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Checkmate the competition with free online Chess!

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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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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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

Here's the latest from Pogo members chatting in our Chess Forum where folks gather to make new friends, debate game tips, and share a joke or two. Register to join (it's free)!

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Chess • Re: [Chess] Experiencing difficulty, post here!

By AsaysAlliNN » April 10th, 2016, 10:40 am

Browser = Netscape 5
Cookies Enabled? = true
Do Not Track = undefined
Resolution = 1152 x 864
OS = Windows 7
Flash version = 21.0.0
Java Versions installed = 1.8.0_77 game keeps crashing or a freeze and booted

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Chess • Re: Sound when a player joins your game

By TheKingsservant2 » April 10th, 2016, 1:13 am

Colonel8765 wrote:
A few years ago whenever you set up a game and someone joined you would hear a chirping sound to announce someone joined that was very useful if you took your eyes off the screen momentarily. Could you please bring that feature back. Pogo
Greatly appreciated.

that would be great

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Chess • Sound when a player joins your game

By Colonel8765 » March 8th, 2016, 1:49 pm

A few years ago whenever you set up a game and someone joined you would hear a chirping sound to announce someone joined that was very useful if you took your eyes off the screen momentarily. Could you please bring that feature back. Pogo
Greatly appreciated.

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Chess • Re: points

By grystpp1 » March 6th, 2016, 4:20 am

You have to wait at least 5 minutes after they leave for you get a rating because someone leaves.

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Chess • Re: cant get into chat room

By Mod_Jada » January 17th, 2016, 7:03 pm

What browser are you using and have you tried a different one to see if the game will load?

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Chess • cant get into chat room

By nickyloafer7 » January 17th, 2016, 6:59 pm

trying to get into chat room to set up game will not load up to let me in , why?

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Chess • Re: Re:Haveing a hard time playing chess.

By jstani4th » November 14th, 2015, 3:35 pm

gilbertr1 wrote:
Where can I find the rules for Chess?


In some games the opponent resigns and I end up loosing because I resigned after waiting for player.
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Chess • Re: set up chess game

By CAGal1950 » November 14th, 2015, 3:21 pm

You can set up a game any way you want by selecting a room first. Then select an empty table. Check your preferences on the Table Options pop up window. Check Use these setting the next time I play. Click Play and either wait for a player or play the bots.
Please note: you cannot play a rated game against the bots.

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Chess • set up chess game

By gen3lsx » November 14th, 2015, 3:12 pm

how to set up a game in chess, rated or not, and time????

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Chess • Re: Saving games (?)

By aepasa02 » October 5th, 2015, 1:41 am

Since the switch to the new table screen, few years from now, can't save e-mail game after is finished only during the game, what gives?

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Chess • Re: chess champ badge - i need help to get this

By carolknowsbest » September 17th, 2015, 8:29 pm

thank you so much. This works. I need to play a few more times, but at least I will be able to get the badge. Thanks again mod aby.

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Chess • Re: points

By wumbiwoy » September 12th, 2015, 9:41 pm

A purple ran so I clicked on resume to take the win, but I didn't gain any points. I wonder why? :evil:

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Chess • Re: points

By wumbiwoy » September 7th, 2015, 11:23 pm

Someone just ran, so I clicked on "wait for player." Next I clicked on "resume." Then I was allowed to take the win, and gained points.

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Chess • Re: points

By wumbiwoy » September 7th, 2015, 8:04 pm

I've noticed when people run, sometimes you get points for the win, sometimes you don't get any points.

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Chess • Re: Computer will not make move if in bad position

By hearts872 » August 28th, 2015, 5:54 am

I have the same issue. I play at the master level and a couple of moves into the game and it freezes on the computer's turn. No point in coming back to the computer game if this isn't fixed.

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