Proper "Online Chess" game play.

Apr 21, 2012, 7:41 PM |

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 

tricky situations.

● 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 

work hard.

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.