[01/01/18 19:47]
Randy MacKenzie, NM
Community Chess Club
"You should believe in the magic of chess combinations. Unlike the deeply respected by me Philidor, I think that not pawns but the combination is the soul of chess. If we had no combinations in our game, it would never have crossed one's mind to call chess an art." (Bronstein)

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

"Even the most distinguished players have in their careers experienced severe disappointments due to ignorance of the best lines or suspension of their own common sense." (Petrosian)

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)
"Not only will I predict his triumph over Botvinnik, but I'll go further and say that he'll probably be the greatest Chess player that ever lived." (John Collins)
"No one ever won a game by resigning." (Saviely Tartakower)