Playchess for Web: usernames and rated games

by Albert Silver
12/20/2013 – The launch of Playchess’s web client brought an incredibly convenient way to watch games through the browser, but was missing that one key feature: the ability to login using one’s subscriber username. Until now you could only login as a guest, but now that has been fixed and you play rated games, and of course watch any master or grandmaster game of your choice.

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It has been a little over two months since the launch of Playchess’s web client, and though incredibly convenient to watch games through the browser or play an inoffensive unrated game, it was missing that one key feature to make it a jack-of-all-trades: the ability to login using one’s subscriber username. Until now you could only login as a guest, but now that has been fixed and you can login with your proper username, play rated games, and of course watch any master or grandmaster game of your choice.

The procedure to login has not changed, and on the right there is that ever present invitation to “Try It Now!”, which if clicked on takes you to the webclient as a guest. Feel free to do so, since that is where you will now be able to enter with your username.

Just enter Playchess as a Guest, and then you can enter with your username

Upon entering there is that familiar arrangement of panes, with a small twist from
the initial launch: the center pane now contains a series of instructions in case you
need a little help finding your way around.

At the top right is a new button "Log In", click on it

You are now taken to a page where you can enter your login
information: your username and password. Enter them and
press Login.

Now it opens the usual page, but with a notable difference: you
are logged in with your account name

You can click on the Play Blitz button at the top, which is a default 3+0 game,
or you can click on the Seek button at the bottom left

A small pane will open allowing you to enter your chosen time control. Note you can
choose to play a Rated game now

If you need a reminder on what the buttons do, a descriptive Help
in the center pane is available

For an overview of the rest, please see the previous guide "Playchess on the Web"


Topics playchess, web app

Born in the US, he grew up in Paris, France, where he completed his Baccalaureat, and after college moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He had a peak rating of 2240 FIDE, and was a key designer of Chess Assistant 6. In 2010 he joined the ChessBase family as an editor and writer at ChessBase News. He is also a passionate photographer with work appearing in numerous publications.
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