[06/14/18 19:12]
Randy MacKenzie, NM
Community Chess Club
"Any material change in a position must come about by mate, a capture, or a Pawn promotion." (Purdy)

modern regular chess servers

Regular chess servers offer online chess at lightning, blitz, or standard speeds. They are good for practicing openings. The Internet Chess Club is without peer, has the most FIDE titled players, the most members, the most events, and is the easiest to play on. But ICC costs a bit. The Free Internet Chess Server with ficsgames is the original chess server. Both chess servers have their share of players who enjoy pretending to play chess, without thought. Their chess is best described as a form of Pachinko. It looks like chess, but is much faster. The other chess game sites are generally buggy, mismanaged, and populated by rude, juvenile computer cheaters posing as chess players. But I recommend Chess 24, and lichess as well as chess.com


"You can only get good at Chess if you love the game." (Bobby Fischer)

commercial chess database programs

The commercial chess database programs, chessbase and chess assistant are fine, but can be overkill. The free ones, chessdb and chessx, are also completely adequate. Chessgames.com is a database of historical chess games combined with discussion forums. You are storing and reviewing your games in a computer database, right?


"Help your pieces so they can help you." (Paul Morphy)
"When you don't know what to play, wait for an idea to come into your opponent's mind. You may be sure that idea will be wrong." (Siegbert Tarrasch)
"I know people who have all the will in the world, but still can't play good Chess." (Bobby Fischer)