Came across an interesting news item on ChessBase, http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=8023 inter-school chess matches of this kind of thing, would be a piece of cake to set up on a chess server like FICS, because FICS is platform independent and the pupils could have individual guest accounts for the match.
Roger de Coverly wrote:
Given that FICS and ICS before it, have been around for nearly twenty years, the lack of take up of this idea must say something, perhaps setting it up in such a way as to prevent cheating is just too much work. At a low tech level, you could just get the players to exchange phone numbers and text the moves backwards and forwards. You'd have to reinstate the old telephone chess rules for clock times.
That said, I've never really understood why formal junior training programmes don't seem to include introductions to chess servers. The ECF's Chess Sets for schools project never seemed to mention on line chess as an alternative to physical play.
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