Play Chess on Your Google Homepage!

  • erik
  • on 8/12/09, 1:14 PM.

Play Chess on Your Google Homepage!
Launch of gadget on iGoogle Leveraging OpenSocial

As of August 12th, users of the iGoogle homepage can now play chess with their friends with a new chess gadget. is one of the first companies to offer interactive gaming through iGoogle using the new OpenSocial implementation. Once you've added the gadget you can then begin inviting your contacts to play chess with you right through their own iGoogle page. To add this gadget simply click here: 

>> Add iGoogle Chess Gadget

NOTE: This is rolling out across the USA and Australia this week, so it may not be available to everyone immediately.

At we chose to develop for iGoogle because it will allow us to reach tens of millions of iGoogle users and introduce to them the enjoyable social nature of playing chess online with friends. And because we are using the OpenSocial API, we can more easily launch a chess gadget on other sites in the future. We worked closely with Google to create the best possible chess experience and Google was very helpful in providing technical advice, feedback, and testing.  

We're excited about the potential of on iGoogle and will be making regular improvements over time. Right now you cannot interface with your regular website games, but we hope to include that ability soon. 

Fore more information on Google's new support of OpenSocial, see here:


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  • 22 months ago


    ¡Por favor, sea relevante, útil y agradable!

  • 3 years ago


  • 4 years ago


  • 4 years ago


    what happened? I can't see any of my games in progress now.

  • 6 years ago


    I see a couple other people have also inquired about integrating my account with the iGoogle gadget... when will the feature be possible (it would be willing to loose my gamestats from either 'account' if integreation could start "yesterday". Sill a lovely app

  • 6 years ago


    jolly good show

  • 6 years ago


    cool !

  • 6 years ago


    how do you change your profile image?  I cant find it under settings

  • 6 years ago


    this article has been going on for days I want a new one

  • 6 years ago


    Is there any way at all to setup your account to use it with this igoogle gadget? It seems to create the new account when you start it for the first time...Frown

  • 6 years ago


    For all those who had the message that the new feature wasn't available - do remember to try again!  I had the same message myself at first, but now I have access. Cool

  • 6 years ago


    seems like it creates new account... is there a way to use esisting one????

  • 6 years ago


    realy good idea i am going to try it

  • 6 years ago


    Well, I got it to work, but it is just turned-based chess.

    I was hoping it was a way to play live chess with people here without using Live Chess Beta.  But alas, no !Cry


  • 6 years ago


    great news.

  • 6 years ago

    GM arunabi

    Wow thats a great news for chess fans!!!!

  • 6 years ago


    Now you have sold your soul to google? LOL

  • 6 years ago


    I'm curious if google's social thingie works for Erik.  Seems most of us in the LA area can't use it :(

  • 6 years ago


    When It came up, I put it on google immeditility, thanks.

  • 6 years ago


    you guts are so smart! Great stuff!

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