How do puzzles work? (Android)

Puzzles (used to be called tactics) are a great way to improve your rating through practice and pattern recognition. To do puzzles, tap on 'puzzles' on the toolbar on the bottom of your screen: 

There are three ways you can do puzzles on You will see all three options on the screen when you go to puzzles. These are Rated, Learning, and Rush. 


Playing rated puzzles will give you a puzzle or ‘tactics’ rating in much the same way you get a chess rating. If you get a puzzle right, your rating goes up, if you get it wrong, it goes down. 

The amount that your rating changes depends on how fast you complete the puzzle, and also what the rating of the puzzle is compared to your puzzle rating. As your puzzles rating goes up, your chess rating is sure to follow! Keep practicing!


Learning mode will give you the same puzzles as rated mode, except there is no time pressure, and no winning or losing points, just learning! 

After you tap on 'learning' you will be able to choose a specific type of problem to focus on, or choose to do do all puzzle types, or only puzzles you have failed. You can also set a rating range of puzzles you want to do:

To start doing puzzles tap on the puzzles want to do. For example, tap on 'all themes' or 'puzzles I missed' to start doing those puzzles. 

You can also click on any of the themes and do puzzles only from that theme. Click here to read more about different themes and types of tactics!


Puzzle rush is a fast-paced, exciting way to learn tactics! In puzzle rush you have 3 or 5 minutes to solve as many puzzles as you can, but if you get three wrong, the game ends no matter how much time you have left. Getting puzzles right or wrong in puzzle rush mode will not affect your puzzle rating, so don’t worry, and aim for that high score! 

When you tap on 'Rush' you will have 3 choices of how to play: 

Choose 3 minute, 5 minute, or Survival. Survival mode has no time limit! Take as long as you like and see how far you can go before you get 3 wrong! 

Each mode has a separate leaderboard.  Your top scores for the day, week, and all time will be displayed in each mode. 

Try to beat your high score! 

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