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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  

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