This game is being played under Three Checks rules. Click the 'info' tab for more information.1. e4 e6
Clock started on 5/21/20112. Nc3 a6 3. Nf3 Bc5 4. d4 Bb4 5. Bd2 Nc6 6. Bd3 Nf6 7. e5 Nd5 8. O-O Nxc3 9. bxc3 Be7 10. Qe2 d6 11. Rae1 d5 12. h3 h6 13. Nh2 h5 14. Qf3 Bg5 15. Qxf7+ Kxf7 16. Bg6+ Kf8 17. f4 Bf6 18. exf6 Qxf6 19. f5 e5 20. dxe5 Nxe5 21. Rxe5 Qxe5 22. f6
The side which checks the opponent king for the third time, wins. Apart from that normal chess rules apply.
The game is played with standard chess pieces, using standard initial chess position. All normal chess rules are in place, with the following exceptions:
- the side which checks the opponent king for the third time immediately wins the game,
- there is no draw due to insufficient material to mate (K+N still can win against K) - except bare kings (those still draw).
Remaining standard game end conditions are still in place, in particular giving checkmate still wins and triple repetition allows a draw claim.
Note also, that:
- you must defend if you are under check even if you could give winning check (or mate) at the same time,
- you are not allowed to check with a king (the king is not allowed to approach the enemy king),
- double check counts as one check (you must check at three different moves to win the game).
Detailed game hints are yet to be developed after the game is adopted here. Some minimal suggestions:
- material balance is far less important than in standard chess, sacrificing piece for a check or to saturate opponent's king position is almost always a good idea (particularly strong are the moves which achieve both simultaneously: capture defending pawn or piece while checking),
- protecting the king is more difficult than in standard chess (simple pawn shelter may be easily destroyed by piece sacrifice),
- initiative is very important,
- it makes sense to keep some spare square empty near the king to make it possible to run away from check if it happens (shielding from check is ineffective, if your opponent checks you with bishop, rook or queen and you shield with pawn or a piece, then simple capture makes second check).
Some example games:
Sac Sac Sac - white throws knight, then queen to break the king shelter
Development matters - after black makes a few pointless opening moves, white shows how to exploit development lead
Straight towards the king - similar theme in better played game, white develops, the goes straight to the king via successive sacrifices
More examples welcome
Game Page Help
The Action Bar
The Action Bar is the most important part of the game screen, this is where you interact with the game by entering moves, conditional moves, comments, draw offers, resignations, and much more (if you are not viewing one of your own games, the Action Bar is not shown). The Action Bar is in four parts, from left to right:
- The Move Input Box: where your move or conditional move is shown; it is possible to type into this box, but not recommended, you can enter your move by dragging and dropping the pieces on the board.
- The Action Selection Dropdown: this is where you select the action you want to do, for example, move, enter a comment, accept a draw offer, claim a draw, etc. Only the actions which are relevant to the current game are shown.
- The Continue Button: this button sends your action back to our server; sometimes you might see a pop-up text box before the action is sent, this is so that you can write a message to your opponent. You can set your preferences so that this box is always shown to confirm you move (under the "Chess Board" tab "Confirm moves before committing), some people find this helpful as a "blunder check".
- The Next Game button: clicking the button will take you to the next game for which it is your move.
The Game Information Panel
Under the Action Bar, you should find the Game Information Panel. This gives you more information about the game; because there is too much information to see on one screen here, it is arranged into "tab"; you can move between the various screens by clicking the buttons, from left to right:
- Game Overview: this tab shows the full history of the game, including comments (you cannot read the comments from another player's game, unless the game is marked as "public"), leave taken, etc. You can click the moves to see the position on the chess board.
- Hide Comments: this tab shows the moves of the game only, without the distraction of the comments shown on the game overview tab.
- Material Balance: this tab shows the captured pieces in the game. If you are playing CrazyHouse chess, or a similar game, you can drag pieces from here to the board to make a "drop".
- Tags: You can "tag" games, this makes it easier to come back to games, you can find the games you have tagged from the game database screen.
- Variant Information: this tab is available for some chess variants, it will show you a description of the variant.
- Opening Information: In standard chess games, this tab will show you information about the chess opening you have been playing, taken from the Game Explorer.
- Analysis Board: Opening this tab will overlay an "analysis board" on the main chess board; you can move the pieces around freely on this board to try out various ideas in the game.
- Engine Analysis: This tab allows you to analyse the game using a chess engine; because the use of engines is not allowed on SchemingMind, this tab is not available for ongoing games.
- Help: If you are reading this, you have already figured out what the help button does!
The Chess Board
The chess board shows the current position in your game; if it is your move, or if you can enter a conditional move, you can drag and drop the pieces on the chess board.
If you wish to castle, simply drag your king over the rook on the side you wish to castle on. When you promote a pawn, you will see a pop-up prompting you to select the promoted piece.
We have a number of different designs for chess boards and pieces, you can select the one you prefer from your personal preferences.
Under the chess board is a navigation toolbar (this toolbar looks slightly different if you are looking at the analysis board).
From left to right:
- Download Game: This button will allow you to download the game in PGN format.
- Move to the Start: This button will show the start position of the game.
- Previous Move: This button will move position shown on the board back one move.
- Next Move: This button will show the next position on the board.
- Last Move: This button will show the current position on the board.
- Flip: This button will show the board from the other player's perspective (by default you see games from White's perspective unless you are Black; you can select an option to always show the board from White's perspective in your personal preferences).
- Animate: If you are not looking at the last move in the game, this button will animate the game from the shown position to the last move.
- Stop Animation: This button will stop the animation.
- Analysis Board: This button will show the Analysis Board (see above).
View this article in the Knowledge Base.