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  1. 20 May '14 11:41
    A look at...a very brief look at, the Giuoco Piano.
    An opening a lot of us started off playing because it taught us the basic
    rules of development so we could completely forget them when we got better.

    Plus a couple of interesing RHP games complete with all the joyful blunders RHP games bring.

    Blog 4
  2. Standard member ChessPraxis
    Cowboy From Hell
    21 May '14 05:28
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    A look at...a very brief look at, the Giuoco Piano.
    An opening a lot of us started off playing because it taught us the basic
    rules of development so we could completely forget them when we got better.

    Plus a couple of interesing RHP games complete with all the joyful blunders RHP games bring.

    Blog 4
    And here I thought Giuoco Piano simply meant "Quiet Game." Thanks for edumacating us'ens. 🙂
  3. 21 May '14 13:51
    "And here I thought Giuoco Piano simply meant "Quiet Game."

    No it came from Da Vinci's brother who said, "That was quite a game."

    One weekend I'll sit down and write the full and complete history of Chess.
    Most of what is in print these days is completely wrong.
  4. 21 May '14 21:23
    Hi GP.
    In the other thread about RHP Championship 2014, you said
    "Next blog I have a link so you can download all the games from 2013 RHP championship"

    I didn't see that this time. Is that link still coming?
    And can you describe how you get all the games out of the RHP database...
  5. 21 May '14 21:33
    Hi delnz,

    I forgot about that!

    The lad who I use to send the game to get posted on a file sharing board has gone.

    Can anyone with a file-sharing account help out?
    If so say yes here so I don't get a dozen more PM's and PM me.
    It has to be a subscriber. It will only be for a few postings every year.

    Where do I get the games. I spend ages lifting them from players sites.
  6. Subscriber Ragwort
    Ex Duris Gloria
    22 May '14 07:03
    Hi GP,

    I've a little used public folder on a dropbox account from where I could share the PGN's if that's any good to you. The address will be a little unwieldy but that's why they invented copy and paste, right? Anyway interesting blog as usual. I'm sure I've played at least one of those gents at the marble table ... looks more like a posh part of Oxford than Renaissance Italy to me 😉
  7. 22 May '14 08:03
    Originally posted by Ragwort
    The address will be a little unwieldy but that's why they invented copy and paste, right?
    www.tinyurl.com can be used to shorten URLs.
  8. 22 May '14 10:11
    Hi Ragowrt,

    Yes, some tourists from Oxford nicked the table and placed it in posh Oxford.

    PM me the file sharing sharing link I see if I can work with it.
  9. Subscriber Ragwort
    Ex Duris Gloria
    22 May '14 10:29
    Originally posted by Data Fly
    www.tinyurl.com can be used to shorten URLs.
    Thanks very much, it may come to that ...
  10. 22 May '14 13:37
    Really enjoyed reading, thanks Greenpawn.

    Willy......
  11. 22 May '14 23:56
    I've added a link to the RHP 2013 Championship games on the blog.

    I'll add another next blog which be posted in a few days.
  12. 23 May '14 05:49
    Thanks GP!
    For those that are thinking about it - there are 6000+ games in a 4 MB file.

    I have to admit that I have been a bit lazy and never created a database of my games (or anyone else's for that matter) into a chess database program, so its a good excuse to have a go at that (I have a copy of Chessmaster).

    Is it worth having a database of your own games do you think?
    For example i can use the RHP chess database to look at my own games (although i am not sure when its updated)

    And is there any software that's better than most?
  13. 25 May '14 05:19 / 2 edits
    Hi Deinz,

    Databases of games are the best thing that computers have done for chess.

    HA!
    To think all those years ago when a young German student called Matthias Wullenweber
    walked into my shop and told me he had written a program that replaces
    chess score books...I told him was daft.

    That lad one was of the co-founders of Chessbase!

    (In them days -early 80's, you messed about with giant floppy discs,
    memory was low, graphics were naff, you plugged into a televison not a
    monitor....it seemed a silly idea.)

    Now I have millions of games at my finger tips and I enter the bones of any
    position and it will find a match within seconds. It is how I find combo's.
    played on RHP - to find missed combo's is harder (I cannot search
    for something not played.) but this is always fun because you never know
    what will turn up.

    Often some of the great combo's (played and missed) I've shown on the
    blog have been found when I've been looking for something else.
  14. 27 May '14 02:02
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    ...
    HA!
    To think all those years ago when a young German student called Matthias Wullenweber
    walked into my shop and told me he had written a program that replaces
    chess score books...I told him was daft.

    That lad one was of the co-founders of Chessbase!

    (In them days -early 80's, you messed about with giant floppy discs,
    memory was low, gr ...[text shortened]... cs were naff, you plugged into a televison not a
    monitor....it seemed a silly idea.)
    ...

    That is a funny story!

    But i can fully understand - I worked in a place in the late 80's where the disk drives (40MB or something tiny) were the size of washing machines, and i had the student job of setting up the reel to reel tape drives for the evening backup.

    Looks like Matthias had it all worked out tho.