Live chess settings

You can find your live chess settings by going to https://www.chess.com/play/online/settings

Or, by going to Play, and clicking the settings gear icon to the right of the clock:

See below for an explanation of each settings option:

Board tab

-Choose your pieces and board color: choose from many selections of piece design and board color. You can also change your board and theme in the Board and Pieces settings section

-Sound theme: Choose what the pieces sound like when they move. 

-Decide whether you want coordinates to be on the outside of the board, inside, or disabled (none)

-Choose your piece notation style: figurine icons, or text

-Choose the animation type: How fast should the pieces movement animation be? Slow, medium(default), fast, natural or none. If you choose none, the pieces will not be shown moving across the board, but will instantly change places. You can also choose arcade, which will add flashy, colorful animations when the pieces move. 

-Choose your move method: Drag pieces, or click to move. Though you can always move with either method, this option sets how the pieces will react when you click on them. If you have set it to 'drag pieces' then the piece will 'snap onto' the mouse pointer when you click it. If you choose 'click to move' then the piece will not move until you click the destination square OR until you start dragging the piece away from its home square. 

-Choose whether to show timestamps

-Choose whether to enable drawing arrows and highlights on the board

-Choose whether you want to highlight the last move 

-Choose whether to show legal moves 

-Choose whether to have white always on bottom

-Enable your DGT Smart Board. Do not enable this option unless you have a DGT Smart Board connected to your computer

Play tab

-Enable premoves: this option will need to be on, or premoves won't work.

-Always promote to queen (auto-queen)

-Confirm resignations. If this option is enabled, when you resign you will first be asked for confirmation. 

-Multiple games (premium only.) When this features is enabled you will be able to play multiple live games at once. Enable this if you are going to host a simul

-Auto switch game: If you are playing multiple games, this will switch you to the game where it is your turn automatically

-Auto watch top game: If this setting is on, when you are watching a game and the game ends, it will automatically switch over to the next top game. 

-Always use focus mode: This will keep focus mode on by default

-Low time warning: If this is on, you will hear a warning sound when you are low on time

-Automatic analysis: When this is on, after each game you will get a quick-analysis that shows the number of blunders and missed wins. You will still have to run the full analysis to see all the details. 

-Allow challenges: You can choose to allow challenges from everybody, friends only, or nobody

-Friends can challenge me no matter what: If this is enabled, members on your friends list will always be able to send you a challenge, even if other settings would otherwise prevent them. 

-Incoming: Set the rating range of opponents who are able to send you challenges directly. See more info here

-Outgoing: Set the rating range of opponents you can be matched with when seeking a match (automatch.) See more info here 

Alerts tab

-Challenge alerts: Choose whether you want to be notified when you receive a challenge from everybody, friends only, or nobody

-Friends: Choose whether you want to be notified when you receive friend requests and when your friends log on or off, just requests, or nothing. 

-Event announcements: Choose to always receive event announcements, to have them off in game chat, or off everywhere.

-Chat requests: Choose who can send you chat requests, everybody, friends only, or nobody

-Game chat: Choose who can chat with you in the game chat window, everybody, friends only, or nobody

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