Questions tagged [online-chess]

Questions relating to playing chess on the internet, as opposed to over-the-board chess.

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How would you determine that the player is cheating in online chess?

There are a lot of online websites, where players can play chess in real time with each other. Most of the games are 5-10 minutes long. With the availability of chess software one can take an ...
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What are the actions one can do against chess.com players who stop moving when they are in an objectively losing position and refuse to resign?

One of my opponents at chess.com just stopped moving after falling into objectively losing position, refused to resign, and made me wait for 20 minutes to claim a win by time. I've recently resumed ...
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Is it rude to ask my opponent to resign an online game when they have a lost endgame?

I really don't know if I am correct when I ask my opponent to resign when I am at a 1800-1900 ELO level. I have an Asperger disorder. To me ,endgames are more clear to play than middlegames, and the ...
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What are some of the best sites to play chess? [closed]

What are some of the best sites for online chess? Free sites with friendly communities are better.
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Is it ethical to tell your opponent how you are going to checkmate him?

I play online chess, 3 days per move and I like to tell my opponents how I'm going to checkmate them, if they will never win, so that I won't waste time continuing the game. And I like to be told if I ...
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Cheating On Lichess?

I was playing a game on Lichess the other day and all the sudden the system ended the game, awarded me the victory, and said "Cheating by White detected". How in the world could you cheat on the ...
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Is it ethical to spar against an engine when playing correspondence?

I started playing correspondence on chess.com purely for the fun of it and to gain some deep learning (i.e. there's no prize involved). We are about 10 moves in and coming close to me being out of ...
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Why do some players consider it rude not to accept a rematch in online blitz?

I play a lot of online blitz, and frequently my opponent would offer a rematch after a game. Although I sometimes accept, I usually am more interested in analyzing the game to see if I can learn from ...
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What's the correlation between FIDE rating and online rating?

I'm wondering if there's any way to get an approximation of my FIDE rating by using one of my online ratings, say ICC or chess.com rating? If not, is there, at least, a correlation between how well ...
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Why does a touched piece not have to move in online play?

There is a rule of playing the game of chess that a touched piece of one's own should be the one to move. I have always been taught by professional trainers from early childhood that this is the ...
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How to organize a chess tournament?

I want to organize an amateur chess tournament inside the company I work for. I am looking for a convenient way of creating groups, keeping the scores and getting some statistics. Is there an online ...
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Is there any etiquette about how to proceed when a technical problem leads to a misplay in an online game? [duplicate]

Recently I was playing an online game when I moved my king with the intent of castling. However, I apparently didn't get it far enough over, and when I "let it go", the king was placed in a square ...
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In the endgame KQ vs K, can you premove your way to checkmate?

This is a question concerning online blitz chess. I'm sure we all have experienced having a completely winning position, but only having a few seconds left on the clock. After one such game I started ...
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Resigning (Inevitable Checkmate)

I am a relative beginner to chess but have noticed particularly playing online a lot of players will resign if they lose a strong piece, for example, their queen. Is this sportsman like? I wouldn't ...
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Why would a player throw a game?

So I am kind of new to chess and I have been playing online. I have been playing for a year and I consider myself a mediocre player, not too good and not too bad. Recently I got this invitation from ...
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Is chess a game of skill or chance? To what extent?

I want to know whether chess is a game of skill or game of chance, and how much is the degree of skill or chance in terms of percentage. Edit (21 Feb 2014): Please make sure that your answer ...
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Does using a less common opening make you a stronger player?

I want to ask about whether using and adopting a rarely used opening makes you a stronger player. I just started playing online chess (Lichess) a year ago, and as a beginner, I used to play the ...
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Checkmate with King and Knight vs King and Knight

I just have a quick question. I was playing on chess.com and got into the following position: [FEN "8/4n/6k1/8/K2/3N1/8/8 b - - 0 1"] Now, I assumed that once we traded off the last pawns, the game ...
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Accidental moves in online chess

If your opponent makes an accidental move, e.g. by slipping the mouse, and it is obvious that is was accidental, how should you continue? Should you just play the best move as if your opponent's last ...
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Losing to low rated players

I’ve been having this problem for a while and every answer on the Internet I see is "Oh just dont be too confident.” But that’s not the issue I have as I try my hardest in all my chess games. I’m ...
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Chess.com insufficient material draw

I played a game at chess.com and the endgame was KNN vs KP. When the pawn was captured, the server automatically give a draw due to "insufficient material". I am confused about chess.com's ...
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Are banter blitz players who draw arrows on the board during the game breaking the FIDE Laws of Chess?

According to the FIDE Laws of Chess: 11.3.1 During play the players are forbidden to use any notes, sources of information or advice, or analyse any game on another chessboard. Streamers and ...
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What are ways of practicing blindfold chess?

Is there a way to practice blindfold chess on the computer? For example, are there any programs online which give only a transcript of the moves played, and allow you to type in your next move, ...
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Which chess website has the strongest players?

The debate on which is the "best" chess website tends to be subjective and thus is inconclusive. On the other hand, the site that has the strongest players should be objectively ascertainable provided ...
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Why was this game drawn?

So, I was having this game with my opponent (and losing), but anyways, here is the final position: I checked the king with my knight on move 47 (i playing black). All of a sudden, the game was drawn ...
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What is the lowest chess title you can get?

I am not a pro chess player or anything, but I want to get some kind of chess title. What is the lowest ranking I can get to earn a chess title?
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What are the differences between playing online and OTB?

What are some differences between playing online vs playing OTB (over-the-board)? If you are used to playing online, like myself, would playing OTB have a big impact on your play?
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What are the letters and numbers next to an opening's name on online services?

Here, it shows "C22": [Name of opening]. This is from an online service, and I was confused what this is. At first, I thought it was for the specific sites database, but I have seen the letters and ...
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On-line live analysis board?

Here is the situation. I have a friend with whom I very much like to discuss chess (our games, other games etc.). We are not living in the same country, so we discuss chess on-line. During our on-line ...
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Best method of remote tutoring?

My tutor and I are exploring ways of doing lessons over the internet, and to our surprise, there isn't an immediately obvious way to do this on lichess or chess.com. What we were looking for is an ...
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Where do I play online games with a long time control?

I don't have a lot of opportunity to play serious OTB games, so I'd like to play chess online. On chess.com, though, the longest standard time control is 30 min per person, presumably there are not ...
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How to work out advantage?

I was wondering if there is any internet resource that would tell me who has the advantage in a game of chess if I input the moves? I want to follow my son online in his chess matches but it doesn't ...
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What happened with the Fide online areana?

About a year ago I stumbled on arena.myfide.net which looked promising , and unique in the ability to get an actual Fide rating. But in that year no progress has been made with the site, and mobile ...
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Looking for books specializing in chess play from black

I play online chess at a popular site and while playing from black, I win 58% of my games. I think I have a natural tendency to be a 'counterpuncher'. I seem to derive a perverse enjoyment in playing ...
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Is there an online chess game or app that allows for custom setup of pieces?

Question arose with a friend when he he posted this picture on his blog. Is there a game where you could configure a game with the pieces like this? I know it is a bit odd, but he and I suspected it ...
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Where to play online Bughouse Chess

As far as I can tell the main sites I use like chess.com, lichess.com, and chess24.com do not support bughouse. Is there a popular place to play online somewhere? It would also like to have the ...
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Moving into check for a draw as black, why is it illegal? Comparison to Racing Kings

I am confused why you cannot move into a check when it can force your opponent to capture your king and expose theirs. In such a case why is there no extra move to result in a draw? In the "Racing ...
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Strategies for dealing with chess burnout?

I am wondering if anyone else has faced chess burnout. Do you have advice? I am a novice enthusiast (~1400) but, with a wife, child, and job, do not have the opportunity to dedicate as much time to it ...
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How do top players move so fast?

I've seen 3 minute and 1 minute matches on Chess.com where the players move at insane speeds during the last few remaining seconds of the match. I'm talking in milliseconds, I'd at least take that ...
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Mate Prevails - Chess Rule

Is "Mate Prevails" not an FIDE rule? I couldn't see it in the FIDE website but I heard about it from many players. UPDATE: "Mate Prevails" is a claim some players make that they win the game after '...
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Your time is up on an online correspondence game but your oponnent has only his king; is it a draw?

If your time is up on a timed game, but your oponnent has only a king, the game is drawn. Does this rule apply to online correspondence games?
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Can I play on Lichess with my own “client”?

I love Lichess. It's web based client, but I want to use a program like Scid, scid vs Pc, or babaschess, or any of this clients programs used in FICS: see bottom links this page. Those programs offer ...
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Online Sites For Earning Money Through Chess

Does anyone know if there are any sites by which I could play chess professionally and earn money similar to gambling sites or online poker sites ??
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Is it ethical to force a draw via perpetual check? [duplicate]

I was playing this game. I was white. We reached a point where my opponent could checkmate me in one move (by moving Rook to C1) but I forced him to a draw by stating that I would constantly check him ...
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Is takeback allowed in real chess?

Is takeback allowed in real chess? All chess engines allow take backs, but that's not important, it's just a computer, we make mistakes and correct them. My question is about real chess, is it ...
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Online blindfold chess

Does anyone know a site where I can type the moves with keyboard, hide the board and only see the score sheet? I want to play blindfolded. I used to play a lot but I want to play online.
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1700 rated games-On mistakes and how to correct them

What are some typical mistakes in 1700 rated games on Lichess, and what ways are there to correct them? I usually play blitz and bullet games. Occasionally I play. OVB and longer formats.
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How do i prevent blunders?

Playing Online Chess seems to get rid of my bad blunders but after playing with little kids on a real match, I've made a very stupid blunder that decided the game. Can't post the game, not recorded ...
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What is the line here?

A game I just played at chess.com, in the analysis, it was a missed win at a point. My mind is saturated right now, and I can't think of the line. Can you help me out?
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Play online live game against a friend with time odds?

Is there an online chess site or app that would allow me and a friend to play live games against each other with time odds? I am somewhere around a low Class D player, and my friend is somewhere ...