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Latest BCC Goodies
Whats New! [What's here]
- The mind game Othello aka
Reversi has been added to
the fun section!
- Whats in a name? Barnet chess club can now be reached by the easier to
remember www.chess-club.co.uk !
- The contest
section has been extended to include a general quiz of chess skills and
chess knowledge as well as the existing Kasparov quiz
- Barnet chess club on-line is proud to present its very first endgame
article - The "Old
Dog's new Tricks" Endgame article written by Costas Karayannis
- The Kasparov quiz has been extended
to 40 questions that span questions on general knowledge, tactics, openings
and endings! There have been over 100 quiz entrants so far, so don't miss
your chance to test your knowledge and see how well you did in the context
of the other quiz takers- clicking on Scores shows you this!
- The interesting analysis left by Peter Spiriev in the Barnet Chess Club guest book
graphically illustrated in the Kasparov vs. rest of World coverage (will
be 24th move archive comments link)
- GM Alexander Baburin has been producing interesting articles called Coffee Break Chess which will now be featured
on this site!
- For the record, there is a DHTML
chessboard written using Visual Basic 6. However there are two key problems: 1) It
only works with Internet explorer 4 and above, and 2) in terms of signing this. Verisign charge 400 dollars a year for digitally
signing apparently. The chessboard has clickable pieces, and supports the set up of a
position using FEN notation. However to load it currently one must lower Internet Explorer
security settings. If you are brave enough to do this in order to try it out, Tryfon
would appreciate feedback.
- Sutton 1999 Congress Report
expanded to be a more comprehensive report of the Open section, and full list of prize
winners across all sections. So far Rounds 1 and 2 have been entered (as of 5.30 GMT)....
Keep an eye on this page!
- There is a geographical UK Web site Navigator for you to easily navigate UK web
sites from a geographical perspective! You can just click on locations on the map itself,
or use the north, west, south, east navigation links! (Northern Ireland will be included
in a later evolution).
- A fun Knights crossing
applet and a fun gentle
bishops applet have been added to the fun section. Juniors out there in particular -
this is a good chance for you to practice your knights and bishops!
- For those with Microsoft Powerpoint, a presentation zip file
has been added to the Why set up on the Web? section of the UK Chess Guide. This
presentation was written by John Richards and emphasises how useful the Internet is for
- The excellent chess magazine "Chess Monthly", March 1999 gives an excellent
review of the Barnet CC UK web chess guide:- "Net rookies frequently
ask for a clear and up-to-date guide of UK chess sites. Two such "Virtual
Kelly's" can be recommended without reservation. Barnet chess Club's re-structured UK
Web Chess Guide (http://www.gtryfon.demon.co.uk/bcc/Uk_clubs/otheruk.htm) provides links
to regional associations, leagues and clubs, games archives, chess publications, British
chess enthusiasts on the web, and much else beside..." C.P.Ravilious
- Many additions and some restructuring has been carried out on The UK Web
Chess Guide to bring it more up-to-date. From the volume of updates, this looks set to
be the year of the UK chess web explosion!
- A 2650+ Grandmaster
wordsearch has been added to the fun section! (Fischer and Kamsky are currently
inactive, but are nevertheless listed on the official FIDE list at the Hellas Chess Club)
- The excellent UK "Chess Monthly" magazine, Febuary 1999 have given an
excellent review of the Steinitz page in the culture section:- "Aimez-vous
Brahms? Then the web page to go for is Barnet Chess Club's "What's New"
(www.gtryfon.demon.co.uk/bcc/Whats_new/whatsnew.htm), where in Tate Gallery style you will
find some ace piano music with a biography of Steinitz attached. Seriously though,
Barnet's Tryfon Gavriel and Janet Edwardson have put together an excellent brief life of
the first official world champion, including a career summary, an analysis of Steinitz's
chess philosophy, a candid but sympathetic assessment of his somewhat tormented
personality, and some intriguing quotes. The whole thing is based on the best authorities
and there are 400 Steinitz games to be sampled on screen via a pgn. viewer (supplied) or
downloaded for later enjoyment. And the music is a bonus. Appropriately too, since Brahms,
as the erudite compilers note, was Steinitz's almost exact contemporary." Chris Ravilious
- Barnet congress pictorial
report now available!
- Interesting quotes have been sprinkled into the different section headers... you might
have to review the entire site to see all the quotes now :-)
- 2nd attempt at making the Java navigator work. It shouldn't starve your machine of
memory now! Happy navigating!
- "The adjournment" - A report on an interesting adjourned
position that occured in the North Circular League!
- A new high point for this site's navigation has been reached! If your browser supports
Java, then you should see a kind of "remote control" applet on the top
left of your screen. This can be used to navigate around BCC on-line more easily! The
genius behind this applet Dima Ivanov (no he's not
a Russian Grandmaster :-) ) can be found at the excellent Java
- A "countdown" applet has also been added to the Barnet congress
section - many thanks to Michael
Hartman for this one! again from the excellent Java Boutique site
- The Barnet chess
congress section has been updated with January 1999's details. Hope to see you all
- Site section navigational top frames added to the following sections: Whats New,
Computers, Playing, Chatting, Fun
- The UK
Web Chess Guide has been re-structured showing the relationships between Clubs,
Associations, Unions, and Federations more clearly! If your UK web chess site is missing/
you spot a mistake, please Email Tryfon!
- There have been navigational improvements to the following sections:- About BCC, News,
- A Search engine
has been added to the front page of Barnet chess club on-line! Try experimenting with
keywords such as Karpov, Kasparov, etc! Its good fun!
Green rapidplay handicap report by Adam Raoof. The Italian restaurant the tournament
was played at (The Piccolo in Golders Green) is co-owned by Barnet chess club member
- New News section, courtesy of John
Henderson, writer for "The Scotsman", and Chess Teletext page 153. This will be
kept as up to date as practical, and formatting aspects may be sacrificed to help achieve
- Each section e.g. learning,
viewing, now has relevant header pictures and/or clipart
- The UK Events diary in the playing section has been improved in terms of
date navigation, and a link to streetmap.co.uk in order help find directions
- The decision has been made to remove the alternative BCC front entrance www.insight.demon.co.uk in the interests of
- 3 new
entries into "BritWeb"!...The British Chess Federation now have a greatly
improved website of their own. Thamesdown Junior Chess club and Wiltshire Junior Chess
information are now on the web!. If there is a UK chess web site, you know about
which is not on "BritWeb", please
Email Tryfon about it!
- New BCC Front entrance! If you are a speed-hungry surfer or BCC on-line regular you may
prefer using the relatively quick loading www.insight.demon.co.uk BCC on-line entrance
from now on.
- Improve your tactical ability while you wait, with the regular mating problems on the
relatively slow www.gtryfon.demon.co.uk/bcc
- General event flyers are now
available on BCC on-line !. It is wonderful that international chess events can be
organised and marketed more easily via the web nowadays!
- Exclusive feature courtesy of Countrywide computers! A java browser
shows the detailed commentary of GM Matthew Sadler (FIDE 2650) of the Hiarcs 6 vs IM Deen
Hergott match. These annotations provide great insight into computer chess, and chess
- Better chat
room and guest book
facilities! The chat room is generally much better, and links to other chat rooms, so you
can take a wonder around! The guestbook is automatically published, so your feedback is
guaranteed immediately! Tryfon thanks Janet for the improved facilities!
- Site restructuring to focus on needs :- playing, learning, viewing, shopping, chatting,
grading, surfing. The site tactics and strategies
have also been re-evaluated and thought about in more detail, with a needs philosophy
going all the way through it ! Please email Tryfon
for feedback on this plan for the year ahead!
- Barnet chess club on-line has attracted the sponsorship of Countrywide computers ! The
sponsorship deal as well as providing investment for Barnet chess club on-line and Barnet
chess club, will also have implications for strengthening the computer
chess section. It will do this by drawing on content provided by Eric Hallsworth who
is publisher of Selective Search, Britain's bi-monthly Computer Chess magazine
since 1985, and a valued employee of Countrywide computers.
- Janet, the new co-webmaster, introduces herself to the Barnet Chess Club Online members.
- Redesigned Why Chess, an amusing
article describing why chess players like to play chess.
- There is the sixth edition
of TWITIC available now! Kingscrusher got crushed this week more badly than usual. Is
the ICC getting stronger ?!
- There are now a few more Barnet Chess Club
member pictures available...Tryfon Gavriel (co-webmaster), Eddie Holland, Herbert
Blank, David Wilders, Alfred Killick, John Goldsack, and John Venn. More will follow
- Janet joins as co-webmaster!
- Tryfon welcomes Janet as co-webmaster!
- Barnet score its
best 1st team victory of the season in the Hertfordshire League. The mighty
Hertfordshire league champions Hertford North have been defeated 4-1 !
- There are now a few more Barnet Chess Club member pictures available...Natasha Regan, Alex
Ethelontis, Costas Karayannis ....more will follow shortly !
- There are now a few more Barnet Chess Club
member pictures available...Dennis Wright, Janet Edwardson, Bernard Thompson, and
Jimmy Razzathi ....more will follow shortly !
- There is a picture of the 2nd team in action, in the About BCC section.
- There is the fourth edition
of TWITIC available with a brief introduction to blitz chess, and a relevant newsgroup
pointer in the Fischer vs Kasparov section.
- There are now a few Barnet Chess Club member pictures available...Paul Georghiou, Peter
Coleman, and Paul Martin, ....more will follow shortly !
- One Barnet member Janet has a great web site - Chess corner.... it is full of great chess
- Site restructuring. The "fundamentals" of this site are: About BCC, Events,
Learning, Services and Links. The left frame has been restructured accordingly!
- There is the third edition
of TWITIC available with an idea for a weird french defence variation involving Nc6,
to which there are not many "professional" games played!
- There is the second edition
of TWITIC available but with "proper games" in the caro-kann link from the
left frame. There is also an exciting blitz game that Tal played in 1956 heading this
- Details of other
chess clubs which are affiliated to the Hertfordshire chess association are now
available. There is a link to the "Unofficial Hertfordshire chess association
page" from the About BCC section.
- An entire new chess issues section has
been created based on the Internet chess case study of NatalieR/ SundayGirl. The issues
spinning around this Internet chess suspense thriller are:- Internet chess authentication
(or lack of); The increasing difficulty of telling someone is a computer abuser; Gender
equality in chess; Different modes of chess and sampling and drawing conclusions to
name but a few issues. And no!- the webmaster did not invent this character or this case
to create this issues section!
- Internet chess authentication, and the wider issue of authentication in
general on the Internet is being echoed by an interesting but rather unfortunate case of
what has happened on the FICS (onenet) chess playing server. This article does not
reflect the views of Barnet chess club at all, only the webmaster Tryfon
Gavriel (Kingscrusher). If you accept and understand this, then please click here to
25/12/1997 (Christmas day!)
[December highlight - 24th December]
- Selected games of Barnet
Chess Club members Paul Georghiou, Alex Ethelontis and Tryfon Gavriel now available on
- In the top 10 list of
openings to play against computers, there is now a link to 300 games to play through
using a Java browser from the Aeigon Man vs Computer 1996 tournament.
- Eduardo Suastegui has completely excelled himself ! The chess browser
applet which is increasing its presence on this site now has smooth moving pieces, games
filter by player/ opening/ variation, game move tree and host of other features.
- Some of Paul Georghiou's games
are featured using this latest browser technology.
[November highlight - 9th November]
- Real audio welcome message on the front page
(under "want to play in a fun tournament"). Click on the "welcome
message" to hear this. If you have not already got real audio installed, it can be
obtained from the real audio web site.
- You may have noticed a slight wallpaper change. The author confesses openly that the excellent Edinburgh chess club
site motivated him to find a wallpaper site supplier. Gamma correction has been applied to it to make
foreground text less obscured. Unfortunately it looks remarkably similar to Edinburgh's
after this effect except in the technical papers
section which has not been gammed as much. My only defence is that we try and copy the
moves of great players especially in the openings.
- Java Browse format for GM tournament
Rounds 1-8 and IM tournament Rounds 1-8 now available!
[October highlight - 23rd October]
- Java Browse format of games available
for GM tournament Rounds 1-4 and IM tournament 1st round.
- Updated player profiles of the London Internal
grandmaster tournament taking into account player feedback! This is an exciting event
already with four decisive game wins in the first round!
- The first
round games of the GM tournament are now featured in both text and Java on-line
- Adam Raoof event information for next year, and thanks to people that have helped
him this year.
- BCC on-line has teamed up again with the 4NCL web
site to produce complementary web site coverage of the London Internationals coming up!.
PGN/ Java Browser format of the games played will be featured on this site! Note: There
are still opportunities to enter, and any IM who is free to play in the IM tournament
would be particularly welcome!
- Computer chess agent representative gives a lecture on the key features of Barnet chess club on-line. Note
that to view this agent which is an ActiveX control, please refer to the comments on
17/8/1997 down this page concerning security
settings. Also note that once the agents are downloaded to your machine, it will be much
quicker to view agent lectures next time round. The initial long times for downloaded
cannot be avoided. You will need a soundcard to hear agents speaking to you.
- More of the author's attrocious but fun ICC blitz games for download! - the author has
reached over 2600 rating at 3 minute chess on 24/9/1997 (last night) !!
- Microsoft agent test! This might
take a while to download and does not have a great deal of chess content. But it is a fun
start to this technology and agents may soon be giving chess lectures.
- The author has discovered
the merits of FICS! (Free Internet Chess Server). If you want an enjoyable experience
of free and currently "lag" (delay) free chess on the Internet, then follow this
championships Rounds 10 and 11 have arrived at this site courtesy of the author's
partner in crime John Saunders of the excellent 4NCL site. There are also the first
inklings of X file games being retrieved.
- The excellent java PGN browser provided by Eduardo Suastegui has been
used for the easy of browsal of the Kasparov-Deep blue
match in the computer chess section. There is a lot of analysis on game 1 to be looked
[September Highlight - 9th September]
6/9/1997 Princess Dianna was in the author's view an international
humanitarian, who used her popularity to raise important issues. You can visit the Royal Web site to find out information
and leave a message of condolence.
[August highlight - 30th August]
23/8/1997 BCC On-line is making a joint effort with the 4NCL web
site in making the games from this years BCF championship freely available on the net
with the introduction of the unofficial British Chess Championship page. This site will have the
games in PGN format. The 4NCL site will have the same games in ChessBase format. John
Saunders who runs the 4NCL site has highlighted to me a
chess tip for Chess Database software owners which will have an impact on current
pages on this site!!
17/8/1997 Section on Uk web sites tidied up a bit and a few
new chess clubs have been added. Event details
have been added to. An experimental ActiveX calander control has been included for
convenience of looking up event dates. Your browser may warn you about this control and
you may have to change the safety settings of your browser to medium instead of high if
you wish to download this control. (View..Options..Security..Safety Level..Medium on IE3
for example). Details of the London
and Edinburgh Internationals have been provided by Adam Raoof.
4/8/1997 More relevant links in the UK
clubs section. British enthusiasts have been included, some of them have absolutely
excellent sites! .The technical
papers section has been tidied up a bit and standards imposed (!) in preparation for
new articles. Middle game articles may start appearing so watch this section!
masters tournament details. This has now finished, and all the games to the event will
(hopefully!) be provided in a couple of weeks after Adam Raoof returns from the British
27/7/1997 North Circular League final results and selected games from the 1st congress held by
the league. New technical white paper covering a
system against the benko gambit.
23/7/1997 Improvements to the Computer
Chess section - all games in match have pictures at various points. There are a couple
of new articles- comparison
of humans and computers, and predictions for
the future and there are more computer chess links.
15/7/1997 Section on setting up your
chess club up on the web! Secrets revealed! Section inspired by Kings Head chess club.
contributor section created. Certain sections have been jazzed up a little with photos
(such as the why chess and author information sections) , and the site
has been spellchecked!. Feedback to the site has also been published in the guest book section.
[July highlight! - 3rd July]
28/6/06 New download area!
All 45 games from the Drury Lane Grandmasters (see below) are now available.
[June highlight!- 26th June]
15/6/96 Drury Lane Grandmasters
tournament details and games. This tournament is being played the whole of this week (16th
June-24th). It is the strongest tournament held in London since 1986!!.
13/6/96 New java area for chess related
applications- check out the BCF performance calculator and the BCF to fide/ elo. Please
give feedback on these- there may be slight mistakes!
27/5/1997 Event details
updated using latest faxed information from the BCF. The events cover from May 31 to July
13. This information is accurate to the best of the author's knowledge.
18/5/1997 New technical white
paper on a system against the Kings Indian Defence- Saemich system involving Be3 and
Qd2 with castling queenside
18/5/1997 Information relating to the Hertfordshire chess league, and the Barnet congress
[May Highlight - 5th May]
3/5/1997 Computer chess
section will follow the games with pictures after every few months. See game 1 report!
29/4/1997: Computer chess section has a formal white paper included and
a link to the IBM web site which will cover the Kasparov v Deep Blue clash
28/4/1997: 14th Mill Hill Weekend Tournament details
12/4/1997: Surrey Easter
Chess Congress report
1/4/1997: White paper on a system
against the killjoy c3 sicillian!
1/4/1997: Event details updated