How To Play

Correspondence Chess is mostly played on a web-server set up to handle the board, moves and time used for the game. A chessboard is displayed on a web page and each player makes their moves which updates the board. Examples of this can be seen at https://www.iccf.com/

Here in the Social Correspondence Chess Association we also offer postal and email play for those who prefer to play by those methods.

Playing on a chess-server is remarkably simple and very popular. A player logs into the site and chooses one of their games, then makes a move on the displayed chessboard. The server handles the administration and updates your opponent that a move has been played.

There is a great history of Postal Chess but the number playing by post has fallen as web-servers became more popular. However, postal chess has stood the test of time and is very enjoyable, it does involve a little more administrative work by the players.

When playing by post we write our moves onto correspondence chess scorecards or in some cases, postcards. This form of chess has enabled many great friendships and cultural exchanges over the years. Postal players may elect to use email, fax or any other form of correspondence provided both players agree.

Wikipedia has a more detailed overview of various forms of correspondence chess.

Due to the decreasing number of players using the post for their games, not all of our tournaments are available to postal players. Currently, we offer Knock-Out, Continuous and Team matches for postal players. For a fuller description of tournaments, please see this page. When submitting your tournament applications to us, remember to let us know if you wish to play

If you elect to play on the web-server or by post, we are here to provide assistance and support. Simply contact us with your query and we will strive to provide a prompt reply.