SM Senior Master Norm July

A00v: Benko Opening
'Standard' (30 days + 1 day/move, max 45 days)
1. g3 e5
Clock started on 7/19/2016
2. Bg2 d5 3. c3 Nf6 4. a3 Nc6 5. a4 Bc5 6. b3 O-O 7. Ba3 Bxa3 8. Nxa3 e4 9. d3 Qe7 10. d4 e3 11. f3 Bf5 12. Nh3 h6 13. Nf4 g5 14. Nd3 Na5 15. Ne5 c5 16. Ng4 Bxg4 17. fxg4 cxd4 18. b4 Nc6 19. b5 Na5 20. Nc2 dxc3 21. Qd3 Nxg4 22. Qf5 Qe6 23. Qxd5 Qxd5 24. Bxd5 Rfd8 25. Nb4 Nf6 26. Ba2 Rd2 27. Rc1 Rb2 28. Rxc3 Rxb4 29. Rxe3 Nc4 30. Rd3 Ne5 31. Ra3 Kg7 32. Rb3 Rxa4 33. Bb1 Rc8 34. b6 Rc1+ 35. Kd2 Rxh1 36. Bc2 axb6 37. Rb1 Rxb1 38. Bxb1 Ne4+ 39. Ke3 Ng4+ 40. Kd3 Nxh2 41. Bc2 Rb4 42. e3 Ng4 43. Ke2 Rb2 44. Kd1 Nxe3+ 45. Ke2 Nxc2 46. Kd3 f5 47. Kc4 Na3+ 48. Kd4 Kf6 49. Ke3 Rd2 50. Kf3 Nc2 51. g4 Rf2#
Black 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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