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Many people like to play chess, but not all of them like correspondence chess. If you want to find out if this club is right for you, please read the statements below and check if they apply to you or not.
  • I like to play correspondence chess, or email chess.
  • I know the rules of chess or at least I'm ready to learn them.
  • I enjoy slower games, I like to analyze my games.
  • I will not use computer or other help, I play using my own brain.
  • I can play more games simultaneously if I have enough thinking time.
  • I want to deal with my games when I have time for them.
  • I don't mind if games last for several weeks or even a month or so, if I have enough time to think about my moves.
  • I would probably enjoy playing people from far away countries.
  • I can learn simple commands to take my moves, offer draw, challenge somebody, etc.
If most of these statements are true for you (the first four should be!), then this is the place you are searching for and you'll play exciting games here in the near future.

Why not join the club today? Just visit our Registration page and you'll be enjoying chess with new friends very soon.


 
ELO Rating

Muscler An ELO rating is the result of statistical calculations designed to measure the playing strength of players. These methods were developed by Arpad Elo and are named after him. The ELO system is in almost universal use and has been further refined by others, notably Glicko, but is still named after its creator.

In devising the ELO scale, some premises were used that are worthy of note. It was decided that a rating of 2000 would be the equivalent to scoring 50% in a US Open Championship. It was also decided that a player's rating would never be negative.

Importantly, the standard deviation was fixed at 200 points. This means that if a player's true strength is 1500, he will score around 68% of his results within the range of 1400 to 1600 (as measured by performance formulae). Another result of fixing the standard deviation at 200 points is that it also defines playing categories. For example, most International Masters and Grandmasters are in the 2400 - 2600 category, most national masters in the 2200 - 2400 category. Those in the 2000 - 2200 category are called Experts, or Candidate Masters.
 
Three Setups Repetition Rule

The server fully supports this special rule and players can claim a draw according to this rule.
In this case two equal signs have to be written at the end of the move.

If the claim is correct, the game ends in draw immediately.
If the claim in incorrect, the game continues and a draw offer will be available for the opponent that she can accept, if she wants to. This feature has been created to be in accordance with the official FIDE rules.
 
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