Using Chess.com

Is there an "automatic" mode where I can just watch the lessons?

No, and you can't learn to ride a bike by just watching a video either. Lessons provide help and guidance - but it is only a "hands on" grappling with chess lessons that will provide a full grasp and appreciation of chess in all its complexity and beauty. If you're looking for something you can sim...

How do the different comments sections work?

There are three different comments sections. PUBLIC can be seen by everyone and anyone. You can go there to meet face to face with the competition! TEAM comments are only seen by your teammates. The ARCHIVE allows you to go back and use the comments of previous moves. keywords: vote comments publ...

How do I review the whole game?

You can review the moves of the game by clicking on the MOVES tab. You can also use the ARCHIVE to step back to a past game state and view comments and the current move. keywords: vote past history review comments archive

How can I see the captured pieces and material count?

Underneath each player's username you can see which pieces they've captured. If there is a material imbalance, this will be reflected with a number next to the pieces of the player who has more material left on the board. keord: capture display show captured pieces

What does "ECO" mean?

ECO stands for the Encyclopedia of Chess Openings, which provides the most common system for categorizing all chess openings. Despite having only 500 codes (from A00-E99), the system does a good job of segmenting openings. These codes help to organize chess games and openings, especially in game da...

What is vacation abuse?

Vacation abuse occurs when players use vacation time simply to prolong games that are completely and hopelessly lost. Please use vacation time in an honest manner, when you are unable to move for an extended period. Chess.com has the right to adjudicate any game in which we feel one of the players...

How can I translate Chess.com into my native language?

To translate Chess.com into your own language, you can go to http://translate.google.com/translate Put "www.chess.com" into the "Translate a Web Page" box, and then put English as the first language and your native language as the second language. Note also that some browsers (most notably, Google...

What is the Difference between "Vacation" and the "Unavailable" setting?

Vacation pauses your timer to help prevent losing games that have already started. The vacation setting is used when you are unable to move for an extended period and you need to pause your games so that you will not lose on time. The "unavailable" setting prevents you from being challenged or aut...

What are premoves and how do they work?

Premoves are moves you can make before it's your turn - while your opponent is still thinking! For example, let's say you would like to castle on the next move no matter what move is played by your opponent. Then why wait? You can make the castling move on your opponent's turn and it will be play...

Why am I seeing inappropriate ads on Chess.com?

If you are seeing inappropriate or bad ads on Chess.com it is likely that your computer is infected with a virus or spyware. Chess.com is the #1 online chess site and works only with top-quality ad publishers who do not allow offensive advertising. However, there are viruses and spyware that can att...