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My Favorite Web Sites - Winchester Star - 10/3/02
 by Martin Zombeck

This is a bi-weekly column providing an annotated list of Web sites that may be of interest to the community. Each column will list sites that belong to a particular category: search engines, art, online newspapers and magazines, health and medicine, history, business and economics, etc. or sites relevant to a particular season, for example, skiing or gardening. Most sites will be non-commercial. To make it easier to access the sites, each bi-weekly column will be posted on the Town of Winchester's Web site so that the sites can be accessed and bookmarked without having to be typed. Previous columns will be archived at the Winchester site, also.

"Of chess it has been said that life is not long enough for it, but that is the fault of life, not chess."
- Irving Chernev

I guess the headline got your attention. Actually this article is not about the "Sopranos" but about the game of chess. How else could I get you to read an article about chess? There is an active chess club in Winchester, the Winchester Chess Club (, which meets every Friday at the Winchester Town Hall (except in the summer). Want to learn how to play chess or want to play better before taking on one of the members? Peruse the Web sites below. You won't be disappointed.

Chess is Fun
Jon Edwards', US Correspondence Chess Champion, introduction to chess - the object of the game, how the pieces move, basic strategy, and steps to victory. A great site for those new to the game.

The sites below with commentary were provided by Nick Troisi of Winchester and are for all ranks of players - novices to masters.

This Week in Chess
The 'Grandaddy' of chess web sites. Still the best site for up-to-date news on the chess world. Weekly download files of games from the world's most important chess events.

Chess Café
Software/Book reviews. Weekly columns by noted chess authors.

Chess Base
The home page of one of the two top Chess database programs. A read-only version of the highly regarded 'Chess Base' database program is available for download. News and commented games from recent events.

Kasparov Chess
Gary's own web site. Articles, annotated games, and an on-line playing area. Unfortunately, progressively more content is being limited to its subscription ('Champions Club') service.

USCF (United States Chess Federation)
Web site of our national chess organization. Has ratings and USCF tournament information. 'Members Only' content includes annotated games.

Great set of chess links. Also has (chess) book reviews.

Smartchess (R & D Chess Superstore)
This 'store front' for R & D Chess Superstore has news and annotated games from current tournaments. Click on 'Smartchess Online' on the main page.

University of Pittsburgh Chess Club
A great selection of games collections in Chessbase, Chess Assistant, and PGN format.

MACA (Massachusetts Chess Association)
Local chess tournaments and clubs. Crosstables of Massachusetts (and New England) tournaments.

Chess Assistant
The home page of one of the two top chess database programs. Has annotated games and articles as well as demos of popular Chess Assistant software..

So You
Great site for novice chess players.

Previous columns with live links can be found at

When he is not updating the Town of Winchester Web site (, Martin Zombeck can be found at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, where he is a physicist, or at the tennis courts in Winchester.