I haven't been playing chess or posting much here lately, but that's about to change--the blogging as of now, and the playing in a couple of weeks. also, I've been elected Sergeant-at-Arms of the Reno Chess Club!
Apparently, in the past the job has consisted mainly of saying "Quiet please!" during tournament games; I intend to expand my activity and impact in the club and help make the meetings and tournaments better than ever.
A whole lot has been going on in chess, around my city and around the world; last weekend the Western States Open in Reno was won by GM Sergey Kudrin (2592) with 5.0-1.0, a half point clear of a very impressive field. The results are available on the Reno CC site by clicking on 'Western States' on the sidebar. One of the things I'm going to work on is getting the Reno CC site set up so that all the entries have unique urls and blogs can link directly; another is getting annotated games by the strong and friendly players at the club here on the blog.
My model is the marvelous Michael Goeller and his Kenilwothian, now on hiatus for awhile. I may need to learn some more about HTML and get some software or some help, but I hope that our club and this blog, or a new one, can become another example of how it ought to be done.
Meanwhile, if you want some actual chess to enjoy right now check out the final game of the just-concluded World Championship match between Kramnik and Topalov, as annotated by the excellent Dennis Monokroussos of The Chess Mind. A well-deserved victory, game and match, for Kramnik. I may have more to say about the rather bizarre protests and circumstances of the match later, but I'm making a concentrated effort these days to just enjoy the games and let the antics slide.
I'm excited about chess and chess blogging again! More to come....