Internet Chess Games


Jump to info about one of the Internet Chess Games:

- Flash Chess III
- Flash Chess 3D
- Easy Chess (Ed Friedlander)
- Easy Chess (James M. Burton)
- Quick Chess
- Instant Chess

On this page you'll find links to a selection of Internet Chess Games, all free to play ...

Some are good, some could have been better; but we'll leave it to you to have the final say (i.e. click to their websites and give 'em a go).


Flash Chess III

Launch Flash Chess III

Of all the games listed on this page, Flash Chess III is those most visually appealing.

But, looks alone don't make a game good, so it's just as well that the play is decent.

If there's one criticism, it's that the angle of the 3D Board can get leave pieces in the way of others - this is mostly the case with Pawns nearer the lower end, when infront of the Queen or King.

There is a 2D version, but you have to pay to unlock that and, as we're focussing on the free versions, it's a case of 'make do'.

If you're not too fussed about the 3D angle, then you can think about choosing a Difficulty Level, of either: Beginner, Casual, or Advanced.

Chess Glossary - Flash Chess - 02One of the good features about Flash Chess III is the green glow, when you select a piece ... The glow lights up across all the squares within legal range, for that piece, which is always good for beginners.

Other good features include a button to Undo moves, which is good for training, as you can make mistakes and try alternative moves.

Also, if you're pressed for time, you're able to click the Save button and the next time you open the games web page, you'll be able to Load the game and continue where you left-off.

For those who like to review their game, Flash Chess III records moves made, using Algebraic Chess Notation.


Jump to info about one of the Internet Chess Games:

- Flash Chess III
- Flash Chess 3D
- Easy Chess (Ed Friedlander)
- Easy Chess (James M. Burton)
- Quick Chess
- Instant Chess

Flash Chess 3D

Chess Glossary - Flash Chess 3D Graphic

Made by the same group of programmers as Flash Chess III, Flash Chess 3D is one of their earlier attempts.

Personally, I think more focus went into the behind-the-scenes programming of the game and less into visual-appeal or playability (both of which have been improved with Flash Chess III).

Chess Glossary - Flash Chess 3D - 03The diagonal angle of the board always felt awkward to play on, while the pieces tend to blend into one another, which isn't good.

Other options are you get to choose between 2 Playing modes - another term for Difficulty Levels:

  • Shallow (or)
  • Deep.

And there's also a very basic Game Log, which records moves made in a diet-version of Algebraic Chess Notation, but doesn't tell you whether a piece made a capture, or a King Castled, for instance.


Jump to info about one of the Internet Chess Games:

- Flash Chess III
- Flash Chess 3D
- Easy Chess (Ed Friedlander)
- Easy Chess (James M. Burton)
- Quick Chess
- Instant Chess

Easy Chess (Ed Friedlander)

Chess Glossary - Easy Chess - FriedlanderThis game is one of the most simplistic of all mentioned on this page.

It's in 2D format, so there's no trouble with pieces getting in the way of one another.

Pieces which have legal moves available have a 'tick' in the top-right of their respective squares and, when you click on a piece to move, a green outline appears around the squares that it can go to.

This game can be played versus the Computer, or against another player - though your opponent needs to be infront of the same machine as you.

Because of the simplicity, there isn't any Algebraic Notation, to record the moves; nor is there an alternative Difficulty setting ...

You do get a keyboard shortcut option to Save/Reload a game (the only downside is this didn't seem to work, when I refreshed the page and tried to reload a saved game)

One shortcut feature that does work is the one to Undo a move, which is more useful when you maybe only playing a cheeky game now and again.


Jump to info about one of the Internet Chess Games:

- Flash Chess III
- Flash Chess 3D
- Easy Chess (Ed Friedlander)
- Easy Chess (James M. Burton)
- Quick Chess
- Instant Chess

Easy Chess (James M. Burton)

Chess Glossary - Easy Chess - Burton 01

This is another game taking the name "Easy Chess" and it's brown.

Chess Glossary - Easy Chess - Burton 02

Another criticism is, the style of the Bishop and Knight mean you need to concentrate that bit extra so you don't end up trying to move the wrong piece.

Apart from those issues, the game plays; the animated movement of the pieces is somehow satisfying to watch - not jerky, not too slow; just seems about right. And I like that.

Chess Glossary - Easy Chess - Burton 04Other features you get are an Undo button and a loose interpretation of Algebraic Chess Notation, for recording the moves.

In addition, there's also a button that allows you to Replay the game you've just had.

While it's good as just a 2D setup, I still prefer Flash Chess III because all the pieces are instantly recognisable, so you can focus on your game. It's also not brown.


Jump to info about one of the Internet Chess Games:

- Flash Chess III
- Flash Chess 3D
- Easy Chess (Ed Friedlander)
- Easy Chess (James M. Burton)
- Quick Chess
- Instant Chess

Quick Chess

Chess Glossary - Internet Chess Games - Quick Chess - Joe MiccioInternet Chess Games don't get much quicker than this little gem ... It uses the same platform as Ed Friedlander's Easy Chess game, only the difference is, well, obvious ... less squares, less pieces.

Setup-wise, you get 10 pieces per side, playing on a 5x6 square Board, rather than an 8x8 square board with 16 pieces per side, as is a standard, full-size, traditional Chess game.

This is a great little game, excellent to play when you want a Chess-fix, without the prospect of slogging your way through a proper game.

As with Friedlander's game, you can still use the keyboard shortcuts and, like Friedlander's game, the Save and Load options don't appear to work.

The Undo/Back once shortcut key does work, though and, all in all, it's still a cracking little game.


Jump to info about one of the Internet Chess Games:

- Flash Chess III
- Flash Chess 3D
- Easy Chess (Ed Friedlander)
- Easy Chess (James M. Burton)
- Quick Chess
- Instant Chess

Instant Chess

Chess Glossary - Internet Chess Games - Instant Chess

All of the free Internet Chess Games, mentioned on this page, so far, have been types where you either play against the Computer, or your opponent is sitting at the machine next to you.

Instant Chess is different, as it's purely a Human-vs-Human arena, where you get to play against opponents from any one of the 147 countries on their server.

Sure, if you want to do things like Chat and look up detailed analytics on your potential opponent, then you'll need to pay a subscription.

However, if you're not fussed who you play and just want to battle a human, instead of a lifeless computer database, then all you need to do is enter yourself a Username, click on the "Start Game" button and, within 5-10 seconds, you can be playing against a real person.

If it's Human-vs-Computer you're after - and remember we're talking Free games - I'd recommend Flash Chess III.

However, for playing against another person, Instant Chess gets the metaphorical "thumbs-up".


Jump to info about one of the Internet Chess Games:

- Flash Chess III
- Flash Chess 3D
- Easy Chess (Ed Friedlander)
- Easy Chess (James M. Burton)
- Quick Chess
- Instant Chess


Flash Chess III is One Of The Better Internet Chess Games.
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