Chess Score Pad
Electronic Chess Scoresheet for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad

Chess Score Pad - iPad User Guide

Chess Score Pad Tournament Edition is an electronic chess scoresheet for recording the moves of a chess game. Completed games can be emailed as a PGN (Portable Game Notation) file attachment that can be loaded into your chess database. The email body (text or HTML) includes the game notation to review or print. Scoresheets can be printed directly to an AirPrint printer.

iPad Home Screen


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This is the screen that is displayed when you first open the app.

Tap Games to see the list of games.

The top action button (action button) will display actions you will use when not recording moves. These are explained below.

The trash button is used to delete the current game.

The details button (details) will display the game details form where you can enter information about the game such as the event, and the player names.

The bottom action button (action button) will display actions you will use during a game when recording moves.

The slider and forward and back buttons are used to review moves.




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Before using Chess Score Pad Tournament Edition you should enter your name and email. Then your name can be automatically entered and the app will know to put your pieces at the bottom of the board. Entering your email here will save you from entering it every time you email a game.

Tap the top action button (action button) then "Setup" to display the setup form.

Name: This will be used to automatically enter your name after you enter your opponent's name for a game. It will also be used to determine which color to put at the bottom of the screen.

Email: This will be used when you email games.

Display Coordinates: Turn ON to display algebraic coordinates over the board. You can also double tap the board with two fingers to toggle this setting while entering or reviewing moves.

Auto-Lock: Turn OFF to prevent your system Auto-Lock setting from turning off the screen during a game. This only applies to a game with no result entered. If your battery level is low, you can turn this on to have the system automatically turn off and lock your display.

Last Name First: Turn on to have names from your contacts entered Last Name, First Name. This is a PGN standard. This should match how you entered your name. This only applies if you have entered the names of players you play frequently in your Contacts application.

Include Time: Turn on to include the time between each move displayed on the notation of the scoresheet. This time is when the moves were recorded, which is not always the time that they were actually made.

Long Notation: Turn on to use long algebraic notation (♘g1-e2) for the scoresheets and move display. Turn off to use standard algebraic notation (♘ge2).

♔ ♛ ♖ ♝ ♘: Turn on to use figurines (♘f3) for the scoresheets and move display. Turn off to use standard algebraic notation (Nf3).

2. Nf3 Bc5: This is an example of the notation based on the current selections.

Recording a Game Step 1, Settings


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Before you record a game, you should put your iPhone or iPod in Airplane Mode. This will not only save your batteries but keep you from getting calls during the game..


Once in Airplane Mode,

Tap the top action button (action button) then "New Game" to create a new game and display the game details screen.



Recording a Game Step 2, Enter the Game Details


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Game Details

The Game Details screen is where you enter the information that is typically at the top of a scoresheet.

Event: The name of the event.

Site: The site of the event.

The date defaults to the date you create the game. Tap the date to change it.

The results are set from the move entry screen.

The round defaults to 1. Tap the - + buttons to edit.

For the player names, enter you opponent name first and your name (from Setup) will automatically be entered.

Tap PICKER PLUS to pick names from your contacts. If you play in a lot of local tournaments, you can enter the names of your top opponents in a "Chess Players" group to make it easy to enter names.

W/B Rating: Player ratings.

Note: Any additional information you wish to record for the game. For example, the board number, time control. This text will be included in the scoresheet or email notation, but not the PGN.



Recording a Game Step 3, Recording the Moves


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This is the screen where you will record the moves of your game.

Please note that Chess Score Pad has portrait and LEFT and RIGHT landscape layouts. So depending on how much room you have between the edge of the board and the table, and if you are left or right handed, you can rotate your iPad for the layout that suites you.

Landscape layout:

landscape layout

You can adjust the screen brightness by "swiping" up or down anywhere except on the board.

Move Entry: You record your moves by dragging the piece to the new square or taping the piece, then tapping the square.

The last move is displayed above the slider.

The slider can be used to quickly display any position in the game to review with your opponent or tournament official.

The forward and back arrow buttons will go forward or back one move at a time. You can also use a two finger swipe, left and right.

To correct a mistakenly entered move: Tap the back arrow to go to the last correct position. Enter the correct move. You will asked to confirm that you will be deleting the remaining moves.

To toggle the coordinates, double tap with two fingers. Tap with both fingers on the board, or both fingers off of the board.

To rotate the board use the rotate gesture, with both fingers on the board.



Actions while Recording Moves


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These actions are available while you are recording moves by tapping the action button ( action button ) at the bottom of the screen.

Flip (Rotate) Board. Rotates the board. You also use the rotate gesture to rotate the board. This has been changed to "Rotate Board". The screen shot will be changed on the next version release.

Check +: Enter a + to the notation.

Mate #: Enter a # to notation and the appropriate result.

Draw Offered =: Enter a = to the notation.

Display Notation: Display the algebraic notation text.



Actions After The Game


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These actions are available from the action button ( action button ) at the top of the screen.

New Game: This will create a new game and display the Game Details form.

Next Game of Event: This is a handy shortcut to create a new game after the first game of a event. The name of the current event is copied to a new event and the round is incremented. Then all you have to do is enter your opponent's name.

Email Game: This will compose an email message with the game details and the algebraic notation of the moves as text or html. The html email will include the current position you have selected for the game. There is also an attached file of the PGN of the game.

If you see this warning in the email:

WARNING: This game contains one or more moves or positions that are not legal and may not import into a chess database. The suspect move is: 52. ♔d3xb1

Since Chess Score Pad can allow illegal moves there can be an illegal move in the PGN file. All of the chess engines I tested will reject a PGN file with an illegal move without any warning or comment. So Chess Score Pad will warn you so you can take the appropriate action.

Print Game: Prints a scoresheet with a diagram to an AirPrint printer. The position on the scoresheet (or html email) is the position you selected from the move entry screen. I use Printopia in addition to my printer.

Setup: This will display the Setup form.

Rate Chess Score Pad: Exit to the App Store to rate Chess Score Pad. Ratings are appreciated!

Contact: Compose an email to the developer with any questions or comments.

Web Site: Exit to the Chess Score Pad web site.