Useful files, links and other information

Club information

The latest posts can be found here or by clicking on the Hamilton chess name in the header. You can also find us on Facebook. There is also the start of a collection of other contributions.

We have a Hamilton Chess Code of Ethics and HCC Privacy Statement. The Hamilton chess club is on facebook. As an incorporated society (Hamilton Chess Club Inc.), we have a constitution as well.

Beginner’s Chess Tips

The following link (a 3 page pdf file) gives a few good points for when starting out in chess, that covers basic techniques, planning your game, time management and how to survive a day of rapid chess: A beginners guide to chess. Also, parents often ask how they can help their child –  please see coaching tips for parents for some guidance.

How to Improve Your Chess

Some sites for tactical training and instruction

  • chess tactics server – free to register and try any number of time-limited tactic puzzles
  • gameknot – with free membership you can try 10 tactic puzzles a day

NZ sites of interest

NZ Chess – a range of National chess information – calendar, clubs, results, links
NZ Chess Federation information
NZCF on facebook

Western Bay of Plenty chess site

What’s on in Hamilton

Chess Suppliers

New Zealand Chess Supplies

Other sites of interest

World chess federation (FIDE)

Chess news (Chessbase)

A history and information about Staunton Chess sets

Chat/news sites
Chess chat – Australasian chess
New Zealand Chess Forum
The closet grandmaster
Chess express

A UK chess blogger

Chess as art – visualise how the computer thinks

and how Chess is represented through art (some 400 paintings!) is here

  1. Maureen Ion says:

    Hi there,

    My husband has quite a collection of chess books from when he played competitively in the 80s and 90s.

    He’s decided he no longer requires them.

    I’m wondering if you would be interested in them as a reference for your library? We are happy to donate them. There’s at least 100 of them.

    • Ian says:

      Thanks for your offer of chess books

      I don’t want to appear to look a gift horse in the mouth, but we don’t have a physical library as such, and no convenient place to store them. I am sure we could always find a good home for them but honestly Trade me might be the best bet

      PS Maybe your husband would want to come along to the club and play !!!!

      • Maureen Ion says:

        No problem at all. I think he still has an interest in chess but doesn’t really have time at this stage. Maybe in the next few years.

  2. Joe tyler says:

    Interested in coming along to your club night.Could you please phone me on 8234678. Many thanks
    Joe Tyler

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