The most obvious is the Classical Way. This is how CC has been played from
its inception until about twenty years ago. No computers are allowed but all
other sources can be consulted. This is still the best way to play CC in my view.
Since there is no way to control whether your opponent breaks the rules and
uses computer assistance, you have to be prepared for many losses. Still, it is very rewarding.
One can also make their play much more computer resistant through a clever
choice of openings. As white, I recommend 1.e4. If 1...c5, then I would go for
the Closed Sicilian; and if 1...e5, I would choose the Ruy Lopez. I recommend
closed variations common in practice where computer assistance is not as
much of an advantage.
Likewise as black; against 1.e4, I recommend the Ruy Lopez. If 1.d4, answer
with 1...d5 and try to reach the resilient QGD Tartakower variation. Always
go for closed positions. Another fun alternative is the Hippo as black. It can
be played against all white opening moves.
The final way of playing CC is to fully commit to developing your overall
chess skills by use them in every move in every game. You do this as follows:
●Reading and training with more advanced chess literature covering all
phases of the game; especially the endgame.
● Selecting good opening variations that suit your playing style and then
staying on top of the latest development trends.
● Analyzing your own games (especially losses) and avoid repetition of
● Analyzing your opponents and try to use their weaknesses against them.
In this way you will develop as a chess player and eventually win tournaments
and titles. But be prepared for a long journey towards success. Former world
champion Ivar Bern engineered a plan to gain the title within ten years, but he
was a good OTB player from the start. Still, he made it and so can you if you
Another player who also made it was Sanakoev. It was in the days when
Classical Play was the only alternative and he wrote a well received book
about it: World Champion at the Third Attempt.