Do you believe in Alapin?

B22w: Sicilian: Alapin, 2...Nf6, 5.cxd4 e6 6.Nf3 d6
'Leisure' (30 days + 3 days/move)
1. e4 c5 2. c3 e6
Clock started on 7/16/2006
3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e5 Nd5 5. d4 cxd4 6. cxd4 d6 7. Bc4 Nb6 8. Bd3 Nc6 9. O-O Be7 10. Nc3 Nb4 11. Be2 Bd7 12. Qb3 a5 13. a3 a4 14. Qd1 N4d5 15. Ne4 dxe5 16. dxe5 O-O 17. Qd3 Ra5 18. Nd4 f5 19. exf6 Nxf6 20. Be3 e5 21. Nf3 Bb5 22. Qxd8 Bxd8 23. Bxb5 Rxb5 24. Nd6 Rxb2 25. Rab1 Rxb1 26. Rxb1 Nbd5 27. Nxe5 Nxe3 28. fxe3 Bc7 29. Ndc4 b6 30. Nf3 Re8 31. g3 Nd5 32. Kf2 Nc3 33. Rc1 Ne4+ 34. Ke2 b5 35. Ncd2 Nxd2 36. Kxd2 Bd6 37. Ra1 b4 38. axb4 Bxb4+ 39. Kd3 a3 40. Nd4 Ra8 41. Kc4 Be7 42. Nc6 Bf6 43. Ra2 Kf7 44. Kd5 Kf8 45. e4 Bb2 46. Kc4 Ra4+ 47. Kd5 h5 48. h4 Ke8 49. e5 g6 50. Ke6 Re4 51. Kf6 Rc4 52. Ne7 Rc2 53. Ke6 Rc1 54. Ng8 Ra1 55. Nf6+ Kf8 56. Rxa1 Bxa1 57. Nd7+ Kg7 58. Nc5 Bc3 59. Nb3 a2 60. Kd5 Be1 61. g4 hxg4 62. Ke4 Bxh4 63. Na1 Kf7 64. Nc2 Bg3 65. Na1 Bxe5 66. Nb3 g3 67. Kf3 g5 68. Kg2 Ke6 69. Kf3 Kf5 70. Ke3 Kg4 71. Ke2 g2 72. Kf2 Kh3
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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