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Do you have what it takes to be an online chess champion? Checkmate your opponent by strategically positioning your pieces to capture your opponent's king. Use your rooks, bishops and knights to protect your king at all costs. And always remember that in this classic board game, the queen reigns supreme.


Practice Your Moves
Play against the computer to improve your Online Chess skills in this classic Pogo board game.

Chess Ratings
Compete against players at your skill level. There are hundreds of people playing this board game from around the world.

Host a Table
As the host, you set the rules.

Move History
View your move history and perfect your strategy.

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Chess How To Play

Checkmate Your Opponent
The object of this board game is to checkmate your opponent by positioning your pieces so that your opponent's king is immobilized or captured. When it's your turn, you may move your pieces in two different ways:
  • Move a piece to an unoccupied square
  • Move a piece to a square occupied by an opponent's piece, capturing that piece and removing it from the board.

Play Against the Computer
The ability of a Computer player varies by the rating of the room you're in. Beginning players should play in Beginner or Social rooms to use the easiest computer opponents. To play against the computer: click a room, find an empty table, and click 'Play'.

Chess Preferences
The "Preferences" button at the bottom of the game table brings up three options.
  • Highlight Last Move Made
  • Highlight Potential Moves
  • Display Animations
You'll also find information about Move History and Files and Ranks.

Ending the Game
An online board game of Chess always ends either with a win for one player or a draw. You win either when you checkmate your opponent's king or when your opponent resigns.

Complete Game Guide

If you'd like to learn more about how to play this game, please read the Complete Game Guide.

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Chess Tips and Tricks

If you have a powerful computer and a fast Internet connection, it may seem that your opponent is getting extra time to make his or her moves. Actually, what's probably happening is that your opponent has a slower computer or slower Net connection, and thus your clock is starting up sooner to compensate or the delay. No, the other player isn't getting an advantage (because he or she won't be able to see your last move any faster), our system is just leveling the playing field. In the end, you'll both have the same amount of time to make your moves.

A pre-set number of seconds are added to your chess clock after you make your move. This is to compensate for a prolonged game - even if you have no time left on your normal chess clock, you'll still have this "bonus" time to make a move. The default number of seconds is 3, but can be adjusted anywhere from 1 to 10 seconds.

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Chess Forum: Latest Posts

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Chess • Re: chess

By ccboots56 » July 21st, 2018, 8:38 pm

Did not lock up on me, I just checkmated the computer in 11 moves.

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Chess • Re: chess

By scoville57 » July 21st, 2018, 12:06 pm

Having the same problem. Tried three games Robot just locks up and times out.

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Chess • Re: chess

By ccboots56 » June 15th, 2018, 9:33 am

They are working. I just played a game and checked.

They are working for me just fine.

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Chess • chess

By tw0specialm0ng5 » June 15th, 2018, 8:44 am

the robots are not working

pls fix im doing a badge

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Chess • Re: Chess

By Mod_Jada » June 12th, 2018, 3:46 pm

The chess issue has been corrected and the robot is now working properly.

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Chess • Re: Chess

By lordkimboat4 » June 10th, 2018, 12:21 am

puter freezes

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Chess • Re: Chess

By CAGal1950 » June 9th, 2018, 12:46 pm

It appears there is a problem with the Bots. On Windows 10, I tried Chrome, IE11, Firefox and Pale Moon and the Bots wouldn't play. Even using the Play Bots didn't work.
On Windows 7 everything is fine. So this much be a glitch within Windows 10 settings somewhere.
My suggestion is to report this to Customer Service. I doubt much will be done this weekend, but, you can still play with another person.

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Chess • Re: Chess

By Eyewatch5 » June 9th, 2018, 3:26 am

I now have the same exact problem, the computer will not move.

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Chess • Re: Chess

By CAGal1950 » June 9th, 2018, 1:53 am

If your game isn't about freezing, and about the Bot, it would still be helpful if you could provide the needed information, then maybe someone can offer a suggestion.

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Chess • Re: Chess

By GOGETA1946 » June 9th, 2018, 1:31 am

Never had a problem playing robot until today. I make my move but black doesn't. game is not frozen since the timer is still going.

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Chess • Re: Chess

By CAGal1950 » June 8th, 2018, 6:36 pm

Okay. What browser are you using? What operating system?
Where does it freeze? In the Lobby/Table select? Or do you use Play People, or Play with Robots?
If you could provide this information, it would make it easier to offer a suggestion.

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Chess • Chess

By tricia2659_ » June 8th, 2018, 5:56 pm

chess loads then frezzes

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Chess • Re: Need Help To Get A Badge

By Mod_Jada » April 25th, 2018, 11:59 pm

You're welcome :)

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Chess • Re: Need Help To Get A Badge

By aivilo91 » April 25th, 2018, 11:55 pm

Thanks so much for the info.

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Chess • Re: Need Help To Get A Badge

By Mod_Jada » April 25th, 2018, 8:32 am

Scroll down to the bottom of the article linked below:

Chess Moves

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https://wt.pogo.com/action/pogop/pogogems/fund.do?returnType=game&returnValue=chess2&intcmp=chess2_ingame_gem_fund

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