Weapon of Choice

B49i: Sicilian: Taimanov, 6.Be3 a6 7.Be2 Nf6 8.O-O Bb4 9.Nxc6
'Leisure' (30 days + 3 days/move)
1. d4 e6 2. e4
Clock started on 6/16/2006
2... c5 3. Nf3 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Be2 Nf6 6. Nc3 Qc7 7. O-O Nc6 8. Be3 Bb4 9. Nxc6 bxc6 10. Na4 Rb8 11. c4 Be7 12. Bd3 O-O 13. f4 d6 14. c5 Rd8 15. Qe2 d5 16. e5 Nd7 17. b3 Rb4 18. Qc2 g6 19. a3 Rb8 20. Bd4 a5 21. Rf3 Ra8 22. Qe2 Rb8 23. Rb1 Rb7 24. Qe3 Qb8 25. Bc2 Nf8 26. Rh3 Qc7 27. g4 Re8 28. Nb6 Qd8 29. Nxc8 Qxc8 30. f5 exf5 31. gxf5 Bf6 32. Qg3 Bh8 33. f6 Ne6 34. Qh4 Ng5 35. Rd3 Ne6 36. Rf1 Nxd4 37. Qxd4 Qe6 38. Re3 h5 39. Rf4 Kf8 40. Qd2 Ra8 41. Qg2 Rd8 42. Qg5 Ke8 43. Re1 Kd7 44. Qg3 Ke8 45. Kh1 Rb5 46. b4 axb4 47. axb4 Rb7 48. Bd3 Ra7 49. b5 cxb5 50. Qg5 Rda8 51. Bxb5+ Kd8 52. Bf1 Ra1 53. Qg3 Kc7 54. Qc3 R8a3 55. Qb4 Rxe1 56. Qxe1 Qc6 57. Qb4 Ra1 58. Kg1 Rc1 59. Qa5+ Kc8 60. Ra4 Bxf6 61. exf6 Qxc5+ 62. Qxc5+ Rxc5 63. Bd3 Kd7 64. Ra6 d4 65. Kf2 Rc3 66. Bb5+ Kd8 67. Rd6+ Kc7 68. Rxd4 Rc5 69. Bd3 Rc6 70. Rf4 g5 71. Rf5 h4 72. Kf3 Rc3 73. Ke3 Rc6 74. Be4 Re6 75. Kd4 g4 76. Bd5 Re2 77. Bxf7 Rxh2 78. Be8 g3 79. f7 g2 80. Rg5
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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