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Frequently asked questions

The following is a list of questions you may have when playing chess at

Correspondence Chess
General Questions

How do I send a message to my opponent?
When it is your move, you'll see a text field where you can type a message to your opponent. That message will show up when you submit your move.

My opponent and I are playing a game with one day per move. Their time has expired and I've tried sending them an email, yet they refuse to move. What can I do?
Once each player has made a move, the game becomes "official" at If your opponent's time is up and they haven't made a move for whatever reason, you have the option of claiming a timeout win. A link will show up both within your list of correspondence games and on the chess board itself, allowing you to claim your victory.

My opponent's time is up, yet the link to claim victory isn't showing up. Why not?
This is because the minimum number of moves hasn't been made yet. You can not claim a time out victory for games such as this. Your alternative is to simply delete the game.

How do I castle?
Click on the king, then click the square corresponding to where you want to move the king. The rook will automatically move to the correct position.

I tried to castle, but the game indicates that's an illegal move. Why is that?
There are a number of reasons why this could be the case. If you previously moved your king, then castling is illegal for the remainder of the game. You also can't move the rook in which you're attempting to castle with prior to castling. For example, if you're trying to castle king-side, you can not move the h-rook prior to castling. If you do, castling kingside is illegal for the remainder of the game. Finally, you can not castle while in check and you can't castle through a check. For a complete explanation of castling, check out special moves - castling.

I'm playing a game and my opponent is saying things I don't like. What can I do?
You have a couple of options. You can click on the "disable comments" checkbox and as the name implies, comments will be disabled for the remainder of the game. You can also stop the user from contacting you via mail by going to your inbox and clicking "Block Users" on the right hand side of the page. In the text box, start typing the username of the user you want to block and they should show up in a list. Pick that user to block them. You can always unblock them by selecting their name from the list below on the same page.

If the user's comments are truly offensive, vulgar and violate's good citizen policy, please contact If their behavior is seen as offensive and vulgar, this user will be warned and if they continue, will be banned. The last thing we want is to have to ban someone, but we also want a harmonious community.

Someone sent me a private message. Where can I view it?
On the upper left hand side of the page next to your avatar, you should see a red square with the word "INBOX" in it, along with a number in parentheses. Clicking on this button will take you to your inbox, which will have all messages sent to you by users.

How will I be notified when it's my turn to move?
Any time your opponent moves, an email will be sent to the address you set when you created your account. You can update your email address by going to the admin tab of the profile page.

Every time my opponent makes a move, I receive an email notification. I don't want these email messages anymore. How can I stop them?
If you go to the admin tab of the profile page, there is a section that says "Send me an email every time my opponent moves". You can turn new move email messages on or off here.

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