DGT 3000 chess clock has it all – with a large display

The DGT3000 was launched in October 2014 and is DGT’s most advanced chess clock yet. It connects to all DGT e-Boards and is in full accordance with FIDE rules and regulations. The DGT3000 replaces the DGT XL and has many new features seconds are shown from the start larger display with more information 25 pre-set timing systems 5 slots for customized settings 5 year warranty! A large, clear display that’s easy to read is a must for any chess clock. And that’s what the DGT 3000 offers. At 3.5 x 13 cm (1.38″ tall x 5.12″ wide) that’s one single large display that gives all the information you need! Finally, here’s a clock that has all the delay methods so you can easily chose the one you like – Fischer, US Delay, and Bronstein. I read through the manual and have been very impressed with the setting methods and their arrangement. You can set 5 of your own custom settings, and to reset to your favorite method, just press the power button twice. This integrates with the DGT boards! So you can see which moves to play and the players times. Imagine sitting in a different room, completely away from your compute, and enjoying a slow game of chess against Fritz, Rybka, or Komodo, or a live person somewhere in another part of the world via internet chess server! A DGT board, not the clock, comes with the interface cable to connect them. Previously, the DGT XL clock was the only clock that integrated with the DGT boards. The clock will last 5 years turned off, and the batteries...

The Pawn Gets No Respect

  Sometimes thought of as the weakest pieces in a Chess game, the pawns have often lacked the respect of novice chess players. These pieces are seen as disposable, powerless, and meant to be trampled upon by other, more important Chess pieces. However, you might be surprised to know that pawns can be some of the most dangerous pieces in a Chess game, and they deserve your respect. Pawn Chains Are Stronger:  Despite your level of Chess play, you can decipher at first glance that some pawns are in better positions of power than others. A lone pawn is in danger, but a pawn supported by his diagonal buddy has a strong chance of breaking through enemy lines.  Amazingly, pawn chains are stronger because they can protect each other and even other pieces. That pawn chain is far better than doubled and isolated pawns; one in front of another, which cannot defend each other and are easy prey. Protect Your Points: Sometimes the Chess pawn is seen as insignificant because each one’s only worth a single point. However, there are eight pawns on each side, which means you’ve eight points to gain from your opponent or eight points you could lose. In Chess, even 2 points can make or break a game, and you want to protect your points while collecting the pawn points of the other Chess player. Pawns Can Be Promoted:  In a serious game of Chess, pawns that successfully clear the board and make it to the other side can be promoted to any piece of its own color – except for the King. This means...

5 Key Decisions You Need to Make During a Chess Game

  Chess is a game of strategy and smarts, so it doesn’t actually matter how experienced your opponent is: If you can out-think them to the very last move, you can claim a victory every time.   Here are just five questions to ponder during your next chess game.   Which Game Are You Playing? Chess actually has three games in one. The opening game involves your first few moves and can immediately establish yourself as an offensive or defensive player. You can also win or lose in the opening. So be watchful! The middle game’s when pieces are captured and the pawns form the battle structure. The endgame’s when you’re closing in on your opponent or when they’re closing in on you. If you can develop one of these games into a specialty, you’ll have a much greater chance of becoming a chess champion.   How Important is your Queen? As the most powerful piece on the board, it’s an understandable impulse to protect your queen at all costs. And you should, so watch every move your opponent makes in case a tactic threatens her. But a well-timed “trade” or giving up your queen for the capturing of your opponent’s at the same time, could be a good choice if it leaves you with a slightly favorable positioning for the rest of your pieces as you enter the endgame. You’ll both be short your most versatile piece, but you won’t have to worry about tactical prowess any longer. Entering an endgame with superior piece placement can be one of your secret advantages.   Are You Controlling the Center?...

an ultra portable full size chess set

The Silicon board folds compact and paired with a Quality Club Special set of pieces fits inside a backpack or the like – no need for an extra carrying case. The Silicon board is a full size 20″ board with 2 1/4″ squares. You’ll notice the pieces grip the board more than vinyl boards. Players that play very fast chess might not like this as much. The pieces do not bounce as they do with a rubber board however – so that’s a positive. Fold the board several times to store in one of the two zipper pouches. Extremely versatile 1.1mm silicon chess board folds or rolls very compact and resists wrinkle memory. Plus it’s easy to clean. And it’s available in a few colors. Bags produced in high quality vinyl. Add a chess clock for 10x the fun. Will from Northampton, MA Says Grippy and thin board An extremely durable and crushable board. It is very grippy and pieces will not slide on board. It must be rinsed regularly as it super-attracts any dirt, hair, pollen and other bits of “stuff” on the table or air. It can be crushed into a front pocket and then unfolds perfectly flat every time. The board I got had a faulty print on the number 2 and 3 and should have been sold as irregular. Get your ultra portable chess set...

The Companion Resource Guide for Lego Chess Sets

Where to find, how to make, how to buy: I love LEGO sets. Over most other toys I buy for my son, I enjoy buying him LEGO sets because I enjoy putting them together… ah, with him, of course. So, working with Chess House, it was natural that I should eventually wonder about LEGO chess sets. And so began the search to find what sets are out there and available. What I found was amazing–chess sets offered by LEGO, sets made by fans, more sets made by LEGO Star Wars fans, and the list goes on. But what if I actually wanted to have a LEGO chess set for my own… er, my own son? Where would one go to purchase? Could I go to learn how to make or build a chess set or have one made? And, even more fundamentally, what set should be purchased? Fear not though! Taking upon myself the heavy yoke I have blazed a trail before you, being your guide to finding a LEGO chess set to meet your needs and budget. The short answer? While there is an amazing amount of LEGO chess creations out there, only a relative few (although still good) choices remain for those looking for something within a reasonable budget and a limited time frame. For those with time and a larger budget, the path is bigger, but there are still some sets that are a steep climb to find or have commissioned. So let’s get started! : The Obvious Answer At this time, LEGO only offers one LEGO chess set– that being the Kingdoms Chess Set.  ToysNbricks.com...

Cost to Raise Family Up 53% Since 1995; Net Worth Nearly Cut in Half: Strategic Ways Families Can Succeed

Families now spend an average of $222,360 to raise a child from birth to age 17—a 53% increase over the past fifteen years. (1) That’s one person working full-time nearly six years to cover the expenses of raising one child! During the global financial crisis and ensuing recession, median family net worth fell by over 38% from 2007-2010. For many, that’s nearly two decades of savings wiped out in just a few years! These troublesome trends are requiring most of us to rethink our jobs, opportunities, income—and of course, our expenses. But in spite of the rising costs to raise a child, the decline in families’ average net worth and the intense social pressures facing your kids these days, remember this: You still have the same 6,205 days to raise your child from birth to age 17.  How you choose to spend that time as a family makes all the difference in your child’s life. Whether you’re already enjoying activities together as a family—or whether you need to make time in your active schedule—time together develops trust, respect and unity over the years, which contributes enormously to your child’s well being. As a result, any financial limitations your family faces become less inhibiting to your child’s future success. The question is, will you be controlled by a busy schedule resulting from increased financial stress—giving up time with your family during these crucial years you have with them—or will you make it a priority  to spend time together with your children to help them grow in considering others, making good decisions, thinking ahead and becoming self-sufficient? No one has a...