Don’s Coffee & Tea Break

July 15, 2020

Strong feelings of affection are healthful because lacking this human emotion is foreign to your being.  Life is a blessing so embrace it’s romance and feelings from near or far.

Observe Rat and Pig in today’s Pearls and Swine.  They are keeping an eye on life.  We are certain it has some terrible surprise in store for us so we are hiding and staying alert from a high perch,  Goat says that this is a horrible way to go through life. I prefer to enjoy each day.  Rat tells Pig that he has lost it.

Checking out SHOE, we see again the waitress telling her customer that she has to lose some weight before going to the beach–you might say that I have a Beach Impediment.

A high degree of education can be a hang-up on romantic communication,

You have to read Rex Morgqn, M.D. to see what this delicate subject on refers.

I love animals, especially  dogs and cats.

So naturally I follow daily cartoons that have a pet theme.  Garfield is my cat favorite and toss up among doggie contributions.  Garfield is reading a letter. Dear ask a dog. I AM NOT A DOG BUT ENJOY HOWLING AT THE MOON. How do you explain this? The dog answers with a BARK-BARK. Garfield looks out to us readers and simply thinks in cat purrs:  YOUR NUTS!

Marmaduke is at the ballgame park and has chewed up the baseball exposing it’s inside twinning. The kids are wondering if it was a mistake to wonder what was in the baseball material.

Fred Basset is in the kitchen and smelling what is cooking on the stove. “I bet you are getting hungry and I shall have your dinner ready in just a moment.’  Fred thinks, “Hopefully that will be a sooner than later moment!”

Hagar and his  Lt.  find themselves on a portable bridge caught between a rock and a hard place! This is no time to be hallucinating! with his own army on one side and the enemy in front of him.

Beetle Bailey appears to be napping as usual so we look in on his girlfriend in the general’s office where she and her assistant military clerk.  She is telling her why she is not dating officers instead of Pvt. Beetle.  Three officers enter and answers her own question once she looks over the prospects which fall short of Beetle’s “cut”.

Opal arrives home and is all banged up with injuries and her arm in a sling. She apparently was coming home from being treated for severe bangs. Earl meets her at the door he opens and as she enters he asks her what happened?  She tells him she fell down while walking in the parking lot.  She said she tripped on a speed bump and Earl asks her how fast was she going?

The Family Circle sees Dad entering his son’s bedroom who is playing his band instrument trumpet.  He tells his Dad that he has to practice so he can get better— a right idea but a wrong time.

TELL IT TO THE POLITICAL PARTIES AND OTHERS BEGGING FOR DONATIONS.  WE HELP AND VOTE FOLKS AND YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW.

Ziggy finds himself sitting on a park bench with a man using a cane. The elderly man tells Ziggy that living on a fixed income would be a lot easier…if I didn’t have to fix so many things to keep on living!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Amateur Eye – The Mighty Queen Bishop

July 13, 2020

To provoke or not to provoke a bishop deployed to g5 is centuries long. This short game illustrates what can happen without a real defensive plan runs into trouble.

At Wijk aan Zee 2020 World Champion Magnus Carlsen versus Vladislav Kovalev shows that a loss of time is an inherent no-no in Square Count.

1. .d4  Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3  Be7 5. Bg5 O-O 6, e3 h6 7. Bf4 This Bishop could have been played instead of White wanting to provoke the black h-pawn advance which seems to lose an important tempo and giving Black’s King air and avoid a potential back-row  escape route against a possible mate. Now, we see a favorite ploy of Capablanca with…

7. …. c5 8. d:c5 B:c5 9. a3 Nc6 10. Qc2 Nh5 11. Bg3 d:c4 12. B:c4 Be7 13. Ba2! a6 14. Rd1 Qa5 15. Bb1 f5 16. O-O N:g3  17. h:g3 Bf6 18. e4! B:c3 19. b:c3 Q:a3 20. e:f5 e:f5 21. Rf-e1 Qa5  22. g4Giving Carlsen a win on 37 move.

A lesson here is that looks can be deceiving.

The Amateur Eye – Recent Book Reviews

July 12, 2020

Great reading and study of a new crop of literary achievement once again points to chess instruction and in particular that by Cyrus Lakdawala’s IN THE ZONE –The greatest winning streaks in chess history

My own personal experience points to the accuracy of his commentary. I can attest to his acute study that I can relate to coming out of my amateur  status history.  My best results were achieved in cycles in the postal, club and open tournaments, rarely competing beyond chess club organized events.  Reflecting back on it seems to verify everything and maybe more of the author’s pictorial gems discovered through the richness of chess history. Each of the greatest in their era produced gems of sheer delight that climbing the ladder to total achievement seems to be represented by a time of true genius having no rival among equals.  His trip through history examines their peak performances, individual styles where at a certain time these champions in their careers all entered what the author calls THE Z0NE,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Amateur Eye – The Immortal Zugzwang Game

July 12, 2020

1923 Copenhagen -QID Samisch vs. Nimzowitsch

1.PQ4 NKB3 2. PQB4 PK3 3. NKB3 PQN3 4. PKN3 BN2 5. BN2 BK2 6. NB3 0-0

7. O-O PQ4 8. NK5 PB3 9. PXP BPXP 10. BB4  PQR3! Nimzowitsch Plan follows my theory of square count: PQN4 /NB3/NQR4/NB5. If he goes PN3, the Q-side is weakened. His plan is to exchange that pesky Knight.

11. RB1 PQN4 12. QN3 NB3 13. NXN BXN 14. PKR3 QQ2 15. KR2 NR4! A  GOOD EXAMPLE OF PLAY ON BOTH WINGS. PRACTICE THIS IDEA IN YOUR GAME PLAY AND STUDY THIS AND LIKE POSITIONS.

16. BQ2 PB4 17. QQ1 PN5 18. NN1 BQN4 19. RN1 BQ3! 20. PK4  With the strong threat threats of either 21. QxN or PxQP.

20. …. BPXP! 21. QXN RXP IN RETURN FOR THE KNIGHT, BLACK HAS TWO PAWNS, AND A ROOK ON THE 7TH.  INADDITION TO THIS, THE WHITE FORCES ARE A BIT TANGLED.

22. QN5 QRKB1 23. KR1 R(B1)B4 24. QK3 BQ6  25. QRK1 PR3!! What ZUGZWANG!!! White is lost having to move losing material no matter what is played.

In this game I decided to use English Descriptive notation.  I need a break from algebraic once in a while. When this game was played, descriptive notation was used exclusively.

 

Don’s Coffee & Tea Break

July 9, 2020

One of the best ways to learn is to teach but of course that is subject to some limitation.  Being enthusiastic and confident in your planning of the subject material has no real relationship with being engaged in tackling a subject that must interest you personally with desire to share your thoughts and put them into action.

If we look at Beetle Bailey we see his girlfriend over joyed and telling her office aide what a great date she had last night with Beetle.  So, what made it so great–you’ve been dating him seems like forever. Well, he surprised me by paying for everything!

Earl and Opal we find in the living room.  Earl had just come in to find his wife sitting on the sofa knitting.  Earl tells her he just finished working in the garden, wiping his brow and head with a towel.  She could tell by how he smelled like work.  He goes out of the room followed by Roscoe, his faithful dog, whom he tells that he should bottle that smell

Pearls Before Swine illustrates teaching goal of the week.  We see Pig in spelling class  showing the words THEN and THAN usage.  “Be right more then wrong is bad English.  The correct spelling is than.”

 

Good to be Home.

July 7, 2020

Just came home after over a week stay in hospital.  Good to be back home. The doctors, nurses, food service and cleaning staff made it a good needed rest. My hat again off to the General Hospital in Rochester.

The Amateur Eye – The Epoch Times

June 28, 2020

This newspaper cuts through the junk and reports on facts long known to me who is a historian buff as it were.  Maybe the difference being that I note the Communist Party in total, not merely that of the Chinese Communist Party.  Communism and Socialism fit like a glove in my opinion; I really don’t see the long-term strategies of communism isolated among different so-called ideologies which seem different only in their approach to goals of world domination.

Right now the eyes are on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) because of its role in a global pandemic virus spread around the world and causing millions deaths due to its hidden agenda by the CCP.

As I close this, let me conclude with my many warnings about the evils of communism and the countries it has gobbled up in it’s world conquest bid. In USA we remain free as a people and voice that is loud and clear, less it be snuffed out by ignorance or a faulty ideology.  Today it continues to remain the best hope for Earthly beings.  May it stay so with wisdom possessed to ever be better as a society.  God Bless the Free World and the United States of America, its guiding hand.

Don’s Coffee & Tea Break

June 25, 2020

Guess I just could not find any cartoons that excited me to write my usual column until this a.m.  My whole being seems shot to hell with all the bad news; even good news like the opening THE LOG CABIN RESTAURANT that attracted over 3000 for the evening found joy.  The government had the troopers on hand to close it down. Ugh.  That ended the joy and put a wet  blanket on having a chance to leave homes, for restoring friends sharing a meal together.  The restaurant owner had made special restrictions but to no avail over the dictatorial nature of Gov. Cuomo.  Do the elite politicians follow their advice on obeying their own rules?  Not sure. People still are said to be in the growing rise of catching the COVID-19 virus. To be sure, no one seems to know just when it will die down.  Accept for doctor appointments, all suggestions by the government are observed here–even more so such following shopping and once home, as washing hands and face thoroughly for 15-20 seconds each time. So far we test negative to it.

The Family Circus – We see mom and son preparing to go into the barbershop. He asks his mom if Betsy Ross designed barber poles, too.

Ziggy walks up to an information window and the advice is given Ziggy that there is no such thing as a stupid question, only stupid people asking them.

We see in SHOE that Roz is talking with the judge, telling him that the last guy she dated had multi-personality problems.  You are the first one I dated since where you do not even have a personality.

Don’s Coffee & Tea Break

June 25, 2020

Guess I just could not find any cartoons that excited me to write my usual column until this a.m.  My whole being seems shot to hell with all the bad news; even good news like the opening THE LOG CABIN RESTAURANT that attracted over 3000 for the evening found joy.  The government had the troopers on hand to close it down. Ugh.  That ended the joy and put a wet  blanket on having a chance to leave homes, for restoring friends sharing a meal together.  The restaurant owner had made special restrictions but to no avail over the dictatorial nature of Gov. Cuomo.  Do the elite politicians follow their advice on obeying their own rules?  Not sure. People still are said to be in the growing rise of catching the COVID-19 virus. To be sure, no one seems to know just when it will die down.  Accept for doctor appointments, all suggestions by the government are observed here–even more so such following shopping and once home, as washing hands and face thoroughly for 15-20 seconds each time. So far we test negative to it.

The Amateur Eye – I cover the back page, too. A hero.

June 25, 2020

Just let me say at the outset that I read about a  real man; my prayers are included to do honor, praise, and to say I condemn those who destroy and reap the rewards given by news outlets that debase morality and justice. Such a man deserves more than a public news  passage of gas coming from the Democrat & Chronicle level of amateur writers who bore such a penning seen everyday in every article.  Do I waste my money? No, but I would like to see honesty and not political hype spewed about the President of the United States.  It is easy to destroy character and goodness in a leader when the media is lopsided.  And it is likewise the reverse to blow sweet smelling roses to political scum bags who lie and cheat their way to high levels of government service.

If you want to, read the back page in the A section about hero Daylan McLee, it will be my contribution to sanity in honoring American Rochester life.