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Here you can find some things about the history of the club
  E4EC History


The idea of creating an email chess server began early in 2001. A few lines of codes were written to see if it is possible to make email chess easier. Could we establish a club where people can play chess simply by email? I know what huge efforts are needed to maintain an email chess club, but what are the computers for if not to take the hard and regular work from humans?

The club was founded in the middle of 2001, when a few obsessed and curious players were trying to use the system's first facilities. It had no name, and a lot of very useful things were still unsupported. But at least we could make moves. :-)

At the beginning of 2002 the club was deemed ready for the Internet public, most of the basic facilities needed to start and play games were working.

By the end of 2002 much work had been done and the following facilities were supported: the pairing system, PGN and FEN support, time controls, vacation policy, the reminder system, and a lot of other stuff were ready, such as starting games with standard openings, assigning colour during a challenge, friendly games, and the chess problem system, to mention only the major things.

On November 20, 2002 the club got it's final name, E4EC, which stands for E4 Emailchess Club, and e4ec.org became the club's Internet domain.

A few things remain to be completed in 2004. The biggest challenge is to support more types of tournaments.


A few milestones:

Jan 07, 2003 The daily number of moves first raised over 100.
Jan 10, 2003 The number of players reached 50.
May 09, 2003 The Hungarian Chess Federation put a link to the club onto its homepage.
Jul 22, 2003 The daily number of moves first raised over 250.
Sep 19, 2003 The number of players reached 100, while inactive players are removed.
Nov 10, 2003 Someone from the Hungarian Chess Federation called me to organize the I. Hungarian E-mail Final in the club. Of course, the request was accepted.
Feb 02, 2004 The number of moves a day first raised over 500.
Aug 27, 2004 The number of moves a day first raised over 1,000.
May 01, 2005 The 10,000th game started.



 
Wilhelm Steinitz

SteinitzBorn in 1836 in Prague, world champion between 1866 and 1894.
He laid down the base of positional game, therefore he is known as the founder of the modern chess. No doubt, Steinitz has opened a new chapter in the history of the game. Because of his careness, efforts for the economical play, the great attackers of his age (Chigorin, Gunsberg) have lost in order. His approach was not appreciated by the age he lived in. Players didn't take too much care of the pawn, the structure of the game, opposing to Steinitz, who probably took too much care of these.
On the first official world championship, in 1886 in New York and in St. Luis, Steinitz played 10:5 with 5 draws against the Polish Johannes Hermann Zukertort. He defended his title against Isidor Gunsberg, and twice against Mihail Chigorin too. Then lost it in 1894 against Emanuel Lasker in the final.
Finished his life in 1900 in New York in a mental hospital.
 
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