This list was written by Lee LaFrese and appeared in Alex Dunne’s column in the Feburary 1999 issue of Chess Life.
10. OTB players’ most feared opponent: Garry Kasparov. Correspondence players’ most feared opponent: Ted Kaczynski.
9. OTB players invest in expensive digital clocks. Correspondence players invest in a calendar.
8. OTB players keep records of their games in a $2 score pad. Correspondence players keep records of their games with a $2000 computer and a $300 database.
7. OTB players dream about winning a $10,000 class prize in the World Open. Correspondence players dream about winning $100 in the Postal Beauty Contest in Chess Life.
6. OTB players complain about ever increasing entry fees. Correspondence players complain about ever increasing postage.
5. OTB players in time pressure make frantic moves just before their flag falls. Correspondence players in time pressure make frantic drives to the post office just before it closes.
4. OTB players play about 50 rated games a year. Correspondence players play 50 rated games at the same time, but they take two years.
3. OTB players enjoy playing 5-minute blitz on the Internet. Correspondence players enjoy playing one move/day blitz chess on the Internet.
2. OTB players annotate their moves after they finish the game. Correspondence players annotate their moves before they play them.
And the number one difference:
1. OTB players worry that their opponent will play like a computer. Correspondence players worry that their opponent IS a computer.