Play Chess » Files of Chess http://www.americachess.com americachess Thu, 03 Mar 2011 21:57:07 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0.5 Chess boards without them there is no game http://www.americachess.com/chess-boards.html http://www.americachess.com/chess-boards.html#comments Wed, 30 Sep 2009 12:16:16 +0000 admin http://www.americachess.com/?p=42 Read more »]]> Chess Board

Chess Board

Over the course of time there have been many chess boards developed.  From your standard wodden chess boards to your all pewter chess boards.  There are many variations depending on how you like to play the game and what surface you like to play on.  There are even chess tables.  Yes, chess tables.  Tables that are exclusive only to chess.  You may be able to turn the board over and play another game like backgammon or Parcheesi.  But depending on your wallet and how often you play will determine what chess boards are right for you.

Value Wood Chess Boards balance the need of a functional and attractive chess boards with cost and quality to create our most affordably priced wood chess board.These are inlaid boards with real wood veneer, a wide frame, and delimiter inlay around the playing squares.  This type of board is good if you like to have your set out for others to see that you are not an expert.  Sometimes chess tables are built in an old world style so it feels you are playing on a table exclusive for chess.

Other wood chess boards available are made by the very best chess board manufacturers in the world including Rechapados Ferrer and Italfama. These are inlaid chess boards made by highly skilled craftsmen using the finest woods and veneers available.  Chess tables made from these manufacturers can vary in price from a few hundred dollars up to a few thousand dollars.  It depends on the craftsmanship and wood used.

Brass chess boards from Manopoulos are the perfect compliment for brass chess sets including their own line of fine brass chess sets. Some  brass chess boards are beautifully accented with an elegant enamel multi-color and lacquered to protect the finish and prevent tarnishing.  This will make sure the set is preserved over time.  Chess tables will not really be made by such heavy metal.  Chess tables would be made of wood first and then have a brass outlay around it to enhance the craftsmanship.

Some chess tables are meant only for chess.  It will have detailed work but the chess board is the top of the chess table,  The table is small enough for two people to sit around and will not even gold any drinks.  Many of the chess tables will have decorative colors and designs to differentiate themselves from other manufacturers.  Some manufacturers have very distinct designs that set them apart form everyone else.  This can be called their trademark.
Buying the right chess board or chess table depends on the consumer and their needs.  If you are an average chess player who plays every now and then, then a nice wood or marble chess board is for you.  If you are someone who like to ssquash friends and family every chance they get, then a nice rosewood round chess table might be for you.  All you have to do is research to see what meets your needs.  My favorite chess set is a handcrafted wooden one I brought home from Aruba.

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Chess titles through history http://www.americachess.com/chess-titles.html http://www.americachess.com/chess-titles.html#comments Wed, 30 Sep 2009 11:19:57 +0000 admin http://www.americachess.com/?p=34 Read more »]]> Chess Titles

Chess Titles

Over time, some of the best chess players ever have won or received chess titles.  Chess titles are given to some of the best chess players ever.  These titles are like titles in other sports.  You get chess titles for certain victories.  Some chess titles have more honor than other like titles in boxing or other sports.  Some of the best chess players ever may not have received some of the chess titles they deserved.  It depends on the player and how they received their win/loss record.  Let us take a look at one of the best chess players ever.

Jose Capablanca is known for being one of the best chess players ever.  He was a world chess champion amongst other chess titles.  He had a score of 318 wins, 249 draws, and only 34 losses in match and tournament play between 1909 and 1939.  No other master has sustained so few losses over such a period of time. Capablanca was renowned for his ability to instantly and accurately evaluate chess positions. Capablanca liked to control the position and to focus only on elements he felt were necessary to achieve victory. His endgame technique was legendary. It is often said that you can discover the true strength of a player by looking at how he handles endgames. If this is the case then Capablanca was one of the best chess players ever.

Back in Capablancas day, you could only become world champion.  It took a while for more chess titles to be developed.  A Grandmaster is a chess title awarded to world-class chess masters. Apart from World Champion, Grandmaster is the highest chess title a chess player can attain.  The best chess players ever attempt to reach this goal and have this coveted chess title.  After Grandmaster there is an International Grandmaster.  The conditions are similar to GM, but less demanding.  This all depends on how many points you have and how you are ranked.  There is also a FIDE Master and Candidate Master.  All these chess titles can be awarded to an individual for a lifetime.

The best chess players ever are awarded points according to the Elo rating system.  Elo is a statistical system  based on assumption that the chess performance of each player in their games is a random variable. Arpad Elo thought of a player’s true skill as the average of that player’s performance random variable, and showed how to estimate the average from results of player’s games. The USCF implemented Elo’s suggestions in 1960, and the system quickly gained recognition as being both fairer and more accurate than older systems.  This is how the best chess players ever are ranked today.
In the early 1900’s, the best chess players ever only went after one title, World Champion.  Today with the Elo system and various ruling boards, there are more chess titles one can attain.  The more you play and the better your play, the higher you will score on the Elo system.  All it takes is a keen mind, sharp thinking, and winning games to be considered one of the best chess players ever.

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Keeping alive the chess clock http://www.americachess.com/chess-clock.html http://www.americachess.com/chess-clock.html#comments Wed, 30 Sep 2009 10:29:18 +0000 admin http://www.americachess.com/?p=24 Read more »]]> Chess Clock

Chess Clock

Over the period of chess history, many chess champions have learned the artful use of how to maintain the chess clock.  One can not become a master in chess unless they learn how to manage the chess clock.  You may be timed on some moves or you can have all the time in the world.  The truth is if you really wants to be one of the true chess champions, you had better learn the skill of managing the chess clock.

The chess clock consists of two adjacent clocks and buttons to stop one clock while starting the other, such that the two component chess clocks never run simultaneously. Chess clocks are used in two-player games where the players move in turn. The purpose is to keep track of the total time each player takes for his or her own moves, and ensure that neither player overly delays the game.

True chess champions know how to use the chess clock to their advantage.  Chess champions may make fast moves early in the game which leaves the players more time to consider more complex and unfamiliar positions later.  A true chess champions knows how to manage the clock so they save the most time until the end of the game when it is really needed.  The chess clock will always be keeping the time, even after they have stopped the chess clock.
The simplest time control is “sudden death”, in which players must make a predetermined number of moves in a certain amount of time or forfeit immediately. A particularly popular variant in informal play is blitz chess, in which each player is given five minutes on the chess clock for the entire game.  True chess champions have played in this situation and know what moves they need to make in order to maintain a winning edge over their opponent,

Some chess champions will lure their opponent into a situation where they know they will be at an advantage.  They might appear weak to throw off their opponent and then towards the end of the game, make some masterful moves to gain control over the game and the chess clock.
Sometimes chess champions will deliberately take time off the chess clock.  They might do this in situations where they know their opponent well and know how fast of a game it can be.  It may be a fast game if both people are looking for dominance.  But to the contrary, some of the biggest chess champions will take the game slowly, watching the board and laying out strategy perfectly.  Knowing where you stand on the game clock is important ink nowing how to create great strategy.

So if one wants to be considered a true chess champion, one must play hundreds of games against ranked opponents.  The better you play and the more you win, the more points you will accrue and the higher you will climb on the leader boards.  Only when you reach a certain point of chess mastery will you become one of the true chess champions.

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