A Good Server For Longer ‘Live’ Games?

Following up my post on whether blitz chess is good or bad I think it’s worth addressing one of the main issues people have with longer games, which is that it’s difficult to get them. But now there also seems to be quite a reasonable solution.

I’ve found that the Chess.com server now has so many members that it’s usually fairly easy to get a longer live game, for example 15 minutes basic with 10 seconds added on per move. At the times I’ve logged on I’ve found as many as 9,000 players online and there have always been at least 5,000.

Now this isn’t a complete substitute for playing real tournaments but I haven’t seen anything better on the internet. With most servers, even the big ones, there’s a serious time delay if you want to play anything apart from blitz. This can make a bit of chess practice very inconvenient, especially for those with jobs, families and a very limited time window for chess practice.


Author: NigelD

Nigel Davies is an International Chess Grandmaster living in St. Helens in the UK. The winner of 15 international tournaments he is also a former British U21 and British Open Quickplay Champion and has represented both England and Wales on several occasions. These days Nigel teaches chess through his chess training web site, Tiger Chess, which has articles, recommendations, a monthly clinic, videos and courses. His students include his 15 year old son Sam who is making rapid progress with his game. Nigel has written a number of chess books that are available at Amazon: