The Amateur Eye/Short’s Obsolescence

September 20, 2018

When I read and studied GM Short’s article appearing in the magazine NEW IN CHESS, I was pleased because any discussion concerning my youthful love for correspondence chess play introduced me to tournament chess, chess books, a list of companions across America whom I would have never met otherwise in bonded friendships or not.

Brave Nigel Short was to get cuffed for his column because the cadre of correspondence players was surely to take offense and I recognized his contribution toward a debate on the art of playing and strategies that go into both preparation for a correspondence tournament, modern computer engines and faster speeds of exchanges compared to the old called ‘snail mail’ delivery system especially witnessed in international competitions. And in all this modernism, it created for me a loss of interest because my opponents would often respond so quickly that I did not have the time or interest to spend all of my days in particular games, needing a rest from the chore and joy of analysis, research and peace of mind.  In other words, for me, it was a case of overload on my time and interest. And yes, there was no doubt that computers were being used by the growing results of ratings among the expert class and higher.

One of my very dear friends and a powerhouse at both otb and cc play quit the cc game and perhaps for the same reason as I mention above.  The technology advances seen in speeding up the game as in any endeavor has unforeseen consequences. In general,  however, correspondence tournament or match play has greatly benefited by overcoming snail mailing exchange.

Nigel Short has performed a noble and good act in raising the discussion of chess, especially among the top elite who hold total faith with it and upholding the joys of correspondence chess play, its unique flavor of preparation of move exchanges that perhaps remain a mystery for the world-wide audience of chess enthusiasts. Still, he makes some almost bizarre comments like “Nostalgia is a wonderful thing, but this type of play no longer serves any purpose. It is time for the die-hards to admit it.”

Wow!  That will surely ring the bell for more debate within the circles of those who practice THE ART OF CORRESPONDENCE CHESS! Just how does one define “this type of play no longer serves any purpose?”







Don’s Coffee & Tea Break

September 19, 2018

Some folks worry a lot.  But in God’s little acre every seed finds its way to a useful purpose in the lay of the land.  Perhaps this is what brings Charlie Brown around to Lucy’s Psychiatrist Is In booth. Charlie tells Lucy who typically is sitting with her chin and cheeks resting on her hands. Charlie stops in front and tells her,” trouble seems to follow me everywhere.  I can’t seem to avoid it. No matter where I am, trouble seems to find me.”  Lucy straightens up and tells Charlie what he needs is an unlisted life.

And in the Pickles’ toon with four panels, we find Earl and Opal on the couch and Earl has his shoes off and feet resting up on a stool.  Opal is sniffing the air.  “What’s that smell? Is it your feet? Pyoo!”  Earl turns his head towards Opal to answer, “I prefer to think of it as being the spice of life.”

Hagar, his lieutenant and a girl are seated at the bar and the romantic lieutenant is hitting on the girl with, “Any man who thinks of women as property is a disgusting brute!”  And Hagar adds. “And a Fool! Who wants to pay more property tax?!”

The Family Circus shows Mom measuring her son’s waist and trying to see if his pants will fit still now with the new school year about to start. He asks his Mom, “Summer is not even over yet. Why hurry the start of school–all too soon as is.”

Ziggy is folding his hands in front on his lap. His one panel which is usual finds him thinking out loud as he usually does, “Sometimes I feel like a redaction in the official transcript of life.” It is a wonder why he gets no more space.


Miss Bjork: “When I was 18, science, physics and math were my favorites at school. I was a bit of a nerd–the only girl with a lot of boys at chess championships.”

Seth Meyers: ” A woman named Nazi yesterday won the US Women Championship. Apparently she claimed the title when a woman named France gave up.”

Nazi Paikidze tweeted for Meyers this tidbit: “Any press is good press!”

GM Maurice Ashley on recently becoming the first black player inducted into the US Chess Hall of Fame.: I was transported to this world and I wanted to land as a grandmaster.

Vasily Smyslov  In chess, as in life, a man is his own most dangerous opponent.


The Amateur Eye – Political Madness

September 19, 2018

There probably is no intelligent thoughts coming from my finger tips with this awakening hour that I now try to pass on to you what kept me awake.  Human putridity is the only way to sum it up for you, dear reader.  I try to put things in context of the times, of encompassing reality as well as reaching a possible scenario of events long ago.

The news media is dumb. Period.  In the play, we have basically three students, a young fifteen year-old girl, a boy of seventeen and another presumably a boy also–all three students.  The girl is wearing a bathing suit under a skirt or pants and blouse.  She is from a junior high most likely, while the boys are in senior high.  That is a code of conduct.  Kids in junior high do not usually associate with senior high students.  The question becomes this: just what is she doing in quarters of two boys who are older and in senior high when she is in junior high?  Friends? Who knows? It doesn’t take a monkey to realize something wrong with this picture as she details it seventeen years later.  Why was she traumatized by what took place?  Could be the very bad thoughts carried by a media frenzy. No explanation?  Supposing the two boys decided to get rid of the pest who most likely could be flirting with the one boy anyway. Or could it be that the two boys decided to scare the heck out of her by the one grabbing her, tossing her on the bed, tying loosely enough to the bed so she could free herself and dash off.  One can imagine her darting down the stairs or hallway and hearing the laughter of teenage boys jokingly finding a way to get rid of this pest.  That laughter could be a traumatizing shock.  Maybe why she never could acknowledge it in her own mind being a humiliating experience.  Maybe that is why she never brought it to anyone’s attention.  But now,  having a guy with a great reputation and her being a democrat and maybe anti-Trump nut saw a way to deride the nomination of a candidate for a judgeship on the SC as being morally pure.  All this and at the expense of ruining a man, a husband, a father, and candidate for the SC.  I think the American people can see the Democrat-Socialists for what they have become.

The Amateur Eye -Once Upon a Time

September 12, 2018

The Italian Game might lend itself to illustrate the value of my square-count theory and use.  I shall take an example using two stalwarts GM Anand and GM Kramnik.  Buckle your seatbelts because these two guys play very interesting games from either side of the board.

From Wijk aan Zee play starts 1. e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4.d3 Nf6 5.a4 d6 6.c3 a6 7.Bg5?!

Count is a hair in Black’s favor: W/12B/13.

7…h6 8.Bh4 Ba7 9.Nbd2 Qe7 I like this move which keeps White guessing as to where the black King will go and adds protection to e5.

10.h3 g5 11. Bg3 A pawn rollup on the King wing shows the Bishop sortie on move 7 to be a suspect strategy yielding black more choice.

11. ….Nh5! 12.Qe2 Qf6 13.Bh2 Nf4 14.B:f4 g:f4 15.g4 W/12B/10

15…Ne7 16.b4 Ng6 17. Kd1 h5 18. g5 Qe7 19. b5 Kf8! 20. b:a6 b:a6 21.d4 Kg7 22.d5 Bd723.Kc2 Rhb8 24.B:a6 B:f2 25.Bb5Be3 26.h4 Ra5 27.c4 Rba8 28.Kb3 Nf8 29.Rhc1 Bg4! 30.Kc2 B:d2 31. K;d2 Nd7 32.Ra3 Nc5 33. Bc6 Rb8 34,Ke1Qd8 35.Qc2 B:f3 36.R:f3 Qc8 Now eying …Qg4 and White’s position collapses.

Checking s/c in various positions, sees the slow but steady deterioration of White’s position. Kramnik is one to follow a planned operation and he readily had other choices which may have been as good or better. Style is everything in this game and play with a plan in mind.










































Don’s Coffee & Tea Break

September 12, 2018

With the threat of hurricane season approaching, it is important to assess the value of being prepared whether it be security of property or knowing when to blow the coop so- to-speak. No matter where you live, no matter the circumstances, we need to assess the available options and recognize that government can only advise because there is no real way to avoid the storm when it hits your communities.  Life is more important than personal visible treasure. Love and prayer are essential to keeping sanity in place.

We see Garfield looking out the window and sees Jon’s automated computerized mower flying by the window as it cuts the grass.  All Garfield can think is that Jon tends to be very iffy.  Jon runs ahead of a mad lawn mower screaming RUN AWAY LAWN MOWER!! Garfield, the cat, thinks, “Albeit entertaining.”

Blondie is in the kitchen preparing with her partner and neighbor. Like all women, gossip rules the day. “Would you like to hear what I heard? Joan had a little cosmetic work done.”  Blondie responds with, “Of course not!” as she stirs the ingredients in a bowl.  “Then I won’t bother telling you who else did just yesterday.”  Blondie turns to address with, “You can’t leave me hanging like that!”

Pickles has always been a favorite of our family. The four panels show Nelson and Gramma Opal in the kitchen.  Nelson asks her what she is making.  Opal tells him “Soup” and Nelson looks in the kettle and says, “It looks disgusting.”  Opal appears hurt by this remark. “Please don’t say that Nelson because it hurts my feelings when you say that.” Nelson thinks fast. ” Oh, Gramma, I was just looking at my finger nails. They look disgusting.”

Hagar is always good for a laugh. Only two panels are needed. In one it shows Hagar, his wife and mother-in-law together when mother lets out with, “Done!!”  His wife says, “She is a master crossword puzzle solver!”  Hagar responds that he is not surprised because she is never at a loss for a cross word.

In Peanuts, Charles Schulz is never lacking in dry humor.  We see Lucy knocking at a door.  When Schroeder answers the knocking, Lucy says, “Now that you and I are through, Schroeder, why don’t you stop hanging around my house?” Schroeder tells her it isn’t her house but his.  We see her sitting alone on the steps, thinking how stupid it can be when you’re in love.

Dad is looking at all the house bills on his desk as his son enters from reviewing his homework assignments.  “It is not fair! We just started back to a new school year and I got all this homework assignments to do. I am going to be sitting for hours to do these and I hate this boring stuff.  Homework! I wish I never heard of homework.  He is getting a glass of milk in the kitchen where his Dad is working on the bills and books.  His son leaves the kitchen, commenting to his Dad that he is lucky that he doesn’t have homework anymore?! It sure is Better than Worse around the table.

The Amateur Eye- Mind Boggling

September 10, 2018

The Democrats as whole seem to look to socialism as a goal of regaining power and it is represented on two counts: International dogma and Ignorance of history by “fools” for which I have nothing in common.

The news media on a number of sites run off at the mouth with repetitive nonsensical commentary.  Is this journalism?  Is this worth my time or yours?  What do you think, readers?

Frankly speaking, I wonder what the corps of past great journalists and reporters would say if they could come out of their graves. Shocked? Bored? Unrecognizable platform of journalistic purity? What ever happened to “reality”?  Oh, God.  Perhaps the “grave” is God’s way to say: REST IN PEACE.

Readers ask me if I am on Twitter?  I am but do not use the site at all nor do I use it for a source of my writings.  Donald J. Trump uses it effectively to keep himself before the public and to express his views on current news often giving serious dialogs that keep his many supporters to the most part happy.  I see it as do many others as a tool to arrow from the President to his base.  He seems to rival Robin Hood for accuracy of hitting the target in the bullseye.  That is what infuriates the politicos to no end from whatever chair they sit at the table.

Well, I usually do not write things to read and erase from my immediate thoughts. But to tell the truth, I get excited when I read the crap I see of Democrats chiming in all knocking our American President.  Most of all, I got a lift hearing former head of State Barack Obama mouth off about his accomplishments which, to me, were almost 100% dead wrong.  But stay in there Mr. O because your commentary is most revealing of the type of character flaws you possess and your love of the base coming out of the free fall of the United Nations socialism platform.  Thanks to Trump we are purifying the air once polluted called “The Swamp”.

The Amateur Eye -Deep Throat

September 3, 2018

Kudos to the staff and editor of USCF’s CHESS LIFE magazine!  The material is of the finest literary quality and worth the price of admission to membership in the United States Chess Federation (USCF).  It is proven to be equivalent to the international magazine NEW IN CHESS and the Kindred highly recommends subscriptions where you will get the vital English speaking news on chess of value to novice as well as Grandmaster.  If you are interested in chess play, news you probably won’t find published in newspapers any longer, and find my own columns on chess of some value, then at trying to upgrade your chess understanding, your personal chess rating, and get the full benefit of well-written material that one finds a study of any of the three stages–openings, middle games, endgames —  exhibiting attack and defense will enrich your joy of chess.

I had to write this uplifting column to offset the pangs suffering from another bout with Deep Throat coming from the loins of the Democrat crying base.  It should brighten your day to read something to build up your spirit after all the junk espoused over the airways and hard print.  The simple differences in what I write and what these so called journalists offer is they get paid for it leaving your spirit in the gutter of life’s woes.

Anyone listen to Mark R. Levin’s Sunday night broadcast over Fox News?  The guests he has on truly inspire my hopes toward saving humanity. I continue to pray for our leaders and success of their wisdoms in destroying the fangs of serpents. GOD BLESS!!



Don’s Coffee & Tea Break

August 31, 2018

Mostly I find myself often bewildered with the PRESS.  There was a  time when what you read in editorials was believable because it was either logical opinions or fact based truisms of and on current events.

Blondie is feeling just a little bit jealous when she reads numerous facebook and twitter messages addressing  husband Dagwood Bumstead.  In bed, she confronts Dag with: “Why does Babs Flirtwelder like all of your facebook posts?”  “Oh, I dunno, Honey….Just being nice, I guess.” He leans over and kisses Blondie. continuing….But if it makes you feel better, I’ll message her not to like my posts so much.”  “Oh, don’t be silly. Besides, I already messaged her.”

Apparently Earl discovered the ideal way to handle unwanted phone calls. When the phone rings, he picks up and says:”Sheriff’s Department, Fraud Division, who’s calling?” That normally finds a sudden ‘click’ on the other end. He tells his wife Opal that it was probably another telemarketer.



Don’s Coffee & Tea Break-Positive Vibes

August 30, 2018

Well, that is what I hope for in all of life.

Remembering Senator John McCain is a sad story to report.  He was loved by the general public,  suffered a hate and love relationship with political parties of all stripes.  Basically he was a leader of values he possessed–some good, some bad.

In politics a fine line is drawn between this love and hate value system often dependent upon the time clock of life.  In chess we can understand the short duration of feelings that should always dominate the political scene that unfortunately lingers because of human tongues that love to create vigorous opposition boarding in sheer hatred from campaigns.  This was true of McCain as well as all candidates who seek the Presidency of the United States.  It has been true of every political adventure conquering the top post as President coming from all spectrum of the political structures.

Like all the losers hoped for the best as ranks all closed to support and hope for the success of the victor.  It is the old adage–“to the victor goes the spoils.” Differences might linger in party ranks but not until Donald J. Trump did the ex-president openly try to undermine the sitting President with his secreted approval by his army of political hacks.  The fallacy of our wonderful republic and democratic language was filled with the highly active rhetoric of the modern socialist movement that has weeded its way in an open attempt to destroy our whole political system by undermining the core principles that made American life exciting through the joys of worthy debate now seen as totally stripped of meaning.  Those calling for debate as voiced years past are being assaulted all across academia by left-wing ideologs and including professorships.  It is the old Communist Party cry to drown out all debate and reasoning.

What has this to do with honoring Senator John McCain?  You must remember that he was the candidate who ran against Obama and lost the election. You should also remember the vicious attacks against him during the unsuccessful campaign–now seen in the Halls of Government as totally being hypocritical. When does the forked tongue as seen from some great American Indian Tribal leaders come at an appropriate time to make the funeral less meaningful.  It points to the old Biblical truth that the wagging tongue has no equal in spreading hatred among the citizenry of all nations. I say honor the man but be truthful; bow your ugly heads in shame for use of wagging tongues spreading hatreds across the board.

I want to honor a man who possessed the American spirit on the one hand of staunch duty given his country but did a disservice without holding his party’s philosophy and ideals with full effort to improve the status quo.  He registered his personal beliefs ahead of working to better programs seen as failures in the implementation of the very difficult assignment to better the American Health Care System.  He undermined the work of dedicated men and women who won elections and had worked diligently to bring about a more workable product.  In this, I believe he failed in his duty to fully explain his standing and short of that refused for personal reasons for dislike of President Trump to bring by his vote to ruin the hard work of his Party by being hailed for his benefactor stand in support of the crossover Democrat Party supported stonewalling tactics.  It is a sad commentary on the struggles this leader had in justifying his rhetoric overall on this important debate topic that really cemented his maverick status putting personal cheap enough aims by using this guise of leadership that fell far short of his often times leadership standing.

In any case, I hope he has eternal peace and continued love and memory of this warrior by all of his historic past family, friends and all he came to know in the Halls of Government.  God Bless Him on a meaningful life and service to his beloved country.

Well, I shall close with a few memorable cartoons from today  Enjoy.

Beetle Bailey’s girl is General Halftrack’s secretary.  “How did Lt. Fuzz’s plan go, Sir?”  “Something went very wrong.” “What happened?” “His stupid plan worked!?”

Dilbert is given a report on Time Management to read by the computer.  Dilbert says, fine but the notes that the pages given him are all blank.  The computer acknowledged this but told Dilbert all the time it saved having to read and study it.

Nelson tells their dog that sometimes things fall out of Grampa Earl’s pockets while he sits in his favorite arm chair. Even money sometimes. Lets look. I found something round.  Maybe it is money.  Shucks! Just a fuzzy green lifesaver?!



The Amateur Eye – Liberalism Anyone?

August 27, 2018

Tonight I saw a star program of Mark R. Levin once more featuring the morass of liberal thought.  The definition of morass in my dictionary  ” A marsh swamp or more clearly defined as something that traps, confuses or impedes.”This describes the two guests who both threw light on the failings of education–specifically at the college and university level.”  What is wrong with education is it has been highjacked by the leftists in America as forewarned by conservatives coming out of the 1930s and 1940s largely attributable to Marxists and especially Soviet spies who weeded their influence and socialist thought at American education and industry and its effect seen in an ever growing evil mind controlling cloud.

Not to say Americans were not forewarned because the Soviets spoke clearly enough that America would be taken over without firing a shot.  We continue to sit in the dark.  The dangers are fast becoming reality.  The Democrats who largely possess the liberal idea that lean toward socialism has accelerated backed by philosophies that call for control of thought, striking at the foundation of reason, attacking conflicting viewpoint engrained in the halls higher academia so as to destroy the very essence we cherished called DEBATE.

While I holy agree with discussions seen on TV and as important as they are, the question is: WHO IS TUNED IN? And even so, what alarm even is in mental thought and understanding of the dangers possessed in national and international socialism or Marxism or communism.  Socialist ideology exists throughout the world order and dominates the UN even.  America, long a capitalistic nation is, thanks to the Democrats is ever weaving its ugly head tinkering with socialism as a mainstream politic.

Freedom as practiced in the United States is in danger of falling as Donald J. Trump calls the fake news.  The fake news I speak of here is socialism slowly corrupting the joys and happiness of freedoms we have coming from our Constitution and founders.  Sure we have problems but they are solvable by wisdom and quality leadership.  Under socialists, do you think or maybe even care about freedoms we cherish as a nation? Because dear friends it takes work to keep it.