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The Game of Kings
Chess is know as The Game of Kings. A game where you have the ability to maneuver your pieces strategically to come up with a victory on an balanced battle ground.
I have written a hub about the basics of Chess, which can be read here:
Read biographies of all time greatest Chess players
Online Chess is not a whole lot different than the physical game. In fact there is no difference at all, besides the fact that in online Chess you will be playing against either a real life human opponent or a computer chess engine.
Playing online Chess will require you to have a good internet connection if you want to play real-time. However there are programs and software that you could use to play Chess offline against your computer.
Play Chess against a computer...
There are many software that you can use to play Chess offline or against your computer. But know that you are not really playing against your computer, but rather playing against a Chess engine in a Chess software you download. We will evaluate these chess engine later on.
Watch the greatest master of Chess, Gary Kasparov being defeated by a computer Chess engine named Deeper Blue by IBM
Sites to play Chess online...
There are quite a lot of sites that allow you to play Chess online. But not all of them are easy to use or even free for that matter. But 'free online chess' sites are not to be underestimated. Usually they have the largest number of players active, and you would have a better chance playing with a variety of chess strategies.
Chess.com is a great site that you can use to play Chess online. It is easy to use, user-friendly and has an estimated 8+ million members. They also give following features;
- Play with Friends (if you login with Facebook)
- Learn Chess - a great place to learn the basics and advance areas of Chess
- Chess Mentor - a Chess guru that will help you with your progress
- Chess Videos - wanna see great matches and tutorials?
- Play vs. Computer - think you can beat a machine?
There are a few more features provided by Chess.com and combine this with the fact that all this is free, it becomes one of the best sites available.
Chesshere.com is also another easy-to-use site that allows you to play game against other players on the network. There is an intensive network of players and provides almost the same facilities as Chess.com.
A step-by-step guide to mastering Chess
Play Chess against computer
Playing Chess against a computer or a Chess engine is a great way to improve your skills. These software a designed with Chess engines that can imitate different levels of difficulties and even imitate various great players. There are a thousand and one Chess engines you can chose from. Some of the best Chess engines are mentioned below.
Komodo - Komodo is the best rated Chess engine at the moment (12/01/2013). It defeated the second most popular Chess engine, Houdini. Komodo 1142 is having a 'superfinal' game against Houdini right now. You can watch it here: Superfinal
Komodo chess engine is rated at 3087 in ELO ratings and Houdini is rated at 3083. Current world champion Magnus Carlsen's ELO rating is 2872, so you can imagine how powerful these Chess engines are.
The best part is that Komodo 6 is available to be played online for free. But if you want to own is it will cost you $40 on their main site. Houdini costs almost the same amount.
Stockfish - Stockfish is another great Chess engine that is rated 3rd on the list. It has an ELo rating of 3117. And the best part is Stockfish is available for free download. Visit their site here. It has a great interface and has deep analysis skills.
What Chess engine is best as per your experience?
Chessmaster is a Chess game that can be played on computer and provides immense Chess experience. Chessmaster Grandmaster Edition is the latest version of the series and has many options, such as;
- Famous Games
- Training mode
- Ranked Play
- Position set-up and analysis
- Online and LAN games
- Chess puzzles and more.
These software come with inbuilt Chess engines-although not as powerful as Chess engines mentioned above. But trust me these engines will beat you too. So take the challenge.
You can buy the game on Amazon and try it out.
So there you go. A brief introduction to online Chess gaming and Chess engines for offline Chess games.
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