ChessGenius for Android
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General Hints and Tips
  • Making moves
    Moves can be made by tapping the 'from' square and then the 'to' square or by dragging or with key pad.
  • Take back, Step forward
    Tap screen outside of chess board to bring up a toolbar for take back and step forward.
    << Take back all
    < Take back
    > Forward
    >> Forward all
    Alternatively Swipe (outside of chess board) left/right for shortcut to take back/step forward. (version 2.5 and above only)

    Note: Take back reverses a single move so has the effect of changing sides. To avoid changing sides take back twice.
    Note: Step forward steps a single move so has the effect of changing sides. To avoid changing sides step forward twice.
  • Clocks
    The chess clocks show time as minutes:seconds or hours;minutes. Note the ':' or ';' If the playing level is set to 'Game in ..' the clocks count down to show the remaining time. When time has run out '--:--' is displayed. If the playing level is changed mid game the clocks are set to appropriate times.
  • Championship
    The "Championship" symbol is displayed if you have not used Hint or Next best, Taken back moves or viewed the analysis. Can you beat ChessGenius without help?
  • Next best move
    After ChessGenius has played a move "Next best move" will force ChessGenius to take back its last move and compute the next best move. This is useful for forcing ChessGenius to play a particular opening and for analysing positions.
  • Landscape display
    Rotate your device to play in landscape mode.
New Game and Chess Options

Press menu key then select New game or Chess options

  • Playing Level
    Choose one of the 33 different playing levels.
    - 13 easy levels. ChessGenius makes deliberate mistakes.
    - Ten time based levels. Move instantly, Move in 1 sec... ChessGenius will take on average the specified amount of time to think about each move. (The longer it thinks the better it plays)
    - Ten Blitz levels. Game in 1 min, 2 min,... The Chess Clocks count down in these levels. ChessGenius will play the entire game in the specified amount of time. (The longer it thinks the better it plays)
    Alternatively set two time controls and a Fischer time increment.
  • Players
    Analyze game. This is like Two player but ChessGenius thinks and shows its thinking on the screen. Useful for playing over games.
  • Permanent brain
    If 'On' ChessGenius will calculate whilst waiting for your move. ChessGenius will play stronger but battery life will be reduced.
  • Tutor
    If 'On' ChessGenius will warn if you make a weak move and give the option of taking it back. Useful for beginners..
  • Sounds
    Switch off to prevent sounds when ChessGenius moves.
Display Options

Press menu key then display options

  • Big board
    Chose between two board sizes. Small board allows more space for move record and analysis.
  • Full screen
    Select to hide the phone's status bar..
  • Turn board
    View board from other side.
  • Board color
    Choose one of six board colors
  • Piece set
    Choose between 4 styles of chess pieces.
  • Board style
    Choose between 3 styles.
  • Background
    Choose between 4 backgrounds.
  • Analysis
    The Analysis shows the thinking process of ChessGenius
    It can be off, score only, score and search depth and line of best move. It can also show the number of positions searched and positions searched per second.
  • Show legal moves
    If 'On' ChessGenius will show legal moves. Tap on a piece to see where it can move to.
  • Show last move
    If 'On' ChessGenius will show the last move that it made.
  • Sounds
    Switch off to prevent sounds when ChessGenius moves.
Database

Long tap on screen outside of chess board or press "Menu" then "More" then "Database"

  • Select database
    A list of all pgn databases on the SD card is displayed.
  • Load game
    A list of all games in the current database is displayed. Tap on a game to preview it and then load or delete it.
  • Load next game
    After a load game this loads the next game from the database.
  • Save game
    Save current game to database. Game details can be entered.
Clipboard

Copy saves the current game to the clipboard in pgn format. Paste loads a game from the clipboard.

Setup position

Tap Menu then select Setup position

  • Press Menu key to see additional setup commands like Clear board, New board and change side to move.
  • To add a piece first select the piece type from the additional piece box.
  • To clear a square select the empty box from the additional piece box.
  • The castling and en passant status and move number can be set after a legal position is setup. Select Menu then OK.
  • You cannot exit with "Ok" unless the position is legal.
  • Cancel returns to the position before Setup was selected.

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