This site was originally created to provide a home for the chess endgame study magazine British Endgame Study News, but as time goes on we are finding further uses for it, and in particular we draw attention to the Moravian Village Diary. In our opinion, this diary, or something equivalent to it, is essential reading for anyone seriously interested in modern European history. We also draw attention to the presentations in English of the chess endgame studies of Artur Mandler and Richard Réti, to a PGN file containing all the reciprocal zugzwangs with not more than six men, to The Classified Encyclopedia of Chess Variants (the second edition of David Pritchard's Encyclopedia of Chess Variants), to the Variant Proof Games collection of Peter Fayers, and to recent historical discoveries relating to the game of Peg Solitaire.
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We have asked our heirs and family successors to keep this site in being as long as it appears to be serving a useful purpose, we have asked the British Library to include it among the sites which it archives, we are keeping our own backup sticks, and we understand that there is a "Wayback" site web.archive.org which archives sites automatically and permits their subsequent retrieval. Even so, the permanence of what appears here cannot be guaranteed. If you find something on this site that interests you, download your own copy while it is still here.
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