New Minev column and new crosstables

January 24th, 2010

I posted a new column by Minev today, as well as 17 new crosstables. The new column continues the “Mini-Lessons from Short Games of the 21st Century” series.

The crosstables are mostly Minev events from the 1970s. Many are team events. The full list of new files is:
1970SofiaTmatch.htm
1971Baja.htm
1971BucharestEuTchSF.htm
1971Varna.htm
1971VarnaUSIC.htm
1972Cienfuegos.htm
1972NoviSad.htm
1972Pristina.htm
1972SofiaBalkaniad.htm
1973Albena.htm
1973Luhacovice.htm
1973PoianaBrasovBalkaniad.htm
1973SofiaBulgchSF.htm
1973SofiaClub.htm
1974PorecBalkaniad.htm
1975IstanbulBalkaniad.htm
1977Kragujevac.htm

Minev game files corrected

January 16th, 2010

The error in the two Minev game files (Minev Best Games and Minev All Games) that were reported in the last blog entry have been corrected, and new files have been posted to the website. All games included in those files should now load correctly for viewing in the My Chess Viewer software (the software that is used to display the games on the website as an interactive chess board).

I have some additional games that need to be added to those files, so they do not currently represent all that I have obtained for Minev’s career, but at least all of the games included should load without errors. For the Minev All Games file, I have about 50 more that need to be added; for the Minev Best Games, I think only 1 or 2 more. I hope to get to those in the next few weeks.

Some errors in Minev game files

January 4th, 2010

I just got a report this weekend (a “thank you” to Erik Osbun) that there are some errors in certain of the Minev game files that cause selected games to not be viewable. I’m working on finding and correcting the errors, but after an initial look, the exact location of the error is not obvious.

The problem results when the game score contains characters that the My Chess Viewer software does not recognize. If the user attempts to load the game in the Viewer, the game header info changes to the game with the mistake, but the game moves do not change from the last game loaded. The new game will not load.

I’ve gone through the games in the Minev Best Games file and believe that only the games vs. Szabo, Botvinnik, and Fischer have this problem. The rest should be OK. I am working on fixing the scores, and will post a corrected file as soon as I can (but it may take a while).

It will take even longer to go through the Minev All Games file to see if there are problems there.

In the meantime, be aware that if the game score does not load, that is the source of the problem. If you would like to see the game score of any game before the fix is posted, just email me with the info of the game you are interested in.

New Minev column posted

December 30th, 2009

A new IM Minev column (in the “Mini-Lessons from Short Games of the 21st Century) was posted today. Next installment is due toward the end of January.

New crosstables posted

December 18th, 2009

I posted 11 new or revised crosstables today, all from 1930 and all with updates from C. Sericano files (as well as incorporating other sources). The list of tournaments posted is:
1930Amsterdam.htm
1930Berlin.htm
1930Florence.htm
1930Frankfurt.htm
1930Liege.htm
1930MarinadiMassa.htm
1930Nice.htm
1930SanRemo.htm
1930Scarborough.htm
1930Swinemuende.htm
1930Verviers.htm

New Minev Column and crosstables posted

November 29th, 2009

A new IM Minev column (in the “Mini-Lessons from Short Games of the 21st Century) was posted today. Next installment is due toward the end of December.

Also posted 8 new or revised crosstables:
1929Amsterdam.htm
1929Berlin.htm
1929BradleyBeach.htm
1929Carlsbad.htm
1929ReggioEmilia.htm
1929RogaskaSlatina.htm
1929Scarborough.htm
1929Venice.htm

New crosstables posted

November 13th, 2009

The following new or updated crosstable files were posted today:
1928BerlinCh.htm
1928BerlinFeb.htm
1928BerlinOct.htm
1928BerlinSept.htm
1928Brno.htm
1928Budapest.htm
1928Dortmund.htm
1928Giessen.htm
1928Hastings.htm
1928Kissingen.htm
1928MarDelPlata.htm
1928Perugia.htm
1928Scarborough.htm
1928TheHague.htm

New crosstables posted

November 11th, 2009

The following new or updates crosstable files were posted today:
1924Foligno.htm
1924Merano.htm
1924WestonSuperMare.htm
1926Berlin.htm
1926Merano.htm
1926Warsaw.htm
1926WestonSuperMare.htm
1927Berlin.htm
1927Bremen.htm
1927Copenhagen.htm
1927Lodz.htm
1927London.htm
1927Magdeburg.htm
1927Naples.htm
1927NewYork.htm
1927Niendorf.htm
1927Scarborough.htm

New Minev Column

October 30th, 2009

A new IM Minev column (in the “Mini-Lessons from Short Games of the 21st Century) was posted today. Next installment is due toward the end of November.

Coming soon

October 27th, 2009

A few quick updates:
1) I expect to be posting the next installment from Minev (Mini-Lessons from Short Games of the 21st Century) in the next few days
2) I should have more tournament crosstables to post soon (primariy 1920s and 30s – more conversions of the files courtesy of C. Sericano)
3) I have been using a new tool for name standardization on the crosstables. It makes it easier for me to consistently apply the same spelling, as well as to ensure that full names (first + last) are used in most cases. Saves me having to check Gaige for every name in every crosstables. Easier for me = less chance of error = better results posted (and easier searches for player events). A win for all!
4) In between everything else, I’m working on some new Minev manuscripts. Probably still some months away from publication, but more books are coming eventually!