Monday, 29 November 2010

Need help with chess?

Do you need a lot of help with chess? Just make sure that you are playing chess to be assured a great time. This is primarily because it always makes a lot of sense to understand what kind of moves you need to make when you are playing chess. Find out what your different options are. This also makes the process a whole lot easier. Get all the best deals and options so that you can play chess really well. Once you have learnt some of the basic tips and tricks of chess, the process is going to get a lot easier for you.

You will be guaranteed a great time because chess usually requires a lot of dedication and ensures a great time to anyone who is playing chess. There are so many different options available. You don’t always need to play chess on a board but even get to play it online whenever you want. This is extremely advisable so that you can practice quite frequently. Make sure that you play chess quite often because that is likely to provide you with a better idea of how exactly the game is played. You will really enjoy the overall process of playing chess the right way.

There are certain moves which you need to make so that you can play the game a whole lot better. It definitely always makes sense to go in for everything relevant so that you are assured the best experience while playing chess. Keep a lot of important factors in mind while playing the game. It always makes sense to play the game when you know what kind of moves to make. That is vital to the overall process of playing chess. So enjoy the game and be assured a great time while you are playing this interesting board game.

Monday, 20 September 2010

Basics of chess

There are several different ways in which you can approach chess. First of all, you need to be well aware of what the game of chess involves. A lot goes into ensuring that you are playing chess properly. Find out what is required because that is definitely likely to help you in improving chess properly. The pre requisite to ensuring that chess is played well is through setting up the game properly. Once this is entirely done with you will find it a whole lot easier to look at all the other options involved in making the best chess moves.

Start the game of chess with a focus on ensuring that you do not end up spending too much time on some of the simpler moves. You need to avoid this and speculate more over the difficult moves. This is likely to ensure that you are guaranteed some excellent moves on chess. Ensure that you have a proper understanding of what checkmate, stalemate and check is. This is extremely relevant in your understanding of what the game involves. Find out more about different options and you are likely to be ensured the best kind of moves in chess.

Once you learn the basics of chess it is likely to get a lot easier for you to play the game well. This will ensure that you have some excellent options on what is required and needed. Find out a lot of options so make sure that you are ensured excellent chess moves. Get a whole range of options on what is needed. You need to learn some of the best moves to be guaranteed a whole range of excellent chess playing options. You will really enjoy the game of chess. Just play it the right way because you will have a great time.

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Play excellent chess

Do you need options in playing chess really well? There are so many different ways you can be ensured a great time while playing chess. First of all, keep in mind that chess is a game which needs to be played really seriously. You have to ensure that you are focusing on the game because that is extremely important if you are looking to play the game really well. You can practice several times before you actually get down to playing chess. So make sure that you focus on playing the game well. There are plenty of different deals and options which are likely to help.

First of all, find out more about your chess playing options. How frequently can you play chess? This depends entirely on how much time you are willing to dedicate to the process of playing chess. You need to ensure and find out different ways in which the game becomes extremely exciting for you. There are lots of moves which are considered to be illegal. Make sure that you stay away from these moves. If you don’t then you are likely to be disqualified from a professional game. So make sure that you don’t make these mistakes to be assured an excellent game of chess.

More importantly, you need to be well aware of all your options. There are plenty of different moves which you can make. But you need to deliberate very carefully to know what is required when it comes to chess. So get all the best deals which will make the process a whole lot easier. Find out your options to be guaranteed an excellent time while playing chess. Be assured that you will have a great time while playing chess. So find out how to make the process of playing chess really interesting and have a great time.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010


When you play a game of chess, obviously your intention is to win. Indeed, that is the objective of any chess game. This article will tell you how to win a game of chess.

When your king is under attack and is being threatened with capture, it means it is in check – that implies you must protect it from being checkmated. So you must either move your piece, capture the attacking piece (if possible), of block the attack (note that this will not be possible for a knight check). Most people usually prefer to move the king as this is the easiest option and works for most cases. Sometimes capturing the attacking piece may not be possible as the other pieces may not be aligned properly. Blocking the attack also works – you can either move a bishop or a rook, or indeed any other piece, to protect your king.

You can win a game of chess with checkmate – this means that you would be attacking your opponent’s king and creating such a situation where he cannot move or block the attack. You don’t need to actually capture the king, but you must make capture inevitable – that means the game is over. Of course, you may also create a situation where capture is imminent and your opponent player decides to resign rather than wait to be checkmated – that means even in that case you have won.

You should remember that sometimes a game of chess might end without a winner. This means it is a draw. This is through stalemate, or if both players agree to a draw. There is also the threefold repetition (where the same position occurs three times in a row with the same player to move), or the 50-move rule (where no pawn has been moved and no piece has been captured for 50 consecutive moves by either player).

Friday, 13 August 2010

How ChessBaron Came About

A 3 year old video showing how ChessBaron Chess Sets came about

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Chess with dice as pieces

Duell chess is the chess variant played with dice as the piece. Here the number over the dice represents the kingdom. The two different colors separate the army. It uses a board of size 8*9. The aim is to capture the ‘key piece’ which is equivalent to king.

The pieces are arranged in 8 rows of 9 squares in the form of 5 1 2 6 1 6 2 1 5. The center piece 1 denotes the ‘key piece’. The pieces with the face denoting 3 are arranged as soldiers. The pieces are moved in the direction along with turning the face. Hence the number over the face changes in every move. The move is usually with 90 degree. The aim is to capture key piece or occupy key square.

Sunday, 18 July 2010

I only play 6 games of chess per day, will I ever be any good?

Playing hundreds of rounds of chess per day is not a guarantee that you will master the game itself. Just like any other sport, mastery of the game involves good coaching and good training materials. Of course, talent plays a significant part in the equation itself. But just like the belief of László Polgár, the father of grandmaster Susan Polgar and her two other sisters who are also masters of chess, geniuses are made, not born. One quality coaching session of chess every day is more effective than playing tens of games every day without proper guidance, coaching, and feedback. Moreover, be sure to play with people who are greater than you. You may lose the battles, but you will eventually win the war by gaining insight of the game even if you will lose all the time. Turn the loses into small steps in your continuing goal to learn something.

Monday, 12 July 2010

The Sidewinder Chess Set in Sheesham wood

This is the most exquisitely decorated non-theme chess set I have ever seen so far from ChessBaron. Even the pawns have unique personalities in them as they are also well-furnished with ornamentation. The sets can easily bring to mind pictures of cannibals in the forests from somewhere. I especially like the white pieces, the cream coloring is just right and each piece look immaculate. As expected, the knights receive more care and craftsmanship just like in any chess sets. All pieces look hardy enough worthy of cannibals they were patterned after. If you have a taste for the exotic, this set is your best choice. There is no doubt that this set is a true pride of ChessBaron.

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Nice post on

Thanks to George Duval for his recent post on where he's referenced ChessBaron as a source of 'blunder proof' chess equipment. Blunder-proof (or blunderprone) is George's name on and on his own blog. Quite a character.

Monday, 28 June 2010

Weighted Russian Special Chess Set with 4.25 inch King

The Weighted Russian Special Chess Set with 4.25 inch King is a perfect blend of clear simplicity and Russian tradition. The neat lines are notably the most distinguishing factor that can set this set apart from other good chess sets from ChessBaron. The king accentuates its aristocratic look and feel with by its 4.25 inches height. The knight lucidly radiates confidence with its pretty hair lines and nice curves. All pieces are double weighted to ensure stability and easy movement on the board. The bottom of each piece is felt lined. To give ideal proportion, the squares on the board are a perfect 1.75 inch square each. The overall feminine design of Weighted Russian Special Chess Set with 4.25 inch King makes it an ideal present for women and other chess players looking for a less-manly appealing chess sets.

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Compact Magnetic Travel Chess Set

Now this is the real travel chess set! The Compact Magnetic Travel Chess Set does not only give fun while you are away, but is can also showcase your taste for chess. Given with a lacquered finish, the board and the chess pieces are more than just toys. They are the best travel chess set at a great price around. The downside of this set is its size (3.5 by 7 inches (8.75 by 18 cm)). If you are the type who hates carrying something around, this one is not for you. If you sacrifice portability for style and functionality, this is your perfect choice. The pieces will pop out of their storage positions after you flip over the board. This set is cool, and in style--created simply for you.

Monday, 7 June 2010

Contemporary Modern chess set E2003

If you need a simple, yet striking design for a chess set, the Contemporary Modern chess set is the perfect choice. The set was made from golden brown sheesham, a favorite wood material by chess carvers. The name of the set suggests its contemporary look due to notable straight lines and an intentional omission of additional details. This one is an ideal choice for those who want a simple, functional chess set yet exhibiting taste and style. However, their overly simplistic feature is surely a turn off factor for those who wants intricate designs on a chess set. If you need a show off set with tastes for the contemporary, get Contemporary Modern chess set.

Friday, 4 June 2010

M7009 American Staunton in Black and White Chess Set with 4 inch King

It is hard to find top quality lacquer-painted chess sets today. The American Staunton in Black and White Chess Set with 4 inch King has a good lacquer finish. If you are looking for a good departure from the conventional, you need to get this one. If you also believe that life should be a black and white affair, then getting this set is the closest means of expression you can have. This set is made from fine chidar so you are assured of high value pieces that can last for several generations. You will know that the pieces are good because of their weight. Each piece of this set is heavily weighted to cater to your needs.

Saturday, 29 May 2010

M3009 American Staunton in Dark Green-White Gloss Chess Set

Chess was a predominantly male game even when it was at its infancy. It was a favorite pastime of generals and the European ruling elite in the previous centuries. Even today, most players of this game are males. It is just natural that chess pieces are designed to appeal to male sensitivities like the American Staunton in Dark Green-White Gloss Chess Set. This set is a perfect gift for a husband, a father, a brother, or a boyfriend.  The bottom of each piece is lined with leather. The pieces themselves are carved from Blackened Chidor. This set can be expected to reach even after several generations, hence, making it a perfect family treasure in the future.

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Chess Baron Isle of Lewis Chess Pieces

Collectors and chess players alike rarely find a good chess set that is made of crushed marble. In Chess Baron Isle of Lewis Chess Pieces, you will not only find quality but a healthy dose of history as well. The pieces are carved with courtly details and each one portrays a personality apart from the other. Just look at those weary horses bearing the knights on their backs! The white pieces show the nice combination of craftsmanship and choice of color. However, the black pieces are not that attractive. Overall, this chess set is still a fine one given its material and rich historical side. Perfect for history buffs who play chess from time to time.

Monday, 17 May 2010

M2039 Song of Solomon Bud Rosewood Chess Set

Chess can be played anywhere but there are times that you want to be one with nature by playing outside, especially in your garden. There is no perfect chess set available to indulge your wish than the Song of Solomon Bud Rosewood Chess Set. This highly ornamented set is carved from the bud rosewood only. This one is your perfect garden companion (together with a loved one of course). The designs are very symmetrical that each piece only gives you total delight whatever angle you are looking at. You can spend a long time just inspecting each piece and forget about the game for a while. With its reasonable price, you will also be smiling all day after you will get this set. 

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

M2030 Hannah Grand Staunton Ebonised Chess Set

There is nothing grand about this set aside from its name. First, it was made from some other wood except ebony through the process called ebonising. Although the finished product looks the same like ebony, with no clear signs for grains and almost like a black plastic, it is still essentially an imitation. Second, the carvings themselves are not that good especially on the knights--they looked to be smiling confusingly instead of trying to display a menacing grin. The only good thing about this set is its triple weight feature. Aside from that, the Hannah Grand Staunton Ebonised Chess Set is not even worth spending your time around with.

Monday, 10 May 2010

Globe Fret Weighted Chess Set 5.5 inch King

The Globe Fret Weighted Chess Set 5.5 inch King is named after the globe in the body of each piece. This unique feature in each piece makes it an excellent part of any good chess set collection. Putting those designs on the globe of each piece can easily be calculated to reach long man-hours since each piece was handcrafted to attain perfect resemblance to one another. I like the soulful stare of the knights! They look so gentle, unlike the usual depictions of mean knights in most sets. The king stands at an imposing 5.5 inches, clearly dominating the boards. Get your money's worth in this set. Grab it now!

Friday, 7 May 2010

When I play chess the pieces come alive!

As a 9 year old, when I play chess, it seems that the pieces are alive! I tell my dad, but he says its my imagination. But I'm sure I see the pieces move around! I think the pieces are trying to make me lose. I've lost every game since I first saw a pawn make a move without me touching it.  Sometimes I get scared when they move around the board, other times I laugh. I just want to tell myself this is all my imagination, but I'm just so sure I see the pieces alive. After my dad has won another game of chess, he says "We can only have one winner, the rest have to lose. Theres no point in getting upset about it, the next time you could be a winner instead." I know I should believe him about that, but I just get so angry when I lose every game because the pieces I play with make me lose, so I have every right to get upset about it.

Monday, 3 May 2010

When will chess champ Susan Polgar return my fan calls?

Susan Polgar is an Hungarian-born chess grandmaster who now lives in the US. She became the youngest female chess player to reach grandmaster status at age 15. Susan and her other two sisters, who are also excellent chess players, were coached by their father ever since they were little girls. In November 1986, Susan lost the number 1 spot in FIDE when a politically-motivated move was implemented to give all active female players 100 bonus ELO points. Susan now lives in Lubbock, Texas. If you are still waiting for her call, trash it. She's busy attending to her 2 children, her husband, and her Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence at Texas Tech University.

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

If I pray hard enough, will I get better at chess?

If you pray hard enough you won’t necessarily get better at chess, but you are on the right path! Keeping your mind in the game is always a good method to roll onto greatness, simply place your pieces and not only pray for the best, but practice, practice, practice! You can research other methods people have used, or come up with your own. Often times people use self training and find ways to play on their own for training purposes, or get a close friend to train with you. Now we even have technology to play online against random opponents, so you can get a different challenge each time!

Sunday, 25 April 2010

A kids guide to chess, by Caroline Turner.

Chess is an enjoying game that gets you thinking. I am a 9 year old girl. I live in the UK and my dad is very fond of chess. Although I might want to watch TV or play games on my computer, chess is a much better way to spend your free time. My dad is teaching me chess, I love it. My brother and sister like chess too. So, in your free time, play a game of chess, its easy and fun and you'll love it.

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Can a chess computer beat the best chess players?

 Most often, chess played on a square checkered board, be it, a very simple one or a very expensive, classy and handcrafted one, gives a player immense satisfaction. It is almost always said that what can be seen, heard, touched and felt is for real and gives your senses ultimate pleasure. But it is often not so, many computer fans or even expert chess players prefer computer chess. We or even the whole world watch live the performance of the players playing chess for real and not on the computer. So if one is a stickler for popularity or wants to become famous playing chess might think twice about his idea of playing chess on the ‘screen’.

Ever since the advent of digital computers in 1950’s chess enthusiasts and computer engineers have come together to build chess playing machines or computer programmes. “Programming a computer for playing chess”-was the ground breaking paper by Shannon in 1950.Many statisticians are of the belief the though computers might be able to beat even Grand Masters but not incessantly.

Monday, 1 March 2010

What is being involved in a chess club?

 A club means having people to play chess with. But it doesn’t mean just that. To many devotees of chess it is like their cult. They meet maybe once a week or during weekends…. and theses chess clubs usually have Speed Tournaments on weekends or lectures, casual games, simuls etcetera. There are millions of clubs like these all around the world- USA, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New-Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United-Kingdom, Uruguay. Chess is not just for experts, but also for beginners who want to learn the game.

The essentials of a chess club firstly are, Grand masters working full time, paying equal attention to each student. Chess related Tournament quality-sets of chess clocks, demo boards and a comprehensive chess library. Quiet comfortable classrooms with healthy atmosphere and individual chess sets.

Maybe if luck is on your side you could find yourselves a billionaire philanthropist, with extreme passion for chess to fund your club and donate a small fortune for it. If not, look for smaller sponsors you can be sure of. Students too, in your club need to be as enthusiastic and happy to be able to play chess, as the trainers or the Grand masters (if you are lucky enough to hire one, that is,) are to teach or guide them.

There are various stages to build a quality chess club:
-Start-up: No matter how fund-“less” or member “less” your club is, just go for it. Don’t sit at home and sulk about it.
-Recreational play: Creating a healthy and fun environment for kids and new beginners and to enthuse them to know more about chess and how to play it better.
-Club and Tournament Competitions: After the initial stages are done and over with successfully, there should be mini competitions and Tournaments between other clubs and yours, to stimulate and encourage interest in chess.

It might sound a bit difficult but once you get started, it’ll prove to be a marvelous investment of your time, energy and brain for sure!

Sunday, 7 February 2010

Why are Chessmen best weighted?

Wood has been the most abundant material in the product of the greatest variety of chessmen over the last few centuries. These chess pieces are abound in various shapes, sizes and different types of wood. For example, dark ebony wood is the costliest material for quality and the finest pieces of chessmen available and also the most desirable.

For most chess players, weight adds to the desirability of the set of chess pieces. They enthuse the player to play better, give them a massive feel and also tend to tip over less. Not that they have to so weighty that they become difficult to handle but just enough to give the professional feel and touch to it. Many expert chess players purchase these chessmen over the net, and they are available in various types and of a variety of prices and material. Like, Golden Rose wood chess pieces, consisting the most  elegant chess pieces in beautiful Golden Rosewood with extra queens. Or the Ebonized Box Wood chess pieces. Jet-black pieces contrasting well with the light-yellow boxwood. Standard Staunton chess pieces- a simple Staunton set of playable chessmen, a tad bit smaller than the standard club size, solid, very playable, weighted and works wonders for any game of chess.

These chess pieces are priced anywhere between £62.95 to £75.95,going down to £28.95 for the Standard Staunton pieces. For chess players, looking for chess pieces a bit more expensive and sophisticated, the 3 3\4”Ebony and Kari Wood fits the bill perfectly. Costing one a neat £159.95 it is hand-polished, triple weighted with leather bottoms, and crafted from select Ebony and Kari wood and is definitely worth the money. So all you players out there what are you waiting for? To own a set of chessmen like these, one of a kind, is every chess players dream come true. So go get yours fulfilled.

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Why do school teachers like kids playing chess?

Teachers, the second parents play an important role in child’s life. Chess one of the cool game liked by all always remained to be the famous sporting event not only at the international level but also in the primary levels. In order to make the dedication of teachers towards children a valuable one, technical skills should be imparted to the students. Teaching may not be the only way to impart the same. There must be external sources that make the children brainy and cheeky. The Masters game Chess plays a vital role in achieving the same. Teachers always like the inclusion of chess as the sporting event or competition in the school level. They like it being implemented in the schools from junior to senior levels especially among the kids to synchronize the growth of their brain to the growth of the ethical, competitive world.

Chess is correlated with the growth of the child nowadays and the research over it is done. It enhances creativity among the children and simulates their brain at the critical situations. Thus the problem solving skills gets developed among kids right from their young age. Thinking process of the children is active here and increases their concentration power by not allowing them to distract from the game. This art and elegancy of the game makes the kids to improve their reasoning skills. It teaches the importance of observation and adherence over any activity or towards the game.

Studies are conducted all over the world in making the above specified attributes to function more efficiently. Intelligence among the kids is significant in this intellectual world. The teachers strongly believe that the intelligence can be incorporated by making the kids play chess rather than any other games. Being an extra curricular activity it enables kids to improve towards their curriculum. These attributes makes the teachers like kids playing chess and recommend the same.