There are three ways you can play chess on the internet:
Two organizations the IECG and IECC pioneered E-mail correspondence chess on the Internet. We can recommend either organization. The traditional postal-based correspondence organizations are newer to the internet, but they now offer E-mail correspondence chess too. Long-time correspondence players tend to look at the traditional organizations as the "only" true - rated organizations. But these traditional organizations could learn a great deal from the experience of the IECG and the IECC. Certainly the ICCF seems to have realized this.
Generally, you must download chess server-specific telnet software to full utilize the servers. Some of the telnet addresses below only work with the chess- server specific telnet software.
FICS or AFICS = The American Free Internet Chess Server
ICC = The Internet Chess Club
Other chess servers around the world:
Server Telnet Software For the telnet links above to work your browser must be configured to find the directory and executable file of a telnet software program on your machine! Not all browsers can do this! Better yet get a chess playing utility and log in.
But you'll enjoy playing chess on the internet chess servers more if you get a program that provides you with a graphical interface with the chess server. That's technical lingo for a real board. One of the most recommended programs for MicroSoft Windows users is Fong's CHESSBD or SLICS program for interfacing with Chess Servers. But if you have a MacIntosh, try Fixation.
There's also a list of commands which are somewhat similar between servers but with some differences. There are at least 50 commands. Here are some examples of the most common ones to help you get started:
play 123 = accepts a open challenge number 123 for a game accept = accepts a private challenge for a game seek 4 2 = you see a 4 minute game with two second increments added for each move from anyone on the server match johndoe = you request a rematch with johndoe having just played him.
There are quite a few Nova Scotian's on the servers. Here's a partial list with their handles for FICS and perhaps elsewhere:
Jim Brennan JimB Ed Urquhart easye John Kapstein tjradd Kim Tufts kim Alvah Mayo RicFlair (and others). Steve Saunders Blockhouse Marke Zuibinski zig Graham Ferrier RadRooks Jim Hayward Luft Cedric Davies Skippy Rob Villeneuve Xfiles Leighton Steele Larrys Jason Kenney Bluenoser Alex Fraser Pozzo
More information on chess servers and E-mail correspondence chess is available in the chess FAQ.
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