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Welcome to WebChess! CrazyBri's Real Time Chess Game!


Rating Info · Hints and Tips · Code Updates · JavaScripters · You're Invited! · Talk with our Players ·
WebChess allows you to battle with other players in Real Time! Are you as good as you think you are? Find out! This is where battles are won or lost! The mission is clear. Capture the king and enjoy the spoils of victory! The room is hushed, the clock is ticking what's it going to be?

So you think you can beat the BEST? Challenge one of the top-ranked players and see how you measure up or if you're a little rusty, play with lower ranked players and polish your skills before taking on the big guns!
Boots trudge on gravel Drums beat in rhyme The flag has been lifted NOW is the time! Throw down the gauntlet The king's under threat They've invaded your castle But all's not lost YET!
-Copyright © 2004 Brian Gustin
Choose your strategy but use your soldiers wisely. Your loyal bishops will help you infiltrate the ranks of the enemy! No doubt, the queen is sneaky but you can't afford to lose her! Protect your king or it's a miserable defeat you won't easily live down!

Meet your opponent by challenging him to a game. The 'CHALLENGES' button will get you going. Select the color of your choice and whether you would like to play an official game (click YES) or friendly game (click NO). Choose an opponent and the game is on! You can join a tournament or even create your own! If you are a newbie, choose a player from the rankings list and take your chances, or invite a buddy to join you on the site!

Ratings ··back to top

You get an official rating by playing and finishing three games and you have fourteen days to choose your next move. So you have no excuse to lose!

If you need extra help, click on the 'Help' button. Here you will find information on how player ratings are calculated and points scored, how medals are granted, and more! Still confused? Chat to somebody on the In-Game ChatRoom, or post a message at the 'Crazy Forums'! Moderators and other players are always available to answer your questions and hear your comments.

Ready for a challenge? Fancy yourself an expert? To join the fun you will need to sign up with a user name of your choice. Fancy yourself as Cat Woman or a White Knight? Be whoever you want to be, but be creative! We would like to know a little bit about you too, of course! An e-mail will be sent to the address you provide. Click on the link provided and that's it! You're set to match your skills with the best of them!

Hints and Tips··back to top

Points scored in 'friendly' games are not included in your ratings! Want to see who is online? No problem. On the main screen's first column the LED will show GREEN the member is connected or RED the member is offline.

Want to know more about your opponent? Head for the statistics page and see who you are playing against.

Chosen a time limit of two days? Remember you will need to make your move within that time frame, or lose by default.

REMEMBER: This is a family-friendly Website. Any bad behavior will result in an instant ban. So behave!

What are you waiting for? No points for being chicken!

It's YOUR move!

How Web Chess Keeps Improving!··back to top

Web Chess at CrazyBri.net keeps getting better and we are planning even more updates in the future. Software updates are implemented from time to time and we are committed to bringing you the best online Web Chess. We constantly think about ways to make the game more attractive and playable and how we can make it more user-friendly for our players. Yes, that's you!

We also keep an eye out for new mods and releases to the code, and Hopefully we'll come up with some nifty features, too. We've already been having discussions about a 4 person team and tournament of sorts (see it in the Crazy Forums) We're always looking for new ideas.. read on and you'll see how you can contribute too!

Java Script Professionals Needed!··back to top

Are you a Java Script Expert? If so, we invite you to help us update our Web Chess interface. We want a softer, more user-friendly feel to the site and would love to hear your ideas! If you feel this is something you would like to be a part of, you can contact us via the Crazy Forums.

We are also looking for people to contribute code-fixes for the Web Chess game because although we keep it updated ourselves as often as possible, fresh ideas and talent give us an added edge.

You're Invited!··back to top

We invite you to check back with us often (if you aren't already) and see how the game is being improved! We would like you to be a part of this process, so please feel free to offer comments and suggestions that will make it more enjoyable for you and your online buddies!

Our Crazy Forums are the best place to offer ideas and suggestions or even just chat about the game in general so join us there now, or the next time you visit CrazyBri.net!

Don't forget to bookmark your Web Chess page as well as the Crazy Forum page that way you won't forget where we are! Come back and visit our friendly community of online chess players as often as you like. You are always welcome at CrazyBri.net!

Talk with our Players··back to top

Interview with Tom (ihaveagirlfriend) · Interview with Phil (NightFury) · Interview with Ed (Surfdude) ·

Meet Our Top-Ranked Players

We thought you might like a peep inside the minds of our top three Web Chess Players. Like me, you have probably wondered how they play as well as they do, what makes them so dedicated to the site and oh yes, probably wanted the inside track on any weaknesses they might have. We know you want to beat them.

I have to admit these guys are pretty cagey about their moves but I loved doing these interviews with them and getting a glimpse into what makes them tick. I know you will too, so read on and get to know your toughest competition. Enjoy!

Q and A with Tom a.k.a. IHaveaGirlfriend··Back to Interviews··back to top

Q: a) How long have you been playing chess and how long have you been playing Web Chess at CrazyBri.net? b) What do you love about online chess?

A: I've been playing since I was 7, which is 20 years ago. Not sure how long I've been playing at Crazybri - a couple of months I guess.

It is nice talking to distant people on-line while playing, as opposed to sitting opposite a sullen, overweight middle-aged man who hasn't washed this week, but it's not the main draw of on-line chess for me.

The main draw is that it fits in with work, it's always easy to get a game, you can play several games at once, and there's more flexibility on-line than in an over-the-board chess club. Although, nothing beats the New York scene. Web Chess also beats working!

Q: Do you play any other online games and is Chess your favorite?

A: Only chess variants; of those, I especially like Kung Fu Chess, Fischer Random Chess, and Crazy House. But Chess is my favorite.

  Q: What do you think makes you such a great player? What do you feel are your major strengths or strategies? What is your attitude to the game like? Do you have a moral or motto about the game?  

A: Uhh, I'm not sure that I really am that great a player. My strengths are probably my opening and strategic play; I'm ok tactically but very poor at endgames.
I'm fairly consistent and rarely make terrible blunders; probably that is what puts me above Kunal, Surfdude and Tepsi for most of the time. I don't have a motto or moral - I just love playing.

Q:  How do you feel about being No. 1 in the Web Chess rankings?

A: Being number 1 isn't important to me; I don't really feel anything about it. I'm sure it won't last - but ratings are really just useful for working out who'll give you a close game anyhow.

Q:   Surfdude mentioned in his interview that he is going to beat you one day. How do you feel about this?

A: As long as Surfdude just means that he'll beat me at chess, I don't mind. (Not that he will.)

Q: Who has been your toughest competition thus far? Is there a player you would like to beat and haven't yet?!

A: NightFury is a better player than me, although I've had several chances I've failed to convert... I would like to beat him - he's beaten me twice and we've drawn twice now on Crazybri.net.

Q:  Have you formed any friendships with any of the players or your opponents? How do you feel about the 'spirit' of the Real Time games?

A: Yes, I chat a fair bit with several of the players and really like that. Deep Blue Something, Spaceman & Gavin are old university friends of mine, too.

What do you mean, "spirit"? The mood of Crazybri.net/chess, I take it? If so - I like it. Most people are friendly. There are a few players who rather than resign, stop playing and lose because 14 days pass, which is not exactly polite. But apart from that...

Q: Could you share an interesting or funny story with us about your games on the site, perhaps a time you were outfoxed, a game you didn't think you could win, but did, an excellent move by another player or your best move etc?

A: Well - I plan to write up interesting games for the forum, and have written up a few already. I have a few that I'm going to comment on when I have a bit more time. Watch that space!

Q: Is there anything you would like to see improved about the game? Any negatives?  

A: I'm happy with chess and playing it at Crazybri. Negatives? I guess just the paperclips and rubber bands I get thrown at me by my office mate, when I ignore her because I am thinking over a move.  

  Q: You have the floor! Anything else you would like to add?  

Tom: "I'm surprised you haven't asked me where my username comes from!"

Me: Ok. I'll bite, where does your username come from!!?...."

It's a joke that perhaps only makes sense if you grew up playing in the English chess scene, where none of the players ever have girlfriends. Something to do, perhaps, with their clothing - tracksuits jammed into mismatched socks, clashing with the leather shoes that were last polished ten years ago, whose soles are falling off? And let's not forget the Dr Who t-shirt, tight over all the blubber, with a couple of holes in the back, and unwashed. Also the in-jokes and the gobble-dee-gook; also, the sheer stench.

So, the name appeals to my sense of humor. And perhaps my sense of humor is why I don't have a girlfriend? Who knows?

The joke doesn't really travel though. When kasparovchess.com was still going, I had that username there - it mystified anyone from outside England. ("So what? I have a wife," they'd tell me. "So do I," I'd tell them.) But I like it.

-Tom is located in London, England, U.K. and is 27 years old.

Q and A with Phil Collinson a.k.a. NightFury··Back to Interviews··back to top

  Q: a) How long have you been playing chess and how long have you been playing Web Chess at CrazyBri.net? b) What do you love about online chess? Do you play any other online games?

  A: I was originally taught chess by my Granddad but have only really grasped the intricacies  in the last four years.  My old housemate was a bit of a chess guru and we used to play constantly and he very kindly took the time to teach me (or correct me is a better way of putting it.)  Since then I joined Crazybri about four months ago and haven't looked back.  I think with the online chess it's mainly the lack of time constraints which makes it such a playable game. It also fits around my work really well.

  As for other online games I play quite a lot, most of which are a lot more hectic.  Operation Flashpoint is one of my main ones (a first person tactical shooter.  Dark Horizons: Lore ( http://www.darkhorizins-lore.com ) is a game created by a friend (Ed Gardner who you'll also find on Crazybri) and is a great mecha first person shooter with an astonishing community,  For a quick break Soldat ( http://www.soldat.pl ) and most recently I have just got hold of a copy of Games Workshops Dawn of War

  Q:  What do you think makes you such a great player? What do you feel are your major strengths or strategies? What is your attitude to the game like? Do you have a moral or motto about the game?  

A: I feel that my main approach to chess is just to check and recheck every move and try to plan ahead what you and the other player is going to do.  If you can play a game without losing a piece accidentally then you're in control of the outcome.   I haven't really got a motto, though 'Charge!' is a favorite one.  

  Q: Who has been your toughest competition thus far? Is there a player you would like to beat and haven't yet?!

  A: Ihaveagirlfriend is definitely the hardest competition I've had so far, he's a very technical player and knows his chess inside out.  Though the worst I have come out against him is a draw (mainly because he was being generous!!!) I can feel that he could beat me in any game we play.  So far I am actually unbeaten but I doubt my luck will hold...  KillJoy, EdGardner and General all have come close to wiping the floor with me so, fingers crossed......

  Q: Have you formed any friendships with any of the players/your opponents?

A: Well I talk often to Ihaveagirlfriend and there's been some good banter in our games..  I have recently found out that 'Spaceman' lives close to me and seems to like a few beers so you never know..  To be honest though a lot of players that joined about the time I did were all from the same online gaming group (Shattered Star Exiles http://www.deckersds.com/ssx ) as we were looking to implement Web Chess on our site and it was really just a trial joining Crazybri... well we got settled and I think we'll just stay playing here now!!!  The SSX has a very active online community (especially forums) and IRC chat and we play many games so people should check them out as they're all very friendly too!

  Q:  Could you share an interesting or funny story with us about your games on the site, perhaps a time you were outfoxed, a game you didn't think you could win, but did, an excellent move by another player or your best move etc?

A: Well its already been covered in a 'review' by Ihaveagirlfriend on the forums but game 722 against Kunal has to have been my favorite game so far, the ending was very interesting and even if I do say so myself I doubt anyone could have defended against it.  I must admit though I have played too many games to really pick out interesting bits from other players, there are so many good players on Crazybri.  

  Q: Are there any negatives? Ways you would like to see the games improved?

  A: I can't see any obvious improvements, things tick along very nicely.  If there was anything I'd like to see added it would be a few more larger (16player) tourneys or perhaps the option to replay games with a commentary.  

Q: You have the floor! Anything else you would like to add?

  A: Coming from such a great community (the SSX) it was nice to find such a similar and friendly community here on Crazybri, I think that's why so many of us SSXers are still hanging around.  I would encourage people at Crazybri to give us a visit on our forums and say hello as I think you'll get on like a house on fire...  We also have a very active chatroom where SSXers sit and chat while playing chess and if anyone fancies coming in for a chat they're more than welcome... (irc: mgo.maxgaming.net:7778 channel: #SSX )

Phil is located in Manchester U.K.

Q and A with Ed Lindow a.k.a. Surfdudey··Back to Interviews··back to top

Q: a) How long have you been playing chess and how long have you been playing Web Chess at CrazyBri.net? b) What do you love about online chess?

A: My father taught me how to play chess when I was in the 1st grade. Somewhere between 2nd and 3rd he refused to play me anymore (he basically thought I was toying with him. I wasn't really I just didn't know how to go in for the kill)  

I have been playing Web Chess at Crazy's site since pretty much when he had installed it on his site (you will have to check with him on that one).

  What I love about online chess...hmmm good question...I love the fact that I can play anyone anywhere in the world that has access to a computer.  I love the fact that once you move you can't take it back (ok I also hate this too). I love the fact that I can stare at the board for as long as I want with out any psychological intimidation attacks from the other player.  

I was just thinking you didn't ask about things I dislike about the game... hmmmm I smell conspiracy...     

               Q: What do you think makes you a great player? What do you feel are your major strengths and strategies. What is your attitude to the game like? Do you have a moral or motto about the game?

  A: What makes me such a great player is to only play the guys I can beat.... I am kidding of course...I have an advantage over a lot of average players in the fact I have been playing for a very long time...so therefore I am very aware of most of the maneuvers that are available out there. Still the bottom line is that you still have to put knowledge together with wisdom. I basically balance what my opponent is doing while I am doing whatever it is that I am trying to accomplish.

There are a lot of myths out there that players play by...example of one such myth if you can trade pieces and get your opponent to double up his pawns you can grant yourself an edge...I find while a person may think he has given himself or herself an edge in fact they have probably helped the other player get more access to their back-line pieces. Now I do play by certain guidelines... one example is to not do an even trade with the other player. I will only trade pieces if it gets me a strategically better position or if I have some kind of advantage in the trade. I would list my other guidelines however it would take too long and it might help others to beat me...

  My motto in a game is to win (of course) ...and if I can't win to at least play for a tie... while I have been know to resign from time to time (it is mainly because the end is obvious)... Basically I will play the game the only you should play any game and that is to win...there is certainly no points for coming in 2nd.

      Q:  Who has been your toughest competition thus far? Is there a player you would like to beat and haven't yet?!

  A: I have beaten pretty much everyone except Ihaveagirlfriend... I am going to beat him one day though I just know it...when I play him for some reason I will make the stupidest mistakes against him...the thing is I make stupid mistakes against everyone (its just that he catches them more often...) Kunal and Tepsi are pretty tough too...  

  Q: Have you formed any friendships with any of the players or your opponents?

  A: I think that I can consider Ihaveagirlfriend a friend.  I don't always see eye to eye with him however I do respect him. I have many friends that I am playing with that I have either introduced to the game or have met elsewhere and we share areas in common (another-words they already were aware of Crazy's website)  

  Q:  Could you share an interesting or funny story with us about your games on the site, perhaps a time you were outfoxed, a game you didn't think you could win, but did, an excellent move by another player or your best move?

A: Sure I won't mention names due to the fact I wouldn't want to humiliate that person...:) I had one game where someone had me on the ropes...I was going to be in checkmate in about 3-4 moves. I had one hope to basically sneak my pieces into position while keeping myself from checkmate myself. I only had a knight, bishop, and queen remaining (major pieces).

While this individual apparently had me on the run I managed to position my bishop where it needed to be...I had one move left the next move by my opponent was going to finish me off.   I positioned my knight so that if he went over to take it, it would free up a straight shot with my queen to put him in checkmate...the thing was this person could and should have finished me off...instead I won...

Q: Is there anything you don't like about the real time games ...what would you like to see improved?

A:  I have played quite a few games now...I noticed that from time to time when the game gets down to where it looks like it might be a draw or a stalemate...the system wants to give someone the win...not good since the out come is still a ways off...basically I would like to have that bug eliminated....the game should only declare a checkmate when there is an actual checkmate...I know there is quite a bit involved in programming so finding this glitch will prove a challenge for someone.

  The other thing about playing chess on-line...you don't get to see your opponent sweat... Maybe in the future for those real time games we could look into a web cam...oh wait that would never work I play naked...

  Q: You have the floor, anything you would like to add?

A: I would like to see everyone play (even if you don't think you are very good). Several reasons strategy games help you to be able to reason things out. The concepts involved with winning at chess can be used for any strategy game or life. I can almost guarantee every General and Admiral in all the armed services play chess (and they're pretty good at it).

An example of reasoning things out in life...I noticed today that 3 women in an SUV went into a river and drowned. They called a friend instead of 911 (not good deductive reasoning used here).  I think that they could have survived if they had reasoned things out more clearly. So the bottom line is play chess it could save your life...

  - Ed is located in South Korea (Osan AB) and is 39 years old

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