Chess usability issues

Bug #138574 reported by Scott Ritchie on 2007-09-10
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Fix Released
gnome-games (Ubuntu)
Ubuntu Desktop Bugs

Bug Description

There are a few things with Chess we should reconsider:

When you start a new game, chess opens up the previous game you closed. Even if you quit in frustration vs the computer after you were certain to lose. If I wanted the old game I closed I would load it myself.

Instead, the game should open with a new game using sensible settings - a reasonable default would be the settings of the previous game played (though, perhaps, computer vs computer games shouldn't start automatically.)

Worse still, there is no obvious way to close the loaded game; you must click Game->end game. Starting a new game will unexpectedly shrink the board and open a tab - with no close box for the old one.

We should seriously consider eliminating the tab functionality from chess altogether. Chess isn't like Firefox; a user who wants two separate games can very easily open the program twice, and unlike web browsing almost no one will want to rapidly hop between them.

Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

Thanks for your bug report. This bug has been reported to the developers of the software. You can track it and make comments here:

Changed in gnome-chess:
assignee: nobody → desktop-bugs
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Triaged
Changed in gnome-games:
status: Unknown → New

This bug is against glChess (part of gnome-games) not gnome-chess which is an older chess program.

Changed in gnome-games:
status: Unknown → Confirmed
Scott Ritchie (scottritchie) wrote :

These appear to have all been fixed now. Excellent.

Changed in gnome-games:
status: Triaged → Fix Released
Changed in gnome-games:
importance: Unknown → Wishlist
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
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