Internet Chess Techniques

Welcome to my article on Internet Chess Techniques. Today, I want to go through a number of techniques related to online play. Although some of these tricks are not highly practical, they are fun to use. I will use my Internet Chess Club account to play through examples.


Premove is a function available on many high-quality chess servers, such as PlayChess or ICC. It allows you to play a move automatically regardless of what the opponent plays, unless it is illegal. The server automatically plays the move for you, taking 0.1 seconds off your clock. Although it’s fairly easy to get burned by premove, it will provide you with countless wins and draws from losing positions, so it’s advantages far outweigh its shortcomings. Below is an example of a 1-minute game in which I employ premove to save a lot of time. It ultimately helps me win the game because otherwise I would have lost on time.

Queen Manoeuvre

I’m not sure if these techniques have a name, so I named them myself. When your opponent is low on time or when you are both low on time, I like to use what I call a “queen manoeuvre”. This involves controlling squares that the opponent may move to so that your opponent wastes time. Because your opponent cannot anticipate where your queen is going, he will sometimes try to make illegal moves, making him much lower on time. Note that this only works when your opponent only has a king that can move and you have a winning advantage anyway.

Note that this technique also works with a rook, although less efficiently. Using a bishop is completely useless if your opponent knows that he can simply step on the opposite coloured squares to your bishop.

Low Time Stunner

A low time stunner is not a highly practical technique, but can be useful at times. A low time stunner is basically a move, often a check, that is completely unexpected and is often a stupid move to play ifyou and your opponent both have plenty of time. It is employed when your opponent is very low on time, and since he won’t be expecting the move, he won’t be able to react fast enough and will lose as a result. A low time stunner is extremely satisfying to use if you were losing in the position before the stunner.

WARNING: You should only use a low time stunner if your opponent has 1 second or less on the clock, otherwise your opponent may recover using the “premove” technique and convert his advantage.

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