The internet has great capabilities for connecting people from all over the world. This chess server is one way for networking individuals who enjoy chess. Other chess servers (at least those we know about) are listed in the "addresses" file. Among other things, a chess server allows users to play chess matches against each other, as well as communicate with each other. The chess server (computer) is programmed to send players' chess moves and messages to the right users. It also keeps track of various information.
In order to use the features, you need to type various commands. In general, commands do one of four things:
Certain commands are restricted to server administrators ("admins") and cannot be used by regular users. Some features are only available for registered users. Only registered users can have rated chess games, have games stored after adjournment, have finger notes, and communicate using shout, kibitz and message (see intro 2 help file). If you intend to visit the server often, you will enjoy your visit more as a registered user. Registration on this server is by email; type help register to learn the procedure.
New users might want to start off with simple features and gradually learn
about the other functions as they go along. To get a description of a
particular command, type
help [command] - without the square brackets, of
course. For example, help match will give you information about the
command. NOTE: you do not have to type the entire command in order to use it
or read its help file; typing the first few letters will work in most cases.
See also: addresses, admins, finger, intro 2, intro 3, intro 4, intro 5, intro 6, notes, register