How can I play against the Chess.com computer?
Playing against the Chess.com computer is a great way to practice a new opening, or see how a player might react to a new strategy.
To play the computer, hover over 'play' on the left menu, then select computer:
Next, decide what kind of computer you want to play, there are a variety of settings:
Challenge - This mode will let you play the computer with no assistance, and no takebacks! Try to beat the computer on every level!
Friendly - This mode will let you take back moves, but does not show lines or show best moves.
Assisted - In this mode, you will get to see the feedback on every move, suggested next moves, and analysis lines real time as you play. You can also take back moves.
Difficulty: Select how strong you want the computer to be, 1 is the easiest, 10 the hardest. You can read more about the difficulty settings here.
You can further change the options by clicking on 'options'
Time control - Select a time limit as in a real game! Be careful though, the computer moves instantly so you will have less time than you would against another person!
I Play As - Choose to play as white, black, or random.
V The below options are only available in assisted mode! V
Show feedback - When this setting is enabled you will see the computer evaluation after each move:
Show Lines - With this enabled, you will see the lines calculated as if the game were in analysis mode as you play:
Show suggestions - With this turned on, you will see green arrows showing you possible good moves when it is your turn:
Show threats - If this is enabled, pieces that are threatened (able to be captured) will have their squares highlighted in red:
The e4 square is highlighted in red because the knight is threatening it!