Frequently Asked Questions
What is Chessgames.com?
- What is Chessgames.com?
- Is Chessgames.com free?
- Who is Chessgames.com?
- How do I find a chess game?
- What are the rules of chess?
- What does this strange code like "17.Rac1 Rxc1+" mean?
- Why do games end even though nobody is checkmated?
- What is PGN?
- What is kibitzing?
- How do I register, so I can kibitz?
- How do I put colors, links, and chess symbols in my messages?
- How do I put a little graphic (avatar) next to my messages?
- How do I ignore a user?
- I forgot my password.
- What is annotation?
- What's an "ECO code"?
- What is the "Tournament Index"?
- What are "Notable Games"?
- What are "Notable Tournaments"?
- How do I search for a tournament?
- What is a "Chessgames Biography"?
- What are "WCC History Pages"?
- What does "Find Similar Games" do?
- What are "Game Collections"?
- Where do you get your games?
- Help! I can't see the games!
- Is there software that will help me use this site?
- What are the differences between the Java viewers?
- How can I flip the board, so that Black is on the bottom?
- Can I download the games in one big PGN file?
- I found a mistake in your database that requires correction.
- What is the ChessBookie Game?
- What is Child-Friendly Mode (Quiet Mode)?
- How can I learn to play stronger chess?
- I have a question not on this page.
Chessgames.com is an online database
of chess games. Our easy interface allows you to
search a vast library of historic chess games for educational
and entertainment purposes.
It is an excellent tool for intermediate and advanced players,
and even the novice will find much value in seeing how the world's
best players play the game.
If you came here to play live chess, please see our list of
free chess sites
where you can play. If you want to improve your chess
by studying the games of the great masters, and discussing them with other
participants, you will feel right at home at Chessgames.com. Enjoy!
Is Chessgames.com free?
it is 100% free to register an account with
Chessgames. A free Chessgames account will allow you to kibitz, create game collections,
participate in special events like the Chessgames Challenge, and much more.
You also have the option to support Chessgames financially by purchasing a Premium Membership that gives
you all of the normal features plus some extremely powerful extras, for only $39/year. For more information
on the benefits of premium membership, please see the Chessgames Tour.
If you are not interested in becoming a premium member at this time, we accept tips of
as small as $1US through our "tip jar" below.
Every little bit helps us continue to provide our service to the
worldwide internet chess community. We appreciate your support.
Who is Chessgames.com?
the kibitzers. Without them, we'd just be an online chess database.
The software and conceptual design that makes this possible is
a combined effort among several south Florida chessplayers,
including Daniel Freeman, Alberto Artidiello, and the
talented staff at 20/20 Technologies.
To contact Chessgames, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I find a chess game?
The best way is to fill out the
Advanced Search form on the homepage,
and push the button labeled Find Chess Games.
You don't have to fill out every field; in fact,
most people only fill out one or two.
For example, suppose you are looking for all Fischer-Spassky games in 1972. First type
"1972" into the year slot. Then fill out one player as "Fischer" (either use the
pulldown, or type 'Fischer') and the other player as "Spassky." Press Find Chess
Games and you will get the list.
There are many kinds of searches that produce interesting results.
Would you like to learn the Taimanov variation of the Sicilian? Take
a lesson from Taimanov himself: type "Taimanov" as the first player (or
find his name in the pulldown list), then select "Sicilian,
Taimanov" as the opening.
Some find it enjoyable to review games with a small number of moves.
First pick your favorite Grandmaster or opening, and in the "Number of
set it to "no more than 20." Voila, miniatures! Or perhaps you want to
review some endings? Try setting it to "at least 60."
We could go one providing examples forever. In short, just tell us what you
do know about the games you want to see listed, and the parts you don't know about
(or don't care about) should be left blank.
The search line at the very top of the homepage is called the
It is ideal for very simple queries. If you want to find a game between
Capablanca and Reti from 1922, simply type "Capablanca-Reti 22"
and the search engine will return the game you asked for.
For more information, see our EZ Search Help Page.
If you're not particular about what chess game you want to see,
try clicking on the random game link found on the home page.
You'll be whisked away to a game between (usually) world-class players,
selected randomly from our database.
Chess looks fun. How do you play?
If you don't know how to play at all, or if you're shaky on some of the
rules, here are some sites that will be much
more instructive for you than Chessgames.com:
this strange notation like "17.Rac1 Rxc1+" mean?
- Teaching Chess to Kids from ChessKid.com
- So You Wanna Learn How to Play Chess? from SoYouWanna.com
That is chess notation: a method of describing moves played on
the chessboard. Of the several forms of chess notation popular
in the world today, we use what's known as the
English Algebraic notation.
Understanding how to read this will greatly enhance your ability
to read and understand chess analysis. If you do not know how to
read chess notation, here are some resources to help you:
Why do games end even though nobody is checkmated?
- Understanding Chess Algebraic Chess Notation from about.com
- Keeping Score - by the US Chess Federation
(Adobe Acrobat required)
Newcomers to chess sometimes assume that games are played until one player is in checkmate, or stalemate. While this
occasionally happens during grandmaster games, it is usually not the case. Among strong players, the game usually ends
when one player realizes the hopelessness of the situation, at which point he or she will resign. This is
indicated on the score sheet as 1-0 (Black resigns) or 0-1 (White resigns).
What is PGN?
When you play in person, a resignation is usually is indicated by tipping your king
on its side, and/or by extending your arm for a handshake.
PGN stands for Portable Game Notation. It is a method
for storing chess games in simple text format which can then
be imported into various software. Because Chessgames does all
of its PGN processing automatically "behind the scenes", you don't need to
understand anything about PGN to enjoy Chessgames.
However, if you use software that can import from PGN, Chessgames.com
offers several ways to download this data to your computer. Please
see How do I download PGN files?
from the Chessgames Premium Membership FAQ for more information.
What is "kibitzing?"
- PGN from Wikipedia
- PGN Specification and Implementation Guide (technical)
Kibitzing is a Yiddish expression, popular among chessplayers,
that means "to overlook somebody's
work while offering unwanted or meddlesome advice." At
Chessgames.com, however, kibitzers are very much wanted, for they
are our most valuable resource.
Each game on this site contains a "Kibitzer's Corner" where
users of this site can exchange comments.
Games in our database with kibitzing are denoted with this symbol:
We have discussion forums on all major chess topics: the players,
the tournaments, the openings, and of course, the games. If you have
a question, or advice, or anything to say about matters related
to chess, the procedure is simply to locate the appropriate page then
scroll down to the Kibitzer's Corner where you can engage other
chessgames users in discussion. This
approach of community-learning allows everybody to be both a student
and a teacher in the wonderfully rich world of chess.
There are also kibitzer corners for chess players and openings.
Users are encouraged to post commentary, ask questions, and share
URLs to other sites that may be of interest.
Please observe our guidelines.
- No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
- No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
- No personal attacks against other users.
- Nothing in violation of United States law.
Chessgames.com reserves the right
to delete messages that are deemed
inappropriate, distasteful, or off-topic.
The homepage will always list the most recent kibitzes, so
that you can see the topics that have been recently discussed. Our Recent Kibitzing page gives you an even more detailed view
of recent discussions.
If you see a post that violates Chessgames.com policy, you may report it by clicking
on the "Blow the Whistle!" link found at the bottom of the kibitzing area.
What not to use the kibitzing areas for:
If everybody follows these guidelines then the kibitzing areas of
Chessgames will be the most powerful and useful feature of our site. Thank you!
- Do not write about subjects not related to the page's intended topic. We
offer over one million discussion forums, so if you post something to the wrong page
you will bury your message where its intended readers will never find it, and dilute
the intended content of the page. If you want to write on subjects not specifically
covered in the database, you can always use the Kibitzer's Café.
- Do not play correspondence chess in the kibitzing areas, except
in Chessforums. Such posts are
instrinsically off-topic on any player page, game page, tournament page,
etc. In Chessforums such games are not only allowed but encouraged,
provided that the owner of the Chessforum permits it.
- Do not ask for general help with the site on the discussion
areas to games, players, tournaments, etc. For example, the post "Can somebody
tell me how to post links to games in the database?" would best belong on
the Chessgames.com Chessforum or the Kibitzer's Café.
- Do not make casual conversation with other users outside of designated areas such
as the Kibitzer's Café. E.g., to post "Hi there
Fred, how have you been? Did you get my email?" serves no purpose on the page of a
game, tournament, or player.
- Do not alert the administrators to possible corrections
in the kibitzing area. It will be confusing to those who read it after the
correction is made, and will probably not be read by the administrators anyhow. The proper
method of submitting a correction is explained below in the corrections
- Do not discuss administrative actions, or report violations of posting
guidelines, outside of the designated areas. For example, to post "Hey
<chessgames.com> why did you delete my post?" is an off-topic comment which
dilutes the actual purpose of the page, and probably won't be read by an administrator
anyhow. The appropriate venue for such discussion is to email us (email@example.com) or the Chessgames.com Chessforum. In the case of a violation of
posting guidelines, use the "Blow the Whistle" link to report the offending post.
- Do not use the kibitzing area as a storage area for your personal notes.
For example, to post "Went over this game on 12/15/2006" is a selfish use of a public
- Do not play games with the kibitzing area. For example,
it is not productive to post "First!"
(announcing that you are the first person to post to a thread) or to decorate a thread
HOT TIP: Visit
your profile page to see where you
have posted, and a star will appear by some of your posts. These
are the posts that somebody has replied to.
HOT TIP: Visit
your preferences page and
check Display newest kibitzes on top. That will list the posts
in reverse-chronological order. That way,
you'll see the new messages at the top of the page.
If you cut-and-paste a URL (web address) into your message, the system
automatically create a link. What's more, if you supply an URL to
a page on chessgames.com it will sometimes change the hyperlink to
a text description of the page. For example, if you provide a link
to a game page, the link will appear with the names of the players.
HOT TIP: If you enclose
text between < and > symbols, it will change color.
You can use this to set apart quotations of other users,
or subvariations in the lines you discuss.
LEARN MORE: There are other special features that the advanced kibitzers use
as well; you can read about them at our Kibitzing Tricks page.
How do I register,
so that I can kibitz?
First you have to go to the preferences page
and choose a "Username" (that's what other people will see you as) and a
password (to make sure nobody else posts under your name.)
When choosing a username, please obey the following rules:
Once you've done all that, you will receive an email which contains a link that takes you
to our Activation Page.
This is our way of validating your email address as being legitimate.
Unless you change your email address, it should only be necessary to
activate your account one time.
- It does not have to be your real name, but it can be if you want.
- Use only characters A-Z and 0-9, the period, and the space. Names cannot begin with periods.
- Do not name yourself after a famous living chessplayer (unless you are
really him or her!) Likewise, please do not put "GM" or any other chess
title in your handle unless you have actually achieved that title.
- Accounts with insulting, offensive or obscene usernames will be deleted.
- Account names that imitate another chessgames user, especially with intent
to mock or confuse, will be deleted.
NOTE: Please note that we collect your email
address only for purposes of validation; we are strongly opposed to spam and would never reveal
your email address to any other users, or sell our email list to any third party. More information
on these policies can be found at our Privacy Notice.
While the use of multiple accounts is not prohibited, it is strongly discouraged. You should not establish alternate
accounts for trivial reasons, such as: to maintain multiple personas ("sockpuppets"), for humorous effect, to bypass ignore lists, or to cheat in any game or contest. Innocent and useful reasons to create
multiple accounts include: providing a public service on your profile, opening a chessforum on a specific subject, or deciding to change your username.
How do I put colors, links,
and chess symbols in my messages?
With a little practice, you can embed links to web sites, highlighted colors, and
chess symbols in your kibitzes.
Please see our special page on Kibitzing Tricks
to learn how. While you are kibitzing, a link to this help area will appear during the preview phase.
How do I put a little graphic (avatar) next to my messages?
This feature is reserved for Premium Chessgames Members.
There is a detailed discussion of this feature on our
Premium Membership Help Page.
How do I ignore a user?
If a certain member of our community annoys you, you have the power
to filter out their kibitzes entirely so that you never need to read
their messages again. To do this, simply click on their name and
visit their profile, then follow the "thumbs down" graphic at
the bottom of the page. They will then be added to your
ignore-list. If you ever change your mind,
you may get back to your ignore-list from your
I forgot my password.
If you supplied your email address when you registered, you
can have your password and username mailed to you from our Password Recovery Page.
What is "annotation?"
Annotation is commentary provided on a game. Sometimes this is
simply analysis of moves which were not played; other times it seeks
to explain the strategies and motives that lie behind the moves.
Games in our database with annotation are marked with this symbol:
To find annotated games, you may click the checkbox next to "with annotation"
on the homepage search. For example, a simple search would reveal
You can also use the "E-Z Search" at the top of the homepage to find annotated
games. For example, to find annotated French Defense games, you can search
for "annotated French Defense"
and you'll receive a list of all French Defense games that contain annotation.
What's an ECO code?
The Encyclopedia of Chess Openings,
or "ECO" for short, is a famous chess publication that attempts to
chronicle all major chess opening variations into five volumes (A-E)
providing readers with a comprehensive collection of modern opening theory.
Contributors to the publication include the very strongest players from
around the world, including some world champions.
the ECO codes as a method of categorizing the games into the various openings.
We also provide a pulldown menu with some of the most popular openings.
This way, you do not need to know ECO codes; you can just select the
opening by name.
HOT TIP: Type "000" into the ECO slot to
find all odds games, and other chess variants such as Fischer Random, etc.
HOT TIP: You can select a range of
ECO codes in the search form. For example, to find all Slav Defense games,
you can type "D10-D19" or simply "D10-19."
What is the Tournament Index?
Our Tournament Index (TI) is a powerful tool that lets you
"flip through the pages of chess history." It presents our chess events in an informative and
chronological manner. The handy search bar lets you find games in certain places, with
certain players, etc.
All pages in the TI have either a leaderboard or
roster, as appropriate. They all allow for members to kibitz.
Most have some kind of introductory text, the finest ones containing
detailed research, crosstables, and more. All pages from our
WCC History Project are part of the TI.
Our New Tournaments page displays
the newest tournaments, added by the Chessgames staff. All new tournaments are automatically inserted into the Tournament Index.
The job of creating pages for historical tournaments is an ongoing endeaver, which takes place
chiefly at the Biographer's Bistro. If you have penchant for
chess history and would like to contribute to the project, feel free to introduce yourself at
the Bistro, and/or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
What are 'Notable Games'?
On some player pages, tournament pages, and opening pages, there is a list of Notable
Games. In the case of player pages, this list highlights some important games that the
player has won or drawn. On opening pages, you can see some milestone games in its
history. If you want to see some interesting games by a player, or of a certain opening,
this is usually a good place to start.
The lists of notable games are calculated by finding the games which most frequently
appear in our users' game collections.
Notable games are chosen using a proprietary algorithm sensitive to the behavior of
Chessgames members. Its results do not necessarily represent the opinions of the
If you want to "vote" for a game, simply put it in one of your game collections.
What are 'Notable Tournaments'?
On some player pages, there is a list of Notable Tournaments. This is a short list of
tournaments and matches, which may be high-points of the player's chess career. In general,
their best performances are at the top. This feature excludes world championships, which are
covered in a different section.
NOTE: Only tournaments in our Tournament Index are eligble for this purpose.
How do I search for a tournament?
If you are looking for a very recent event, simply check out the "New Games" column on our homepage.
To access our entire searchable archive of all tournaments, both current and historic, see our Tournament Index.
If you are interested in a specific World Championship match, you may prefer to reference our History of the World Chess Championship feature.
What is a "Chessgames Biography"?
Some player pages have a section near the top called the Chessgames
Biography. This area usually includes information such as the date of birth,
the date of death for deceased players, the nationality, and a short biography of
the player ranging from a single sentence to several paragraphs.
What are "WCC History Pages"?
This information is supplied by Chessgames members who have volunteered for the job
of supplying biographical data. Much of the historical research takes place on the public
forum designated for this purpose: The Biographer Bistro.
DISCLAIMER: The Chessgames.com staff does not author the biographies,
nor are we responsible for their content. Although the biographies are generally of
high quality, we can make no guarantees to their accuracy.
NOTE: If you have any suggestions to
improve the biographies, or a specific biography,
you will want to give your suggestions to one of the
volunteer editors. One way to make your request heard is to post it to Biographer's Bistro.
NOTE: If you would like to volunteer for the job
of writing biographies, contact email@example.com.
Applicants must be skilled in English writing, and be able to accurately research chess history.
WCC stands for World Chess Championship, and Chessgames has many
pages devoted to this topic. The matches and tournaments
that were involved in World Championships are in our database
with all of the other tournaments, but the World Championship pages
have several special features:
An online historical guide presented by Chessgames.com
A navigation bar appears at the top of these pages allowing you to easily scan through
the World Chess Championships, either in chronological order with the "next"
and "previous" links, or by using the pulldown navigation to jump
directly to any match you like.
- An informative historical article about the match, the players, and the circumstances surrounding it.
- Photographs and illustrations.
- Citations and links to articles and other online resources.
- A navigation system which allows you to scan the matches chronologically
or by jumping directly from any WCC event to any other.
- A scoreboard which shows the final score of the match,
allows you to see the score develop on a game by game basis,
and provides links so you can jump directly to any game.
- A Notable Games section for the match to show
you which games our members find most interesting.
- A discussion forum to discuss the match or analyze the games.
This is an excellent way to learn the history of the World Chess Championship
and the great players who held or challenged the title.
If you want to enjoy this feature,
a good place to start is the introduction page:
The History of the World Chess Championship.
Another good way to enjoy this feature is by stepping through the world championships in chronological order
starting with Zukertort vs Steinitz, 1886,
which is recognized by most chess historians as being the first official World Chess Championship match.
What does "Find Similar Games" do?
On every game page, you will find a link
called 'Find Similar Games.' If you click it, you will be presented with
all games that contain similar opening moves. The games that are
the closest matches to the game you clicked on (the "stem
game") are at the top; and near the bottom you will find games
which deviated earlier. This way, you can search for specific opening
variations with more precision that you can do with the ECO codes.
This page will also compute the novelty of the game, which is the first
move that distinguishes the game from all others in the database. (Note
that often the so-called "novelty" is actually a blunder!)
Please note: This feature is only somewhat savvy to transpositions,
especially those that occur during the first 6 moves. Unlike the
Opening Explorer, complicated
transpositions are not recognized here.
Chessgames enables members to bookmark their favorite games to review later, or to share
This is accomplished through Game Collections, which are
lists of games that users assemble themselves. For example, you
might have "Favorite Capablanca Endgames" as one collection, and
"Ruy Lopez Opening Traps" as another. It's entirely up to you to
decide which games go into these collections.
Creating Collections - Registered users will see on the bottom of
game pages a button that says "Add Game to Collection." Next to this
button is a pulldown menu that contains all of the collections you
maintain, plus a choice called "New Collection." If you want to create
a new game collection into which the game will be added, select "New
Collection." If you want to add the game to a collection
you already own, you pick that collection from the list.
When you add a game to "New Collection," you will
be asked to name your new collection, and
optionally to provide a short introduction/description for the games.
In this way, you can pick the games that you like and add them to your
collections. Whatever you enter at this point can be changed later.
Editing Collections - When you visit your profile,
you will see a special link
that allows you to edit your game
collections. That takes you to the "Game Collection Administration
Page" where you can remove
games, change the titles/descriptions, and even change the order that the
Sharing Your Collections With Others - Suppose you have a number of
collections with games in them, now what? For starters, when you visit your profile page you can see links to your collections.
Other users who see your profile can see these links, also. In that way, you can
share your compilations with other members.
If you make a really good collection, you might want to visit the Kibitzer's Café and tell others about it.
When others read your message, they can click on your name and then see the
collections you've created. In the future, we will make more features to help users
enjoy the game collections of others.
Searching Game Collections - You can find game collections on
virtually any subject using our powerful Game Collection Search Page.
We hope that you find this feature an excellent way to organize
your chess research, while sharing your findings with others.
PLEASE NOTE: Free accounts are limited to a total
of 8 game collections, and no collection may have more than 101 games. These limits
are greatly expanded for premium Chessgames members.
If you volunteer to use the Game Collections feature, you do
so entirely at your own risk. Chessgames.com shall not be held
responsible for lost information, labor, or other damages arising from
the use of this product, and reserves the right to alter or
discontinue this service without prior notice. In creating a
Game Collection at our site, you forfeit any claims to copyright on
the selection of games, the game notes/titles, and the introduction to
the collection. Game Collections are not confidential and can be
viewed by the public.
do you get your games?
The database has been constructed
over a period of many years from PGN files obtained from free, public domain
sources. Primary among these sources are:
The very newest games are usually obtained from the official websites of the chess events.
We also accept PGN submitted from our users, pending review by
administrators. Please see our PGN
Upload Page for more information.
I download search results in one big PGN file?
Yes, but this feature
requires a Chessgames Premium Membership.
See our Premium Member FAQ for
I can't see the games!
If you can't see the games,
here are some possible reasons.
We have a Troubleshooting Page for
these kinds of issues and more.
- To use some of the more advanced chess viewers, Chessgames.com requires Java which may not be
present on your computer. You can download Java for free
- Java technology, unfortunately, tends to be unstable for some
users. To solve this, we provide more than one Java viewer: if one
doesn't work, try another. (You can change your Java viewer setting
on the preferences page or on any
- Perhaps your browser's configuration has Java turned off? Check
your browser preferences for any Java-related options and make sure
they are set properly.
Note that it is possible to configure your browser to view PGN files from the web in
a PGN viewing application; once you do this, the "download PGN" link found on the
game pages should display the game using your own software.
Some users report that the applet usually works but occasionally misbehaves. If
this is your situation, simply reloading the page often corrects
the problem. Failing that, closing your browser and restarting it often does the
trick. Failing that, try rebooting!
If you try all of this, and you still have problems, please tell us
about it, including the specific computer platform you are using (operating
system, browser, and anything else you think might be important.)
Report technical problems to chess@Chessgames.com. Thank you.
How can I flip the board, so that Black is on the bottom?
This depends on which Java viewer you use. In the case of the default viewer (Chess Viewer Deluxe)
the method is to press the two triangles symbol in the lower left corner of the board. You can learn more about the default
viewer at our Chess Viewer Deluxe Quickstart Guide.
Is there software that will help me use Chessgames.com?
If your internet browser has
Java, you can use our site without any special software.
However, there are programs that you may prefer to use over the
Java-viewers. If your browser is configured properly, you can click on
"download PGN" to see the game displayed
with your software. Users who do this often choose "none" as a Java
Here are some free PGN viewers that you can use for this purpose:
Filemate (Windows, shareware)
- PGN Mentor
(Windows, free demo available)
Reader 1.52 (Windows, free)
What are the differences
between the viewers?
We currently offer five choices for your chess viewer. You can change
your setting at the preferences page,
as well as on any page where you are viewing a game.
The default viewer (Chess Viewer Deluxe) works fine for most people, but some users
prefer other options found on other chess-viewing packages. Here are
the current choices:
found a mistake in your database that requires correction. What should I do?
- Chess Viewer Deluxe -
A powerful and easy to use java viewer that contains many powerful features, such as
allowing you to analyze the board position by moving pieces, move through the game with
your arrow keys, and play games automatically. As such, it is our default viewer.
Please see Chess Viewer Deluxe Quickstart Guide for more
information on this application.
- MyChess - A happy medium between
features and reliability. Chess Viewer Deluxe is an improved version of MyChess.
- pgn4web - This is currently the only non-java viewer
that we offer, and it's a very good one. It is the ideal choice for cell phones and tables such as the iPad.
One of its strengths is that it has a very simple crisp appearance that can be rendered very large. However,
it does not let you manipulate the pieces.
- ChessTutor - The fanciest
java chess viewer; contains many features such as resizing the board,
automatic move progression, and more. It is the least stable; some
users report not getting it to work.
- MistyBeach - The least-fancy
java chess viewer; very simple and plain, but it gets the job done.
It does not support odds games, nor does it support games that use
RAV (recursive annotated variations). Very
few users have reported problems with it, although there are a few
games in the database (with annotation) that cannot be viewed with it.
- Sjkbase -
Its operation seems a little odd at times, but the board looks great and
it has a very powerful feature: it lets you actually move the pieces on
the board so that you can analyze positions. It is a relatively old piece of
software, and no longer supported, so use it at your own risk.
- None (Display Moves Only) - This option simply displays the
moves of the game in a little box. However, the "Download PGN" link
found on each page will activate a PGN viewer on your PC if your browser
is configured properly. Use this option if none of the above choices work
for you, or if you simply prefer to use your own PGN
The Chessgames.com database is
a compilation of PGN files obtained from various sources.
As a result, there is inconsistency with the data, and some
games are incorrect. Our admins process corrections regularly
in order to fix errors in our data.
The most common mistakes include:
You can help the correction process by clicking the "suggest correction" link
on every game, player, and tournament page. This will be forwarded to our database administrators.
- Game with misattributed players.
- Games with wrong moves, or wrong move order.
- The year, tournament, or location of the game is wrong, or missing.
If you see an important chess game that we are missing, you may
submit the game (in PGN format) to us, by using our
PGN Upload Utility.
Do not post corrections in the "Kibitzer's Corner."
The admins do not necessarily read that area and are
unlikely to take action until a correction slip is submitted.
Do not email us with corrections. We made the "suggest correction"
link so we could avoid that. Thanks.
Do fill out the correction slip form. Your correction will be vetted
by an admin and tended to promptly.
What is the ChessBookie Game?
The ChessBookie Game is a free game available to
everybody. It is a gambling simulation (no real money involved) where players make wagers on
chess games, tournaments, and more. It costs nothing to play, and you can win cool prizes if
you win. For more information see our ChessBookie Introduction.
What is Child-Friendly Mode (Quiet Mode)?
While the member discussion ("kibitzing") is one of Chessgames' most dynamic and interesting
features, there may be times when you'd like to suppress it. For example, you may be
supervising a young child using Chessgames, or perhaps you use Chessgames from your mobile phone
and want to save bandwidth.
I learn to play stronger chess?
Whatever the reason, Child-Friendly mode, also known as Quiet Mode, is a setting that makes the kibitzing vanish. You'll find it
on your preference page labeled "Child-safe mode." When you activate this feature, several changes take
place to your account:
NOTE: This feature is not intended to be a substitute for diligent adult supervision.
- You are unable to see or participate in any posting on any kibitzing area--games pages, player pages, chessforums,
etc, with the singular exception of the Chessgames User Support Forum.
- If you have an active chessforum, it will be disabled while you are in Quiet Mode.
- It will announce that you are in Quiet Mode on your profile page: "Quiet mode enabled (This user cannot see kibitzing.)"
- You will be blocked from the New Kibitzing Page, the Kibitzer's Café, Search Kibitzing, and a few other pages.
- To prevent children from accidentally disabling this feature, the logout button is temporarily disabled while in Quiet Mode.
(To properly logout, you must first visit your preference page,
disable Quiet Mode, then visit the logout page as normal.)
There are many things you can do, but here are some of the best suggestions:
- Play often, and play against opponents who are good enough
to beat you at least half of the time. You can do this at
a local chess club, or on the internet.
- Review games of great players. That's where Chessgames.com can help!
When reviewing a game, before you look at the next move, try to guess
what the GM played.
- Read books. The greatest chessplayers of all time have
written clear and precise guides for playing strong chess.
- Study endings. "The endgame is to chess what
putting is to golf."
- After every game you review or play, try to determine the
specific move where the loser went wrong.
- Attend local chess tournaments. There is something about the
atmosphere of a tournament, when prizes and glory are on the line,
that brings out the best in players of all levels.
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