Vote Chess Help Center
Welcome to the Vote Chess Help Center! Please read these FAQs to learn more about how Vote Chess works and how you can get the most out of it.
What is Vote Chess?
Vote Chess is a game played by multiple players on different sides where each player casts a vote to try and determine the final move. Then the move with the most votes is played. Some Vote Chess games consist of 1/2 of Chess.com Members vs. the other 1/2 of Chess.com Members. In this mode players are randomly assigned to a team. Another mode allows all Chess.com Members to play against ONE player such as a Grandmaster or other notable player.
How do I play Vote Chess?
To play Vote Chess simply go to the game you want to play while you are logged in and you will automatically be assigned to a team! You can join a game at any point during the game. Once you are assigned a team you can then make your move and submit it to the voting. Once time is up moves are tallied up and the move is made. You can discuss the entire game in the PUBLIC forum, or discuss strategies in the TEAM forums.
Additionally, in some games the other votes will be shown BEFORE you make a move, and in other games you will not see the other votes until AFTER you have moved.
Can I use computers or outside help in my Vote Chess game?
The default stance is that computers and outside help are NOT allowed! However, if a game is going to allow computer or outside help it will be clearly noted in the game description.
How do the different comments sections work?
There are three different comments sections. PUBLIC can be seen by everyone and anyone. You can go there to meet face to face with the competition! TEAM comments are only seen by your teammates. The ARCHIVE allows you to go back and use the comments of previous moves.
Why can't I play in every game?
While most games are open to everyone, some games are only open to Premium Chess.com Members. To learn more about Premium Membership, click here.
Can I change my move?
Once you submit your move you cannot change your vote for that move! Think carefully...
What happens when there is a tie vote for moves?
If there is a tie vote for one or more moves then the move that was first suggested is chosen as the winning move.
How do I review the whole game?
You can review the moves of the game by clicking on the MOVES tab. You can also use the ARCHIVE to step back to a past game state and view comments and the current move.
How do I offer a draw?
You can offer a draw in addition to your move. It will not be counted as your move. The draw offer will only be submitted if more than 50% of the voters include the draw offer. Then the other team will have the option of accepting the draw with more than 50% of votes.
How do I suggest that we resign?
If you feel that the game is over and would like to resign then you can cast your vote to resign. If more than 60% of voters choose to resign then the game will be over.
If you have any questions about Vote Chess, please contact our Member Support team!