Since most recently returning to chess after many years, I am learning all over again. Amazingly, I realize I am having a blast playing non-rated games. That's right, playing for the joy and companionship is another reward of the game. At this time, it seems most appropriate to point out: by playing non-rated games you can exchange remarks and comments to enhance and develop closer relationships with team mates and friends online. Being non-rated allows you to let your hair down, so to speak, and have fun with verbal communications in addition to the actual play. This adds a whole new element to the competition by eliminating the overwhelming desire to increase your point standings.