Monday, 29 November 2010

I look forward to playing better games in chess competition

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Lightning competition

This sounds like something Harry Potter might be interested in. Can anyone tell me more about this? Do I need to bring my wand?

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Friday, 19 November 2010

Statistics and Blog Analytics

John Naylor was pointing out a while ago that the number in the counter on the bottom page of this site is getting bigger and bigger. Its now over 7500. First of all this does NOT mean that we have 7500 users (unique users to use the jargon). Its counting page views, which may be repeat visits by the same people, and count several page views in one visit.

Last August I added some script to start collecting stats on site visits in a Google Analytics account. This is more detailed and accurate. Since then we have apparently had 242 'absolute unique visitors'. Which is many more than we have in our club. GA also shows where the 'traffic' comes from, and one of the spikes was caused by a reference from ecforum (English Chess Forum) where they were talking about setting up chess blogs and trading links (see here). WE GOT A MENTION ALONGSIDE SUSAN POLGAR'S BLOG. Thank you Michael Jones.

Want to know what he said about us? 'Rugby: Works pretty well, with several players making regular contributions.'

So ... besides being dead chuffed, I would like to see some contributions chaps. C'mon, I know that you can do it. If you are rusty meet me at the next social chess (6 December) and I will show you/remind you what you need to do.

And now a win !

Yes - the first team beat University A.
John Naylor won, Bob Wildig drew and Jonathan Cox won. Late replacement Paul Hardstaff fell victim to a fairly vicious attack but the fact he was deputising for Nalin was a help to the rest of us! Thanks Paul.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

HOORAY - the first team got a point

All right then - hooray.

At last after a succession of losses the first team managed to get a point v Cov B in this weeks match. Nalin and Bob both drew and it was left to Jonathan to get a win against Mike Johnson which happened when a tricky attack finally undermined Mike's defences.