4 ways to play chess online with ChessBase

by Nadja Wittmann
7/18/2019 – Playing online is both fun and helps you to improve. ChessBase offers a number of possibilities to do so, including in your web browser. Here's a short and easy introduction to the various ways and possibilities to play online chess with ChessBase for free.

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At the airport, in the hotel or at home on your couch: with the new ChessBase you always have access to the whole ChessBase world: the new ChessBase video library, tactics server, opening training App, the live database with eight million games, Let’s Check and web access to playchess.com

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How to play online

Chess players today have options when it comes to finding an opponent online. ChessBase has evolved to include top-notch web-based play as well as our traditional Windows software for both online and offline playing.

1) The Web App "Play.ChessBase.com" of the ChessBase Account

This is a web-based gateway — Play.ChessBase.com — to the ChessBase's Playchess server. In contrast to the programs below, you do not need to install any software, yet you gain access the full player pool of the online playchess.com server directly via your browser. This allows access on various devices (PC, Apple, Android telephone or table, iPhone or iPad), independent of the operating system.

Play as a guest or, for best experience, log in. Don't have an account? You can register a free 90-day trial.

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There's no better way to get a quick game against a real live person

2) Use the "Playchess.com" client  (Windows)

Playchess is our Windows-based free program to play on the ChessBase server, where you will find the same large pool of players as with play.chessbase.com.

You will immediately be able to find an opponent of your own playing strength, or if you fancy watching, you can kibitz grandmaster games and follow world-class tournaments.

Why not attend a training lesson or take part in a simultaneous exhibition against a grandmaster while you're at it? There is a room for beginners and hobby players, where you can also play without a chess clock.

Try Playchess

Playchess client

Free download of the Playchess client program for Windows

Main playing hall of the Playchess server

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3) Fritz 16 

Our chess programs — Fritz 16, Komodo 13, etc. — offer direct access to Playchess as well! 

Click the playchess logo in Fritz 16 to connect with playchess.com

Of course, you can also connect to Playchess via the latest Komodo!


Komodo Chess 13

Komodo 13 thinks like no other chess program. Inspired by AlphaZero, Komodo developers GM Larry Kaufman and Mark Lefler have reinvented their engine from scratch over the last two years. The result speaks for itself: The new Komodo 13 MCTS ("Monte Carlo Tree Search") searches for candidate moves in an incredibly innovative way and finds solutions most engines never see!

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4) ChessBase 15

Our database and training program, ChessBase 15, also offers direct access to our chess server. Just click playchess.com (bottom left in the following image): 

Access to Playchess via ChessBase 15

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The interface and the functions of the chess server are identical to the Playchess client shown above, but with added features, such as access to the online database while watching games — only possible with ChessBase.


ChessBase 15 - Download

ChessBase is a personal, stand-alone chess database that has become the standard throughout the world. Everyone uses ChessBase, from the World Champion to the amateur next door. It is the program of choice for anyone who loves the game and wants to know more about it. Start your personal success story with ChessBase and enjoy the game even more.

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