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Q: I forgot my password. Will I be shunned from humanity for the rest of my life?
A: No, of course not. Nobody even has to know you forgot. Simply use the Password Wizard to get your password E-Mailed to you immediately.
Q: How do I start a game?
A: The only way to start a game at Stan's NetChess is to Accept a Challenge. Challenges can only be created by registered players, and are created by clicking on the big button at Challenge Central.
Public Challenges are open to the public (other registered players). You just specify what skill-level you want your opponent to be, and the Public Challenge will be listed in Challenge Central.
Private Challenges are directed at one specific registered player. Only that player can respond to a Private Challenge. See the next question for how to respond to a Private Challenge.
Q: How do I respond to a Private Challenge that someone has made to me?
A: You respond to Private Challenges at your Player Page. You can get to your Player Page from the Players Directory, or from the top of any of your Game Pages. You'll see the Private Challenge with 2 buttons, "Accept" and "Reject", next to it.
If you Accept the Challenge, a new game will be created immediately and if you will be playing white, you can go to the game and make your first move. Your opponent will automatically receive an e-mail stating that you have accepted the Challenge and what game was created.
If you Reject the Challenge, an e-mail will be sent to your opponent stating that you have rejected the Challenge. You should feel free to reject any Challenge, and I ask that you please understand that not everyone will accept every Private Challenge you will make.
Q: Is there any time limit for making moves?
A: Yes. The forfeit-timeout setting on each game defines the amount of time that can go by without a move before the game will forfeit. Games with a 3, 7 or 14-day forfeit-timeout can be saved by the Vacation Plan at the site (see the Vacation Status area at your Player Page), but the 21 and 30-day forfeit timeout games CANNOT BE SAVED BY THE VACATION PLAN.
Q: Is there a limit to the number of games I can play at Stan's NetChess?
A: No. You can play as many games as you like! Have fun!
Q: Can I be notified of when it is my turn in one of my games?
A: Yes. There is an option in your player settings that allows you receive an E-Mail everytime it is your turn in any game at Stan's NetChess.
Q: My opponent hasn't moved in a long time. What should I do?
A: I would like the players here to police themselves as much as possible. If you know that you are going to be out of town for a few days, it would be nice to let your opponents know when you expect to be back.
If your opponent hasn't moved for a few days, send him/her a friendly E-Mail to remind them of your game. If they don't respond, you can just let the game sit and start-up another game with someone else. Games that have no activity for 30 days will be canceled or forfeited. See the Game Rules Page for details on how that process works.
Q: What are the points next to the player names on the game pages?
A: I have created a whole page to talk about this. Check out About Game Points for details