Play chess online against your friends and a global community of chess players
No boards to set up, no pieces to lose, just start a game and play chess. We record every move, and you can return to your game whenever it's convenient.
Playing chess online offers a fun alternative to traditional methods of play, such as over-the-board(OTB) play where players sit down together at a board, or 'snail mail' based correspondence chess(CC).
A great way to play chess when at home or at work. Enjoy your games without the pressure of a fast-ticking clock. Games can be started with a wide variaty of time controls to suit everyone, from those who can play multiple times a day to those who can only move at weekends.
If you would like to play more games, no problem, you can play 12 chess games all at once. Subscribers can play as many as they can handle. And you can also play blitz chess between moves.
When you are away from the site, we let you know it's your turn to move by sending an optional move notification email. All emails provide a link so you can jump right back to your waiting game.
If you preter to use our Android app, we can alert you that a game needs your attention right on your phone.
When you want to play chess, we have someone for you to play. At any time. A true global community guarantees games are being started and played 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. So when you want a game, either challenge an active opponent, or create an open invite games, and you will be playing soon after.
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Beginners tutorial on the moves of the chess pieces.