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Chess TShirts and Posters

Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

Ever wanted to immortalize your best game or a favorite chess position or puzzle on a tshirt or poster? Me too. That’s why I created where you can setup a position, enter some text, and generate a chess tshirt or poster. (More product types to come.)

chess tshirt chess poster

Note: Once you’ve created your chess diagram, either by dragging and dropping pieces on the board or via FEN, you can customize the font, shirt color, board and text position, etc., so it’s really quite flexible.

I hope you enjoy creating and proudly wearing your own personal chess tshirt to help spread the royal game!

Embed Chessboard Plugin

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Just testing out the Embed Chessboard WordPress Plugin with this post. For your viewing pleasure, “all” eleven games of the 2008 World Chess Championship between Kramnik and Anand which saw the latter winning by a score of 6.5-4.5.


What do you think (both about the match and plugin)? How’s this player compare to some of the others I’ve used in the past? (Next time, I’ll try it with some annotated games, assuming it can handle them.)

EDIT: Now that I’ve published this, I can see it leaves an ugly amount of space when you have a list of games queued up. I’m guessing it uses the longest game to carve out a spot for the Javascript.

EDIT2: Even worse, it also turned out to be a little flakey, sometimes not displaying at all, other times taking forever to load. I may try it one more time yet, but just with a single annotated game. We’ll see.

Staunton Chess Set Is Here!

Monday, February 16th, 2009

So, that Staunton chess set I won from the House of Staunton through the ICC has arrived, and I’m quite pleased. :)

First of all, it came very well packed. These pics really don’t do it justice, but you get the idea.


And here they are lined up for battle on a well-worn field.

(By the way, that’s Dangerous Weapons: 1.e4 e5 by John Emms, Glenn Flear, and Andrew Greet peeking out there.)

Jacob Aagaard – Soren Bech Hansen, Copenhagen 1994

And now they’re really going at it! The Attacking Manual Volume 1, by Jacob Aaagard, the winner of the above and one of my favorite chess authors, providing the marching orders.

The verdict? While I’m used to playing with a slightly larger set, these feel great. So, put away the database for a while, crack open a book, and push some real wood around again.

What a concept!  

Serious chess. Serious fun!