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CounterplayAn Anthropologist at the Chessboard$
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Robert Desjarlais

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520267398

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520267398.001.0001

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24/7 on the ICC

24/7 on the ICC

(p.184) Chapter 8 24/7 on the ICC

Robert Desjarlais

University of California Press

The Internet Chess Club, or ICC, is one of several popular Internet chess servers where players can log in and play games, catch a recorded lecture, or watch in real time the real-world tournament games of the top players. A million games a week are played on the server, by players who reside in towns and cities around the world. The popularity of this and other servers illustrates the ways in which the Internet has become an integral part of players' excursions in chess. Originally known as the Internet Chess Server, the ICC took on its current name in 1995, when its head programmer decided to transform it into a commercial site and charge yearly membership fees. It is no accident that the development of the server has occurred in an age of rapid globalization.

Keywords:   Internet Chess Club, Internet, chess, servers, games, globalization

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