Welcome to the Chunky Rook.
The original intent of this blog was to make animated gifs of “chess chunks”, i.e. useful move patterns, and memorize them by repeated viewing. When I came up with the idea, I explained it as follows:
Although there’s little controversy about the importance of pattern recognition in chess, the jury’s still out on the question as to how we best learn and absorb these patterns. The approach I attempt here is just that — an attempt; but I’ve figured nobody has yet made use of animated patterns, so why not give it a shot? From a didactic viewpoint, bear in mind that looking at these patterns repeatedly makes sense only once you’ve grasped the idea behind them. Sometimes, I’ll explain the positions in the post, but more often than not, I’ll simply post the animation. This animation, after all, represents the result of what I’ve studied and thought about, and might be useless to you unless you already have some sort of understanding about the position in question. Your thoughts and comments on the matter are, of course, much appreciated.
Unfortunately, making these gifs requires time and effort, and as the years went by, I couldn’t muster the commitment to produce more gifs on a regular basis. I believe there’s something to be said for this approach, though, and I try to keep posting new gifs occasionally.