Free casual chess in Centretown


in Geek stuff, Ottawa

I have tried the chess club that meets on Sundays near Billings Bridge, but I have some objections. They only seem to play bullet chess, with five minutes of time per side. I don’t think that allows enough thinking time. Also, they wanted money almost immediately.

It is appealing to arrange a situation where people in central Ottawa can meet to play informal chess for free, using whatever time controls they like.

One idea would be to meet on Tuesday nights between about five and about eight. People could bring their own boards and clocks and play against like-minded amateurs. Any takers?

[Update: 30 July 2011]

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Matt July 4, 2011 at 5:21 pm

They only seem to play bullet chess, with five minutes of time per side.

Total time or time per turn?

Milan July 4, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Total time per player

Peter July 5, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Hi Milan,

I myself live in Ottawa and I know where you are coming from.

You could try which is a correspondence chess site in which you can play people from many different countries. Time controls are set anywhere from 2 days per move to 15 days per move, so it really isn’t about 5 minute speed chess. You can enroll in several tournaments and have a number of games on the go and still play all of them at a resonable pace.

You can join as a free member and access most of the site’s features or, for a small fee (around $25 annually), gain access to all the features. I’ve been a member for about 1 year and I find it to be an excellent option for playing as much chess as I want at a pace my busy life can afford.

Anyway, something to consider.



. October 26, 2015 at 2:50 pm

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