this Novag board on ICC or that they can adjust it so that you can play in the future with it on ICC (offcourse, depends all on how fast the programmers of ICC work).

Btw, is it easy to get long time games, like for example 45 15 on ICC?

12/15/2008 04:05:00 AM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

CT: it is strange that Novag doesn't make this a priority. It is a relatively new company, so perhaps future versions they will make sure it works with the main internet sites.

It is pretty easy to find long games. It takes between 0 and 10 minutes for someone to join a long game when I have an offer out there.

12/15/2008 08:22:00 AM  
Blogger Jonas Martinsson said...

I have recently started to play on the Internet with my regular board and a PocketPC next to it, connected using either WLAN or the ActiveSync cable. I bought PocketGrandmaster 4.0, which has support for ICC and FICS. The great thing about this setup is that:
* it only costs $25 if you already own a PocketPC.
* DGT voice announcements.
* No noisy or clunky computer next to me.
* No staring into a monitor for hours

12/16/2008 10:38:00 AM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Jonas: that sounds great.

So far I am enjoying it on the 3-d board. It is quite amazing how much more I miss with the 3-d versus the computer. Last night, in the two seconds to look at the computer to enter my move I saw an obvious tactic I missed while looking at the real board for like two minutes!

12/16/2008 11:48:00 AM  
Blogger likesforests said...

Neat! Technology is more impressive every day. Have you seen the Phantom Force boards? They move the pieces themselves (albeit with lots of clicking and whirring).

12/16/2008 12:21:00 PM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

LF: it would be spooky awesome to play against that with a big cardboard Kasparov across from you!

How does it move the Knights?

12/16/2008 01:00:00 PM  
Blogger likesforests said...

It scoots the pawn to the side of its square first. J'adoube.

12/16/2008 01:24:00 PM  

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