Rules of Conduct
Notice: Failure to follow our Rules of Conduct will result in your account being closed.
Our Rules of Conduct are simple. In fact, they can be expressed in two words.
This is a family friendly site, designed for people of all ages to enjoy the game of chess.
Nobody likes cheaters or abusers. So please, don't be one of those.
Cheating consists of using a computer program (like Shredder, Fritz, Chessmaster, etc.) to analyze
a current game and suggest your next move. Or, you could solicit advice from others on a current game.
That would also be considered cheating. Basically, we want YOU to be the one deciding which moves to
make. Make your games on Chess Craft be YOUR games.
Please don't be abusive towards the other players. No offensive or vulgar language will be tolerated
on this site, whether it's in a comment made during a game or text in your bio or anywhere else.
We have young players playing here. Let them learn those words elsewhere. Same goes for personal
attacks, threats, etc. You get the gist.
Don't make us do it
We strongly believe that being civil to one another is the least we can expect from our players, and so
we set the bar low, but the bar is firm. We take complaints about player misconduct seriously. Please
don't make us close your account.
First, let us say that we are VERY conscious of individual privacy. We've taken every precaution
to protect the data we have and we NEVER willingly share your information with anyone for any reason.
Period. You're here to play chess. That shouldn't cause you to incur more spam or any other type of
You can be completely anonymous on Chess Craft if you wish. You can even be a subscriber to this
site without us ever knowing your name or email address.
When you do give us some information about yourself, like your email address, we will never
give or sell that information to other companies. We make our money on subscriptions, nothing else.
Now remember, some of your personal information is accessible by others. Your time zone, country, and
age are all fields that can be used to search for other players, so that information is publically
available to all. So if you don't want others to know those things about you, don't fill in those
fields. They are optional here.
During the login process, we do create a cookie on your computer as temporary storage. Once the login
process is complete, the cookie is no longer accessed by Chess Craft. And it never contains any of
your personal information. So you can feel safe playing on Chess Craft from any computer, even a
publically accessible one, without worry of your personal data ever being exposed.
Since players like to be able to go over past games, and the conversations they had during them,
all messages players enter on this site get saved, be they in a game chat or a message. That said,
the only time we access that data is if one player complains about another. We have no interest
(nor the time) to spy on your conversations, but you do need to know that we can access them if given
The only way we would ever give up your information is if we are required to by law. (so don't do
anything that requires us to do that, ok?)
The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) was implemented to protect our children from
online predators and Chess Craft agrees with it and follows its guidelines and principles.
Account Creation and Personal Information
When a player creates an account on Chess Craft and signifies that s/he is 12 years old or younger,
we do not allow that player to enter an email address nor their country or time zone. These are the
only pieces of personal information we track and we will not accept them from a child without that
child's parental consent.
When the child player subscribes to our site, the subscription must be
paid for using PayPal. PayPal requires either a credit card or a direct bank account be used for
payment. Use of this method of payment is clearly beyond the child's capabilities and is considered by
Chess Craft to be parental consent for the child to use this site.
Once subscribed, the child player may then enter an email address, country, and/or time zone if the
player wishes, but only after parental consent has been obtained in the above fashion.
Furthermore, to protect our children players, a child can only challenge and/or message another
player if s/he has a Mutual
Friend status with that player (before or after subscribing to the site). A Mutual Friend is one
where each player had classified the other as a Friend without any prior communication (via our site)
with that player. In short, they have to have spoken with (exchanged Avatar names, at least) each other
about it outside of our site, most likely because they know each other in real life.
Terms of Service
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ChessCraft.com provides the services and resources for players of all ages to enjoy the game of
chess. We will do our very best to be available 24/7/365, but we do provide these services and
resources on an "as-is" and "as-available" basis. Also, we do not assume any liability for any
personal information we have stored due to your using our services and resources.
ChessCraft.com reserves the right to modify, discontinue (either temporarily or permanently) these
services and resources with or without notice to you. And you agree that ChessCraft.com shall not be
liable to you, or any third party, for any modification, suspension, or discontinuance of these
services and resources.
You agree not to exploit for any commercial purpose any portion of ChessCraft.com, including the use
of your account or access to the site.
When you create an account on ChessCraft.com, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality
of the password of the account and are fully responsible for all activities that are carried out by
your account. Furthermore, you agree to immediately notify ChessCraft.com of any unauthorized use of
your account. We require that you logoff the site at the end of each session and ChessCraft.com will
not be held liable for any losses or damages that arise from your failure to protect your account.
ChessCraft.com reserves the right to log off any account that has been inactive for an extensive
duration of time. We also will not be held responsible or liable for any messages, games or other
information that gets removed from our site, either intentionally or unintentionally.
You agree that ChessCraft.com may, under certain circumstances and without prior notice,
immediately terminate your ChessCraft.com account. Such a termination will be due to (but not
limited to) a) a breach of the Terms of Service of this site, b) if required by law enforcement,
c) at your request, d) unexpected technical or security issues, e) extended periods of inactivity
after an account has expired, f) if you engage in fraudulent or illegal activities, or
g) non-payment of membership fees.
You agree that refunds will NOT be given to anyone whose account is terminated due to a violation
of this sites Rules of Conduct.