Live Chess Changes! (2013-06-05)

Greetings, chess-lovers!

As you may have noticed, Live Chess was down for a while today. The good news is that we updated Live with some cool new changes we'd like to tell you about!

Clearer, cleaner post-game text in the Chat window enables you to share your game via Facebook or Twitter! Note: If you're not seeing this yet, don't worry... It should be in effect for all players later today!

Want to filter incoming direct challenges by rating? Now you can! Visit Settings > Play tab to set it up! (Note that the values can either be absolute, like 1200 to 1500, or relative, like -200 to +200 - just like when you're creating a Seek!)

All members can now use Live Chess text commands!

The "Analyze" link you see to the left of the move list after a game will no longer invite your opponent to a review session. (You have to explicitly click the "Review with opponent" link for that now.)

Several improvements to the analysis boards make it easier to get your Game PGN and reload the original game once you've entered some variations

Right-click/drag to draw arrows and highlight squares on games you are observing, even while they are still being played! (This is going to be very excellent for our commentators - and viewers - on TV!)

Simul players will now auto-jump to their next ready game, meaning fewer surprises and less unnecessary time-trouble (and best of all, larger simuls!)

We also made some other changes under the covers, including optimizations for the Seek graph and some other performance enhancements. We hope you love the changes! Let us know in the Comments!


  • 2 years ago


    TheBlueKnight9 I agree

  • 2 years ago


    No take would not be real chess.......and no submit move on live please.

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  • 2 years ago


    How about the ability--in Live Chess, just like in Online Chess--to click "confirm" before submitting a move.  Or maybe an option to request a take back, due to technical problems.

  • 2 years ago


    Timestamps are unfortunately still not here... :-)

  • 3 years ago


    i am not aware that you can play simul here in!

  • 3 years ago


    I always love to see these...what's next for

  • 3 years ago


    All this effort is great, however, where is live chess960?

  • 3 years ago


    I agree with Dan, there should be a feature which hides the opponents rating until afterwards.

  • 3 years ago

    FM VPA

    Congrats-I haven't seen the new features but just read them & I'm sure this will make more interesting & colourfulKissWink

  • 3 years ago


    @DeepGreene, it encourages people to play people of all strengths because they wont know who they are playing, just like in a tournament.

  • 3 years ago


    I think it would always make you play at one level, your best. And stronger opponents would play at their best and not use skills they already know like traps and pawn storming. My rating is Dan's scrambled don't be jelly.

  • 3 years ago


    @danheisman: Thanks! We have not (to my knowledge). How would that help? By discouraging people being intimidated by or underestimating their opponent?

    But that almost seems like a "life skill" we should all be developing, doesn't it? 

  • 3 years ago

    NM danheisman

    Great - good stuff. Have we considered an option to hide the opponent's rating until after the game?

  • 3 years ago


    I don't have a filter. :(

  • 3 years ago


    Thank you to everyone on the team for all your hard work.

  • 3 years ago


    for when yo accept a seek can yo show what rating they want or if you are in their rating range. 

  • 3 years ago


    you should be able to analyse your game with a chess engine after its finished like you can on FICS.

  • 3 years ago


    great updates indeed! BUT, i trust is even much better to work on the lag problems. Smile

  • 3 years ago


    Thank you for the hard work @deepgreene & crew. Most appreciated.

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