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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

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Chess • Re: chess game

By ccboots56 » January 15th, 2018, 2:12 am

Use this link: viewtopic.php?f=85&t=98282&POGO ... 1#p1203458

The chess moves are near the bottom of that newsletter.

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Chess • Re: chess game

By Bugswiglud » January 14th, 2018, 5:07 pm

I won the game in 15 moves and played for an hour NO credit

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Chess • Re: chess game

By CAGal1950 » January 14th, 2018, 4:37 pm

Edited to remove bad link. See post second down.
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Chess • Re: chess game

By Bugswiglud » January 14th, 2018, 4:27 pm

Really? make 11 moves? Thanks for the info

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Chess • Re: chess game

By ccboots56 » January 13th, 2018, 11:18 pm

Bugswiglud wrote:I had a problem, robot not moving so I set the timer then bot played. Now I play and not getting credit for the win what gives? There is something wrong with this mix and match badge It is activated win two games not rated and it just does not work?
I just won this badge in 2 games with no problem at all.
It will take at least 11 moves or more to get credit.

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Chess • Re: chess game

By Bugswiglud » January 13th, 2018, 1:35 am

I had a problem, robot not moving so I set the timer then bot played. Now I play and not getting credit for the win what gives? There is something wrong with this mix and match badge It is activated win two games not rated and it just does not work?

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Chess • Re: chess game

By CheetahOBX007 » December 28th, 2017, 12:43 am

How do you set up 2 minute chess game(s)?
kids take way too long to play a game.
Advise.

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Chess • Re: chess game

By acfoxes » November 18th, 2017, 4:27 pm

have just found out that the robots will play chess if I play as unknown guest but when I have signed in they will not make moves? Anyone have a solution to this?

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Chess • Re: chess game

By bslow47 » November 10th, 2017, 3:24 am

After about the third move playing computer the game either freezes up or the chess game disappears and leaves a exclamation point in a blue circle in middle of screen. I also notice the time is blank as well as the "move" directory is blank

anyone have this problem and can fix it?

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Chess • Re: chess game

By acfoxes » October 22nd, 2017, 6:25 pm

I have same issue-robots move once or twice and then stop making moves. Played on Win 10 on firefox and Ie. Played same browsers on Win 7. really at a loss to explain.

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Chess • Re: Chess Rooms Won't Open

By chesssnaz » October 18th, 2017, 3:32 am

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Chess • Re: HEAD PHONES WORK FOR YOUTUBE, BUT NOT POGO

By MandalayVA » October 6th, 2017, 5:08 pm

I'm having the same issue. For some reason, when I play Aces High I get the sound through my wireless headphones, but not for any other game. And it's strictly Pogo, all other websites are fine.

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Chess • Re: chess game

By Mod_Jada » September 24th, 2017, 8:40 am

I was able to play just now without any problems.

Check your settings again.
Under "Customize Your Table" make sure there isn't a checkmark next to "Make Game Rated."

You could also try using a browser other than the one you normally use to see if you have better results.

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Chess • Re: chess game

By player805nancy » September 23rd, 2017, 3:18 am

no not playing a rated game..

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Chess • Re: chess game

By Mod_Jada » September 22nd, 2017, 7:02 pm

Are you trying to play a RATED game?

RATED games have to be played with other people; you cannot play RATED games with the robot opponent.

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