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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: Sorry You lost, You Resigned

By fitzycat8 » June 28th, 2014, 12:05 am

I had one since posting and another just a while ago ......

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Very annoying, so when it happens again I'll try waiting until someone sits at the table or get fed up waiting and lose the game :cry:

Thanks for your help.

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Chess • Re: points not awarded

By Seska42 » June 23rd, 2014, 2:57 am

That might have been a one time error or something.

Keep in mind that you won't be awarded any tokens if the games are "too short" by Pogo standards. You need to have about 10 or so moves per side for games to be long enough.

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Chess • points not awarded

By buckwheat1951 » June 23rd, 2014, 2:03 am

I start a game, we play, I win, pogo says I started in middle of game so no points are awarded

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Chess • Re: capturing a queen with a king

By glob350 » June 10th, 2014, 12:06 pm

Assuming the chess program is coded correctly (in umpteen years of playing chess on Pogo I have never experienced a move error) your King, after attempting to capture the opponent Queen, must be in check from one of your opponents pieces or pawns. It is illegal to end your turn with your King in check.

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Chess • Pogo Chess

By A180711 » June 6th, 2014, 12:56 am

whenever I attempt to play chess I am unable to choose a room. I get the error message saying there was an error loading the room list. Please refresh the page and try again. When I refresh I get another error message from pogo.com saying: Oops,something is not right ... The page you requested could not be found. Please check the URL for proper spelling and capitalization. If you're having trouble finding a particular page try visiting the pogo.com home page. When I follow thes instructions the process starts all over again.

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Chess • Re: capturing a queen with a king

By Seska42 » May 25th, 2014, 4:58 am

camSArtistmm wrote:
How come the game does not allow your king to capture the opponent's queen? It should be a legal move unless doing so keeps the king in check.

Perhaps capturing the Queen would have moved the King into check with a different piece?

Without a screenshot of the board layout, it's hard to guess what the problem might have been.

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Chess • Re: capturing a queen with a king

By Mod_Kyra » May 25th, 2014, 4:11 am

It's not likely, no. We're a member helping member forum. Pogo staff can be reached via the Help link; top right of your screen.

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Chess • capturing a queen with a king

By camSArtistmm » May 25th, 2014, 3:04 am

Does anyone who programs games read this? How come the game does not allow your king to capture the opponent's queen? It should be a legal move unless doing so keeps the king in check.

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Chess • Re: any yahoo chess refugees here?

By queendestroyer55 » April 19th, 2014, 12:16 am

SURE HONIG I WILL PLAY YOU
:mrgreen:

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Chess • Re: any yahoo chess refugees here?

By mrjoanz8 » April 6th, 2014, 1:12 am

I'm here looking as you....wanna play?

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Chess • any yahoo chess refugees here?

By cartman1379 » April 5th, 2014, 1:03 pm

tryin to find out where folks went

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Chess • Re: Sorry You lost, You Resigned

By Seska42 » March 17th, 2014, 2:20 am

Looking at the chat area in your screen shot, the other player had already left because it says

fitzycat8 is now the host.

before it says

fitzycat8 has resigned.

which means that you were the only live person at the table even though it looks like the other person is still sitting there. I think their clock stopped because they left the table.

I believe the rated games are set so that you would have had to wait for another real person to sit down before you took any action (besides waiting) in order to be given credit for a rated win.

Those prompt messages should be changed since the button you hit told you that you would be getting a win when you were actually resigned from the game, but at least now you know that they aren't always accurate messages.

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Chess • Re: Sorry You lost, You Resigned

By fitzycat8 » March 16th, 2014, 11:45 pm

Thanks for the reply, I thought maybe a Pogo glitch but it always happens when the other player is at the point of losing and their clock stops ..... looks fishy to me !!

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Chess • Re: Sorry You lost, You Resigned

By ccboots56 » March 16th, 2014, 1:26 am

nope, others have complained about it also.
must be a pogo glitch, when a player leaves.

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Chess • Re: Sorry You lost, You Resigned

By fitzycat8 » March 16th, 2014, 12:56 am

Am I the only one getting this ???

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