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Connecting Chess for Android with a ChessUp Chessboard


Bryght Labs features the beautiful ChessUp electronic sensory chessboard with colorful LEDS as move indicators, over the board (OTB) play, and connection with a device over bluetooth. Since v6.8, Chess for Android provides full support for this board. First long press the notation window in Chess for Android to open the extended menu, select "Connect to EBoard", pick the "ChessUp Bluetooth LE", and press "Connect". Then select "ChessUp" from the list of devices.

This protocol of this electronic chessboard is slightly different from the ones found in other electronic boards, in the sense that the ChessUp drives the game (showing valid moves, only accepting legal moves, etc.). Therefore, after connecting, it is recommended to set up the start position on the electronic chessboard which will force a new game with Chess for Android. Move a piece to make a move, and follow the LEDs or the GUI to make the computer's response. To capture, remove the opponent's piece from the chessboard. To castle, move the king first two squares to the left or right. To capture en-passant, move your own pawn first before removing the opponent's pawn. To promote, move your own pawn to the last rank on the electronic chessboard, resulting in a queen promotion (viz. "Always Queen Promotion"), and then replace the pawn with a queen on the board. The GUI can send minor promotions to the board, however. In that case, move the pawn to the last rank first, and then replace it with the promoting piece. To set up a new position for study or play, long press the notation window and pick "Position Setup". Once the position is finished, Chess for Android will send this position to the Chessup board. Place the pieces on the indicated squares. Once finished. Play can continue.

Other features, including playing against third party chess engines, are explained in the Chess for Android Manual and the instructional videos below.

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