Q-side vs. K-side Descriptive Notation (R2)

As mentioned before, not knowing which piece is which can led to confusion when trying to play a move like 28.QRxQ See  this comment noting such an error in an actual game: Blackburne – Golmayo (1891), Havana CUB, rd 3, Feb-18 (kibitz #4) and the explanation in kibitz#6 just below. Here’s a screenshot from Steinitz’s…

Q-side vs K-side Descriptive Notation

For those of us who have ventured into old chess magazines that use the now obsolete English Descriptive notation , nothing quite strikes fear into our hearts like the use of QB vs KB, or even more horrifying, the use of QN vs KN or the equally terrifying QR vs KR. This notation is far…

EDO rating graphs in SCID (hooray!)

You see it exactly as I saw it for the first time just a few moments ago: (Click to enlarge) I think Blackburne was a good first choice. This is a very simple idea, to graph Rod Edwards’ EDO historical ratings for players in Z-base. But one which involved some fairly involved hacking to do…

Visual Puzzle – SCID Bio – Easter Egg

Well, this is both a visual puzzle, and also me showing off some of the work I’m doing updating SCID (see the last visual puzzle). Here is a snapshot of various player’s portraits which represent the last batch I’ve added. There’s an Easter Egg in the bunch, can you spot it? Once spotted, it should…

Solution – Uncle SCID’s new clothes

Download latest versions (2017-07-11 v0.6) : Photo supplement  – Z-base-v0.6-.spf Biographical Info    – Z-base-v0.6-.ssp Z-Base PGN          – Z-base-v0.6-.pgn SCID update          – scid.gui  (v4.4) Resolvers.dat         – resolvers.dat  (put in SCID’s bin/config directory) Note: I forgot the need for resolvers.dat earlier, and EDO/CG/WIKI links need it. This is a…