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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: Vote now to Choose Which Badge will be made

By sportsplay » April 30th, 2015, 11:00 pm

Soak and relax after a hard day at Pogo.

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Chess • Re: Vote now to Choose Which Badge will be made

By HOCK9952 » April 30th, 2015, 9:46 pm

I thought the surfer dude looks like fun! It's nice that the badges are animated. Thank you Pogo for including us.

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Chess • Re: Vote now to Choose Which Badge will be made

By Luvtewplay2 » April 30th, 2015, 8:49 pm

voted my choice..will be interesting to see which one wins

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Chess • Vote now to Choose Which Badge will be made

By Pogo_Cactuar » April 30th, 2015, 8:19 pm

We've come up with 3 equally awesome badge designs and we can't pick which one to be used. Now's your chance to cast your vote to help decide which badge will be released.

Go to Pogo News for more details!

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Chess • profiles

By goofball232 » April 21st, 2015, 1:42 am

To make your profile unprivate, just go up to''my account'' and click on'' who can look at my profile'' and push on ''everybody''.

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Chess • chess

By jumpyrobrt813 » April 19th, 2015, 7:43 pm

To vane jarekvh,

Thank you for the unrated tip.

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Chess • Re: chess

By vane jarekjh » April 18th, 2015, 8:48 pm

I mentioned that, about rated games, but glad too he figured it out ;)

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Chess • Re: chess

By CAGal1950 » April 18th, 2015, 8:29 pm

You're welcome. Since you said you were playing the bots, I didn't even think about telling you to make sure it wasn't a rated game. Glad you figured it out.

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Chess • chess

By jumpyrobrt813 » April 18th, 2015, 7:07 pm

To CALGal1950
I unchecked rated game and changed time. Thank you.

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Chess • Re: chess

By vane jarekjh » April 18th, 2015, 1:42 am

That was not only a suggestion, it was exactly what you need to do to adjust the timer.
I just tried with both a Club and a Free account and it worked for both.

When you are in the Chess page, scroll down and select the tab Chat rooms.
Pick any Room. When it the room opens look for an emtpy table, click Play and wait a few seconds until a pop up opens where you can customize your table.
Very first option is to set your timer "Use chess clock"
Check the option if you want a timed game, uncheck it for untimed games
If you pick Timed games you can select the time from 1 minute up to 60 minutes.

Once you have selected your own options click Play, a game will open and then all you have to do is click Start Game and a robot will join.
Be aware that if you pick rated games you can't play a robot, you have to play a real person.

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Chess • chess

By jumpyrobrt813 » April 17th, 2015, 11:26 pm

To CALGaL1950
Thank you for suggestion on robot time clock. It did not work, but thanks anyway.

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Chess • Re: chess

By CAGal1950 » April 16th, 2015, 6:15 pm

If you want to play the bots and change the timer, instead of clicking (selecting) Play Robots, click Select a Chat room. Then select an empty table and in the options pop up change the timer.
Make the game private with a password to know allow others to join.

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Chess • chess

By jumpyrobrt813 » April 16th, 2015, 6:05 pm

how do you change time clock on robot games?

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Chess • [Java Games] Unable to load in latest Google Chrome Browser

By Pogo_Cactuar » April 15th, 2015, 3:41 pm

Our team is aware that users who are using the latest version of Google Chrome may experience loading issues in our Java games.

For further information regarding this issue, please visit Pogo News. There is also a work-around listed there to allow Chrome to play Java games until September 2015.

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Chess • Re: Is there a way I can watch games in a full room?

By Mod_Jada » April 11th, 2015, 8:10 am

No. You just have to wait until the room isn't full. The host of the table sets the options and if he/she doesn't allow watchers, you won't be able to watch the game at that table.

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