Archive for February, 2012

A quick update

Max von Sydow in "The Seventh Seal"


Just a quick update of what’s going on.

  • In my tournament I lost game #4 and won #5. The final rounds are on Friday and Sunday, I will do a summary next week.
  • The 52nd season of the Team4545League has started and I lost with Black in an Open Sicilian. It was an instructive loss and it helped to learn more about the position. More soon.
  • After being lazy for some time I am back into my regular chess training. I have started to practice simple endgames against the computer: delivering mate with 2 bishops and bishop+knight. I thought that with 2 bishops it should be simple but didn’t know the final manoeuver to actually mate the king. Now I know it and can do it in under a minute. 🙂 I have already studied and practiced how to mate with bishop + knight but after more than one year I couldn’t do it anymore. A quick refresh was enough to bring back the knowledge.
  • For the fans of short Science Fiction, the nominees for the 2011 Nebula Awards have been announced. Usually I prefer the Hugo Award but this year the entries look pretty good and I will try to read most of them.



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