I’ve rediscovered chess. Hadn’t you heard? Yeah, apparently chess went missing some time last year, lucky I found it!
I had a couple of chess programs, including Waxman, a 16-bit shareware version that I’m still rather fond of, that seems to have dropped off the face of the internet, and a couple of versions for my Psions (3mx and 5mx), but I wanted something a little meatier. A couple of weeks ago I bought the Chessmaster 10th Edition from Ubisoft, which is rather good with its tutorials and other extras. I still prefer the 2D newspaper-style board to the complex 3D versions, however.
I’m also ploughing my way through a couple of chess books, one by a Scottish grandmaster. My friend Matthew has challenged me to a game before he leaves Edinburgh later this year.