Welcome to our store for Chess Sets, Chess Boards, Chess Computers, Chess Software and Chess Clocks. We have hundreds of fine chess products from the world's finest chess store - ChessBaron. We ship worldwide. Our chess pieces are of the finest woods such as ebony, redwood (also known as bud rosewood and red sandalwood), rosewood and sheesham. Our boards are solid genuine wood products, not the veneer that most chess stores supply.

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?

May 5, 2007

Web 2.0 and Chess Sales

Filed under: Chess Miscellaneous — Baron Turner @ 11:43 pm

web 2.0
Take for example this site for chess computer listings in squidoo, or this eSnips page on chess computers and their electronic merits by a chess retailer. How do they affect sales? How does Web 2.0 affect sales of chess through the web? Briefly Web 2.0 refers to the democratisation of the internet, where instead of relying on the judgment of search engines to bring results to us - we rely instead on the collective judgment of other visitors/customers to determine the worth of a site. This is accomplished by such sites as del.icio.us, digg and squidoo to vote for us on the worth of web sites.

The trouble is - no-one really knows the actual results, unless we ask chess customer how they found us. This is sometimes possible and often not. But it is wise to observe what internet visionaries tell us, whilst we refuse to put all our eggs in one basket - the fact is that the web is developing at such a pace that it’s impossible for anyone to say what shape eCommerce is really going to resemble months, let alone years from now. Web 2.0 however has everyone in agreement, the collective votes of ‘the people’ are a better indication of a sites worth than the warring search engine monarchies.

May 1, 2007

Novag Obsidian Chess Computer

Filed under: Chess Miscellaneous — Baron Turner @ 12:38 am

Obsidian Chess Computer
As one of the manufacturing leaders of electronic chess computers, the novag company have done a superb job of this machine. Concentrating on the software, they have made a very strong chess engine for this price level. The computer can connect to a PC for enhanced visualisation and development. It has a database built in that has a 8,900 opening book. It has a 16MHz RISC processor and in summary is the most competitive chess computer in this price range.
The Obsidian playing surface is 9 inches square. It has a carry case for the pieces and the electronic board, and the pieces are felt bottomed and made in genuine sheesham wood. In the world of game computers, the Obsidian chess computer is outstanding!

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