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Debate: What to call "Online Chess"...

  • #1261

    Troll chess.

  • #1262
    Josechu wrote:

    Me again. As I was saying, I would like to encourage everyone who uses "online" chess on chess.com (or possibly other sites) or who thinks they maybe might use it, to share who they are (age, gender, chess experience, etc.), why they use it, how they use it, what they are looking for, etc... I hope chess.com will be able to use the responses to decide on wha the core values should be for "online chess" and from there, what may or may not be the right name for it. (If you don't use it, and you think correspondence chess is for mummies and zombies, you needn't bother to respond. This discussion just isn't for you.) To kick things off, here's my contribution:

    I'm male, 56 years old (I think), and I was taught chess by my Spanish grandfather when I was about 8 or 9. I then didn't play hardly at all for about the next 25 years. In my mid-thirties I occasionally played against a computer (Battlechess) and I discovered a) that chess could be fun and b) that the Ruy Lopez opening was not compulsory. Shortly after I moved away from London to the SW of England, leaving behind a lot of friends and family. One of my London friends played chess to a similar (but slightly bettter) standard than me and we hit on the idea of staying in touch by playing correspondence chess - which I think we did by email, using a spreadsheet attachment to display the board. This fizzled out after a few years (though recently I think I've enticed him to join chess.com). About 5 years ago work took me even further afield and I lived in the Caribbean for a couple of years. I remembered about using correspondence chess to keep in touch and eventually ended up on chess.com where I play online chess with 2 people who are far away and that I don't get to see enough of. If you saw our games you'd be amazed at how we over-use the chat facility.  In a way that's what it's about for me. It truly is "correspondence" chess because we use it literally to correspond. We set the time limit to the maximum (14 days) because it's always a disappointment when someone is too busy to play and the game times out. Yes, I'd go as far as to say that the chess is almost incidental; it's the chat that counts. Bu the discipline of having to play a move in a given time frame forces us to stay in touch.

    What I value about online chess on chess.com is that it works and works well. Initially I also valued that it was free but I have recently upgraded because I love Tactics Trainer. I don't play Live chess because I kind of feel that I'm too inexperienced to play quickly; I have to really think hard to avoid making horrible blunders. Also I never know whether I will be able to sit at the computer without interruptions for long enough to finish a game. With correspondence chess I don't need to worry about that - if I get called away then it doesn't matter, I'll make my move tomorrow. Which is the opposite of what someone said somewhere in this thread - that long format chess is for men who don't have a girlfriend; seems to me that live chess would be more of a problem in that respect. With correspondence chess you can stop any time to go and do what you have to do.

    That's enough initimate confessions for now. One final point that I haven't seen mentioned. Chess.com is an international site. Many members are not native English speakers. Chess.com needs to be careful not to confuse those users. Any new name needs to be intuitive for people from different cultures, I suggest. 

  • #1263

    Classified information.

  • #1264

    Turn Based seems appropiate.

  • #1265
    Shippen wrote:

    Turn Based seems appropiate.

    Very true but not sexy enough.  How about Slow Death Chess.

  • #1266
  • #1267

    This is an old thread, and I know my term is not catchy, but I use it anyhow for my bookmark of "day per move", which is a catch all for 1,2,3,4,5 days per move.  Of course one can move in 5 minutes, and other terms are more compact to type and say; maybe other abbreviations could be made.  TB, (turn-based)  CorreChess, Dayper Chess, etc.

  • #1268

    How about Daze Chess.  an intentional blur of "days" when one can get a day to make his move. etc.

  • #1269

    I had an idea, but it failed :(


    What is the opposite of blitz?

    No words found.

  • #1270

    Opposite of blitz - Sloth?  Lethargy?  Indolence?  Slug chess!

  • #1271

    "Languid Chess?"  

    "Torpid Chess?"

    "Hey, man, Chill, OK?" Chess

    "Now?  Hell, no! I've got 3 Whole Forking Days, so I say 'Let 'em Wait!' " Chess

    "What's your hurry? --- Where's the "Fire? .... License and Registration Please" Chess

  • #1272

    Geological Chess

    Evolutionary Chess

    Time Lapse Chess

    Got A Life Chess

  • #1273

    Laughing!  --though for some of us, "Got a Life Chess" might be wishful thinking ...Wink

    (Just a joke! Smile!  ...like I always say, If you can't laugh at other people, who Can you laugh at?)

  • #1274

    That's the same thing one of my heroes said... Smile

    ("And just remember:  if you can't laugh at yourself...make fun of other people.")

  • #1275

    Great minds ......

  • #1276

    ...dont belong here.

  • #1277

    question: "What is the opposite of blitz?"

    answer: Chess.

  • #1278
    motherinlaw wrote:

    Great minds ......

    ...have great behinds.  Sorry I couldn't resist, my neighbor once say that to me. Smile

  • #1279

    Since the only thing that is different between online chess and "live" chess is the amount of time, I think Multi-Day Chess works best. As you play in multiples of days.

    Correspondence chess makes as much sense as calling live chess OTB chess. I'm as far away from the server for live chess as I am for online chess. So distance isn't relevant. And I'm also sending and receiving a message to the server in live chess as I would in online chess. (I can even turn my computer off and log back in later in a live chess game. Something else that doesn't separate it from online chess.)


    If you want correspondence as the term, then ANY online turn-based game could have that added to the beginning.

    Correspondence backgammon. Why not?


    I supposed if you were forced to check your mail to see if it was your move I could understand. I just come back to the site and continue that way.

    The only real difference between live chess and online chess is live chess doesn't have a submit button. (Although it should in the premove area, along with deleting a move instead of having to delete the entire line.)

  • #1280

    "No-Hurry-Take-Your-Time-to-Get-It-Off-Your" Chess


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