Web chess voice control info

The web chess app is now fully controllable by voice commands. This section will provide you with all the instructions you will need to operate the web chess app entirely by voice. You will be able change colour settings, chess set images and of course play a chess game using only your voice. The voice control feature gets better the more you use it, so we advise you have some patient during initial use. We also recommend you use a good microphone or a gaming headset. Voice control is only supported on the Google Chrome & Microsoft Edge browsers. English is currently the only language supported for voice control.

Below is a screenshot of the web chess app.

online chess app

VOICE CONTROL COMMANDS

  To activate voice control click the check box labled "Voice control."

Once the checkbox is ticked and this is the first time trying the voice control feature, then the browser will also ask you for permission to use the microphone. You will need to grant this permission to use voice control.

Once the checkbox is ticked you will see the dialog box above.

To dismiss the dialog box by voice command simply say 'OK'.

You can dismiss any dialog box with an 'OK' button by saying the command 'OK'.

The dialog box provides instructions on how to move the chess pieces by voice commands. We will re-visit this section further down.

You can trigger the disconnect button by saying the command 'disconnect'.

Once you trigger the disconnect button, you have the option to change your online player name.

To change the online player name using voice control, you must be disconnected, you will need to say 'name' followed by the new name.

Example: say 'name Michelangelo' and if the voice recogniser understood your speech correctly, it will type Michelangelo in the player online name box.

Once you have used voice control to enter a new player name, you can trigger the 'Play Online' button to re-connect. Say 'play online' to trigger the button by voice control.

While in an online game, you can trigger the 'Giveup Now' button by simply saying 'give up'.

For every voice command you speak in to your microphone, you will see a black box, like the one shown above, with the text of what the voice recogniser thinks you said.

The voice recogniser is better at understanding some words, so this is a factor when selecting the words for the voice control feature.

You can scroll to the top of the web page by using the voice command 'top'.

You can scroll to the bottom of the web page by using the voice command 'end'.

To get the chess game back in to focus on the web page you can use the voice command 'focus'.

For a single player game, you can use voice commands to switch player types between human and computer.

To setup a human vs human chess game, simply say 'human human'.

To setup a computer vs human chess game, simply say 'computer human'.

To setup a human vs computer game simplay say 'human computer'.

To setup a computer vs computer game simplay say 'computer computer'.

Use the voice command 'show labels' to set Show Square ID to yes. This will mean the chess squares will have their ID's in the top left or bottom right visible.

Use the voice command 'hide labels' to set Show Square ID to no. This will mean the chess squares will have their ID's in the top left or bottom right hidden.

You can use voice commands to switch between the different chess set by saying 'image 1' or image with any number from 1 to 5.

You can change the colour of the chess board by using the following commands: say 'pink' to change the board colour to pink, say 'blue' to change the board colour to blue and say 'black' to change the board colour to black.

The Talk checkbox determine if the chess app voice ques are enabled for game events. To toggle the Talk checkbox simply say 'Talk'. You can say 'Talk' again to change the setting back.

To move a chess piece using the voice control feature you need to say the number ID of the square the chess piece is on followed by the number ID of the square you wish to move the piece to. You will need to say both numbers in one go.

For example you could say '62 comma 54'. To move forward the pawn on square ID 62.

Note numbers are used instead of the traditional letter number ID combinations because it is currently difficult for the speech recogniser to correctly identify those IDs.

You can replace the word comma with any other word.

To re-start a single player game and re-set the board by voice control simply say 'start game'.

You can use voice control to challenge an online player to a chess game. To start the process you will need to know the name of the person. Say 'person and a name' to bring up the game request dialog.

For example if we wanted to challenge the player named PEACE, from the online players list, you would say 'person peace'. This will bringup the game request dialog.

Say the command 'switch' to toggle between playing as black or white.

To trigger the Request Game button say 'request'.

To trigger the Cancel request button say 'cancel'.

After sending the game request to an online player, you will receive a dialog message indicating if your game request has been accepted or rejected.

The notofocation dialog can be closed by saying 'ok'.

When you are connected online you may get challenged by another player. So a dialog box like the one above may appear at any time.

Note: if you are already in an online chess game all game requests, to you, will be automatically rejected.

To accept the game request you received, say 'accept'.

To reject the game request you received, say 'reject'.

While in an online game you can send and receive Emoji messages. You can dismiss a received Emoji message by saying 'ok'.

At the end of the web page there is comment box players can use to provide feedback.

You can use the voice control feature to enter a message. Use the command comment followed by some text you want entered into the message box. For example, you could say 'comment I like chess'. The message 'I like chess' will be entered into the message box.

To actually send the message by voice command say 'done'.

With the voice commands described above you should be able to fully control the chess by voice commands only. To go back the chess game click the link word.