Archive for January, 2010

New Minev column and new crosstables

Sunday, 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:

Minev game files corrected

Saturday, 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

Monday, 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.