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

"In the eighteenth century they announced their first rule: "Sortez les pieces" - "Get the pieces out". "It took a hundred years before a new rule was announced. Anderssen, the winner of the first International Tournament, that of London, 1851, said:

  "Move that one of your pieces, which is in the worst plight, unless you can satisfy yourself that you can derive immediate advantage by an attack"

 "A few decades went by [...] the masters evolved a "public opinion":

— LASKER, Manual of Chess (second book)