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Key Features of Chesslang
To create your virtual academy, go to the “Academy” section after logging in:
And then you will see the following screen:
- Name – enter the name of your academy here
- Short Name – it will be used as a prefix for creating students’ usernames
For example, if your short name is “abc” and if you have 5 students, they will have the following usernames: abc_1, abc_2, abc_3, abc_4 and abc_5.
Below is an example:
You can teach your students online with the “Session” feature.
1. Creating a Session
It is a simple, 3-step process:
- Give your session a name
- Select your students/groups
- Select “One to One” to teach an individual student, “One to Many” to teach multiple students simultaneously
- In “One to One“, videos are streamed from both the coach and the student (only for 1 participant)
- In “One to Many“, the coach video is streamed to all students, and only audio is streamed back from students
Finally, click “Begin” to create your session.
2. Students Joining the Session
After the coach begins a new session, students will be able to join the session (only if the coach has selected him/her when creating the session) by just entering the “Session” module:
Student is able to join the session by just clicking “Session” module after he/she logs in
And the coach see the status of students – who have joined and who have not joined – in the ‘Participants‘ tab as shown below:
Creating Exercises for AssignmentsIf you haven’t created any exercises, you will see the following in your “Assignment” page: Click on “Create” to create a new exercise.
Give your exercise – a name, short description, level (Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced), a tag (for reference). After that click on “Add Problems”.Choose problems from your “Problembase” or from “Public”.
You can select problems individually or 10 at a time. Click “Done” and then “Submit” to create the exercise.
You can conduct internal tournaments within your academy with our “Tournaments” feature and let your students play among themselves:
After getting into the “Tournaments” tab, you will see the list of your current, upcoming, and past tournaments.
Click on the “Create Tournament” button at the top left to get started:
This section asks for the basic tournament details such as:
- Tournament name – for eg: Monthly Blitz Tournament – Jan 2020
- Description (optional) – you can give a short description for your tournament if needed. You can use text formatting, embed links, and even use the listing (bulleted/numbered) to mention the tournament rules or schedule.
- Choose date – select the Start Date and End Date of the tournament
- Choose start time – the time when the first round of the tournament starts
- Timezone – this comes in handy if your academy has students from different places of the world and you want to specify a common timezone
- Time Control and Increment
- Number of rounds
- Game type – Standard, Book Opening, Custom FEN
- Standard – standard format
- Book Opening – choose initial position (for all rounds) from a list of book openings
- Custom FEN – paste a FEN or setup a position on the board for your custom initial position (for all rounds)
This is where you set the schedule of the tournament rounds. The schedule will be auto-generated based on the given Time-control, Start Date, andEnd Date of the tournament. If you want to edit the schedule, click on the “Edit” button in the ‘Action’ column.
The final step in the process of tournament creation is to select the participants. You can select students either individually or in groups.
Only the players selected here will see the tournament on their screens and will be able to join the tournament.
That’s it, click “Create” to create the tournament!
The “Board” feature is the way to go to load a quick chessboard, which you can use to feed a new game or setup a position:
The “Sharebox” helps you to collaborate with your students – you can share games/databases with them:
Upload PGN to your Sharebox
You can upload games/databases to your “Sharebox” by clicking the “Upload PGN” button:
After selecting the PGN file from your device, give a name to the database and click “Upload”:
If you want to use your own problems to give assignments to your students, you can upload them to the “Problembase”:
Creating/Uploading problems to your “Problembase” follows the steps similar to “Gamebase” – click here. All you have to do is to choose files from your computer and upload them. It’s that simple!
How Problembase works?
The problems that you upload to your “Problembase” can be used to give assignments to your students. Click here to see how.
You and your students can play games (online) within your academy in the “Game Area”:
Once you are in the “Game Area”, you will see the list of users who are online. Click “Invite” to invite them for a game.
To invite someone (online user) for a game:
- You have to click the “Invite” option
- Select the preferences – your colour and time control
This is how the other person will see the invitation:
Once they click “Accept Invite”, the game will be commenced immediately.
Your students can improve their visualization skills by playing blindfold chess with our “Blindbot”:
Playing a New Blindbot Game
- There are 3 levels of difficulty – Easy, Medium and Hard.
- You can also play against the “Blindbot” from a different starting position either by setting up the pieces on the board or pasting the FEN.
- You can choose the colour you will play with (“You Play”).
- Also, you can also decide who will play first with the option “To Play”.
- Finally, click “OK” to start the game.
The “Reports” section shows you a complete report of your students’ performance – total assignments given, total assignments attempted, average attempts, average time taken per problem and so much more.
You can view the all-time report or for the last week/month. Below is a sample report: