Fri. Oct 7th, 2022

When the COVID-19 pandemic started, many thought of it principally a nuisance that will go away sooner quite than later. As of late, widespread opinion has shifted to a different excessive. Even when the pandemic is lastly over, life won’t ever be the identical. The truth is, plainly many corporations (particularly tech companies) will proceed to do business from home completely due to the numerous monetary and different advantages to their staff. It’s a signal of the instances that the mighty Microsoft goes to shut its retail shops completely.

An identical scenario occurred with most event chess gamers. Beforehand, we thought that on-line migration was solely a brief factor to climate the storm, however by now, it is fairly clear that Web chess is our new actuality. GM Sosenko additionally wrote an attention-grabbing article on this matter on a well-liked Russian web site. The title of the article is saying fairly a bit: “The Finish?” So, whether or not we prefer it or not, Web chess is our future, and we have to adapt to it. The objective of this text is to stipulate the most important variations between over-the-board (OTB) play and on-line chess.

Web chess is our future, and we have to adapt to it.

An uneducated individual would possibly say “Web, Shminternet… it is all chess.” It’s like evaluating a seahorse to a horse. They’re fully totally different animals that also have some similarities. They each have a pair of eyes, do not they? Let’s begin with the obvious comparability of chess and Web chess.

Web connection

Web Chess permits gamers from all around the world to play in large tournaments and towards the perfect gamers totally free. It’s extremely low cost to play many occasions on-line, however to play on-line, you must have an web connection (or ought to I say regular Web connection?). Ask GM Ding Liren the way it felt when he lately bought disconnected in a Magnus Carlsen vs Magnus Carlsen recreation and misplaced what ought to have been a draw.

Curse of the Web Chess Participant. An unstable web connection.

In current instructional tournaments, I noticed many video games that have been misplaced attributable to connection issues. I might hate to be within the place of a mum or dad who needed to ship dangerous information to their seven-year-old: “You simply misplaced due to disconnection, however that is okay, darling, it is only a recreation. “

This explicit function of Web chess results in one other phenomenon: individuals do not resign, and so they preserve taking part in fully misplaced positions till checkmate. It jogs my memory of an previous story that occurred about 50 years in the past. A grasp deferred a very misplaced place, and the subsequent day he got here to the chess membership to renew the sport. When his opponent congratulated him on the board, the grasp instantly resigned from the sport. A pal requested him why he had not resigned from the sport the day earlier than and saved a while. The Grasp’s response was fairly sudden: “Nicely, I simply needed to verify my opponent did not get right into a automobile accident or a coronary heart assault. You by no means know. Once I noticed him in good well being at this time, I resigned.” ” Gamers who play till checkmate, hoping that their opponents can disconnect, remind me of that grasp. After all, I am solely speaking about superior gamers right here. Learners anytime. mustn’t resign as defined on this article,

Lack of supervision of a mediator

Justice is blind in on-line chess. The chess server would not care whether or not you are a grandmaster or a newbie, all guidelines being the identical, nonetheless, there’s not even a human you’ll be able to complain about.

Once you play an over-the-board (OTB) recreation, and you’ve got a priority or declare, you’ve got a mediator to speak to. Right here is an easy instance. In my earlier articleOn this article, we mentioned a wierd case during which two super-grandmasters performed the ultimate recreation of kings and rooks for 32 strikes. Nicely, individuals study from their chess idols, so I wasn’t stunned to see the next play solely two weeks after the Grandmasters recreation:

Typically mediators are extra essential than normal…

On this article, I’m going to take away all of the names of non-professional chess gamers and as an alternative use their scores as a sign of their strengths. When the identical endgame occurred on this recreation, my scholar had about 1 minute left (time management was 30+0), and if it was a daily event, she would declare inadequate possibilities to win. On this case, the sport will both be declared a draw instantly, or an arbiter will award a clock with a time delay. This was once a typical USChess course of about 20 years in the past, when many individuals nonetheless used an analog clock. Within the case of such a declare, you lose half of your remaining time, however you get a digital clock with a time delay. In any case, it might be a particular attract an OTB event. My recommendation right here is sort of easy: both play with the increment or… see subsequent matter.


Bullet Chess (and even Hyperbullet) and Loopy Blitz Time Scramble are simply too chaotic for a lot of the actual world, however they’re a significant a part of on-line chess, as is their foremost mechanism—premiere.

I by no means would have thought I would use the phrase premove throughout my chess classes, however it’s a actuality of the brand new world we reside in. Making love is a talent any web chess participant ought to grasp. It is not simply concerning the expertise to do it. It is also about when you must and should not use it with a purpose to keep away from one thing like the next widespread bullet lure:

rat lure

On-line chess requires accuracy. There aren’t any knocked-over items, items positioned on a half-square, or gamers smashing items into one another in Blitz Time Scramble. Typically although, the unforgiving web can implement a transfer that you simply did not clearly intend. For those who’ve been taking part in on the Web for some time, you’ve got definitely had your share of mouse slips. There is no such thing as a immunity towards them. Here’s a current instance:

That is one more reason why some individuals by no means resign and play until checkmate. Right here is an efficient instance from an academic recreation. White confirmed an excellent approach within the endgame King and Queen vs King, however when the second of victory was close to, catastrophe struck:

By the way in which, here is the place White breaks the well-known “Chepoukitis Rule”: in blitz, play small strikes as a result of it saves time. Subsequently, White ought to have moved his queen to c8, d8, or e8, which might even have eradicated the danger of a stalemate attributable to mouse slip.


Sadly, dishonest is an elephant within the room that should be addressed. Let me present you the next video games:

What a better recreation than Black. For those who’re questioning if all gamers with a score of 700 play this fashion, let me disappoint you. Here is an over-the-board recreation performed by children with comparable scores:

On this recreation performed by two sub-1000 rated gamers, you’ll be able to see all the everyday errors that gamers of this degree make. we mentioned a lot of them on this article, After all, I am not even speaking concerning the fundamentals of chess technique as it’s a very superior matter for gamers of this degree. Certainly, when each different transfer is a foul mistake, who cares concerning the weaker sections or the backward pawns? In the meantime, the 700-rated gamers who performed Black within the earlier recreation have been fairly totally different. All through the sport, he made no errors (like all the event!), plus his strategic expertise have been fairly spectacular. “No mistake?” You would possibly ask, “However what about 14…Nh5?” I do know, most gamers would like to defend the pawn with 14…Nd7 or simply commerce it with 14…exd4. Don’t fret, 14…Nh5 will not be a mistake, however a positional pawn sacrifice which chess engines actually like.

My scholar ended the event with 6 factors out of seven video games, and it was his solely loss. later closed this participant’s account. The truth is, closed greater than 10,000 accounts for fair-play violations final month, however the injury continues to be finished.

Dishonest is usually a concern in OTB chess, however it’s a main downside in on-line chess.

Many individuals evaluate fraud to theft. In my view, dishonest could be very dangerous. If somebody stole $20 from you, you would definitely be upset concerning the monetary loss and maybe even extra unfairly since you labored arduous to earn this $20, and somebody stole it from you. However I doubt stealing will change your life in any vital approach. Now evaluate this to a scenario the place a child labored so arduous to be the state champion, and the title was actually stolen from him. It’s fairly potential {that a} very younger youngster could grow to be so pissed off with this injustice that he could even drop out of chess! I’m certain if extra individuals perceive this facet of fraud, we could have much less circumstances like this. Sadly, many gamers (particularly kids) utilizing a chess engine throughout a recreation see it as some form of web trolling with out a clear realization that it’s one thing fully totally different. As well as, those that think about using a chess engine throughout their play ought to keep in mind that skilled gamers can simply detect dishonest by a variety of direct and oblique alerts. In my view, it’s the responsibility of chess instructors to elucidate this to their college students.

In conclusion, I wish to emphasize that there isn’t a level in discussing whether or not Web chess is “higher” or “worse” than common chess. It is simply totally different. Here is what FIDE Normal Director GM Sutovsky wrote on his Fb web page about mouse slip within the Lagno vs Hou Yifan recreation:

The net recreation is clearly not an actual recreation. However since it’s a mixture of a recreation and a present, the aspect of unpredictability is sort of good right here.

Here’s a related piece of historical past for you. The Ford Firm unveiled its signature Mannequin-T in 1908. Many buggy whip makers in all probability complained that the automobiles have been too harmful, inflicting accidents and killing hundreds. However a few of them noticed a brand new alternative. The famend automaker Studebaker was initially a producer of wagons, buggies and carriages, however managed to undertake and was fairly profitable within the new area. Equally, event chess gamers should adapt to the brand new actuality…not less than till the quarantine ends

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