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Today is and the sun is shining; somewhere. If the sun isn't shining where you are, then you should be playing chess. This site is filled with everything we could think of which is chess related; chess openings, thought, puzzles, quotations, games, program reviews, facts, sets, endings, players, book reviews and more. If you have any suggestions or comments (constructive or otherwise) please put them in our guestbook. Have fun, always.

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Top Ten Books
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Romanishin French
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Story Game
The Hedgehog
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The Greek Gift
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Not 4. ... Bf5?!
The Grob
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Featured Pages

Instant Opening Repertoire

An easy to learn opening repertoire based on 1. e4 with white and 1. ... e6 with black. Difficult, complex, and highly theoretical lines are shunned in favour of simple but promising alternatives. Alternatively, if you are looking for suggestions for a repertoire based on 1. d4 with white then click here. A couple of slightly quirky alternative defences for black are suggested here.

Chess Questions

Send in your own questions (either by e-mail to chyss[at]yahoo[dot]co[dot]uk or by leaving them on our messageboard) or read the answers to questions sent in by others. Find some interesting suggestions for advocates of the Caro Kann, discover what a zwischenzug is, and learn exactly when en passent is legal!

Chess Software Reviews

Comparative reviews of both commercial and free chess software. Which is better, Fritz or Genius? How do these two famous programs compare with less well known programs like Shredder? Is Chessmaster 'only' any good as a training program or can it compete with Fritz and Genius in terms of raw playing strength? Find out what our reviewer thinks here!

Chess Book Reviews

Reviews of chess books, mostly fairly recent, and mostly of opening books. Is Palliser's 1. d4 repertoire book better than Dunnington's "Attacking with 1. d4". Is Suba's book on the Hedgehog a repertoire book, or is it a collection of helpmate puzzles?! Is Ward's "It's Your Move" likely to help your chess? Find out what our reviewer thinks here!

 
Recent Chess History
 

Elite Tournament Results

If there were a chess 'Grand Slam' it would have been made up of the following 'Super Grandmaster Tournaments': Linares (the Wimbledon of Chess), Dortmund, Wijk Aan Zee, and Melody Amber. Wijk Aan Zee has a noble history, running all the way back to 1938. Dortmund has been running since 1973. Linares ran from 1978 until 2010. Melody Amber ran from 1992 until 2011.
  • July 2013: Adams wins Dortmund with 7/9.
  • January 2013: Carlsen wins Wijk Aan Zee with 10/13.
  • July 2012: Fabiano Caruana wins Dortmund with 6/9.
  • January 2012: Aronian wins Wijk Aan Zee with 9/13.
  • July 2011: Kramnik wins Dortmund with 7/10.
  • March 2011: Aronian wins the last Melody Amber with 15/22
  • January 2011: Nakamura wins Wijk Aan Zee with 9/13.
  • July 2010: Ponomariov wins Dortmund with 6/10.
  • March 2010: Carlsen and Ivanchuk win Melody Amber with 14/22.
  • February 2010: Topalov wins the last Linares with 6/10.
  • January 2010: Carlsen wins Wijk Aan Zee with 8/13.
  • July 2009: Kramnik wins Dortmund with 6/10.
  • March 2009: Aronian wins Melody Amber with 14/22.
  • March 2009: Grischuk wins Linares with 8/14.
  • January 2009: Karjakin wins Wijk Aan Zee with 8/13.
  • July 2008: Leko wins Dortmund with 4/7.
  • March 2008: Aronian wins Melody Amber with 14/22.
  • March 2008: Anand wins Morelia/Linares with 8/14.
  • January 2008: Aronian and Carlsen win Wijk Aan Zee with 8/13.
  • June 2007: Kramnik wins Dortmund with 5/7.
  • March 2007: Kramnik wins Melody Amber with 15/22.
  • March 2007: Anand wins Morelia/Linares with 8/14.
  • January 2007: Aronian, Radjabov, and Topalov tie for first place at Wijk Aan Zee with 8/13.
  • August 2006: Kramnik wins Dortmund with 4/7.
  • March 2006: Morozevich wins Melody Amber with 14/22.
  • March 2006: Aronian wins Linaires with 8/14.
  • January 2006: Anand wins Wijk Aan Zee with 9/13.
  • July 2005: Naiditsch wins Dortmund with 5/9.
  • March 2005: Anand wins Melody Amber with 15/22.
  • March 2005: Kasparov wins Linares with 8/12.
  • January 2005: Leko wins Wijk Aan Zee with 8/13.
  • July 2004: Anand wins Dortmund defeating Kramnik in the final.
  • March 2004: Morozevich wins Melody Amber with 14/22.
  • February 2004: Kramnik wins Linares with 7/12.
  • January 2004: Anand wins Wijk Aan Zee with 8/13.
  • August 2003: Bologan wins Dortmund with 6/10.
  • March 2003: Anand wins Melody Amber with 14/22.
  • March 2003: Leko wins Linares with 7/12.
  • February 2003: Anand wins Wijk Aan Zee with 8/13.
  • July 2002: Leko wins Dortmund defeating Topalov in the final.
  • March 2002: Morozevich wins Melody Amber with 15/22.
  • March 2002: Kasparov wins Linares with 8/12.
  • January 2002: Bareev wins Wijk Aan Zee with 9/13.
Other Chess Happenings
Here we cover significant events such as world championship matches, deaths, and the results of a selection of significant and strong 'non-grand-slam' tournaments.
  • November 2013: Carlsen defeats Anand (6-3) to become the new World Champion.
  • August 2012: Svetozar Gligoric dies at the age of 89.
  • June 2013: Gelfand wins the Mikhail Tal Memorial Tournament in Moscow with 6/9.
  • June 2012: Carlsen wins the Mikhail Tal Memorial Tournament in Moscow with 5/9.
  • May 2012: Anand defeats Gelfand (6-6 : 2-1) to remain World Champion.
  • March 2011: The final Melody Amber 'super-tournament' is played.
  • September 2010: Bent Larsen dies at the age of 75.
  • May 2010: Anand defeats Topalov (6-5) to remain World Champion.
  • March 2010: Vasily Smyslov dies at the age of 89.
  • February 2010: The final Linares 'super-tournament' is played.
  • November 2009: Kramnik wins the Mikhail Tal Memorial Tournament in Moscow with 6/9.
  • May 2009: Shirov wins the last M-Tel Masters tournament in Sofia with 6/10
  • November 2008: Bob Wade dies at the age of 87.
  • November 2008: Ivanchuk wins the Mikhail Tal Memorial Tournament in Moscow with 6/9.
  • October 2008: Anand defeats Kramnik (6-4) to remain world champion.
  • January 2008: Bobby Fischer dies at the age of 64.
  • November 2007: Kramnik wins the Mikhail Tal Memorial Tournament in Moscow with 6/9.
  • September 2007: Anand wins the World Championship tournament in Mexico with 9/14.
  • April 2007: Anand tops the ratings list for the first time.
  • December 2006: David Bronstein dies at the age of 82.
  • December 2006: Kramnik is defeated 4-2 by 'Deep Fritz'.
  • October 2006: Kramnik defeats Topalov (8-7) to remain World Champion.
  • July 2006: Jessie Gilbert dies at the age of 19.
  • May 2006: Kamsky finishes second to Topalov in the Mtel Masters.
  • April 2006: Kasparov disappears from the ratings list.
  • October 2005: Topalov wins in Argentina with 10/14.
  • March 2005: Kasparov retires from professional chess.
  • November 2004: Kamsky returns to chess and plays in the US championship.
  • October 2004: Kramnik draws with Leko (7-7) to remain World Champion.
  • March 2003: Ludek Pachman dies at the age of 78.
  • September 2002: Eduard Gufeld dies at the age of 66.
  • November 2001: Tony Miles dies at the age of 46.
  • August 2001: Viktor Korchnoi wins the category 16 Biel tournament with 6/10 at the age of 70.
  • November 2000: Kramnik defeats Kasparov (8-6) to become the new World Champion.
  • October 1999: Kasparov wins match against the rest of the world.
  • October 1995: Kasparov defeats Anand (10-7) to remain World Champion.
  • October 1993: Kasparov defeats Short (12-7) to remain World Champion.
  • November 1990: Kasparov defeats Karpov (12-11) to remain World Champion.
  • December 1987: Kasparov draws with Karpov (12-12) to remain World Champion.
  • October 1986: Kasparov defeats Karpov (12-11) to remain World Champion.
  • November 1985: Kasparov defeats Karpov (13-11) to become the new World Champion.
(N.B. Some tournaments and matches straddled a couple of months. The dates given are therefore approximate. Where possible, ties have been resolved using tie-breakers.)  
 
 
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