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Virtual Chess Help

This help is designed to assist you in playing on these boards.  There is no help here for people learning the game.
e.g. e2 - e4

You may need to submit your password to make a move
Special moves:
castle: move king two squares
en passant: move capturing pawn diagonally
promotion: move pawn normally... prompts for piece type
resign: "jump" your king onto opponent's king... prompts for confirmation

You don't need to submit a password to change the display
Hide options:
labels: hides algebraic names at edge of board
captives: hides any captured pieces
moves: hides written move list
Other options:
flip board: inverts to black's point of view
square size: in pixels (usually 50)

Enable/Disable Javascript option is available at the bottom of all screens
Enabled: control panel floats in a separate small window
Disabled: board and control panel all on the same page. If your browser can't cope with Javascript, choose this option.

Do NOT set a password for the public boards.  If a password is set, that password must be used to move.  If passwords are set for the public games, the webmaster will erase the board and reset it so that everyone can play again.
Setting password:
To set up your own game with password protected moves, just contact the webmaster.  Do not set passwords for public games.  If passwords are set for the public games, the webmaster will erase the board so that everyone can play again.  The first time you make a move accompanied by a password, that word will be used if none was already set.
Remember it!
Other information:

Contact the webmaster if you have any problems.
Stalemate and checkmate conditions are not automatically detected

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