Opening Book Practice

C08i: French: Tarrasch, Open, 4.exd5 exd5 5.Ngf3 a6 6.Be2
'Leisure' (30 days + 3 days/move, max 60 days)
1. e4 a6
Clock started on 2/27/2011
2. d4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nbd2 c5 5. exd5 exd5 6. Be2 c4 7. O-O Bd6 8. b3 b5 9. c3 Nf6 10. a4 Bb7 11. Ba3 O-O 12. Bxd6 Qxd6 13. bxc4 bxc4 14. Ne5 Bc8 15. Bf3 Ra7 16. Re1 Re7 17. Re3 Rfe8 18. Qe2 Nbd7 19. Re1 Re6 20. h3 a5 21. g4 h6 22. Bg2 Nb6 23. Qf3 Qa3 24. h4 Rf8 25. g5 Nfd7 26. Bh3 Nxe5 27. dxe5 Rg6 28. Bxc8 Rxc8 29. e6 Qe7 30. exf7+ Qxf7 31. Qg3 Nxa4 32. Nf3 Rb6 33. Ne5 Qc7 34. gxh6 Rxh6 35. Qg2 Rd6 36. Nf3 Qd8 37. Re7 Qf8 38. Ng5 Nxc3 39. Rf7 Qxf7 40. Nxf7 Kxf7 41. Qf3+ Kg8 42. Qxc3 d4 43. Qxa5 c3 44. Qe5 Rcd8 45. Qc5 Rd5 46. Re8+ Kh7 47. Qc4 Rxe8 48. Qxd5 Rh8 49. Qxd4 Rc8 50. Qd5 Kh8 51. Qh5+ Kg8 52. Qf5 Rf8 53. Qd5+ Kh8 54. Qc4 Rf6 55. Qxc3 Rg6+ 56. Kh2
White win

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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:

  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:

  • 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).

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