Football Manager 2009 Demo: Verdict

November 4, 2008

Buggy as hell!
The new 3D match engine seems pretty enough however watching the other team score while you are substituting your goalkeeper and there is an empty net isn’t quiet so entertaining.

I played 2 matches and then the game crashed.

I will be holding out for the patched retail version I think.

Back to FM 2008 for me.

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World Chess Championship 2008 Game 1

November 3, 2008

[Site “Bonn GER”]
[Date “2008.10.14”]
[Round “1”]
[White “Kramnik, V.”]
[Black “Anand, V.”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “D14”]
[WhiteElo “2772”]
[BlackElo “2783”]
[Annotator “Fritz 11 (120m)”]
[PlyCount “64”]
[EventDate “2008.10.14”]

{D14: Slav Defence: Exchange variation with …Bf5} 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3
Nf6 4. cxd5 cxd5 5. Bf4 Nc6 6. e3 Bf5 7. Nf3 e6 8. Qb3 Bb4 9. Bb5 O-O 10. Bxc6
Bxc3+ 11. Qxc3 Rc8 12. Ne5 Ng4 13. Nxg4 Bxg4 {last book move} 14. Qb4 Rxc6 15.
Qxb7 Qc8 16. Qxc8 Rfxc8 17. O-O a5 18. f3 {
White threatens to win material: f3xg4} Bf5 19. Rfe1 Bg6 20. b3 f6 {
Prevents intrusion on e5+g5} 21. e4 dxe4 22. fxe4 Rd8 {
Black threatens to win material: Rd8xd4} 23. Rad1 Rc2 24. e5 fxe5 25. Bxe5 {
‘the bishop is the bishop!’.} Rxa2 26. Ra1 Rxa1 {Black pins: Ra1xe1} 27. Rxa1
Rd5 28. Rc1 Rd7 29. Rc5 {White threatens to win material: Rc5xa5} Ra7 30. Rc7
Rxc7 31. Bxc7 {A bishop endgame occured} Bc2 {
Black threatens to win material: Bc2xb3} 32. Bxa5 Bxb3 1/2-1/2


World Chess Championship 2008

November 3, 2008

I haven’t been following the Chess world that closely recently but I have to congratulate Viswanathan Anand on retaining his title:

World Chess Championship Bonn (GER), 14 x – 2xi 2008
Name Ti NAT Rtng 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Total Perf
Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2783 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ . 2837
Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2772 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ . 2718

The complete pgn files of the 2008 World Chess Championship can be downloaded from this site using the link here.


Chelsea FC Pre-season

July 23, 2008

And so the new football season really starts to get underway. I have missed it greatly and am really enjoying watching the Blues play again, even if it is only against the second division Chinese side Guangzhou Pharmaceutical. Seeing the new signings, such as Deco, play for the first time gets me salivating for the start of the season proper.