Daily Blogging: where to find chess info
The ‘net chess world is NOT as big or diverse as some would like you to believe. I am not talking about the number of players out there, ofcourse, but instead about the number of good sites that offer some sort of value if you happen to pass by and visit for a few moments before going to work or whatever.
In the morning, with my first coffee –but only AFTER checking out what is happening in the REAL world–I like to find out what is happening today in the chess world that is different from yesterday. Who died? What tournament has just started? Who won in yesterday’s round at such and such a tournament. As well, what is happening in the world of chess politics?
And let’s not forget about TWITTER! Most of the chess world exists on twitter: it is a lazyman‘s type of blogging. You can get your message out quickly and you don’t need to deal with proof-reading, content issues or plagarism. Twitter is the plagarist’ paradise: no one is going to sue you for stealing their work….
But twitter chess sites do NOT offer any real value. How could they? You only have a hundred or so characters to play around with, perhaps a photo or a link or two. It is a revealing sign of the general overall lack of quality out there on the chess ‘net when most bloggers have fully switched over to twitter and let their blogging die off or slowly choke to death….
NEVER THE LESS, my daily routine over my first coffee sees me spend between 30 to 50 percent of my time taking a look at the leading chess personalities’ latest twitters. As I write a popular blog, information is important. Over on the right sidebar you can find a ‘Selected Links‘ listing, and if you scroll down you can come across ‘Favourite Twitter Links‘. While not complete, it reads as a ‘Who’s Who?’ of the chess world.
Another group of chess sites that I ALWAYS take a quick look at are included in the ‘Popular Sites‘ listing on the sidebar. This grouping includes a more serious selection of bloggers and/or commercial ventures. Here the information that you find will likely be filtered and (usually, but not always) verified before being published. Unlike twitter, which is NEVER verified before being published.
Ofcourse, this selection is subjective. I like Colovic’s writings, always sincere and objective, and of excellent chess quality.. Lombardy finds himself on the list because he is colourful and anti-establishment: his views always add perspective and depth to anything he discusses. Week’s ‘Chess for all ages’ is one of my all time favourites and needs no justification to include on the list.
Some of the other sites on the list such as ChessBase, ChessDom, Chess24, Chess.com and Europe Echecs present a vast amount of information and services for all levels of players. Most of them cover the same current news items, but in different depths and qualities. ChessBase has the advantage of presenting news in three different languages (English, German and Spanish), but quality-wise the weakest of the group in terms of information (just cut and paste a la Susan Polgar-type of chess content). Europe Echecs has probably the best quality content and coverage ( it is perhaps the oldest magazine format chess site in the world), but focuses on too few tournaments. Chess.com is a bit disorganized, but is a gold mine of information if you are willing to dig a bit to find it.