Nothing beats two old friends playing chess over a weathered oak board in a sleepy old pub. But when that's not possible, playing chess online can be an extraordinary substitute. There are essentially two different ways to approach internet chess, and we offer here a terrific venue for each:
1. Live, timed games where you and your opponent play in real time. For an immediate 5 to 60 minute game, click here.
2. Untimed games that can take days or even weeks to finish. After each move, the opponent is automatically notified by email. For a slow, deliberate game to savor and study, click here.