Thanks so much for this amazing and innovative site that supports live Chess960! I have an urgent feature request regarding the Chess960 game clock.
The clock timer should start as soon as the game has loaded and white can see the position. To prevent confusion, a message box could open prior to game load that prepares white for the fact that their time will commence counting down immediately. At the moment the clock timer only starts once white has made his first move.....
Reasons for Chess960 feature:
White get's too much advantage! White is free to think for as long as they like while black cannot predict what white will play with any degree of confidence and thus cannot properly prepare a reply during the time the clock is still. Once white has moved, black's time is then the first to suffer! The situation is made worse because white automatically get's one free tempo simply because they are white. Statistically speaking, this tends to put black on the defensive from the game start. If white's time counts down immediately, this tends to balance out black's chances to attack and play aggressively because at least there is some compensation to black for being a tempo down.
Urgency of feature:
It is urgent to change this because it is turning people off Chess960 if white get's such an advantage! You will find that black has a fair chance of winning and it will make Chess960 much more exciting to play both as white and as the black player! It will transform Chess into a very exciting competition for either color and I predict that over time, live Chess960 will become the most exciting way to play chess.
Your site is one of the best live Chess960 sites in the world! I sincerely and passionately ask that you implement this feature so that Chess960 can be truly enjoyed for both the white and black players. You can show the world how live Chess960 should be played! At the moment I believe that the only other site that has implemented this feature is Playchess.com but I find your site has much more potential for live and exciting chess.
Thank you for listening.