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axedrez 35 ( +1 | -1 )
ICC The Internet Chess Club (ICC) is one of the few sites where you must pay. Unlike gameknot, I had to actually give them my credit card and all that nonscence.

Anyways, does anyone here play there? Give your handle so we can play ;)

Also, do you guys think it was RIGHT for me to pay for a chess site (24,50 yr)? Do you believe in paying for chess sites?

*AxE*
honololou 37 ( +1 | -1 )
What??? I believe that when others work hard to provide a service
that is both valuable and pleasurable, they deserve to be
paid for their time and effort. If you can't afford it, then so
be it, but if you enjoy the site and can afford the
reasonable cost of membership but continue to
freeload…then I think that is problematic.

This is just common sense and courtesy.
v_glorioso12 5 ( +1 | -1 )
i play there! i am VincentGlorioso . i got a student discount i think it is called. who are you?
cairo 64 ( +1 | -1 )
I played there for 3 years, but not anymore.
IMHO ICC turned in to be pure commercial and it lost its feeling of a actual Chessclub. Besides it is not a site for playing CC-games. Most of the games played there are either Bullet or Blitz games.

After I found Gameknot, I have no need for playing on any other sites, this place here is simply the best. I signed up as a lifetime member, when Mike provided that possibility and I strongly urged other people to support this site by be a paying member!

Best wishes
Cairo
nootropil 12 ( +1 | -1 )
Cairo Probebly your rating on ICC was much lower than here and thats why you dont play there anymore?
lordoftherings 16 ( +1 | -1 )
nootropil is it a good question? i dont think a chessplayer plays for rating..u play for rating? and what is your problem against good players here??
cairo 127 ( +1 | -1 )
Well nootropil, I haven't yet found out why are you always so negative. Last time I advised you about accusations and I played a couple of games with you as well.

-What is your mission?
-Why do you always think the bad thing about others?
-If you don't like it here, why not play other places/sites.

When I was playing on ICC, my rating in standardgames, (longer timecontrols than 15 minutes per game) was about +2500, so it is not far from what I have here. I have allready explained in my thread above, why I left ICC.

But who cares about rating, you do apperently and why are you so upset about these things. Why not see the positive things in the good communitives we have here on Gameknot. Some place you wrote, that the only real chess is OTB chess, why are you playing here then???
Of course I totally disagree with your statement about OTB chess, especially when we speak about Bullet/Blitz chess, which after my opinion has little to do with chess, but others love that and I respect that, as well as you should respect that we are some there love CC-games.

Best wishes
Cairo
axedrez 5 ( +1 | -1 )
Howdy Vincent I am "Haftred". It is an acronym but I can't tell ya what it stands for :-)

*AxE*
druleeparsec 60 ( +1 | -1 )
I play here, on playchess.com (because I own Frizt 7 I can play there for free) and I use to play on Kasparovchess.com before it died. I am also frustrated with the large amount of blitz games. I hear that the Free Internet Chess Server is quite good. www.freechess.org/

But I don't think it's uncalled for to pay for a service. I pay for Mig's newletter at www.chessninja.com and I just transferred cash to my paypal account to pay for a GameKnot registration. If you receive good product value and good customer service I think you're morally obligated to pay something for that experience.
heshamov 22 ( +1 | -1 )
I am h-heshamov I am playing there , i think to pay for chess or not is a strange question , it depends on what do u want from chess , and also about your income .
if u wana play with me there , i am under your service ;-)