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How do I create an account?
How do I create an account?
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Create your own account to see your progress and enjoy all the features we offer!

Web

Steps

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Visit the Sign-Up page

  • From the Chess.com home page, click Sign Up on the left-side menu

  • Alternatively, you can click here

Choose your sign-up method

  • You can sign up using an email address, Facebook, Google, or Apple.

  • If you choose a social media account, you will be prompted to log in with that account.

  • Once signed in, your social media login info will be linked to your new Chess.com account, so you won't need to create a separate password. You will simply log in through your chosen social media account.

Select your skill level

  • Choose your skill level to determine your starting rating:

     New to chess -  400
Beginner - 800
Intermediate - 1200
Advanced - 1600

Enter your email and password

  • Please enter an email you have access to to activate your account.

  • Choose a strong password that is at least 8 characters long and includes letters and numbers. Weak passwords (e.g., 123456) will not be accepted.

Pick your username

  • This is the name others will see when playing chess. Ensure it follows community guidelines. If the name is already taken, you’ll need to choose another.

Customize your chessboard and pieces

  • Choose a theme for how you want your chessboard and pieces to look. This can be changed or customized further after you finish creating your account.

Connect with friends

  • You can select friends to connect with from Facebook or invite them by email.

  • Click Later to skip this step

Enable notifications

  • Choose whether you want to enable notifications or not

Once you complete these steps, you’re ready to start playing chess! Enjoy your Chess.com experience!


Mobile

Steps

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Visit the Sign-Up page

  • Tap Sign Up at the top left corner of your screen

  • If you are using an Android device this option will be at the top left corner

Choose your Sign-Up method

  • You can sign up using an email address, Facebook, Google, or Apple

  • If you choose a social media account, you will be prompted to sign into your social media account

  • Once signed in, your social media login info will be linked to your new Chess.com account, so you won't need to create a separate password. You will simply log in through your chosen social media account

Pick your username

  • This is the name others will see when playing chess. Ensure it follows community guidelines. If the name is already taken, you’ll need to choose another

  • Click Create Account when you've got your username

Select your skill level

  • Choose your skill level to determine your starting rating:

     New to chess -  400
Beginner - 800
Intermediate - 1200
Advanced - 1600

Customize your chessboard and pieces

  • Choose a theme for how you want your chessboard and pieces to look

  • This can be changed or customized further after you finish creating your account

Connect with friends

  • You can select friends to connect with from Facebook or invite them by email

  • Click Later to skip this step


Remember to activate

Please remember to check your email! Once your account is created, you'll receive an activation email that's essential for full access to our platform.

You won’t be able to chat or post in forums until your account is activated. If you don't see the email in your inbox, please check your spam folder. If you still can’t find it, contact support for assistance.

After activating your account, you'll need to participate in 10 games of any type to fully unlock your account for normal posting and chatting.

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