Boardgame Geek II

Chess! The Royal Boardgame! So I play chess, or at least I know the rules. To train my brain – “use it or lose it” – I like to solve some chess puzzles as a daily diet. Preferably at and Chess Problems.
Hans Ree’s Chessblog at the Dutch NRC-Handelsblad website discusses and analyzes chess problems – so you don’t have to think for yourself. Of course there are more Chess links: here are mine at delicious.
Chessvibes is an interesting website with chessnews and Chess Today is an internet chess newspaper. Unfortunately not free, but there is also a website where you can feed your hunger for more chess news than you can ever possibly read on one day. Unfortunately paid for by ads, which make the site ugly.
You can play chess everywhere on the web, e.g. at, but recently I discovered a new online chess game, FlashChess. Also playable on your own computer. If you’re looking for a strong chessprogram, there is an old version of Fritz and other programs on this website. Other free downloads are here and here.
Did I forget a chess website? Of course this is not a complete list, but there are also websites about websites: The Best Online resources to Learn & Play Chess and – in Dutch – the “schaak-startpagina“, a collection of chess-links.

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