Correspondence chess is chess played by various forms of long-distance correspondence, usually through a correspondence chess server, through email or by the postal system; less common methods which have been employed include fax and homing pigeon. It is in contrast to over-the-board (OTB) chess, where the players sit at a chessboard at the same time (or perhaps play at the same time remotely).
Correspondence chess allows people or clubs who are geographically distant to play one another without meeting in person. These distant relationships are just one of the many distinct appeals of correspondence chess.<ref>Craig Sadler, "Facts, Games and World Champions of Correspondence Chess," Schemingmind.com</ref> The length of a game played by correspondence can vary depending on the method used to transmit the moves: a game played via server or by email might last no more than a few days, weeks, or months, but a game played by post between players in different countries might last several years.
Correspondence chess sections
Intro Structure of correspondence chess Computer assistance Regulatory bodies of correspondence chess Types of correspondence chess Over-the-board players who also play correspondence chess See also References Further reading External links
|PREVIOUS: Intro||NEXT: Structure of correspondence chess|