You can use the Numeric Keypad to play through the games collection.
Keys 8 and 2 load the next, or previous, game.
Keys 6 and 4 move forward, or backward, through the game.
Key 7 will restart the current game.
Keys 5 or 0 will rotate the board.
The Games page contains over 500kB of information and, depending on the speed of your connection, can take up to 2 minutes to load.
Once all the games have loaded the program will work quicker offline. If the chess pieces move very slowly, this is due to the speed of your connection - simply disconnect and work offline.
The website program is memory intensive. If your computer runs out of memory, simply close some other applications and start again.
To Rotate the Board use the HotKeys: o, 0 or Esc.
f and b, > and < move Forward and Backwards through each game. (To move faster use Shift > and Shift <.)
To go the Next or Previous game use: n and p, ] or [ on the Keyboard. (Again Shift [ or Shift ] move faster.)
To restart a game use the HotKeys: r or s.
|The board on the games page siezes up after about 5 minutes.|
This problem is related to slow internet connections and is more apparent with the longer chess games. The best solution we have found is to disconnect from the internet, once all of the games have been loaded. Your computer will then load the images from your "Temporary Internet Files" directory and this is generally much faster. We are thinking about a better long term solution to this problem. Watch this space.
|How do I disconnect from the internet?|
This will depend on your computer and operating system. If you are using a Microsoft operating system, simply right-click on the icon in the taskbar, and select disconnect.
|My computer says it is downloading the games. Where are they downloaded to?|
The games are being loaded into your computer's memory and the relevant files will also be available in your "Temporary Internet Files" directory.
|Some of the squares on my Chess Board come up as small red crosses. What has gone wrong?|
A small red cross means that the computer has not downloaded the small gif image files for the board properly. The simplest way to reload the board images (without reloading all the game information, which is slow) is to rotate the board a couple of times. Simply click on the board and then press the HotKey: O which will rotate the board.
|What has happened to the toolbar at the top of my Browser?|
The main part of the website has been loaded in a new window without the full toolbar. This is to provide a larger screen area to display the games. If you look in your taskbar, your original browser window is still available. If you close the current window you will return to your original window which still has its full toolbar.
|The games page doesn't operate in Netscape 4.7.|
The main features of the program operate with Netscape 6 and Internet Explorer 5, but do not work with earlier versions. Netscape 4.7 is now out-of-date and we strongly suggest you upgrade your browser.
|I don't see the special Games toolbar at the left of webpage on the "Games" or
"Game of the Month" pages.|
Some pop-up blockers may prevent this toolbar from being displayed properly. If the Games toolbar does not load, it is still possible to navigate through the games using the keyboard. (See above for more details).
|I find it difficult to see the Black pieces against the dark squares on the chess board!
Can you change the colours of the pieces and the squares?
The dark squares are actually light grey. It isn't possible to change the colours, but you can improve the visibility simply by adjusting the Contrast and Brightness settings on your PC monitor.
|Would it be possible to have all the games in a downloadable or
printable format so that people could go over your games away from the
We are in the process of providing PGN (Portable Game Notation) files for all of our games. See our PND Download page. So far only a few games are available in this format. More will be added as time allows.
|I have disconnected from the internet and the games work fine. However, if I go to another
page I get the message "Page not available offline."|
When you go offline you will be able to look at all the pages you have previously visited. For instance you should always be able to reload the Welcome page. However, your computer can't do magic and is unable to conjure up any pages which you have not yet visited. To see these other pages you will need to reconnect to the internet.
|I looked at some of the games which have Expert commentaries, but I do not see any comments.
The expert commentaries highlight only the crucial moves and turning points in each game. Not every move has an associated comment. Play right through the Expert commentary and you will come across some pearls of wisdom.