Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Faster load times for ChessJam worldwide (16 locations!)

Earlier today, we made a change that will result in faster downloads of ChessJam, especially if you are located in Europe or Asia. Before today, when you downloaded ChessJam or loaded the web or Facebook version, the files were served from Tampa, Florida. Starting today, the files will be served by one of sixteen locations depending on your location. You will hopefully notice faster download times and application load times. Below is a list of server locations. The closest server to you will automatically be selected so you don't have to do anything different.
More improvements are already in progress. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

ChessJam 4.0.3 released

ChessJam 4.0.3 is now released. Changes:
  • FIxed a problem that caused clocks to go negative in rare circumstances
  • Added a new less intrusive notification of tournaments, etc. New notifications will replace the popups starting tomorrow (Wednesday)
  • Games can now be posted to Facebook from web version of ChessJam
  • Multiple bug fixes

If you are running the desktop version of ChessJam, you will receive an upgrade notification next time you run it. If you run the web or Facebook version, you are already set.

Report any bugs to

Friday, September 10, 2010

ChessJam 4.0.2 released - bug fixes

ChessJam 4.0.2 is now available. We fixed another premature timeout situation (hopefully the last!), fixed the sounds that got screwed up in the 4.0.0/4.0.1 release and fixed the HUD clocks.

We apologize for the back to back releases but we're on a serious bug hunt!


Thursday, September 9, 2010

ChessJam 4.01 released

Earlier this week we released ChessJam 4.0. Overall, it has been a great release for us. We've seen a lot of people take advantage of the new web version and Facebook versions of the game. We also saw a huge improvement in the number of failed games where a clock went bad, etc.

We've been monitoring like a hawk and found a few other bugs that needed fixing. This release takes care of the following:

  • Clocks now stay in sync even with players with a lot of network lag
  • Premature timeouts have been fixed
  • The weird time that sometimes shows up on clocks after a game has completed has been fixed
  • We rearranged the login buttons to help new people find their way. We apologize to our regular players that have learned to click the login button with their eyes closed. We'll all have to retrain a few times! ;-)
  • Server upgrades to improve performance

We'll continue to watch things. We have a lot of enhancements planned, but we are currently trying to get to flawless play for all players.

If you see any problems, please email us at

Monday, September 6, 2010

ChessJam 4.0! Now 3 ways to play online chess including in Facebook and your web browser!

Today we released ChessJam 4.0! During the past few months, we've seen our growth accelerate and now we're starting to attract several grand masters! We think this latest release will put ChessJam up a few notches and spur even more growth.

ChessJam can now be played in three different ways:

Bug fixes and other improvements:

  • We have rewritten the way clocks are handled. They are now much more reliable and consistent. This should address the occasional premature timeouts that some players reported.
  • Multiple memory optimizations

Let us know if you find any problems with the new software. You can always email us at