SchemingMind Blindfold Tournament 2005

'Leisure' (30 days + 3 days/move)
This game is being played under Blindfold Chess rules. Click the 'info' tab for more information.
1. e4
Clock started on 11/18/2005
1... c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Nd7 4. Bxd7+ Bxd7 5. h3 Nf6 6. Nc3 g6 7. d3 Bg7 8. Ne2 O-O 9. O-O Rb8 10. c4 a6 11. Rb1 b5 12. b3 b4 13. Bb2 a5 14. e5 Ne8 15. d4 cxd4 16. Bxd4 Nc7 17. exd6 exd6 18. Bxg7 Kxg7 19. Qxd6 Bf5 20. Qxd8 Rfxd8 21. Rbd1 Ne6 22. Ned4 Nxd4 23. Rxd4 Rxd4 24. Nxd4 Rd8 25. Nxf5+ gxf5 26. Rc1 Kf6 27. Kf1 Rd2 28. c5 Ke6 29. c6 Rd8 30. Ke2 Rc8 31. Rc5 Rc7 32. g3 Kd6 33. Rxf5 Kxc6 34. Rxa5 Rd7 35. Rh5 Ra7 36. Rxh7 Rxa2+ 37. Kf3 Rb2 38. Rxf7 Rxb3+ 39. Ke4 Rb1 40. Kd4 Kb5 41. Rf5+ Ka4 42. Kc5 Ka3 43. Kb5 b3 44. Rf4 Rd1 45. h4 b2 46. Rf3+ Ka2 47. Ka4 b1=Q 48. Ra3+ Kb2 49. Rb3+ Kc2 50. Rxb1 Kxb1 51. f4 Rg1
Black win

(Under Construction)

Blindfold Chess is a variant where the players can see all the moves, but cannot see the actual image of the board. This requires the players to visualise the positions, rather than just relying on the eye. This can be useful for teaching younger players the theoretical side of the play, rather than just moving what looks right.


1. Game Rules

It has recently been introduced that no outside materials can be used in Blindfold Chess, as these often contain visual examples of positions, thus ruining the effect of the game.

It is also easy for players to cheat in this game, but if you're not going to play properly, why play at all?


2. Tips & Tricks

It can sometimes help before you play Blindfold Chess to learn some of the positions found in the GameExplorer to get some visualization skills.

More to come


3. Example games

Make sure you don't forget that sneaky queen! Not yet availeble. Could you suggest some?


4. Additional info

Links to external sites and other resources welcome

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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:

  • 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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