I just discovered a site called Instant Chess and thought I’d give it a try.
The site offers Real Time Blitz and Correspondence (classic as well as Fischer Random) chess and (I almost gag as I write this) but you can also play correspondence…checkers!
A regular subscription runs about $6.27 per 100 games or, for a premium subscription, about $7.86 per month…that’s a whopping $94 per year!! If you want to play correspondence or take advantage of any of the features you have to be a subscriber.
However you can play unrated games where the time limit, color and opponent are randomly selected by a computer. I played a few games there, a couple of which were against opponents rated 1500-1650 and have to say they were overrated by about 400 points. I did play one unrated opponent who was actually pretty good but after about 30 moves he blundered away his Q and resigned. The random time limits I got were 10 and 15 minutes but none of the games lasted anywhere near that long. You can’t save your games, but the site does offer a pgn button which when you click on it will give you a pgn of the game. You will then have to copy and paste it into a playing program and then save it. I didn’t play any games there that were worth saving though.
That said, if you don’t have anything else to do and just want to knock out a few blitz games, you might want to check this site out…for free and playing a quick game just to pass the time it’s not bad.