[01/01/18 19:47]
Randy MacKenzie, NM
Community Chess Club
"A player surprised is half beaten." (Proverb)

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

"A Chess game is a dialogue, a conversation between a player and his opponent. Each move by the opponent may contain threats or be a blunder, but a player cannot defend against threats or take advantage of blunders if he does not first ask himself: What is my opponent planning after each move?" (Bruce A. Moon)

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?

"Many have become Chess Masters, no one has become the Master of Chess." (Siegbert Tarrasch)
"Of all my Russian books, the defense contains and diffuses the greatest 'warmth' which may seem odd seeing how supremely abstract Chess is supposed to be." (Vladimir Nabokov)
"Pawns: they are the soul of this game, they alone form the attack and defense." (Philidor)