However, as regards to chess as it is currently played today over the internet, heres my opinion: Children should be neither seen nor heard, but unfortunately, over the internet children are allowed to prattle, so avoid on-line chess sites and you will avoid the typical nasty stupid child troll who inhabits these web sites. Children these days are stupid, illiterate, narrow-minded, uneducated, dishonest and incredibly rude, too lazy to learn how to play the game, so they cheat with computer programs, since they have zero scruples and no morals, and will all grow up to be white-collar criminals and hackers, or become politicians. Cheating is the accepted norm, and children who do not cheat over the internet are ridiculed and banished from the ever popular cheaters club of chess. Chess today is dead, and John Nunn admits it-- even in Britain there are no new grandmasters and little tournament prize money. Chess has degenerated because American children are born liars and crooks, and have begot a generation of cheating children who look to Ken Lay of Enron for inspiration-- ask any kid and he will tell you he admires the biggest liars cheaters and crooks in America. The cheater is the new American role model, the American dream. Your typical cheating child plays chess over the internet using computer chess programs to make his moves for him, and usually pretends to be a girl (yes boys pretending to be girls is a popular chess gimmick) so he will have a name like Natalie or Veronica. If you see a child with a name like that on the internet, DO NOT play the cheating child, as most likely he is a boy with a girl's name. Oh, and by the way, if you happen to win your game against the cheating child, he will curse you out, and deny that you even won the game. Classy cheater, huh? At this point in time if I were to continue to play chess over the internet, I would have to assume the person I am playing is 1) a child and 2) is cheating with a computer chess program. If playing chess on-line over the internet and you believe that you are actually playing a mature person or an adult, you are deluding yourself, as most likely its some pimply boy with no friends and no social skills using a computer chess program to cheat you. Cheating gives the child great satisfaction and self-worth, so I refuse to play chess on-line anymore, since I am wasting my time with my real 2000 elo rating when I play a child who cheats with a chess program. To tell you the truth, even some adults (30 years old) who I have beaten over the board several times in a row face to face in person will deny that I am any better than they are, because they are stupid, jealous and have no talent for the game of chess. Perhaps I havent made myself perfectly clear: avoid playing chess on-line unless you want to foster feed a child's ego by allowing him to cheat you at chess by using a computer chess program to make all the moves for him. The child must cheat, as its in his nature. ALL children cheat at chess, they sit there at their computer with their Momma's frozen Jenos pizza in one hand, and a computer chess program in their other hand. ANOTHER popular gimmick is for children to set their chess program to blunder mode where the child's computer chess program plays weakly and allows you to get a slight advantage, at which point the chess program switches back to full power and destroys you, while the child laughs at you. Only a cheating child can play chess while chatting at 100 miles an hour, so when you are being beat and the child wont shut up, you can be assured you are being cheated by the child's computer chess program, such as Fritz 8 or Chessmaster 10000. You show me a child who doesnt cheat and I will show you a corporate CEO who doesnt steal money from his company. Only fools play chess against children over the internet, and all children cheat with computer chess programs because they are incredibly stupid. The child practically lives in order to cheat you at chess over the internet, and nothing pleases the child more than getting some sucker to play against them while they use a computer chess program to cheat you. While you are playing against the child's chess program he will drop in a few ahahahaha's and laugh at you for being such a fool. Bring your own program and be armed when playing chess over the internet with children. Personally I find it pointless to play chess over the internet as most likely your opponent is a child, and he will certainly use his computer chess program to cheat you nine times out of ten. Dont be a fool all your life. Stop foster feeding a child's ego, please. Another popular name used on-line at chess sites by cheating children is Robelita. This is always a boy with a girl's name, a nasty little cheat who uses a computer chess program. Other stupid names that cheating children use is pizza delivery boy which is always a child with a chess program, very ambitous as you can see. Again I cannot stress enough the importance of avoiding playing a boy with girl's name, as its usually trouble. You can tell the person you are playing is a child by the chat content he provides, and you can be sure that the boy with a girl's name will be incredibly nasty, as he is practicing for his Hannibal Lector classes, and will be quite proficient at cheating with computer chess programs.