Team management

Teams are a great way to organize groups of like-minded chess enthusiasts. Here we explain the process.

How do I play with someone on my team?

Assuming you and a friend are now members of the same team, it’s time to play.

To play, both of you must be online and logged in multiplayer. Here are the steps:

  1. Login to multiplayer.
  2. You’ll now see a list of Playing Areas. At the top you’ll see “My Team (visible to members only)“. All team members should enter it.
  3. You’ll be presented with the Invitation Window. All available players will be listed here. Simply click on any one to invite them to play. Also from this window you can watch live games are they happen.

What are the time controls for my team?

With SparkChess 14, we’ve added time control for teams. This means that when players choose your team as the current playing area, all games they play in your team’s playing area will be subject to the time controls you selected.

There are two kinds of time control:

  1. Time per move: this is simple and intuitive for new players. Players must make each move within the allocated time, expressed in seconds. So if you enter “60” in Time Control, players will have to make their move within 60 seconds.
  2. Total Time + Bonus time. This is how games work in tournaments. There is a total time allocated for each player (expressed in minutes) with an additional “bonus” time given after each move (expressed in seconds). So, a Time Control of “10/5″ means that each player starts with 10 minutes available for the game. They have to manage it – thinking too much on the first moves will leave not enough time for later ones! After each move, the bonus time is added. As an example, White starts with 10 minutes. White takes 30 seconds on the first move. For the second move, White will have 9’35” available (10 minutes – 30 seconds think time + 5 seconds bonus).

How do I join or leave a team?

To join a team:

  1. Once you’ve logged in multiplayer and entered a Playing Area, you’ll see the main Invitation Window with a few buttons at the bottom. Click/tap on the Teams button.
  2. You’ll be presented with a Team List. Click on any team you like to see its details.
  3. Now you’ll see the Team Details, including stats and a list of members. Click on Join Team button at the bottom. Your request will be sent to the Team’s administrator for approval. It’s up to them to approve your request or not, but you can make other join requests. Note: Making a new Join Request on another team will cancel the old request! You cannot belong to more than one team at any given time.

To leave a team:

  1. From the Invitation Window, click on Account button. Your Account Window will show up.
  2. At the bottom of the Account Window, you’ll see some buttons. Click on Team.
  3. Now you’ll see your Team page, with its name, description as well as a list of members.
  4. Click on Leave Team button at the bottom of the list.

How do I add, approve or remove members on my team?

For security reasons, players must personally ask to join a team. You can send them instructions to do so.

If you are a teacher or chess instructor dealing with children, please contact us. We can create accounts for your class and assign them to your team if everyone is using SparkChess Premium.

When users request to join your team, they will be Pending your approval. To approve them, do the following:

  1. From the Invitation Window, click on Account button. Your Account Window will show up.
  2. At the bottom of the Account Window, you’ll see some buttons. Click on Team.
  3. Now you’ll see your Team page, with its name, description as well as a list of existing (and pending) members.
    • Pending members are shown first along with some quick stats, highlighted and with two buttons next to them: a ‘Tick’ button for approval and a ‘Cross’ one for rejecting them.
    • To remove (“kick”) an existing player from the team, click it on the list. A ‘Cross’ icon will appear. If you click it, the player will be removed from the team. Note: you cannot remove yourself this way!

How do I edit or delete a team?

If you are the team owner, you can edit it just the way you created it.

  1. From the Invitation Window, click on Account button. Your Account Window will show up.
  2. At the bottom of the Account Window, you’ll see some buttons. Click on Team.
  3. Now you’ll see your Team page, with its name, description as well as a list of existing (and pending) members.
    • Click on Edit to make changes. Once you click save, the modifications will be sent for approval. You can’t make further changes until the existing ones are approved (this typically takes less than a business day).
    • Click Leave Team to, well, leave it. As you are the team owner, all other team member will be removed and the team itself will be deleted. Note: this action is permanent – there is no way to undo it!

How do I create a team?

Creating teams is available only in SparkChess Premium (paid version).

  1. Once you’ve logged in multiplayer and entered a Playing Area, you’ll see the main Invitation Window with a few buttons at the bottom. Click/tap on the Teams button.
  2. You’ll be presented with a Team List. At the bottom of the list, there’s a Create button. Click/tap it. Note: The button is disabled if you already have created or joined an existing team. You must first exit a team to create a new one!
  3. Upon clicking Create, you’ll be presented with a very short form. Just enter the team name, description, and an optional URL of a website (in case your team has a website, Facebook or Twitter page or anything like that). In SparkChess 14 we’ve added a new Time Control field, which will be explained separately.
  4. Click on Save. Your form will be submitted, pending approval from the SparkChess team. Teams are usually approved in less than a business day. You cannot make any changes while your team is pending.