Hello ChessJournal fans!
So the long summer break is finally over and we enter yet another season of cut and thrust ‘Over the board’ chess. To coincide with the start of the new chess season we launched another update yesterday for everyone’s favourite self study chess app.
Version 1.4 of ChessJournal now contains two key new features.
You can now create a unique URL for each of your games and share them with club mates through Twitter, Facebook, Whats app, email or what ever takes your fancy. The keen eyed amongst you will have noticed me starting to test and tweet this functionality late last week but now it is available for all to enjoy, huzzah!
Myself and Matt are really pleased to finally get this functionality into ChessJournal as it has always been on the roadmap. We hope you find it useful for those evenings after the dust has settled on the league match from the night before (or on a Monday after that long hard weekend tournament). Don’t lament that loss or rejoice in the win by yourself. Its your club mates responsibility to tell you how you could have won that vital extra half point!
Analysis of variations
We have also added a “variations scratchpad” to the app to enable you to explore the key positions that you may have annotated.
The scratchpad basically lets you open a new board position and shuffle some wood until you find the winning combination that you missed over the board (with a little help from the chess engine should you need it).
We find the variations scratchpad fits nicely into the dynamic annotation timeline as it allows you to just double check some of your assumptions around the moves that were made (or missed). You will find the variations scratchpad under “Options” in the dynamic annotations timeline of your games, titled “Analyse Position”.
That just leaves us with moving ChessJournal onto the Android platform as the last part of our initial roadmap. We have already begun to look into and test the app on Android and I aim to bring you news as soon as possible about when you will be able to get ChessJournal on the Play store. What is definitely likely to happen is we will run another sales promotion to celebrate moving onto the new platform. Probably free for 6 weeks at the time of writing, so please do standby to tell your friends.
The Great #chessjournal Challenge
Finally I wanted to mention an idea we have been floating around ChessJournal HQ for a while regarding measuring the success of keeping a journal. ChessJournal is built around the premise that we believe amateur chess players can benefit more from analysing their own games and mistakes, than spending hours pouring over 2800 GM games pretending that we fully understand. Whilst elite game analysis is also important, lets not pretend that the reason for most of our lost rating points is because we couldn’t remember the 16th move of the Berlin defence.
Therefore, I want to encourage all readers and owners of ChessJournal to start tweeting their games to #chessjournal throughout the coming season. Perhaps even start be tweeting your personal goals for the season. For example, I am aiming to add 75 rating points to break the 1900 barrier for the first time in my life. A lofty goal but hey we all have to have ambition!
You can think of it as one giant experiment but I am really intrigued to see how an amateur chess players season wide performances are effected through the regular act of self study and maintenance of a chess journal. When I have time I will write a full blog on The Great #chessjournal Challenge (maybe we can have prises?!)
Thank you reading and all your messages of support and feedback. To all ChessJournal fans in the new season, Good Luck!
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