Saturday, April 26, 2008


Wilson Gambit

Here is a little Wilson Gambit from my archives for your amusement shown in an early prototype version of the ChessFlash viewer.

NoTB (1580) - Potassium (1568)
FICS rated blitz game FICS, Fremont, California USA, 27.11.2003

1.e4 d5 2.b3 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Qe2 Bf5 5.Qb5+ Bd7 6.Qxb7 Bc6 7.Bb5 Qd6 8.Bxc6+ Black resigns [8.Bxc6+ Qxc6 9.Qc8# ] 1-0
You "should" be able to just click the buttons and figure out how to use the ChessFlash viewer....

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Friday, April 25, 2008


Welcome Likes Forests!

I have updated the official roll of the Knights Errant to include our newest Knight Likes Forests also known as The Endgame Tactician! A long time friend of the Knights with an excellent blog we are very glad to add him to our group.

Likes Forests is added to my navigation bar as Knights in the Heat of Battle and the Knights Errant FAQ nav bar is updated. Fellow Knights: please update your list of Knights. Note that if you are using this technique then your list of Knights has been updated for you automatically.

The list of Knights is sorted with a) the new Knight first, and then b) the other Knights in order of their most recent post. The ordering is not dynamic -- it is based on the dates on posts from this morning. Also note that two fellow knights that have not posted in two months have been dropped from the list (see the FAQ).

Please visit Likes Forests blog and give him a hearty welcome!


Thursday, April 17, 2008


The Saavedra Position

The Saavedra position is one of my favorite endgame studies. It is simple, exciting and has a few unexpected surprises.

I'm experimenting with the tools used to create this video, hosting it outside of my website and embedding it into my blog with an idea towards creating a chess-specific tool and service to make this available to other chess blogs and websites. I used camtasia to create this but I'm wondering how much interest there is among chessplayers for chess-specific tools to easily create videos from pgn files with or without the ability to add audio and other effects (draw lines, highlights, etc). Any feedback is welcome. I'm hosting this video from

And, how did you like the video itself? Did it display ok for you?

It does requires JavaScript to be enabled and the latest version of the Macromedia Flash Player available here.

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LEP Tourney

I have finished all of my games in the Liquid Egg Product Tournament and I think I finished in a tie for second with about half the field. Congratulations to drunknknite who won with an dominating performance.

All of my games in the event are here. My win against gorckat ultimately did not count as he withdrew from the tournament.

My game with Polly (ppwchess) is especially interesting for me but not for the objective chess content. Play over the game and watch the movements throughout the game of my minor pieces. My queen's bishop traveled c8-d7-c6-b7-c8! My queen's knight journeyed b8-c6-e7-g8! My king's bishop moved f8-g7-f8!

Thanks to our host and sponsor Liquid Egg Product. I buy all of my Liquid Egg Product from Donnie (and you should too!).


Sunday, April 06, 2008


Where to Play Chess in Houston?

We get email. From Joe:
Is there any public place in Houston where chess players hang out? I'd like to find a park or something where I can play pickup games.

The heat and rain in Houston makes chess a mostly indoor activity for much of the year.

First, it's worth checking out the Houston Chess Club but that sounds a more formal than Joe is looking for.

Then there is the Houston Chess Meetup and our next meetup is April 21. I have vague plans to start attending the existing meetup and to start a new meetup on the west side of town now that I expect to have some free time on my hands.

There is also the T-House but I don't have any additional information since that old post.

Jim Liptrap maintains a list of places where people get together for casual chess in town. I think this may be what Joe is looking for.

If you know of places where chess players congregate in Houston please tell us about it in the comments.



Working Knights

What have the Knights been up to lately? Here are very brief excerpts from the posts of Knights Errant in the Heat of Battle that have posted since March 8. Visit their blogs for more details!

Sir Kaan Kara My second quest is 40k problems in chess tactics server.

Silver King I just finished section 2 of TCT completing my warm up.

Sir Augusto I'm doing the routine, (Finish level 10 in two days) playing some blitz and trying to play some slow with Fritz, but I always play quickly.

Sir Miklos After I had tp return my tactics book to the library, I've gone back to CTS, like many other knights.

Sir Sparfy just got the leningrad dutch book by some german guy in english. hmmm...

Sir Nemo So it's that time again; I've finished the second circle in this lovely tactical foray!

Haunted Knight Last night I played David Brown for the first time, in round 6 of the Derbyshire Individual. I was expecting to get smashed early on as he is much higher rated, but...

Chessaholic I have been playing around with the Trompowsky a bit lately, and this is a position from a recent game....

Retired Pawn Teaching our children how to think is what chess in education is all about.

...and then there's me. Here's a brief update:
Tacticus Maximus (me) I quit my job of 10+ years. I lost to drunknknite in the LEPer tourney. I bought Silman's Complete Endgame Course because of BDK. I'll post more about me soon. :)

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