Thursday, February 25, 2010

New Feature: Forum

For no particular reason, I have added a forum aspect to this blog. It can be found by either clicking the link to the forum on the right, or by clicking this link: To Forum. To post you need to register, but hopefully it will make the blog a bit more interactive.

I have since closed the forum, it is easier to talk to me on the blog's facebook page. So be sure to 'Like' it and post things!

Monday, February 22, 2010

In the style of the old Masters

Game 3 of my match against George Eichhorn was an exceptionally interesting game to look at. I made a video post of some of my analysis for you all to look at and comment on. The match itself ended in a 2-2 draw. Home field advantage seemed insurmountable in this match, with George winning the two games in Stratford and me winning the two in Iowa City. I want to thank Jason for his assistance in verifying that the computers can't play the position after the sacrifice correctly. This game might end up being one of my crown jewels, so I hope that it can generate some discussion in the comments.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

New Video - Madison-Hodina

As requested by Jason, I have annotated the game I played in round 4 of the Cedar Rapids Leatherjackets tournament against Jim Hodina. I messed around with the capturing again, so it should show up better now. Hopefully you cannot hear how stuffed up I was when I recorded this earlier today. As always, I welcome any comments on the game, the annotations, or the video itself. I uploaded straight onto Blogger this time instead of onto Veoh since the video has been in processing all day on Veoh with no sign of finishing any time soon.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Video Collection Expanding Soon

Hi everybody. I had intended to have more videos to post by now, but I have had a bit of a sore throat, so I have not done any recording. Still jobless, but recently remembered that I have a way to try and find a job through the University. Hopefully that will increase my chances out there. Anyway, once my throat gets back to normal (hopefully tomorrow) I will record some more videos and post them on here. I figured out how to improve the quality by doing some tweaking of my capture settings (I usually stream video, but I can record in much higher quality when I am not streaming). The plan is to convert all of the articles I've written for Iowa Chess News En Passant to video format and to do all future annotations in video form. I think it is probably a better medium than text, though I am still undecided how married I am to the format. That is all for now, hopefully I'll be posting video in the next 24 hours.

Monday, February 1, 2010

First Video Annotations

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Ok, so I finally managed to make the video and get it edited sufficiently well. On the plus side, since this is the first one, it can only get better than this. Please let me know what you think so that I can make more like this or not.

Back to it!

So after a bit of a break, and an as of yet unsuccessful job hunt, I am posting again. I am going to attempt a special treat. I am going to attempt to make a video post by the end of today (Monday, Feb 1st). If all goes well, I might start to mix in video posts with regular posts. So for the 2 of you that will see this before I post again later today, be on the lookout and tell everybody. *shakes fist* Everybody!

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