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

"She hung up and I set out the chess board. I filled a pipe, paraded the chessmen and inspected them for French shaves and loose buttons, and played a championship tournament game between Gortchakoff and Meninkin, seventy-two moves to a draw, a prize specimen of the irresistible force meeting the immovable object, a battle without armour, a war without blood, and as elaborate a waste of human intelligence as you could find anywhere outside an advertising agency."
— Raymond CHANDLER, The Long Goodbye, Chapter 24, final sentences.