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These are the chess-related activities of members of the Club during the week, when we are not engaged in regular meetings. This also includes a listing for you of those chess venues which are located elsewhere. Search out the:
Justin Michael Jenkins is an artist and writer who has created some quite quite well executed and, indeed, visually fascinating images, all of them connected with the game of chess. His work has been highly praised and he now has it online where you can view it at Chess Art, and see his philosophical explications of it at Chessart Essay. So, enjoy already!
Alexander Alekhine - Born in Russia in 1892, he became a chess Master in 1909 at age sixteen. He went on to become the world's champion in chess from 1927-1935, and 1937-1946. During his reign as champion he granted a four minute interview to a BBC commentator in 1938. You can listen to the interview, here available as an MP3 file.
Chess Club Publicity - Our chess club has, over the years, attracted a fair amount of publicity from the press of the Los Angeles area. Below are some of these publications, together with links to the dates of the articles' publication.
(Los Angeles) Downtown News - June 9, 2006
Los Angeles Times (Our Times) - July 9-15, 1999
(USC) Daily Trojan - Sept. 25, 1991
SCCF Club Directory - A directory of clubs throughout the Southern California area, which can range from being either free or have hefty membership dues for participation. The list is maintained by the Southern California Chess Federation, an official affiliate of the USCF. The directory contains extensive contact information and is constantly updated.
Chesmayne Chess Dictionary - A very comprehensive English dictionary of chess words and terminology.
Chess Equipment - Los Angeles Area
The Chess Baron - This is a place to explore the entire range of what you would like to have in the way of chess equipment. Their selection is on the Web at ChessBaron Their American outlet is located at 814 E. Avenida de los Arboles, that's in Thousand Oaks, CA 91360. They accept inquiries by telephone at 1 866 91CHESS, and also at their e-mail address.
ChessSets.com - Omaha, NB; This is a company that supplies good-quality chess sets, and that conducts such matters primarily online. You can find out more about what they have to offer in the way of sets, and other related equipment, by using their various means of contact which are available at their Web site, which is at: http://www.chesssets.com.
Chess Teachers - Los Angeles Area
Felix Bogopolsky - Located in the Hollywood district, he is a USCF-rated Master in chess and gives private lessons. His address is 7235 Hollywood Blvd. #208, Los Angeles, CA 90046, with his cellphone number being 323 807 0839, homephone/fax number is 323 845 0839, and his e-mail address also a way of contacting him. Tell the man we sent you.
Bruce Forman - Based also in the Hollywood area, he is a USCF-rated Master in chess. His address is 4673 Hollywood Blvd., #123, Los Angeles, CA 90027. Feel free to contact him for lessons at his phone number, which is 1 213 428 0754. Tell him you read about him here.
Robert Hassan James - Based in the Compton area, he is a USCF-rated Expert in chess. His address is 663 W. Compton Blvd., Compton, CA 90220. He teaches both adults and children, in schools and elsewhere, in a program he calls his Chess Clinic for developing critical thinking and IQ. Feel free to contact him for lessons at his e-mail address email@example.com, or at his phone number, which is 1 323 571 1736. Tell him you read about him here.
Boris Kreiman - We are now talking about a USCF-rated Grand Master in chess who has founded, and is President and Head Coach of the Kreiman Chess Academy, which offers, among other things, curricular and afterschool programs, winter and summer camps, private and group lessons, tournaments, and in addition, workshops and seminars. You can contact him at his e-mail address , at his office by calling 323 467 3213 or 877 257 0031, and also at his cellphone number 323 302 3777. Tell the Grand Master that you heard about him here!
Dan Wong - He is a USCF-rated Master in chess, based in the San Fernando Valley area. He is a full-time chess teacher, and is ready to receive your call to take chess lessons. Telephone him at 1 818 980 8033, or contact him at his e-mail address. Tell the Master that you heard about him here.
Internet - Chess Play by E-Mail
International Correspondence Chess Federation - Arriach, Austria; Founded originally in 1928 as the Internationaler Fernschachbund, this is the oldest worldwide organization for promoting the playing of chess by players at a distance. They've stayed current by facilitating chess games and tournaments by e-mail. Visit their Web site to correspond with their officers and join the organization.
International E-Mail Chess Club - A club founded in 1995, with today more than 3,000 members worldwide. It provides chess players the chance of playing, for free, rated players for games by e-mail in a friendly environment. It also provides a wide variety of other events in which players can participate.
Cowplay.com - A site where you see your own and your opponent's position and make you moves on a Web-enhanced chessboard. The moves are conveyed back and forth by e-mail. You have up to 72 hours to make your move.
Internet - Internet Relay Chat (yea, verily behold þe olde IRC)
Internet Relay Chat Networks Voila IRCnet UniBG EFnet EnterTheGame Smart-IRC QuakeNet #solidarit #chess #chess #chess #chessaaj #schach #chess #PristisChessClub
Internet - World Wide Web - Chess Playing Online
Chess Gaming Zone
Cowplay.com - A site where you see your own and your opponent's position on a Web-enhanced chessboard. The moves are conveyed back and forth by e-mail. You have up to 72 hours to make a move.
ExpoPark PlayChess - Kasparov faced off against Big Blue. You can face off against our own chess-playing program. So, step up and try your luck - sucker!
Yahoo Chess - A major online site with a very easy to use interface, and always a huge number of players (rarely less than 9,000!) available for a game, or several of them. Players range in skill from the greenest beginners to Master's level; Take your pick!
Internet - World Wide Web - Chess Game Collections
Chessgames Around the Internet - Download, for free, compressed files of literally millions of chessgames from around the world. Player abilities are all the way from world-class to those of more moderate abilities. Files are arranged according to country of origin.
ChessGames.com - A database of more than 257,000 historic chess games, dating from the late-19th century to the present, as played by the Masters. The games can be accessed by player, opposing player, opening, year of the game, or number of moves in the game. The games represented are played out on-screen in an easy-to-use, animated interface with which you can have learned commentary and annotation of the game.
Internet - World Wide Web - Online Journals
Chess Journalists of America- An organization created to promote high quality chess journalism, to provide assistance to the working journalist through articles and contacts, and to recognize chess journalism at its best through an annual awards program.
Chessville - There are a huge number of Web links to chess sites, a varied and comprehensive selection of chess tutorials, a discussion forum, reviews of recent books on the game, together with the opportunity to subscribe, by e-mail, to a free newsletter on chess matters.
This Week in Chess - A weekly review of chess news including book reviews, obituaries, reviews of chess news of previous years, news of play by Masters and various leagues.
Los Angeles Public Library - Chess Clubs
Public Parks - Los Angeles Area
Bixby Park - Located at 130 Cherry Ave. in Long Beach. That's between Ocean and Broadway Bl., and between Cherry and Junipero Aves. This public park is open from Monday to Saturday betwwen noon and 6:00 PM. The chess players usually start showing up about 2:00 PM. The use of this public facility is free.
Glendale Chess Park - Located at 227 N. Brand Blvd. in Glendale. That's on N. Brand Blvd., a little more than a block north of the Glendale Galleria. The Chess Park is a venue that opened on July 17, 2004, and has 16 chess tables. It is open seven days a week and has lighting for playing in the evenings.
Roxbury Park - The chess players gather on the inside patio of the park, which is located at 471 S. Roxbury Dr. in Beverly Hills. The easiest way to get there is to drive on W. Olympic Bl. and turn south onto S. Roxbury Dr. Look for the players anytime between Noon and 4:00 PM.
Santa Monica International Chess Park - Chess tables are available from sunup to sundown daily on the promenade just south of the Santa Monica Pier. There is casual chess, blitz, a chess bulletin board, and a large demonstration board. Internet access planned. Free!
Santa Monica Bay Chess Club - The club meets from 7:00 to 11:00 PM on Mondays in Joslyn Park. The park's address is: 633 Kensington Road in Santa Monica. That's 5 blocks south of Pico Blvd, and 2 blocks west of Lincoln Blvd. This club has fairly frequent tournaments for prize money, and the club does charge dues to be an ongoing member.
Retail Outlets - Los Angeles Area
Miracle Mile Newstand Café - This is a newspaper and magazine sales stand located in Los Angeles' Miracle Mile district. The address is: 5325 Wilshire Blvd. That's on the northeast corner of Detroit St. and Wilshire Blvd., one block west of La Brea Ave. Very strong chess players frequent the tables here. The stand supplies a few chess sets and boards; Bring your own chess set and board, just in case. Be decisively defeated by the best LA has to offer! For further information call 1 213 591 3281
Lulu's Alibi - This is a coffee shop in the West Los Angeles area. The address is 1640 Sawtelle Blvd., which is on the west side of Sawtelle, about a half-block south of Santa Monica Bl. It's about one block west of I-405, the San Diego freeway. The best time to find a chess game is anytime at night until about midnight or 1:00 AM.
Starbuck's Coffee: Hollywood - This is located in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles, at the northeast intersection of Hollywood Blvd. and Western Ave. The address is 5453-D Hollywood Blvd. The chess players can be encountered weekday afternoons at the tables outside on the north side of the store. For further particulars call the store at 323 462 5506.
Starbuck's Coffee: Ladera Center - This is located in the West Los Angeles area near LAX. The address is 5301 Centinela Ave., which is on Centinela almost a block west of La Tijera Blvd. in the shopping center. The chess activity starts any evening from about 6:00 PM and continues until whenever.
Tang's Donuts - This is a donut shop located in the Silverlake district of Los Angeles. The address is: 4341 W. Sunset Blvd. That's on Sunset Blvd. just south of the intersection of Sunset with Fountain Ave. This place has a well-deserved reputation for attracting some rather strong chess players. Bring your own chess set and board. The time for action is 6:00 PM until the early hours of the morning - seven days a week! For further information call the shop at 323 662 4085.
Usenet/UUCP Newsgroups - Chess-Related
alt.fairs.renaissance.livingchess - This form of chess was first introduced into Europe by Charles Martel in 735 A.D.(There are other historical chess references at this site). Living Chess is a form of chess-playing in which the chess pieces are actual persons on a large life-sized chess board. The most famous example of such a game was played in Sept. 1454 at Marostica, Italy, and is recreated there during the second week of September in even-numbered years.
rec.games.chess.misc - This is the newsgroup in which general chess news, including the date and results of our own tournaments, is announced and posted.
rec.games.chess.play-by-email - This is the newsgroup in which you can either solicit or respond to offers of such games.
rec.games.chess.politics - Do not enter unless you can appreciate endless Byzantine intrigues and complications!
For a more complete selection of newsgroups devoted to chess, feel free to use the following search engine. Enter the word "chess".
Some of our more gifted club members were actively involved in the, locally founded and based, LA Chess League. Our club's team members did reasonably well in play against their many and varied opponents. Note their performance during the Fall 2001 and Spring 2002 rounds of play. Our team, who had Chris Habu as its captain, concluded its participation in the Fall 2002 season, before the League's demise.
And when not playing at our own Exposition Park (our Headquarters!), you can play during the week and keep your mind and soul active by solving challenging chess problems.
If you need to find out more about the news above, or contribute some chess-related news of your own to this club site, feel free to contact me:
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