Jim,No offense was taken by me, and I hope by no one else. I know there are a number of folks who do not feel research materials should be used in correspondence chess: I do not agree with that idea, but I do respect the other person's opinion.
In my view there are really four types of chess nowadays: Over-the-Board, Almost-over-The-Board, email, and chess server. I think we all know what each is, but sometimes the boundaries are unclear. In the first two types one cannot employ help of any king; in the third research is permissible but not help in terms of making a move; and with online servers ANY help is permissible, unless specific game/tournament rules apply.
There is no reason why separate categories cannot be used for thsoe who do not wish to use reference materials and those who do. A fast time limit (Hotdog and hamburger games) should do that automatically.
If anyone wants help in locating accessible chess materials on the Internet, I will be happy to help, but if they "don't want to waste the time" then that is their chocie. None of us here are professional chess players; we all have limits to what we are willing or able to put into improving our playing ability.
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