General Chess-Related

If you think SparkChess is not playing by the rules, you should have a look here. Some chess rules are subtle and casual players may not be aware of them.

How can I improve my chess skills?

There are many ways you can get better at chess, the first being, of course, to play as much as you can. SparkChess has 5 AI opponents for all levels and a multiplayer mode so you can play against other people people like you.

You can also join a local chess club. Also, iChess.net has many chess video courses available.

What is Claire’s rating? What about Boris or Guru?

SparkChess AI opponents are engineered to behave like casual human players, not robot overlords. Except for Guru, they’ll play fast and loose and will favor variety over the best move. Cody is child-like an Deon is still learning the basics. So our advice would be to just play and have fun!

If you must know, Claire has an Elo rating of 1500 depending on her mood. Boris is 1700 on a good day and Guru is around 1900-2000. If you really need a stronger opponent, we could go as high as 2100.

How can I find what version of SparkChess I have?

If you’re unsure what version of SparkChess you have, it’s easy to find it:

  1. Open the game and start a new single-player game against any of the AI opponents.
  2. Click on the SparkChess logo at the top-right (top-center on mobile phones). An “About Window” will open.
  3. Just below the “About SparkChess” title, you’ll see a text in yellow, like this: “9.1.0 online lite

The first part (numbers, e.g. 1.2.3 is the version number); the second is the platform (e.g. online, desktop_osx, iphone, etc.); the third is the type (lite or full).

How is Stalemate declared?

Stalemate occurs when the player who must move is not in check but has no legal moves. This situation happens most frequently when the player has just the King left on the board and any move would place them in check.

A stalemate causes the game to end as a Draw, therefore the player who has the advantage should try to avoid it and checkmate instead, while the disadvantaged player may try to force a stalemate to avoid losing.

Your chess engine is too easy! Is that the best you can do?

Congratulations! You must be an advanced player; most likely you’ve played in tournaments. Our Chess AI was created to be fun and quick, not brutally strong. If you are an advanced player, you can still enjoy SparkChess’ multiplayer or by using its Board Editor and the PGN/Replay features.

Your chess game is too hard! Help!

Try playing on with a weaker opponent, like Deon or Cody. If you download the Full Version, you have access to some help tools that will help you make better moves.