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FIDE Online Arena

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FIDE online arena offers a complete chess experience online: challenge games and tournaments, master challenge matches and simuls, free master lessons and lectures, full statistical analysis, broadcasts of major FIDE events, chat, game files, multi-lingual interface and much more - all from the comfort of your home or anywhere elsewhere you happen to be.

 

So now you can enjoy all the features that FIDE online arena has to offer and very soon play in official FIDE events night or day, seven days a week.

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Good old Kirsan launched his very own online gaming site, I had a quick look at it, it uses a java client, the graphics look nice and the obvious trap comes from "premium" features. Check it out to see if you like it. The obvious interest is to get an official rating (which I do not so I passed). They also implemented an anti-cheating system whose effenciency remains to be attested.

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it provides really real time experience to chess players

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Olive

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Olive is a free open source cross-platform graphical front-end for Popeye chess software and more. It is named after fictional character Olive Oyl, a girlfriend of Popeye the Sailor.

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Finally a simple GUI for solving / creating chess problems - especially fairies - that is simple to install and use. The Popeye engine is included in the install.

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How To Win At Chess

British grandmasters Daniel King and Ray Keene go through a special demonstration game from opening gambit to checkmate, revealing the key moves that can lead to victory. They explain the opening, middle and end games, and how to outwit an opponent with techniques such as forks, pins and skewers.

Along the way the colourful and diverse world of British chess playing is celebrated, including speed chess and chess boxing, and useful advice is offered on how not to be humiliated by a child prodigy.

Also taking part are novelist Martin Amis, writer Dominic Lawson, Britain's youngest grandmaster David Howell and under-16 champion Sheila Dines.

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Zillions of Games

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Zillions 2.0 reads all current rules files and has been tested with over 5,000 different game variants in over 1,000 rules files. It has been revised to be fully Windows XP compatible and to support massively complex games. Zillions 2.0 requires DirectX 8 or higher.

 

 

Yannick Kilberger's insight:

The ultimate software for casual players, plays nearly all classic boardgames, especially lots of chess variants (hundreds of them). Among others, it plays Shogi, Xiangqi, Reversi, Hasami Shogi, Checkers, Gomoku, Pente, Dou Shou Qi...

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Chess for Android

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Chess for Android consists of a chess engine and a GUI.

 

- An optional "move coach" highlights valid user moves during input and last played engine move.

- Full game navigation buttons enable users to correct mistakes or analyze games.

- Games import and export as FEN/PGN to and from the clipboard, load and save as file, are set up through a position editor, or import as application/x-chess-pgn MIME type on startup.

 - The engine plays at various levels (including random, against itself in auto-play, or free-play, where the game can be used as a "magnetic chessboard").

- The application supports the Universal Chess Interface (UCI) and Chess Engine Communication Protocol (WinBoard and XBoard), which allows users to play against more powerful third party engines or even play tournaments between engines...

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A simple and efficient application for android.

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Chess Problems Books

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Public domain texts with chess problems
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30 electronic editions of chess problems books. The author seemingly thought his work had been rendered useless by the advent of google books, I wish he would reconsider, his work was by far superior to simple scans.

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British Endgame Study News

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The 480 issues of a defunct magazine dedicated to Endgame Studies. Should keep one occupied during the long winter evenings...

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British Chess Problem Society

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The British Chess Problem Society, founded in 1918, is the world's oldest chess problem society. It exists to promote the knowledge and enjoyment of chess compositions, and membership is open to chess enthusiasts in all countries.

 

The Society produces two bi-monthly magazines, The Problemist and The Problemist Supplement (the latter catering for beginners), which are issued to all members. It organises the annual British Chess Solving Championship (sponsored by Winton Capital Management), and selects the Great Britain squad for the World Chess Solving Championship.

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All those interested in chess problems should join. Note that all the archives of the Problemist Supplement - geared towards chess problems "beginners" - have been made available for free on the site. Members of the society also gain access to the Problemist Archives.

 

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The Art of Mate in Two

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More than 135 000 frequently updated chess problems in two moves for free. What more could one ask for?

 

Available as a PGN file or as a Chessbase one.

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Komodo

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A strong UCI chess engine. Free up to version 3 on many platforms, can also be downloaded ready to play with a Graphical User Interface.

 

Developed by Don Dailey and Larry Kaufman

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ChessCafe is Back!

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One of the most respected freely accessible chess sites on the web, with the finest selection of chess books, sets, and clocks in North America.
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I added a link to this site when I began this scoop.it, then suddenly they went to the dark side and made people pay to access archives which had been free for several years, which made the site far less attractive. They must have antagonized more than a few people - and found it profitable retract their move - since the archives are free access once more!

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St-Louis Chess Club & Scholastic Center (Video Channel)

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A wonderful chess channel on youtube. Very interesting lectures - around 40 minutes long - by top players. A must-watch for every player who want to understand the game better..

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Apwin

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A wonderful GUI for chess problem software, complete with free solving engine popeye (to be downloaded separately) and a 340 000+ problems collection (bottom of the page).

 

That is, if you can survive the installation process. Keep cool and read the whole procedure carefully; if you miss dll files, search and download them from google, they belong in the windows\system32 directory. Don't forget to rename the popeye exe file to PY.exe.

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Power Play Chess

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Grandmaster Daniel King shares his expertise and passion for the game of chess. It's free to subscribe. If you like these short clips, do check out his Power Play DVD series in the ChessBase shop
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A great youtube channel by GM Daniel King of Chessbase fame. Besides showcasing his Dvds, he comments on tournaments, offers puzzles etc.

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Chess Problem Database Server

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PDB is a Windows program which allows to download problems from the Internet Problem DataBase in order to query and study problems without an active Internet connection. You can also enter new problems and upload these problems to the Internet PDB.

 

PDB has been developed by Gerd Wilts and is distributed by Die Schwalbe.

Yannick Kilberger's insight:

A huge source of chess problems. Definitely not for the amateur. The free program is nice but could do with some improvements (like a button to hide solutions).

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Stockfish

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Stockfish is a powerful and open source UCI chess engine by Tord Romstad, Marco Costalba, and Joona Kiiski.
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Maybe the most powerful free chess engine and close to being the most powerful of all. I do not think any non-professional player could need more. I also use "droidfish" on my android tablet.

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EG Magazine

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The complete 152 issues of a defunct magazine devoted to chess endgames. Very intersting reading.

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Scid

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With Scid you can maintain a database of chess games, search games by many criteria, view graphical trends, and produce printable reports on players and openings.

 

You can also analyze games with the Xboard or UCI compatible chess program, and even use Scid to study endings with endgame tablebases.

 

There are many more features as well; the screenshots show just some of what Scid can do. With Scid you can also play against various engines, or on Internet (FICS). Scid also supports XFCC for server based Correspondence Chess at various sites.

 

Most menus and messages in Scid are available in 14 languages

 

Chess training with Scid

If you want to perform tactical training with Scid try the Find best move feature.

Yannick Kilberger's insight:

The best free chess database application, maybe even the best free or not. Lots of features, entirely customizable. A must have for chess players. I also use the android port and it is just as good.

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Chess Hero - A free chess training program

Chess Hero - A free chess training program | Abstract Board Games | Scoop.it

How does it work?

You supply a set of PGN files, the program picks random positions and challenges you to guess the best move computed by a chess engine. On every attempt you are given a penalty (the difference in score between your move and the engine best)

The nice thing about this program is that you will also get very ordinary positions where not much is going on. If you compare your move with the moves of the game or the engine, you will find subtle differences in the evaluation of the moves. In this kind of positions, if you play moves that are 0.2 pawns worse than the best move, you will eventually lose against better players. That is exactly how this program can help you a great deal: it is as if a trainer is continually watching and commenting on you.

You can configure the program to work with multiple chess engines (it supports both the XBoard and UCI engine protocols).

 

Yannick Kilberger's insight:

My favorite chess software. I use the Stockfish UCI engine coupled with Chessbase's Big Database converted to PGN in order to be quizzed on more than 4 million games!

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Arena Chess

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Arena is a free Graphical User Interface (GUI) for chess. Arena assists you in analyzing and playing games as well as in testing chess engines. It runs on Windows XP or higher or on Linux with Wine 1.0 or higher. Arena is compatible to Winboard protocol I, II and UCI protocol I, II. Furthermore, compatible to Chess960, DGT electronic chess board & DGT clock XP, Novag Citrine, Autoplayer, ICS (chess servers) and much more.

 

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A powerful chess interface with many features, entirely customizable. I believe this is the best free chess GUI around. A must have for any chess player.

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