Using Chess.com

Thematic Games

Games that start where the first moves are made is called a Thematic game. This is where the opening moves are already made. These games are set up this way by whoever creates the game/team match/tournament. If for example you were playing Kings Indian Attack, the game would start with the openin...

Can I take back a bad move?

You can... but only if you're playing a "Takeback" game in Online Chess! (There are no take-backs in Live Chess.) Takeback games are always unrated, and provide a great tool for learners and for those willing to act as guides. Here's how to set one up: On the Daily Chess page, select "C...

The game ended and my rating didn't change at all. Why?

There are a couple of reasons this might be the case. First, keep in mind that not all games are rated, so your opponent may have opted for an unrated game in this instance. Check the "Details" tab (next to the game board) to see if it was a rated or unrated game. (During a rated game, you can ...

Can I make my opponent play faster? He's taking forever.

No, each game has its own configured time controls, and this is the only "control" on any player's pace. However, there are a couple of things you can do that might help: Play more games simultaneously - this will help ensure you've got moves to make more often Go for the ultimate in moving ...

I can't lose.. Why won't my opponent resign?

Some people appreciate the closure of a good checkmate.. If you're really winning, you might as well be a good sport and give them one! Make it interesting by seeing if you can find the quickest (or prettiest) mate on the board! Also, keep in mind that lower-rated players have a lot to learn from ...

How does Vacation work? How much time do I get?

Sometimes, life demands that you put your favorite things on hold for a while. Chess.com understands this, and gives all members the ability to pause their Online Chess games using an allotment of Vacation time. To activate Vacation: From your Daily Chess home-page, you can always select the "Setti...

How do I insert a game, puzzle, or diagram into an article, blog, or forum post?

It's surprisingly easy, as we built these features right into our editor tool. Please read this article for all the how-to you will need! (You may also be interested in checking out our Analysis Board & Editor tool.) keywords: diagram, position, editor, publish, publishing, game, post, postin...

How can I block another user?

You can do this directly from your 'Blocking' settings. To get to 'Blocking' move your cursor over 'Home' (this will look like your avatar if you are using a condensed navigational menu) then select 'Settings,' then choose 'Blocking' This will lead you to this page: ( https://www.chess.com/settings/...

How do I follow or unfollow another user?

When you are following a user, you will get an alert when they post new content (such as an article, blog, or new forum topic). Visit your "Following" page (https://www.chess.com/settings/following​), and add any username to the form who you wish to follow. keywords: tracking, track, tracked, aler...

How do I change my board size or pieces?

You can change the settings for almost any board on Chess.com by using the universal board settings option! At the top right of each board, you'll see an icon that looks like this: That's the Resize Board icon. You can click on it and drag left or right to make the board smaller or larger. By ho...