[04/29/17 01:41]
Randy MacKenzie, NM
Community Chess Club
"My opponents make good moves too. Sometimes I don't take these things into consideration." (Bobby Fischer)

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

"Robert Fischer is a law unto himself." (Larry Evans)

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?

"Psychologically, you have to have confidence in yourself and this confidence should be based on fact." (Fischer)
"The mistakes are there, waiting to be made." (Savielly Tartakower)
"Of course, analysis can sometimes give more accurate results than intuition but usually it's just a lot of work. I normally do what my intuition tells me to do. Most of the time spent thinking is just to double-check." (Carlsen)