Previous "Links of the Month"
from Nørresundby Chess Club
Chess by Robert Byrne - Byrne's weekly column in The New York Times along with past articles from the archives.
Chess Problems Online with hundreds of game-like chess problems - actually many positions are from real games. Everything is very well organised, and there are different types of problems: Best move, Best endgame move and Mate in 1, 2, 3...10. A good site if you want to sharpen your tactical skill.
The Swedish Championship. The games were broadcasted live with Palview/Palive on http://www.schackbutiken.com/sm/.
Chessville. It is a bit of a gamble to recommend a brand new site, but Chessville looks ambitious and promising and deserves a good start.
Paul Morphy, a site dedicated to the famous American player. There's an extensive Morphy biography and smaller ones of his opponents. You can also view and download games.
Seagaard ChessReviews. Independant reviews of chess books and chess software - read before you buy! The site is designed by a professional and is easy to navigate.
Top*Chess. An Austrian site that has a very interesting and impressive collection of scanned postcards with chess motifs.
http://www.pgn.freeservers.com/. The link was originally to Paul Onstad's chess page, U4Chess, with some excellent PGN utilities. Sadly Paul died in July 2002 and U4Chess has now disappeared. Fortunately Michael Sharpe has collected all the utilities on his page http://www.pgn.freeservers.com/.
Schach-Datenbank, a site with the ambitious goal to record no less than all important tournaments and matches from 1831 onwards. The page hasn't ventured into the 20'th century yet, but you'll find a quite impressive collection of older games with tournament/match information and crosstables.
A tribute to Mark Crowther's site, "The Week in Chess". Few sites can claim to have served the chess community for as much as seven years. Congratulations!
GertJan's Kijk. An excellent collection of chess drawings.
PawnPusher. There's more to chess than boredom and sportsmanship. PawnPusher is living proof with topics like "Scumbag Tricks", "Amazing & Untrue Chess Facts", "The Grob, The Bad and The Ugly" - a tutorial in unsound openings - and much more.
ChessDryad.Com, California Chess History. A nice site with newer articles and stuff from the archives. There are games for download and a growing educational/entertainment section with games that can be viewed online. A very "clean looking" site with content - and easy to navigate.
The Swedish Championship 2001. The pages are in Swedish, but some are translated to English. This was the first time Palview was used for showing chess games online.
Home Page of Pal Dozsa. Do you miss a dimension in your play? If so there's inspiration on Pal Dozsa's home page. As guinea-pig for the Hungarian military he once got an implant, and even today - where he lives in Australia - the occult scientists in Budapest can control his chess skill via sattelite and elektromagnetic waves. I wonder if this is in strict compliance with FIDE's rules of chess, but on the other hand any arbiter will have a hard time proving that the cybernetic computer in Budapest actually helps the subject by putting him into a hypnotic trance...
Our link in May is to Pakistan Chess Player. Chess is far from being the national sport in Pakistan, and the guys behind this site are really working at the chess frontier. In a short time they have built an impressive site covering both regional and international events, with articles, discussion board and much more. Commendable!
Schachgemeinschaft Rochade Kuppenheim, a really excellent German club site. Most of it is in German, but there are some pages in English too, like for instance John Henderson's almost daily column from "The Scotsman".
No link, sorry.
Our link in February is to FIDE, the website of the International Chess Federation. Lots of interesting information here. For instance:
Gone are the happy days when you could enhance your tactical skills with steroids and vodka in the coffee. FIDE's Handbook chapter 18 finally puts an end to chessplayers' use of dope and drugs. The chapter doesn't cover trivial details, like who's to be tested and who's to pay the lab bill, but nervous chess players are frequent leakers anyway, and whether your contribution goes into the sewer or a bottle provided by the arbiter can't be a major issue.
Gone are also the days when you needed a shave after the first time control. Press Release from Tehran 26. Dec. 2000 describes the new time control in all FIDE events. With a 5 days notice a resolute Presidential Board changed the slow and dull game, that some freaks called "serious chess", to a speedy and media-friendly event. By cunningly making Fischer time the rule (you get an increment of 30 seconds per move), we'll also get rid of the millions of noisy mechanical clocks that have pestered tournament halls for years. If you're familiar with the stock market it might be worth your while to have a look at manufacturers of certain electronic devices.
The link in January is to The Retrograde Analysis Corner. An exciting page about retrograd analysis with lots of problems. Retrograd analysis is a special genre of problem chess where the legality of the position is a key element. Very often the solution is based upon the logical fact that there's only one legal way to the position in question. For instance this could be to prove that black's last move was f7-f5, if your solution is e5xf6 en passant. A real brain exercise!
Ed's ever-growing Chess Page!. A lively personal homepage. Ed seems addicted to playing chess on the internet and there's a lot of information about chess servers and how to, but there's much more chess stuff of more or less curious nature...
Chess History Center. Interested in chess history? This site is an excellent navigation center with lots of links. Fairly new but promising.
Chess Programming. If you'd like to write your own chess program or if you just want to know more about how chess programs are made (their weak spots!), this is an excellent site. A well structured "handbook" that describes the building blocks and basic design in plain English.
Chess City. Lots and lots of chess stuff.
Colin Rose's Chess On Stamps. An amazing collection, and the site is organized in an exemplary manner.
Barnet Chess Club. An extraordinary club site with lots of stuff.
Yet another news page NetChessNews with daily coverage of chess events, often delicately spiced with editorial humour. The news includes games that can be viewed online with Palview.
Mind Sports Worldwide. This megasite of Mind Sports was launched in August 1999, and the link is to the chess section's news page. The news coverage is excellent (no games however), but you can also play chess online and more. The layout is professional and so is the contents with minds like David Levy, Raymond Keene and Jonathan Tisssdal in control.
The Link Of The Month in April was to The Danish Championship 2000 played in Aalborg, our home town, and won by GM Curt Hansen. However the site has disappeared.
The Link Of The Month in March was to Alex Baburin's Web Site. In June 1999 Baburin's "Coffee Break Chess" was our link of the month, but now he has his own web site and it is well worth a visit. Baburin, a Russian grandmaster, has lived in Ireland since 1993 and is quite active on the web.
The Link Of The Month in February was to Tim Harding's site Chess Mail.
Chess Mail is an excellent printed magazine about correspondence chess, but has a home on the web too. Of course you can read about the magazine, but there's also correspondence chess news, articles, games and much more. With the beginning of the new millenium Harding began redoing the layout and is continuously adding new content. It will be worth your while to monitor this site in the time to come.
The Link Of The Month in January was to The Lion - The Black Weapon, but the link is now dead and a book has been published instead.
If the authors are to be trusted the defence is multi resistent and can be played against almost everything. I must confess that to me it looks more like Philidor's Defence or the Old Indian than a carnivor, and if one must find names from the animal kingdom, "The Rubber Tortoise" would fit better. However I've often played the Philidor and it is certainly a fine weapon if you play against fellow humans and not GMs - if you're an ordinary player you can avoid many theoretical headaches.
The page has a nice layout and that does no harm either!
The Link Of The Month in December was to the Indian site Chathurangam. A fairly new site with lots of stuff from Anand's homeland. Tournament reports, annotated games, portraits, interviews and much more.
The Link Of The Month in November was to Tales Of 1001 Knights by S.F. Strahan. Lots of stuff to read, and many games are presented with a Java viewer. Well worth a visit.
The Link Of The Month in October was to The Checkerweb. GM Niges Davies' Trio Of Chess Sites.
Nigel Davies has done a series of well written articles. Some have advice and examples for the club player, others are essays or thoughts like "Old Masters Never Die, They Just Fade Away. - Thoughts on ageing in chess". Starting in October there'll be a weekly chess column too.
The Link Of The Month in September was to the Vishwanathan Anand Chess Pages by Ram Prasad.
A fan page where you can read (almost) all about Anand. The word "fan page" may sound repulsive to some, but actually it is a nice, informative and sober site with a nice layout.
The Link Of The Month in August was to Chess Archaeology by Nick Pope. Here you find links, photos, drawings, games and last (but not least) some very interesting views into the fieldwork of chess archaeologists. Some of the articles on display are "The Blackburne-Zukertort Match, London 1881. 10 parti" , "Capablanca in Cleveland", "Unknown Games of Mikhail Tal", "History of the Early Irish Championships", "Alexey, Brother of Alekhine" and "The McConnell Family Notebooks, Part I". There is more to chess than ECO codes!
No link - summer holiday!
The Link Of The Month in June was to Coffee Break Chess by GM Alexander Baburin. Coffee Break Chess is Baburin's free newsletter issued 2-4 times a month. Baburin shows a game or theme, and it is pure gold for those who want to improve their chess. You can find the newsletter on other sites as well. This host, Manfred Rosenboom (or 'Maro'), offers you the opportunity to view the games with Chess Tutor Java applet, if you like, and Maro has a lot of other chess stuff besides.
The Link Of The Month in May was to Reality Inspector, a novel by John Caris you can read online. It is a detective story where a chess match and hacking into the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco are vital to the plot and the work of the Reality Inspector.
The Link Of The Month in April was to Tim Krabbé's Chess Curiosities. On the Dutch writer Tim Krabbé's chess site there are lots of stuff to read and games to replay online. As the title suggests there are curiosities (longest, shortest etc.), but there are many other subjects like "A walk with Kasparov", all of Morphy's games and much much more.
The Link Of The Month in March was to Chess Lab. Chess Lab claims that their database contains 2 million games. You can search the base online, play through games and download, if your browser supports Java. 2 million is a large number, and I haven't counted to check, but a quick search revealed several of my own games, so it cannot be all bad!
The Link of the Month in February was to Dr. Tor Rønnow's Chess Player Survey, where you could participate in a survey. The objective of the investigation was to examine whether certain profiles or generalizations can be made about the way we chessplayers think chess, feel chess, prepare for chess etc. Tor has now written a number of articles about the outcome: Torr On Survey.
The Link of the Month in January was to Scott McCloud's online comic My Obsession With Chess, which he claims to be "A surreal (but true!) autobiographical piece about my off-and-on romance with "the most violent game"." And when you've entered Scott's universe don't miss his other (non chess) comics...
The Link of the Month in December was to Claude Kaber's homepage.
Here is info about chess in Luxemburg, but first of all chess training with lots of really good examples.
The Link of the Month in November was to Thilo Gubler's Schach-Bundesliga. A German site that covers the strong Bundesliga with stories, comments, games and more.
The Link of the Month in October was to Mats Winther's The Chessplayer's Style, an article about the different playing styles in chess. Are you positional or calculative, tactical or strategical? One may agree or not with this typology, but it is definitely worth reading.
The Link of the Month in September was to J. Franklin Campbell's correspondence chess site, The Campbell Report. News, games and reviews, but above all articles ranging from the serious to the entertaining like: "How My Wife Almost Wrote a Chess Book". Frequently updated and well worth a visit.
The Link of the Month in August was to Thomas Stock's GambitSite. If you're tired of posi-pushing, this is the site where you can read about gambits that will cause juices to rise in a boxwood bishop. You can download games or participate in email tournaments, where a certain gambit must be played. An El Dorado for romanticists with a love for Muzio, Elephant, Belgrade, Göring, Jänisch etc. - all the knightly openings where pawns are obstacles in your way.
The Link of the Month in July was to the Indian newspaper, The Hindu, with daily chess coverage under Sports. If you want old news there is an archive as well.
The Link of the Month in June was to Lars Balzer's seemingly modest page, Homepage of Lars Balzer. Lars has collected links to pages worldwide where you can download games.
The Link of the Month in May was (for once) to one of the major pages, Chess Life Online.
As a chess surfer you can hardly move without hitting a link to "The Week In Chess", and that page is indeed an excellent source of information, but the news column Chess Life Online is well worth a visit too.
The link in April was to BritBase. John Saunders maintains a page always up to date with results and games from British tournaments. The archive is impressive: games from British tournaments as far back as 1940. The games are in Chessbase format (due to space), but with the utilities on our page Chess Programs & Utilities you can easily convert the games to e.g. PGN or NIC if need be.
The link was to Stefanie Speckert's tournament calendar, but it seems to be gone now.
Villy Fink Isaksen's site, Scotch 4...Dh4, is dedicated to one of opening theory's more obscure variations.
Link of the Month in January was to Arlington Chess Club. An interesting club site with a nice layout.
What has Nimzowitsch, Rubinstein, Keres and Larsen got in common besides being some of the Worlds strongest players ever? The answer is they never played THE match. Phil Hughes and others do a lot of work collecting games with "The Uncrowned Kings". The impressive game collections can be downloaded from Link of the Month in December: Uncrowned Kings.
What's the connection between genealogy, chess and computers? Well, one answer is Louis Kessler's impressive website, our Link of the Month in November.
Kessler was a pioneer in computer chess, and chess/computer chess is a cornerstone in Kessler's Internet home, but there is much more and the site requires more than one visit.
The link in October was to Practical Chess Endgame or Brian's Chess Folly. Every Sunday brings a new endgame position for you (or your computer!) to solve. The solution is shown next Sunday. The positions can be from actual games or composed endgame studies, and they are all relevant to the practical game.
The link in September was to Edinburgh University Chess Club. With lots of chess-stuff this site is more than just the average club-site. Up to date and constantly growing.
In August "Link of the Month" was to the Chessexhibit, "Enchanted Chessmen: A World of Fantasy", at Cleveland Public Library. The Cleveland Public Library's chess collection is by far the world's largest with more than 33.500 volumes (manuscripts, serials etc.), as well as pictures, chess problems, chessmen and more. The chessexhibit is 21 web-pages where some of the many beautiful chessmen are displayed with photos and text. You can read about the collection and search the library's database.
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