I've had some bad experiences with Chess.com recently. What are some good alternative websites for correspondence chess? I'm particularly looking for:

  1. No time limit
  2. Email notifications when it is your turn
  3. Ideally, you should be able to make moves by replying to notification emails (with a simple expression like e2e4)


  • It would help if you shared those bad experiences. They could be something unique to chess.com, or something that you could expect with any online chess site. Commented Sep 14, 2013 at 21:38
  • See #1-3 above.
    – user951659
    Commented Sep 14, 2013 at 21:39
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  • Maybe reword the question as to what websites are available.
    – james82345
    Commented Sep 16, 2013 at 11:11

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Apart from chess.com, here are a few others:

There are many out there...

  • Thanks for this list. Do you have a personal preference? In your experience, do any of these meet the specific criteria mentioned in the question (particularly #3)?
    – user951659
    Commented Sep 16, 2013 at 3:22
  • All are good, just pick one with a lot of people so you will always get a game. I did use gameknot for awhile because it has a good community but the admin support was non existent.
    – james82345
    Commented Sep 16, 2013 at 11:09
  • Most would be able to send e-mail notifications. I don't think any would do #1 or #3.
    – james82345
    Commented Sep 16, 2013 at 11:12
  • lichess offers correspondance chess with a time limit of max 14 days. Hope this helps!
    – sunyata
    Commented Dec 31, 2017 at 12:05

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