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How do I get better? (Class A/B and Up.)  Publications  E-mail games, Live Net Chess  FTP files Subject: [13.1] I'm a Novice (or Intermediate). How Do I Improve? There are lots of variations to the methods, but the things most good teachers agree on is to emphasize (1) tactics, (2) endings, and (3) playing with a plan. Most people spend too much time studying openings. Just learn enough about openings to get to a playable middlegame. The books listed below should give you a great start on (1), (2), and (3). Of course, playing experience is important. Review your games (with a much stronger player if possible) or your chess computer to find out what you did right and wrong. Seek out games against stronger players, and learn from them. Some books are listed below to help in the quest to improve. You don't need to buy all these--pick and choose as you please. Buy one or two general works, a tactics book or two, and an endgame book. You should also consider reviewing classical games by the masters: Capablanca, Tal, and others. Read over well annotated games. General Books: 1. _Comprehensive Chess Course_ 2nd edition by GM Lev Alburt and Roman Pelts (ISBN 0-9617-207-0-5). (Available as 2 separate vols. from Chess Digest.) Expensive. Chess neophytes (i.e., NOT most rec.games.chess readers) will find volume I useful; otherwise, try volume II. Good teaching material for an intro-to-chess class. (It is now in its 3rd edition.) 2. _Play Winning Chess_. Yasser Seirawan,Jeremy Silman. $9.95 (ISBN 1-55615-271-X) Introduction to chess for the beginner. Interesting and enthusiastic. Fundamentals, themes of tempo, space, etc. 3. _Logical Chess Move by Move_ by Irving Chernev (ISBN 0-671-21135-8). Looks at 30 or so games, and comments on the thought behind *every* move. Bridges the gap between novice and intermediate books. 4. _How to Reassess Your Chess_ by IM Jeremy Silman 3rd Edition. Explains how to formulate a plan. An excellent improvement program for the intermediate player. Good companion to assist in understanding of Nimzovich my system. 5. _The Ideas Behind the Openings_ by Reuben Fine. 0-8129-1756-1. Algebraic edition. McKay Chess Library. $11.95. Not state of the art opening theory, but the ideas are explained move by move. For beginners to C level. 6. _How to Play the Opeining in Chess_ by Raymond Keene and David Levy. Batsford Chess Library 1993. (ISBN0-8050-2937-0). General outline of many openings. Classics 7. _Complete Idiots Guide To Chess. 2nd Edition 2002. Patrick Wolf 8. _The Worlds Greatest Chess Games. Graham Burgess, John Nunn, John Emms More For Stage 2 1. _My System_ by Aron Nimzovich (ISBN 0-679-14025-5). Must read for class C and above. Then reread. 2. Pawn Power in Chess by Hans Kmoch. Hard to find, still in print. Helps one understand some of the concepts of Nimzovich. Not as well known as My System, but, in spite of strange terminology, presents important concepts. 3. _The Game of Chess_ by Siegbert Tarrasch (ISBN 0-486-25447-X). Excellent instruction for intermediates. 4. _Judgment and Planning in Chess by Dr. Max Euwe. (ISBN 0-679-14325-4) McKay Chess Library 5. _Road to Chess Improvement Alex Yermolinsky. Gambit Publications. Getting Even Better: 1. _Chess Under the Microscope Paul Motwani Tactics: 1. Chess Tactics for Students. John Bain. Clear diagrams, large format. Clear and unconfusing presentation of pins, forks, back rank combos, double attacks, discovered checks, skewers, double threats, pawn promotion, perpetual check, removing the guard, zugzwang. For chess players of all ages. Use this book before going on to more difficult ones such as Pandolfini's Chessercises. While the 1900 player will not consider either of these difficult, the 1400 and below player will definitely benefit from this one. More information is at the author's " http://www.peak.org/~bainj/index.html" home page . 2. Winning Chess Tactics. Yasser Seirawan, Jeremy Silman. (ISBN 1-55615-474-7) Tactics and combinations for the beginning student of chess. Includes double attacks, pins, skewer, deflection, decoy. 3. _1001 Winning Chess Sacrifices and Combinations_ by Fred Reinfeld (ISBN 0-87980-111-5). A cheap book of 1001 tactical quizzes, most from actual games. Mix of easy & hard. Great for improving tactical ability. Also 1001 Ways to Checkmate by the same author. 4. _Test your Tactical Ability_ Yakov Neishtadt. Batsford Chess Library 1981 & 1991. $24.95. Includes Decoying, attraction, destroying the gurard, pin, clearing a square, closing a line, blocking, combinations and a tactics exam. Many examples from older games and classics. Full explanations of answers. _Your Move_ is another helpful book by the same author. Endings: 1. _Essential Chess Endings Explained Move by Move_ by IM Jeremy Silman (ISBN 0-87568-172-7). Very clear explanations of basic endings. For novices and intermediates. 2. _Pandolfini's Endgame Course_ by NM Bruce Pandolfini (ISBN 0-671-65688-0). Another good endgame book for novices and intermediates. 3. Chess Endings, Essential Knowledge. Y. Averbakh. Concentrates on basic positions and classical endings. Educational Software: Maurice Ashley Teaches Chess: Simon & Schuster. Windows in many flavors. IM Mauice Ashley's infectious enthusiasm will gently guide your youngster to learn many basic chess concepts. He reviews basic concepts and moves and uses sports analgies to go over a variety of concepts. Video coaching is done by Maurice, who may complement you or let you know you've done something pretty dumb. Exercises help visualization and planning. Chess Mentor by Aficionado, Inc. http://www.chess.com. Expert content developed by chess masters is presented to the user. Together with the release of Chess Mentor 1.1, five new Challenge Modules have also been released. The challenges in these new modules are written by IMs John Grefe, Jeremy Silman, Marc Leski and others. Chess Mentor by Aficionado, Inc. 1-800-465-9301 (toll free in USA) 1-510-644-9301 (international) Chessbase - multitude of software and database information http://wwww.chessbase.com/ Subject: [13.2] New To The Net & Chess. What Do I Do? The first thing to do is to go play some chess! Visit the Internet Chess Club which has information on its home page at http://www.chessclub.com/from/fineygan/. Visit: Java based Instant Chess at: http://www.instantchess.com/ Subject:  Recommended Openings (and Books) for Novices to Intermediates Remember your goal is to reach a playable middlegame. Don't worry about what is popular, or what the Masters play. As GM Lombardy once said, all openings offer good winning chances in amateur play. As you become stronger, you can shop around for an opening yourself. At first you should play many openings. Don't learn them too deep at first. Learn the principles of the opening and the reasons behind the moves. It is important early in your chess undertakings to spend more time on tactics. Or as someone else put it "TACTICS, TACTICS, TACTICS!" But of course opening theory or at least the theory of develpment is important so you can last more than 10 moves in a game. Besides what is recommended here, you may want a general manual to browse in (not study from!). _Modern Chess Openings_ 13th edition (MCO-13) or _Batsford Chess Openings_ edition 2 (BCO-2) are good choices. An even better choice of opening manual for both beginners and intermediates is the prose based "Standard Chess Openings" by ERic Schiller from Cardoza Press. General Opening Books: 1. _The Ideas Behind the Openings_ by Reben Fine. 0-8129-1756-1. Algebraic edition. McKay Chess Library. $11.95. Not state of the art opening theory, but the ideas are explained move by move. For beginners to C level. 2. _How to Play the Opeining in Chess_ by Raymond Keene and David Levy. Batsford Chess Library 1993. (ISBN0-8050-2937-0). General outline of many openings. 3. _Essential Chess Openings_ by Jon Speelman and Raymond Keene. Batsford Chess Library. $16.95. This contains outlines of a large variety of openings with no discussion. The lines are reasonably current (as of publication date in 1992). White Pieces Opening 1.e4 is a really good idea. It will get you into tactics fast. Yes, you may last a few moves longer against a Master by cowering around with 1.Nf3 2.g3 3.Bg2 4.O-O etc., but you won't learn as much or improve as fast. Add a gambit or two to your system if you open 1.e4. Recommended books for White Opening: _Winning with 1.e4_ (ISBN 0-87568-174-5) by GM Andy Soltis. Covers all (reasonable) Black responses with good lines which tend to avoid the well-trodden paths. _Mastering The Spanish with the Read and Play Method. by Daniel King & Pietro Ponzetto. Henry Holt and Company. 1994. ISBN 0-8050-3278-9. An excellent introductory discussion of the Ruy. Introduces themes and strategies and is organized by the type of Center that arises. The best introduction to an opening for a midlevel player I have seen. (that is why I placed this specific opening book here.) Black Pieces As a response to 1.e4, establish pawn control in the center by either 1. ... e5 or 1. ... c5 (Sicilian), or make a "strong-point" at d5 by either 1. ... e6 (French) or 1. ... c6 (Caro-Kann), followed by 2. ... d5. Playing 1. ... e5 will subject you to some hairy attacks, but again, you will learn tactics thereby. To help avoid reams of theory, use the Petroff defense (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6) if you choose 1. ... e5. 1. ... c5 (the Sicilian) has rather a lot of White possibilities to play against, but is sound and aggressive at the same time. Many people know versions of the Sicilian fairly deep and this may cost you many games. The French and the Caro-Kann are a bit easier to play, but don't run into as many early tactics (usually). As a response to 1.d4, play 1. ... d5 and then follow 2.c4 (the most typical 2nd move) with either 2. ... dxc4 (Queen's Gambit Accepted), 2. ... e6 (Queen's Gambit Declined), or 2. ... c6 (Slav Defense). The first promotes early tactics, and the other two have the advantage usually producing similar pawn structures to the French Defense and Caro-Kann, respectively. If you play French and QGD or Caro-Kann and Slav, you are less likely to be confused by transpositions if White varies his move order in the early stages, e.g., by opening 1.Nf3. Recommended books for Black Opening: _A Complete Black Defense to 1.P-K4_ by Cafferty and Hooper. The main line is the Petroff Defense, but the authors also show how to handle the other possibilities, e.g., the King's Gambit. _How to Play the Sicilian Defense Against all White Possibilities_ (ISBN 0-87568-168-9) by GM Andy Soltis and Ken Smith. _A Complete Black Defense to 1.P-Q4_ by Cafferty and Hooper. The main line is the Queen's Gambit Accepted, but the authors also show how to handle the other possibilities, e.g., the Richter-Veresov Attack. The disadvantage is you aren't shown how to handle other closed openings such as 1.Nf3, 1.c4, etc. although these can frequently be transposed into the QGA. _A Complete Black Repertoire_ (ISBN 0-87568-163-8) by IM Jeremy Silman. Based around the French and Queen's Gambit Declined. _A Black Defensive System for the Rest of Your Chess Career_ by GM Andy Soltis. Based around the Caro-Kann and Slav. I'm really good. How do I get better? (Class A/B and Up.) You may not actually need this section because you may have already figured out what to do at your current elevated status of chess playing. In case you are looking, aimlessly for things to do to improve. I will recommend a few good sources of material. At the higher levels, tactical ability is a given. Opening theory will become increasingly important. So will the occasional surprise, something outside of your usual repertoire. It is important to develop a sense of both what positional improvements are possible and what dynamics underly a given position. Methods of choosing and analyzing "candidate moves" is increasingly important - and has at no level really not been important. The use of computer database software to study recent games will be useful. At a high level, you will be able to study the games of your opponent. The assistance of high level chess program to analyze lines that either you or your opponent plays can also be helpful and serve as a double check on your own analysis. You should analyze not only the games you lose, but also those you win. Be sure that you know the errors you made in the games that you have won. When looking at games for ideas, in addition to looking at the Informants and NIC yearbooks you may also consider looking at high level correspondance chess games. These contain themes that have been worked out with considerable time and effort. New ideas and older ones that may have been overlooked may frequently be obtained from the Correspondance Chess. The Correspondence Chess Yearbook, is a periodical that covers many key correspondance games. It is published by the Italian firm s1 Editrice. (See publications for more information). Monographs are also available on a wide variety of openings. These are quite comprehensive. They are available in paper, and disk in the formats acrobat and chessbase. Sample opening monographs include the French Winawer, Caro-Kann advance, Cambridge Springs, Benoni Defence Taimanov Variation (A67) English Opening (A21), Sicilian Defence Najdorf Variation (B99), Semi-Slav Botvinnik Variation (D44) and the The Leningrad Variation in the Dutch (A89). Books useful at a higher level of chess play: Think Like a Grandmaster, GM Kotov. 200 pages. Difficult reading. Concepts easily understandable. But you need a bit of a gift to apply. But then you are "really good" and want to be better. Grandmaster Achievement. GM Polugayevsky. 223 pages. Chess Master...at any Age. NM Wetzell. 300 pages. Easy reading. Wetzell obtained his Master title at age 50. There may be hope! Training For the Tournament Player. IM Dvoretsky and GM Yusupov. Learn how to determine your strengths and weaknesses and improve. Mastering the Endgame, Vol 1. GM Shereshevsky and Slutsky. Endings from the open and semi-open games. Sicilian, Caro-Kann, French, Ruy. Mastering the Endgame, Vol 2. GM Shereshevsky and Slutsky. Endings from the QG and closed openings. English, etc. Batsford Chess Endings, by GM Speelman, Im Tisdall, Im Wade. Single volume endings encyclopedia. You should have your endings under control after this one. Dynamic Chess Strategy. Mihai Suba. Pergamon Chess. 144 pages. Offbeat humerous book describing Suba's philosophy toward strategy. Over 800 games of GM Suba may be found in Chess Assistant's Gigantic 350,000+ database of games. Suba loves the hedgehog. NM Allan Savage recommends this book as a "classic to be". Books for Children Following is a "Scholastic Chess Syllabus" developed by Ken Sloan. It is intended as a shopping list for parents who don't know the literature. There are many other good books - this is simply one collection. Scholastic Chess Syllabus of Ken Sloan (with Ken's comments) Pawn&Queen and In Between, Volume 1, Number 1. Available from USCF. In quantity 10, it comes with a Teacher's Guide. "This is the book that I give to everyone who walks in the door. I consider it an excellent starting point. In spite of the title, there will be no "Number 2". It's a good guide to large-group lecture-style teaching - but I prefer to have "good readers" go through it by themselves (or with their parents) and then use it as the basis for questions." 1) Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess, by Fischer, Margulies,& Mosenfelder ISBN 0-553-25735-8, paperback from Bantam. Kids love this book. No notation. Every page contains a single problem. The answer (and the next problem) is overleaf. After reading the right-hand pages, you turn the book over and go through it again, reading the left-hand (upside-down) pages. Concentrates on MATE! No board required. I give this book as a prize 2) Play Winning Chess, by Seirawan (with Silman) ISBN ?-???-?????-?, paperback by Tempus Books of Microsoft Press. Explanation of basic strategic concepts (space, time, etc.) Combining this book with Winning Chess Tactics (see below) gives a consistent, enjoyable 2-book sequence. Highly recommended. 3) Winning Chess Tactics, by Seirawan and Silman. ISBN 1-55615-474-7, paperback by Tempus Books of Microsoft Press. Explanation of basic tactics, examples, and tests. Biographies of famous "tactical" players, from Anderssen to Kasparov, along with representative games. 4) Let's Play Chess: A Step-By-Step Guide for all First-Time Players, by Pandolfini. ISBN 0-671-61983-7, paperback from Fireside (Simon & Schuster). For the text-oriented kid. Every paragraph has a point, and a number. Can easily be skipped - but has lots of useful ideas, in pithy prose. 5) Square One: A Chess Drill Book for Children and Their Parents, by Pandolfini. ISBN 0-671-65689-9, paperback from Fireside (Simon & Schuster). Workbook format. The paragraphs are still numbered. Lots of diagrams, lots of questions to answer. 6) Chess Openings: Traps and Zaps (202 Openings Designed to Instruct Players of All Levels). ISBN 0-671-65690, paperback from Fireside (Simon & Schuster). One opening (actually, one line) per page - showing an instructive shot, and a bit of analysis of the ideas. Useful as a source of 202 short lessons - but also a good book for a low-beginner to read through in search of opening ideas - there are 202 to choose from! 7) Weapons of Chess: an Omnibus of Chess Strategy, by Pandolfini. ISBN 0-671-65972-3, paperback from Fireside (Simon & Schuster). A collection of short ruminations on every topic you can think of. almost always with a diagram, and a lesson attached. No board necessary, even for low-beginners. An "idea" book. 8) Pandolfini's Endgame Course, by Pandolfini. ISBN 0-671-65688-0, paperback from Fireside (Simon & Schuster). Highly recommended. Short lessons on the endgame, beginning with KQRk and ending (238 endgames later) with KNPkb. KBNk is handled in Endgames 16 through 24, one small step at a time. Beginners will need a board the first time (or two) through the book. When the material is well understood, the player should be able to read through each lesson without benefit of a board. 9) Chessercizes: New Winning Techniques for Players of All Levels, by Pandolfini. ISBN 0-671-70184-3, paperback from Fireside (Simon & Schuster) . Not exactly "problems"; not exactly "lessons". Written in the modern Pandolfini style - one idea/example per page. Easy to take in short segments, or as fodder for lessons. 10) Chess for Tigers, 2nd edition, by Simon Webb. ISBN 0-08-037788-2, paperback from Permagon Press General advice on varied topics, with a lesson woven into every chapter. Finally, Ken Sloan's recommendations on opening books. Students who learn from Pandolfini will "naturally" play double K-pawn openings. I see no reason to interfere with this for quite some time. Eventually, they want somethings more meaty. My approach is to first introduce the Evans Gambit - and then the Ruy Lopez. 11) Evans Gambit And A System Vs. Two Knights Defense, by Tim Harding. ISBN 0-87568-194-8, paperback from Chess Digest. An excellent presentation of opening ideas which will appeal to the young player. Beginners need to be cautioned to simply follow the "bold type" - on later passes they can come back for another level of detail, and then another, etc. Emphasis on complete games. 12) How to Play the Ruy Lopez, by Shaun Taulbut. ISBN 07134 4873 3, paperback from Batsford. Good presentation of essential opening material. Can be read at several levels - starting with simply the text introductions to each chapter and "just the bold type" for the main line. Details can be picked up in later passes through the book, and in analysis of games actually played. This book can be used for ideas on how to meet the Ruy Lopez *as Black*, while still aiming for the Evans Gambit with White. By now - we're probably well out of the "kids books" area. I believe that any 6th grader (and most 4th graders) can read all of the above books. I suspect that these books will take any beginner to at least USCF 1400. By that time, the student will be ready for the "adult" literature, and the choice of books becomes much more personalized, depending on choice of openings, style, etc. Other books/software useful for children include: 1) Chess Tactics For Students, by John A. Bain, ISBN 0-9639614-0-3,available from John Bain, P.O. Box 398, Philomath, OR 97370 or firstname.lastname@example.org. $14.95 Students or Teachers Edition. 20% discount with orders of 10 or more student editions Free Teachers edition with order of 15. Introduction to tactics. Clear, large format book with excellent typeface. Step by step explanation of problem solving. "fill in the blank" response area in text. Start with problem, use hints if necessary, then check answers. Good for young and beginning players who need practise in tactics. Excellent for group or individual use. Important and often neglected area of study between learning the moves and learning the openings. I (SP) recommend this book highly before attempting Pandolfini's Chessercises, which is a bit difficult for beginners and lower level players. More information is at the author's "http://www.peak.org/~bainj/index.html" home page . 2) Bobby Fisher Teaches Chess (CDROM) Bookup. $49. Software version of book mentioned above, plus an excellent chess engine. 3) Josh Waitzkin's Attacking Chess. Josh Waitzkin(IM). Fireside Chess Library,1995. $12.00. Entertaining, well written approach to tactics, from Josh's games. 4) The Chess Doctor. Bruce Pandolfini. Fireside Chess Library, 1995. Chess prescriptions for what ails your game. Maurice Ashley Teaches Chess: Simon & Schuster. Windows 95 & Windows 3.1. Requires 486 33 MgHz or faster. 8 MG RAM. 8 bit or greater sound card. IM Mauice Ashley's infectious enthusiasm will gently guide your youngster to learn many basic chess concepts. He reviews basic concepts and moves and uses sports analgies to go over a variety of concepts. Video coaching is done by Maurice, who may complement you or let you know you've done something pretty dumb. Exercises help visualization and planning. Subject:  Publications _Ajedrez Universal_, Luis Hoyos-Millan, P.O. Box 10020, Staten Island, NY 10301. _APCT News Bulletin_, c/o Helen Warren, P.O. Box 70, Western Springs, IL 60558. Correspondence chess. _BDG World_, 303 Cleveland St., P.O. Box 66, Headland, AL 36345. _Blitz Chess_, WBCA, 8 Parnassus Rd., Berkeley, CA, 94708. Edited by GM Walter Browne, who also founded the World Blitz Chess Association. The WBCA runs "blitz" (5 minutes/game) tournaments and has a separate rating system. _Caissa's Chess News_, P.O. 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Books, sets, clocks. Possibly the cheapest source for _Informants_. Catalog available. Metro Game Center (Jeff Prentiss), 4744 Chicago Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55407. 612-874-9555. National Chess and Games, P.O. Box 17278, Anaheim, CA 92817. 714-282-8483. PBM International Corp. Inc., 11 Church Street, Montclair, NJ 07042. 800-726-4685; fax 201-783-0580. Computers, software, and clocks. Catalog available. Jon C. Rather, P.O. Box 273, Kensington, MD 20895. 301-942-0515. Used chess books. Sound Chess, Inc., P.O. Box 7504, Boulder, CO 80306. Audio tapes (cassettes), video tapes (VHS), books and software. Send $1 for catalog. Fred Wilson, 80 E 11th St, Suite 334, New York, NY 10003. 212-533-6381. Specializes in out-of-print and rare chess books; also fine chess sets. USCF - books, boards, sets, clocks, computers, software (see ). World Wide Web Chess Superstore. 3125 Bridge Ave., Suite B, Pt. Pleasant, NJ 08742 USA 1-800-425-3555. E-Mail: email@example.com http://www.smartchess.com/ Publisher and retailer of chess books, chess videos, chess software and chess equipment. Illustrated on-line catalog with secure server on-line shopping. Free monthly on-line publication "SmartChess Online" with many GM contributors and columnists. Subject:  E-Mail Games, ICS, Mailing Lists, Gopher, Usenet reader The Internet Chess Server (ICS) was originally developed by Michael Moore (firstname.lastname@example.org). This is the origin of the joy of internet chess. The ICS allows interactive chess games for those with Internet telnet capability. Use telnet (e.g., "telnet chessclub.com 5000") to connect. URL's (Uniform Resource Locators do not seem to always connect well with alternate port numbers, so you may need to log on by manually configuring your telnet client for port 5000 The four major ones as described below are ICC (The Internet Chess Club at telnet chessclub.com 5000), FICS (Free Internet Chess Server at telnet ics.onenet.net 5000), Kasparov.com (available via web interface) and Chess.Net accessible via their software from - Chess.Net Live Chess ). After logging on type "help interfaces" to see what software would be most appropriate for your system. In March of 1995, the old ICS has become the Internet Chess Club (ICC). The ICC now charges $49.95 per year for registration. Students are half price. Full details are available online and at their website: http://www.chessclub.com/from/fineygan. Questions can be answered via email at: email@example.com. To play on the ICC, all you need to do is get free graphical software at http://www.chessclub.com" with a link. Press escape after logging on using Blitzen to play for free as a guest without registering. ICC Facts * There are over 10,000 members on ICC, from all over the world. * A database of 90,000 plus games is available for searching * There are often hundreds of people logged in. * Players range in skill from Grandmaster down to beginner, so you can always find someone at your level. Some GMs who have played at the ICC include: Adams GM Michael Adams, England. Leon - A. Shirov A-Morozevich GM Alexander Morozevich, Russia. A-Baburin GM Alexander Baburin, Ireland. A-Khalifman GM Alexander Khalifman, Russia. Dlugy GM Maxim Dlugy, USA Doccy GM John Nunn EasyToGuess GM Joel Lautier, France. E-Bareev GM Evgeny Bareev, Russia. FlyingPiket GM Jeroen Piket, Netherlands. junior GM Ilya Gurevich, USA Tioro GM Tal Shaked, USA. velimirovich New GM Teimour Radjabov from Azerbaijan,Baku, Fide Rating 2567 (1 October 2001), 14 years old when obtained GM, (born in 1987) * This is "live" chess, not e-mail chess! It only takes a second or two to transmit your move to your opponent (unless there is bad lag on the internet). * It's a fun, club-like atmosphere, with people talking about chess, kibitzing during games, shouting greetings to each other, discussing sports, arguing politics, fees etc. You can: * play chess 24 hours a day. * play games using any time control you and your opponent agree to, ranging from one minute for the whole game to 5 hours. * get ratings for blitz, slow chess, and "wild/randomized games. Each game is rated right after it is played. You can play unrated also. * watch Grandmasters and International Masters playing blitz. * play over and study the past 20 games of any ICS player. * obtain "graphical interfaces", that allow you to make moves with a mouse on a board on your screen. These are available for PCs, Mac, and Unix machines. do "help interface". * talk to people from all over the world, with the many commands for communicating: tell, shout, kibitz, whisper. * search a 7000+ game database of GM, IM and Master games. For more information, just login into ICC, and look around. "help" and "info" give you a list of all the files of information that you can read. You can also talk to an administrator if you have any questions or problems. Administrators can be found by typing "who" and looking for a "*" by their name. All may log on and play chess, but if you wish to have your games recorded and develop a rating, register on There are several IC Servers running: FICS (Free Internet Chess Server) - A new location for FICS appeared at ics.onenet.net 5000 in March of 1995. This was begun in response to the new system of charges at ICC (formerly ICS). The free spirit of the internet lives on here. Contribute in a positive way to that spirit by volunteering to help with code enhancements or in whatever way you can. New features include simultaneous game feature, a new rating system, and has even stimulated the development of more than one FAQ dedicated to a discussion of FICS vs. ICC. Events similar to those seen on ICC will also be seen here. I suggest visiting both the ICC and FICS to get a feel for the atmosphere, chess played and guests and then deciding whether you want to hang out on one server or the other or visit both. Help files here may also be mailed to your e-mail address once you are registered. If you would like to contribute time and effort to the free server contact an administrator once registered. Much of the description above for ICC also holds true for FICS. At FICS you may: You can: * play chess 24 hours a day. * play games using any time control you and your opponent agree to, ranging from one minute for the whole game to 5 hours. * get ratings for blitz, slow chess, and "wild/randomized games. Each game is rated right after it is played. You can play unrated also. Chess servers using a version of FICS -------------- Main sites maintained by group of admins: AICS/FICS: fics.onenet.net 5000 (22.214.171.124 5000) Main US server EICS: eics.daimi.aau.dk 5000 (126.96.36.199 5000) Main EURO server Other national sites: BICS: crocus.warwick.ac.uk 5000 (188.8.131.52 5000) British CrICS: fly.cc.fer.hr 7890 (184.108.40.206 7890) Croatian DICS: dics.dds.nl 5000 (220.127.116.11 5000) Dutch FrICS: chess.eerie.fr 5000 (18.104.22.168 5000) France GICS: chess.unix-ag.uni-kl.de 5000 (22.214.171.124 5000) Germany MaxICS: callisto.si.usherb.ca 5000 Canada MICS: wisdom.weizmann.ac.il 5000 (126.96.36.199 5000) Mid-east server UCHICS: cipres.cec.uchile.cl 5000 (188.8.131.52 5000) Chile ZICS: ics.interdomain.net.au 5000 (184.108.40.206 5000) Australia mezquite.iico.uaslp.mx 5000 (220.127.116.11 5000) Mexico fics.infcom.it 5000 Italy cygnus.csa.iisc.ernet.in 5000 (18.104.22.168 5000) India Alternative sites: gsi.gsini.net 5000 (22.214.171.124 5000) Rockaway, NJ, US rogue.coe.ohio-state.edu 5000 (126.96.36.199 5000) Columbus, OH, US tom.cjkware.com port 23 Graphical Interfaces for ICS There are several graphical interfaces available for the ICS. All are available via anonymous ftp from the chess UPitt ftp site, in the directory pub/chess. See "help addresses" and "help ftp" on ICS for the location of the ftp site and instructions on how to use it. An oldtime favorite of mine is SLICS found at: http://www.dfong.com/chessbd/index.html others may be found at UPitt via search. Chess client may be found at: http://www.geocities.com/TimesSquare/Alley/7007/ WinBoard/XBoard is very useful and popular. It may be found at: at http://www.tim-mann.org/chess.html . More information on winboard and winboard resources is in part 3 of this FAQ. NAME Operating System Author -------------------------------------------------------------------- GIICS DOS with modem LLama NGIICS DOS with TCP/IP LLama ZIICS DOS with modem Zek JIICS DOS with modem (requires VGA/mouse) Peluri Monarc DOS with modem Kevster Raja Elephant MS Windows and modem (also known as "WICS") fischer Gilchess MS Windows and modem Azorduldu SLICS MS Windows 3.1 - TCP/IP dfong PMICS OS/2 PM and modem (get pmics091.exe, in pub/chess/DOS/OLD-STUFF) woof XBoard Unix with X windows and TCP/IP (or modem) mann WinBoard WinNT and Win95 mann XICS Unix with X windows and TCP/IP observer cics Unix with ordinary terminal (e.g. vt100) observer NeXTICS NeXT with modem or TCP/IP red MacICS Mac douglas MacICS-TCP Mac with TCP/IP eew E-ICS Mac douglas Aics Amiga fischer Programmers: Please do "help programmers" for suggestions about how to parse the output from this server. Email/Correspondence Chess ICCF http://www.iccf.com/ The International Correspondence Chess Federation (ICCF), defines Correspondence chess as: "Correspondence chess is defined as a game of chess in which the players do not sit opposite each other at the chess board to make their moves. Correspondence chess normally is any game of chess in which the moves are mutually delivered by post or, in a wider sense, where the moves are made by any other form of transmission." The International Correspondence Chess Federation (ICCF) is the CC equivalent of FIDE, acting as the world governing body for the correspondence game. It is a democratic organisation open to the participation of all players through their national CC organisations. IECG ( http://www.iccf.com/ ) The International Email Chess Club [IECC] http://www.iecg.org/ is a very popular and informal Internet group. The IECC defines itself as a small intimate chess club and was founded by Lisa Powell. The IECC is free and has a variety of special events including thematic tournaments, swiss tournaments, round robin, two match pairings, etc. CC (Correspondence Chess) Acronyms ICCF: International Correspondence Chess Federation. Officially governs all CC. IECC: Internet Email Chess Club. Independent; runs free e-mail events. IECG: International E-Mail Chess Group. Now staging a revival; runs free e-mail events. IFSB: Internationaler Fernschach Bund. Pre-war forerunner of ICCF. ICCA: Irish Correspondence Chess Association. (An earlier body called ICCA was reconstituted as ICCF in 1949). Top 10 ICCF Players (October 2001) Berliner, Dr Hans USA GM 2763 41 Timmerman, Gert Jan NLD GM 2734 145 Andersson, Ulf SVE GM 2731` 29 Oosterom, Joop J. van NLD GM 2714 147 Rause, Olita LAT GM 2708 165 Tarnowiecki, Harald OST GM 2692 136 Elwert, Hans-Marcus GER GM 2687 203 Neumann, Joachim GER GM 2685 45 Webb, Simon ENG GM 2665 142 Anton, Volker-Michael GER GM 2664 225 The current top 200 may be found at: http://www.iccf.com/ratings_titles/ratings_top200.shtml The rec.games.chess.misc and other groups may be viewed at: rec.games.chess.misc">http://groups.google.com/groups?hl=en&group=rec.games.chess.misc  Material Available via Anonymous FTP FTP is a way of copying files between networked computers. Information on it is available via anonymous FTP from "ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/news.answers/finding-sources" rtfm.mit.edu in the file /pub/usenet/news.answers/finding-sources. If you do not know how to use anonymous FTP or do not have access to it, you can retrieve the file by sending an e-mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org with "send usenet/news.answers/finding-sources" as the body of the message. (Send a message containing "help" for general information on the server.) Or, see the posting titled "How to find sources (READ THIS BEFORE POSTING)" in the news groups comp.sources.wanted or news.answers. Information on what the various compression extensions mean (like ".Z") and what utilities are available to deal with them can be found in the comp.compression FAQ list (see the posting in comp.compression or news.answers titled "comp.compression Frequently Asked Questions," or from "ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/pub/usenet/news.answers/" rtfm.mit.edu in the file /pub/usenet/news.answers/compression-faq. Miscellaneous. A general repository for chess-related material is somewhat associated with the Internet Chess Server (ICS). Currently, the 'ICS FTP host' is "ftp://ics.onenet.net/pub/" ics.onenet.net or via the web: "http://caissa.onenet.net/chess/" Caissa.onenet.net Material is in the pub/chess directory. New material may be placed in pub/chess/uploads. Many freeware chess programs for different platforms, including graphical ICS (see ) clients, are available (e.g., for MS-DOS, MacOS, AmigaOS, NeXT, and UNIX vt100 or X Windows interfaces). Scores of various matches and other groups of games as well. An outline of some of the available directories on ICS follows: pub/chess: general chess directory pub/chess/PGN: Portable Game Notation directory pub/chess/PGN/Standard: ASCII version of the PGN Standard pub/chess/PGN/Standard.TOC: Table of Contents for above pub/chess/PGN/Events: directory of directories of events by year pub/chess/PGN/Players: directory with many PGN games by player pub/chess/Tests: directory with many chess program test positions pub/chess/Tests/Manifest: description of EPD test files pub/chess/TB: endgame tablebases pub/chess/TB/README-TB: tablebase decyphering documentation pub/chess/TB/tbt.c: ANSI C tablebase test harness pub/chess/PGN/Tools: PGN tools and utilities directory pub/chess/Unix/SAN.tar.gz: Standard Algebraic Notation source kit Chaos. A chess tournament pairing program (Swiss pairing as well as Round Robin), GNU General Public License, runs on the Commodore-Amiga, available from AmiNet mirrors (e.g., wuarchive.wustl.edu), under /pub/aminet/game/think. GNU chess. Gnuchess is a freely available chess-playing software program. Gnuchess 4.0 can be FTP'ed from: * "ftp://prep.ai.mit.edu" prep.ai.mit.edu * "ftp://export.lcs.mit.edu" export.lcs.mit.edu * and probably other sites It can be compiled for X Windows (with XBoard, below), SunView, curses, IBM PC character set, or ASCII interfaces. Included in the package are the utilities gnuan (analysis program), game (PostScript printout), postprint (prints hashfile), checkgame (checks a game listing for illegal moves), and checkbook (checks the opening book for illegal moves). It has been posted to gnu.chess. LaTex chess macros. Piet Tutelaers' (email@example.com) chess LaTex package (version 1.2) may be FTP'ed from sol.cs.ruu.nl (188.8.131.52); please restrict access to weekends or evenings. A server can answer e-mail requests (put "send HELP" as the message to ("mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org"email@example.com ). Get TEX/chess12.*. See . Notation. Notation is a chess game score preprocessor written by Henry Thomas("mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org"email@example.com ). It reads chess games, either in full algebraic or shortened notation (i.e., Nf1-g3 or f1g3 or Ng3) and is able to output the games and/or the board at any move, in ASCII, PostScript, TeX, or nroff. It also can generate output for the gnuan and XBoard programs. It is multi-lingual for piece identification; understanding French, English, German, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Polish, etc. The program also handles variations and symbolized comments. It works fine on UNIX (Sun SPARCstation and Sun-3). It uses standard C, and function declarations are done in both K&R-C and ANSI-C. It won't be difficult to compile for MS-DOS with MSC. Sources have been posted to comp.sources.misc. You can also get them from Mr. Thomas by e-mail. They may be FTP'ed from ("ftp://wuarchive.wustl.edu/usenet/comp.sources.misc/volume28/notation/ .Z " wuarchive.wustl.edu ) (European users use garbo.uwasa.fi). Chess notation tool kit. The Standard Algebraic Notation (SAN) Kit chess programming C source tool kit is designed to help chess software efforts by providing common routines for move notation I/O, move generation, move execution, and various useful position manipulation services. There are substantial additions to the previous version which include a standard position notation scheme along with some benchmarking tests. A main program is included which gives sample calls for the various routines. Simple I/O functions are also provided. A clever programmer needs only to add a search and an evaluation function to produce a working chessplaying program. A programmer who already has the source to a chessplaying program may improve it further by including tool kit routines as needed for standardization. The author of this package is Steven J. Edwards ("mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org"email@example.com ). The SAN Kit may be retrieved from the "ftp://ics.onenet.net/pub/chess/Unix/" ICS FTP host . XBoard. XBoard is an X11/R4-based user interface for GNU Chess or ICS. As an interface to GNU Chess, XBoard lets you play a game against the machine, set up arbitrary positions, force variations, or watch a game between two machines. As an interface to the ICS, XBoard lets you play against other ICS users or observe games they are playing. You can also use XBoard as a chessboard to review or analyze games. It will read a game file or allow you to play through a variation manually. This is useful for keeping track of email postal games, browsing games off the net, or reviewing GNU Chess and ICS games you have saved. Beginning with version 2.0, Tim Mann <firstname.lastname@example.org has taken over development of XBoard. The program can be FTP'ed from the 'ICS FTP host.' -------------------------------- The FAQ is compiled and posted by Stephen Pribut at email@example.com . Copyright (c), 1997-2003 Stephen M. Pribut. Permission to copy all or part of this work is granted for individual use, and for copies within a scholastic or academic setting. Copies may not be made or distributed for resale. The no warranty, and copyright notice must be retained verbatim and be displayed conspicuously. You need written authorization before you can include this FAQ in a book and/or a CDROM archive, and/or make a translation, and/or publish/mirror on a website (scholastic and academic use excepted). 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