Live Chess

What are the Live Chess game and chat commands?

All members may use text commands in a variety of ways (see below). All members can use /h or /help (+ text) to send questions to Help & Support. In-Game Commands are typed into the game chat box: /abort /draw (or /d) /resign /rematch (or /r) /close Global commands are typed in the Main ...

How do I use the Live Analysis Board?

Live Analysis Boards provide an interactive & graphical tool for analysing chess positions and games in real time - one on one, with a whole group, or with anyone who cares to tune in. Now you can go through games after you finish them and show your ideas, or get online lessons, or follow major...

How do Live Tournaments work? Where can I join one?

Tournament Interface | Arena Tournaments | Swiss Tournaments | Schedule Want to know how good you really are? Sign up for a Live Chess tournament and find out today! Click Here to Play Live Chess! New tournaments start around the clock (check the schedule!) We offer a choice of 6 different t...

How can I play without chat messages?

Simply click the "disable chat" link in the upper right corner of the Chat tab on your game page. Once disabled, it cannot be re-enabled for that game. keywords: chat disable

Fair Play Policy

Chess.com encourages players to be kind and show good sportsmanship. Our Fair Play 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 ...

How are seeks matched in live chess?

The pairing logic in Live Chess has one goal: To quickly find you a great match! When you choose to play a rated game with a specific time control (like 5 min or 2|1), we try to find you an opponent who is closest to your current rating, because this makes for games that are rewarding and fun! It's...

Why did my move not reach the server in time?

You were playing and your time was almost up and you made a move... only to find yourself seeing a message that your last move didn't reach the server in time. That is frustrating! Why did this happen? In between you and the Chess.com Live Server is a whole lot of cables that carry internet connec...