The Shahcom system: new technological approach
President of Shahcom Company Boris Yeshan with his system.
The key to our system is that it is formed by a network of computers. With
several PC's involved (depending on the number of boards), as each game move
is made it is displayed on the network; and from the network moves are
immediately broadcast to TV sets, on demonstration screens on the stage, rest
rooms, the press center, foyer, bar etc. Contained in this network can be the
commentator's computer, the publisher's computer and the computer involved in
internet or television transmissions. So, in general ICCS "Shahcom" consists
of 4 functional complexes.
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Graphical display of games: from 1 to 6 boards
Price for service (general remarks)
Demonstration complex: a large choice
Utilizing special electronic chess boards and pieces, with which the
participants play, each move is automatically entered into a computer and
instantly displayed on the demonstration screen on the stage, and by screens
of TV-sets, located in the press center, rest rooms, foyer etc. As well as
diagrams and move notation, there can also be video images of the players,
logos, advertising of sponsors and other information. The display allows from
1 to 6 boards per screen (see
Commentator's complex: easy for everybody
A principal problem when commentators follow a live game is that they have to
follow the next move as actually played while simultaneously showing
variations of it to the audience. With our system, the commentator uses a PC,
a mouse and a microphone. The spectators follow variations on a big screen,
just as they do when using a database software at home! This is convenient
for everybody and coming back to a "main line" or to the certain move of the
certain game requires only one click of a mouse. Certainly, the commentator
has an opportunity to observe all the games and can easily move from one game
Publishing complex: live bulletins possible
At a super-tournament, chess journalists are keen to get moves of the games
quickly and often during the round. Our system can produce express bulletins,
including diagrams, moves and times spent per move, if demanded. This is an
invaluable service for chess annotators.
Transmitting complex: multi media for chess
All moves can be broadcast live to any web site as well as broadcast on
television without technical problems. Internet users have an additional
advantage of reviewing the list of moves of a game whilst game goes. Video
images of players or sponsor logos can be inserted in our VGA signal.
Annotations can also be transmitted simultaneously. These features are
particularly interesting and necessary in rapid chess tournaments.
The extreme sensitivity of the ICCS board and pieces does not permit mistakes
in notation or piece position.
Display of games can cater for up to six boards per screen. This allows
plenty of choice regarding technique of the display in the playing hall and
the lighting available (small room or big stage in a theater).
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