A short note from me today just to say....
My brain hurts.
I've been testing my tactical knowledge in Volokitin's Perfect Your Chess and they're a real mind stretcher. Some of the moves are mind-blowing (for example, you know the sacrifice is coming) and the main problem is not in not seeing the moves in some of them but taking the time to calculate the proper continuation exactly to achieve the desired result.
Definitely not easy, no, make that hard as nuts. I'm struggling.... really bad.
On the lighter side of things, Polly of Castling Queen Side brought to my attention IM Mark Ginsburg's blog and I've added it to my blogroll. I encourage you to check it out. It's definitely worth a visit. Thanks Polly!
I've also added a couple of new chess bloggers links. Chessgasm (??), Chess And Stuff, and hiddenleaf's Chess Chronicles. Do drop them a visit if you have the time.
I'm also getting a tad distracted. My aunt and uncle from Perth flew into town and my wife and I were hoping to catch up with them this Thursday and take them out for some nice Asian (Hong Kong typish) food. Yum yum. I can't wait. :)