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Viewing Games, Game Status Page
Finding Your Games, Observing Other People's Games


  • read: How do I view all my games in progress?
  • read: How do I view all my completed games?
  • read: I don't understand all the stuff on the Game Status page. How can I learn about that page?
  • read: A game has disappeared from my Game Status page. I know it is not finished. Where did it go?
  • read: What does 'You have new messages' mean on the Game Status page?
  • read: When I look my game status, it always shows old information, and I have to 'reload' it to get the latest information. Why is this happening?
  • read: How do I view past moves in a game?
  • read: How do I view a list, or notation, of past moves in a game?
  • read: How do I view all my completed games against a certain person?
  • read: How can I change the way my game boards look?
  • read: How do I find another player's user profile, statistics, and ratings?
  • read: How do I view other people's games?
  • read: How do I view other people's non-tournament games?
  • read: How do I view other people's tournament games?
  • read: How long do the games stay on the site?
  • read: How do I hide my games and my stats so that other people don't see them?
  • read: How do I show my games to people who are not registered on ItsYourTurn.com?
  • read: How do I view my own statistics?
  • read: My game stats have been changed!
  • read: If someone besides me or my opponent views my game, can he or she see the messages my opponent and I have typed to each other with game moves?
  • read: I tried to start another game and it told me that I could not because I have 20 or more games in progress. But I don't see 20 games on my Game Status page!
  • read: What are all the game codes listed under 'GM'?



How do I view all my games in progress? Look under 'Play' in the left-side menu column and click 'Game status.' This will show the game status page, with your games in progress grouped as follows:

  • Tournament games where it's your turn
  • Tournament games where it's your opponent's turn
  • Non-tournament games where it's your turn
  • Non-tournament games where it's your opponent's turn.

Some games in progress may not be shown on your game status page. These are non-tournament games in which your opponent has not moved in several days. If you want to see these games too, scroll down and click View ALL unfinished games.

For more help with the game status page, please go to
this question which explains the whole page in detail.
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How do I view all my completed games? You can view all of your completed games by clicking the links in your User Profile Stats. Here is how:

Look under 'Play' in the left-side menu column and click 'Game status.' On the game status page, scroll down and look beneath the lists of games. Click Look at my user profile.

On your User Profile page, you will see your game statistics at the bottom. These are always visible when you are looking at your own profile page, but you can choose not to have them shown to other players.

In your game statistics, click 'Regular games' or 'Tournament games.' You will then see a list of game types. Click one to see a list of your completed games of that type.
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I don't understand all the stuff on the Game Status page. How can I learn about that page? The Game Status page is explained in detail in this question.
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A game has disappeared from my Game Status page. I know it is not finished. Where did it go? A game disappears from your Game Status page when that opponent has not made a move in a long time. This prevents your Game Status page from becoming cluttered with idle games. But the idle games do still exist. You can see them if you click View all unfinished games at the bottom of your Game Status page.

When your slow opponent does move, the game reappears on your game status page as a game where it's your turn to move.

When it is your turn to move, games are never removed from your Game Status page.

You can adjust how long a game must be idle before it disappears from your Game Status page. Look under 'Account' in the left-side menu column and click 'Edit User Profile.' On the profile page, scroll down. Where it says 'Hide Idle Games' choose the number of days. Then click 'Submit Form.'

If your opponent does not move before the time limit per move, then he or she will lose and you will win.
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What does 'You have new messages' mean on the Game Status page? 'You have new messages' appears on your game status page when you have messages that you have not yet read in your ItsYourTurn.com message box. You can click 'new messages' to view your messages. Even if this statement is not showing on your game status page, you can still view all your inbox messages if you click 'My messages' which is under 'Talk' in the left side menu column.
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When I look my game status, it always shows old information, and I have to 'reload' it to get the latest information. Why is this happening? Your browser is loading old pages that it has saved in your computer rather than downloading new pages from our site. You can fix this by changing the cache settings in your browser. Please read the detailed instructions on how to do this.
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How do I view past moves in a game? Open a game by clicking your opponent's name on your game status page. Underneath the game board, you will see links that say Prev - Next - First - Last. These take you to the move previous to the one shown on the screen; the next move after the one shown on the screen; the first move in the game; or the last, or most recent, move in the game.

Next to these four links is a link that says 'show move list.' If you click this, the links mentioned above will disappear, and a move list will appear on the right side of the game board. You can jump to any move in the game by clicking it on this move list.

At the top of the move list you will see a link that says 'hide move list.' If you click this, the list of moves will disappear and the links to the previous, next, first, and last moves will reappear beneath the game board.
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How do I view a list, or notation, of past moves in a game? Open a game board and look just beneath it. You will see links that say 'Prev - Next - First - Last.' Next to these four links is a link that says show move list. If you click this, the links mentioned above will disappear, and a move list will appear on the right side of the game board.

In chess games, this move list has the notation of moves. For most of our other games, it will simply list the move numbers and colors of each player. This is useful though, because it allows you to jump to any previous move in the game.

Portable Game Notation: For chess only, a PGN is available. To find it, view a game board and scroll down. Near the bottom of the page, under 'Options,' you will find the link for the PGN. Also, for chess only, there is a link to view the time stamp on each move of the game.
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How do I view all my completed games against a certain person? Look under 'Play' in the left-side menu column and click 'Game status.' On the game status page, scroll down and look beneath the lists of games. Click 'Look at my user profile.'

On your profile page, you will see your game statistics at the bottom. These are always visible when you are looking at your own profile page, but you can choose to have them not be shown to other players.

In your game statistics, click 'Regular games' or 'Tournament games.' You will then see a list of game types. Click one to see a list of your completed games of that type, sorted by date completed.

At the top of the list, you will see the option to sort the list by opponent's name. If you click that, the games will be sorted in that way. Now, you can easily scan down the list and view all the games that you played against a certain player in that game type.
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How can I change the way my game boards look? You can change the way many of your game boards look on ItsYourTurn.com.

  1. To get to the Edit Game Graphics page, look under 'Account' in the left-side menu column and click 'Edit game graphics.'
  2. You will see a list of games for which the graphics can be changed. Choose a game.
  3. You will see a sample of that kind of game board. Underneath the sample, you will see a list of the different graphics for that game board. Click one of the names of a style in the right column to choose that style.
  4. You will then see the sample game board again with the graphic style you chose. To confirm that this is how you want all your games of this type to appear, scroll down and click 'Yes, use this graphic....' Or, click 'No...' to choose a different graphic.

You can also change the graphics for a game if you view the board for a game that you are playing. Look under the board and click the small print that says 'change game graphics.'
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How do I find another player's user profile, statistics, and ratings? You can find this information about another player in several different ways.


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How do I view other people's games? There are the several ways to view other people's games. These are explained in the following questions, and listed briefly here:

To view another player's games, you first need to view his or her User Profile. (For help finding another player's User Profile, see
this question.)

  • If that player has chosen to let his stats be shown to the public, then you will see the stats at the bottom of the profile page. You can view his tournament games by clicking 'Tournament games'; and, if he has also chosen to let his non-tournament games be shown, you can view these by clicking 'Regular games.'
  • If a player has chosen for her stats not to be visible, you can still view her games. Look near the bottom of the User Profile page, under More profile options for _____. There you will see three links to games:

    • View Player's Tournament Summary: This shows you a list of tournaments that the player has been in. You can click to view sections and game boards.
    • View Games in Progress: This shows you games that the player currently has in progress. Non-tournament games may not show on this list if this player, or the opponent, have chosen for them not to be shown on the site. Also, a game only shows here if both players have completed their fourth move.
    • View Completed Games: This shows the player's completed non-tournament games. Non-tournament games may not show on this list if this player, or the opponent, have chosen for them not to be shown on the site. Also, a game only shows here if both players have completed their fourth move.


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How do I view other people's non-tournament games? First, view a player's profile page and scroll down. (To learn how to view someone's user profile, see this question.)

Look near the bottom of the User Profile page under More profile options for _____. There you will see links that will show you this player's non-tournament games:

  • View Games in Progress: This shows you all games that the player currently has in progress.
  • View Completed Games: This shows all of the player's completed non-tournament games.

If a player has chosen to let his or her stats and games be visible to other players, then you will see the table of stats on the User Profile page. You can click on 'Regular games' to view the player's non-tournament games grouped by game type.
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How do I view other people's tournament games? First, view a player's profile page and scroll down. (To learn how to view someone's user profile, see this question.)

Look near the bottom of the User Profile page under More profile options for _____. There you will see the link View Player's Tournament Summary. Click that and you will see a list of tournaments that the player was in.

If the player has chosen to let his or her stats be shown, then you will see the stats on the User Profile page. You can also view the tournament games by clicking 'Tournament games' in the stats. This will take you to a list of game types. You can click a game type to view individual games.
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How long do the games stay on the site? The games will remain on the site as long as you remain "active". To remain active, please play at least one game a year. Whenever both players in a game have not made a move in any game for more than a year, we reserve the right to delete that game.
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How do I hide my games and my stats so that other people don't see them? You may hide your stats and your non-tournament games from the public, but you may not hide your tournament games.

  1. Look under 'Account' in the left-side menu column. Click 'Edit user profile.'
  2. On your profile page, find the settings for 'Games visible to the general public' and 'Game statistics available' and set these to 'No.'
  3. Scroll down and click 'Submit Form.'

Doing this will cause your stats and non-tournament games to not be visible to other people. This will also make viewing your tournament games more difficult. If you hide the tournament games on your status page, then other players will have to look through the tournaments to find your tournament games.
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How do I show my games to people who are not registered on ItsYourTurn.com? The option to show games to people who are not registered players on ItsYourTurn.com is temporarily unavailable. We plan to have it working again soon.

Registered users can view your games by following the steps described in the previous questions.
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How do I view my own statistics? Your record of wins and losses can be viewed as follows.

  1. Look under 'Play' in the left-side menu column and click 'Game status.'
  2. When you see your game status page, scroll down. Underneath your lists of games, click 'Look at my user profile.'
  3. You will see your profile page. At the bottom of your profile page, you will see your game statistics grouped by regular games and tournament games.
  4. To view actual games, click either 'Regular games' or 'Tournament games.' Then click a game type. Then, click an opponent's name to see the game.

Note that all completed non-tournament games that are on move 4 or under may be deleted automatically by our system.
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My game stats have been changed! ItsYourTurn.com deletes all completed non-tournament games that ended on or before move 4. When these games are deleted, your stats are changed.

Most of these games were abandoned by one player and left to time out, or were resigned by one player who decided he/she didn't want to play them any more. Only a very small fraction of such games were actually played to completion in 4 moves.
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If someone besides me or my opponent views my game, can he or she see the messages my opponent and I have typed to each other with game moves? No. When people besides you or your opponent see your games, they do not see the messages sent with the game moves.
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I tried to start another game and it told me that I could not because I have 20 or more games in progress. But I don't see 20 games on my Game Status page! You might have actually had 20 or more games in progress, but some of the games on your Game Status page might have been hidden.

After 14 days without a move from your opponent, the game is no longer shown on your status page. This prevents your Game Status page from becoming cluttered with idle games. However, the game is still active, and it still shows up on your opponent's status screen. You can view all of your games in progress by clicking View ALL unfinished games at the bottom of your game status screen.

When your slow opponent does move, the game reappears on your game status page as a game where it's your turn to move. When it is your turn to move, games are never removed from your Game Status page.

You can change how many days a game is idle before it disappears from your Game Status page. Look under 'Account' in the left-side menu column and click 'Edit User Profile.' On the profile page, scroll down. Where it says 'Hide Idle Games' choose the number of days. Then click 'Submit Form.'

If your opponent does not move before the time limit per move, then he or she will lose and you will win.

Remember, you can sometimes delete games to make room to start more. You can delete any game if both players have not completed their fourth move. When you delete a game, it does not count as a loss, it simply disappears. Please read our page on
how to delete a game.
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What are all the game codes listed under 'GM'? On ItsYourTurn.com, games are often designated by two letter codes. Here they are:


Chess: CX=chess, CC=Chinese Chess, CK=King's Corner chess, CF=King's Fortress chess, CE=Extinction Chess, CS=Screen Chess, CZ=Crazy Screen Chess, CH=Horde Chess, CA=Anti-Chess, CD=Dark Chess

American Checkers: KX=checkers, KP=Pro checkers, KA=Anti-checkers, KC=Crowded checkers, KS=Sparse checkers

Halma (Chinese Checkers): KH=Halma, KI=Halma 10x10

International Checkers: KN=International Checkers, KT=Italian Checkers, KL=Polish Checkers, KR=Russian Checkers

Backgammon: BX=Backgammon, BP=Pro backgammon, BR=Backgammon Race, BA=Anti-Backgammon

Battleboats: TX=Battleboats, T+=BattleboatsPlus

Reversi: RX=Reversi, R1=Reversi (10x10), RH=Reversi Blackhole, RI=Reversi Blackhole 10x10, RA=Anti-reversi, RB=Anti-reversi (10x10)

Stack4: 4X=Stack4, 4A=Anti-Stack4, 44=Stack 4x4, 4C=Connectris

Go-Moku: MX=Go-Moku, MM=Pro Go-Moku, MP=Pente, MK=Keryo-Pente, MQ=Pro Pente

Go: GX=19x19 Go, G3=13x13 Go, G9=9x9 Go

Sabotage: SG=Sabotage, SM=Mini Sabotage, SR=Sabotage Rush
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