With the Internet and video games at peak popularity, it is easy to think of board games as something of the past. Old chess sets taking up room in your attic and gathering dust. Once upon a time they would be relied upon as a way to while away the hours on a rainy weekend, or just as a fun pass time, but with the convenience of online gaming, you may find yourself wondering why you enjoyed board games in the first place.
However you can't deny that board-games like chess are a classic and also plenty of fun. Luckily chess and other board-games can now be found on many online gaming sites, in digital format. Allowing you to play the games you used to love from anywhere with a computer and internet connection, usually for free, and it saves space in your cupboards too.
There are many more advantages to playing chess games online then just saving space. While some gaming websites will have a version of chess that requires you to play against the computer, many more give you the chance to play against your friends. While the option to play using the one computer is often there (convenient for playing with people in your household) you are usually also able to challenge your friends using their own computers, all they need is a computer with an internet connection.
playing chess online is also convenient when you feel like playing but are not in your house, and don't have access to an actual chess board. You could play chess from work during your lunch break, from a library, anywhere with a PC. In fact with a smart phones that allows you to browse online games, it is also possible to play chess on your smart phone while you're out and about. Stuck for something to do on a train? Arrived early to the pub and you're waiting for a friend to meet you? If you have a smart phone with an internet connection either by wi-fi or 3g, you can now play online chess discreetly while you wait.
There are so many styles of online chess to choose from too, from basic 2d chess sets to those with 3d pieces and boards, for a more immersive feel while you play. Some games have modified the rules slightly too to keep things fresh, though the classic game is still widely available online.
Another great aspect of playing chess online is that you can take screenshots of the game when you win (or lose), so that you can easily keep records of your games for future reference. Online chess games also often come with leaderboards, so that you can compare your scores with people all over the world. This is not something you can do in offline chess. If you are a competitive person you can also take part in online chess tournaments.