10921 Players currently online!
Man vs. Machine - good luck!
Turn-based games at any time!
Vote for the best move to win!
Do you have what it takes?
Sharpen your tactical vision!
Get advice and game insights!
Learn from top players & pros!
View millions of master games!
Your virtual chess coach!
Perfect your opening moves!
Test your skills vs. computer!
Find the right private coach!
Can you solve it each day?
Bring it all together!
Beginners, start here!
Make friends & play team games!
News from the world of chess!
Search all Chess.com members!
Find local clubs & events!
Who's the best of your friends?
Read what members are saying!
I work for a Global company and travel a lot and work odd hours so haven't been able to play OTB chess for ten years. Was shown this site by a friend, it is a godsend, but too addictive. Have now returned to OTB chess but rating performances are still fluctuating badly
I'm married with three children, two adult and one teenager. Other recreations are music and Arsenal football club. Learned from Dad when 8; played a lot when Fischer -Spassky was on but never studied. In '78 I read my first chess book (my Dad's) just for something to read and got hooked, just as I was doing my final university exams, great timing. I won ratings restricted tnments at provincial and county level early on but after that have played for fun and enjoyed the social scene.
I played divs 1-7 for three clubs. Have had ratings 1400 up to 1900 and back again and have been club captain/secretary etc. Coached the underage county champions one year also. I am hopeless at allegro finishes but tnments with adjrnmts are rare here. Turnbased allows a better standard of chess I think, using book/dbases during an ongoing game you absorb more. I never had the discipline to study and analyse after the game otb, rather hit the bar for a Guinness. The ability to use the analysis board or a set compared to doing it mentally allows an ordinary club player like me to compete better. Another benefit is if you're tired or lacking in ideas in a specific position you don't have to make a move just wait a day or so. On the other hand I understand those players who just can't maintain interest in such a slow game, preferring the challenge of staying focused for three-four hours at a time.
On a non chess topic here's a video someone made to one of my favourite songs. The irony over over analysing a song about over analysing is interesting to me, the idea that someone would make the syllables in the lyrics to match a mathematical sequence is even better. What can I say, I had some acid like that once. Musicians among you will notice rhe video author doesn't quite understand what a time signature is but it's a provoking thought about the beat.
I like sharp tactical positions, hence getting bewildered...
opening line from the song
Black then white are all I see ...clearly it's about chess
"With my feet upon the ground I lose myselfbetween the sounds and open wide to suck it in,I feel it move across my skin.I'm reaching up and reaching out,I'm reaching for the random or what ever will bewilder me.And following our will and wind we may just go where no one's been.We'll ride the spiral to the end and may just go where no one's been."
Here's a tough game with many pieces en prise for both sides for several moves..I'm just learning how to use this facility being a 20th century type of person. I'll add annotations to some favourite games later and post them.
Why Join | Chess Topics |
Help & Support |
© 2015 Chess.com
• Chess - English
We are working hard to make Chess.com available in over 70 languages. Check back over the year as we develop the technology to add more, and we will try our best to notify you when your language is ready for translating!