Saturday, August 15, 2009

Chess Cubed

I play online at two sites, Playchess and FreeChess. FreeChess as its name indicates is free, anyone can sign up and start playing. PlayChess is a paid site, however if you purchase ChessBase products you can get a year's free subscription.

For those not that keen on paying subscriptions, there is another free site that you can join. This is ChessCube. While other sites require a chess client installed on your PC, Chess Cube only requires a web browser. The site is run using Adobe Flash. The first time you access the site, you will be asked to install Flash if your computer does not already have it installed.

I signed up a couple of nights ago. The whole process is quite painless, after choosing a user name and password, an activation link is sent to your email. You click on the link to get activated and you are ready to play.

You can play normal chess or Chess960 which is a form of Fischer Random. The pieces on the back rank are re-shuffled randomly for every game. This is quite an interesting variation of chess for those who are fed up with memorizing standard chess openings.

You can challenge me on the server where my user is chessischess (what else)


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