Chess Blogging

I’m an amateur chess player (I’ve won money from tournaments, but that hardly qualifies me as professional), and thought to add some chess stuff to my blog. The reason? I just played in the Texas Scholastic (Feb 20-21), which will probably be my last major scholastic tournament. Over the years I’ve had quite a few interesting games (mostly at non-scholastic tournaments, particularly in Vegas and Philadelphia), and thought I would share some of them here.

I’m still trying to find a good way to post chess games into a blog. Because I am using WordPress.com instead of self-hosted WordPress, plug-ins are not going to work. And WordPress does not have a native chess reader as it does for math (LaTeX typeset).

Here are a couple options I found.

For simplicity we shall consider the game 1. f4 e5 2. g4 Qh4#. Chess players should recognize this as the Fool’s Mate, the shortest possible game—Black checkmates on the second move. The first option is to simply take screenshots at critical points and have the reader visualize the rest. (This isn’t too hard for serious players.)

For example:

Diagram 1

This board is rendered by Apronus.

The second option is an animated gif:

Diagram 2

This software is by Caissa, as the watermark suggests. However, the gif image sequence is impossible to pause, and furthermore, it is difficult to analyze a specific position on the board.

In Chess Circle there is a thread about publishing chess games into a blog, but I did not find it particularly useful.

Perhaps I’ll use a combination of animated gifs and normal images. The gif will give the overview of the game while still images will focus on key positions.

2 thoughts on “Chess Blogging”

  1. I don’t think most people would be able to visualize more than two or three moves, unless they’re advanced players. Some readers will not understand algebraic notation.

    Since blog page space is so cheap, why not give a screenshot for every two half-moves?

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