The National Pool is an ad hoc pairing of players who find themselves without a game when their County is otherwise in action, or is not but they’d still like to play a rated game. So far as this website is concerned, we will publish the details of “National Pool” games involving Essex Players. For the wider interest, you can still find the details of all the games by clicking on the “NP on ECF LMS” link below.
Guide to playing games on chess.com
Several games on the first day failed to start or were late starting. This may have something to do with players not knowing the full requirements for making or receiving the chess.com Challenge, which differs in one important respect with what players may be used to on Lichess. In Lichess, the Challenge is issued in the player’s Profile. In chess.com the players should first be linked as Friends and when giving and receiving the Challenge, they should both be in “Live chess“.
Here is the chess.com guide:
- Join your opponent as a “Friend”. A simple step which makes the challenge easier. Either player can do this.
When the pairings are published, find your opponent’s chess.com username. Sign into your chess.com account. Then click on your opponent’s username when you know it and click on the Add Friend button, to send an invitation. Your opponent will need to accept this invitation, so check back later. If your opponent makes the invite, respond when you get the message to accept. The Friend link can be removed when the game has been played.
- On the match date, if you are to play White, you will need to issue a Challenge to your opponent. Do this, say, five minutes before the due start time, as follows:
- Sign into your chess.com account. Find the Play menu (usually down the left side bar) and click on Play to open it, then click on Live chess. This is important to be in Live chess.
- The screen displays a large board and to the right of that several options.
- Click on the button Play a friend – now you understand why it is important to invite the opponent as a Friend.
- Select your opponent from the list of Friends.
- Now set up the details of the time control:
- Click on Time, then on the More button and finally Custom;
- Type the minutes 60, secs 0 and inc 15 and click OK;
- Set the Rating dropdown to Rated and the Colour dropdown to the colour you are playing (White or Black – usually White makes the Challenge, but sometimes Black may have to do it).
- When all the requirements of 5. have been set, click the Play button and wait for your opponent to respond. Be ready for your opponent to accept the Challenge BEFORE the due start time of the game, as the game will then be in play.
Also important: don’t start any other games against anyone else while you are waiting. Be disciplined; concentrate ONLY on the game you are preparing to play.
- If your opponent does not respond by the due start time, send a message. Tell your opponent to be sure to be in Live chess (Play/Live chess) to receive your Challenge.
- Play the game.
To receive your opponent’s Challenge (e.g. if you are playing Black): you need just the same to go into the Live chess area. So sign into your chess.com account, click the Play menu, select Live chess and wait. When you receive the Challenge, make sure it is from the opponent you are expecting to play and do not accept Challenges from any other player, check it is set correctly (60 0 | 15, Rated, with the correct Colour and if all is correct, accept. If the details are wrong, send a message to your opponent.
Download this Guide: Guide to chess.com (pdf)