Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Putting names to faces

The picture at the top of the page shows members of Rugby Chess Club 99 years ago. You can't read the names on this so here they are - copied from the original by Bob.

Back row (L to R)
SW Gibson PC Littlejohn B Spruce OG Delany WA Wales H Somerford PB Clarke RE Ballard

Front row
GH Adcock C Snewing E Turner AJ Goode AL Coleman A White T Drake RP Swain

It might be interesting to know more about some of these past RCC players as we approach the 100th anniversary of this photo (dated 1910).

Saturday, 15 August 2009

Other chess sites for inspiration - and just being nosy!

We are not the only club around here with a website. Some are much more elaborate and extensive than ours. If you are curious look at ...

Daventry Chess Club

Kenilworth Chess Club

Leamington Chess Club

Nuneaton Chess Club

Olton Chess Club

Shirley and Lucas Chess Club did have its own domain '' which looks like it has now lapsed so all I can find is a page on the club at Wythall Community Centre where it meets.

Solihull chess club - which seems to bring up an ad for Laser Eye Surgery as well as the website.

Stratford Chess Club

University of Warwick Chess Club

Not local (or pretty) but pretty extensive is the Exeter Chess Club site - note the use of RSS feeds. (A bit beyond me at the moment but I hope to get there eventually).

If this looks useful info for the real RCC site - or you know other links to add to it - add links/comments below.


Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Lots to see and do at CDCL site

The Coventry and District Chess League website has a whole load of changes (treats) in store. Not only does the Rugby blog get a mention, but there is also a new style PGN web editor for recording games, records of games from the 1st and 2nd Coventry International, CDCL games and the recent British Chess Championship, a try out of an analysis tool and a link through to the ECF grading database. There is a link to a webform for result reporting that looks easy to use.

The instructions for submitting PGN games to CDCL in this blog will still work (after I have edited them a bit), but you might wish to try out the new editor as well (or instead). Liam Whelan who has worked on this tells me that one of the main reasons for changing PGN editors is to allow the use of Nimzowitch's recommendation of two board analysis. This editor simplifies the way annotations and variations are added to the PGN which also can be used for chess puzzles. (Not sure what all that means but sounds serious and impressive).

Hint: If you put a game into the CDCL database and then want to refer to it here please give the game number as well as the weblink - e.g. 'Game 265 - which happens to be from the British Chess Championships. The link is a link to all the games within that set in number order (not searchable).