Monday, April 19, 2010

ChessJam 3.2.2 now available - Improved reliability

We have had a few reports of games getting out of sync and have gone through the logs with a fine-tooth comb to learn how to improve reliability. We think you will find 3.2.2 more reliable with smoother graphics animations.

We also made some minor changes to the registration screen behavior.

More features are coming soon but we prioritize reliability over everything else. If you run into issues with games, please email us immediately with any details you can provide. Email to

Coming soon... new rooms, new tournaments and more!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

ChessJam 3.2.1 now available - Chat commands and enhancements!

We just posted ChessJam 3.2.1. Changes include:
  • New chat commands!
    • /block username - blocks chat msgs from a user for the duration of the game.
    • /unblock username - unblocks the user
    • /silent - silences the chat sounds
    • /help - get a list of current commands
  • The chat window is now taller
  • Blank chat messages are no longer possible
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes made chat messages invisible
  • Chat messages no longer have a blank line between them to allow more messages to be viewed at once
  • Auto-scrolling of messages improved
  • Additional memory improvements

Friday, April 9, 2010

New Big Dog Weekly Tournament starting tomorrow!

Everyone seems to be enjoying the Turbo Tournaments so we have decided to try something new with a bit of a twist called the Big Dog Weekly Tournament.
Here's the scoop:
  • The 60 minute room is being replaced with the new Big Dog Tournament room. (We will be expanding to 12 rooms very soon and will bring back the 60 minute room).
  • The new Big Dog room will have an in-room leader board similar to the Survivor Sunday room.
  • The new tournament runs for a week from Sunday morning at 12:00am (0400Z) to Saturday night at 11:59pm (Sunday 0359Z).
  • The tournament is point-based. Here's how it works:
    • Each time you win a game, you get a point
    • If your opponent has a higher rating than you, you get bonus points (1 bonus point for every 100 higher rating)
    • Example 1: If PlayerA (1500) defeats PlayerB (1850), PlayerA wins 4 points (1 for the win and 3 bonus points for the rating spread of 350)
    • Example 2: If PlayerA (1310) defeats PlayerB (1950), PlayerA wins 7 points (1 for the win and 6 bonus points for the rating spread of 640)
    • The loser's points remain the same. You never lose points.
  • You can play as many games as you want. Obviously we're encouraging people to play the "big dogs" on ChessJam.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

New Turbo Tournaments for players rated below 1700

Due to popular demand, we have added new Turbo Tournaments for players rated less than 1700.

Open Tournaments now run at 12AM/9AM/12PM/3PM/6PM/9PM EDT (0100Z/0400Z/1300Z/1600Z/1900Z/2200Z)

Below 1700 Tournaments run at 12AM/12PM/6PM EDT (0400Z/1600Z/2200Z)

Every other tournament is for players rated less than 1700 only!

Monday, April 5, 2010

ChessJam 3.2.0 now available

For this release, we focused solely on improving the memory consumption and CPU utilization and we think you will notice the results! Memory consumption was cut in half! CPU utilization is equally improved.

Your existing ChessJam application should auto-update. If not, simply uninstall and re-install.