Chess Blogs - Part 1 - Jumping In

Recently, as I wrote the monthly roundup of Illinois Chess I wanted to put in more information about the bigger world of chess outside of Illinois. I thought a blog would be a great way to fill-in my knowledge gap, but the only Blog I was familiar with was Bill Brock's Chicago Chess Blog which mainly covers the local scene and occasionally has national stories as well. I went to the site and found links to a variety of local and national and international sites. Through his site I stumbled upon Susan Polgar's blog which was helpful to finding out a more global perspective on chess, but I wondered, what else was out there?

So I asked myself - who's the most popular chess blog out there? And whoever is number one must be good.

Google quickly gave me a top 50 list of chess blogs. And I figured in a matter of minutes I will have fished out a wonderful new blog. I started going through the list they gave me and a lot of them were no longer being updated. One of the links brought me to something that didn't even seem to have anything to do with chess. How could this be?

So I went to Blog Rank to see how it calculates it's ranks by using a variety of factors. Some of which are the following:

1. RSS Membership

2. Yahoo incoming links

3. Yahoo indexed pages

4. Google indexed pages

5. Google Page Rank

6. Monthly visitors

7. Pages per visit

8. Link to page ratio

9. Compete Alexa and Technorati ranking

12. Social sites popularity (Digg first page stories, Submbleupon reviews, Delicious bookmarks, Redditt, Propeller, and Mixx)

As you can see from the list, they don't list if it's still being updated as one of their major factors. It's possible it's a smaller factor. Also nothing is listed on content. Which some of the rankings get to indirectly. If number 6 - Monthly visitors goes down then there is a likelihood that the content is not as valuable or it's not updated as frequently so people don't visit site as much.

So I went to looking at finding my gem the old fashioned way. I surfed. I went from blog to blog until I hit upon on entry about the top blogs from CJA - Chess Journalists of America.These guys must know chess resources. The top blogs from there pick is the following:

http://brokenpawn1.blogspot.com

http://www.chessblog.com

http://tacticstime.com

It wasn't exactly what I was looking for. And my surfing continued which lead me to what one chess blogger follows.

That's where I'm at in my exploration. I hope to update soon about more of what I've found out. Perhaps start identifying the types of chess blogs out there. If you have have some favorite sites or thoughts on the subject to share please send me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.