Memoji Oskar van Rijswijk

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Oskar van Rijswijk is a native of the 🇳🇱 Netherlands, living in 🇩🇪 Germany.

I play turn-based chess at Chess and the IECC.

On my iPhone and iPad I record my moves on the electronic scoresheet Chess Score Pad and save my PGN database of chess games in tChess.

Previously

Over the years I've been an occasional chess player. Recently I started playing chess once more.

  • In my teenage years I learned to play chess and enjoyed playing in tournaments with other chess-playing students. Later in life I never became a member of a chess club, because I liked sports clubs better. Occasionally I played a game of chess, but I had few chess players in my circle of acquaintances.
  • About thirty years later I got an e-mail address. These were the early years of the Internet, where you could contact people with similar interests through e-mail clubs. Chess software and a game database became available for my PC. I started playing chess again, became a member of the IECG, learned Portable Game Notation and used e-mail to exchange chess moves and communicate in English with other club members around the world. After a few years my interest in chess subsided a bit.
  • When I retired, I once more started playing chess, rated games with an app on my phone. Due to the restrictions in the pandemic years I could not join the local chess club, so I explored the chess websites Chess, Chessbase and Lichess to play chess online with other individuals. In 2021 a friend cut the knot for me. We had played chess with e-mail years ago. He had recently joined Chess and asked if I would like to play chess with him there. So now I enjoy the features and fair play at Chess.
  • Apart from being the world's largest online chess community, many clubs play their online tournaments on Chess. Among them, my eye fell on the International E-mail Chess Club (IECC). It has a website, which would not be out of place in an Internet museum, but offers sufficient ease of use. I signed up as a member, read the club guidelines and can now play chess again with club members via e-mail, but also online via Chess. Apart from a sentimental reason, to be a member again of a club that has its roots in the early years of the Internet and runs completely on volunteers and e-mail, I also like the fact that the members play chess with each other with their real names.

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