Website help

We hope this website is as easy to use as possible and causes you no trouble.  Let us know if not.

The main thing to notice is that several of the games and positions are available as Portable Game Notation (PGN) files, which can be downloaded from the PGN block provided on every page and played through offline using a chess database or PGN viewer. In the PGN block there is also a link for you to view the games in a web page, no downloads required.

If you need help with the chess itself, there are pages which explain the rules, how to read and write chess games, chess symbols and some basic advice about the opening, middlegame and endgame. There is also a guide to levels, ratings and grades.

Chess Quotes

"A knowledge of tactics is the foundation of positional play. This is a rule which has stood its test in chess history and one which we cannot impress forcibly enough upon the young chess player. A beginner should avoid Queen's Gambit and French Defence and play open games instead! While he may not win as many games at first, he will in the long run be amply compensated by acquiring a thorough knowledge of the game"