Over the board chess starts
Camberley Chess Club started some over the board chess at a local pub with just 6 members as a trial to see how it could work as we hopefully continue to move out of covid restrictions. It was a strange experience playing with a board, pieces and the chess clock after over a year of playing online by moving a mouse or touching pixels on a flat screen.
A 3D chess board, chess pieces and chess clock are clearly more engaging than a 2D screen, piece images and on screen clock, but the main difference is the human interaction with your opponent. To be able to chat, discuss the game, and generally interact with people who you never get to know online is the real value of over the board versus online.