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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 ten million chess games every day . It’s crazy. Even we can’t believe it!
  • Chess.com employs more than 200 people as programmers, content editors, and member support. This team is entirely virtual (no office) and represents 35 countries!
  • Chess.com supports more than 50 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


Analysis

Analysis Manager
Since: February 2016
Developer
Since: April 2018
Junior AI Researcher
Since: July 2020
Developer
Since: December 2020
Developer
Since: May 2021
Software Development Intern
Since: July 2021

Android

Android Developer
Since: February 2010
Android Lead
Since: May 2015
Android Developer
Since: June 2018
Android Developer
Since: March 2019
Android Developer
Since: March 2019
Android Developer
Since: November 2019
Android Developer
Since: March 2020

Backend

Senior Backend Developer
Since: April 2011
PHP Developer
Since: September 2012
Software Developer
Since: April 2013
Developer
Since: April 2013
Backend Lead
Since: January 2014
Software Developer, Devops
Since: May 2014
Web Developer
Since: May 2014
Web Backend Developer
Since: May 2015
Security Liaison
Since: June 2015
Web Developer
Since: May 2016
PHP Developer
Since: April 2017
Web Developer
Since: April 2017
Backend Developer
Since: February 2019
PHP Developer
Since: February 2019
Engine / Systems / BE Developer
Since: June 2019
Senior PHP Developer
Since: June 2019
Backend Developer
Since: February 2020
Backend Developer
Since: March 2020
Web Developer
Since: July 2020
PHP Developer
Since: August 2020
Backend Developer
Since: October 2020
Backend Developer
Since: January 2021
Backend Developer
Since: February 2021
Senior PHP Developer
Since: April 2021
Senior PHP Developer
Since: May 2021
Senior PHP Developer
Since: May 2021
Senior PHP Developer
Since: August 2021

Business

CEO
Since: June 2005
CMO
Since: June 2011
HR Director, SHRM-CP
Since: January 2019
CFO
Since: February 2019
CLO
Since: January 2020
Finance Associate
Since: February 2021
Director of Business Development
Since: March 2021
HR Coordinator
Since: March 2021

ChessBomb

Chessbomb Broadcaster
Since: December 2018
ChessBomb media
Since: December 2018
ChessBomb
Since: December 2019
ChessBomb Co-Founder
Since: December 2019

ChessKid

Project Manager
Since: May 2011
chesskid(ing) developer
Since: August 2012
ChessKid Web Developer
Since: October 2012
CK CCO
Since: September 2013
ChessKid Frontend Developer
Since: June 2014
2D Animator & Illustrator
Since: September 2014
Events Support & QA Specialist
Since: February 2015
ChessKid Marketing & Support
Since: February 2016
Dir. of Marketing & Coach Liaison
Since: February 2016
Developer
Since: June 2016
ChessKid President
Since: April 2017
CK Front-end Architect
Since: July 2017
Frontend Developer
Since: April 2019
iOS Developer
Since: March 2020
Account Manager
Since: April 2020
Education Director
Since: April 2020
Member Support Specialist
Since: April 2020
Business Consultant
Since: June 2020
WIM Ivette
Director of ChessKid Espanol
Since: October 2020
Events Manager
Since: November 2020
Operations Support
Since: November 2020
Android Developer
Since: December 2020
Education/Curriculum Content Dev.
Since: January 2021
Events Support & QA Specialist
Since: January 2021
Events, Fair Play, and QA
Since: February 2021
Content Marketing
Since: February 2021
Director, International Growth
Since: May 2021
Social Media Specialist
Since: July 2021

Content

Chief Chess Officer
Since: June 2010
Director of Media Production
Since: March 2013
Director of Content
Since: September 2013
PRO Chess League Commissioner
Since: August 2016
Commentator and Advisor
Since: September 2016
Vice President of Content
Since: April 2017
NMDane
Curriculum Specialist
Since: June 2017
Statistician
Since: January 2018
Director of Training Content
Since: February 2019
Director of Written Content
Since: May 2019
Editor
Since: June 2019
Social Media Manager
Since: July 2019
Staff Writer
Since: July 2019
Staff Writer
Since: March 2020
Video Producer
Since: March 2020
Leagues Administrator
Since: April 2020
Content Correspondence Assistant
Since: October 2020
Video Editor
Since: November 2020
Community Manager
Since: December 2020
Video / Audio Producer
Since: December 2020
Social Media Assistant
Since: January 2021
Video Editor
Since: February 2021
Community Assistant
Since: February 2021
Lesson Author
Since: August 2021
Promotional Content Consultant
Since: August 2021

Dr. Wolf

Dr. Wolf Lesson Writer
Since: July 2020
Lead Developer, Dr. Wolf
Since: October 2020
Dr. Wolf Support
Since: November 2020
Dr. Wolf Developer
Since: February 2021

Events

Streaming and Events Manager
Since: December 2017
Director of Broadcast Operations
Since: August 2018
Partnership Coordinator
Since: June 2020
Event Coordinator
Since: July 2020
Esports Producer
Since: September 2020
Esports Producer
Since: March 2021
Events & Titled Relations Manager
Since: March 2021
Partnership Coordinator
Since: April 2021
Director of Programming
Since: June 2021

Fair Play

Director of Research
Since: January 2014
Head of Cheat Detection
Since: February 2014
Director of Artificial intelligence
Since: February 2019
Cheat Detection
Since: June 2019
Fair Play Analyst
Since: January 2021
Fair Play Senior Analyst
Since: February 2021
Fair Play Manager
Since: February 2021
GMMatt
Fair Play Analyst
Since: May 2021

Frontend

Frontend Lead
Since: February 2013
JavaScript programmer
Since: May 2013
Pixel Perfect Developer
Since: November 2014
Lead Javascript Developer
Since: December 2014
Frontend Developer
Since: July 2015
Engine Master
Since: September 2015
Frontend developer
Since: September 2015
Frontend developer
Since: December 2015
Frontend developer
Since: June 2017
Frontend Tooling Architect
Since: November 2017
Frontend Developer
Since: February 2018
Frontend developer
Since: May 2018
Developer
Since: July 2018
Developer
Since: December 2018
Frontend Developer
Since: February 2019
Frontend Developer
Since: January 2020
Frontend Developer
Since: February 2020
Frontend Developer
Since: April 2020
QA Automation Contributor
Since: June 2020
Frontend Developer
Since: July 2020
Frontend Developer
Since: July 2020
Software Intern
Since: August 2020
Frontend Developer
Since: November 2020
Frontend Developer
Since: February 2021
Frontend Developer
Since: February 2021

International

Director of Internationalization
Since: June 2015
Russian Social Media Manager
Since: March 2017
Director of Russian Content
Since: May 2017
Polish Translator
Since: June 2017
German Translator
Since: June 2017
Director of Turkish Content
Since: July 2017
Director of Italian Content
Since: August 2017
Director of Portuguese Content
Since: December 2017
Director of French Content
Since: January 2018
Portuguese Socia Media Manager
Since: January 2018
Polish Social Media Manager
Since: February 2018
Director of Spanish
Since: February 2018
Director of Indian Content
Since: October 2018
French Social Media Manager
Since: July 2019
Portuguese Translator
Since: July 2019
Director of German Content
Since: October 2019
Norwegian Social Manager
Since: October 2019
Director of Korean
Since: November 2019
Russian Content Manager
Since: December 2019
Spanish Translator
Since: December 2019
Indian Social Media Manager
Since: January 2020
Azerbaijan Community Manager
Since: March 2020
Director of Russian Content
Since: July 2020
Japanese Translator
Since: August 2020
Director of Spanish Content
Since: January 2021
Norwegian Community Manager
Since: February 2021
Spanish Translator
Since: March 2021
Spanish Community Manager
Since: April 2021
Turkish Social Media Manager
Since: April 2021
Russian Social Media Manager
Since: April 2021
Russian Video Editor
Since: May 2021

iOS

iOS Developer
Since: January 2011
iOS Lead
Since: October 2012
iOS Developer
Since: February 2019
iOS Developer
Since: April 2020
iOS Developer
Since: November 2020
iOS Developer
Since: March 2021
iOS Developer
Since: April 2021

IT

CTO
Since: July 2007
Director of Technology
Since: August 2020
VP of Engineering
Since: July 2021

Komodo

Komodo Partner
Since: January 2018
Komodo Chess Lead
Since: January 2018
Komodo Support
Since: January 2018
Komodo Developer
Since: October 2018
Komodo Developer
Since: September 2020

Live Chess

LC Server Consultant
Since: June 2006
LiveChess Developer
Since: May 2009
Senior Java Developer
Since: May 2014
Scalability Architect
Since: April 2018
Live/Platform Lead
Since: April 2018
Java Developer
Since: March 2020
Live Chess Developer
Since: July 2020
Java Developer
Since: July 2020

Marketing

Marketing & Growth
Since: December 2016
Director of Growth Marketing
Since: June 2020
App Store Manager
Since: February 2021
Public Relations Manager
Since: April 2021

Product

Director of Communications
Since: January 2011
Chief Product Officer
Since: October 2012
Motion Designer
Since: September 2015
Graphic Designer
Since: December 2015
Support
Since: May 2016
Product Designer
Since: May 2018
Project Manager
Since: June 2018
Content Graphic Designer
Since: April 2019
Graphic Designer
Since: December 2019
QA Specialist
Since: May 2020
Android QA Specialist
Since: June 2020
Product Designer
Since: July 2020
Brand Designer
Since: July 2020
QA Specialist
Since: September 2020
Media Designer
Since: December 2020
Senior Director of Product
Since: January 2021
Director of Design
Since: January 2021
Media Designer
Since: January 2021
Product Manager
Since: January 2021
QA Specialist
Since: January 2021
QA Specialist
Since: February 2021
Product Manager
Since: March 2021
Graphic Designer
Since: April 2021
Product Manager
Since: June 2021

Support

Billing / Member Support
Since: June 2010
Director of Support
Since: March 2014
Customer Happiness Engineer
Since: February 2015
Member Support Specialist
Since: July 2015
Support
Since: December 2016
Retention & Fair Play
Since: June 2017
Support Generalist
Since: January 2018
Member Support Specialist
Since: May 2018
Support Knowledgebase Manager
Since: February 2019
Abuse Manager
Since: April 2019
Support Staff
Since: August 2019
Member Support (French)
Since: August 2019
Member Support Specialist
Since: October 2019
Member Support Specialist
Since: November 2019
Member Support Specialist
Since: November 2019
Member Support Specialist
Since: April 2020
Member Support Specialist / Arabic Community Manager
Since: April 2020
Member Support Specialist
Since: April 2020
Member Support Specialist
Since: April 2020
Member Support Specialist
Since: June 2020
Member Support Specialist
Since: July 2020
Member Support Specialist
Since: July 2020
Member Support Specialist
Since: July 2020
Member Support Specialist
Since: July 2020
Member Support Specialist
Since: December 2020
Member Support Specialist
Since: December 2020
Member Support Specialist
Since: December 2020
Member Support Specialist
Since: January 2021
Member Support Specialist
Since: January 2021
Member Support Specialist
Since: February 2021
Member Support Specialist
Since: March 2021
Member Support Specialist
Since: March 2021
Member Support Specialist
Since: April 2021
Member Support Specialist
Since: April 2021
Site Moderator
Since: July 2021

Systems

System Architect
Since: January 2007
DevOps
Since: September 2012
System Administrator
Since: July 2018
Site Reliability Engineer
Since: May 2019
SysOps
Since: November 2019
CloudOps Engineer
Since: February 2021
Cloud Engineer
Since: July 2021

Variants

Developer
Since: January 2018
Project Manager and QA: Live, 4PC
Since: July 2018
Fullstack Engineer
Since: July 2021
CCC Tournament Director
Since: August 2021

Contributors

Chess.com recognizes those who give their time to help make Chess.com an even better place. From moderating live chess chats to the forums, bringing chess content to twitch for others to enjoy and and even to hours of relaying the top chess games from top chess events, no job is a thankless one! Please find the volunteers who help keep Chess.com the #1 chess site at the following links:

From all of us here at Chess.com, THANK YOU for your contributions!


Friends of Chess.com

Hikaru GMHikaru Nakamura - Partner
ChessMarkstheSpot Mark - Chess.com/TV Group Manager & Co-Founder
RookedonChess Donna - Chess.com/TV Group Manager and Co-Founder
RLH2 GMRobert Hess - Commentator and Advisor
AlexandraBotez FM Dalton Perrine - Special Contributor to Chess.com/players
Anna_Rudolf IM Anna Rudolf - Commentator
AlexandraBotez WFM Alexandra Botez - Commentator
dpruess IMDavid Pruess - Consultant, Broadcaster
retired_workaholic Jules (Kohai) - Friend & Original Site Mom
jon Jon - Friend & Tech Advisor
davidpetty David Petty - Friend & ChessKid Contributor
ajessu Albert - Friend
mathguyma Natesh - Abuse Detection Advisor & Friend
chessgamertag Timothy - Friend & Consultant
alien_roger Roger - Android Friend
shadowc Matias - Special Contributor
Henrik Henrik - Variants Volunteer
Frank Frank - 4PC Volunteer
Jared Jared
Jared is a technology entrepreneur and investor. He is the founder of Fundera (acquired by Nerdwallet) and GroupMe (acquired by Microsoft), and investor in companies such as Sweetgreen, WIse, and Flatiron Health. He started his career in Business Development at Tumblr after graduating from Columbia University, where he currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Entrepreneurship Department. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his family. Most importantly, Jared was the 1999 K-6 National Chess Champion and grew up getting his butt kicked by Danny Rensch.

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