31 October 2011

The ABCs of English Speaking Champions

A few weeks ago I added U.S. Champions (aka American Champions) and the U.S. Championships (Closed/Invitational) to my page on Chess History. Now I've added British and Canadian Champions, plus the British Championships and Canadian Championships.

Some time after I first created those pages, similar lists were added to Wikipedia: British Chess Championship and Canadian Chess Championship. The index of all national championships on Wikipedia is at Chess national championships.

28 October 2011

The Story of Marostica

Poster displaying the biannual human chess match in Marostica © Flickr user Alaskan Dude under Creative Commons.

From Wikipedia's Marostica:

After the Second World War, the comedy writer Vucetich Mirko authored a play in which "Two noblemen, Renaldo D'Anganaro and Vieri da Vallanora, fell in love with the beautiful Lionora, daughter of the local lord, Taddeo Parisio. As was the custom at that time, they challenged each other to a duel to win the hand of Lionora. The Lord of Marostega, not wanting to make an enemy of either suitor or lose them in a duel, forbade the encounter. Instead he decreed that the two rivals would play a chess game, and the winner would have the hand of Lionora.

"The loser of the chess game would also join the family, through marrying her younger sister, Oldrada. During the play the game takes place on the square in front of the Lower Castle with supporters carrying the noble ensigns of Whites and Blacks, in the presence of the Lord, his noble daughter, the Lords of Angarano and Vallonara, the court and the entire town population. The Lord also decides the challenge would be honoured by an exhibition of armed men, foot-soldiers and knights, with fireworks and dances and music".

More images: 'chess Marostica'

27 October 2011

82nd FIDE Congress

The 82nd FIDE Congress, which I mentioned in No Nose for FIDE News, is over and while it might be a few months before we see an official report from FIDE, there are unofficial reports available from several sources. A glance at the agenda -- Executive Board 2011 Agenda and Annexes (7 September 2011) -- reveals dozens of topics ranging from the Commission on Modernisation to bids for future FIDE events like the annual World Youth Championship.

The Congress had its own website, 82nd Fide Congress, 15-22 Oct 2011, Krakow (fidecongress2011.pl). There I was particularly pleased to find a page on the History of FIDE Congresses, including a list of FIDE Congresses 1924-2011 (PDF), which I once constructed myself as support for my zonal project (see Posts with label Zonals on my World Chess Championship blog.

The U.S. sent a large contingent, all of whom reported on the USCF's own site. In chronological order:-

Hall's report starts with a photo of six of the seven delegates and lists their names and functions. Sevan Muradian was another attendee from the U.S. For various reasons, he is not a typical USCF representative and I mentioned him in a report on the most recent USCF election, Odd Man Out, where he eventually failed in his bid. Muradian also issued a series of reports on the Congress, but posted them on the 'USCF Issues' section of the 'USCF Forums', which is open to USCF members only. I list them here because they are generally more informative than the reports from the USCF delegates and provoked more online discussion.

The 'FIDE EB' is the Executive Board. Muradian mentions that he filmed the EB meeting and promised to upload it to Youtube. One of FIDE's current initiatives is the imposition of new fees for various services. As far as I can tell, little progress was made during the latest Congress.

It's an issue which is sure to return for the 83rd Congress, which will be held at the same time as the next Olympiad, scheduled for Istanbul, Turkey, starting August 2012.


Later: I overlooked at least one new fee. From the chessexpress blog, FIDE Arbiter Fees:

One thing that was passed at the recent FIDE Congress was fees for Arbiters. Not fees that Arbiters receive, but the fees arbiters have to pay to receive their accreditation.

The post later notes that the 'fees don't come into effect until the 1st January 2013'.

25 October 2011

Blue Ribbon Chess Books 2010

Time stands still for no one and a year after my post on Blue Ribbon Chess Books 2009, I'm ready to add the 2010 'Book of the Year' awards to my page on Award Winning Chess Books. Following up a comment to last year's post, I also added awards issued by Guardian News. The first such award was made in 2007 and, as the 2011 award will be the fifth, it looks to be a fixture in the world of chess book publishing.

In a curious case of symmetry (or is it nationalism?), Yasser Seirawan's 'Chess Duels' won both 2010 awards by American sources, while Jacob Aagaard's 'Attacking Manual' won both awards issued by British sources. Two of the awards for 2011 are already known -- three in fact, as there were two Cramer awards this year -- so I might start posting the next annual roundup when the last of the awards, ChessCafe's in February, is known.

24 October 2011

Chess Clocks

Next on the list for Been There, Done That is a piece on Chess Clocks. After converting it, I added the link to Chess for Fun. Clocks definitely make chess more fun.

21 October 2011

Today's Winning Canadian Chess Film

A few months back, in 'Korchnoi = Don Quixote', I featured a clip titled 'An old segment on a younger Korchnoi', which appeared to be a segment of a longer documentary. The full film has recently surfaced on YouTube and is even better than the 'Younger Korchnoi' extract.

The Great Chess Movie (1/3) (30:46) • 'A Canadian chess documentary featuring Bobby Fischer, Mikhail Tal, Anatoly Karpov, Viktor Korchnoi, Jan Timman, Vassily Smyslov, Lajos Portisch, Anthony Miles, and many other historical grandmasters.'

The most recent events discussed in the documentary were played in 1981. The credits start 40 seconds into the clip: 'Starring Karpov, Korchnoi, Fischer, ...; Direction: Gilles Carle, Camille Coudari; Production: Hélene Verrier'.

20 October 2011

A Barleycorn Chess Set

What does a $4000 chess set look like? Like this...

Titled 'Antique Large Bone Barleycorn Jaques Chess set' on eBay, the set received 41 bids from 15 bidders, and the winning bid was GBP 2527.00 ('approximately US $4000.49' according to eBay). In the year and a half that I've been tracking Top eBay Chess Items by Price, I don't recall another chess set selling for so much. The description was unusually informative.

Antique Bone Barleycorn Chess set, Attributable to Jaques of London; 19th century • Excellent condition. No damage, no replacements, no missing pieces. King size 5,5 inches (14 cm). Made of very high quality white ox bone. Attributable to Jaques of London by Knight design and according to surviving pages of the Jaques Pattern Book. Please refer to Alan Fersht, "Jaques and British Chess Company Chess sets" (Cambridge 2010), page 44. This is a top-notch Barleycorn set of large size. They do not get much better, although some very rare larger examples of this design do exist.

I know that some sources prefer the word 'barlycorn' instead of 'barleycorn', but I'm not sure why. There are a number of other English Barleycorn Sets pictured on Crumiller.com and a description on the Anonymous Chess Collector blog: Barleycorn sets. Unfortunately, that blog is not updated frequently. Judging by the number of emails I receive on the subject (even though I state frequently that I'm not a collector), I'm surprised there aren't more blogs on the topic of chess collecting.

18 October 2011

No Nose for FIDE News

The 82nd FIDE Congress, underway this week at Krakow, Poland, reminded me about FIDE's Chess News Corporation (or is it Chess Network Company?) that I wrote about a year ago in Critiquing the CNC. Although, at that time, the CNC's news site looked more like a pilot than an active site, I developed the habit of checking once or twice a month on its evolution.

In fact, the site never changed during the months after my Critiquing post, until July, when a completely redesigned site suddenly appeared. I've captured the current home page in the following image.

Chessnc.com: Chess Network Company

If you look at that page today, you'll see the same 'news' that appeared in July -- 'World Cup 2011 List of players and Round 1 pairings' -- even though the seven round event ended almost a month ago.

I've already mentioned several times on my blogs that the main FIDE site, Fide.com, has long been stripped of all meaningful news, unless you consider the comings and goings of the FIDE President to be newsworthy.

The FIDE President met this week with the Arch-Vice Minister of Belugastan. After bows and the exchange of traditional dairy products, it was announced that FIDE is considering the construction of a chess school in the form of an extra-terrestrial spaceship.

Now that the CNC news site has also turned out to be a dud, how does FIDE intend to communicate with the many chess fans around the world? Maybe an answer will emerge from the 82nd Congress, but something tells me this won't happen either. Did someone mention modernization?

17 October 2011

Kasparov - Deep Junior, 2003

Continuing with Been There, Done That, I added Kasparov - Deep Junior, New York, 2003 to my page titled Improve Your Chess Game. As it turned out, the year 2003 was the last year where the best human chess players had a chance of drawing a match against the best computers.

14 October 2011

21st Century Caissart

A few months ago, in Chess & Iphoneography, I spotlighted iPhone chess photos. For this post, I have iPad chess art.

life scene 687, chess or no © Flickr user patricio villarroel under Creative Commons.

More info from the artist:

This photo also appears in: iPad, iPhone and iPod touch finger painters group, Brushes Gallery – iPhone/iPad Art, iPad Paintings, and Artrage ('the stylish and easy to use painting package for Windows and OS X') • Tags: fingerpainting, mixedapp, mixedevice

There's another piece from the same artist using the same techniques at Storm over the chess master home.

13 October 2011

The Longest Sidebar

Here's a little quiz to test your knowledge of chess blogs. What do the following three blogs all have in common?

If you answered, 'They're all pretty good blogs', no points for you. I wouldn't have listed them if they weren't a cut above your average chess blog.

If you answered, 'They're all administered by women', you get one point. Even if you'd never heard of Alexandra Kosteniuk and Susan Polgar, both former Women's World Champions, their first names should be a strong clue. The third blog is a little more challenging, but it doesn't take a genius to guess that a blog with the word 'Goddess' in its title isn't run by a 'dude' (as the blog's webmistress likes to call us guys).

If you answered, 'They all have incredibly long sidebars', then you win the jackpot. Their sidebars -- if you're not up on the lingo, that's the bar on the side -- go on and on and on and on and on and on and on...

I've long been curious which of our three women's blogs had the longest sidebar, but couldn't figure out how to measure it. Counting the number of times it takes to 'Page Down' from top to bottom doesn't seem very scientific and wouldn't be accurate enough to break a close contest. Then I found the program Web Screen Capture, and knew that I had the answer. This program doesn't just capture the part of a web page visible in your browser -- that can be done in many ways -- it captures the image of the entire web page from top to bottom. All you do is feed it the page's URL and the rest is magic.

Armed with my new tool, I pointed the software at a recent post in each of the three blogs and captured the full page image to a file. Then I loaded the images into image processing software and recorded the number of pixels in the vertical direction. Then I reduced the width and height of the images by a factor of a 1000 100 and displayed the images side by a side to get a visual comparison. That's the picture you see on the left.

Blog no.4 is the 'Chess for All Ages' blog that you are currently reading. At 4487 pixels long, my blog's sidebar isn't even in the competition. Blog no.3, at 11770 pixels, is more than two and a half times as long as mine, but no.3 is less than half as long as no.2, at 25623 pixels. The winner, as can clearly be seen in the picture, is no.1, a whopping 30532 pixels long!

Which of the three women's blogs is the winner? It's not hard to work that out for yourself, so I'll leave it as an exercise. And what's the longest sidebar managed by a 'dude'? I have no idea, but if you know of a candidate, leave a comment or shoot me an email at the address under my profile (located on the sidebar, of course).

11 October 2011

Garry's Games

In a recent post, Garry's Story, I linked to a series of videos on YouTube that cover a set of five DVDs titled 'Garry Kasparov, My Story', originally issued in 2000. While I was watching the clips, I noted the games that Kasparov analyzed together with GM Plaskett, the host of the series. Here they are, with links to the corresponding games on Chessgames.com.

Part 1 - Teenage Prodigy

Part 2 - Joining the Elite

Part 3 - Rebels and Renegades

Part 4 - Hitting the Wall

Part 5 - Rite of Passage

In a future post I'll discuss one or two of these games in more detail.


Later: This post appeared in November Chess Improvement Blog Carnival -- The Get 'er Done Version!.

10 October 2011

U.S. Championships

Getting started with Been There, Done That, I added U.S. Chess Champions and U.S. Chess Championships (Closed/Invitational) to my page on Chess History. I wanted to tackle British and Canadian championships at the same time, but Archive.org was offline for maintenance, so my time was limited. Their error message pointed to a related resource which I hadn't seen before -- Internet Archive Blogs -- 'A blog from the Collections Team at Archive.org'.

07 October 2011

SNL's Profiles in Sports

'For half a century, dozens of world grandmasters have come out of America's high school chess clubs. Most of the credit for that belongs to the unsung hero of chess, the high school chess coach'

SNL High School Chess Coach Parody (3:10) • 'Found this on an old VHS tape recently. Picture & sound quality are pretty poor but you get the point of the sketch.'

Transcript: Profiles In Sports (Saturday Night Live; Season 10, Episode 5).

06 October 2011

Tweezer Chess

The most expensive auctions in this week's edition of Top eBay Chess Items by Price were all chess sets, most of which didn't sell. I even saw a few unsuccessful auctions listed twice, where the second listing had a higher 'Buy It Now' price than the first. What's the logic behind that?

The item pictured below, which is also a chess set, was far from the most expensive item sold, but it was by far the most unusual. It was titled 'Miniature Artist Signed CHESS SET Geoffrey Wonnocott', received 20 bids from seven bidders, and sold for US $520.22.

The description said,

Spectacular artisan dollhouse miniature. This is a chess set on pedestal table engraved on bottom G.P. Wonnocott England 1996. If you are familiar with this name, you know this is a rare piece, an authentic miniature by the famous miniature cabinetmaker Geoffrey Wonnocott. You won't find another piece by him anywhere on eBay. If you search the internet for his name you will find some wonderful information about him.

The drawer on this table opens, the top has beautiful inlay design and all the little pieces are there, including 3 extra pawns, it appears. The chess pieces have been secured in place, but a few have come loose. It will be wrapped carefully for shipment with all the little pieces included. Wonderful clawfoot gold gilded design. Table itself measures about 2 1/2" tall. No damage. Wow!

Besides this auction, I didn't find much on the web for 'Geoffrey Wonnocott'. When Google questioned me with 'Did you mean: Geoffrey Wonnacott', I found his personal page at GEOFFREY P WONNACOTT, Miniature Cabinet & Furniture. The page shows a few more chess sets, although none of them are listed with a price.

04 October 2011

Chess Improvement Carnival, October 2011 Edition

If, like me when I first heard it, the phrase 'blog carnival' makes you think of Mardi Gras, Rio de Janeiro, or the Gilles of Binche, you've got the wrong carnival. That carnival is a Christian tradition that precedes the observance of Lent, the pleasures of the flesh that precede the forty days of abstinence. No, our chess blog carnival is what the dictionary defines as 'a traveling amusement show or circus', and this month the show stops here at 'Chess for All Ages'.

When I signed up to host an edition of the carnival I had no idea how it worked. I had submitted a few items in the past and had wondered how they found their way to the other chess blogs that hosted those earlier editions. It turns that the whole process is well automated and even cranks out a draft InstaCarnival that summarizes all of the info provided by the bloggers at the time of their submissions. One of InstaCarnival's functions is to group posts together according to the category chosen by the submitter. Which category to start with? Openings, of course.


There are at least two major subdivisions of opening theory. The first is how to tackle the huge subject of openings at a meta-level.

ChessAdmin presents Openings Selection: Initial Considerations posted at Path to Chess Mastery. • 'Having recently started studying a new opening, I think it's worth spending some time looking at what factors go into selecting and then learning openings.'

The second cover specific openings. The carnival received two submissions covering open games. Here's the timeless Ruy Lopez (aka Spanish Opening), 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5.

James Stripes presents Steinitz Defense posted at Chess Skills, saying, 'Reading Steinitz's own opening manual, I found recommendations that he made, but then rejected in his own practice.' • 'Wilhelm Steinitz, the father of chess theory, had some ideas that seem wacky today. In The Modern Chess Instructor (1889), he explains why he prefers 3...d6 against the Spanish Opening, rather than the more common Morphy Defense (3...a6) or the Berlin Defense (3...Nf6).'

And here's the romantic Evans Gambit, 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4.

Pau Pascual presents Captain Evans posted at Chess.com, saying, 'The legend of Captain Evans' • 'We are at the sea. Between Milford and Waterford. A grey autumn evening of 1824. It is a windy bad sea, and very cold. William Davies Evans is 34 years old and over 20 years he has spent at the sea. He is playing a game of chess.'

The executive producer of this series of carnivals on the theme of chess improvement is Blue Devil Knight, or BDK, as he's known to the chess blogosphere. He spent some time sifting through the blogs at Chess.com and sent me a few September posts that he thought would be appropriate. Two of them discussed openings at the meta-level.

dpruess (That's IM David Pruess, a Chess.com insider) on First-Time Openings • 'Looking at my opponent for last night's USCL match, I thought that he was at his best in dynamic positions; certainly positions with a clear imbalance and plan, but in particular those with a somewhat faster pace.'

TigerLilov on How to Master Chess Openings • 'In my first blog post for Chess.com this week, I would like to present you with an interesting video I recorded for GeeksWithChess.com about a year ago.'


There are so many angles to tackle the middlegame, that I wouldn't even attempt to count them. Try to categorize the next submission.

Geoff Fergusson presents Sergey Ivashchenko’s Chess School 1b posted at Empirical Rabbit ('The blog that seeks out hard evidence concerning chess training methods for the average player - particularly the not so young average player.'), saying, 'There are two other articles this month. Take your pick!' • 'For my next experiment, I used Sergey Ivashchenko’s Chess School 1b, so I will give it a brief review. This book turned out to be excellent for my purposes. Ivashchenko wrote the first three books of the Chess School series: [links to reviews at Chesscafe.com] Over 200,000 copies of the previous edition of this book were sold in the Soviet Union in the late 1980's.'

The following post is from yours truly. After I wrote and posted it, I realized the title was ambiguous. The ex-World Champion is not talking about blunders ('to hang a Pawn'), he's talking about Pawn duos.

Mark Weeks presents Spassky on Hanging Pawns posted at Chess for All Ages. • In my previous post, "This Pawn Is Garbage", I mentioned Spassky's annotations in the tournament book of the Second Piatigorsky Cup, Santa Monica 1966, almost the only written notes I have ever seen by Spassky.

Here's another gem unearthed by BDK.

chessbuzz on When You See A Tactic... • 'You see a tactical combination on the board and you have the opportunity to play it...you become excited, after all this is your moment to play like Tal, but chances are that you do not play like Tal.'


Two more of the InstaCarnival's categories are 'Humor' and 'Other'.

Solomon Levy presents Hippopotamus played Beethoven’s Triple Concerto posted at Chess.com, saying, 'why not write a few blogs just to humor opponent while at the same time show off a little, bragging rights rightfully earned.' • 'Ludwig van Beethoven's Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano in C Major, Op. 56, more commonly known as the Triple Concerto, was composed in 1803 [...] In the game below I played the Hippopotamus Defence against a player and a friend bearing the name of this famous classical tune, Triplekonzert.'

Intermezzo presents The dark art of games(wo)manship posted at Hebden Bridge Chess Club, saying, 'This is more of a short story than a blogpost but this series of articles by our guest writer, Cynthia Blunderboro has proved really popular in the past. Having related various chess related stories from her families rich history in previous efforts, this time she regails us with a salutory lesson from her own experience. She carefully evades the gender debate that she could have become embroiled in and instead reminds us why its most important to play the position infront of you and not your opponent!' • 'A couple of weekends ago, as I watched live coverage of the FIDE World Cup Final in Khanty Mansiysk my wife took an interest (most unusual) and asked about the lady commentator, GM Anna Sharevich.'


This 'kitchen sink' category is just too broad to be useful. Here's another post about the female element in chess.

Pau Pascual presents From Shatranj to chess. The female irruption posted at Chess.com, saying, 'Chess history. The new female role in the board.' • 'The Queen is the most powerful piece of the chessboard, it is the one that dominates more squares, the one that can arrives to any place in only one or two moves.'

And here's a post on sportsmanship, from the winner of the most recent CJA Best Blog award (see 2011 Awards Committee Report; PDF).

Hank Anzis presents Stinging losses posted at Broken Pawn. • 'Twice on Sunday, I got to see Americans lose chances at what passes for sports immortality. [...] At last week’s chess camp, I told the kids that losing hurts but as long as you can learn from the defeat and become a better player it’s OK to lose since they all have at least 50 years of chess playing ahead of them.'

A good part of sportsmanship is realizing that even when the outcome is not what you wanted, there are lessons to be learned.

Robert Pearson presents Willpower, Decision Fatigue and Practical Chess posted at Robert Pearson's Chess Blog. • 'In my last post, I reviewed a game where I played at quite a high level through the first time control, then made a string of weak moves before being offered a rather generous draw. This scenario, pretty strong play through 20-30 moves, an excellent or winning position followed by "blowing" a win or draw, is more common in my career than I would like.'

Some blog posts make you wonder. Here's one from an Asian-based blog.

yullian bei presents Red and White Chess: The Muggles of the Chess Wizardy World posted at Red and White Chess, saying, 'light notes on asian descendent to play chess in the west' • 'Blitz story on Asian descendents chess player in the western hemisphere.'

Others leave you with a feeling of déja vu.

Floris Schleicher presents Kasparov is back! posted at Chess.com. • 'A new video on a short return of former World Champion, #1 of the world, record rating holder and chess legend; Garry Kasparov!'

A few posts were submitted via other means than the submission form. This one came by email. I know from my own experience that there are many ways to walk through a chess game and it's not always obvious which is the best.

Ghuzultyy on My Annotated Games #2 • 'This is my second attempt to blog an annotated game of mine. This time I will not use diagrams, see if it is better this way.'

This one came via comment to one of my announcements. The submitter indicated he wanted to send some of his material and when I hadn't received it by the deadline, I chose myself. IM Silman is, after all, one of the superstars of chess instruction.

CalbaMan on Featured Article: IM Silman Returns • 'IM Jeremy Silman has finally come back, and he is ready to write new chess articles and more! After more than four months of inactivity, Silman recently published his newest article: "Recognizing The Big Moment In A Game".'

And, finally, we have two more from BDK. Either would be suitable for wrapping up this carnival, so I'll highlight both.

TheUltimateChampion on General Principles in Chess • '1. The three basic elements to be considered in evaluating a position are Force, Space and Time.The first is more stable than other two. [...] 15. Last but not the least, never hurry in the endgame.'

CharlyAZ on Ten ways to know when a chess coach is good • 'This article is the logical continuation of the previous "10 ways to get free chess lessons from Masters." That article was for those who do not have the financial means to hire a coach. This one, however, is for those who are able, or are saving ferociously, to hire one.'

A Few Omissions

I remember some slight disappointment after one of the first chess blog carnivals where the post I had submitted did not appear in the roundup. I later found out that it had been lost in the shuffle and, to make up for the omission, it was eventually reused in a subsequent carnival. There were a few posts I didn't use in this October carnival. I'll mention them here so that their authors will know that they weren't overlooked and so that future submitters might avoid the same fate. I'm not here to discourage bloggers, I'm here to encourage them.

In the writeup above, I've already featured two posts from Pau Pascual. These were out of a total of 10 posts submitted by the prolific PP, all of them worthy of inclusion. One of the instructions I received from BDK was to use blog posts written 'within a month or so of the carnival'. The bulk of PP's submissions were from 2010 or earlier, and even those I used were written before Summer 2011. Here's another PP post from early 2011 that I could have used, but left out for the sake of compactness.

Pau Pascual presents A living game - Chess.com posted at Chess.com, saying, 'A living game played by Capablanca and Steiner' • '[Unlike a] normal game, where it is played with wooden pieces, in the living game it is played with people only human.'

Here's another very good post on a specific opening -- in fact the entire blog is on that opening -- that I would love to have featured if the post, as well as all other posts, hadn't dated back to 2009.

Joemar Lacson presents A Reason to Play The Accelerated Dragon posted at My Chess Pet the Sicilian Dragon, saying, 'A 62% chance of winning says a lot for Black in this Accelerated Dragon variation 8...d5. So there isn't much to say really than learning this variation as Black is valuable. And that’s what I actually did, I have spent time to study and analyse the position and eventually formed an opening repertoire based on 8...d5 pawn break in the Accelerated Dragon. Along the way too, I have discovered a few moves which I think are much stronger than the moves recommended by popular opening books.'

Except for their dates, those two previous posts were perfectly suitable for a chess blog carnival. The next one is less suitable. Chess plays only a small role in the post and the improvement angle is missing entirely.

Lisa Hood presents 10 Bizarre But Real College Clubs posted at ZenCollegeLife, saying, 'We've all heard of the math club and the chess club, but some colleges take the idea of the club to a whole new level.'

The final omission is a type of spam : Welcome to Chess Thinking Systems. Its only purpose appears to be to sell a commercial product. If you think I'm being too harsh about this or anything else I've written here, just leave a comment against this post (they're moderated, but I accept criticism) or send me an email (address under my profile in the upper right of this page).

Bye For Now!

Before I sign off, I'd like to say thanks to all of the people who submitted material and to wish you well in your future endeavors, blogging or otherwise, chess or real life. There are a lot of perceptive minds working at cracking the mysteries of chess and some of the best are also writing about it. Good luck to you all!


Later: Here's some more boilerplate text from InstaCarnival. Looks useful...

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of chess improvement carnival using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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03 October 2011

Been There, Done That

Having finished with Where to Go From Here, I developed a new list of old material to be converted. Unfortunately, Archive.org, the underlying resource on which the links are based, was not available while I was creating the list, so I was unable to check if the old material was really suitable for conversion.

As announced in October Chess Improvement Carnival (Here on CFAA), I'm hosting this month's chess blog carnival tomorrow, so I threw in a couple of my early looks at chess blogs.

Old wine in new wineskins? Even so, it should keep me busy for a while.