49 ( +1 | -1 ) A nomenclature question...Chess players who play face-to-face are called "OTB" players. Players who exchange letters or postcards are "postal" or "correspondence" players. My question is whether the word "correspondence" is sufficiently broad enough to cover e-mail-based and server-based play. Or is there another term that would better encompass postal, e-mail, and server play?
Craig and Ion, this seems like a question designed for the two of you. Anyone else care to take a shot?
71 ( +1 | -1 ) Where things go a bit runny...... is that on-line play can have at times the immediacy of OTB play (and I'm not talking solely about the Blitz feature), yet probably most of the time, it would be just like correspondence. There have been occasions when I have been on-line at the same time as my opponent and we have played several moves of a game before one or other of us signs off; but of course, in tricky situations, no doubt we will transfer the game to a chessboard to examine more closely, or refer to a book or database for information in an opening or ending (or middlegame in a general sort of way). On the whole, I would be inclined to a distinctive nomenclature for on-line chess, to wit: "On-line Chess". OLC for short. What do you reckon? Cheers, Ion
79 ( +1 | -1 ) Hi Walt ...APCT used to call their onlineplay, on Leisure Link (later to become USA Today Sports Center) "Electro" Chess. Actually I think it may have been "Elecktro". I think that term should now be open for use if APCT is gone ... (which I am not sure of, but what I have read seems to indicate it ... can anyone confirm or deny?) I believe many sites are using "Turn-based" to describe online play of a corr type format. What do you like? This may be your chance for Chessic immortality, my friend (or even more rather, since you started the Coaches Club already!) Or whoever does name it. I have said simply ONLINE but that might describe OTB like online as well. I like Electro a lot :)
35 ( +1 | -1 ) And STILL I missed the real Question..."My question is whether the word "correspondence" is sufficiently broad enough to cover e-mail-based and server-based play. Or is there another term that would better encompass postal, e-mail, and server play? " *** Oh ok ... I'd say YES!? :) imo At least I use Corr to denote Postal + Turnbased + e-mail ... tho not for online blitz or 'live' online play.
40 ( +1 | -1 ) G.E.N.I.U.S."General Electronic National and International Userplay Service"... Of course, such would cover all kinds of on-line play. But I do like that GIMPS gag... I still like "Online Chess", mainly owing to its specificity. We know what we are talking about then. It probably is more akin to CC than OTB, but there are differences sufficient to make it a distinct ... genre, shall we say? Cheers, Ion