Frequently Asked Questions

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Questions about the Learn section.

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Questions about the Train Section.

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Questions about the Play section.

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Questions about Chesscademy.

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What is a Path?

Paths are guided curriculums that help you master various chess topics. You'll be assigned a Path based on your current ability. Paths contain Lessons, Tactic Sets, and Game Sets.

Are there captions/subtitles for videos?

We've begun captioning all the videos on the site — if you're interested in helping us transcribe the videos, please email hello@chesscademy.com.

I'm having trouble with an Exercise. What should I do?

Re-watch the video to check if you missed anything. If you're still having trouble, report the exercise and let us know what the problem is.

How do I pass a Quiz?

To pass a quiz and complete a Lesson, you have to get all of the answers correct.

What is a Tactic Set?

A Tactic Set is a collection of tactics that follow Lesson themes.

What is a Game Set?

A Game Set is a collection of games that tests your mastery of the content in a Lesson.

What is a checkpoint?

A checkpoint is a milestone in a Path where you can test out of the steps that come before it.

How do I test out of a Path?

By clicking the lightning bolt at checkpoints, you can test out of certain steps of the Path or the entire Path. To successfully test out, you need to beat the computer in the test out game.

How do I earn points?

You earn points by completing Lessons, Tactic Sets, and Game Sets. The number of points you earn is dependent on the difficulty of the module.

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What is a tactic?

A tactic is a sequence or combination of moves that forcibly results in a tangible gain, such as winning material or checkmating the opponent.

What am I supposed to do in the Training section?

Your goal is to make the absolute best move possible in any given position.

What is my rating?

Your rating is a number that estimates your chess playing ability. Chesscademy uses the Glicko-2 system to calculate your rating.

Who writes the explanations for tactics?

Tactic explanations are curated by select members of our community who are experienced with the training section. Read our Community Guidelines for contributing.

What are the tags on tactics?

Tactic tags are different themes that appear in tactics. You can learn more about the different kinds of tags here.

Where can I see my favorite tactics?

You can see your favorite tactics on your Dashboard.

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What are the twelve AI levels?

The twelve levels indicate varying difficulties at which the computer will be set. Level 1 is the easiest, and level 12 is the most difficult.

Can I play other Chesscademy users?

At the moment, you can only play the computer, but we're working on Chesscademy Multiplayer.

Can I resume a game later?

Yes. If you leave in the middle of a game, the next time you return, a popup will appear asking you if you want to resume.

Are my games saved?

Yes. All of your games are saved in our database. We're currently working on creating an interface for you to view all of your past games.

How can I see my win-draw-loss record?

You can see your game performance history on your Dashboard.

Can I export the PGN of my game?

At the moment, no. We have all of your games saved, and we'll be adding this functionality and more soon.

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What is Chesscademy?

Chesscademy is a free chess education resource with videos, interactive exercises and puzzles, and games.

Does it cost money to use Chesscademy?

Chesscademy will always be free to use. In the future we plan to offer paid upgrade options for more features and additional content.

How do I earn badges and maintain a streak?

See the Achievements Page for information on badges and streaks.

Something on the site isn’t working. What should I do?

Email us at hello@chesscademy.com and we'll work on fixing your issue right away.

What browsers are supported by Chesscademy?

Chesscademy works best with current versions of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari, or with Internet Explorer version 9 and above.

How do I recover my password?

If you forgot your password, you can reset it using your email address on the Forgot Password page.

How do I reset my password?

If you forgot your password, you can reset it using your email address at the Settings page.

Does Chesscademy have a mobile app?

Yes. You can find our Android app on the Play Store. Our iOS app is currently being reviewed by Apple.

Can I use Chesscademy in another language?

Not yet. Chesscademy is looking for volunteers to help translate the site into other languages. If you're interested in helping us out, email us at hello@chesscademy.com.

Who made Chesscademy?

Chesscademy was made by Andrew Ng, Francis Hinson, and Sabar Dasgupta. Read more about them here.

Can I work for Chesscademy?

We're currently accepting applications for Chesscademy interns. If interested, send an email telling a little about yourself to hello@chesscademy.com.