|Slogan||Play Chess Online|
Type of site
|Internet chess server, Social media website|
|1,204 (February 2014[update])|
Chess.com is an Internet chess community, chess server and social networking website, and also the name of the company that runs the website. According to Alexa rankings, it is the most frequently visited chess site on the internet.
The domain chess.com was originally set up in about 1995 by Aficionado, a Berkeley, California based company, in order to sell a piece of chess tutoring software called "Chess Mentor". In 2005, internet entrepreneur Erik Allebest and partner Jarom ("Jay") Severson purchased the domain name and assembled a team of software developers to redevelop the site as a chess portal. The site was relaunched in 2007. Allebest plays chess at an amateur level. The site was heavily promoted via social media and grew quickly, attracting mainly casual players. In 2009, chess.com announced a takeover of a similar chess social networking site, chesspark.com.
In October 2013, chess.com acquired the Dutch-based chess news site chessvibes.com. According to the website mainpage there are over 9 million members.
Chess.com has held regular "deathmatches", whereby two titled players are paid to play a series of blitz games (5-minute, 3-minute and 1-minute, all with one second increment). To date there have been 24 deathmatches, some of them held between some of the top grandmasters, such as Dmitry Andreikin, Lê Quang Liêm, Wesley So, Georg Meier, Arkadij Naiditsch, Loek van Wely, Fabiano Caruana, Judit Polgár and Nigel Short.
Visitors to the site can play on a live chess server and correspondence style games, referred to on the site as "turn-based". Players may also play against chess engines, and premium subscribers may participate in voting games, in which players form teams and vote on the best move. Additional features include tactics training, chess forums, articles, chess news, downloads, openings databases, groups, live broadcasts, daily puzzles, online coaching and a game database of over 2 million games.
On the site, players are able to learn to play at any level, take part in discussion forums and watch chess events.
The company publishes a large number of articles on a variety of chess-related topics, including chess strategy, opening theory and history. Regular contributors include Gregory Serper, Bruce Pandolfini, Rafael Leitão, Dan Heisman, Jeremy Silman, Petar Genov and Natalia Pogonina.
Chess.com has a policy against the use of chess engines in all forms of the game, except unrated games where both players agree. In 2009, the site adopted a "name and shame" policy towards cheating, and maintains a blacklist.
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