How do I play an odds game?

If you're playing with a friend who is much stronger or weaker than you, it can be a lot more fun for both parties to play an balanced / odds game! 

To play an odds game, your opponent must be your friend.

Balanced / odds games are unrated!

First, go to Play and choose Play Online then choose Custom Game:

Next, click on 'Random' to instead choose your opponent. The option for an odds game will not be present until after you choose your opponent: 

Choose which friend you want to play. If they are online and on your friends list, you should see them near the top of the list of friends but you can also scroll through the list of friends, or type a username into the search field to find your opponent:  

Once you've chosen your opponent, if they are of a very different rating than you, you should see a popup like this: 

Click on 'Standard' and then choose 'Balanced / Odds game' from the dropdown:

Next, choose what kind of odds! The default is Auto balance, which will have the computer decide what to do based on the rating difference. If you want to choose your own odds, click on 'Auto Balance' and then scroll through the list of options: 

 Once you've decided, then click 'Play' and your challenge will be sent! 

If the information in this article is out of date or incorrect, or if you have questions about it, please let us know! 

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