Sportsmanship Policy

Chess.com encourages players to be kind and show good sportsmanship. Our Sportsmanship policy expects that players will not...

  • intentionally disconnect during games
  • stall to make opponents wait unnecessarily
  • frivolously abort games because they don't want to play black, etc. (Note that we have now implemented a limit on the frequency with which users may abort games; please Abort only when necessary. Also see below.)

If your account is flagged for habitually breaking this policy, your play will be restricted, requiring you to wait 5 minutes between games (including aborted games).

Please note, our Fair Play Policy also prohibits use of outside assistance (including engines, tablebases, other players, etc.) which you can read up about here.

Tips to Avoid Aborting Games!

Aborting games too often will temporarily suspend your ability to abort games. This means that if you cannot play, you will have no choice but to resign (or risk further sanctions described above, by abandoning your game or disconnecting). If you have to abort, then do so of course, but whenever possible, use the features available to minimize your need to abort chess games!

Do not Abort games if your opponent will not move at the beginning of a game: The server will do it for you!

On his or her turn, each player has 15-20 seconds to make their first move. If this does not happen, the game will be automatically aborted. This has a negative effect on the Fair-Play record of the player failing to move. (But if you hit Abort, it affects your record! It's best to be patient for a few seconds.)

Do not Abort games to find preferred opponents: Restrict your challenges and/or filter the Seek graph instead!

Don't just hit Start Game and hope for the best! If you are not willing to play anybody, click on the settings gear in live chess, then select 'play' from the menu that opens. 

Here you can configure your challenge to get a game you will really want to play.

You can define a ratings range for your opponent in two ways:

1. By entering an exact rating value for Min and Max (or leaving one or both blank for no boundary);

2. By using "+" & "-" to define a range that's relative to your own current rating for the relevant game type. In the image above, the player is seeking opponents whose rating is not more than 200 points lower, or 400 points higher, than her own current rating. If she were rated 1400 in Blitz, her Blitz challenges would seek opponents from 120-1800. (This is perhaps the smarter way to configure the Min/Max fields, because you can "set it and forget it.")

And if you're willing to play unrated games, you can even pick the color you want to play.

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