Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Loner's Chess Club

Chessmaster was one of the first chess products I bought and with hindsight the only chess product I really need. The Guru Mansion is filled with chess books/DVDs/Magazine et al. Most of them waiting for some love and devotion.

What makes Chessmaster unique? I think Chessmaster is among the best products when it comes to mimicing bad chess. It is not perfect but good enough if you consider that the Chessmaster Personalities are always ready for a slow came and they do not mind if you have to exit your Chess Cave using Ctrl-P and deal with your real life.

Going to a Chess Club does, in theory, sound like a nice thing but all the practicalities makes it borderline impossible.

Activities at the Loner's Chess Club

The morning work-out is always (almost daily) tactics problems. The site used depends on the amount of time available. I solve problems until I have missed the solution of three problems. That little gimmic makes the problem solving a little bit more fun and focused.

On a weekly basis, I try to get my four game matches with Chessmaster Personalities going.

The Reading group at the Loner's Chess Club is on hold as the key memeber is spending his limited chess minutes on matches against silicon opponents.


  1. Loner's Chess Club! LOL! love it!

  2. :)

    By the way is ACIS of chess still going ?

  3. I've played a few matches against Chessmaster personalities, too. I must admit that Chessmaster is excellent software for having everything needed in a single program. Even so, with a battery of more expensive programs--ChessBase 11, multiple engines in the Fritz interface, Chess Informant Expert--and with several excellent websites, many months go between my use of Chessmaster.

    Worth noting: Chessmaster 2100 brought me back into chess after nearly a decade away, and did so in a manner that did not interfere with graduate school. That was Autumn 1989.

  4. Yes, ACIS of chess is still going! ;-D

  5. I too am familiar with the loner's chess club, great name by the way. Tactics and online play (G15) are the order of the day at my loner's chess club.

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