1. Standard memberJohn of Reading
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    10 Jan '09 16:51
    I note that the three chessboards on the home page are now "recent checkmates".

    Sadly, I am now less likely to spend any time looking at those boards. I find that the games worth exploring are those between strong players; and those games tend to end in resignation, not checkmate.

    What do you think?
  2. Standard memberivan2908
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    10 Jan '09 17:302 edits
    I like "recent checkmates" more than I liked "recent games". I've run into some very interesting mating positions by looking at it. It's not the page of the site where you'll stay for long anyway, so it has more of a decorative purpose.
  3. Standard memberO Artem O
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    10 Jan '09 17:44
    wow i didnt even notice they changed them

    also found these 2 links
    http://www.timeforchess.com/chess/grandmaster-games/index.php
    http://www.timeforchess.com/chess/openings/index.php

    when were these added?
  4. Standard memberLukerik
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    10 Jan '09 20:19
    I don't know, but they're very cool.
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    10 Jan '09 21:50
    Originally posted by O Artem O
    also found these 2 links
    http://www.timeforchess.com/chess/grandmaster-games/index.php
    http://www.timeforchess.com/chess/openings/index.php
    Excellent! Added to my favourites. 😀
  6. Standard memberO Artem O
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    10 Jan '09 22:22
    Originally posted by Jigtie
    Excellent! Added to my favourites. 😀
    lol so u didnt see them either 🙂

    wonder when they added them
  7. Standard memberLukerik
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    10 Jan '09 23:19
    I think Russ must be fulfilling a few New Year's resolutions.
  8. San Diego
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    12 Jan '09 20:04
    Originally posted by John of Reading
    I note that the three chessboards on the home page are now "recent checkmates".

    Sadly, I am now less likely to spend any time looking at those boards. I find that the games worth exploring are those between strong players; and those games tend to end in resignation, not checkmate.

    What do you think?
    I agree. Every once in a while I'd find interesting games to bookmark. While I do see interesting checkmates now, I won't find any games to bookmark, because (1) the games are already over and (2) as the original poster said, games between stronger players tend not to end in checkmate, and these are usually the more instructive and interesting games. How much interest and instruction can I get from a 900 vs. 1100 game in which one player drops a queen on the 8th move and the other promotes 2 queens for an overwhelming but unnecessary material advantage, then checkmate the loser by accident?
  9. Standard memberJohn of Reading
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    24 Feb '09 21:58
    It gets worse: they aren't "Recent checkmates" at all!

    I spotted an odd mating position that I thought I'd seen on the home page before, clicked through, and found that that the game ended in January 2009. A few more tries and I find games that ended in November/December 2008. What is the point?
  10. Standard memberSwissGambit
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    24 Feb '09 22:22
    There are much better ways to find games between strong players than using the 3 boards on the front page [no matter what they might show].
  11. e4
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    24 Feb '09 23:44
    SG is of course correct.

    I don't even look at the front screen.

    I spend a fair while (waiting for my opponents to move) just
    scanning their games looking for what may have been an
    interesting game.

    I've leaned on this site quite heavily over the past few months for
    my column.

    http://chessedinburgh.co.uk/chandler.php

    This place is a gold mine of games good and bad.

    I just wish there was someway you could access them all in one
    big DB. You could do a positon search and find out how many players
    have fallen for a Scholars type mate
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