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Game Status Page The Game Status page is where you see all the games that you are playing. Games are grouped by where it is your turn to move, and where it is your opponent's turn to move.

To make a move in a game, click an opponent's name.

Here is what each of the columns means:

  • Last Moved: This column gives the date and time of when your opponent made his or her previous move.
  • GM: In this column, a 2 letter code tells what each game is. CX means chess, KX means checkers. All game codes are explained at the very bottom of the Game Status page.
  • C: This column tells what color you are playing in each game.
  • MN: This column tells what move number per player the game is on.

If you have tournament games in progress, these games are listed with a yellow background and some columns changed:

  • Hours Left: This column tells how many hours are left to make the next move in a tournament game.
  • Tournament Info: This is the tournament that the game is in. Click the round number ('Rnd 1' in this picture)to view the tournament section that you are in.

As you scroll down the Game Status page, you will see other information.

This part of the page shows games that you have placed in the Waiting Room and are waiting for an opponent to join them. To remove a game from the Waiting Room, click Delete.

The next two options on the page let you view games.

  • View ALL unfinished games: If one of your opponents has not moved in a long time, the game is normally not shown on your Game Status page. To show these games, click 'View ALL unfinished games.'
  • Look at my user profile: Click this to go to your User Profile page. This is the best place to view your completed games.

At the bottom of the Game Status page, you will see the legend that tells what each game code under GM means.

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Waiting Room The Waiting Room shows games that have been created by one player and are waiting for another player to join.

  • Question Marks: Click these to see game rules.
  • Time Limit: The time limit is the number of days each player has to make each move in the game. The time is counted from the moment the previous move is submitted. So, after your opponent moves, you have this number of days to make your move. If you pick up a game in the Waiting Room and you lose because you time out, will not restore the game. So, be sure you only pick up games that give plenty of time to move. In the turn-based format of, 3 days is a short amount of time to move. We recommend choosing time limits of at least 14 days per move to give time for vacations and other absences from the Internet.
  • Player/Rating: This column tells the name of the player who created the game, and lists his or her rating for the game, if a rating is available.

If you do not see a game that you want to play, or if you do not see a game that has a suitable time limit, then look beneath the list of games and click post your own game.

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Game Board Page How to Move

Come to the game board page by clicking your opponent’s name on the Game Status page. To move in most games, you will click once on a piece that you want to move, as shown by the yellow arrow below.

A new page will load showing a highlight around the piece you clicked. Now, click once on a space where you will move that piece.

A new page will load showing the piece moved.

Now, look under the game board.

You must click one of the submit buttons to record your move.

Before you submit the move, you may type an optional message to your opponent.

Movement is different for different games.

  • Backgammon: You usually move two pieces. Click once on a piece to move, then click once on a point to move it to. Repeat this for the next piece, then click ‘Submit.’
  • Go, Go-Moku, Pente, Reversi, and Stack4 games: You only need to click once to place your piece on the board. Then you can click ‘Submit’ on the next page.

Viewing Previous Moves

After you and your opponent have each made the first move, links to view the past moves in the game appear beneath the game board.

To view the previous move in the game, click Prev. To view the first move, click First. When you are viewing previous moves, you can also click Next to view the next move, and Last to view the most recent move in the game.

show move list: Click this to show a list of all moves made in the game. The list will appear to the right of the game board like this:

Click a move to view that move. Or, click hide move list to remove this list and see only ‘Prev – Next – First – Last’ beneath the game board.

Rules, Opponent's Name, and Score

  • rules: To read the rules of the game, click ‘rules.’
  • change game graphics: This link takes you to a page where you can change how your game board looks. You can choose different designs of chess pieces, for example.
  • Opponent’s Name: Click this to view your opponent’s player profile.
  • The score usually shows how many pieces have been captured from the game board.

Move Times

Below the score you will see times for moves in the game:

  • This move made at: This tells when the move that you are viewing was made. If you are viewing moves made previously in the game, this time always shows the time of the move that is being shown.
  • Last move made at: This is the time that the most recent move was made in the game.
  • Must move by: This is the time at which the next move must be made. If a move is not made by the time it is due, the player who was to move forfeits the game.

At the bottom of the page are more options:

  • Game Status: Takes you to your Game Status page.
  • Resign: Click this to stop playing the game. Your opponent wins and you lose if you resign.
  • Offer Draw: Click this to offer a draw to your opponent. You will see a page where you can write a short message to your opponent. Offering a draw does not count as making a move, so if time to make your move is running out, you should make a move. The draw offer will appear as a message in your opponent’s message Inbox.
  • Delete this game: This option only appears if the game is a non-tournament game, and it has only 4 or fewer moves per player. After move 4 is completed by each player, the game can no longer be deleted. Clicking this causes the game to be erased completely. It can never be recovered, and neither player wins or loses.
  • Add Note: This allows you to type a note to yourself about the game. The note will always appear to you at the top of the game board. You will be able to edit the note later. Your opponent will not see the note.
  • View the PGN for this game: This shows the portable game notation for the game. This is only available for chess.
  • View game score with timestamps: This is also only available for chess. It shows the times every move was made.

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User Profile The User Profile page shows you information about a player on The top part of the page looks like this:

  • UserID: This is word or name that identifies this player. It is different from every other player's User ID. The User ID is created when a player signs up for, and it can not be changed.
  • Name: The Name is an optional word that a player can enter or change at any time on his or her Edit User Profile page. If a Name is entered, then that is what is shown in most places where the player appears on the site. The Name can be the same as someone else's Name.
  • Joined: This is the time and date when the player created his or her account on
  • Last Moved: This is the time and date when the player last made a move on If the move was made recently, then the player might still be on the site.

Next on the page, you might see a player's game statistics. The game stats only appear if a player has chosen, on his or her Edit User Profile page, to show them.

  • You can view the player's percentage of games won, lost, or drawn. Percentages are separated by tournament and regular (or non-tournament) games.
  • Regular games: This link shows you a list of game types (chess, checkers, backgammon, etc.) that the player has played outside of tournaments. You can then click on the game type to view a list of actual games, then click on an opponent's name to view the game board.
  • Tournament games: This link shows you a list of game types (chess, checkers, backgammon, etc.) that the player has played in tournaments. You can then click on the game type to view a list of actual games, then click on an opponent's name to view the game board.
  • Remember: The game stats only appear if the player has chosen to show them to the public.

Below the game statistics, you might see the ratings which the player has entered. The ratings describe a player's ability to play a game.

  • The player chooses the games he or she wants to show ratings in. She may enter an official rating from an organization like the USCF, or words to describe herself like 'beginner' or 'intermediate.'
  • The player may not show ratings for all games on If no rating is listed for a game, then the player probably does not play that game.
  • You can enter ratings on your own user profile. To do this, look under 'Account' in the left-side menu column and click 'Edit ratings.'

At the bottom of the User Profile page are more options.

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