They say, “Life is short.” This is certainly true in the online world of commerce. Online chess servers have sprouted up over the past 15 years, but only a few have shown to be sustainable. The Internet Chess Club may be one of the most stable of the bunch and appears to be consolidating its position. After buying a number of competitors, ICC got strong competition from the ChessBase PlayChess interface and the two, along with Chess.com, share the bulk of the paid online traffic.
Chess.com claims to be “the largest site”. While it is not clear what that means, one may assume that it is based on subscribers. Along with upstarts such as Chesspark, Chesscube and Chessbomb make up a captive market. However how may argue that the market is a bit crowded. When that happens consolidation is inevitable.
Recently chesspark was fighting a losing battle to keep its doors open and had admitted that it would eventually shut its doors. They were able to reach a deal with rival chess.com to sell its trademark. The other assets will be
liquidated maintained by chesspark on a new search engine project called “collecta”.