Always Ready for a Game
Although the good ol' classics wouldn't be called such if they didn't deserve it, they do suffer from a number of limitations. One such limitation is the lack of friends to challenge. It doesn't matter how many openings you know or how good you are at analyzing, without a second player to pit your wits against, your sports career is as good as over. Now, there are some apps which feature asynchronous multiplayer such as Chess with Friends by Zynga. The problem with these chess apps is that the lull time in between moves can ruin the experience. It's certainly not fun waiting for someone who may or may not come back. Instant Chess, on the other hand, shines when it comes to pacing.
Because you are matched with people who are currently online, you won't need to wait for the other guy for half a day. You don't even need to setup a match with a friend. Even without an account, all you need to do is to visit the site and you'll get matched with an available player.
Around the World
Are there no chess players in your area? That's not a problem if you play Instant Chess. Most of the time, it takes less than a minute for the system to connect you to someone and that player may even be from the other side of the globe. In the event that they're not using their Facebook accounts to log onto the site, you get to see which country they're from as Instant Chess displays a flag based on their IP address.
Win or lose, statistics such as the type of game played, time left and Rapid Rating are stored on the site. You can analyze the game flow by logging in or watch it unfold with the playback controls. Sharing an epic match is also just a click away with the row of social networking links found right at the bottom of the board. Once you've found your match, you can check their stats using the site's nifty search feature to see how they fare against other players and if they regularly frequent the site.
Comfort in the Familiar
Another advantage that Instant Chess has over other chess sites lies in its crisp graphics. The site's limited color palette and stamp-like icons are reminiscent of chess manuals, making it easy for enthusiasts to get their bearings as well. It does away with fancy 3D assets and makes use of recognizable 2D icons. Not only is the clean look kind to tired eyes, it's also perfect for older players.
If you enjoy playing on the site but would like to make things a bit more convenient for yourself while you're on the go, you can opt to download the dedicated Instant Chess app. With the app, you can gain access to a number of elaborate chessmen and chess boards. You can also play offline using the app's Crafty engine.
Instant Chess lives up to its name. As long as you're familiar with the rules, it's easy to jump right in and figure out how things work without a tutorial. Bottom line is, if you're looking for a chess match right here, right now then we recommend giving it a try.