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Why set up on the web?
How to set up on the web?

Why set up on the web?

The author really hopes that this club site inspires other clubs to the web. Have a look at the why and how of setting up a chess club on the web.

Here are a few justifications why the web is an interesting medium for chess (Please feel free to bring up these points in your club's annual general meeting!) .....

How to set up on the web?



The intention of this section is to de-mystify the processes involved in developing a chess club web site. Hopefully it will accelerate the number of chess clubs joining the web! This web site will be used as an example in terms of web building resources.

Web site building Resources used on this site

A decent PC with a relatively fast modem (28.8 bps)

Demon Internet as the Internet Service Provider (that's why there's the bit in the web address). Demon give their customers free 5 megabytes of space to play with in their 10 pounds a month deal, and also they have a regular magazine called "Demon Despatches" which has offered invaluable information in setting up this web site.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 3. Netscape is obviously another great web browser to use.

Microsoft Front Page 97 (costs about 100 pounds). Obviously there are many other web authoring tools on the market. The point about using an authoring tool rather than "programming" raw HTML is that it saves time and effort and allows the focus to be on "what" (chess content) rather than "how" (HTML syntax and issues).

Paint Shop Pro (free shareware).

Chessbase (you can send games/ diagrams to the clipboard, which can then be pasted straight into a page on Microsoft frontpage).

Winzip (for zipping up pgn files), and putting them in the download area.

A file transfer program (FTP program) for transferring files from your local machine's drive to the server space at the Demon Internet server (or equivalent). Some good ones eg CuteFTP are available from tucows.

Microsoft J++ for doing the calculator applications in the java applications area. Java is generally used for flashy applets, but these tend to imply high bandwith usage and not much content. The creators of Java, Sun Microsystems provide the JDK which is a free alternative.

A Hewlett Packard 4p Scanner. This won a review in PC Magazine and is a relatively low priced but effective scanner. You do not need a scanner which has very high resolution scanning facilities because that will impede on web page download time and is therefore impractical for the web.

Email - To correspond with other chess web sites for cross-linking purposes/ gather material, etc..


How do I put chess diagrams into pages?

Putting chess diagrams into web pages involves the following steps:

Go into Chessbase
Select the Printing menu.
Select Diagram -> Clipboard
Go into Paint Shop Pro
Select Edit
Select Paste as New Image
Select Colours
Select Decrease Colour Depth
Select 2

The image can now be saved, ready for import into your web site. Using this method, the storage space is considerably reduced for chess images.

How do I convert a chess game-score into a PGN chess format file?

A chess game in PGN format takes the following form:-

[Event "Drury Lane Masters (1), 16.06.1997"]
[Site ""]
[Date ""]
[Round "1"]
[White "Lalic,B "]
[Black "Kumaran,D "]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo ""]
[BlackElo ""]
[ECO ""]
[NIC ""]
[LongECO ""]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.e4 Nf6 4.e5 Nd5 5.Bxc4 Nb6 6.Bb3 Nc6 7.Ne2 Bf5 8.Nbc3 e6 9.a3 Qd7 10.0-0 Be7 11.Ba2 0-0-0 12.Be3 f6 13.f4 h5 14.Qc1 h4 15.Rd1 Qe8 16.d5 1/2-1/2

So therefore if you have the moves above, you have to put the "header" section in front of it! It will then be readable by programs such as Chessbase.


Please email the author if you have other questions regarding chess club web site building. They will be attempted to be answered in this section.