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Usage: crank [user [b][s][l][w][z][B][S]]
       crank m [b][s][l][w][z][B][S]
       crank m-n [b][s][l][w][z][B][S]

  The crank command is used to see where a user's rating stands with respect
to other computer users on the server -- humans will be excluded from the
rankings.  You can also see the crank of users who have a certain rating, and
the ratings of users who have a certain range of cranks.  There are four ways
to use the crank command:

  (a) Cranking for a *user*: Use "crank user" to obtain the ranking for a
given user and all users with nearby rankings; example: "crank carlsbad"

  (b) Users with a given *rating*: Use "crank m" to see the crank of a user
with rating 'm'; example: "crank 1845"

  (c) Users with a *range of cranks*: Use "crank m-n" to see the ratings of
users whose cranks are from 'm' to 'n'; example: "crank 100-150"

  (d) *Your* cranking: If "crank" is used alone, your crankings will be

  A second argument with one or more of the letters b, s, l, w, z, B and/or
S asks to show only blitz, standard, lightning, wild, bughouse, crazyhouse
and/or suicide chess ratings respectively.  For example, "crank foo bw" shows
the blitz and wild cranking of the player whose handle is "foo".  If no second
argument is given, crankings for blitz, standard and lightning types are shown
sorted by blitz, then standard, then lightning.

  Currently, all players with RDs less than 80 are cranked.  If you ask for a
player's crank and he/she has an RD greater than 80, the player's current
rating will be displayed in the table but a line (----) will precede the
handle to indicate a provisional hranking.

Related commands
  hrank -- rankings for humans only
  rank  -- rankings for all users
  best  -- gives the top 20 in rankings
  cbest -- same as best, but only for computers
  hbest -- same as best, but only for humans


  (a)  If two users have the same rating for a given type of chess, they will
have a tied crank.  The crank display will list them as being at the same
level and also omit the next crank number.  For example, if two users have a
blitz rating of 1876, they will have the same crank.  If they are tied for
crank #345, then crank #346 is omitted and the next user in the crank display
will be #347.

  (b)  As of December 1st, 1998, cranks ARE computed after every rated game
is completed.  The command will therefore reference the current crank list.

See Also: best  blitz  bughouse  cbest  computers  crazyhouse  hbest  hrank
          lightning  rank  ratings  standard  suicide_chess

[Last modified: February 15, 1999 -- pgv]

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