Broadcast eng-eng matches
live on the Internet
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).
You are now ready to broadcast engine-engine matches with Arena live on the internet.
Ranking and TPR
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.
Acknowledgments to and exclusions from the license are:
live.exe 5 - is the number of seconds the program pauses before it will upload the current game to the server. Default is 1 second.
Robin.exe 400 4 - the first parameter (400) is the calculated number of games to play for display purposes, the second parameter (4) is the number of active channels. Default is 2 channels.
Robin.exe will pause 1 full minute before uploading the tournament PGN to the server as overloading the server may cause loss of games in the tournament PGN.
Download the source code live.c, robin.c and setup.c to improve or to port the system to other interfaces than Arena.
WEB-MATCH is tested on Windows 7 using Microsoft's FTP.EXE in the system32 folder. Unsure if WEB-MATCH will run on later Windows versions.
WEB-MATCH is tested with Internet Explorer 11 and Firefox.