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Thread: Chess Game. Code to move pieces.

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    Question Chess Game. Code to move pieces.

    Dear friends,

    I currently am working on programming a chess game. Nothing difficult, just a board with pieces that can be moved around. I got the first part working (draw board with pieces), but I am having problems with writing the methods for the pieces to be moved (MousePressed, mouseDragged, mouseReleased). Could any of you please help me? I am still a beginner, so lots of help would be appreciated. Thank you in advance.

    P.S. I know this sounds horrible, but if the answer could contain a finished version of this code that would be heavens... but maybe thats really me asking too much already (i just learn better that way)

    import javax.swing.*;
    import java.awt.*;
    import java.awt.Color;
    import java.awt.Font;
    import java.awt.event.*;
    import javax.swing.JLabel;
    import javax.swing.SwingConstants;
    public class Chess2 extends JFrame implements MouseListener, MouseMotionListener 
        JFrame frame;
        JLayeredPane chessPane;
        JLabel chessPiece;
        JPanel chessBoard;
        JPanel squares[][] = new JPanel[8][8];
        int xCoordinate;
        int yCoordinate;
        public Chess2() 
            frame = new JFrame("Chess2");
            frame.setSize(600, 600);
            frame.setLayout(new GridLayout(8, 8));
            chessPane = new JLayeredPane();
            //drawing the board
            for (int a = 0; a < 8; a++) 
                for (int b = 0; b < 8; b++) 
                    squares[a][b] = new JPanel();
                    if ((a + b) % 2 == 0) 
                        squares[a][b].setBackground(new Color(238, 221, 187));
                        squares[a][b].setBackground(new Color(204,136,68));
                //first row top
                    squares[0][0].add(new JLabel(new ImageIcon("Rooka8.png")));
                    squares[0][1].add(new JLabel(new ImageIcon("Knightb8.png")));
                    squares[0][2].add(new JLabel(new ImageIcon("Bishopc8.png")));
                    squares[0][3].add(new JLabel(new ImageIcon("Queend8.png")));
                    squares[0][4].add(new JLabel(new ImageIcon("Kinge8.png")));
                    squares[0][5].add(new JLabel(new ImageIcon("Bishopf8.png")));
                    squares[0][6].add(new JLabel(new ImageIcon("Knightg8.png")));
                    squares[0][7].add(new JLabel(new ImageIcon("Rookh8.png")));
                //second row top a
                    for (int x = 0; x < 8; x++) 
                       squares[1][x].add(new JLabel(new ImageIcon("Pawna7.png")));
                //third row bottom
                    for (int x = 0; x < 8; x++)
                        squares[6][x].add(new JLabel(new ImageIcon("Pawna2.png")));
                //fourth row bottom
                    squares[7][0].add(new JLabel(new ImageIcon("Rooka1.png")));
                    squares[7][1].add(new JLabel(new ImageIcon("Knightb1.png")));
                    squares[7][2].add(new JLabel(new ImageIcon("Bishopc1.png")));
                    squares[7][3].add(new JLabel(new ImageIcon("Queend1.png")));
                    squares[7][4].add(new JLabel(new ImageIcon("Kinge1.png")));
                    squares[7][5].add(new JLabel(new ImageIcon("Bishopf1.png")));
                    squares[7][6].add(new JLabel(new ImageIcon("Knightg1.png")));
                    squares[7][7].add(new JLabel(new ImageIcon("Rookh1.png")));
       public void mousePressed(MouseEvent event)
          Component component =  frame.findComponentAt(event.getX(), event.getY());
          if (component instanceof JPanel) 
          Point parentLocation = component.getParent().getLocation();
          xCoordinate = parentLocation.x - event.getX();
          yCoordinate = parentLocation.y - event.getY();
          chessPiece = (JLabel)component;
          chessPiece.setLocation(event.getX() + xCoordinate, event.getY() + yCoordinate);
          chessPiece.setSize(chessPiece.getWidth(), chessPiece.getHeight());
          chessPane.add(chessPiece, JLayeredPane.DRAG_LAYER);
      //move pieces
      public void mouseDragged(MouseEvent me) 
         if (chessPiece == null) return;
         chessPiece.setLocation(me.getX() + xCoordinate, me.getY() + yCoordinate);
      //drop a piece when mouse is released
      public void mouseReleased(MouseEvent e) 
           if(chessPiece == null) return;
          Component c =  chessBoard.findComponentAt(e.getX(), e.getY());
          if (c instanceof JLabel)
              Container parent = c.getParent();
              parent.add( chessPiece );
              Container parent = (Container)c;
              parent.add( chessPiece );
      public void mouseClicked(MouseEvent e) 
      public void mouseMoved(MouseEvent e) 
      public void mouseEntered(MouseEvent e)
      public void mouseExited(MouseEvent e) 
        public static void main(String[] args) 
            JFrame frame = new Chess2();

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    Default Re: Chess Game. Code to move pieces.

    Welcome! Please read this topic for info useful to new members.

    Thank you for taking the time to learn to post code correctly.

    There are tutorials online that go through what you've asked. Search for those, go through them, then let us know where you still need help.

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