Play Chess - be strategic, keep your king out of trouble!

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Play Chess - be strategic, keep your king out of trouble!

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In chess the goal is to checkmate the opponent's king, whereby the king is under immediate attack (in "check") and there is no way to remove or defend it from attack on the next move.

In order to succeed you need to think strategically and plan your attacks with tact!

Logging In

If you are a registered user of Playforia and have logged in with your nickname, you can start playing right away.

If you don't have your own Playforia nickname yet, you will be assigned a random visitor nickname starting with 'anonym' and a number to inform other players that you are a guest. This way you won't be confused with regular players.

If you want to create your own nickname (it's free!), click here.

The Lobby

Once the game is loaded, you can chat with the other players in the lobby, challenge them to play a game, or, join the audience of an ongoing game.

Everyone in the lobby is listed on the left bottom of the screen. Next to this you'll find the chat area. On the right top a list with ongoing games is displayed, and on the left top you'll find a menu to challenge someone to a new game.

Starting A New Game

Starting a new standard game is quick and easy; simply select an opponent from the list on the left bottom and click "Challenge". Your opponent will be notified and can choose to either accept or refuse your challenge. You may cancel your challenge by clicking the "Cancel" button.

If a challenge is send to you, the settings of the game are displayed on the screen. You can either accept or refuse the challenge by clicking "Accept" or "Refuse".

The game starts when the challenge is accepted. The challenging player will start to play with the white pieces.

Game Settings

If you want to play a game with specific settings, you can edit the game settings in the menu on the left top before sending your challenge.

You can, for example, give the game a name (if you don't pick a name, a combination of your nickname and your opponent's nickname will be used as the game name). Naming games can be useful when playing tournaments or if you don't want others to know who is playing the game.

You can set a time limit to the game too. The game will be played with a clock and the players will only have a limited time to make their moves.

You can also choose if you want to enable others to watch the game as an audience or not. If you only want particular people to be able to watch the game, you can select a password audience members have to enter before they can watch.

Watching Games

If you want to watch a game, you can choose an ongoing game from the list on the right top and click "Watch Game". After this, you'll join the audience, where you can chat with other members of the audience.

Do note that you may not be able to watch every game. Some games don't allow an audience (displayed in grey in the list) and some games require a password to view. Password protected games are highlighted in red in the list and the names of such games are preceded by [PW].

Game Functions

You can move a piece by clicking one with the mouse and then clicking the destination you want to move the piece to. Before you make your move, you may cancel a choice by clicking the piece again, or, by clicking another piece to move.

You can chat with your opponent by using the text field on the right bottom. The audience can see what you write as well, but whatever the audience writes is only displayed to the audience (this is to prevent the audience from giving the players advice).

Click the "paper icon" on the left top of the chat or the moves field to change the display; you'll get a more technical display which enables you to copy/paste the conversation/the list of moves and save them on your computer.

The game lists the moves by using an algebraic marking method. If you want the moves to be displayed as ordinary coordinates on the list, click the button above the moves list.

There are two buttons in the top left corner of the game area. One is an icon of a cogwheel, and the other is an icon with two chess pieces. Click either button to open their menu.

The cogwheel icon opens the game settings menu of the board. These are the following:

  1. Turn animations on/off (default: on)
  2. Change view or graphic display (default: 2-dimensional)
  3. Turn board 90 or 180 degrees
The chess pieces icon opens a menu with functions for the ongoing game. This menu is not visible to players once the game has ended, and is never visible for the audience. The menu contains the following functions:
  1. The "Resign" button allows you to give up, your opponent will then win.
  2. By checking "Accept draw when possible", the game will end in a draw if your opponent accepts this too, or, if according to the rules, you have the right to claim a draw in a certain game situation.
After the game has ended, the game situation will be displayed in the chat; the number of victories and the number of draws for each player.

You can start a new game by clicking "New Game", a button that appears at the top of the screen after the previous game has ended. The new game will only start if both players have accepted it. If so, the pieces will switch so that the player who played with white before, will play with black instead (do note the colours you play with are reset if one of the players goes to the lobby between games).

How To Play

Chess is played according to the official chess rules. These rules can, for example, be found here.