Is chess.com the best place in the galaxy to play chess, or not? No argument! And why? Because chess.com treats all us individuals like kings.
Just a few days ago I completed my 1000th game and, to celebrate, Erik et al introduced Chess 960. Guys, you shouldn't have! I mean, I love the place anyway but this is just too much.
Of course I'd never played Chess 960 but I thought, “If they did all that just for me then I really should try it out.” And I did.
The first game was over in a trice. Five moves. Then my opponent got a bit discombobulated by the strange position, overlooked a bishop that was sitting in a place it had no right to sit, and lost a piece. Ah, well.
Then came my next game with the Knight from Outer Space. Well, I guess he was from outer space because my opponent was YouCoolAlien and we all know where aliens come from, don't we!
It's probably the most disastrous—and potentially the funniest—game I've ever played and as the Alien's steed leapt back and forth among my pawns, stealing, checking, forking the whole time, my poor old king suffered a bad attack of the collywobbles.
It was a clever attack with a lovely smothered mate at the finish.
My only regret is that the Alien did it to me and not I to him.
But Chess 960 is fun and I'll certainly be back for more.