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Connecting Chess for Android with the Millennium


The Millennium ChessGenius Exclusive is an elegant wooden sensory chess board with 81 LEDs as move indicators and fully automatic piece detection. Even though the system comes with a computer chess unit in a separate cabinet, the bluetooth feature of the electronsic chess board (a separate C-Module, expected at the market around July 2018) allows connecting with other chess playing devices as well.

Since version 5.6, Chess for Android supports this electronic chess board. After pairing the tablet or phone with the chess board (needs to be done only once), long press the notation window in Chess for Android to open the extended menu. Then select "Connect to EBoard", chose an initial orientation (white at bottom or top) and press "OK". Then select "MILLENNIUM CHESS" from the list of paired devices.

Setting up the start position with white on either the bottom or top of the electronic chess board will start a new game with Chess for Android using that orientation. Move a piece to make a move, and follow the LEDs to make the computer's response. To capture, remove the opponent's piece from the board. 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, select the promotion piece on Chess for Android, and then replace the pawn with that piece on the electronic chess board.

If an illegal move is made, or the electronic board is somehow out-of-sync with Chess for Android, the LEDs are used to indicate the difference. Correct alll differences before proceeding with the game. Likewise, if the game navigation buttons are used to go backward or forward in a game, the LEDs indicate how to resolve differences. To set up a position, long press the notation window, pick "Position Setup", after which Chess for Android continuously syncs its internal chess board with the electronic chess board. After pressing "OK", the game can proceed from the given position (if valid).

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

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