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It’s hard to believe, but Pure Chess marks the very first chess game on PSN for American gamers and the only alternative to Fritz Chess for those playing in Europe. Yet, even after five years of practice on the PlayStation Network, some developers still can’t seem to get online play right. I love chess and chess theory and you can easily find a lot of pleasure in playing and studying the game by yourself. But my greatest memories of playing chess happen to be with other people at cafes, clubs and in New York City’s Washington Square Park, not by myself in front of a computer or hunched over a book at my kitchen table. Developer VooFoo Studios seems to have lost sight of what makes chess special – playing with other people seamlessly – and this sad fact detracts from Pure Chess significantly.