Twitter Chess: Can you play blindfolded?

I tend to believe that setting limitations sparks more creativity. This comes clear to me manifested in the 140 characters limit of Twitter; the sole purpose of sending short status updates that fit into the SMS 160 character limit turned into a multipurpose platform. While links sharing, online activism, trend setting and breaking news are some of the most prominent usage of Twitter, many Twitter games, too, appeared to take advantage of the platform and give us addictive entertainment with a different twist.

ChessTweets offers you to challenge a collective of minds!

ChessTweets allows you to challenge a collective of minds!

ChessTweets brings Twitter and Chess together; it offers Chess fans the option to play their favorite game in a microblogging environment over Twitter.

ChessTweets is the newest generation of correspondence chess. It uses the Twitter API to send chess moves remotely to your opponent by using any of Twitter’s versatile status update methods. Using a Twitter account, play a quick game against a friend or start a correspondence game for free and without any registration required!

Like most Twitter games, it is simple, easy and fast to get into the game. All what you need is to sign in with your Twitter account which will automatically makes you follow @chesstweets. The game offers you different options; you can either challenge a friend by simply clicking the “Start New Game” button and filling the Twitter ID of your opponent (make sure that he is online and up to it otherwise you will be waiting forever), or add yourself to the waiting list and wait for someone to challenge you. You can also watch the game of someone challenging @chesstweets bot.

The brilliant part of @chesstweets

A community Chess move

A community Chess move

The interesting part of @chesstweets is that it’s an automated player that bases its moves on the feedback of the community. It examines each person’s relative skill, and applies a formulated weight to every suggested move. It is somehow challenging to win over a collective of minds, isn’t it?

I find the idea behind it brilliant, but unfortunately, it takes forever for a game to end. The current game showing on their homepage has started 3 months ago! And the last move was 9 hours ago! I guess that they need to apply a time limit, otherwise people will just get fed up and leave the site.

Blindfold Chess

What is blindfold chess (BF) exactly?

“Blindfold chess is a way to play chess, whereby play is conducted without the players having sight of the positions of the pieces, or any physical contact with them. This forces players to maintain a mental model of the positions of the pieces. Moves are communicated via a recognized chess notation.” ~ Wikipedia

Twitter comes as a perfect medium for fans of this type of chess to enjoy their games. Nothing is needed here aside from your Twitter account - just log in and challenge anyone! I recommend that you limit the people you follow, or use a Twitter app (like TweetDeck or HootSuite) that allows you to separate people’s tweets in order to have the messages of your opponent’s moves at one column and save yourself the distraction of the endless stream of tweets.

I guess that for Chess fans both blindfold chess and challenging a collective of minds over Twitter are new interesting ways that gives their favorite board game a different edge. It’s amazing just how much we can do with our Twitter accounts!

Do you happen to know any other service (or way) that offers Chess over Twitter in a different way? Let us know your thoughts…

Comments and Reactions

  • http://blog.thoughtpick.com Amer Kawar

    Brilliant idea. As you said, if they don't figure out a way to make playing against their “collective brain” bot take just a few minutes rather than months (!), it's just a waste of this great idea.

    Great post, keep it up :)

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