This chess page has been up since 1997!
(A tribute to my what has become my favorite chess GUI)
Ed's "Chess Art"
|Probably the best of the "personal homepage"
style chess sites on the web, this one has actual content; tidbits,
opinions, essays, problems, etc. Especially useful for those new to
online chess, Ed has a section comparing the various chess servers, and
a page devoted to the WinBoard interface.
description of this
stumbled onto your outstanding chess page while doing a net search for
chess-related topics. Your page combines lots of useful info with your
sparkling wit. I've owned my PC since last April and have never enjoyed
a page as much as I did yours. And thanks for the link to FICS.
Somebody at work said that they played chess at Yahoo! and I wondered
how good their site could be. Having
read your critique, my suspicions were confirmed.
seen a lot of great websites out there, but yours is the first one that
has moved me to write this kind of message of appreciation. I think
it's tremendously well done and obviously a labor of love.
I'm fond of chess -- started playing at around 10 but never very seriously. I'm now 76 and think that I played better when I was 10, but that's besides the point. Your site has encouraged me to get back to devoting a little time to the game.
The above comments come from Robert Safier. Whoa! Thanks for the kind words!
position from one of my over-the-board
years ago, when I lived in
|This chess page
of mine was the
Link of the Month
in December 2000 from the
|Whoo hoo hoo! Another
Link of the Month
award! This one is from
for the month of May 2002!
Labor Day Weekend
|Interested in knowing how badly you're lagging on
Although FICS currently does not have its own "ping" command,
if you're running Windows 95 (and probably 98) you can still ping yourself very easily, without downloading anything at all.
eight different FICS login screens
I designed. There is nothing wrong with the one FICS is currently using, but I felt it would be a refreshing change to see something new when we log on. I'd like to see one of these implemented, but I had fun designing them even if the powers that be choose not to do so.
The worst and most often heard chess joke / pun... usually heard at Christmas:
of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel and were
standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories.
The hotel manager immediately came over and asked
them to disperse. "But why?" they asked.
"Because," he said, "I can't stand chess nuts boasting in an open foyer."
|Can you solve this logic problem?
A game started with 1.f3
How did the game go?
not all that hard to figure out.
|From the starting position, how many moves do you
think it would take you to achieve a position where both sides have 9
Queens? Try it yourself and then see what is believed to be
the ultimate solution.
|Here's a logic problem with a chess theme!
of my favorite chess compositions!
|Chess on Jeopardy!
The TV game show Jeopardy
recently had "Chess Mania"
as a category!
Check it out!
60 different newspaper comic strips
all with a chess-related theme!
|If you enjoy playing chess at Yahoo!, I hope you're
aware of the advantages the chess servers offer over that site. If not,
check out my
Yahoo! Chess vs. the
Here are a few "Knight Tours!"
|Here's a tribute to my favorite
Internet chess server interface:
article by Brad Stone
on FICS and ICC.
It's a few years old now, but still entertaining and informative.
|Moments to be worried at a chess
Symptoms of Chess Addicts.
|Would you believe I once missed a
mate-in-one in a rated tournament game??
See for yourself!
|The Continuing Chronicles of Grandmaster
and Loudmouth Larry
|The results are all in my my "Vote for your favorite
See which image won and take part in another vote!
|In the October 1997 issue of Chess Life, I was fortunate enough to have one of my letters published in their monthly Letters To The Editor column! I wrote this letter in rebuttal to a few other letters that were published a couple of months prior to that.
|My current record in OTB
rated tournaments is
157 wins, 129 losses, 64 draws.
|The Category 17 (2674) Hoogovens Tournament
in Wijk aan Zee was held from
January 16th, through Jan 31st, 1999.
The event included Kasparov, Anand, Shirov, Svidler, Kramnik, Yermolinsky, Topalov and several other top GM's.
is the final crosstable and games of the first
| Chess Puzzle!
Can you make consecutive moves for White and maneuver the King to the f1 square without ever entering the g2 square? (You can't enter the g2 square... it's guarded by the Black knight!) The three pawns never move and no piece may leave the 3x3 area.
|Here's a very enjoyable article by
GM Yasser Seirawan
Whose Title Is It, Anyway?
which first appeared in the
August 1998 issue of GAMES magazine.
|I enjoy these immensely.
Check out a
Glossary of Chess Terms.
I'm not sure how long it will stay up, but check out this page which gives the results for a recent on-line New Chess Glossary contest. I can hardly believe it but... I won!
|You Make the Chess Call!
See if you would rule correctly on
these official rules of chess!
collection of Chess Books!
do you get when you cross the game
your Internet chess interface is still saving your games in what is
known as the "oldmoves format" you may be interested in a
(Note: most interfaces nowadays are able to save your games straight to a PGN file.)
How to create a
an entertaining article I found titled
My only fault
with this article
|Photos from the 2001 National Open
1999 I completed a 15 round, single round-robin tournament between 16
of my WinBoard-compatible freeware chess engines. The story, results,
and standings, in a text file,
A promotional shot for the 1970s television show Charlie's Angels starring Jaclyn Smith, Kate Jackson, and the late Farrah Fawcett-Majors.
This image can be found all over on eBay... but it was reversed! A black square was in the lower right-hand corner!
(Obviously I could not stand for this so I simply reversed the image with Paint Shop Pro.)
you believe a stalemate can occur in as few as 10
1.e3 a5 2.Qh5 Ra6 3.Qxa5 h5 4.Qxc7 Rah6 5.h4 f6 6.Qxd7+ Kf7 7.Qxb7 Qd3 8.Qxb8 Qh7 9.Qc8 Kg6 10.Qe6
amazing! But I think this 12-move stalemate in which no
pieces are captured is even more
1.d4 e5 2.Qd2 e4 3.a4 a5 4.Qf4 f5 5.h3 Qh4 6.Qh2 Bb4+ 7.Nd2 d6 8.Ra3 Be6 9.Rg3 Bb3 10.c4 c5 11.f3 f4 12.d5 e3
|Remember the Garry Kasparov - Deep Blue rematch that
was held in May of '97?
couple of limericks I
actual games Garry played against Deep Blue, from both matches, can be
above mentioned match,
Here is a
|Here's a humorous WAV file (234 KB in size) in
which Gary Kasparov and Deep Blue compete in... are you ready for
this... a swimming match! I
liked it! The length of the WAV file lasts for about a minute and a
half. The quality originally was terrible -- the volume was much too
low and you could hear a lot of static and hiss in the background. I
took the time to increase the volume and filter out some of the noise.
It's still not great... but it is much better.
The 24 blitz games Garry Kasparov and Vladimir Kramnik played in their match over Thanksgiving weekend in 1998 in Moscow can be found here.
Garry is no longer World Champion! Here are the 15 games from the recent Brain Games World Championship.
file, in PGN
of 731 of Bobby's tournament games.
that this file is more accurate than many other similar files you will
find on the Internet. For one, all PGN tags for his name are identical.
(Some Fischer game files list one game as "R Fischer" and than the next
game as "Robert Fischer" and then another game as "Fischer, R" etc.)
This file also has duplicate games eliminated, something a few other
files I have found do not. Third, when at all possible, all games have
been placed in chronological order.
It's about 486,000 bytes in size, so it will take a few moments to fully load.
|Bobby Fischer (Andrews/Lazy Susan)
Fischer beat Spassky in Iceland in '72.
I wish I
had the smarts to understand her charts.
Bay and Lafayette they all know Bobby Fischer's name.
"I drink chocolate milk, from a cow I built.
all saying that you'll never play again.
hideouts send their secret messages.
no one ever says Reykjavik in a song.
all saying that you'll never play again.
hideouts send their secret messages.
Byrne vs. Robert Fischer
Final round of the 1958-59 United States Championship
Fischer's Ten Best Chess Players
|Here's a scan of the covers of
Life, Sports Illustrated,
Chess Life & Review, and Newsweek
when Fischer appeared on the cover.
of Fischer, we do have one thing in common -- we've both defeated
players who are now Grandmasters!
my friend Brent Bowers, who was sitting to my immediate right, went one
still have a joke about his first game.
a piece of advice:
|Although this chess program will interest almost none
of you, I'm putting a copy of it up here anyway because hey, this is MY
chess program called EdChess.
I recently took a look at it this program again and it brought back a lot of memories. It's a chess program with the simplest of graphics... if you can call them graphics. It uses ASCII characters to display the pieces!
The program was written by David Hendricks and John T. Bell over a period of three years. This is version 2.30 and to my knowledge, was the last version released.
The four files that make up the program are zipped up and are only about 78KB in size.
(Trust me, if you don't wish to download this I won't be disappointed.)
Here are just a few of my favorite chess links:
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