Playing Chess

What do they mean with all the numbers and letters like "Knight C 3"?

That is chess notation - the language of chess! Click here to read an article about understanding chess notation.

How do I get better at chess?

Stick with us. Chess.com has the most powerful set of chess-improvement tools on the web! No matter what your current level or learning style is, there's something for everyone: 1) Chess.com Lessons include dozens of courses for all levels; it's the next best thing to having a grandmaster qui...

Why can't I play in every game?

While most games are open to everyone, some games are only open to Premium Chess.com Members. To learn more about Premium Membership, click here.

Please help me learn the rules of chess - I want to learn how to play!

"Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make [people] happy." - Siegbert Tarrasch Welcome to the greatest game ever! To learn how to play chess, or to clarify any chess rules, please read this article. It has everything you need to know! For a more solid foundation, you might want to c...

How do I claim a draw?

In Live Chess, the 'Draw' button is generally used to offer your opponent a draw, which may be accepted or declined. However, in the instance of Three-fold Repetition, you can use the 'Draw' button to claim a draw, without your opponent having an option to decline. Once the position has repeated thr...

How can I prevent getting wins based on timeouts?

Turn off the switch labelled "Automatically claim victory when time runs out!" on your Daily Chess Settings Page & you will no longer automatically win when your opponent runs out of time; the game will simply keep going, assuming they do eventually move. If your opponent doesn't make a move wi...

Hey, the computer made an illegal move!

Are you sure? :) Most of the time, newer chess players are not familiar with some of the stranger-looking "special moves" that are indeed totally legitimate. For instance, many players (even some who have been playing for quite a while!) are not familiar with the special pawn-takes-pawn move know...

What do I need to know to get started with Online Chess?

Daily Chess is also referred to as Turn-based and Correspondence-style chess. The latter term highlights the similarity between this type of Internet chess and postal chess, played either by email or regular post: In all cases, games can take days or even months, with players getting a number of d...

How do I challenge a friend to play?

Making & Challenging a Friend (Online Chess) As long as your friend is a member of Chess.com the first step is to get the member onto your Chess.com Friends list. (If you've already done that part, great!) As long as you know your friend's username, you can find his/her profile using ...

How does Turn-based Chess work?

Turn based chess is also known as Online Chess or Correspondence Chess. Each player gets from 1-14 days to make a move, depending on the configured 'Time Per Move' for that game. This allows for a lot of flexibility in terms of when you make your moves. If you do not make a move within your allowe...