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 I started going through the list they gave me and a lot of them were no longer being updated.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:
It wasn't exactly what I was looking for. And my surfing continued which lead me to what one chess blogger follows.
- Steve Szpisjak, Angelo Young Top '17 IL Senior Open
- Three IL Players Up 300 Points in October; 63 Up 100+
- ICA to Offer Special Deals for Online Chess to ALL Players
- Illinois Full of Over the Board Opportunities for National Chess Day on Saturday, October 14
- Shake Hands with National Tournament Director Tim Just
- Indiana's Parnham Wins Springfield National Chess Day Tournament Dedicated to Former SCC President Donelly
- Stevenson High Schoolers Teach Their Successors
- Glenwood Chess Club Seeks Volunteer Tutors
- Nearly 70 Play in Inaugural CCI 2017 Chicago Cup
- Ricky Roman Wins 2017 Lozano Late Summer Tournament; 86 Face-Off in Four Sections At CPL Pilsen Branch in Chicago
- ICA's 2017 Annual Meeting Scheduled for November 18
- Opportunities Available To Serve as Delegate to US Chess Business Meetings in Wisconsin During Late Summer of '18
- ICA Seeks Downstate Board Member
- Volunteeers Sought for ICA Bid Committee
- Opportunity For ICA Involvement; IL Open & IL Class Staffing
- CALL FOR BIDS: 2018 IL K-8 Championships