Kindred’s Halloween Greet 2014

October 31, 2014

Howdy all!  Spooky movies give me a chill as much as the drop in temperature experienced the past two days, not to mention the off-on raindrops that I find requires intermittent swipes–a real pain at times when on the road.  My little VIBE buggy keeps me going. Don’t mind if I call her a she because she gives me 41 mpg. and just under 110,000 miles since my wise purchase in 2004!  Problems? Normal service. Go! Pontiac!!

This is my 500th article and seems a blessing to be back after a system attack/defense security scan voided my passwords and blocked my WordPress.com.  Our son, far wiser than I in this tech world, came to the rescue and got me going again.

Soon as Halloween festivities pass, I’ll be coming your way every day or two.  Keep the fires burning and got some ideas that will enlighten your spirits as we march toward year-end.

Be sure to vote on November 4th.

Kindred’s Special: The Bishop’s Opening — 1. P-K4 P-K4 2. B-B4

October 24, 2014

This opening is also called Philidor’s Opening.  It was examined in the Gottingen Manuscript, and by  Lucena and Lopez but it was Philidor who mapped out the theoretical foundation in a true explorer’s sense.  He saw the point of B-B4 (Bf1-c4)as striking immediately at the weakness of the f7 square in chess with dangerous plan P-KB4 (f2-f4).

The Germans developed a defense against it called the Berlin system that continues 2. ….  N-KB3 (Nf6) which neutralizes P-KB4 (f2-f4)by 3. …. P-Q4 (d7-d5) that set the tone for value seen in a central counter-thrust for active counterattack in other opening positions.

White has ways to continue his aggressive posture after 1. P-K4  P-K4  2. B-B4  against various ideas seen by Black over the years.  Lets take a look a some examples:

2. …  B-K2  is a blunder because after 3. Q-R5  g6  4. Q:K5  N-KB3  5.  P-Q3 leaves White a pawn up with good development.

Following suit by 2. … B-B4 (Bf8-c5) was a popular way for Black to play the defense.  The volume of possible variations from this gives me an opportunity to recommend the excellent pamphlet book by 7th World Champion Yakov Estrin with Igor Glazkov titled 3 Double King Pawn Openings, featuring the Bishop’s Opening, Hungarian Defense and Ponziani Opening.

2. … P-QB3  3. P-Q4  P-Q4 (3…N-B3  4. P:P  N:KP  5. Q-K2!)  4.  P:P  P:P  5. B-QN5+  B-Q2  6. B:B+  N:B  7. P:P  N:P  8. N-K2  N-B3  9. O-O  B-K2  10. N-QB3  with a pull.

A great investigative master was Bent Larsen and a brilliant player who explored and played many of the offbeat lines where he introduced favorable positions and sharp games in his own practice (namely, he walked his talk and writings.)  So lets take a look at just one from his book Bent Larsen’s Best Games – Fighting Chess with the Great Dane.

White:   Bent Larsen  vs. Black:   Bela Berger   Bishop’s Opening    1964 Amsterdam Interzonal

1. e4  e5   2. Bc4  Nf6  3. d3  d5

Here, Larsen gives d5? stating that his opponent underestimated his modest opening system. This whole variation goes back many years with much analysis and Black’s handling of this position was commonly known as playable. What Larsen objectively gives as his own treatment of the position’s merits and subsequent play of this particular line illustrates Larsen’s superb positional and attacking judgment.

4. e:d5  N:d5  5. Nf3  Nc6  6. O-O  Bg4

The game Ernst -Gerhard, Berlin 1935 continued: 6…Be7 7. R-e1  f6 8. d4  e:d  9. N:d4  N:d4  10. Q:d4  Nb6  11. Qe4  N:c4  12. Q:c4  c6  13. Nc3 Kf8  14. Bf4 and White better.

7. Re1  Be7  8. h3  B:f3  9. Q:f3  Nd4!

Forces White to pull up some magic; example being  10. Q:d5  Q:d5  11. B:d5  N:c2  keeps Black  in the game.  After 10. Qd1, Black gets time to breathe.

10. Qg4!  O-O  11. R:e5  Nf6  12. Qd1  Bd6  13. Re1  Re8  14. Be3

White is a pawn up and adds to his pluses.

14. … c5  15. Nd2  Bc7  16. Nf3 Qd6  17. B:d4  c:d4  18. R:e8+  R:e8  19. c3  d:c3  20. b:c3  Nh5?

Knight on the rim is not square minded.  Better was a defensive Re7. White now increases square count.  21. Qa4!  Re7  22. Q:a7  Nf4  23. Q:b7  h5  24. Qc8+  Kh7  25. h4  1-0).

I’VE BEEN AWAY– SAD TO SAY; BUT NOW I HAVE RETURNED TO TAKE UP MY PEN

October 24, 2014

Really!  I have been absent but happy to return.  Sometimes absence makes a heart grow fonder. This is just a short note to let my many friends know I am still here and will be taking up the battle within the confines of the 64 squares as well as to tweak the noses of the elite, the average, the privileged, the downtrodden with blogs that enlighten the hearts of those who brave the waves of a stormy or calm sea.

Kindred’s Special: The Rochester Royals–When the Sport was King in Rochester, NY

June 12, 2014

I remember the good old days when referees used their whistles for infractions of the rules, few as they were back then.  Basketball was slower by today’s standards.  Maybe that is why the Rochester Royals eventually left to take up residence in Cincinnati, Ohio.   But rules were pretty much followed which, of course, meant scores were often lower and skill at shooting came from the two-handed set shots so brilliantly done by guards Bobby Wanzer and Bobby Davies, two favorites of the fans.  Then there was Arnie Risen, perhaps one of the stellar centers of all time and rated by many old timers even today as one of the greatest in the business.  His hook shot was just part of his skill.  And the cadre of supporting talent was immense.  The team played the game by the rules and everyone contributed, so much so that the Royals won the NBA Championship in 1951.

Looking at the current championship series on TV is disheartening.  Of course there are many great players on both teams but the referees do not follow the rules strictly.  For example, the other night I saw super star after star double dribbling, carrying the ball several steps to the basket for a lay-up.  The fans love the fact that rules are meant to be broken by the stars of the game but there is something wrong when a basket made through an illegal move on the court adds to the victory and loss between two teams.  Thankfully the winning team was not the culprit.  I won’t mention the player who so often is seen bending the rules when baskets are needed to be made.  And I won’t point out the team because it serves no purpose.  The high spirit of the players have to be forgiven and the fans sure would not like to see too many whistles blown during the game.  There are enough fouls called to slow the game down and such infractions as I mention probably would destroy enjoyment for all–the teams and viewers alike.

One of the great men of the Rochester community was Bobby Wanzer.  He was born in Brooklyn.  He joined the marines (1943-46); during WWII, he was stationed at Guam in 1944 serving in both the occupation and defense against the Japanese.  After the war, he became a student at Seton Hall.

He was a star at Seton Hall University and joined the Royals where he helped them win the NBA championship in 1951.  He was recognized as one of the best ball handlers of his or any era.  He was a five-time all-star, served two years as player-coach and then as coach after the move to Cincinnati in 1957.  He returned to Rochester to take the coaching position at John Fisher College in 1962. He led the Cardinals amassing a record of 311 wins and 249 losses which spanned a 24 year career.

In 1987, he was inducted into the National Basketball Hall of Fame.

I met Arnie Risen when having lunch at George’s Restaurant we both frequented.  He said the Royals gave the Rochester fans a great run during an era that saw changes in how the game was played.  They played the game the way it was played during their era.  Eras change every game menu, create new stars and dynasties.  And those living those times all share a compassion and love for the pastime–BASKETBALL. 

 

Kindred’s Special: Stats from FBI Alarming but Predictable

June 11, 2014

The news media tries to catch up on all the cover-ups essayed at the helm of liberally leftwing fanatics through the past six years and can be held partly responsible for the mess created through the immigration crisis as well as the criminality that has been perpetrated at the Justice Department in attacks on our law enforcement officers trying to do their job defending Americans.  The leftwing agenda is alive and well in the towns, cities, and states at an ever-increasing geographic expansion across America.  I can best describe it as OUT OF CONTROL POLICIES OF THE WHITE HOUSE, JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, AND THE GENERAL LACK OF GOVERNING THROUGH THE CONGRESS, given its role as a watchdog over agencies of the federal government.

Recent statistics presented by the FBI are for illegal infiltrators through our borders:

  • 95 % of warrants for murder in LA, California
  • 83% of warrants for murder in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 86% of warrants for murder in Albuquerque
  • 75% most listed wanted criminals in all three above
  • 24.9% of inmates in California detention centers are Mexican nationals
  • 40.1% of inmates in Arizona detention centers are Mexican nationals
  • 48.2% of inmates in New Mexico detention centers are Mexican nationals
  • 29% (630,000) convicted illegal felons cost Americans $$1.6 billion tax dollars annually
  • 53% of investigated burglaries reported in western states are criminally due to illegal infiltrators
  • 50% plus of gang members from South American countries in Los Angeles alone infiltrate across the southern border through Mexico
  • 71% auto thefts apprehended in 2005 alone in southern states were by illegal infiltrators or “transport coyotes” as such driver are known.

The sad truth hits home when it is reported that on President Obama’s watch deportations of criminal elements has slowed to a dribble.  And the Justice Department policy is to shield the President from public scrutiny.  It is incredible that for the cover up to aid politics, our government employees in law, in finance, in military affairs and VA matters I find compound shortcomings in character, leadership, integrity and mostly honor that endangers the whole nation as never before.

How can I say this about our wonderful, most powerful nation in the world?  Well, look at history:  Germany, Japan, the fallen empires from the distant past.  They all shared the fallacies that are now apparently befalling my beloved America, our energetic world-saving capitalism, our compassion for others at home and abroad.

Many heroes have emerged throughout history.  Religious patriot Martin Luther who challenged the corruption of the Roman Catholic Church in the middle ages, bringing to the world the Holy Bible; the Rev. Martin Luther King brought healing to a nation long festering wounds from the days of slavery and what happened to the disenfranchisement of people through ignorance and built up fears.  These are but two from the religious world who in seeming extreme personal hardships never gave in  or listened to those who threatened their life work achievements.

Kindred’s Special: Chess Match Up Quiz

June 9, 2014

1.  What famous personality said in an interview:  I devote most of my spare time to chess, using my Velcro board? 1. Ray Romano  2. Raymond Keene

3.  Ray Charles   4.  Hans Ree   5.  Chevy Chase   (  1  –  2  – 3  –  4 – 5  )

2.  Whom did GM Miguel Najdorf call “a small gangster”? (  1. Alekhine   2.  Al Capone   3.  Nimzowitch   (  1  –  2  –  3  )

3.   Donald Reithel, the Kindred Spirit, studied Tarrasch’s The Game of Chess at the ages 12-13 while recovering from 1. a broken collar bone  2. broken leg   3.  scarlet fever  4.  pneumonia  5. whooping-cough  (  1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 )

4.  True or False: GM V. Hort learned the moves for chess at age 6 while in the hospital recovering from jaundice.

5.  True or False:  Anatoly Karpov began playing chess at age 7 which he learned while recouping from whooping-cough and other ailments.

6.  True or False:  Who said in an interview: “I do not like to give interviews to people who do not know who Steinitz is.

7.  Korchnoi said when asked if his opponent played a surprisingly good move, he would, 1. leave the board, 2. offer a draw, 3. resign.   (  1 – 2 -3 ).

8.  John Montagu, the patron who helped Philidor publish the first great chess book is better known for having invented: 1- the thermometer, 2- the sandwich.  (  1  –  2  ).

9.  Cuba’s Che Guevara  once told GM Ludek Pachman that if he could do whatever he wanted to do Guevara would  1. play like Pachman  2. Flee to Florida   3.  Make a revolution in Venezuela  4.  Give Fidel Castro “pawn and move”.   (  1  -2  – 3 – 4  )

10.  First edition copies of Bobby Fischer’s Chess Games were marred because  1. his name was misspelled as Fisher  2. two moves in his Game of the Century were transposed  3.  the person identified as Fischer in one photo was not of Fischer )  1  – 2  – 3

Please let me know if you enjoyed these ten and would like to see more in the future.  Answers will be given on this page at a later time.  Enjoy!!

Kindred’s Special: NY Conservatives battle progressives in 1994 and again in 2014

June 7, 2014

The New York Conservative Party is alive and well.  In 1994, it refused to surrender to the highly financially backed progressives and then Governor Mario Cuomo machine and its get out the vote helped dethrone elected officials to restore sanity to state government.  Like so often happens, when good governors retire, party control changes by American belief that change is good for the soul.  After a string of corruption, the voters of New York, largely through New York City and eastern region of NYS put in the same old political machine, this time headed by Andrew Cuomo, the son of Mario Cuomo.

Once more the political press in NYS says taking on Governor Andrew Cuomo and his fellow progressives is not worth the fight.  But they’re wrong and I have the feeling they are worried because of the beliefs held and pushed by the conservatives which call for commonsense approaches to solving scholastic issues, to pave or repair roads, bridges, and cut waste.  This year, for example, we have the hype for casino gambling largely run by the Indian tribes.  There is a debate as to casino history to promote gambling, the financial benefit to State coffers  versus a poor record of harming families and creating a social form of slavery. What evidence, if any, gives proof that such income improves the health and education of the various tribes in the United States?  The cry is always, “Oh, there go the conservatives again, trying to stop progress which is the heartbeat of the progressive movement that only looks at a potential financial gain for the STATE  TREASURY.  During this, the conservatives called for developing known reserves of natural gas, plentiful in the Southern Tier.  So far as I see, Governor Cuomo is unsure how to enrich himself, his friends, and the state. I suspect if the landowners offered bribes, such approval would come along like a bird on the wing.  Studies indicate that such recovery of natural gas is safe and not a danger to land, water, wildlife or humans.

The Democrats run on the belief that government policies do best that are liberal and progressive.  It has long belittled the fruits and labors of the conservative movement which duly conducts an agenda of our nation being a republic rather than a democracy in its purest form.  The Democratic Party is really The Democrat Party.  Why the deception?  It requires a little understanding which my readers probably agree that Americans have little interest in government just so long as they get what they hope to get.  I choose my words carefully.  I said hope to get because the powers have little interest in what you and I want to happen or need.

Not too many need to obtain citizenship.  But go to the Federal Building and see what goes on.  At some point you see those asking what party they should join. It is the Democratic Party (sic) that makes sense to the new incoming citizen or family.  That hype is ingrained into the minds of new voters, who knowing little about our country and politics, go along with the crowd.  And the news media, the darling of the Democratic progressive movement (now there is another way that Professor Alinsky and Illinois crook used to brainwash the public by that rather new identity, “progressive”.) He was quite proud of that leftwing cover, “To sway the dumb American public of our leftist real agenda.”

I’ve been asked why I support that little NYS Conservative Party.  I am not afraid to call myself conservative in most things, liberal in a few but then always with a conservative commonsense approach to a problem.  I respect the leadership by the NYS Conservative Leadership of Michael R. Long.  Of course nationally I support the views of leaders on public policies I examine and share or dismiss based upon my “feel for truth”.  I like politicians who stay the course by worthy debate on issues of national importance.  It makes the country stronger.  I follow with interest the TV programming where discussion and debate can be heard without rancor. For me, the soundness of arguments, whether won or lost, show the strong backbone of those who have reached a position and willing to defend or explain it with clarity and forthrightness.

 

Kindred’s Special: Growing up with New York State Apple Orchards

June 5, 2014

Traveling the roads of rural New York State, I discovered a great increase in orchard expansion with new plantings that just may bring the State closer to being the largest Apple producer in the country.  Most family farms have incorporated and have expanded their orchards and crops where the future for farm employment has become very attractive.  The modern tractor and hauling methods for reaching many markets has managed to take on the transport of apple volume.  It has meant a greatly increased opportunity in the job market for those who enjoy laboring in the outdoors.

One idea that seems to be attractive is that farm workers by and large feel themselves independent while at work.  They often are given tasks which take them into work areas that rely upon following orders, getting the job done, and having relative freedom with a high degree of self-achievement.  The relationship between worker and manager or farm owner is built on respect and dependence because the goods produced usually have a rather tight framework from orchard to factory and diverse enough to include a host of outlets from the farm to the customer.

APPLES  HAVE  A  RICH  HISTORY

    1. The average American consumes about forty-five pounds of apples annually.
    2. The biggest apple picked so far weighed in at three pounds.  Many varieties go from tiny to large and flavor and use vary from eating to cooking.  A number of dishes come out of the kitchen to the dining table with cooks swearing by their favorites having the best flavors.
    3. A neighbor, Mrs. Frank Beneway, used to have a contest to see who could produce the longest peel.  I was doing great with a peel of two yards or more when it broke.  I did not win but a lady turned in a peel nearly doubling mine.  Anyway, the world record was created by Kathy Wafler Madison on October 16, 1976, in Rochester, NY, creating a monstrous 172 feet, 4 inches long!
    4. Apple trees have a long history in New York State going back to colonial times and perhaps earlier as Indians raised fruit.
    5. New York farms have produced many varieties through experimentation and have supplied to the public a huge number of fresh fruits, grains, and vegetables in addition to dairy and meat products.

If you have a weekend or even a day free, try taking a trip through the rural areas of New York State.  Such a trip is both educational and enjoyable especially for families with young children.  There are a good number of fruit and vegetable stands as well as farm markets and local restaurants.  Do a little research for places to visit.  You do not have to travel thousands of miles to find good life happenings and memories.

 

Kindred’s Special: Hillary Clinton is no Margaret Thatcher

May 31, 2014

I guess the heading says it all.  While I have read writings of Mrs. Clinton as well as Margaret Thatcher, the difference in both personalities and writing talent for retained value is like night and day.

The most compelling words I read in Margaret Thatcher’s speech was: “Without law, without the institutions of civil society, without religion, without the values that promote rather than discourage self-restraint, that darker side will prevail.  Half the countries claim to be democratic, but being democratic is not enough, for a majority cannot turn what is wrong into right.  In order to be considered truly free, countries must also have a deep love of liberty and an abiding respect for the rule of law.

“The history of mankind reveals that progress is not preordained.  So far, it is only free nations that have discovered the secret of continual advancement.  Why?  Because they are the only ones to subscribe to Western values, to respect private property, to develop a reliable rule of law, and to create political order in which competing views and interests are peacefully and productively reconciled.”

I do believe Hillary Clinton is laying the groundwork for a presidential run.  She has been hailed by admirers who seem willing to overlook many of her shortcomings.  Whereas Margaret Thatcher was a leader of a great nation and guided her through perilous times, Hillary failed to excite me in like fashion and performed using her State job toward a personal end to have my confidence.  Her talk reminds me of THE FIVE — commentary that lacks substance and just put out there for show when we need leaders who have deep insight into the problems of all the todays and tomorrows.  She has too much baggage, leaving a host of problems for Secretary Kerry to tackle.  It seems to me the people of America need to have the truth told as to  just what her credentials are for the highest office in the Land, other than all this hype that she is the smartest woman in the world.  I guess to Bill, she probably is.  Then, again, one might ask what is the meaning of the word is?

I hope that truth, honor, integrity and justice prevails in the coming days.  Do you, my readers?

KindredSpirit’s Kaleidoscope: Historic Joys vs. Money–Will it Give the Elite of Golf Pleasure

May 30, 2014

So the LPGA tour stop in Rochester will bow to the wishes of the PGA of America, KPMLG, and NBC Golf Channel.  Most look forward to better national and international coverage, bigger purses, greater attraction of the golfing elite female players.  It is hyped as a “win-win” situation.  All I can say is that Stacy Lewis says the Rochester tour had a homey feel.  I can guarantee that homey feel will be missing because big somehow kills it dead. This country has long lived on two things:  greater publicity and money.  The trade here, is that homey feeling that Rochester brought to the pro and amateur alike.  Here, again, I offer a parallel by use of a personal story.

I reported years ago on a little farm chess tournament annually held over Labor Day weekend.  It attracted a small group who traveled to the event held by a farmer in his barn which he had made attractive and all had a great time.  There were an elite list of friends who looked forward to the annual menu and game play competition.  As the Region II Director, I had set up the rule that no open tournament could be organized that conflicted with the known events over any three-day weekend within the western NY state region.  It was to avoid conflicts and protect organized annual events.

The powers that be were bent on nailing down that weekend permanently, holding a huge regional event in Rochester, NY.  I was the lone NO vote and I gave my reasons before the group who simply said I  was standing in the way of advancement toward promoting chess because of this hick town event..  Well, you probably guess the result. Years later, and never getting any feedback from anyone who attended the farmer’s tournament, one chess master, who told me that my long time organizer and friend blamed me for letting this happen.  In fact, the master refused to attend any Rochester sponsored event since.  I made no attempt other than what I stated above to him that I was outvoted.  You might now wonder what the result was from all this.

This led to my being removed as a NYSCA rep and USCF Director.  That is understandable given the power of size and money in America.  But do you know what?  I was glad to shed the teamwork I had thought I amassed in making chess a special place in society, especially with that word “integrity” and that word “honor”.  I devoted time to school, work and family enjoyment with gardening as a hobby. Today, only the Marchand Open event is a major locally. To me there is no honor or integrity left when size and money is involved.  I find that success today is measured strictly by material considerations.

I still support the Rochester Chess Center started by the Lohrman family.  My wife and I had proposed that the location was ideal for combining chess lessons with physical activity.  As my wife wisely said, “its promoting body and mind.”  Leave it to a wise lady.  I liked that idea and so did Ron. I am still a dues paying member and support the club  reporting on their activities.  Club chess instructors conduct lessons in many area schools and operate a school tournament schedule.  It has a knack for developing numbers of talented young players whether they play in tournaments or just for fun.  I have long ago given up playing tournament chess for health reasons.  As my wise mother told me when I was just a little boy, there is a time for birth, a time for growing, a time to enjoy the fruits of labor, and a peace that ripens with age.

My point is that the joy of golf is not dead in and nearby surrounding communities where the LPGA had developed a 37-year local fame.  Golf will prosper because it has a following of both area pros, scholastic programs, and club members that span a large region.  Having said that, I go back to what lady Stacy Lewis had to say about it, “The Rochester tour stop had a homey feel.”  I do hope when the LPGA goes to a new home in the New York City area that the elite pros will come away year after year with that “homey feeling“.  For some anyway, those who braved it to our little city tour stop will find New York City hospitality equal to Rochester.  Somehow, I rather think there will be something lacking until it builds a historic semblance of what Rochester brought to Ladies Golf.  And I hope those gals who played and entertained here will always cherish those tour stops and find reward and such friendships in years to come.

They will all come to find as I have, that life has many holes– many ups and downs.  With success and work ethic comes financial joy and knowing how to handle it with grace and fond memories emerges within the spirit and character of each.  Like I wrote many years ago, “Life is like a bowl of cherries.  It is full of pits!”

 

 


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