Challenge from Water Buffalo

C47a: Four Knights Game
'Standard' (30 days + 1 day/move, max 45 days)
1. e4 e5
Clock started on 5/3/2011
2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. d3 Bb4 5. Bd2 O-O 6. a3 Bxc3 7. Bxc3 d5 8. exd5 Nxd5 9. Bxe5 Re8 10. d4 f6 11. Bc4 Nxe5 12. dxe5 c6 13. Qe2 b5 14. Ba2 Bg4 15. O-O-O fxe5 16. Qe4 Bxf3 17. gxf3 Qg5+ 18. Rd2 Qg2 19. Bxd5+ cxd5 20. Qxd5+ Kf8 21. f4 e4 22. Qf5+ Kg8 23. Re1 Rad8 24. Rxd8 Rxd8 25. Qxe4 Qxf2 26. Rd1 Rxd1+ 27. Kxd1 Qg1+ 28. Kd2 Qxh2+ 29. Kd3 Qh3+ 30. Kd4 Qd7+ 31. Qd5+ Qxd5+ 32. Kxd5 h5 33. Ke4 h4 34. Kf3 a5 35. Kg4 Kh7 36. Kxh4 Kh6 37. b3 b4 38. axb4 axb4 39. Kg4 g6 40. f5 g5 41. f6 Kg6 42. f7 Kxf7 43. Kxg5 Ke6 44. Kf4 Kd5 45. Ke3 Kc5 46. Kd3 Kb5 47. c4+ Kc5 48. Kc2 Kd4 49. Kd2 Kc5 50. Kd3 Kc6 51. Kd4 Kd6 52. c5+ Kc6 53. Kc4 Kc7 54. Kxb4 Kc6 55. Kc4 Kc7 56. b4 Kc6 57. b5+ Kc7 58. Kd5 Kd7 59. b6 Kc8 60. Kd6 Kb7 61. c6+ Kc8 62. c7 Kb7 63. Kd7 Ka6 64. c8=Q+ Kxb6 65. Kd6 Ka5 66. Qc4
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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