New version of chess PGN to TeX to PDF converter

OK, I’m shameful. After fighting with Scid’s exporter, and then correcting bugs in pgn2ltx’s source, I finally decided to take a look at that PGN file format. And guess what? It’s already composed of FEN notation. And guess what? that super-über cool new skaknew module for LaTeX gets its input as FEN!!

Easy chess games for kids (mate in one)

UPDATE: You can get a much better revised version of the PDF now, with coordinates, in this newer post. In my journey to teach chess to Ido, an easy (I thought) job was to generate diagrams where he has to find mate in a fixed number of turns. Starting with mate in one. It appeared that making diagrams is an easy task, as there are many programs (Linux and Windows) that permit this. On Linux, the best I could find is scid. That’s cool as I use it to maintain my databases of games. Even cooler, is that scid development has just restarted (stopped around 2004!), with the help of Pascal Georges. Using scid (I’m using the 3.7devel2009 version) I can export games to HTML or even to LaTeX files. At first I thought I’d create the endings myself, for example, using online diagrams generators or using Wikipedia/MediaWiki’s templates, but ...(Read More)

Ido’s chess Journey: How to teach chess to a 3 year old kid

How to teach chess to a 3 year old kid? That’s a good question. I wanted to teach Ido chess for a long time, but each time I tried, he lost focus after 2 minutes, even just for teaching him just rook movements. I decided I needed to plan it a little more, make it much more fun, and “embed” it in mini-games. It seems to work much better now, but that’s maybe because he matured a lot. Here are some ideas (some not yet implemented): Using a DIY plastified chess board, allows me to show/play different positions really fast, anywhere. Colorize squares where a piece is allowed to go : [flickr]photo:3227796869[/flickr] Pawn race games (no en-passant rule yet). Really small games (must not go over 5 minutes) with reduced chess set (for example Queen and 3 pawns vs Knight, bishop and 3 pawns). Checkmate in one, using DiagTransfer program ...(Read More)