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April 5, 2011

The Worlds Best Chess Retailing Website

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November 29, 2010

Beginner’s introduction to chess

Filed under: Chess Miscellaneous — Baron Turner @ 9:58 am

Do you need beginner’s introduction to chess? There are a lot of things to be learnt when it comes to chess. So make sure you are familiar with the different ways and processes by which you are expected to learn to play chess and have a decent chess set. It always makes a lot of sense to find out how you can play chess the right way. The first step to playing chess properly is by making sure that you know how to set up a chess board. This is of extreme importance so that you are well aware that you are setting up the board the right way. This definitely needs to be looked into so that your game of chess goes really well.

Once you have found out more about the different options it makes a lot of sense to be ensured excellent options. There are several different ways in which you can have your process of chess improve. All you need to do is time yourself the right way. Do not spend a whole lot of time speculating over the more obvious moves. That just means a lot of waste of time. The more you ponder over such moves it becomes difficult and problematic.

You do not want to end up spending too much time on the obvious kind of moves. Instead make sure that you deliberate over the more difficult moves. This is likely to make the process a whole lot easier for you when you want to get a beginner’s introduction to chess. Just keep in mind that there are some illegal moves you are not allowed to make. Keeping those apart you are most certainly going to be assuring a great time if you can make the right kind of changes. So play chess the right way and have a lot of fun in the process.

August 25, 2010

Tips for learning chess

Filed under: Chess Miscellaneous — Baron Turner @ 4:30 pm

When it comes to playing chess you need to know all the basic tips and tricks which are extremely important to the overall process of playing the game. You need to find out different ways in which you can ensure that the game is being played absolutely the right way. First of all, take a look at a whole range of details. The more you understand what is needed it gets easier to ensure that you are learning chess the right way. So find out all your options when it comes to playing chess because it is an extremely enjoyable process.

Make it a point to learn the most important moves involved in the game of chess. This is mainly because you need to know more about how the game of chess is played the right way. Once you find out options and get some great deals the process becomes a lot easier. Take a look at how you can be assure the best process of chess. So make sure that you follow the rules exactly to have a great time as far as playing a game of chess is concerned. This will make it a lot easier for you to ensure that the game is going really well.

You will really enjoy playing chess because this is likely to guarantee you some excellent deals as far as learning chess is concerned. So you can make sure that you have everything that is relevant when it comes to playing a game of chess really well. Take a look at all your options to be guaranteed some excellent moves in chess. There are so many different ways in which you can improve your game of chess. Read up on ways to improve chess along with other such specific details because it is likely to help you in your chess moves.

August 17, 2010


Filed under: Chess Miscellaneous — Baron Turner @ 10:52 am

Today, chess has come a long way. You can not only play it with your friends, you can also play it on the computer. Chess software nowadays is very well developed, indeed, times have really changed!
There is human vs. computer chess – in 1996, chess Grandmaster Gary Kasparov played s six-game match against IBM Chess Software which was nicknamed Deep Blue. He said that it was one of the most difficult games of his career, and the score was 4-2. However, since then chess software has become very well developed. You can find different kinds of chess softwares and run them on different operating systems like Windows, MAC, Unix, Linux and even the Palm. You have various choices to tweak the categories or functions of the chess software that you choose.
There is also chess training software – the basic aim of which is to improve your visualization and your move calculation skills. Remember that these two are basic skills that you need in order to move from being an amateur to a master. There are different kinds of chess training softwares out there, which also teach strategies for the opening middle game and also the endgame – so you would not only be able to learn to plan strategies but you would also be able to block your opponent’s moves, while simultaneously thinking of your game plan.
Don’t forget peer-to-peer chess software, which allows you to play chess against remote opponents without having to connect to a chess server. All you need to do is just connect to each other over the Internet or over any other kind of network connection – your home Windows LAN would do as well. You would be able to connect directly to a pre-arranged player, or you could even find an available player by using the available message boards.

August 3, 2010

Capturing particular force in an army

Filed under: Chess Miscellaneous — Baron Turner @ 8:04 pm

Extinction Chess is a chess variant with unusual goal stated particularly for it. Here all the pieces are treated as same. No piece has any special characteristic. It follows the standard rules with the exception in the goal of the player. The goal is not to checkmate the opponent’s king but to capture any one kind of his pieces totally. The following may be the possible winning conditions.

• Capture opponent’s king.
• Capture opponent’s queen.
• Capture both of his knights.
• Capture both of his rooks.
• Capture both of his bishops.
• Capture all his pawns except the promoted one.

On completing one of the tasks the player is said to be won the game. The king has no special advantage here.

July 18, 2010

Why is chess so mentally hard?

Filed under: Chess Miscellaneous — Baron Turner @ 5:16 pm

Chess as a game has been around for millennia already but many people still find it difficult to grasp and master. While it is a notoriously difficult game to play, its innate source of interesting features has kept this game from disappearing throughout history. Even GM Gary Kasparov admitted that “chess is mental torture”.

Chess is a game requires a special set mental skills. Although mentally gifted individuals can benefit a little from their gifts when trying to master this game, hard work is still as important as talent here. An individual has to spend virtually thousands of hours in training before he can consider himself a good player. The good thing about learning chess is the simultaneous development of other person’s mental capacity such as critical thinking, concentration, problem solving, abstract reasoning, strategic planning, evaluation, pattern recognition, etc. Such skills are difficult to develop under any normal circumstances, but they come handy when training for chess.

June 28, 2010

Solid Rosewood Combination Chess Set 12 inch

Filed under: Chess Miscellaneous — Baron Turner @ 12:58 pm

Rosewood is one of the best wood materials for making chess pieces. Just like ebony, rosewood is a highly valuable material due to its scarcity. It is strong and heavy and an ideal material in making the black pieces of chess pieces. The craftsmen in ChessBaron exploited the rich combinations of hues in rosewood to come up with perfect white pieces. The Solid Rosewood Combination Chess Set 12 inch is an excellent testament to rosewood’s quality. This set comes with a foldable board that doubles as a secured holder of the pieces. However, its weight can be a consideration because it is over 800 grams. In general, I believe that set is worth having around for fun and display.

May 29, 2010

M3009 American Staunton in Dark Green-White Gloss Chess Set

Filed under: Chess Miscellaneous — Baron Turner @ 12:14 pm

This set is a welcome deviation from the conventional color of chess sets. It comes in pure glossy black and white finish. It is a tough looking set that can be brought anywhere. Although not designed for portability, this set can be shown to friends anytime to showcase your taste. With a reasonable price tag, the American Staunton in Dark Green-White Gloss Chess Set not only features unique colors but obviously art as well. The pieces are also well-furnished with decorations to give this set an overall very positive rating even for amateur chess players. With its high-gloss finish, all pieces stand immaculate and ready for inspection just for you.

August 17, 2009

ST2018 Elizabethan Chess Set

Filed under: Chess Miscellaneous — Baron Turner @ 3:53 pm

There are lots of Elizabethan chess sets out there in the big wide world, but this one seems extremely nice in the category of quality. The price proves my theory too. But not like it’s extremely expensive. It’s worth the quality you get for these little things. It’s made from crushed marble, and the king it 5 inches tall, which is pretty tall and hefty compared to other sets. If I could pick out my favorite piece, it would most likely be the queen, who has a very peaceful look on here face. I like that. Wish my wife did that every now and then.


ST2017 American Civil War Chess Set

Filed under: Chess Miscellaneous — Baron Turner @ 3:52 pm

This is a Civil War chess set from Chess Baron. Nothing too ‘out there’ with this set, but it’s still nice. No eye candy in the pieces, but they do look very well made. especially the knight, who looks like someone spent alot of time and effort on. The price is extremely high though. You could get a set even better than this one on Chess Baron for half as much. But hey, that’s just my own opinion. You may think this is one of the best sets you have ever seen. That’s how humans differ.


August 5, 2009

TH2066 Hand Painted Winnie the Pooh Chess

Filed under: Chess Miscellaneous — Baron Turner @ 5:21 pm

Awww, another Winnie the Pooh set from ChessBaron. I love this set because of the fact that not only do I love the show, but it brings back old memories long forgotten of my child hood. Kind of brings you back to the wonderful world of being a kid again. And I especially love the chess board that is included with this set. All themed up with Winnie the Pooh characters, specially coloured squares, and a story that reads “Pooh had forgotten how to play chess and the more he thought about it, the more muddled he got in his mind.”


TH2065 Winnie the Pooh Chess Pieces

Filed under: Chess Miscellaneous — Baron Turner @ 5:18 pm

Now, this is a set of chess pieces I might actually want. Winnie the Pooh use to be my favorite show when I was a kid. That’s practically all I ever watched. I didn’t think anyone still remembered that show enough to make something after it. Awww piglet, you’re so cute. You too Winnie. And get glad Eor. It’s all okay. As for the quality - all the pieces look really nicely carved, with some pretty good quality material used like all of the ChessBaron range of chess pieces they sell. (I figured if I said that, if they ever see this article, they would be happy with me)


TH2064 Peter Rabbit Hand Painted Chess Pieces With Board and Case

Filed under: Chess Miscellaneous — Baron Turner @ 5:16 pm

Awww, how cute. I love these little figures. I almost forgot I’m looking at a chess set. Little cute foxies reading books, and duckys dressed up like my grandma. And some other animal in a little bonnet. I can keep on describing each piece for you but I’m pretty sure you can see for yourself. But they are just so cute, and I’m not sure why. Wait - guys arn’t suppose to think things are cute. woops. Hope none of my homies stumble upon this article. I must change personalities here - Ahem - yea, this sets okay. Rabbit looks like it would taste pretty good if I shot it and cooked it.


TH2063 Peter Rabbit Chess Set With Board and Case

Filed under: Chess Miscellaneous — Baron Turner @ 5:14 pm

Ya know - I hate when I come across a set that just has nothing interesting to write about it. But that thought didn’t even come close to going though my head when I first saw this set. So much to say about this set! It makes no sense unless it’s based off of some Disney movie I’ve never heard of. Rabbits, squirrels, possums - just where to begin? And why are the possum thingys reading books? and squirrels trading nuts? Rabbits wearing jackets? Ohhhhhhh, I just don’t know. But this is a great set. Kind of like the dogs that are so ugly they’re cute.


TH2062 SAC Battle of Trafalgar Hand Painted Chess Set

Filed under: Chess Miscellaneous — Baron Turner @ 5:11 pm

This set kind of resembles some other sets Chessbaron offers on their site. It’s based on the old English army during the time of the civil war. Plus it’s hand painted. Which I don’t know who cares. A machine can paint just as well, and you don’t have to pay those things, but whatever floats your boat. Pretty accurate interpretation of the good ole days though. I love the detail that looks like was put into this. It really looks like a nice collectors set if your into this stuff.

May 14, 2009

SAC Decorative Chess Sets Chess Computers Chess Boards Chess Pieces

Filed under: Chess Miscellaneous — Baron Turner @ 11:53 am

Gods of mythology chess set

A fantastic chess set in a decorative range - the Gods of Mythology set of chess pieces has stolen the focus for potential chess buyers. The above picture shows why. The excellent photography shows a certain appeal to the males, but the chap is pretty good looking too - right? All in all, a great set to move about on the board, and for this reason, the set has been a popular purchase from the Hull offices of this world leader in themed chess. The Ancient Greek Gods are well represented and portrayed in this impressive chess set design. Zeus is the King, Aphrodite the Queen and Pan is the Pawn. This is a consistently popular set which regularly features in our stockists collections world wide and is often used as background decor in many TV shows and movies.

June 25, 2008

Chess Sets from Decorative Chess Leaders SAC

Filed under: Chess Miscellaneous — Baron Turner @ 3:35 pm

Leaders in decorative chess sets - SAC have completely overhauled their web site and their businesss! They now stock more than just their superb theme chess range and stock staunton chess, travel chess and even chess computers. SAC is the brand that is more recognised in the world than any other decorative chess name. For some decades - if any consumer wanted a Battle of Waterloo, or an Isle of Lewis, and many others - the SAC brand has offered the finest - an excellent finish, and excellent standard of quality. They’ve taken their brand to a higher level in offering chess goods that are not just in the theme genre.

The SAC brand is now run by The Traditional Games Company based in Kingston upon Hull in Yorkshire, England. Having gone through and succeeded in the turmoil of manufacture base that every English manufacturing company has wrestled with, Traditional Games have emerged as a lasting and valuable company through the excellence of their product. What better than to extend the brand to a wider set of products?

May 30, 2008

Chess Software

Filed under: Chess Miscellaneous — Baron Turner @ 7:16 pm

chess software

Our favourite chess store has now started stocking the whole range of chess software titles. With Fritz 11 now available and being the main chess software item in demand in the chess community, the whole sector is alight with sales expectation. The whole genre of chess software is a sector that is benefitting from the gradual demise of the stand-alone chess computer, not through an abscence of demand but through the miserable build quality and worse quality control of the main company manufacturing such products - Novag. Chessbase is ready to take up the demand with products that are superb and fully functional. Fritz and Shredder are examples of the best of breed. There are also many products that even fit on the growing arena of pocket PC computing.

May 2, 2008

Are you Linked In?

Filed under: Chess Miscellaneous — Baron Turner @ 12:53 pm

In Web 2.0 networking - the site Linked-in is a useful SEO resource for outgoing links without the nofollow tag being used and for keeping a tab on resources for your organisation or your personal life. The site allows a typical facebook style accomodation of web resources throughout the web and in real life - we’ve found it useful to our company for keeping track of who’s who. We are also looking at it as a possible CRM application. The site is one of a growing offering by companies who monetise through adsense and which provide excellent resource for small companies competing for exposure to customers. Another is eSnips and Squidoo which offer sites/pages hosted with them on different C-Class IP addresses. The key on this genre of page hosting is to create a page but not to just leave it as if people will magically find it. Even ‘linked in’ has to be ‘linked to’ - otherwise it’s unlikely to be indexed by Google or the other SE’s. The so-called parasite hosting of many black hat SEO practicioners generally fails in leverage because of this factor - all it leaves is orphaned pages by the thousands.

January 31, 2008

Electronic Chess at its Finest

Filed under: Chess Miscellaneous — Baron Turner @ 2:08 am

The Novag Star Rub is a superb example of electronic chess. Whilst the Excalibur NY22 has beaten most of it’s rivals into a cocked hat with functionality, the Ruby still wins through with it’s slimline shape and it’s well thought out graphics. The model is one of the best of Novags lines and wins over it’s rivals through size and sophistication - many claim it still to be the best examples of electronic chess available.
Sadly the days of the Ruby appear numbered, unless it’s parent redesigns elements of the model to voefcome the restrictions of the new RoHS regulations. Pronounced “Ross” or “Rohas”, RoHS is a European Directive regarding ‘Restriction of Hazardous Substances’. It prevents new electrical and electronic equipment containing more than agreed levels of hazardous substance from coming onto the market. So far (Feb 2008) the Ruby is the only member of Novag’s family that has failed the regulation, so no new units can be manufactured until the company can demonstrate compliance. Come on Novag.

December 30, 2007

Chess Store Product Feed

Filed under: Chess Miscellaneous — Baron Turner @ 11:13 am

This store feed for chess computers, electronic chess from a UK chess retailer is an example of the power of RSS feeds from search engine optimisation companies such as TurnerDow.com in an increasingly competitive online space. As consumers become more and more savvy with respect to purchasing online, taking advantage of alternative, free means of marketing products becomes essential for survival. An online existence is expensive, much more so than for brick and mortar stores in the high street. Free shopping feeds clearly help that battle greatly.

October 1, 2007

Chess Sets in the USA

Filed under: Chess Miscellaneous — Baron Turner @ 11:11 pm

chess sets
A truly amazing chess sets store in the US is called ChessBaron USA, one of the family of stores owned by Baron Turner and Jonathan Stefanczyk. They have over 300 different kinds of chess sets with traditional, themes and unusual categories. We’ve never seen such great designs with a strong staunton flavor but a flair of design that sets the store apart from others. Check it out! Try the luxury chess sets section where the range is particularly strong, or if budget is an issue then the best value section appears to be the mid price category - there are many triple weighted chess sets with double queens, ebony or bud rosewood sets. A very cool site.

September 26, 2007

Artificial Intelligence in Chess Computing

Filed under: Chess Miscellaneous — Baron Turner @ 12:49 pm

As seen in pages such as this one on chess computer intelligence, the science of chess computing is alive and kicking at Cambridge University. Chess sets have the social edge but chess computers have the scientific community more engaged. The number of departments in universities across the world engaged in using chess for the furtherance and testing of computing power and computing technology is significant. Chess has always been a test bed for computer advance and is so at Cambridge. Professor Briscoe is particularly involved in computer intelligence at the university, and as the most prominent centre of higher education in the country if not in the world is at the forefront of the discipline. Professor Briscoe is a huge chess enthusiast.

July 17, 2007

New Electronic Chess Industry Blog

Filed under: Chess Miscellaneous — Baron Turner @ 6:27 pm

Growingly in chess circles, Electronic chess as an industry is a critical part of chess retailing, and a new blog at www.chess-computers.co.uk does a great job of showing how it works - especially in the UK. There’s a post on who dominates chess computer sales in the country and who they come from. It has a post on the best suppliers and a much needed discussion on which is the best top end chess computer out of the Excalibur Grandmaster and the Novag Citrine. We like the opinion on Saitek’s choice to delist their best product - the Expert, and agree with the comments on the quality finish of the Citrine. Thumbs up guys! More of the same - it’s great reading.

July 2, 2007

The New Excalibur Handheld - a boon to Chess Retailers

Filed under: Chess Miscellaneous — Baron Turner @ 11:39 pm

Wow! As Excalibur were unresponsive to our demands for more stock of the 404-D talking touch chess computer - what a result - a new chess computer that beats it’s competitors into first place several times over. The new handheld makes the most of their borrowed ‘New York Times’ brand phrase and includes a backlight along with their already enhanced LCD graphics. The NY22 has been a handheld in the past with the NYT name, but what a great way to use the NYT cache and the head start they had with the 404-D! Well done Excalibur - and may this lead to enhanced customer (aka retailer) relations to match the enhanced chess computer model!

June 11, 2007

Alert of Chess Computer and Chess Clock New Blogs

Filed under: Chess Miscellaneous — Baron Turner @ 10:15 pm


Hey - at last - two blogs dedicated to Chess Computers and chess clocks - the site chesscomputer.co.uk and chessclock.co.uk. In retail terms - for any chess retail site, chess computers have become a major factor in sales - particularly at Christmas - they appear to be a great pressy. The major there manufacturers are Saitek, Excalibur and Novag - all produce models that are strong in their software and have many useful features (see this pick of the best at Squidoo chess computers). The other blog deals with chess timers, chess clocks are much lower in volume but are in steady demand.

The History of Chess

Filed under: Chess Miscellaneous — Baron Turner @ 9:03 am

Chess is said to be one of the oldest games of skill known to man. Some historians claim that the history and origin of chess can be traced down to as early as the 2nd century, and its country of origin to be China. In China, at that time people were playing a game very similar to chess called Xiangqi. Yet others think that chess (played very similar to what we know today) originated in India around 6th century where it was played as Chataranga (in Sanskrit).

Mention about the game was found at the same time in Persia where it was known by the name of Shatranj (very similar to the Indian name, Chataranga). Documented evidence of the game is found around the 7th century where there is clear mention about the description of the chess pieces – though not exactly as we know them today. First the game spread across Asia; in Japan it was called Shogi, in China Xiangqi, and in Persia Shatranj.

In the mid 9th century the chess game navigated to Europe, most like through invasions by Persian and other Moslem armies. There the name of the chess had been altered to Shah (King in Persian) alluding to the game rules, as we know them today. By 10th century the game of chess was well known all over Europe.


June 5, 2007

Lighten Up - Chess is Fun

Filed under: Chess Miscellaneous — Baron Turner @ 11:03 am

chess for kids      chess for schools

Two sites that promote chess for schools and chess for kids are these on Geocities that have serious information - substantial comment and authority but presented in the form of humour. As an example for schools: “The last five decades has yielded scientific research into the benefits of chess for children and has been dramatically documented and presented to school commitees and groups globally.” Heringer talks about his experience with his son who had great difficulty reading. Chess analysis helped his son distinguish elements of words such that reading skill followed.

In the chess for kids site - the site highlights how psychologist Adrian de Groot demonstrated that the success factor for chess Grandmasters was to recognise ‘chunks’ of information - positions on the board that could be assimilated in just 5 seconds. This leads to the concept of using chess as a mental development tool.

May 29, 2007

Chess Puzzles

Filed under: Chess Miscellaneous — Baron Turner @ 8:16 am

Chess puzzles are becoming more and more popular among chess players and starters for enhancing their chess playing skills.
This site has a detailed page on Chess Puzzles which will surely enhance your chess playing abilities.

There are 3 variations of chess puzzles today.

  • Orthodox and Tactical Chess Puzzles
  • Heterodox Chess Puzzles
  • Chess Miner Chess Puzzles

Orthodox and tactical chess puzzles are closely mimic a traditional chess game and on many levels are best designed to develop an individual’s abilities with traditional and conventional chess play.

Heterodox chess puzzles invoke conditions that are not possible in traditional chess play. For example, with these types of chess puzzles a player could have multiple kings on his or her side of the board.

Finally, with chess miner chess puzzles a person is left to determine where missing chess pieces are located based on information provided pertaining to chess pieces that actually are visibly present and the location of those chess pieces.

May 23, 2007

GPS, Base, Froogle - or whatever they’re calling it today

Filed under: Chess Miscellaneous — Baron Turner @ 4:46 pm

XML Chess Set Product Feed
This example can be seen at GPS chess sets. In chess sales - it’s a great idea to use whatever free exposure anyone will provide - especially if the ‘anyone’ is Google. What started as Froogle became Google Base and now has the less nerdy title Google Product Base, or GPS. Sounds like some new cell-phone calling system huh?

Though GPS is a boon for listing your products - it does tend to get lost in the maze of products available. One or two companies are now emerging to create an optimised XML product feed to prioritise your products - it works wonders and we’ve already had sales and loads of extra exposure. Not easy though and needs some heavy technical know-how especially of XML. No pain, no gain huh?

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