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Luminous Chess

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For System 7.0 - 7.6
This game works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II, Mini vMac II

Luminous Chess Board

by Joseph J. Strout

Luminous Chess Board is a simple two-player implementation of standard Chess or Grand Chess. It does not play against you, but it does do this: the squares on the board are lit with color that represents the influence of each piece. The result is both informative and beautiful.

Try it. Play a game or two on it. I think you'll like it.

Using the Program
• Move a piece by clicking on it once, then clicking on the destination square. If you change your mind and want to deselect the piece, just click it again.
• Use the Load and Save commands under the Board menu to save the board in the middle of a game and return to it later. (The data files are simply text files which can be viewed and edited with a text editor.)
• You can Copy the board layout and paste it into a text editor. You can also Paste text of the same format into the board to change the current layout.
• Use the Reset commands to set the board up for standard or Grand chess.
• When there is a checkmark next to the Enforce Rules command (under the Options menu), Luminous Chess will disallow most illegal moves (but see Limitations, below).
• The "piece bins" on either side of the board are used for pawn promotion, or for manually setting up a board.
• To delete a piece, select it and press delete, clear, or esc. (This only works when rule enforcement is turned off.)
• To set up a board (e.g., for a Chess problem or demonstration), turn off rule enforcement, clear the board, place pieces from the bins onto the board, then turn rule enforcment back on.

Limitations in Rule Enforcement
• In standard Chess, castling is only allowed when neither the king nor the rook involved have moved. Luminous Chess does not record the game play, so it has no way of knowing if one of these pieces has moved and then returned to its original position.
• Similarly, Grand Chess only allows pawns to promote to a piece which has been previously lost by the same player. The software could scan the board to make sure that the requested piece is not already present in full number. But it doesn't.
• Luminous Chess does not keep track of whose turn it is.

Luminous Chess is freeware. If you enjoy it, please write to me to let me know that you like it. If you don't like it, please let me know why. My email address is below, as is my home page. For the latest info on Luminous Chess, point your web browser to:

Joseph J. Strout

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