I am moving

Since wordpress.com doesn’t allow to download plugins, which means i cant use a chess viewer, i decided after many hours of pondering to move my blog over to blogspot. So adjust your links because from now on you can find me on


See you there!!!!

Chessflash for WordPress???

Chessflash, a chess viewer program that users of Blogger may use to show games on their blog. As wordpress user i can only be jealous. In my search for the holy grail I have searched left and right, up and under, to not say everywhere, on the net to find such easy to use and wonderfull chess viewer as Chessflash that WORKS ON WORDPRESS.

Helas, i didn’t find what i was looking so desperate for. ‘The knights that say Ni, wouldn’t say where the program was hiding. Monty Phyton only laughed with my request to help and promptly made a little sketch in which i got the role of the village idiot. Next time i ask Benny Hill for help then atleast i can chase half naked women.:-)

So, dear readers, i know you are all intelligent and helpfull people. Who of you know where i can find a ‘wordpress’ chess viewer?

NIC 2008-2009, Round one

NIC is short for National Interclub Competition. It’s an eleven round team competition between the clubs of the royal belgium chess federation, the national organisation of chess in Belgium. This competition has 5 divisions. One starts in division 5 (teams of four players), the highest division is the first (teams of eight players).

Two years ago my club’s first team won it’s serie in fourth division (teams of four players). I contributed with a 8.0/11 score on board three. That means that last year we played for the first time in clubhistory in third division. We didn’t do badly with a 4th place at the end of the competition 2007-2008 out of the twelve teams in our serie.

Our goal for this years NIC 2008-2009 is not to end on one of the two spots that will give us a ticket back to fourth division. This because our first board of last year, a 2300+ player, will only play a few rounds this year. This fact makes that our team is one of the teams with the lowest average rating in our third division serie.

The first round was played on oktober fifth. I played on board six and had the burden to win my game against Philipsen Mathias, rated 1666, since i sport a rating of 1916 elo. It didn’t help me that i had to play black. It didn’t help that my teammates on board four and five lost so that Geel 1, the team that we played, had a two points lead halfway the round. So extra stress was added to my restless mind.

Philipsen,Mathias (1666) – Verduyckt,Johan (1916) [B44]
NIC 2008-2009 (1),

1.e4 c5 2.Pf3 Pc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Pxd4 e6 5.Lc4 Lc5 6.Le3 Db6 7.Pxc6 Lxe3 8.fxe3 bxc6

Normally i play 8. … Qxe3+ and win a pawn after 9. Qe2 Qxe2+ 10. Kxe2 bxc6 but since i wanted to play it more quietly i decided to play it differently. I am not sure if that was the right choice.

9.Dd4 Pf6 10.Dxb6 axb6 11.Pd2 0-0 12.h3 d5 13.Ld3 La6 14.e5 Pd7 15.Pf3 Pc5 16.Kd2 Ta7 17.Pd4 Lb7 18.Thb1 Pd7 19.Pf3 h6 20.Te1 Td8 21.c3 Tda8 22.a3 Pc5 23.Kc2 Ta4

My plan is Nxd3, Re4 and Nd7 to win the pawn on e5. But then i saw that i couldn’t play Nd7 since i exchanged it for the bishop, so back to drawingboard it was for me. After awhile i came up with the idea to release my bishop with c5 and d4. Why i didn’t follow up on that plan i will never know.

24.Teb1 Pxd3 25.Kxd3 c5 26.Pe1 La6+ 27.Kd2 Lf1 28.b4 c4 29.Ta2 Tf8 30.Kd1 f6 31.exf6 Txf6 32.Tba1 Kf8 33.Pf3 Lxg2 34.Pe5 Tf1+ 35.Ke2 Txa1 36.Txa1 Lxh3 37.Tg1 Ta7

I didn’t grab the pawn on a3 because i disliked whites Nd7+ after which my b-pawn falls. So i decided to play Ra7 so Nd7+ was not possible. Afterall the white a-pawn isn’t running away.

38.Tg3 Lf5 39.Tf3 g5 40.a4 Kg7 41.a5 bxa5 42.bxa5 Txa5 43.e4 dxe4

I dont know what my opponent was thinking to achieve with playing 43. e4. Maybe he thought that i had to take with the bishop so that he could play Rf7+, but even after that i dont see a usefull follow up for white since black is already standing better.

In this position white resigned since he is either losing a knight or a rook.


Thanks to my victory and a beautiful game out of one piece by our first board player (2048 elo) against a 2100+ player and two draws on board two and three we managed to play 3.0-3.0 against the lowest rated team in our serie. Not a good start but the spirit in the team is still good since we didn’t lose and the competition is only started. Still ten rounds to play, so the worries and nail-biting can be postponed for a later round.

A narrative: Opponent knows all

With a disgusted gesture of my hand i pushed over my king. With a hard ‘clak’ sound wood touches wood. People from the other side of the room are looking up to see what is happening. This was the last chess game i played against myself. It’s to hard. My opponent knows all my plans and thoughts.


A narrative: I will!


English, a language that is used in many parts of the world.

English, a language that is not my motherlanguage.

English, a language most used on chess blogs.

English, a language i must master so that i can express myself fluently and coherent in my entries on my blog.

English, a language in which my vocabulary isn’t big enough to express myself the way i want.

English, a language … .


I love to write. I love chess. I wish i could say the same about writing about chess. It makes me pick my brain so that i dont forget the thiniest points. I want to tell the story correct, not missing any details.


Is what i write understood by those that read it? Do they learn something from it? Do they find it good enough to return when another entry is posted? Does it make their grey mass work? Does it answer their questions?


This to say that i find it hard to come up with entries. Entries that are understandable and meaningfull to you as well as myself. It’s not that i dont want to. My brain sometimes explodes with all the material i want to tell, put on my blog. But when i begin with the translation from dutch, my motherlanguage, to english sweat starts dripping of my forehead. My hands, usually steady marching over the keys of my keyboard, start to tremble of unknown nervousity.


I will not stop blogging. The love is just to great, i would miss it if i decided to stop.  I will keep my best to come up with intresting chess blog entries. Or must i say ramblings? I will do my best to find the correct english words to express myself. Trust me.



I will!


Two rook pawns with an extra pawn on the opposite side

On chessskill’s blog i did find an intresting pawn endgame which i studied not so long ago myself. The position i am talking about is shown in the following diagram.

White to move

The question here is if white can win this or will it be a draw? The answer is all about on which diagnal (is still the fastest way to go from one side from the board to the other side) the black king has to run to try and stop the white a pawn from promoting. Lets show some proof. In our position (see next diagram) the pawn stands on g3 so the black king has to run over the diagnal h2-b8 (green arrow) to trying to prevent the a-pawn to promote to queen after capturing the g-pawn.

So the question is will black make it in time? The answer is no since the diagnal the black king must run on is to close to where the a-pawns are standing. You can see that if white plays his king to b6 (red square in diagram) he is able to block the diagnal for further use of the black king. Now lets see how this looks in moves.

1. Kg2 Kg4 2. Kf2 Kg5 3. Ke3 Kg4 4. Kd4 Kxg3 5. Kc5 Kf4 6. Kb5 Ke5 7. Kxa5 Kd6 8. Kb6 and white wins since the black king has to stop his progress on the diagnal.

Now offcourse one can wonder if this is always true so lets take another example but this time we put the pawn on g4 instead of g3, the black king on f6 and the white king on h3 (see next diagram). Which makes that the white king has to be on c6 or b7 (red squares) on time to block the black king from marching on the diagnal h3-c8 (green arrow).

white to move

So here we go, 1. Kg3 Kg5 2. Kf3 Kg6 3. Ke4 Kg5 4. Kd5 Kxg4 5. Kc5 Kf5 6. Kb5 Ke6 7. Kxa5 Kd7 8. Kb6 Kc8 and it’s a draw!!! Since after 9. Ka7 (to prevent the black king to run to a8) Kc7 9. a5 Kc6 10. a6 (since Ka8 allows black to win the pawn with Kb5) Kc7 11. Ka8 Kc8 12 a7 Kc7 and the position is a stalemate.

So the rule here is that how closer the diagnal is to where the a-pawns are standing the black king has to run over how easier it is for white to stop the black monarch from using this path to the finish.

Now knowing this you probably can solve the next diagram without to much doubt. Will white win or is black able to draw?

white to move

If you want to know more about this type of endgame i recomend the book ‘Endgame manual’ by author Mark Dvoretsky (or buy the DVD).

BDK’s advise for blog cred

I am still a newbie in blogging, especially about chess. So i was pleasantly surprised to find the entry “getting-people-to-read-your-blog” in the archives of the superb blog of Blue Devil Knight. With that entry he launched a new fashion two word namely blog cred. The funny thing is that after a few hours BDK was already tired of his own created fashion two word: “I’m already starting to get sick of the term ‘blog cred.’ And I was so excited about it at first”.

In this entry our beloved and highly appreciated chess blogger BDK gives 8 points to get people to your blog.  I will list them all and will comment those that i want more explanation on, want to know your thoughts. So lets get started.

“1. Be patient. It will take a few months, most likely, to get to levels of readership you want.”

A blogger does it indeed to get comments on what he has written. Otherwise he could just keep a paper journal or diary. But i am not sure if its good to go for a big pool of commentators. Afterall one wants insightfull and explanatory comments on how other people see what you have written down. So for a specialized blog, for example about chess, many commentators i dont find usefull, 15 to 20 people, with the same intrests as you, who write down their thoughts on what you have written down is more then enough in my eyes.

“2. Post frequently. At least once a week. Of course, if you have nothing to say, don’t publish scat (see #3).”

I agree that one must post frequently will one be able to have a blog where people return to after the first few visits. Afterall, a blog that isn’t updated at a regular interval will lose visitors and eventually will be described/declared death.

“3.Provide consistently good content. It will get you noticed. In an ideal world, this would be number 1. “

I wonder what ‘good content’ is. Afterall what one finds good another one finds complete garbage. So could somebody give me the definition of what good content is, especially chesswise.

“4. Let people know about you, but not with the pathetic ‘Hey check out my new blog; hey why didn’t you cross link to me?’ Rather, post helpful comments at well-established blogs, comments that make people want to find out who you are.”

True, if you are invisible people will not come look for you. You have to knock on the door and hope they let you in.

“5. Do something original that involves other people. Review other blogs. Post about other blogs. The first-and-only axiom of blogger-psychology is bloggers are pathologically narcissistic.”

“6. Respond promptly to comments. When someone posts a comment on your blog, especially a substantive comment that obviously took some time to write, respond quickly. Don’t wait two days, as it will be taken as a snub.”

I agree but then there are people like me who dont have internet in the weekend so if somebody comments they will have to wait a few days to get a response and that has nothing to do with the owner of the blog being snub. But all by all one must respond as quickly as possible so that the commentator knows his effort of leaving a comment was appreciated by the blog owner.

“7. Don’t have intrusive ads. Nobody is reading your blog anyway. Consider putting in ads once you get more than 500 readers a day.”

To many clicks of the mouse to get to the real stuff makes most people click on the red x in the right hand corner real quick. Adds, using to much color and other fancy things that makes the blog hard to load and let the reader have to organize a search to the content that matters makes visitors put a cross over your blog and they will not visit again. The content, for which the reader visited the blog in the first place, must be easy accessable.

“8. Submit your best material to carnivals. If the entries are good, the well-established bloggers will see this, and bring you into the loop, where we want you anyway. “

I know of the carnival of Rio in Brazil but a blog carnival? What is that? A blog in Halloween style?

That’s it. I hope i will get some excitment comments that will let me learn much more about this thing that we call blogging. See you all after the weekend which for me is OTB chess time!


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