Tuesday, January 31, 2006

So many development projects...

It's a little difficult to get started, and I'll admit it aint wonderful, but anyone who is interested in trying out the developed tool that I've thrown together needs to do only a few steps: First, go to My tools site. I am working on things in the background for my wife, so the only publicly available module will be 'chess'. First, you need to create a new user, which is simple enough. Just follow the instructions. Next, you need to add the chess module to your user. It is done by clicking on Module->Add on the left hand side after you first log in. After adding the chess module, the chess link will appear at the top. Click on it and then create your circles by following the instructions. There are some problems, for instance, my chess program has no recommendations, commentary, or anything else useful. It does not go through variations on the file, only the main line. If you like it, you're free to use it. Some of these issues that I have listed, I plan to work on in the future. It's way easier to use and start up now. Please feel free to do so.

Completed problem sets 1, 2

Been splitting my time between code and this work. I have the public login system working, but I still need to plug my current system into it, and that is taking up a fair amount of time. That said...
setc1c2c3c4c5c6c7
Beg.164%66%n/an/an/an/an/a
Beg.251%63%n/an/an/an/an/a
Beg.350%n/an/an/an/an/an/a
Int.172% (2)n/an/an/an/an/an/a
Int.253% (2)n/an/an/an/an/an/a
Int.345%n/an/an/an/an/an/a
Int.447%n/an/an/an/an/an/a
Adv.144%n/an/an/an/an/an/a
Adv.236%n/an/an/an/an/an/a
Adv.333% :(n/an/an/an/an/an/a

I didn't expect a huge amount of growth on the first problem set, because the first time I went through it, I had just completed it in order to test the original code. The improvement on #2 is good, though, and I hope that it continues down the list. Due to the difficulty on the Advanced ones, though, I don't expect huge improvement there, but I will see as time goes. Now, back to coding!

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Took me a while... I'm still here

While playing chess, I've also been working on my renewed login system (cookie and database based, rather than based on .htaccess protocol on Apache).

setc1c2c3c4c5c6c7
Beg.164%n/an/an/an/an/an/a
Beg.251%n/an/an/an/an/an/a
Beg.350%n/an/an/an/an/an/a
Int.172% (2)n/an/an/an/an/an/a
Int.253% (2)n/an/an/an/an/an/a
Int.345%n/an/an/an/an/an/a
Int.447%n/an/an/an/an/an/a
Adv.144%n/an/an/an/an/an/a
Adv.236%n/an/an/an/an/an/a
Adv.333% :(n/an/an/an/an/an/a

That's life, I guess. I'm also continuing to work on databasing all of the games from "Art of Attack" while I'm reading it, which can be time consuming, but I'm hoping that reading the book thoroughly is going to improve my play as well, and maybe gives me an excuse for being slow (11 days slow :( ). Well, either way, I've completed my first circle of 1000 problems.

Monday, January 09, 2006

9th Problem Set Complete - Circle #1

setc1c2c3c4c5c6c7
Beg.164%n/an/an/an/an/an/a
Beg.251%n/an/an/an/an/an/a
Beg.350%n/an/an/an/an/an/a
Int.172% (2)n/an/an/an/an/an/a
Int.253% (2)n/an/an/an/an/an/a
Int.345%n/an/an/an/an/an/a
Int.447%n/an/an/an/an/an/a
Adv.144%n/an/an/an/an/an/a
Adv.236%n/an/an/an/an/an/a
Adv.3n/an/an/an/an/an/an/a

I spent a lot of time on this last problem set, and the score was low. I am willing to accept this right now, because I spent a lot of that time studying the problems, trying to see why the advantage was gained in a lot of tactics, or if there was a forced mate, what prevented me from seeing the mate, or trying to memorize the mating pattern. As I have said before, many of these problems are about gaining the advantage against your opponent, and I do not find this easy to grasp yet. Further, sometimes I do not see the most obstinate defense, and I imagine that is also part of the entire process. Take it easy.