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babasaheb

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Post Sun Mar 17, 2013 2:29 am

managing your cubits wisely on chesscube

It is costing more cubits per game as the site needs to sell more cubits and VIP memberships. You can still play as much as you want after awhile and for free if you understand how playing here works now.

If you pay a minimal amount to play, when you win those games you will not win much if any cubits back as a prize. There are no longer 'wagers' (as use of that term is now being discouraged), but instead you can pay more than the bare minimum of 15 cubits to play for a chance at a 'prize'. If you pay a much larger amount to play you will get your payment and more back when you win, so if you win those games more often than you lose (eg. by playing weaker players) you will accumulate cubits. But, it DOES make a big difference which amount you choose to pay. EXAMPLES:

I believe the best deal are 200 cubit games (just now in the playing area [not this forum topic's opening post chart] when you win you get all your 200 cubits back, plus, 160 or 168 cubits depending on whether you were white or black), if you can win somewhat more games than you lose, you will accumulate cubits quite nicely. And 200 cubit games are better for that than 100 cubit games (100 + 40 or 50 cubits back upon winning); as well as 500 cubit games (500 + 300 or 350 back upon winning). (For a draw, as white you lose 5% (10 cubits for 200 cubit games). An easy way to grasp the results of a particular price per game is to add up the total of how much it costs / pays to win one and lose one game at that price level. :think:

You can pay less to play a game, but for 15 cubits you get nothing back when you win so a thousand games would cost you 15,000 cubits! That's whether you win, lose or draw.

To play a game for 25 cubits you only get 10 cubits back when you win (win one, lose one, that costs 40 cubits or 20 cubits/game). And for 50 cubits you only get 60 cubits back when you win (win one, lose one, costs 40 cubits or 20 cubits/game). A thousand games at those two price levels and no draws would cost you on average 20,000 cubits (assuming you won half and lost half the games). These are averages, there is a white/black adjustment, but that's of minor concern here. If you draw a lot of games, that is a concern because you no longer always get your full game cost refunded (white pays 5% to the site for draws).

Please don't forget: the site gives you easy opportunities to gain 100 free cubits each day and also to play in free tourneys where you play for free and have a chance at winning more cubits (or even Crowns!). (VIP members have many more free tourneys for winning cubits, and their free tourneys also include 5, 10 and 15 minute games. They also get 15 cubits off their cost for any category of paid game.)
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Post Sun Mar 17, 2013 2:34 am

Re: managing your cubits wisely on chesscube

but what if the players have just registered? and have barely any cubits to play for a prize that would give them profit?
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Post Sun Mar 17, 2013 2:49 am

Re: managing your cubits wisely on chesscube

Reecemaxwe wrote:but what if the players have just registered? and have barely any cubits to play for a prize that would give them profit?


They can choose:

a) the grasshopper approach: play for today (a minimal number of regular games burning up their cubits); at 100 free cubits/day (& XP level bonus cubits) they can play 15 cubit games, that's at least 6 games/day plus free and 5 cubit tourneys, or,

b) the ant approach: save/accumulate their cubits and limit their playing to free tourneys until they have a decent amount of cubits (say, two or three thousand), which allows them to pay for the more profitable levels of games (IF they choose weaker players so that they're winning more games than they're losing). And if they're strong players, they'll win many of the tourneys and earn lots of cubits much more quickly 'on their way up' in ratings in the tourneys (though, if they're a 'returnee' with merely a fresh handle, that approach can get them banned -- strong players returning here are not supposed to enter lower level tourneys), or

c) they can BUY cubits, or, a VIP membership.
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Post Mon Mar 18, 2013 6:58 pm

Re: managing your cubits wisely on chesscube

Related topics:

Average daily site games volume: http://www.chesscube.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=5041

the Get Site Games link (VIP only): http://www.chesscube.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=5000
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Post Thu Mar 21, 2013 5:48 pm

XP 30 and game price limits

Well, judging from yesterday's Help chat room queries, we now need to arrive at XP 30 before we can pay more than 100 cubits per game. So, newcomers will need to wait a bit longer before choosing what I believe is the optimal current price of 200 cubits for their seek ads.

To boost your XP level, you can play rated games, and the first rated game you play each day also earns you a 50 cubit bonus (this used to be 30, and the pop-up still 'says' 30). For newcomers, I think the best value is to choose the 15 cubit/game rate for rated games unless you are certain of winning more than 75% of your games, perhaps as a strong newcomer where the 1500 starting level greatly understates your playing strength [if you're a 'returnee' you need to avoid being seen as "sandbagging" though, taking advantage of your initially low 1500 rating at the expense of others]. And, join tournaments (if they're "rated", they would count towards your first rated game of the day, some tournaments are free, some are merely 5 cubits to enter), add 'friends' and just generally be active.

I'm still confident that saving your cubits early on will pay off big time (now taking three to six weeks?) for most newcomers, allowing them to have enough savings when they reach XP 30 to enjoy the advantages of 200 cubit games. While 2000 cubit games currently have the same payoff ratio as 200 cubit games, I'm certain you have a much higher risk encountering "sandbaggers" at such a high game price level.
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jaswer

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Post Fri Dec 20, 2013 5:36 am

Re: managing your cubits wisely on chesscube

:-d this sucks....chesscube want more profit...tthere is no reason other than this lead to this absurd rules......bloody morons ...making r the experience a s hell.

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