Month: January 2011

Wesley So in the Tata Chess Tournament 2011

Just as the 73rd Tata Steel Chess Tournament in Wijk Aan Zee, which was formerly known as the Corus Games, also one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world of chess, is about to end, we’re bringing you some highlights about the Group B category at which our very own GM Wesley So is a proud participant.

We’re bringing you this sad note, however, that just like last year where Wesley pulled off a bad loss from a blunder move out of the critical moment of the tournament against the then champion of that category, GM Anash Giri, this time he did it again, on a critical game…when everything matters…down the stretch…of the tournament against GM Luke McShane.

On round 12 (out of 13) while still on top of the tournament, Wesley So as black is up by a knight as early as the 16th move. All he could have done is stabilize his position and secure his king from immediate attack, and he could possibly cruise to a clear win. However, he made a bad move on move 24 that gave up that earlier advantage and even his chances against McShane. Continue reading

Foursquare, Inaccurate Pins, and Facebook Places

Foursquare on your phone gives you & your friends new ways of exploring your city. Earn points & unlock badges for discovering new things.

You can’t use your computer and its internet browser to check in to places using the Foursquare service. You may only check in using your phone with GPS enabled.

Loved the app in my iPhone. The problem is the inaccurate pins. These usually happen when other people have previously checked in into the establishment with inaccurate GPS location to start with. To add insult upon injury, there’s no clear way to correct these inaccuracies either through your phone or the desktop browser. Yes, I’ve checked out the support pages.

Facebook Places, posing as Foursquare alternative, is not yet available for iPhone users in the Philippines, although I’ve read somewhere that it’s already available for Blackberry users (in the Philippines). Once Facebook Places is out, Foursquare could simply die down, I think.