Monday, 28 May 2007
Thanks to The Closet Grandmaster for highlighting the very promising new chess website, www.chess.com.
So, apart from having the most desirable chess website address possible, what does chess.com offer? Well, it's designed to be a community based website with users actively contributing content. A lot of work has been done on the interface and it looks great - professional but friendly.
Membership is free and members are able to contribute to the community in many different ways. Apart from posting at the forum, members can also have their own chess blog on the site - a very nice feature! You can also upload chess related videos via YouTube and submit your own articles or news items.
You even get your own @chess.com email address. How cool is that?!
At the moment, you can only play against a computer opponent at chess.com, but a facility for members to play against each other online is promised within the next few weeks.
There's loads more at the site as well, like daily puzzles to solve. So what is missing? YOU! Chess.com is still in beta and is looking for members to join and try out the site, contribute content and report any bugs.
After trying it out myself for a few days I'm seriously impressed. Chess.com has the potential to be the best community driven chess website around and I recommend it to all chess players.