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I remember this from the days entering high school ;) Fide.com has this very well made online game room, much like yahoo's in terms of functionality, but much cleaner and with some funky rating system (started at 0 and 20-30 was strong!).

I also remember that the best players there, or those who won some online tournament there, would play on the actual Fide finals -- back in the days when it was knock-out 128 or something like that.

I am just wondering when this got cancelled and the website got crapped into what it's now.

Here is what it looked like then. Just wondering if there is an easy way to get to a top tournament today.

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Actually FIDE publish a new chess platform named FIDE Online Area (http://arena.myfide.net/) . Furthermore there are several tournaments to encourage chess players to use this arena such as ;

  • The 1st FIDE World Online Amateur Blitz Championship 2015
  • The 1st FIDE World Online Junior Blitz Championship 2015
  • The 1st FIDE World Online Women Blitz Championship 2015.

Instead, ICC(Internet Chess Club) is the most visited online chess area among professional chess players. (http://www.chessclub.com/)

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