Challenge from Paul

C40a: Open Game: Damiano Defence
'Standard' (30 days + 1 day/move, max 45 days)
1. e4 e5
Clock started on 5/8/2023
2. Nf3 f6 3. Be2 c6 4. d3 d5 5. exd5 cxd5 6. c3 Qa5 7. Bd2 Qc5 8. Be3 Qc6 9. d4 exd4 10. Nxd4 Qd6 11. O-O Ne7 12. Qd2 g5 13. Nb5 Qd7 14. Nxa7 Nf5 15. Nxc8 Qxc8 16. Qxd5 Nxe3 17. Qe4+ Be7 18. Qxe3 Qc7 19. Bh5+ Kf8 20. Qe6 Bd8 21. Rd1 Kg7 22. Nd2 Qe7 23. Re1 Qxe6 24. Rxe6 Nc6 25. Re8 Rxe8 26. Bxe8 Bc7 27. Bxc6 bxc6 28. a3 h5 29. Re1 Be5 30. Nc4 Rb8 31. Nxe5 fxe5 32. b4 Kf6 33. a4 Kf5 34. h3 g4 35. hxg4+ hxg4 36. g3 e4 37. a5 Ke5 38. Kg2 Kd5 39. a6 Ra8 40. Rd1+ Kc4 41. Rd4+ Kxc3 42. Rxe4 Rxa6 43. Rxg4 Kb3 44. Re4 Ka4 45. b5+ Kxb5 46. f4 c5 47. f5 c4 48. Re6 Rxe6 49. fxe6 Kc6 50. Kf2 Kd6 51. Ke2 Kxe6 52. Kd2 Kf5 53. Kc3 Kg4 54. Kxc4 Kxg3

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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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