Thursday, March 20, 2008

Backgammon and chess

Backgammon is yet another board game like chess but it's quite different. Like chess, backgammon has been subjected to extensive computer analysis and that has resulted in backgammon software that is capable of beating world-class human players.

One major difference is backgammon has more of an element of chance in it compared to chess so it's quite popular as a online betting game.

One such site that has backgammon as it's main game online is  This site has a very international approach as they have included multilingual features into their website where their game lobby supports 14 different languages including French, German, Spanish, English, Portuguese, Danish, Hebrew, Arabic, Turkish, Greek, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, and now Bulgarian. Even their online support which currently supports English will be manned by multilingual operators in future.

Besides backgammon, the site also offers blackjack and poker software. Of course, this means the site is an online betting site so it's similar to casino/gambling site where real money is used. It's also natural for the site to support multiple currencies like USD, Euros, GBP and Canadian dollars.

So if you are into entering online backgammon tournaments with money at stake then take a look at

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

How to create a chess blog in 10 minutes

Here's a new video created specifically to encourage the chess community to take up blogging.

Chess is such a small niche that if only a few of my regular blog readers start up their own blog, it would mean a big percentage of increase in the chess blogosphere.

This video starts from the very basics:

  • registering an email from Gmail,
  • register a free blog at,
  • choosing inserting a picture and even
  • inserting a whole playable javascript chess game diagram.


All that in under 10 minutes.