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roland_l 38 ( +1 | -1 )
FICS Does anyone play on this Free Internet Chess Server? If so, would you be willing to put your FICS nick here? I'd like to see some GK folks playing some real-time chess there. Also, I'm looking to join a team there if anyone here has an FICS team and is looking for members!

I just joined up and my nick is: rlawrence
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trond 24 ( +1 | -1 )
I'm thellemb But I usually spend more time here on GK. Depends a bit what I feel like, and how busy I am following up my GK games. Blitzing here is usually a waste of time, so for blitz and rapid games (15-30 minutes/game) I play on FICS.
bucklehead 20 ( +1 | -1 )
I play there... ...when I have the time (not recently!) as DimKnight. I've thought it might be useful to compile a list of GK/FICS/ICC/etc handles so people can seek out fellow GKers, but I don't know how this might be implemented.
happinessisawarmgun 6 ( +1 | -1 )
rating... roland , do you mind telling me your blitz rating? :)
wardo 6 ( +1 | -1 )
.......I'm wardo here I'm wardo there I'm wardo everywhere
ccmcacollister 122 ( +1 | -1 )
I play CHESSANYTIME.COM & several sites.
Niks used: Ktun, tempusfugit, BaronDerKilt, or DamianS.
For me, ratings tend to vary according to time controls I play at the time.
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[10+5] = 2100ish, [3+2sec] = 2000ish,
[3min] to [1+3secs] = 1900's,
[2min] to [1+1sec] = 1800ish,
[1+0] = 1700's
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Over at the Chessanytime FICS they do have Tournament set-ups from 3 minute games up to 10min.+5 second games. Including straight 5 minute games. And they can accomodate from 4 up to 6 or 8 players in such sections. The slower TC's are for 4 players and the faster ones may take more than that. It is probably my favorite place to blitz.
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I think it would be great to see 4 or more GK players get together at a certain time there and play a tourney sometimes. I'd like to do that if anyone else is interested.
{What you think Jeff ... how bout a 10+5 quad ?} ... For instance, would Sundays a good time for anyone besides me? EG Is 3:00pm GK time good for anyone else?
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Or what time(s) would be good for anyone else ? My schedule can be pretty flexible.
Even just getting a group from GK to show up at a particular period, for informal play could be a good time. If we know each others' Niks there .
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}8-) Craig A.C.
roland_l 42 ( +1 | -1 )
Happyness ... I'm still well under the 20 games for both Blitz and Standard ratings at FICS, but currently Blitz (my weakness!) rating is at about 1400, and standard rating is just over 1600.

FICS offers team league options with nice slow time controls of 45 45. Perhaps we could get enough interest to start a GK team? I believer there are U1800 teams, U1600 teams, etc etc.
anaxagoras 28 ( +1 | -1 )
I play at FICS under the handle 'megalopsuche.' I mostly play 5 minute games there and get my a** kicked by people who think the endgame is an entirely different sport. I only play blitz here at GK when I'm in the mood for baby seal clubbing and need to stroke my ego.
bucklehead 16 ( +1 | -1 )
I hope no one minds ...but I'm going to keep a list of GK players and their FICS handles in my finger notes over there. If I get ambitious, I might put you all on my notify list as well...
roland_l 10 ( +1 | -1 )
Sounds great ... I'll do the same. Once I get my 20 standard games in I'll revist the idea of getting a GK team together for the 45 45 league ...
richfeet 32 ( +1 | -1 )
gameknot vs yahoo chess Gameknot is far superior to playing chess at yahoo and i dont care if yahoo is played in real time.There are a lot of sore losers at yahoo. i have not ran into any poor losers here at gameknot. However yahoo chess can be fun too despite the fact that some people can be morons gameknot rules,
roland_l 39 ( +1 | -1 )
I don't ... ... care much for yahoo either. The board is weak, and its hard to find a game in the parameters I like.

GK is a fantastic correspondence site.

The more I play FICS, the more i like it though (for real time chess). I rarely have to wait, there's a great range of players, and plenty of players willing to play good longer time control games.
bucklehead 75 ( +1 | -1 )
Yahoo is a waste of time... ...as is the MSN site. Very few serious players, and a high percentage of jerks. Plus, I understand that there is a very serious bug at Yahoo that lets some users hack your clock and leave you with just a couple of seconds to play. If you have any doubts, check out this page -> www.edcollins.com .

On the other hand, richfeet , understand that turn-based correspondence chess is a different animal than real-time chess--make the most of your time and come up with some really beautiful moves!
yanm 12 ( +1 | -1 )
FICS I just registered at FICS. My handle is ... yanm. Looks a great site to play real-time chess:)