I'll Tell You Exactly How I Increased My Rating +100 Points in Just 9 Days...

Let me help you get your chess to the next level – no matter your starting point!


Marc Cressac; Chess Fact-Checked by Marc Cressac | Updated 2023-03-22
Founder of Chessily.com

(If you already have a Chess.com account, skip to step 2.)

If you haven’t already, you have to sign up for a free Chess.com account. You can do so by clicking this link: Free Signup*

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to create a free Chess.com account:

  1. Go to https://www.chess.com/register*
  2. Choose your username. This is the name others will see when playing chess. It can be your real name, or anything you want, as long as it follows their community guidelines.
  3. Enter your email address. This must be an email that you have access to, or you won’t be able to receive the activation email to activate your account. Your email is not publicly visible, and can only be seen by you.
  4. Pick a strong password. Passwords must be at least six characters, and good passwords use letters and numbers. To be really secure, you can mix in some capital letters or even put in some special characters. If your password is too weak (such as 123456) it won’t be allowed.
  5. Choose your skill level. How experienced are you at chess? This determines what your rating will start as. These are the options: New to chess: 400; Beginner: 800; Intermediate: 1200; Advanced: 1600.
  6. Click “Create your Free Account” and you’re done. Now we can get that free Chess.com Premium Membership you’re after!

The second step to get Chess.com Premium for free is to use the free trial that each account is allowed. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Go to https://www.chess.com/membership*
  2. Choose your plan level. You can choose to have your trial at Gold, Platinum, or Diamond level, but since each of them are free for 7 days, you might as well test out all the available features with the Diamond membership.
  3. Enter your payment info. You will need to provide a valid credit card or PayPal account to start the free trial. This is to verify that you are a real person and to prevent people from using multiple accounts to get free premium benefits over and over again. Don’t worry, you won’t be charged anything until after the 7 days are over.
  4. Click “Start Free Trial” and enjoy your free Chess.com Premium Membership for 7 days!

But, be careful: Remember to cancel your free trial before it ends if you don’t want to continue with the membership. If you forget to cancel in that time-frame, there is still a full money-back guarantee for 30 days for first time buyers. This means that you can request a refund within 30 days of your first payment if you are not satisfied with your membership.

That’s it! You have successfully used the free trial to get Chess.com Premium for free!

Other Ways To Get a Free Chess.com Membership

The only surefire way to get a free Chess.com Subscription is detailed above. However, there are some other ways to upgrade your account without spending a penny, but they are not guaranteed to give you a free premium subscription. Here’s two of them:

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