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posted at 2014-04-04 19:13 by mccannj

Ira easier to propose mutually sensible times if you know your opponents time zone.
Many of our players have flags, but not all.
Many of our players have finger notes on FICS which provide geographic info, but not all.
For recluses, spies, men hiding from their wives, etc, perhaps a United Nations flag, like Chess Tactics Server does...

posted at 2014-04-05 17:34 by krmchess

Actually one problem is that nationality and geographical location isn't necessarily the same. For example you could have someone in Australia who came from europe and decides to keep flag of european country for sentimental reasons. It's far fetched but could happen :P

Having said that I have to admit that flags make things easier. Of course even timezones could have the odd exception if opponent works night shifts etc.

Solution I use is simply to make an early offer.

What could be useful to see is what starting time of opponent's previous matches were so you can see when they usually play their matches that should instantly get you in right ball park

posted at 2014-04-05 22:12 by smallblackcat

Leaving aside the purely hypothetical cases of people who set their flag to a country of origin rather than a place of residence, I am not sure what the problem is here.

The point of game forum negotiations is for players to indicate when they can play, and come to a mutually agreeable time. The flags are just for fun.

One quite useful tool for finding out when players might be available is the FICS "log" command. This lets you know when people have actually been logging in recently. Rather more useful than a flag, I think.

posted at 2014-04-06 07:38 by KRMCHESS

Actually it's a good point about log command. It seems to be a pretty useful command and even covers last point I mentioned about time of previous matches.

Flags being for fun is probably best way to look at it :)