Just a quick post to mention something that might be interesting to you. This is an option that has been available on other chess sites for some time (ChessCube, LiChess, etc.). With the new v3 interface, Chess.com has added it as well: You can now see the time stamps for moves in archived games. See the image below for an example if you’re not sure what I’m referring to:
Sometimes, when you are playing a game online, your opponent resigns quite early. Maybe your opponent dropped some material or just had to leave the game for something that was going on in the household. In these instances, you might be curious as to how your game could have continued.
Chess.com has a nice feature that allows you to finish the game versus the computer. You can do this after your live game concludes or through the game archive screen. You can select the computer’s difficulty level and even choose which color pieces to play with. This can be a lot of fun if you want to see how you could complete an attack, convert a material advantage, execute a mating net, defend a position properly, or many other circumstances.
Below is a short tutorial on how to do this–the feature is fairly easy to find but also easy to miss if you aren’t looking for it.
If you prefer text, here are the steps:
Step 1: Go to your Game Archive
Step 2: Load any one of your concluded games. It doesn’t matter what time control or type of game it was.
Step 3: Click on the little computer icon (not the one with the magnifying glass–the other one).
Step 4: Click on the “Level” link at the top right of the screen to change the difficulty level and other options.
Step 5: Play!
This brief video shows how to play the new chess variants available on the new Chess.com, which include 3 Check, King of the Hill, and Crazy House. For now, until more people start playing, it will take a little while to get your seek matched. I recommend putting out several seeks for different time controls to get a game.
The new live chess server and the new games are available to all members (paid and free).
The goal of 3 Check is to be the first to check your opponent three times. It doesn’t matter if you’re just sacrificing pieces to do it–any check counts. Of course you have to move the pieces legally (no jumping rooks over pawns, etc.).
The goal of King of the Hill is to be the first to get your King to one of the four center squares. As with 3 Check, material and other standard chess considerations do not matter, because checkmate is not the goal.
Crazy House still involves some standard chess ideas because the goal is to give mate, but, the catch is that, any time you capture a piece, you can drop it on the board on your next turn to add it to your army. Of course, your opponent can do the same when he captures your pieces. The name Crazy House seems fitting, as these games can get pretty insane.
IM Danny Rensch has some videos showing examples of playing the games. There are a couple videos in the video archive for Diamond Members, but I believe there is also a video or two on the Chess.com YouTube channelthat anyone can access. You can always just log into the new v3 Live Chess and create some seeks to check them out for yourself.