How do I play a friend?

If  you want to challenge one of your friends to a game of chess on Chess.com, it's as easy as a few clicks. See here for how to add someone as a friend! 

One way to challenge a friend is to hover over 'play' in the left menu, and click 'live chess' 

Then, in the right hand menu, click on 'play a friend'

From here you will be able to choose the type of game, and the friend you want to challenge. 

Click 'change' to choose the type of game you want to play.  Then pick a friend from your list of friends. You can also choose from a list of people you played recently. 

You can tell if your friends are online or not by the green or orange square in the lower right of their avatar.

 Green means they are online!

Orange means they are online, but already playing a game! 

If your friend does not have a green square, they may not be able to accept your request for a Live match. 

If you are sending a request for a Daily game, it doesn't matter whether your opponent is online, offline, or in a game. The request will wait for them to accept it. 

Another way you can challenge a friend is by simply going to their profile, and clicking on the challenge icon: 

Or, click on their name anywhere you see it, even in chat or your game history: 

One last way you can challenge your friend is by using a shortcut url: chess.com/play/USERNAME

Replace 'username' with the username of the member you want to challenge, then put the url in your address bar, and it will take you directly to a challenge to that member! 

For the above options you do not need to be friends with the member to challenge them! 


Did this answer your question? Thanks for the feedback There was a problem submitting your feedback. Please try again later.