Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, is a great project for building a reliable, free encyclopedia. It is developed and distributed following the principles of free software. The English version started in 2001, and now contains far more than 100'000 articles.
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Takitez : Takitez is a software company that, among other things, provides open
shareware JDK1.0.2 compatible Java Applets for the general public.
Takitez.com is published using a sophisticated content management
currently under development.
Brass chess sets: view and order online these beautiful brass and aluminium chess sets, for chess passionates and collectors.
Gameknot : a very good free site of online gaming. The main feature is turn-based playing (like correspondence chess), but it allows also rapid games. Features: Elo rating, tournaments, teams.
Chess on Wikipedia: a complete introduction to game's rules, strategy and tactics, openings, history and links. The openings pages are organized using the ECO codes and the most important ones are exposed in specific pages.
Performance Calculator : simple web page for calculating your performance in a tournament; to do that you only need to insert the ELO ratings of your opponents.
For chess lovers, history and chess variants curious: Chess Variants: you will see the evolution of
"the most beautiful game of the world" from its older known variant (the indian
Chaturanga, appeared more than 1000 years ago!) to the arab chess (Shatranj) which helped
the game spreading in Europe during the Middle Age. There are also dozens of other
old and modern variants, such as the beloved "Bughouse", and the 3-dimensional chess of
Olympbase: a site about the Chess Olympiad's history, full of informations and being updated often. Contains the results and statistics of past editions (from 1927) and a growing collection of games from the world's most important team tournament.
Chessvideos.tv: a fantastic forum where daily new videos of chess theory are posted, at various levels (from beginner to advanced).
For chess lovers and other board games lovers (checkers, otello, chinese checkers, tic-tac-toe,
etc.): Zillions of Games: from this site you can
download a program which wants to become the universal platform for board games:
in facts, as the name says, using a single program you can play an infinity of games,
from the most traditional ones to the strangest variants
(have you ever tried Chaturanga, cylindrical chess, or checkers with, at you choice, 12, 15, 20 men?)
or even invent your own rules for your personalized game. You can download the free shareware
version, or register and get the key to unlock all features.
www.ItsYourTurn.com : an excellent free site for online gaming. There are dozens of games, from the most traditional ones (Chess, Backgammon, Reversi, Go-moku, Checkers, Go, Stack 4 ..) to the strangest variants (Chinese chess, Anti-chess, Anti-Backgammon, Italian checkers, Russian checkers, Polish checkers, Go 13x13, Go 9x9 ..). The site uniqueness is that games are turn based (not live); for example chess players will find a nice mix between correspondence chess and on line games.