Christmas Newbie Challenge

B40l: Sicilian: Open, 2...e6, 4.Nxd4
'Standard' (30 days + 1 day/move, max 45 days)
1. d4 e6
Clock started on 12/8/2008
2. e4 c5 3. Nf3 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e5 5. Nf3 Nf6 6. Bg5 d6 7. Nc3 Be7 8. Qd2 h6 9. Bxf6 Bxf6 10. O-O-O Bg4 11. Bb5+ Nd7 12. Qxd6 a6 13. Nd5 Rc8 14. Bxd7+ Bxd7 15. Nxf6+ gxf6 16. Rd2 Bc6 17. Qb4 Qe7 18. Qxe7+ Kxe7 19. Re1 Ke6 20. Nh4 Rcd8 21. f3 h5 22. Nf5 Rxd2 23. Kxd2 b5 24. Re3 Kd7 25. Rd3+ Kc7 26. Ne7 Re8 27. Nf5 Bd7 28. Nd6 Rf8 29. Ke3 Kc6 30. b4 Be6 31. f4 Bxa2 32. Ra3 Ra8 33. Rxa2 Kxd6 34. g3 Kc6 35. c3 Kb6 36. Rd2 Kc6 37. h3 a5 38. g4 a4 39. gxh5 Rh8 40. h4 Rxh5 41. Rh2 Kd6 42. f5 Kc6 43. Kf3 Kd6 44. Kg4 Rh6 45. h5 Ke7 46. Rd2 Rh8 47. h6 Rxh6 48. Rd5 Rh8 49. Rxb5 Ra8 50. Rd5 a3 51. Rd1 a2 52. Ra1 Kd6 53. c4 Ra4 54. b5 Kc5 55. Kh5 Kxc4 56. b6 Kd4 57. b7 Rb4 58. Rxa2 Kxe4 59. Ra4 Rxa4 60. b8=Q Ra1 61. Kh6 Rg1 62. Qb7+ Kxf5 63. Qd7+ Ke4 64. Qc6+ Kf5 65. Qf3+ Ke6 66. Qh3+ Ke7 67. Qh2 Rg6+ 68. Kh5 Kf8 69. Qh3 Kg7 70. Qd7 Rg5+ 71. Kh4 Rg6 72. Qc7 Rg5 73. Qd6 e4 74. Qf4 Re5 75. Qe3 Kg6 76. Kg3 Rg5+ 77. Kf2 f5 78. Qb6+ Kh5 79. Qf6 Kg4 80. Qxf7 Kh3 81. Qf6 Kg4 82. Ke3 Rh5 83. Qg6+ Rg5 84. Qf6 Kh4 85. Kf4
White win

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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".
  4. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Hide Comments: this tab shows the moves of the game only, without the distraction of the comments shown on the game overview tab.
  3. 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".
  4. 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.
  5. Variant Information: this tab is available for some chess variants, it will show you a description of the variant.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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:

  • Settings: This button will bring up your chess board and pieces display settings.
  • Download Game: This button will allow you to download the game in PGN format.
  • Copy Position: This button will copy the position to your clipboard.
  • Move to 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).

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