Articles Month in Review: April 2021
What happened at in April? Month in Review: April 2021

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Hey, chess lovers! There's another month behind us, and that means another month of projects, large and small, to review! Here's what happened around the site in April 2021...


  • Improved logic is now used to sort chess Events available to watch. We also made some improvements to the format of crosstables, now including the player's federation flag, pre-tournament rating, and performance rating.
  • Events will also now remember your preferred board size (in the game grid).
  • Improved some Bot phrases that didn't make much sense when playing vs the Computer.

Arena Tournament Over

  • Began working on a major revamp of our pages for specific Openings.
  • Improved the Event Over modal for Arenas. (We also made some improvements to the game-over modal in Vs Computer.)
  • In the Library feature, a Collection will now be unpublished if its last game is removed.
  • Made description text easier to read in Lessons.
  • The Endgames training tool made it to beta! Check out the full announcement.

FINALLY!! This tool is what I've been waiting for a looong time. Can't wait till Anastasia's, Arabian, Boden's and ALL those checkmates become trainable.

~ TempleKnight

  • Lots of fixes and improvements to the back-end logic for Stats.
  • Added a list of Events to the side panel on the Chess Today page.
  • Lots more small UI improvements for Events too!
  • Made Analysis settings easier to understand.
  • Last but not least, we added Opening Stats to members' personal Stats pages (now in beta). See what you played and how you perform in each opening that appeared in your games! Check out the full announcement here.

Opening Stats

Super cool, good idea!

~ McMousedeer


With almost 10 million users, many people were delighted last month to get a new version of the Chess app, with several improvements:

  • Offline Mode. Play vs the Bots, review your games, or check out the Daily Puzzle - all without a connection!
  • A new & improved member Profile screen
  • More Awards in the app. Now you can see your Stamp and Book achievements!
  • Minor bug-fixes and improvements


iOS v3.9.18 (9) was released at the end of the month, bringing some cool updates:

  • Offline Mode. Play vs the Bots, review your games, or check out the Daily Puzzle - all without a connection!
  • Guest Mode. Basic game-play features are now available with no registration required!
  • Minor bug-fixes and improvements

Fair Play & Sportsmanship

  • 297,965,177 games reviewed for fair play.
  • 12,283,471 accounts reviewed for fair play.
  • 35,577 accounts closed for fair play (including 18 titled players).
  • 1,433,179 abuse reports received.
  • 108,479 mute actions taken.
  • 93,515 individual accounts muted.
  • 18,637 accounts closed for abuse.

Member Support

Average time to first response: 1 day, 11 hours.
Total support responses: 59,365.
Average quality by member rating: 90% "Great" or better.
Total ratings: 5,100.

That's it! So long, April! Thank you for taking the time to read this update! We'll be back next month to learn all about the happenings of May. Until then, happy chess!

⏮ March 2021・ 🗓・May 2021 ⏭

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