WEB-MATCH is a web utility to broadcast computer engine-engine matches live on the internet. With WEB-MATCH you can broadcast up to 4 comp-comp matches at same time live on the internet. Owners with a webspace plus a text editor and a minimum of HTML knowledge can setup such live matches easily. WEB-MATCH will work with interfaces that support the following 2 features as shown in the screenshot of Arena (Options -> Appearance -> PGN).
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Option that will save every move into the a PGN file.
Option that collects all games into a PGN file.
Arena offers both features.
We will use Arena as an example to guide you to through the installation and operation of the live system.
Arena version 3.0 will be used.
Install the download in the root of your C-drive c:\ this is a must.
In the MATCH folder you will find the textfiles url.txt and password.txt. With a text editor open url.txt and replace top-5000.nl (the address of my webspace) with yours and save. Next open password.txt and replace password with the password that gives you FTP access to your webspace and save the file.
Then run setup, it will create the needed HTML and script files with the right information.
Then upload the folder pgn4web with FTP into the root directory of your webspace.
WEB-MATCH automatically can create a ranking table that is continually updated as the match(es) proceed. From the c:\match\arena1 folder start robin.exe that will create the ranking table of all running channels.
Besides a ranking table robin.exe also creates an ELO list using ORDO. Modify the files cent.elo and elo.txt in the c:\match\arena1 folder with the engines names and corresponding elo rating that are playing in your tournament in case you want reliable elo ratings. Using the established elo ratings from CCRL or CEGT are good indicators as one can conclude from the demo match ProDeo - Fruit.
The most simple way to get famiiliar with the live coverage system is to make use of the predefined shortcuts. From the c:\match folder double click on the arena1 shortcut which will start the first Arena, press [F9] and click start which will start the demo match ProDeo 2.0 vs Fruit 2.1, then double click on the live1 shortcut that will start the communication with the internet. Then start your browser with the URL - http://www.yourwebspace/pgn4web/live1.html and see if it works. Repeat this procedure with the arena2, arena3 and arena4 shortcuts in case you want to start more matches.
To active the ranking and TPR features double click on the robin shortcut.
The WEB-MATCH software is released under the Goodwill License. This means it's freeware for the benefit of the computer chess community in the hope that it will be further developped and that improvements will be shared with the community.
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