This website and the collections of chess games offered here grew out of my 1980 book, 100 Mini Gems of Chess, which contained computer-generated move-by-move diagrams of one-hundred short games. It all began in 1973 after I saw Ken Smith’s book, Fischer-Spassky Move by Move, with a picture of the board position for each move in the 1972 Fischer-Spassky championship games. With some computer programming experience, I thought of automating the illustration process using as input the record of moves. Thus began my chess hobby from which came out a system using keypunched cards input to an IBM main frame computer to create data fed to a photo-typesetting machine to produce the original pages of the book.

Sometime in 1986, with the advent of PCs and HP Laserjet printers, I rewrote my computer programs to use the new hardware. Soon material for more books followed. In 1998, using print-on-demand technology which was new then, I started producing and selling the books. Unfortunately, the new technology led to high printing cost and poor quality, and I had to discontinue production, hoping for improved technology later.

Meanwhile, in 2001 close to retirement age, I faced grave health problems for the first time in my adult life. Because since childhood I had known only folk remedies and have faith in such remedies (a simple remedy — eating three heads of broiled garlic — saved me from certain death of dysentery during World War II when I was seven years old. As an adult I learned that sulfur compounds in garlic kill amoeba that cause dysentery.), I sought natural healing methods. For six years from 2002 I began reading about natural healing and enrolled in several courses on the subject. Applying some of the knowledge gained, my health gradually improved, allowing me to pick up my old chess hobby in 2010. By this time, e-books had been replacing printed books. At first I tried to go via e-books but soon realized the huge memory that each book, being mostly images, gobbles up. Instead, I pursued the goal of having the games replayable on the screen of any computer device, on any platform and without internet connection. However, my programming know-how in 2010 was at least two decades behind. Thus I had to learn new programming languages so as to rewrite my programs again.

Why have I persevered in this hobby? I love to replay the great games of chess masters, just as one who reads novels love great novels. To me, chess masters at play are like two artists collaborating to create a work of art. If they create a masterpiece, I like to replay the game, to see its brilliant, imaginative moves and combinations. I have no doubt that chess fans enjoy these games as much as I do. As ardent as the wish to share this pleasure, is the desire to promote chess. This is the motivation for including a Chess Primer in the 1980 book, and in developing a Chess Primer for this website from which young and old can learn the basics of chess quickly and easily.

To me promoting chess is a worthwhile effort for reasons stated in Benjamin Franklin’s much quoted passages in his essay, “The Morals of Chess” , cited here Franklin on Chess. Moreover, educators have recognized the value of chess in the development of the mind and character of the youth. We must add to these benefits the fact that being a non-violent game, chess helps to keep down the health costs of society.
[Any artwork on this website is due to my daughter, Deanna Pineda, a graphic artist.]

– Cesar L. Pineda