When looking for a match, you can post a new thread in this forum. Once an opponent accepts, you can change the title of the thread to include both of your user names, as well as who has White and who has Black. FROM THIS POINT FORWARD, ONLY THE PARTICIPANTS OF THE GAME SHOULD POST IN EACH GAME THREAD UNTIL THE GAME IS OVER. Observers can silently follow all of the games in progress. Once the game is completed, the thread will then be open to the public -- all constructive comments as well as questions about strategy and tactics are welcome and encouraged. We are all here to learn, after all!
Moves can be entered in algebraic notation -- for more information on how to take notation, you can go to the following post:
In addition, you can also include a diagram with your move -- information on the diagramming program can be found here:
Once a move is posted, if there is any confusion regarding the move (for example, the diagram does not match the move typed) this should be clarified before posting a response. In the event that there is a dispute regarding the move after the fact, the typed move will take precedence over the diagram.
The time limits listed below should be used as a guide in "for fun" matches -- they are binding in league play which is discussed in that separate forum.
Time Limits: There is a 72 hour time limit per move. This limit may be negotiated by the players at game start. If you agree to different time limits, you need to post it at the beginning of the game thread for the moderators to enforce.
Vacations: Play can be paused for a total of 21 days, for whatever reason, without penalty by simply posting the need for a vacation. Please specify the duration of your absence in your game.
Weekend Players: If you can only play on the weekend or on certain days, please state so when you are looking for an opponent, and clearly specify this in the game thread.
72 hour warnings: If 72 hours goes by and there is no move made by your opponent, simply post the word "bump" and the number of the bump (Bump #1, Bump #2, or Bump #3), which creates the "warning" -- only post "bump" in your warnings to make it clear you are issuing a warning. Do not add any other text in your warning post other than the number of the bump.
"Bump" warning and consequences: Each "bump" warning resets the clock for another 72 hours. However, on the 4th "bump" warning the offending player will be disqualified and declared the loser for that game. (Note: You get only 3 warnings per game.) You must post the warning when it happens (or before the next move has been made by your opponent). You cannot retroactively issue a "bump" warning.
Requesting Extensions: If a player sees that he/she will not be able to make a move within the 72 hour limit, a request for an extension can be made which will give another 72 hours to make a move. To post an extension, simply type the word "extension" along with the number of the extension (Extension #1, Extension #2, and so forth). A player starts the game with one extension, and gets an addition extension for every 10 moves played. Extension time is separate from Vacation time mentioned above.
If a move is not posted within 14 days of the previous move post or the end of a predetermined "vacation" then the player failing to post may be declared in default and lose the game. The 14 days may also be changed by mutual agreement of the players at the beginning of the game, if posted to the game thread.
Find opponents and play "correspondence" games by posting on the forums here.
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