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Give the gift of chess.
A Chessgames Premium membership is the perfect gift for the chess-loving friend in your life. If your friend is already a chessgames member, this page will allow you to enable premium services for their account.

Recipient's username:
or, pick a random member!

Gift Membership Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a "premium chessgames membership?"

Anybody can register to Chessgames for free, but for a small annual fee you can enhance your experience with a number of powerful and fun features. See the Chessgames Premium Membership Tour for detailed description.

Q: I want to buy a premium membership for myself.

In that case, you are a little lost. This page is for buying a membership as a gift for a friend; the normal way to sign-up for premium membership for yourself is to visit our Premium Membership page.

Q: What is "pick a random member"?

A: The system will randomly select a member who is has activated their email, is not currently a premium member, and has been on the site in the past two weeks. You'll get to see the random selection and their posting history, if any. It's a wonderful way to do something nice for a stranger.

Q: How will the recipient know that they have been activated for premium membership?

A: An email will be sent to their address informing them. The premium features will automatically present themselves when they next use Chessgames.

Q: Will I automatically be rebilled when the recipient's membership expires?

A: No. We do not make recurring charges.

Q: What if the recipient is already a premium member?

A: Their membership will be extended.

Q: Will the recipient know who gave them their premium account?

A: Only if you tell them. By default, the process is anonymous.

Q: What if the recipient doesn't have a chessgames account at all?

A: You can tell your friend about chessgames and encourage them to sign-up for a free account. Alternately, you can use our system of Chessgames Activation Codes.

If you have other questions, please direct them to

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