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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 • Warning, please don't post personal information about others

By Pogo_Llama » November 15th, 2016, 11:58 pm

Posting another player's personal information such as their health, where they live, etc, is a violation of our Terms of Service. Please note the forums are a public place and anyone can see the information that is posted. We recommend if you need to communicate someone's status, to do so privately through Club Pogo messaging or the Guestbook.

Furthermore, if you need to contact a player in your Challenge, please use Club Pogo messaging or Guestbook. Do not post within the thread itself. Talk privately.

Thank you.

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Chess • Re: slow to load chess

By CAGal1950 » October 28th, 2016, 4:21 pm

Hi, and welcome to the forums.
In order to offer any suggestions to your problem, it would be very helpful if you posted our system information here.
What Operating system, what browser, what versions of Java and Flash you have, and a little something about your internet connections.
Click on this link: Your system information

And, copy/paste your info back here. Please do not change, alter or add anything to it. Thanks

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Chess • slow to load chess

By parkca3 » October 28th, 2016, 4:01 pm

to slow to load game

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Chess • Re: Sudden disconnection while playing chess

By ccboots56 » October 2nd, 2016, 6:55 pm

PamelaPlayer83 wrote:
im not good at playing chess,do you know of a easy way to win ahile back someone posted a fast way to play but i cant find it

Is this what you are looking for: viewtopic.php?f=85&t=121321

It is posted in the last thread of page one
here in chess, at the present time.

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Chess • Re: Sudden disconnection while playing chess

By PamelaPlayer83 » October 1st, 2016, 1:51 pm

im not good at playing chess,do you know of a easy way to win ahile back someone posted a fast way to play but i cant find it

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Chess • Re: Sudden disconnection while playing chess

By obam012017 » September 29th, 2016, 3:36 pm

RiderofRohan1 wrote:
Lately ive been disconnected from rated chess games by pogo or flash not sure and when i come back im starting a non rated game. What gives pogo?


I've been having the same problem with Chess. I get kicked out of games somehow and can't get back in.
Have you gotten your issue figured out?
Thanks.

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Chess • Re: explain what 12/12 badges are

By SusyQ151 » September 27th, 2016, 8:22 am

RunningStar2907 wrote:
What is this 12/12 badge stuff mean anyway? (content removed by me) 9 26 16


It means of all the challenges that are currently available for the game you have earned them all.

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Chess • explain what 12/12 badges are

By RunningStar2907 » September 27th, 2016, 6:04 am

What is this 12/12 badge stuff mean anyway?<email removed by moderator>9 26 16

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Chess • Re: Chess

By Mod_Jada » September 23rd, 2016, 3:42 pm

It is an issue between Adobe and Apple and only they can fix it.

Pogo cannot fix another company's product.

Try using the Chrome browser for now.

Some people are having success with other browsers too.

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Chess • Chess

By Lazy1az » September 23rd, 2016, 3:37 pm

And all flash player games. It will not download and it is not because of using a Mac. The flash player is in and working on all other sites but pogo. It used to come up when u swiped across the game to activate flash player. Now you don't even get that. Come on pogo u need a fix...

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Chess • Re: Sudden disconnection while playing chess

By ccboots56 » September 17th, 2016, 6:10 am

furansuwa wrote:
My board turns black when I promote for a queen, thanks pogo
Also when we start for a new game

Are you playing on a Mac computer?
if so checkout this link: viewtopic.php?f=155&t=155944#p1654177

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Chess • Re: Sudden disconnection while playing chess

By furansuwa » September 16th, 2016, 3:31 pm

My board turns black when I promote for a queen, thanks pogo
Also when we start for a new game

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Chess • Re: Saving games (?)

By ccboots56 » September 11th, 2016, 10:00 am

The easy way to send the email of your game is
to do it just before your last move.

Send the email and then write in the last move
when you receive it.

You are not able to send it after you finish or
win the game.

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Chess • Sudden disconnection while playing chess

By RiderofRohan1 » September 5th, 2016, 10:16 am

Lately ive been disconnected from rated chess games by pogo or flash not sure and when i come back im starting a non rated game. What gives pogo?

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Chess • Re: Saving games (?)

By cavebear521 » September 4th, 2016, 12:21 pm

NowhereMahn wrote:
I've had this prob since Pogo changed the chess table window. During the 1st game, the save game button is enabled, and works fine. Once the game ends the button becomes disabled, and never works again.

Saving games is a great way to learn from mistakes. I can't be the only one with this prob, can I?


P.S.: When a game ended, the option to save it was on the small pop-up window, where you chose to continue playing or leave the table. I haven't seen that option since the switch to the new table screen.

Also, I'm using the IE browser, and XP Pro.


I had to use the screenshot function on my Mac. There is probably something like the that in Windows. Try the help "screenshot" or "screen saver".

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