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Links to the best chess on the Web
Chess 24 is one of the best sites for; news, and articles.
It is free to register, you are then able to watch live games with GM
commentary and to play. The premium content is of a very high quality with
many Grandmaster video lecture contributions. Unfortunately the chess
playing side is not so good, the interface is 'clunky' and slow, user
options are limited, and registered users often get paired with guests.
Much more work is needed on the playing interface. Click the link above to check it out
The Week in Chess (TWIC) is one of the pioneers of chess on the
Internet. For over 20 years Mark Crowther has been producing the 'Weekly
Digest' download of the latest tournament games and news from around the
world. It has become the go to place for every Grandmaster to get the latest
games and tournament news. Also there is up to the minute coverage of live
tournaments. Mark needs your support to keep this amazing resource going.
Free Internet Chess Server
The FICS is one of the oldest chess playing servers on the internet
Registration is free and you reserve your handle forever. You will receive a
rating. Moreover you will be able to play in the online tournaments, save
games for later analysis or have your games annotated by the analysisbot.
To get started download one of the graphical interfaces. (I use the
BabasChess one) and get playing straight away. This is a very active site
where all levels of chess are played, something here for everyone.
Playchess.com is part of ChessBase the Chess datbase program which is used by
professional and serious players world wide, it is an excellent program and
well worth the price. Unfrotunatly that cannot be said about the chess
Compared with other playing sites that also offer the option of payed for
premium content the main web interface now seems very dated and unfriendly
to use. There is a 3 click log on process and even more infuriating a 3
click logout process (why is confirm necessary). Multi clicks are also required to find games and
watch content. This is all looking very dated.
Playing here is free and once you get over being transported back to the
1990's via the interface you will find a large membership of mainly european
players. Finding a game and getting paired at your preferred time control is
usually quick, (I play 3.2 on here and usually get paired quickly) The
playing interface is only just adequate and needs a redesign / recoding to
bring it up to date.
I joined as a Premium Member but find the Premium content difficult to
access and poorly listed. When you do get watching the videos many of the
presenters don't seem to know how their software works and stutter along
'winging it'. They are also keep asking 'Is the microphone
working?' Quality control and a more professional edit and production of
content that they are asking people to pay for is desperately needed.
At the Hull Chess Club you will be guaranteed a warm welcome whether you are a budding
Master or just a simple Woodpusher looking to play a few friendly games. You are certain to find new friends at our chess club.
One of the great attractions of the game is that the moves are easy to
learn but can take a lifetime to master. Chess is an international game, no
matter where a person is from or what social status two players can share a
game on equal terms. When you play the outside world drifts away and the
players become immersed in their own imagination. Once someone learns
how to play, a game can be found in any city on any continent.
Each player develops his or her own 'style' and this often reflects in
their personality. Some players like to attack, some defend while others
play a positional game.
An interesting fact is that more books have been written about chess than
any other subject.
The Hull Chess Club meets at the Newland Christian Centre Beverley
Road on Wednesday and Friday evenings . The clubs playing conditions are
excellent. Spread over two floors the club can accommodate
over 40 boards providing a separate room for matches, juniors and casual
5-minute players. Good sized tables and chairs and first-class
lighting is offered. The club provides all the equipment necessary; Boards ,Sets,
Clocks and Score sheets etc.
The club also offers a range of enhanced facilities to members including
free WiFi internet access and a large library of chess books. Tea and
Coffee is available for a small charge to players.
The building is fully equipped to accommodate disabled players, lift to all
floors and toilet facilities.
Car parking is easy and free, check the map for directions.
Members are of all experience and ability levels, ranging from 220 to 65 on the
ECF grading list.
Experienced players will often be happy
to offer advice and assistance to beginners who wishes to improve
their game. Juniors are welcome. The club tries to maintain a junior program where experienced players give training and play games. Friday evening is best.
Parents: Your child is welcome at the Hull Chess Club. The Club
provides a safe, supervised and friendly atmosphere for young people.
Tuition is provided by senior players who are able to explain and
teach all aspects of the game.
Chess is a mental sport. Experts say the game is the
perfect antidote to technology because it teaches children to concentrate
for long periods. Children taught chess show
improved concentration, numeracy, logical thinking, pattern recognition and
problem solving skills. It teaches them to think ahead and that actions have
Chess as an international sport has its own Olympics organised by the international chess federation
necessary equipment is inexpensive, and the skills it helps develop are
invaluable to any child. The world's greatest Grandmasters learned chess in
their childhood. As a chess player, your child will learn to concentrate, and
act less impulsively. As players progress, they must tap into higher level
thinking skills: skills which can translate into superior academic
performance. Many of the countries best players have obtained degrees from
the top university and gone on to have good careers.
championship this year will take the form of a 6 round Swiss Tournament and
all games will be completed in a single session. The tournament will
commence in the first week of October and be completed by the end of May 2016
Competitions and League
The Club provides competitive chess for
members through internal competitions and local league matches all year round.
The local leagues are run by the Hull and
District Chess Association and further information can be found
on their site.
We have competitions and team places available for every playing
ability. The club has a long adopted policy that every member can if they
wish play for a team in the local league. Teams are also entered into the 'four board' summer leagues.
Twice a week on Wednesday and Friday evenings from 7.15
New members welcome on either night.
and juniors are always welcome at the club. We run a programme of coaching and
internal competitions, (many of our juniors have gone on to county and national
level) Juniors are encouraged to take part in internal competitions and
play against adults. The clubs best players are often at hand to give
talks and advice on all aspects of the game
The Yorkshire Chess Association runs a series of team events in four
divisions between clubs. The Woodhouse Cup is one of the oldest leagues in
the world, it began in 1885, two weeks before the Football league.
The Hull Chess Club has won the Woodhouse Cup an unprecedented 14 times in succession
between 1987 and 2000. Matches, both home and away take place on
Saturday afternoons played over eight boards.
Over the winter season Hull Chess Club will take on the best players from
cities such as Bradford, Sheffield, Leeds and York.
We also run Saturday team events in the lower Yorkshire leagues,
team captains are always on the look out for new players.
On normal club nights 5 minute 'blitz' is very popular among players who have no serious games arranged, the club has bought special clocks to play this type of chess.
The atmosphere is friendly and visitors are always welcome, you will meet a variety of people interested in chess. Join us at our next meeting -you'll be glad you did!
Hull Chess Club
This is a new section which I hope to
expand in the coming months. If you have a game you would like to publish
here see me either at the club or Email me your game. I will annotate the
game if you wish.
Paul Allison - Andrew Bettley HCC Handicap Final 2015
John Sugden HCC New Player
S - Janouby A Hull Congress 2013
McShane L - Hawksley J GM Challenge Hull