A brief history
Who am I?
My name is Denis Hebbelynck and I'm a police officer, born in 1954 in Oudenaarde, a small village in Belgium. I'm married and have a son and daughter. Already at an early age I was passionated with chess. It resulted in a 3-years membership of the chessclub "Hanske De Krijger", located in Oudenaarde. I was a novell player who could surprise some very good players but I'm certainly not a grandmaster. I reached my best niveau at the period I did my duty in the Belgian Army. In my freetime there I played much against very good players. I stopped going to the chessclub once I was married, actually I stopped chess playing at all. Until the year of 1998....
Somewhere in 1998 my son found an announcement to play an e-mail chess game. Knowing that I played a lot of chess in the past, (it seemed almost like an old love), he asked me if I was interested in trying this way of chess once. After 10 years of non-chess and being a total e-mail newbie I started the game. A new world was discovered. Very soon I asked my son if he could arrange some more games for me on the net, .... the e-mail chess microbe had bitten me. Soon I was looking around on the net searching e-mail chess clubs and - tournaments, I had the time of my life and was playing more then 100 games simultanously with peaks from almost 200 games.
The next step in my e-mail chess career was joining a very nice club, namely WECF (World E-mail Chess Friends). Their origin was Dutch so we organised also meetings in real life to play some speedchess. Because I enjoyed very much playing Thematic tournaments in other clubs I started to organize these kinds of tournaments in WECF. It was a job I was doing with a lot of pleasure until a day in September 2000 where the directors of WECF determined to stop the club.
With some members of WECF we decided to keep the good things of WECF and build a new club, called FCV (Flanders Chess Valley), according to the Flemish influences of the directors. I screwed down my number of games below 50 and together with the other directors we made FCV a success. The thematic tournaments were a very important part of this.
My third project was doing a club on my own. A club with only Thematics, the kind of tournaments I like most. I baptized the club THORG, or Thematics Organization. Unfortenately I was forced to stop with this club because of repeating technical problems which were effecting me and the club.
But now I'm here with a new club, a new site. I hope I can use all the experience from the past so THEM can be an improved THORG, less complex but even more fun!
The clubs mission is to give chess players of all levels the opportunity to play free e-mail chess games with people all over the world in a friendly environment. More specific, offer you a possibility to explore certain opening variations. You can test and practice them together with other interested email chess-players. Because I think thematics are a great way to explore and learn new openings I'm absolutely sure that THEM will also be a great success. To join THEM, simply fill-in this form.