I have this morning (23rd June 2016) removed the contact facility from this website. This follows a persistent attempt last night to hack into the site via it. I knew that I may well be tempting fate when I didn't put captcha security in the contact form, but I was in a rush. I am now busy with the Sheffield Chess Congress and preparations for the World Chess Solving Championhip in Belgrade and do not have time just now to add that security. It will be added in due course when things have quietened down a bit.

About the BDS Website

Welcome to the BDS Website. My name is Brian Stephenson and I am a retired IT professional. I read a lot and listen to the radio nearly all the time, being a big fan of audio drama. I play chess (badly) in my local league when my club is desperate to field a full team. I am also entries secretary of the Sheffield Chess Congress. The links in the drop-down main menu to the left list the various interests of mine (mostly, but not only, chess!) covered by this site.

I have been writing about Chess Endgame Studies in Chess since 2006 and, with Roland Ott, in Schweizerische Schachzeitung since 2014. Follow the Chess Endgame Studies link to view these articles.

I have been composing and publishing chess problems since 1977. Follow the Chess Problems link to view them. They are not all there yet, but I am slowly adding them.

I intend to set up a free and open to all chess solving ladder. Follow the Chess Solving Ladder to find out more about this and even perhaps, to take part in the solving, once it has started!

I have been developing a chess problem testing/solving program for some years. It only solves orthodox problems. Follow the Kalulu link to learn more.

There is my MESON Chess Problem Database, which has been free and online since 2006. Follow the link on the left to access it.

As a retired programmer I have an interest in computer programming and building websites. Follow that link to learn more.

Then there is Audio Drama, which I have been listening to for many years. Recently I have started writing it with my co-writer Chris Bellamy. We have had one play produced and have plans for several more.

I write an occasional blog, which you can read by selecting the Blog link on the left.

I sometimes post something here which doesn’t fall within the sections already mentioned. A list of those writings can be viewed by taking the Other menu item.

If you are looking for the Winton Capital British Chess Solving Championship, which used to be included in these pages, then goto the BCPS website to which it was moved in 2016 when I finished my stint as director.

If you want to contact me, you can do so using the Contact menu item.

Developed and maintained by Brian Stephenson.
Implemented with HTML5, MySQL, Perl (with, inter alia, CGI::Simple, HTML::Template & XML::LibXML) & CSS/Javascript (jQuery, Bootstrap & DataTables).