Free casual chess in Centretown

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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Author: Milan

In the spring of 2005, I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in International Relations and a general focus in the area of environmental politics. In the fall of 2005, I began reading for an M.Phil in IR at Wadham College, Oxford. Outside school, I am very interested in photography, writing, and the outdoors. I am writing this blog to keep in touch with friends and family around the world, provide a more personal view of graduate student life in Oxford, and pass on some lessons I've learned here.

5 thoughts on “Free casual chess in Centretown”

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

    Total time or time per turn?

  2. 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.



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