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nutella ♡ 13 ( +1 | -1 )
postal correspondence chess Hello -

is there anyone here who would like to play a complete game(s) via the mail?

I should say I live in Texas, US.
silverwolfwsc ♡ 30 ( +1 | -1 )
Are you in USCF? I am currently looking for people to play via postal mail who are USCF members. If you are, id be interested in playing.

What part of texas are you in? I am wondering if there is anywhere to play chess in dallas on a saturday (May 3 to be exact), around late morning/noonish. If you have any info, please let me know.

philaretus ♡ 14 ( +1 | -1 )
Why? Turn-based chess IS postal correspondence chess, except that we're spared the trouble and expense of posting letters in the mail.
tulkos ♡ 12 ( +1 | -1 )
It's just fun to get a move in the mail. Their is something about postal chess that is different from every other kind of chess---
silverwolfwsc ♡ 66 ( +1 | -1 )
philaretus for me, i like it because it encourages me to think more, and take more time to analyze the position.

When i play online, i usually am trying to make the moves more quickly, and do not take the time to fully analyze the position (well, as well as i am capable of anyhow).

I havent been playing chess too long, about 3-4 months, but i look forward to seeing if my rating in postal correspondence is better than my rating here. I know they are not the same system, but they are fairly close i think.

Not to mention, as tulkos said, its fun to get the move in the mail. So it costs you a few cents to mail each move, its just kinda fun.

nutella ♡ 38 ( +1 | -1 )
Re: Why? Nothing against gameknot at all, philaretus. I love it here. But I also like getting mail, especially postcards that are interesting and unique to a particular region (eg, I would make it a point to try and send cards with Longhorn bulls on them, etc.)

And silverwolf, sorry but I'm in Austin and am not in the USCF. Surely there is somewhere in Dallas though - maybe check
silverwolfwsc ♡ 9 ( +1 | -1 )
even so... if youre interested in a postal game, send me a private message, and we can get one started.

philaretus ♡ 8 ( +1 | -1 )
Oh well, why didn't you say at the outset that it was your stamp-collection you had in mind? :/
nutella ♡ 6 ( +1 | -1 )
Philaretus, just send me some stamps pleeeeeezz! :-P
philaretus ♡ 15 ( +1 | -1 )
I'd love to, nutella, but I'm afraid a postal game between us would either be inordinately expensive (air-mail) or stretch on for years (surface-mail). :)
calmrolfe ♡ 41 ( +1 | -1 )
I don't like Postal Chess I got fed up of Postal Chess after my opponent kept me waiting for three weeks whilst he made his move. When the eagerly anticipated post card finally arrived all it said was "J Adoube !!!"

nutella, when I was at school I collected stamps and the pride of my little collection was/is a Penny Blue (but sadly not a Penny Black). I also used to collect mis-printed stamps, Queens head missing etc.
nottop ♡ 87 ( +1 | -1 )
postal There is something specail about postal chess. I love the game.
Email has nothing going for it - it will be supplanted by servers (like the server here at Gameknot).
But postal is hard for international play. My last postal game with a player in Lithunia - it took two weeks each way for our moves. So it was a full month between moves - even if neither us took any time to think about our moves.

But the pacing and timing of postal chess, domestically, is an art to itself. I've also received advice -
where to eat in North Carolina
how to fix my motorcycle

above and beyond the game of chess.

I've also received some lovely stamps (when international postal play used to be practical).

So great fortune to all postal players. It is an anachronism - but it is a glorious anachronism.
It was the beginnings of correspondence chess, and perhaps it will also be the end.

Go for it.

Chris Sergel

honololou ♡ 18 ( +1 | -1 )
Why notů give up indoor plumbing while you're at it. IMHO returning
to chess by post would be like putting a porta-potty in your

Oops, Am I allowed to say that on GK?
philaretus ♡ 16 ( +1 | -1 )
I agree with honololou Postal chess now belongs to chess history, as much as the famous match between Paris and London in the 1830's, which was conducted by international couriers.
coyotefan ♡ 15 ( +1 | -1 )
Good Postal Org Anyone familiar with the state of US correspondence knows USCF is horrible in this field.

The best in the US, IMO is

P.O. Box 305
Western Springs, IL 60558
drgandalf ♡ 14 ( +1 | -1 )
USCF Correspondence Chess does an outstanding job. Stephanie Colley is a great manager of that department. My USCF corr. rating is 1850. I am open to challenges.
lexherman ♡ 35 ( +1 | -1 )
I used to play correspondance chess in the pre- PC age in the seventies/eighties (ICCF). I plaYed with people all over the world. A tournament lasted about one year and a half. For me it has some nostalgia....thinking of this move travelling fysicly on a card all over the world....going to the postoffice in rain and is so much more conviniant by internet though.......
nottop ♡ 133 ( +1 | -1 )
agree with that It is much easier by internet. I don't thing international postal is practical anymore - too slow and getting too expensive.
I once put a move in the mailbox and went to the tub for a nice bath and started thinking about the game (which I was winning). Then something bothered me about the game and I'd realized I'd made my move the move I'd intended after the current move and I would lose. I hope nobody saw me retrieve the postcard.
Or the day I spent arguing with the local postoffice about why they should hunt through all their mail so I could get back a postcard. (they wouldn't).
I've had people send me beautiful postcards from all over the world. And stories of what their life is like.
I realize server is the best way to play but it's still fun to play occasional postal. Everything doesn't have to be up to date. I also get a sound quality from some of my lp's that I like more than CD's. (Even though everyone says CD's are better).

If anyone wants to play postal the USCF, APCT and CCLA are all fine organizations (for the US - for other countries there must also be fine postal organizations, but I don't know their names). If I were going to choose one, I might choose the CCLA, since they were kind enough to afford us our first match and play it at our server.

getoutofhere ♡ 91 ( +1 | -1 )
nottop Everyone doesn't say CDs are Better -
there are some sound theoretical reasons why your LPs
might sound better than CDs in some circumstances. For
example, in the digitisation process, it is necessary to filter
out frequencies higher than 22,000 Hz, to avoid aliasing
effects. Any analogue filter that cuts out high frequencies
is going to introduce phase shifts into the audible
frequencies as well. This will change the sound of the
music particularly in percussive 'attack' sounds. CDs also
have a relatively poor dynamic range. If the music you
listen to has large dynamics (such as classical music) then
quiet passages may have ugly digitisation noise, whereas
an LP will 'fail' in a way that is more gentle on the ear.
So-called super audio CDs should be far superior in the
latter regard, although I haven't heard one - you would
need an appropriate DVD player to play them.
ketchuplover ♡ 5 ( +1 | -1 )
and this relates to postal chess because...
nutella ♡ 9 ( +1 | -1 )
lol ketchuplover! Or maybe those LPs sound better because John Bonham's drumming roxxxxx!!!