I asked this question on Meta Chess.SE. It's basically a proposal to merge that site with this site. For the greater good of both sites, so they can pass beta stage.
I'd like to know what you think about that?
The chess site (and the poker site, and the go site, and the Magic proposal) were created because vocal proponents for those communities felt that those games were substantively different from other board and card games, and a specialised site for each would be much better. By allowing (most of) those sites to be created, Stack Exchange essentially decided to do the experiments to find out.
A frustrating side-effect of that decision is that although chess questions are on topic here, users tend to ask them on the chess site, because of a perception that they are somehow 'more' on-topic there. This actively hinders the growth of a community of chess experts on this site, since 'serious' players will prefer the other site.
The history of these decisions is summarised in Are we (as the Board and Card Game StackExchange) too broad in defining ourselves?.
Stack Exchange's rationale is explained in Why do chess and poker have separate sites even though they are clearly “board and card games?”.
My opinion is that these sites do not need to be distinct, and that distinction is not helping anyone. I believe both sites have smaller communities as a result of this balkanisation. We also suffer in terms of features and support. For example:
1) No chess board rendering. We have been told in Please implement the chess replayer on Board and Card Games that if we require nice chess board rendering, we would be best served by asking our questions on chess.SE, not here.
2) No support for displaying hands of cards. Despite a large card game following here, including bridge and poker, we do not have support for playing cards. This is standard on poker.SE (see e.g. Hand discussion: QJc vs A8o on A84 T K).
Finally, I suspect that the uncertainty surrounding the future of the other gaming sites, the consequent vague responses from SE, and the continued lack of support and feature commitment to B&CG is part of the reason that we continue to languish in endless Beta. Stack Exchange hasn't decided what to do here. For the forseeable future, the decision continues to be deferred. It's not clear to me how that can or will be resolved.
Since chess is already on-topic here, I doubt that many users of Board & Card Games would have a problem with that merge (I certainly don't). The ones most likely to oppose it would be the users of Chess.