The internet open new horizon to play board games, and, in particular, chess. Here in internet you can find an opponent any time of day from the countries all over the world. You can also discuss theory and practice of chess, watch games played by Grand Masters, and so on. So, welcome to Internet Chess World. This page is created to help you enter this wonderful world.
There are three ways to play chess on the internet.
Some details of usage of several chess servers follow below.
The largest chess server of the world is ICC (Internet Chess Club), but if you have Windows, I recommend you to start from another server, VOG (Vinco Online Games), which have modern, clear a easy in use graphic interface to play backgammon, reversi, checkers, and of course chess.
Enter the game step by step.
Then, you can select one of the rooms to play. There is a room for standard
games, a room for blitz, etc... Each room has tables to play games. You
can just take the table and wait until somebody who is here in the room
will take an opposite seat and will play with you. Or you can "invite"
somebody in the room to play with you by right clicking at his name in
the list of present players. Then the game starts. The good idea of this
server is to calculate a rating for each player, so gameplay become really
challenging. 50 - 100 payers are each moment in the rooms, with different
skill and rating, so you have a good choice. Another good idea is Tourneys,
which take place several times each day. They are very interesting contests.
During the games you can send messages to other player and other people
in the room. You can also watch matches, which are playing by other players
You have one month of free trial in this server, then you should register. Annual fee is $30. Good luck!
This is the most popular chess server in the hole internet. Hundreds
and Thousands of players are playing the games here simultaneously. The
usage of this server may seem a bit more complicated, but it is only for
the beginners. This server is based on command interface like DOS instead
The first steps are the same as in the server above. You need download software (named "blitzin"), install it and get a nickname and password. Then you should connect to the internet and run the software. Next you should open new connection, and type in your nickname and password (which was sent you by e-mail from the server) You will see the message window. Type in any command in it. (The most important commands will be sent you by e-mail). You can start with command "tell 1 something you want to ask" or "seek 10 0" to find opponent to play a 10 minutes time limit blitz. When the game started, the chess board appears on the screen, and you can make moves with the mouse. There are a lot of players here in the server, including international and grand masters. You can watch their matches and take lessons from them. Besides chess you can play here some chess variants.
This server offer you one week of free trial, then you should pay or you can visit server as guest, though in that case your possibilities will be reduced.
This server is alike The ICC server, but is free in use. There are a lot of people here all the time. The software, what you can download from the site, can be used to connect with ICC server too.
This server offer a downloadable software to play chess or you can use Java applet to play chess directly in you browser window. Several hundred players can be found here to play a game a have a chat on chess matter. Easy to install and free site.
The server to play chess using Chessmaster software (you should buy it first - it costs about $40). Nice designed professional site.
Site with several board games including chess. I found it complicated to install and use
Live online chess without Java or downloads
Server for beginners
Many people are here all the time.
26 chess variants, 14 checkers variants, but there are few people.
Graphical versions of board games like chess and other.