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Re: [Bug-XBoard] winboard blindfold bug

From: Tim Mann
Subject: Re: [Bug-XBoard] winboard blindfold bug
Date: Mon, 3 Jul 2006 10:02:48 -0700

Your problem is with FICS, not with WinBoard. If you type in a move in
ICS mode, you are just typing a command to the ICS.  WinBoard does not
parse the move and accept or reject it; it just passes the characters
that you typed directly to FICS, the same as if you typed a "tell"
command or the like.  FICS then sends the updated position back to

The problem occurs because FICS doesn't distinguish between upper and
lower case, so it thinks bxc5 is the same as Bxc5 and complains
"ambiguous move" if you type either one when both the b-pawn or a bishop
can go to c5.  Also, FICS does not accept "x" in the syntax f8xc5.  You
have to type f8c5 even if the move is a capture.

On Sun, 2 Jul 2006 13:11:59 -0300 (ADT), Antoni Wysocki <address@hidden> wrote:
> Hi there,
> I run Winboard 4.2.7 on Windows XP systems. I have encountered a bug with
> the program when I use my blindfold account on FICS. In a position in
> which I am able to capture an opposing unit both with my b-pawn and with a
> Bishop, the program disallows the first option (though it seems to be Ok
> with the second). Typing a verbose form works for the Bishop capture (e.g. 
> f8xc5 where there is a Bishop on f8), but b6xc5 (where there is a pawn on
> b6) does not. Any ideas on what I can do about this would be greatly
> appreciated (I have already lost games on time trying to discover a
> solution). 
> Thanks,
> Antoni Wysocki
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