Chess is one of the oldest games still around today, yet it is also one of the most popular and intricate games. Still, depending on where you live, it may be difficult to find people to play chess with. While you could try to join a local chess club, modern technology has brought with it the ability to play chess online; more often than not, you can find a website that allows you to play chess against many different people for free.
Materials to find a free online chess game:
A computer with an internet connection. That's it!
How to find a free online chess game:
- Start out by doing a search for "online chess" or "free online chess" on Google or your favorite search engine. This should return plenty of results, although usually you will only have to look at the first few results to find what you are looking for. In this case, though, you may want to look at several of the listed websites and try playing on each of them to find the one that you like the best. Some things you may want to keep in mind while choosing a site are the number of people that are available to play against (more is better, obviously); whether you have to sign up for an account on the website (of course, if you have to pay for an account that website isn't the one you are looking for); and simply whether you like the general look and feel of the website.
- If you do not find anything you like by using a search engine, try some of these suggestions: pogo.com, chess.com, and gameknot.com. Or, if you use Windows XP, or any of the more recent Windows operation systems, there is a chess game that comes with Windows which you can use to play against opponents online, although the person you get matched up against is completely random.
- As a last resort, you can try asking other people who also play chess. If you don't know anyone personally who does, once again the internet is a good place to look. There are message boards for just about any subject that you can join for free, including chess. Just be nice and ask around for what people think is the best website to play chess on for free, and you will receive plenty of helpful responses in no time.