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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
#386   Nope. I'm currently waiting on two different IHUB opponents DragonBear 12/23/20 03:00:35 PM
#385   Anyone on chess.com ? Homebrew 12/18/20 11:21:48 PM
#384   yeah, no sh@t sherlock DragonBear 12/04/20 08:41:56 AM
#383   Yeah, I messed up and had your pawn DragonBear 12/04/20 08:34:39 AM
#382   yeah, no sh@t sherlock. May I also take newmedman 12/03/20 09:33:56 PM
#381   And get a sharpie and write the letters BullNBear52 12/03/20 05:17:57 PM
#380   Yeah, I messed up and had your pawn newmedman 12/03/20 04:29:37 PM
#379   1. Nf3 d5 DragonBear 12/03/20 04:08:48 PM
#378   1. Nf3 d5 newmedman 12/03/20 04:05:00 PM
#377   1. Nf3 d5 DragonBear 12/03/20 03:54:55 PM
#376   1. Nf3 d5 newmedman 12/03/20 03:53:50 PM
#375   1. Nf3 d5 DragonBear 12/03/20 03:45:19 PM
#374   1. Nf3 d5 newmedman 12/03/20 03:42:26 PM
#373   As predicted BooBoo still hasn't shown up. He DragonBear 12/03/20 03:23:38 PM
#372   It will work on the virtual board. DragonBear 12/03/20 02:53:36 PM
#371   wow, that's some shifty shit. That's one I newmedman 12/03/20 02:46:46 PM
#370   BTW ... the O-O was to get out DragonBear 12/03/20 02:44:36 PM
#369   O-O : King moves 2 squares to the DragonBear 12/03/20 02:30:15 PM
#368   I apologize for not understanding what O-O means. newmedman 12/03/20 02:06:41 PM
#367   Probability now P=0.001. DragonBear 12/03/20 09:45:26 AM
#366   Probability of him showing up: P=0.01. Straight from BullNBear52 12/03/20 09:13:44 AM
#365   ???? bishop f1 to c4 DragonBear 12/03/20 08:11:26 AM
#364   I was pretty sure my move was clean DragonBear 12/03/20 08:01:06 AM
#363   I might have to work tomorrow so we newmedman 12/02/20 07:15:34 PM
#362   ???? bishop f1 to c4 newmedman 12/02/20 04:04:53 PM
#361   1. Nf3 d5 DragonBear 12/02/20 04:00:17 PM
#360   1. Nf3 d5 newmedman 12/02/20 03:52:41 PM
#359   1. Nf3 d5 DragonBear 12/02/20 03:12:22 PM
#358   1. Nf3 d5 newmedman 12/02/20 02:52:21 PM
#357   1. Nf3 d5 DragonBear 12/02/20 01:38:17 PM
#356   1. Nf3 d5 newmedman 12/02/20 01:17:54 PM
#355   1. Nf3 d5 DragonBear 12/02/20 01:13:53 PM
#354   1. Nf3 d5 newmedman 12/02/20 01:01:53 PM
#353   1. Nf3 d5 DragonBear 12/02/20 09:59:07 AM
#352   Nc3 newmedman 12/02/20 09:42:55 AM
#351   1. Nf3 d5 DragonBear 12/02/20 09:35:18 AM
#350   d4 newmedman 12/02/20 09:16:29 AM
#349   That is what chess is all about. DragonBear 12/02/20 08:07:29 AM
#348   1. Nf3 d5 DragonBear 12/02/20 08:06:07 AM
#347   Don't make me dig out Kasparov. DragonBear 12/02/20 08:00:25 AM
#346   Nf3 newmedman 12/01/20 07:25:38 PM
#345   oops, not for you all talk no action. newmedman 12/01/20 07:23:12 PM
#344   I'm just learning how to describe my moves. BullNBear52 12/01/20 05:51:42 PM
#343   I have the virtual board he sent me newmedman 12/01/20 05:12:24 PM
#342   So you lost to a more experienced player. BullNBear52 12/01/20 04:58:15 PM
#341   I gotta get used to this digital shit BullNBear52 12/01/20 04:52:39 PM
#340   :-D I thought I was coming into this lightly. newmedman 12/01/20 03:57:42 PM
#339   LOL I thought you haven't played in years. DragonBear 12/01/20 03:50:54 PM
#338   LOL I thought you haven't played in years. newmedman 12/01/20 03:39:22 PM
#337   looks like I'm done... DragonBear 12/01/20 03:30:40 PM
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