Problem of the day – Reti-Euwe Amsterdam 1920

Here is a nice minature involving the Staunton Gambit of the Dutch, where Euwe takes a poisoned pawn with 9…Qxb2. Analyzing the game in depth here is worthwhile. White actually must pass up Black’s offer of the queen and play 10.Nxd5, thus allowing Black’s queen to rampage on White’s BR (back rank) while White attacks…

SCID and UCI Documentation

Busy, I’ve been. One of the best ways to study a topic is with pencil in hand. That is, for those who still know what a pencil is! Me, I’ve resigned myself, bit by bit, to life in a digital world without pencils. And to understand certain features of SCID and UCI programming I’ve read…

A New Idea – Blockade Chess

Well, today’s post is off the beaten path. But I just was reading chessbase.com’s chess news posts and saw the Ken Regan’s Tandem Pawn Chess post. The idea is to modify the game of chess to allow humans to compete against computers again. Or maybe to take computers out of the game completely. The way…

Problem of the day

Looking to broaden my horizons a little I’ve downloaded several of the big chess databases/collections available on the net. Of course  ICOfY was first, with it’s ~5M games. Unfortunately Ingo has stripped out all the tournament/date information, which limits the usefulness of the collection (imo). I also have the game collection that comes with the Fritz…