Tuesday, February 26, 2008


LEP Round 3

I had a big advantage in time after a few moves. I had offered a Moron Defense but my opponent seemed to want to keep the Queen's on. I nursed the time plus and tried to keep the pressure on and the position complicated. Early on I had a choice of developing my Kings bishop to e7 or g7. I went with a KID setup with the bishop at g7. Another choice was moving the Q to c7 or e7. I went for e7. Beyond that, it was a bit of luck, a bit of time advantage, a bit of rating advantage, a bit of keeping things complicated. The dam finally broke. A nice game and TheDarkKnightTwo played well. I'm now 3-0 in the LEPer Tourney.

You can see the game here.

Update: I buy all of my Liquid Egg Product from Donnie.

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Saturday, February 23, 2008


Working Knights

A quick rundown of what the current Knights in the Heat of Battle have been up to lately:

Caquetio Knight has "started my training with step 1" and has the diagrams to prove it.

Simple Knight "In ... this ....game ...I...think.....that....my....opponent...." Ok my French translation is slow and bad, but he links to a nice tactical bird opening game that translates well.

Sir Copeland should be reminded that if "You break it, you bought it!"

Sir Miklos plays fill-n-the-blanks and is looking for advice on a pgn viewer applet for websites.

Sir Sparfy calls out Tempo for his "rudeness" but I think he really means me now that I am the Secretary Knight. So, Sir Sparfy, welcome aboard and I dub thee, uh, Sir Sparfy? Is dubbing part of my new responsibilities? Samurai and BDK just promised me power and glory. I need to review the FAQ.

Sir Nemo is talking upsets, chess and poker and says "SIT ON YOUR HANDS!" Is that advice for Poker or Chess? For Scotch fans, he has a nice mini on display.

Chessaholic laments the loss of Samurai and plans to buy a book on planning. But does he plan to read it?

Retired Pawn continues his excellent Chess in Education series with Part IV.


Friday, February 22, 2008


Welcome to New Knights!

Samuria has passed the post of Secretary Knight of the Knights Errant on to yours truly. We wish him the best in his future endeavors and thank him for his service to the Knights.

It is my pleasure to announce the addition of two new members to the Knights Errant:

Caquetio Knight

Simple Knight

Caquito and Simple are added to my navigation bar as Knights in the Heat of Battle and Samurai removed. I'll update the Knights Errant FAQ this weekend. Fellow Knights: please update your list of Knights. Note that if you are using this technique then your list of Knights has been updated without you having to do anything.


Wednesday, February 13, 2008


Round 1: Tournament of LEPers

You can start by reading Polly's post and the post at Liquid Egg Product with this round's pairings. Tom vs. Polly was a wild sac-fest.

I played gorckat last night in our Round 1 encounter.

I am rated quite a bit higher but he had some chances and I was concerned for a while that my winning chances were small. The game was a Pirc and I inadvertently varied from my opening preparation because, well... some of the lines in the Pirc are hard to distinguish and trying to remember them is like I am in a "little maze of twisting passages, all different."

You can play through the game here with analysis courtesy of Fritz.

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Sunday, February 10, 2008


Working Knights

A quick rundown of what the current Knights in the Heat of Battle have been up to lately:

Sir Augusto is testing out the King's Gambit and asking for opening suggestions.

Sir Copeland in his post Chess Software wants to create the perfect chess software when he is done with his studies, or maybe next weekend! Go tell him what you need your software to do.

Sir Miklos has a New Plan. Will it work?

Sir Nemo goes to Tactics Church for some good old fashioned GrandMaster preaching ... and plots for victory at the National Open.

Chessaholic reminds us in Heavy Hitters of an upcoming and important Super GM tournament.

The Retired Pawn has his highest PlayChess rating evah! Naturally, the Knights deserve all of the credit.

Tacticus Maximus just posted this. But scroll down and take a gander at my previous posts!



Thursday, February 07, 2008


Wacky Wednesday

I didn't get the memo and it is no longer Wednesday here in Houston -- missed it by that much! But anyway, I was just browsing a database of some of my blitz games at ICC looking for my shortest and most interesting losses. There's one where I just hang a piece....another that is an obvious mouse-slip...a known opening trap I fall into....hang the queen for a well known tactic...lose in seven moves in an opening I have arrogantly named after myself...another..oh wait!

Yeah, that's the ticket. Perhaps my "best" loss ever is a seven move mate in the Wilson Gambit!

GlennWilson (1544) - andredechen2 (1417) [B01]
ICC 5 0 Internet Chess Club, 08.06.2007
1.e4 d5 2.b3 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Qe2 Bg4 5.Qb5+ Nc6 6.Qxb7 Nd4

7.Nb5 Nxc2#White checkmated 0-1

Even better (worse!) than Blunderprone? Can you top this? How low can you go?


Saturday, February 02, 2008


Working Knights

A quick rundown of what the current Knights in the Heat of Battle have been up to lately:

Samurai Knight our esteemed Secretary has been moving, and moving and moving again. We hope life settles down for him soon.

Sir Augusto beats a friend with a Sicilian. Check out move 19!

Sir Copeland updates his elo chart.

Sir Miklos is, in his own words, not dead yet.

Sir Sparfy needs to toughen up and stop feeling sorry for the poor, little enemy bishop.

Sir Nemo is on a massive winning streak and credits "repeating tactical exercises."

The Haunted Knight broke his drawing streak. That's the good news. The bad news ...

Chessaholic got a good position just playing logical moves.

The Retired Pawn continues his Chess in Education series.

Tacticus Maximus just posted this. But scroll down and take a gander at my previous post!



Knights in the Heat of Battle

It is not that big of a deal but it can sometimes be a little bit of a challenge to keep the list of links of the current Knights in the Heat of Battle up to date. Knights come and go and when they do I eventually go to Blogger and edit my template and then republish my site. Wouldn't it be nice if you could always have a current list without needing to pay strict attention to the comings and goings of Knights and without having to edit your blog or template?

Now you can. To avoid having to edit my template when the list of Knights change I've created a javascript that can be referenced from any webpage and when it is updated that webpage automatically uses the newest Knights list without editing or republishing. If you would like to use this Knights javascript, just add the line:
<script type="text/javascript" src="http://glennwilson.com/chess/knights.js"></script>
where you want the list to appear on your webpage.

That is how the Knights in the Heat of Battle list in my Knights Errant navigation bar is currently showing up, and just for demonstration purposes, here it is again:

I have viewed this with IE and FireFox 2 and both seem to work. There are disadvantages: it takes a bit longer to load the page and if javascript is disabled in the visitor's browser the list will be empty. And you are dependent on me keeping this script current (I'll try). If you try it and have any problems or if my list looks screwy in your browser, let me know.


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