Sunday, July 15, 2007 on your cellphone!

This is the coolest thing ever made.

Everything you need to know about it can be found here

I thought Yahoo Chess on your cellphone was the coolest thing ever made until for some reason I couldn't get an opponent anymore. It was like I was living in a virtual ghost town. Not only is this app free, it's completely reliable and I never have to wait more than 10 sec to get a game! If you have a account and a cellphone you definitely should check this out.


Well as most of you probably predicted, I'm going to fail miserably in my goal of completing the circles by the end of july. Needless to say I had a lot of other things in my life get in the way. You know how you wash a car and then it rains? Well this was more like a hurricane..

So now I'm under the microscope at work, and I need a way to continue my circles training without having to hide a laptop. The solution?

A Pocket PC!

This way I'll be able to do everything I need to do. I can play games on my phone, analyze them with pocket fritz, and do my circles training with pocket chess tactics for beginners! Best of all I got one with wifi access so I can connect to the internet for free!

I bought it used though, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that when it arrives it works like it's supposed to..

Last order of business. If you have CTB or any other Convekta product open it up right now. Right click on the board and choose the option enlarge board. Keep on enlarging the board until it's at its maximum setting.

Now take a look at the white knight...


Did they give the knight a little stubbly mustache?

Is that what that is?!

Or did they give him freckles and/or beauty marks?

I think the programmers over at Convekta have a little too much time on their hands...

Friday, July 13, 2007

Gotdammit I've been tagged..

What is your blogger name and URL?

Rise and Shine at

How did you learn about the circles?
I saw Rapid Chess Improvement at Borders and after going over a few pages I had to get it.

When did you learn about the circles?
This was in early March 2007.

How long have you been going through the circles or how long did it take if you finished?
I've been working on them since the end of March. So about four months and some days now.

How is your progress?
It's off and on. I have 2 to 3 week spans where I'm able to put in a bunch of work every day, but unfortunately other things sometimes demand my attention. I think I'm doing alright though, I'll definitely be done soon.

Does working with the circles alone work for chess improvement, or is it more helpful to join the Knights?
It helps a lot to join the Knights because you'll feel more guilty if you stop, so you have some good motivation to keep going.

Are you a scholastic player?
Nope. I might as well be though ;)

Would you recommend the circles to a scholastic player?
Most definitely. As long as he's a willing participant and not being tortured by his father. Because that will turn him off to the game in the long run.

Do you use other training methods to supplement the circles?
I do 15 min of blindfold chess exercises a day, although I stopped doing them due to my recent tactical surge. I'll throw them back in pretty soon though. I also keep coming back to Silman's Complete Endgame Course as my rating increases. I've read Weapons of Chess a few times for some basic strategy. I also like to watch the ChessMaster 10th edition Academy lessons while I'm eating lunch or dinner. Most importantly though, I play and analyze one 45-60 min game each day and record the moves and make notes in a moleskin notebook.

Any general comments about chess training or the circles?
It's the second most important thing you need to do in order to improve. Playing and analyzing being the most important.

Down Under Knight, you're it!