Intro

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hi all

I'm coming from Switzerland, 50 years old, economist, member of the founding national sports betting team as a bookmaker (the bookies set and change the quota). Chess is a hobby for me, no rating. I learned chess as a child from my father, we followed a small booklet from swiss master Henry Grob (he got the IM title in 1950 at its inauguration), called 'Lerne Schach spielen'. My first contact with competitive chess: the legendary chess crown duel in 1978 at Baguio City between Karpov and Korchnoi.

Greatest chess player of all time from my point of view: Garry Kasparov. Garry was for more than twenty years in a row the undisputed number one, consecutively at the top in a ultra-intensive and never-ever-before-so-hard-and-rapidly-changing revolutionized computer chess world of the present day; by a nose in front of Bobby Fischer (he was overwhelming dominating for a concise time, from 1970 to 1972, but afterwards volunteerly absent, though inventing the digital clock), and Capablanca, Karpov, Korchnoi, the Lion from Leningrad, Tal, the Wizard from Riga, and in no particular order, Anand, Alekhine, Lasker, Botvinnik, Keres, Steinitz, and Morphy, of course, as well as many further chess greats near equal, it depends of the criteria you use for chess strength & ingenuity:

  • paradigm shifting and innovations
  • uniqueness, originality, novelties
  • energy, stamina, longevity
  • theory leading, home/engine preparation
  • analyzing power, searching for the truth
  • practical otb results, competitive spirit, intuition
  • popular acclaim, cultural influence beyond chess

Best player today is obviously magnificient Magnus Carlsen, reigning World Chess Champion since 2013 and clear no. 1 of the world ranking in classical chess, achieving a new all-time-record rating (not taking ELO inflation into account), seeming for some time in a stratospheric distance to the rest of the world - well, there are always hungry guys on the road all over the planet :)

Personal all-time-favourite: the enigmatic and infatigueable Viktor Korchnoi with his highly creative and combative style:

www.chessdiagonals.ch is honouring his life and chess achievements and gives a comprehensive survey of his tournamant wins (individual international invitation tournaments, international open tournaments (swiss system), national championships, matches, team and first board prizes), with an exclusive World Ranking survey and 1st Prizes chronology of Viktor Korchnoi.

Included is a historical abstract of the four longest - annually - running major international tournaments, <Hastings> *1920/21 (winter congresses with the first summer congress in 1895), <Wijk aan Zee, Beverwijk> (Hoogovens, later Corus, today Tata Steel) *1938, <Sarajevo> (Bosna) *1957, and <Havana>, sometimes also at other cuban venues (Capablanca Memorial) *1962; as well as the International Chess Festival of <Biel / Bienne> which is lasting since 1968; plus for the first time in the world wide web, a wrap-up is featuring the legendary tournaments of <Banja Luka> (Kasparov // Chiburdanidze // Korchnoi) and <Lugano>, a big International Open Festival in the 1980s (Sosonko // Seirawan // Korchnoi).

Further chess chronicles and histories will be added occasionally.

This scientific website is strictly non-commercial, non-selling, has no political, religious, racial, sexual, or whatsoever hidden agenda. Just enjoy!

Please note, this is not a forum! For that purpose compare the given sources. I highly recommend www.chessgames.com, the respected reference forum of the international chess community, founded by Daniel Freeman and Alberto Artidiello, I also much admire the fundamentals of computational scientist and mathematician Jeff Sonas, inventor of the retrospective, inflation-free Historical ELO, establishing in www.chessmetrics.com a new approach on calculating ratings, and a regular contributor on chess statistical analysis in www.chessbase.com (founded by Frederic Friedel and Matthias Wüllweber, a database and daily up-dated chess newsletter with event coverage and in-depth reports of various chess topics), I adore the tremendous work of Wojtech Barcelski, who opened since 2003 the best chess collection for team competitions, the gorgeous www.olimpbase.org, with all results and games from chess team events, I marvel at the pioneering service of Mark Crowther, editing a leading site for up-to-date chess news and games www.theweekinchess.com (TWIC) since its inception in 1994, happy birthday twenty fine years later! I glory in the colossal creativity and blogs of hundreds of chess enthusiasts all over the world wide web and online chess sites as for instance www.chess.com (by Peter Doggers and his staff, with reader contributions of note). The web is the window to the world, during my childhood it was the television, let my recall William Hartston who has made so many TV appearances and event coverages in chess for the BBC in the 1970s and 1980s. I am deeply appreciated of the time and effort of all chess friends devoted to the development of the art of the royal game. I pay tribute to them and gratefully acknowledge their contributions. For more important and informative links, please see "sources and readings".

The Game of Chess:

The game of chess has been played for centuries. About half a billion people today play chess worldwide,  and the game has been massively adopted by cultures in every continent around the globe, rich in heritage, diversity, and magnitude. Chess is really universal: race, creed, disability, status are all no barrier.

People of all ages, from every region and walk of life, study and play it. Like all truly classic things, chess stands the test of time  and will no doubt continue to fascinate people throughout the world.

The game enjoys immense popularity, especially in Russia and Eastern Europe, chess is also particularly popular in India and China. Today, Chess is probably the fastest growing sport.

Chess is also one of the most powerful educational tools  available to develop and strengthen thinking and cognitive processes. Schools are increasingly embracing chess as a sport that complements education.

Chess on the Web:

Chess has emerged in its element as a real force in the 21st Century. Modern technology has ensured the birth of a whole new generation of enthusiastic amateur and professional players of all years and both sexes, amazing easily to play each other on our planet at any time.

If you have any suggestions, critics, or spot inaccuracies, feel free to write me:
diagonal (@) bluewin.ch

A tribute to Viktor Lvovich Korchnoi, International Grandmaster of Chess
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Best wishes, may Caissa be with all of the chess community

Edward, from Berne with love Herz
www.chessdiagonals.ch

Marcel Duchamp. Portrait of Chess Players - Portrait de joueurs d'echecs. 1911. Oil on canvas 108 x 101 cm. The Philadelphia Museum of Art