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Using ISC

Players start games either by sending or accepting a "seek," or sending or accepting a match request. A seek is a request for a game with certain parameters, including the time limit (between 3 and 60 whole minutes), the type of challenge (SINGLE, DOUBLE, 5-POINTS, or VOID), and the minimum and maximum ratings criteria that the other player must meet.

Organisation and management

The ISC was created and is run by the player known as Carol (real name Florin Gheorghe), who lives in Romania, hence the URL www.isc.ro. The other administrator is Herve, who is the 2005 French matchplay national champion, Hervé Bohbot. The administrators invite certain players to be moderators of a channel where players ask questions. The primary function of the moderators, who are only intermittently present, is unclear. The rest of the players are split into two broad categories—members and contributory members.

The ISC is a free service; no member needs to pay to use the site's facilities. However there are benefits for contributory or support players, who pay an annual subscription. These benefits include the right to play against computer players, to save games in a library, to use an examiner program that suggests solutions for game positions, and many others. A full list of benefits can be found at the ISC website linked below.

Bots

There are about 35 robots that are playable on ISC. On the server, which is hosted in the US, you may access the list of bots by using "who C". Contributory members have priority over non-contributory members when requesting to play against these robots. The bots have different skill levels. Bamse, Adela, and Myrrhs are novices; Keres, Automat, and Dogberry are intermediates; Waxberry, Alehin, and Woland are experts. It is advisable to set your initial time relatively high, because the bots don't take any time to make their move. When you seek a game by viewing the seek graph on ISC, bots are denoted by a square instead of a dot. The bots also have C next to their names. Finally, if you intend to use an anagram program on ISC, you must inform Carol or Herve, the administrators, so they give you a "C label".

Other languages on the ISC

The ISC does its best to use official word lists—those used in club and tournament competition in various countries. It uses two English-language word sets: TWL06, which is used in the U.S., Canada, Thailand and Israel, and SOWPODS, which is used for the rest of the world. However, the ISC caters for multiple languages. It uses ODS 4 for French, LOC2000 for Romanian, ZINGA for Italian and SWL for Dutch. There is also the "Multi" dictionary, which consists of English, French, and Romanian words, and has proved popular for online tournaments.

There is also the option of playing Clabbers, an anagram of the word Scrabble. It is not official on the ISC, but it is available. Clabbers is a game of anagramming to fit the players' liking, in terms of points being scored and so on.

Some champions on the ISC

The help file HELP BIO has a fairly extensive list of these. They include:

Alligator 
French language world champion in 2005
Bricap 
English language world champion in 2001
Dandls 
Romanian national champion and Romanian national English language champion on several occasions
Drbing 
North American champion in 2005
Gijoel 
English language world champion in 1997
Iti61 
French language world champion 5 times
Minibel 
French Language world champion in 2004
Trey 
North American champion in 2004
Zedoary 
English language world champion in 2003
pinangjawa 
Malaysian language world champion in 2008
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