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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:

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National Chess Day October 13, 2012 MorningLightMountain 09/18/2012 09:03:31 AM
Replaying the games posted here: MorningLightMountain 06/12/2010 11:40:04 PM
live Chess "screen saver", watch real games in action MorningLightMountain 06/08/2010 10:29:45 PM
I am working on improving the I-box......if you MorningLightMountain 10/17/2009 11:16:05 PM
#386 Nope. I'm currently waiting on two different IHUB opponents DragonBear 12/23/2020 03:00:35 PM
#385 Anyone on ? Homebrew 12/18/2020 11:21:48 PM
#384 yeah, no sh@t sherlock DragonBear 12/04/2020 08:41:56 AM
#383 Yeah, I messed up and had your pawn DragonBear 12/04/2020 08:34:39 AM
#382 yeah, no sh@t sherlock. May I also take newmedman 12/03/2020 09:33:56 PM
#381 And get a sharpie and write the letters BullNBear52 12/03/2020 05:17:57 PM
#380 Yeah, I messed up and had your pawn newmedman 12/03/2020 04:29:37 PM
#379 1. Nf3 d5 DragonBear 12/03/2020 04:08:48 PM
#378 1. Nf3 d5 newmedman 12/03/2020 04:05:00 PM
#377 1. Nf3 d5 DragonBear 12/03/2020 03:54:55 PM
#376 1. Nf3 d5 newmedman 12/03/2020 03:53:50 PM
#375 1. Nf3 d5 DragonBear 12/03/2020 03:45:19 PM
#374 1. Nf3 d5 newmedman 12/03/2020 03:42:26 PM
#373 As predicted BooBoo still hasn't shown up. He DragonBear 12/03/2020 03:23:38 PM
#372 It will work on the virtual board. DragonBear 12/03/2020 02:53:36 PM
#371 wow, that's some shifty shit. That's one I newmedman 12/03/2020 02:46:46 PM
#370 BTW ... the O-O was to get out DragonBear 12/03/2020 02:44:36 PM
#369 O-O : King moves 2 squares to the DragonBear 12/03/2020 02:30:15 PM
#368 I apologize for not understanding what O-O means. newmedman 12/03/2020 02:06:41 PM
#367 Probability now P=0.001. DragonBear 12/03/2020 09:45:26 AM
#366 Probability of him showing up: P=0.01. Straight from BullNBear52 12/03/2020 09:13:44 AM
#365 ???? bishop f1 to c4 DragonBear 12/03/2020 08:11:26 AM
#364 I was pretty sure my move was clean DragonBear 12/03/2020 08:01:06 AM
#363 I might have to work tomorrow so we newmedman 12/02/2020 07:15:34 PM
#362 ???? bishop f1 to c4 newmedman 12/02/2020 04:04:53 PM
#361 1. Nf3 d5 DragonBear 12/02/2020 04:00:17 PM
#360 1. Nf3 d5 newmedman 12/02/2020 03:52:41 PM
#359 1. Nf3 d5 DragonBear 12/02/2020 03:12:22 PM
#358 1. Nf3 d5 newmedman 12/02/2020 02:52:21 PM
#357 1. Nf3 d5 DragonBear 12/02/2020 01:38:17 PM
#356 1. Nf3 d5 newmedman 12/02/2020 01:17:54 PM
#355 1. Nf3 d5 DragonBear 12/02/2020 01:13:53 PM
#354 1. Nf3 d5 newmedman 12/02/2020 01:01:53 PM
#353 1. Nf3 d5 DragonBear 12/02/2020 09:59:07 AM
#352 Nc3 newmedman 12/02/2020 09:42:55 AM
#351 1. Nf3 d5 DragonBear 12/02/2020 09:35:18 AM
#350 d4 newmedman 12/02/2020 09:16:29 AM
#349 That is what chess is all about. DragonBear 12/02/2020 08:07:29 AM
#348 1. Nf3 d5 DragonBear 12/02/2020 08:06:07 AM
#347 Don't make me dig out Kasparov. DragonBear 12/02/2020 08:00:25 AM
#346 Nf3 newmedman 12/01/2020 07:25:38 PM
#345 oops, not for you all talk no action. newmedman 12/01/2020 07:23:12 PM
#344 I'm just learning how to describe my moves. BullNBear52 12/01/2020 05:51:42 PM
#343 I have the virtual board he sent me newmedman 12/01/2020 05:12:24 PM
#342 So you lost to a more experienced player. BullNBear52 12/01/2020 04:58:15 PM
#341 I gotta get used to this digital shit BullNBear52 12/01/2020 04:52:39 PM
#340 :-D I thought I was coming into this lightly. newmedman 12/01/2020 03:57:42 PM
#339 LOL I thought you haven't played in years. DragonBear 12/01/2020 03:50:54 PM
#338 LOL I thought you haven't played in years. newmedman 12/01/2020 03:39:22 PM
#337 looks like I'm done... DragonBear 12/01/2020 03:30:40 PM
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