Neil Schemenauer's Web Log


October 10, 2005

mod_scgi for win32

Looks like some Ruby on Rails people have discovered mod_scgi. Zed Shaw is hosting win32 builds of mod_scgi on his site.

October 05, 2005

Training schedule for runners

Looks like I won't have time to work on the article any more so I might as well publish it. Enjoy my thoughts on training for long distance running (but don't take them too seriously).

Chess News: FIDE Championship in San Luis

Topalov is on a rampage in San Luis. Today he defeated Kasimdzhanov after a tricky endgame and achieved an overall score of 6.5 out of 7. Anand was the favorite coming into the tournament but his performance thus far has been average. Nigel Short's reports on the ChessBase site make for entertaining reading.

Those who cry about the demise of high-level chess due to draws will have be silent for a while. Today, all of the games ended decisively. Indeed, almost all of the games so far have been interesing. I suppose a strategy of playing it safe does not look so wise when you have players like Topalov, Morozevich, and Polgar in the mix.

One more interesting thing about the tournament has been the fact that a number of games have included exchange sacrifices (e.g. a rook for a bishop and a pawn). I'm just a patzer but it seems that some conventional wisdom is being challenged about the merits of these types of exchanges. In any case, the resulting dynamic positions make for an interesting battle. The old lady, she has some life in her yet.