| 1,512 | Help's mission is to help people enjoy their lives through the game of chess. As the #1 platform for online chess, we are focused on growing the game by building great products, making learning and improving easier, and delivering great chess content and events to our fans. 

But who are we? Where did come from? Where are we going?

The Beginning 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 place 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. Over the next several years, Jay and I poured our life savings, our hearts, and most of our waking hours into building But we never imagined what would become! Today

  • hosts more than ten million chess games every day. It’s crazy. Even we can’t believe it!
  • employs more than 400 people as programmers, content editors, and member support. This team is entirely virtual (no office) and represents 35 countries!
  • supports many world class chess players, coaches, and professionals by paying them to create awesome content.

Our Values 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

Contributors recognizes those who give their time to help make 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 the #1 chess site at the following links:

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

Friends of

Hikaru GMHikaru Nakamura - Partner
ChessMarkstheSpot Mark - Group Manager & Co-Founder
RookedonChess Donna - Group Manager and Co-Founder
RLH2 GMRobert Hess - Commentator and Advisor
AlexandraBotez FM Dalton Perrine - Special Contributor to
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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