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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



Chess.com, 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!)


ChessGames.com, 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
#301   The game is on. Now get your little bearspread 11/23/20 02:31:32 PM
#300   The game is on. Now get your little BullNBear52 11/23/20 02:22:48 PM
#299   1... c5 bearspread 09/11/20 03:57:07 PM
#298   Awesome !! 1,587 at 8 years old ! Homebrew 11/08/19 10:11:59 PM
#297   P-K4 Homebrew 11/08/19 10:06:02 PM
#296   Chess Grandmaster Igors Rausis Caught Cheating with Cellphone BullNBear52 07/13/19 05:21:45 PM
#295   Passersby Feel Sorry For Aging Deep Blue Sitting BullNBear52 07/08/19 12:41:41 PM
#294   This 8-Year-Old Chess Champion Will Make You Smile BullNBear52 03/17/19 02:40:07 PM
#293   Long live The King!!!!! MorningLightMountain 12/10/18 08:59:22 PM
#292   Carlsen Wins 2018 World Chess Championship In Playoff BullNBear52 11/29/18 09:39:54 AM
#291   Checkmate Averted: U.K. Reversal Opens Door for Chess BullNBear52 08/12/18 09:15:01 AM
#290   Lyudmila Rudenko: Who was the Soviet chess champion BullNBear52 07/27/18 07:04:19 PM
#289   I'm keeping my eye on two AI projects vantillian 06/23/18 10:07:26 PM
#288   Enjoyed that~~ Thanks for posting!! GrooveMaster 06/23/18 09:31:08 PM
#287   One of the most interesting and significant happenings vantillian 06/23/18 11:06:56 AM
#286   These are my top two favorite YouTube channels vantillian 06/23/18 10:56:21 AM
#285   This is funny lol https://www.chess.com/article/view/his-pawn-cheated-and-killed vantillian 06/23/18 10:54:08 AM
#284   Stockfish 9, the strongest chess engine in the MorningLightMountain 04/12/18 09:18:50 PM
#283   William Lombardy, Chess Grandmaster Turned Priest, Dies at 79 BullNBear52 10/16/17 10:26:16 AM
#282   live computer analysis of world championship games: MorningLightMountain 11/30/16 02:25:27 PM
#281   https://chess24.com/en/wcc2016 BullNBear52 11/29/16 11:17:02 AM
#280   Is there a place to watch online? GrooveMaster 11/29/16 10:08:24 AM
#279   Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin Head to Tiebreaker BullNBear52 11/29/16 08:14:38 AM
#278   Stockfish 8, the strongest free chess engine in MorningLightMountain 11/02/16 04:42:41 PM
#277   http://worldchess.com/nyc2016/ MorningLightMountain 08/24/16 12:01:28 PM
#276   Speculation Ends: Date and Venue Set for World BullNBear52 08/09/16 01:38:14 PM
#275   CCRL chess engine ratings, 40/40 pure list: MorningLightMountain 07/05/16 05:37:44 PM
#274   CCRL chess engine ratings, 40/4 pure list: MorningLightMountain 07/05/16 05:36:28 PM
#273   Stockfish 7, the strongest freeware chess engine in MorningLightMountain 01/04/16 08:22:51 AM
#272   that is respectable, but unless you have many MorningLightMountain 12/22/15 11:53:34 AM
#271   That's a very good rating. Not sure what Levronefullblown 12/22/15 11:31:50 AM
#270   it was once over 2000 when I used MorningLightMountain 12/22/15 11:28:54 AM
#269   Out of curiosity do you have an elo Levronefullblown 12/08/15 12:44:31 AM
#268   The cyborg chess players that can’t be beaten MorningLightMountain 12/04/15 05:58:04 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
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