On a recent eight-hour drive from Miami to Tallahassee, I listened to “The Google Story” by David Vise (on audiobook). It is an interesting story on the rise of the world’s most visible and most popular search engine. I use Google almost exclusively for all my search needs and news alerts in chess. However, there is another way to use Google… as a chess search database! Some of you have been doing this years, but for those who haven’t here’s how it works.
Many times I have to look up games or variations and I will just put them in the Google search box (i.e., ‘1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd5 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5’) and get a bunch of games. Of course there is no way of ranking the importance of these games, but you can always add names of players and tournaments to make it more specific. This is kind of a “poor man’s” chessgames.com. It’s quick and easy way to find games on which you lack details!