Frequently asked questions.

How do I castle?

After getting into a castling position, you move your King two squares towards the direction you wish to castle...

What happens when I create a new game?

  1. Your criteria for an opponent gets sent to the server.
  2. Searches for a game that matches your criteria.
  3. If found, it joins you to that game.
  4. If not found it creates a game based on your criteria.

Currently there is limited options available in the new game screen, but that will change over time to find the right balance between speed of finding an opponent and finding the correct opponent.

Is En-passant implemented?


Can I change my auto-generated account password?

No sorry you can't. You can still use your credentials, but we have stopped creating new Chesspresso username/password credentials that are not Google+ or Facebook authenticated.

What are the rules?

  • No chess programs or engines (e.g. Chessmaster, Fritz, Houdini, Stockfish, Chessbase with any active UCI engine, etc.) can be used to analyse positions in ongoing games.
  • In turn-based chess, you may consult books or databases for opening moves. "Tablebases," which are specialised databases of particular end-game positions, may NOT be used.
  • Fixing game results by playing with multiple accounts or losing intentionally is also considered cheating.
  • Abusive, behaviour towards other players will be swiftly dealt with.

How does Chesspresso automatically respond to the above?

We have processes which automatically respond to the above. But the specifics are confidential. But a notification will be sent to an administrator if anything is flagged.

How do I report someone I think is cheating?

  • If you have reason to believe someone is cheating, please directly and include all relevant info (username, reason for suspicion, etc). We investigate all reports and keep them confidential.
  • Please do not discuss your suspicions in the forums!

What happens to a player who is found to be cheating or abusing other players?

If a player is being abusive we'll immediately disable all their accounts once found. If enough proof is found for cheating, the account will also be disabled.

Beta Testing

We release a beta tests of the app more frequently than production versions. If you'd like to be part of our beta programme follow these instructions:

  1. You have to be a paid Chesspresso member.
  2. You have to be a member of the Chesspresso Google Group forum.
  3. Then, go to the following link and follow the instructions to opt in as a beta tester.
Conditions for using the beta version:
  • If you are using a beta version, you accept that things might not work properly.
  • As a beta tester we expect you to post bugs and issues to the chesspresso-beta forum.
  • Please do not post issues related to the beta to the main chesspresso forum.


We're always looking for help to translate the app to different languages.

We currently we support 19 (Chinese (Simplified), Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, Vietnamese, Ukrainian) but it's hard to maintain them all as we're always adding new text.

If you'd like to help or see Chesspresso in a different language please directly.

I found a bug, how do I report it?

If you've found a bug, please report it directly to us by . If the problem or bug has caused the application to crash, a dialog should appear allowing you to report the issue. Please click on this and briefly explain when it happened. This helps us a lot!

New suggestions

We try and keep track of new suggestions via our forum or our suggestions system using google moderator.