Hawke belatedly kept his promise to Bournival. In September 2001, an email message arrived from "Johnny Durango" (an alias Hawke was using at the time). Hawke invited him to meet him that Friday night at the Internet Chess Club, a chess site located at ChessClub.com.
ICC was one of the top online chess organizations and had attracted thousands of members since the early 90s. ICC programmers developed software that enabled chess players to compete against other members all over the world. Besides a graphical user interface that allowed players to move chess pieces on their computer screens with a click of a mouse, the program also had a chat feature so members could converse while they watched or played online matches.
Bournival had relied on ICC chat for giving chess lessons, and he felt right at home when Hawke suggested they use the technology to discuss spamming. On the system, Bournival's "handle," or nickname, was FrappeBoy, a name he had chosen because the ice-cream drink was one of his favorites. (On that Friday evening, Hawke used the handle SchoolShooter, in reference to the Columbine high school massacre. He enjoyed choosing online nicknames that threw his opponents off balance.)
After Bournival located Hawke, he sent the system a command instructing it to create a scratch game. Then he sent a message to Hawke to let him know the number of the game board he had created.
Once they both had the board up on their screens, Hawke and Bournival didn't actually ...