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About Chess.com

  • webmaster
  • | Sep 2, 2010

Chess.com is #1 in online chess... But who are we? Where did Chess.com come from? Where are we going?

The Beginning
Chess.com started in 2005 when two friends — Jay and Erik (that's me!) — decided the world needed a better chess website. We met 10 years earlier in college, where I first became addicted to chess — and Jay was the chess club president. We became friends through our shared passion for the game.

There were places to play online, but none of them felt like home. We imagined a site where people could build their chess home online and all in one place: to play in a safe and friendly environment, find friends, save their games, tell their chess stories, share ideas, and learn from each other.

I was mid-way through a graduate degree at Stanford and all of my classmates were taking jobs in finance or hot tech companies. But I turned down job offers (including Facebook!) to follow the dream of building the greatest chess site the world had ever seen. And I convinced Jay’s wife to let him join me! Luckily enough, we found out that “chess.com” was coming available in a bankruptcy auction, and we bought the name.

Over the next several years, Jay and I poured our life savings, our hearts, and most of our waking hours into building Chess.com. But we never imagined what it is today!

Chess.com Today
- Chess.com hosts more than one million chess games every day. It’s crazy. Even we can’t believe it!

- Chess.com employs more than 40 people as programmers, content editors, and member support. This team is entirely virtual (no office) and represents 12 countries!

- Chess.com supports more than 20 world class chess players, coaches, and professionals by paying them to create awesome content.

Our Values
Chess.com tries to be more than a chess site. We strive to be a community where chess fans from around the world can feel safe and happy while they grow as chess players. Here's what we believe in:

- Kindness: We believe that everyone deserves to be treated with respect. We encourage everyone to follow the golden rule of treating others how you would like to be treated. Be kind!

- Learning: You never lose when you learn! Life and chess are both about learning, growing, experimenting, failing and then getting back up again with greater knowledge and understanding.

- Joy: We believe in fun, smiles, laughter, and in creating enjoyable experiences for everyone. Chess can be pure joy! The beauty of the game and the pure satisfaction of moving chess pieces around a board… exhilarating!

Meet The Team

erik erik - CEO

My job is to hire people smarter than me - and I did! I am the luckiest person in the world to work with such amazing people on such a meaningful project like Chess.com. I am an avid chess player and love meeting random players from around the world - maybe I will see you over the board!

Team Member - Role

More team member bios coming soon!



Have Ideas?
Want to tell us what you think or how we can improve? Post to the Feedback forum and we will see it and respond!

Join Us?
Want to merge your passion with your job? We may be hiring - tell us about you.

Need Help?
If you have any questions for us, or need help, please contact our amazing Member Support team and we will get back to you as fast as we can!


  • 10 months ago


    I luv chess.com

    its the perfect chess website i have tried tons of other chess sites

    but this is the best

  • 10 months ago



  • 11 months ago


    Thanks guys for making chess.com the most user friendly chess site around

  • 11 months ago



    Chess.com., is the renowned forum for playing live chess. 

  • 11 months ago


    Listen you Developers,

    There is no easy way to contact you then no-one ever replies!!!! But your site is trying to install ROGUE apps on my computer!!!!

    It s attempting to install a rogue flash-player!!! That is neither adobe, and since I have the latest java platform and flash player, it makes no sense it tries to install both, but from a ROGUE souce.....


    I will not have it, but its annoying when it happens in the middle of a BLITZ game!!!!!!!!!!! This will cause people to flee your site!!!! Pls pay attention.

    I write this because there is no visible e-mail we can contact you on!!!!!


  • 11 months ago


    I love this site, but I can't capture my opponent's piece while I am going on a tablet. Frown Could you fix it soon?

  • 11 months ago


    Keep up the good work and continue to make chess.com a better place for all

  • 11 months ago



  • 11 months ago


    It is good

  • 11 months ago


    Great site but can't you look for a pattern of misbehaviour before restricting access? I swear all my disconnections are in won positions! DrMark

  • 11 months ago


    Hi, i wonder.

    Why you bought from me about 170 points for losing the opponent more upper than me. Anyway i won't have no more points. With this latest point i can play only with the children. And must win about 100 times to give back my losed points.

    Thank you for this injustice decision...

  • 11 months ago


    I think  chess com  one of the biggest  and  familiar  online  of  specifically  chess.   If  any player clarifies  in any one of open to  chesscom  and  clear  the problem, NOR  DOUBT  ABOUT  IT......BEST  WISHES   AND  ALL  CHESS PLAYERS  NEEDS  MORE TOURNAMENTS   ALWAYS   AND   EVER.....

  • 11 months ago



  • 11 months ago


    Good morning, please get back to me, would become premium member if you could tell me how to fix just one bug! when i watch the masters play, i notice that they are able to move much faster than me; not just their exptertise, however when i sometimes try to take a piece it can be very dificult; having to repeat the procedure several times sometimes to make that move! Please respond, 

  • 11 months ago


    Gnafron has left! Will this affect chess.com or my games?

  • 11 months ago


    is there a number to call  to ask a question

  • 11 months ago


    Thanks guys for making chess.com the most user friendly chess site around

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  • 12 months ago


    can i play free or not

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