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A place for people to meet, talk chess, post links of interest, and celebrate the greatest game known to humankind.   

All are welcome, regardless of skill level.

 Smothered Mate in 5:  

 MLM Playing Black


“The game of Chess is not merely an idle amusement; several very
valuable qualities of the mind are to be acquired and strengthened by
so as to become habits ready on all occasions; for life is a kind of Chess

(Benjamin Franklin)

“Chess is the gymnasium of the mind”
(Blaise Pascal)

“Not all artists are Chess players, but all Chess players are artists”
(Marcel Duchamp)

“On the chessboard, lies and hypocrisy do not survive long”
(Emanuel Lasker)

To Infinity and Beyond:

There are 400 different possible Chess positions after one move each. There are 72,084 different possible positions after two moves each. There are over 9 million different possible positions after three moves each. There are over 288 billion different possible positions after four moves each. The number of distinct 40-move games is far greater than the number of electrons in the observable universe


note: in my posts, I usually refer to the opponent as he.   In the off chance you are female and reading this, take no offense, "he" is usually the default for chess (unfortunately).   BTW, one of the world's strongest players, male or female:


Oct 2009 Wall Street Journal Article:  Women's chess titles:

(I don't agree with this, BTW)


OK, now a shameless picture for the guys

Women's World Chess Champion, ALEXANDRA THE GREAT:



 Some Links:


InstanstChess, a site I subscribe to, but anyone can play 25 games free (just clear cookies to play more if you run out of games).  Good place to pick up a quick game, I used to have a subscription to this site.  You can also play for free, but with limited features.  This site is focused on turn-based correspondence chess, where you have several days to consider your move.  This is good for those still learning the opening basics, as well as advanced players who wish to dabble in more exotic openings.  A nice thing is the rules of turn-based chess allow you to reference databases, or anything else you wish (except computer chess engines, that's cheating!) for analysis during a game.  If you are a paying member, you have access to a very large opening book that is easy to use, with stats on effectiveness of each move.    Also has a live chess feature.


Other places to play: Yahoo (#1 for sheer player numbers, I believe) , RedHotPawn,  FICS, GameKnot, to name a few.   No matter what your skill level, there is competition to be found all over the Internet,  with plenty of both free and subscription sites,  so get playing somewhere now!   Remember, you learn more from a loss than a win.  (OK, I admit it though, I like to win, and don't like posting my losses!), a **huge** database with a good interface for easy replay of the games, many annotated and also discussed in a "Kibitzer's Corner".  All the famous games are here:


Endgame Database for all possible 6  piece endings.  Instantly tells you if an endgame is win, lose, or draw:


Live Chess screen saver, for the chess voyeur in you:

#218  Sticky Note National Chess Day October 13, 2012 MorningLightMountain 09/18/12 05:03:31 AM
#96  Sticky Note Replaying the games posted here: MorningLightMountain 06/12/10 07:40:04 PM
#71  Sticky Note live Chess "screen saver", watch real games in action MorningLightMountain 06/08/10 06:29:45 PM
#32  Sticky Note I am working on improving the I-box......if you MorningLightMountain 10/17/09 07:16:05 PM
#267   Tobey Maguire plays the American prodigy Bobby Fischer, BullNBear52 09/16/15 08:04:13 AM
#266   Another case of cheating? MorningLightMountain 09/15/15 07:18:57 PM
#265   Put's a whole new slant on trading Queens. BullNBear52 08/27/15 09:37:07 AM
#264   ...but but, where's the king? Wildbilly 08/27/15 09:23:00 AM
#263   my new chess set: MorningLightMountain 08/27/15 09:19:29 AM
#262   TCEC Season 8 computer chess: MorningLightMountain 08/24/15 07:51:33 AM
#261   GM Hikaru Nakamura MorningLightMountain 08/24/15 07:50:08 AM
#260   The most important chess tournament in US history Wildbilly 08/24/15 07:14:21 AM
#259   Chess games that last years: MorningLightMountain 07/24/15 05:27:08 PM
#258   Stockfish 6, now with Syzygy endgame tablebases: MorningLightMountain 03/03/15 02:12:19 PM
#257   funny video: MorningLightMountain 11/25/14 01:25:41 PM
#256   breaking news: Magnus Carlsen wins WCC 2014 in MorningLightMountain 11/23/14 11:07:21 AM
#255   World Chess Championship 2014, live coverage starting in MorningLightMountain 11/14/14 06:59:56 AM
#254   Kitty style. BullNBear52 11/11/14 07:39:05 AM
#253   Chess Boxing!!! MorningLightMountain 10/30/14 06:12:06 PM
#252   NEWSFLASH: Komodo 8 takes the lead in "pure" MorningLightMountain 09/14/14 02:01:46 PM
#251   Stockfish, now the strongest Chess Engine in the World!!!! MorningLightMountain 07/11/14 12:42:43 PM
#250   TCEC computer chess Super Final contenders: MorningLightMountain 05/23/14 08:14:30 AM
#249   TCEC season 6, stage 4: chess engines still MorningLightMountain 05/03/14 11:11:51 AM
#248   I heard this on NPR the other night BullNBear52 03/06/14 09:41:55 PM
#247   Thoresen Chess Engines Competition: Season 6 now running. MorningLightMountain 03/06/14 01:27:54 PM
#246   (MIT) DIGITAL CHESS REVIEW: One chess champion MorningLightMountain 01/17/14 09:37:25 AM
#245   I'm no expert at the game but I BullNBear52 11/24/13 11:38:26 AM
#244   Good morning BNB, I'm no aficionado Wildbilly 11/24/13 10:50:27 AM
#243   For Chess, a Would-Be White Knight BullNBear52 11/24/13 08:41:42 AM
#242   Norwegian, 22, Takes World Chess Title BullNBear52 11/23/13 09:21:26 AM
#241   World Chess Championship 2013, a decent summary: MorningLightMountain 11/22/13 03:12:52 PM
#240   breaking news: Magnus Carlsen wins World Chess Championship MorningLightMountain 11/22/13 09:29:27 AM
#239   WCC: Carlsen leads with score 5-3 MorningLightMountain 11/19/13 04:56:05 PM
#238   World Chess Champion match starting soon: MorningLightMountain 11/06/13 10:20:13 AM
#237   The Chess Programming Wiki is a repository of MorningLightMountain 10/16/13 04:44:43 PM
#236   Stockfish: Powerful open source chess engine MorningLightMountain 10/16/13 04:34:57 PM
#235   Scid vs. PC: a chess database tool MorningLightMountain 08/19/13 08:17:24 AM
#234   Napoleon Bonaparte Chess Game vs The Turk - MorningLightMountain 06/29/13 06:39:33 PM
#233   The Comeback Kid!!!! MorningLightMountain 05/23/13 08:23:54 PM
#232   watch the 2013 Candidates Tournament, on live NOW: MorningLightMountain 04/01/13 09:27:57 AM
#231   winning the endgame by losing the exchange MorningLightMountain 03/21/13 06:13:08 AM
#230   pin to win, with Knight fork: MorningLightMountain 02/20/13 05:18:40 PM
#229   A 517-move win MorningLightMountain 01/06/13 01:35:42 PM
#228   some of the longest known checkmates in chess: MorningLightMountain 01/06/13 12:51:03 PM
#226   Carlsen wins the 4th London Classic MorningLightMountain 12/10/12 02:23:57 PM
#225   Endgame Tablebases: MorningLightMountain 11/26/12 08:50:41 PM
#224   Houdini 3, the best got better!!! MorningLightMountain 10/24/12 07:14:13 PM
#223   thanks!!! MorningLightMountain 10/13/12 04:07:17 PM
#222   HAPPY NATIONAL CHESS DAY!!!... expand your mind, play MorningLightMountain 10/13/12 04:04:59 PM
#221   Nice Board, Chess Rocks! PPS 10/02/12 05:36:10 PM
#220   Thanks. bob41 09/21/12 08:02:30 PM
#219   Nice to see they could agree on something! BullNBear52 09/18/12 07:20:40 AM
#218   National Chess Day October 13, 2012 MorningLightMountain 09/18/12 05:03:31 AM
#217   Battery Power: MorningLightMountain 09/16/12 02:40:57 PM