Help For DarkChess
Welcome to the network DarkChess server. The rules of DarkChess are below. The move notation is described on the help page for chess.
Because of the need to keep the opponent's view secret, DarkChess is not much of a spectator sport. Subscribers will see nothing (every square is dark) until the game ends. Players may use the "showas" command to request the board securely. The "submit" and "preview" commands cannot be used. Other commands are the same for all pbmserv games.
Rules of DarkChessDarkChess is a Chess variant invented by Jens Nielsen. The main feature is that you can only see the squares on the board that your pieces can move to. If you don't know how to play Chess, then first read the help page for chess.
The differences between Chess and DarkChess are as follows:
All other rules are the same as regular chess.
Tips for playing DarkChess
A popular opening is c4 ... Qa4, which puts the queen in line with the opponent's king, and gives it a good view of one side of the board. Beginners should watch out for the classic Dark-Fools-Mate:
White Black 1 c4 2 e5 3 Qa4 4 d5 5 Qxe8