More Humor for the Soul

November 22, 2015

GARFIELD –  Jon, I suddenly get the feeling I’ve never been so happy.  I want to hug you and love you and share my most inner thoughts with you.

I think Garfield ate up the popcorn I dropped on the floor.  I want to share the popcorn with you dear during the football game which started five minutes just before you came to visit.

I suddenly feel football is not my cup of tea. Garfield! Get off the couch.

Dear,  I don’t know how to tell you this, but Garfield is my body guard.

HAGAR –  This French menu is Greek to me, Hagar.  I think we should order whatever the waiter suggests tonight.

Sounds good.  What do you suggest my wife and I order?

I can recommend everything on the menu.

Where did all this food come from?  I told you to see what the waiter recommends. This is a French restaurant, not a Chinese.

I did.

Let Wisdom Rule Our Times

November 22, 2015

There is a crisis in every Land; we have no one to blame but ourselves because we fail as Americans to take seriously the consequences when choosing the electorate every two or four years often seen with hidden agendas that lack clarity of purpose with voters’ wishes and principles. Loosely put–A LIE.

I really wasn’t in good spirits of late with the Paris incident, the bombing of the Russian airliner and many less known to us of shootings and bombings within cities.

Who is to blame? The Muslims? Dissatisfied loners who congregate and spew their anger and hatred? I find it does take more than one to stir the juices of hatred toward others whether it involves political agendas or contemptuous differences of class, character, or ideologies.

Barak Obama’s facial expressions and verbal anger who was early raised within the Muslim world view expresses contempt for many western values. His own views whenever addressing the ideology of Christian heritage, refusal to call terrorism what it currently is composed and is nearly 100 per cent born within the Muslim world order to me represents a loss of reality checks in this growing insane world we are inheriting. Sanity has flown the coop with the insistence that pot is the lesser evil to tossing people in jail. In my view only time will tell the truth of the conflicting views about drug use and politically nothing will be done to ever remedy the lifestyle of the human race. One consequence is the corruption of the Godly spirit in the mind.

Both Obama and Hillary Clinton refuse to put a name that defines terrorist. The term used by most westerners is Islamic Radical Terrorist. The media outlets feature journalists and politicians alike wasting hours, days, weeks, and months trying to find a final solution to word usage with any clear definition being agreed to. I call it what it is. Sorry, Muslim friends.

I read that latest survey of American Muslims (should we not just be all Americans?) by the Center for Security Policy said that 51% of American Muslims believe they have the right to practice Shariah law. Unlike most immigrants, the Muslim community want their own laws. The justice of it is seen in Europe where Muslims choose to live in pockets of a hidden society and many refusing to assimilate into the character of the country they reside and become a part?! Doesn’t reflect entire truth when their vocal actions speak loud and clear!! In fact 20-25% of the American Muslim communities okay violence to adopt Shariah the law of the Land.

Got news for you folks. The term Shariah Law was to probably honor Sharif, a descendant of the prophet Muhammad through his daughter Fatima. My dictionary doesn’t have the name Shariah described in it. But then again, my dictionary is as old as the hills. So I have to assume the language came after.

I do have something to agree with the liberal democrats and media who support the so-called Chicken-in-Chief, an expression I find abhorrent to show disrespect of our President. He has also been called a moron. His Paris response being called ‘just a setback’ infuriated many in the hotbed of the conservative membership. The left-wing liberals praise his caution to avoid telling it like it is. “We mustn’t upset the Muslim or Islamist factions within our country”, has been a seven-year sermon of the President.

No. I have no answer how to answer the now over 300,000 Muslims living in the USA with growing number of 90-100 thousand more annually. I am no seer; I am not a politician; I am just who I am. I try to use wisdom but find it very hard to come to terms with the rhetoric of all Americans I see and hear on the news every night. I can only be me. To repeat what I read or heard from a voice in the past: “If this were a war, I would take up my shovel and dig me a foxhole.”

The Dependable Irving Chernev

November 17, 2015

In his Twelve Great Chess Players and Their Best Games, Irving Chernev writes another Dover Publications chess book in paperback of highest merit picking his top select players and what he deems as their best in chess.  Truly, this book is a rich collection of games that will whet the appetite of beginner and grandmaster alike.  This book appeared when the price was very reasonable for $11.95.  Any book by Irving Chernev is a historic must have for a collector’s library.

One of the games I found deeply interesting was one of 3-games played simultaneously against teams of consulting masters in New  York, 1929. The artistry seen is best described by the German word–ideenreich.

White: Kevitz and Pinkus   vs.  Black:  Alexander Alekhine  / Reti Opening

  1. N-KB3  N-KB3  2. P-B4  P-QN3  3. P-KN3  B-N2  4. B-N2  P-K4  5. N-B3  B-N5  6. O-O  B:N  7. NP:B P-Q3

Both are gaining from the  moves to date.  White has the bishop-pair and Black has saddled White with doubled pawns.

8. P-Q4  P-K5  9. N-R4  O-O  10. P-B3  P:P  11. B:P

Another choice decision. White activates his pieces but renders the KP backward.

11. … N-K5  12. Q-Q3  R-K1  13. P-Q5?! N-B4  14. Q-Q4  QN-Q2

In this sequence of moves, White cuts off the Bishop diagonal influence but gives Black the outpost QB4 where it cannot be chased away by a pawn.

15. B-R5  N-K4  16. B-KB4  Q-Q2

Here we see the thinking of Alekhine–control over the diagonal while adding protection to the BP.  His current position would be a mistake if trying to win a piece by 16. … P-N3 17. B-B3  P-KN4  18. B:N  P:B 19. Q-N4 P-KR4  20. Q:RP P:N  21. B-K4!  N:B  22. Q:BP+ K-R1  23. Q-R5+ K-N1  24. R-B7 and White wins.

17. N-B3  B-N3  18. N-Q2  Q-R6  19. B:N RP:B  20. P-K4  P-KB3!  21. QR-K1 P-KN4

Black puts his pawns on dark squares so his Bishop will have greater freedom of movement.  His plan now is to double Rooks on the King-file increasing the pressure on the KP.

22. B-K3  R-K2  23. K-R1  QR-K1  24. B-N1  B-B1!

Patience is a valuable learning experience in chess. He ignores the pawn capture, instead eyeing a more productive attack.

25. R-B3  B-N5  26. R/B3-K3  Q-R4  27. K-N2  B-R6+ 28. K-R1  Q-N5  29. B-B2 P-QR4  30. B-N1  P-R5  31. B-B2  R-K4  32. B-N1  R/K-K2 33. B-B3  K-B2!

Who but Alekhine would reason that a King walk across the board was necessary prior to launching the final assault?

34. B-N1 K-K1 35. B-B2  K-Q1  36. B-N1  K-B1  37. B-B2  K-N2  38. B-N1 B-N5  39. B-B2  Q-R4!!

A brilliant move and understanding of the position. The Bishop and Queen must change places.

40. B-N1  B-N5  41. K-N2  Q-R6  42. K-R1 P-N3  43. B-B2

Alekhine has now configured the board situation to launch the final assault.

43. … P-B4!  44. P:P  P:P  45. R:R  P:R

Now on 46. R:P  R:R 47. Q:R B-B6+! 48. N:B  Q-B8+ 49. N-N1 N-Q6! and mate follows.

46. Q-K3  P-K5  47. P-Q6!

A brave attempt to salvage it with a bit of inspiring play.

47. … P:P  48. B-N1!

Very ingenious!!  If Black now continues to play to win the Rook, he gets mated cleverly.  48. … B-B6+ 49. N:B  P:N  50. Q:BP  R:R  51. Q-R8 mate!

48. … P-B5! 49. Resigns.

After 49. P:P  B-B6+ 50. N:B P:N  51. Q-B2  R:R and White must yield.                                                                                ***

It is said that Jose R. Capablanca was the greatest chess player; a prodigy, genius who handled all phases of the chess struggle with imagination and creative skill, sometimes employing such simple looking ideas yet visualizing the deep combinations that he saw in a flash and with an elegant technique that was flawless, his style graceful and elegant as to make chess play appear easy.  Perhaps, if he had any shortcomings, it might be the appearance of easy come, easy go.  He possessed total command of general principles from which I derived in my own study–  the idea of square count.

In a rare consultation game where Reti and Capablanca teamed up, Reti thought that their position was good but Capablanca played a different idea on the board that only became clear some moves later as to the superiority of the move chosen by Capablanca.

Ossip S. Bernstein was the first to earn the new title of Grandmaster.  Dr. Bernstein met Capablanca three times.  At San Sebastian in 1911, the Cuban was awarded the First Brillancy Prize; at St. Petersburg, 1914, he won again from Bernstein, again winning the First Brilliancy Prize.  It is also one of my favorite games ever.

White: Dr. O. S. Bernstein  vs. Black:  J. R. Capablanca   QG Declined

  1. P-Q4  P-Q4  2. P-QB4  P-K3  3. N-QB3  N-KB3  4. N-B3 B-K2  5. B-N5  O-O  6. P-K3     QN-Q2  7. R-B1  P-QN3  8. P:P  P:P  9. Q-R4  B-N2  10. B-QR6  B:B  11. Q:B  P-B4  12. B:N N:B  13. P:P  P:P

The famous “hanging pawns” make their appearance. The trade-off is that such pawns can be useful in their threats to advance and spearhead a counterattack and leading to more square count.

14. O-O  Q-N3  15. Q-K2  P-B5!

This fine move gives the bishop more  air space and can now take an active role in the battle. Furthermore, the QNP now gets put under the gun.  While true that the square Q4 is  posted  now by the Knight, that piece will act as a blockade defense for the black  Q-pawn so black has time to assume the offensive.  Students should study this position and game carefully specifically for the elements of time and space.

16. KR-Q1  KR-Q1  17. N-Q4  B-N5!

This bishop now becomes a part of the attack from it’s previous purely defensive role.

18. P-QN3

On the surface this seems strong because the aim is to  give black a weak isolani-pawn.

18. …QR-B1  19. P:P  P:P

Objective achieved.  But as pointed out by Nimsowitsch in MY SYSTEM it must be restrained or it can be dangerous.

20. R-B2  B:N  21. R:B  N-Q4!  22. R-B2  P-B6  23. R/Q1-QB1  R-B4  24. M-N3  R-B3  25. N-Q4  R-B2  26. N-N5  R-B4

White is winning the pawn attacked 3/times and defended only 2/times.  The unsuspecting Bernstein must have been overjoyed.

27. N:BP  N:N  28. R:N  R:R  29. R:R  Q-N7!!!

With this move, Bernstein graciously resigned realizing the thunderbolt strike was unanswerable.  A hearty congratulations to the mighty Cuban followed by all present.  So many times I have warned about a back row mate threat.  Here, White is either mated or loses his Rook.






















































The Wonder of Great Books

November 17, 2015

My library is huge.  It is loaded with many books from classics of much variety.  Being largely self-taught, I had a thirst for knowledge that encompassed the whole of human existence.

My website conveys that totality.  What is such value since no sheepskin adorns my study walls?  I sense of course that my readers might say I missed the boat.  But for me, education is the enrichment of the soul–the total human spirit and ever growing enlightenment to learn ever more.

One such great book in my library is rare.  Sailing on the Ice is a collection of 28  stories from the Old Squire’s Farm, writings of C. A. Stephens, compiled and edited by Charles G. Waugh and Larry Glatz.

C. A. Stephens was a prolific historian writer, publishing more than 2500 stories and 31 books in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  A master storyteller, he wrote for the famed children’s magazine, The Youth’s Companion which ceased publication in 1929.  The book jacket notes that folks write to the librarian in Norway, Maine, or visit to inquire of the whereabouts of the Old Squire’s farm whatever happened to Addison and Theodora.

I have to give appreciation to Rutledge Hill Press, Nashville, Tenn. for enabling and bringing this book to market.

The rich stories coming out of the Civil War era and after depicts the life of those times in wonderful stories that I encourage my readers to partake.  It was a time before movies, radio, TV, I-phones, etc. that the Hartford Daily Courant said of it: “Some of the very best stories of New England life and character that have ever been written.”

Kindred’s Special: Humor for the Soul

November 14, 2015

Aries –  You have a dry way of delivering humor. They won’t all get you, but the ones that do will adore you even as your charm goes sailing over the heads of a less astute audience.

Bowling- Thing I observe a lot is that in money games, those who depend upon getting the breaks  get 7-10 splits in the 10th frame.

Pickles –  Why are you out here sitting on the porch steps, Gramps?  Oh, Grandma is peeved at me over something I said. What did you say to her that peeved her so?  Good question. I am not even sure.  You know, it’s like my brother Leon says, “We get too soon old and too late smart.”

Washington, DC – Today, you have serious problems with communicating your ideas.  This morning my senator held a press conference.  He was asked about mandates. His response was, “Listen, who men date in government is none of my business.”

Pearls Before Swine – Do you ever wish you had more friends?  Friends broaden your knowledge. They communicate new stuff, and show you new places.  Sounds to me like you are talking up my new Google website.

Kindred’s Special – Those Darn Funny Comics

November 13, 2015

Garfield –  I am a cat of great dignity–  BURP!  and SODA!!

Pickles –  Once again Earl puts himself in a pickle. Sitting on his favorite couch, he addresses his wife, You notice how I never ask you how I look?  She leans on the sofa back and replies, “Yes, that’s true.”  “That’s because I believe it’s not how I look but how I THINK I look. And I always think I look pretty good!”  Yeah, and I always think I can believe everything I read on the internet!

Hagar –  Bad news. Our boat sank. You are not getting another one!  Didn’t you hear me!?  The Boat is lost!  I hear you and so is the mortgage.

Beetle Bailey –   Gosh, Sarg. I would do a lot better if you’d stop calling me worthless.  Out comes the THESAURUS.

Good!  Lets see.  WORTHLESS …. useless, pointless, valueless, good-for-nothing.  An army to fall back on!

The Family Circus –  Granny and Mommy are at the window watching the kids exploring plants and insects on the grass lawn.  The great thing about childhood is even the smallest things are always worth exploring.

Kindred’s Special: 1945 Radio Match cont’d

November 10, 2015

I met the colorful and brilliant tactician Al Horowitz while making several trips to the Manhattan Chess Club located at the time at the Hudson Hotel quarters while in training at Fort Dix, New Jersey.  It was a chess amateur’s dream to find at the club such players as Byrne, Lisa Lane (US Woman Champion), Abe Ruby, Larry Evans (whom I played several games with), Al Horowitz, editor of Chess Review, who played blitz, giving Knight odds with a pawn on a3 and winning from just about all comers; Hans Kmoch  introduced me to Al, Evans and others.  Maybe they made me welcome because I was in uniform and I had beaten their junior champion.  One visit  I recall they were playing adjudications.  Another time, Larry and I played 3 or 4 blitz games and Lisa Lane invited me to a 4-player round robin but had to decline to avoid going AWOL as I had to catch the only bus going to Fort Dix.

I remember Al Horowitz, a most charismatic chap and the subject on this American segment of the match.  The following game was a masterpiece of tactical genius by Salo Flohr, an extremely talented player representing the Soviet team.  Mr. Horowitz lost game one and won the second game in like brilliant fashion which follows this game.

White:  S. Flohr   vs.   Black:  Al Horowitz    Opening:  Queen’s Gambit

  1. d4  d5  2. c4  d:c4  3. Nf3  Nf6  4. e3  e6  5. B:c4  c5  6. O-O  a6  7. Qe2  Nc6  8. Rd1  b5  9. d:c5  Qc7  10. Bd3  B:c5  11. a4  b4  12. Nbd2  O-O  13. b3  Ne5  14. Ne4!  N:d3  15. N:f6+  g:f6  16. Q:d3  e5  17. Bb2  Be6? 18. B:e5!! f:e5

Horowitz gains the bishop-pair at the expense of falling into a nasty King Hunt.

19. Ng5  Kg7  20. Q:h7+  Kf6  21. Ne4+  Ke7 22. Qh4+  f6  23. Rdc1  Rac8  24. R:c5  Qb8  25. f4!

White has no plan to let the enemy forces find salvation.

25. …. R:c5  26. N:c5  Qb6  27. N:e6  Q:e3+  28. Kh1  K:e6  29. f:e5  f:e5  30. Qg4+  Rf5  31. Qg6+ Rf6 32. Qe8+ Kf5  33. Rf1+ (1-0).

White:  Al Horowitz     vs.    Black:  S. Flohr       Opening:  Caro Kahn Defense

  1. e4  c6  2. d4  d5  3. Nc3  d:e4  4. N:e4  Nf6  5. N:f6+ g:f6  6. Ne2  Bf5  7. Ng3  Bg6  8. h4  h6 9. h5  Bh7  10. c3  Qb6  11. Bc4  Nd7  12. a4!  a5  13. Qf3  e6  14. O-O  Bc2  15. Bf4  Bb3  16. Bd3  e5

Flohr was a student of this opening for Black so it puzzles me why he would enter into this type opening of lines for the White pieces.  Apparently his aim is to reposition his Queen to e6 where it will sweep both sides of the board.  Perhaps it was merely a misjudgment of the resulting positions arising soon.

17. Be3  Bd5  18. Be4  Qb3  19. d:e5  f:e5  20. Rad1  B:e4  21. Q:e4  Qe6  22. Rd2  Nf6  23. Qf3  Rg8  24. Rfd1  Rg4?  25. Nf5!! e4 26. Bb6!!

One lightning bolt after another.  I give you my Queen for your King!  The Rook dies a dear death.

26. … R:g2+ 27. Q:g2!  Q:f5  28. Rd8+  R:d8  29. R:d8+  Ke7  30. Qg3  Nd7  31. Bc7  Qd5  32. c4  32. …Qg5  33. Q:g5+  h:g5  34. Ra8  Ke6  35. B:a5  f5  36. Bc3  f4  37. a5  g4  38. b4  f3  39. Bd2  39…Kf7  40. Ra7  g3  41. R:b7  (1-0).

After the defeat in the first game, this must have been a heart-warming delight in such a turnaround victory.

Despite the lopsided result of the match, the American squad fought well.  It is reported that Fine and Reshevsky both missed points by misplaying winning attacks dropping both games.

Kindred’s Special: The Radio Team Match continued

November 9, 2015

H. Steiner hailed from California and was a darling of the Hollywood crowd, often giving exhibitions and game play with a host of friends.  The following game provides a nice setting for the type of dynamic skill he possessed. As I mentioned in the lst part, he was the only one to win his individual match 1 1/2 –  0 1/2 against the powerful I. Bondarevsky.

White:  I. Bondarevsky   vs.  Black:  H. Steiner   Opening:  Reti-English variant

  1. Nf3  Nf6  2. c4  e6  3. d4  Bb4+  4. Bd2  Qe7

This system was popular during the 30s and 40s seen in some of Reshevsky’s games as White. Normal was often the trade 4…B:d2+  5. Q:d2 as Sammy often played.  The text is attributed I believe to Paul Keres.

5. g3  O-O  6. Bg2  d5  7. a3  B:d2+  8. Nb:d2

White’s capture is probably okay but the square count idea would be to take with the Q and then develop the Knight to the c3 square.

Nbd7  9. O-O  Ne4  10. Qc2  N:d2  11. N:d2  c6  12. Qc3  Re8  13. b4  d:c4  14. f4!

White has gained space and square count by deployment of his pawns.  Once pawns are advanced, they cannot retreat.  A lesson I learned from my brother and good quality chess books.  Another feature of pawn play is that one attacks the center to meet wing demonstrations.  Such principles may seem too simple, yet they hold a wealth of truth.

14. … Nb6  15. e4  Rd8  16. a4  Bd7  17. a5  Nc8  18. Q:c4  Be8  19. e5

One gets the impression that Black is tempting White to overextend his forces.

19. … Qd7  20. Nb3  Ne7 21. Rfd1  Nd5  22. Nc5  Qe7  23. Kf2  b6

It seems to me that Steiner has nerves of steel and I wonder how onlookers size up the situation?

24. Nd3  Rab8  25. a:b6  R:b6  26. Qc5  Qb7

My God!  Both seem to sense my square count theory with almost every move.

27. B:d5 c:d5  28. Qa5  Ra8  29. Nc5  Qc8  30. Rdc1  Bb5  31. Ke3?!

White realizes that he has to worry a little bit about his monarch sitting out there with little pawn coverage. Steiner was a tactician as well as a cunning fox!

31. … Bc4  32. Rc3  Qe8  33. Qa3  f6!

Black has envisioned this and probably a whole series of moves that follow, relying upon his intuitive instincts for the counter attack coming.

34. h4  Qh5  35. Rc2  f:e5  36. d:e5  Qg6  37. Kd2

Hoping to find some relief for his highness on the Q-side.  That takes time!

37. … h5  38. Qc3  Qg4  39. Kc1  Rb5  40. Ra5  Rb8  41. Rb2  R:a5  42. b:a5  Rc8  43. Qe3  Qh3  44. Kd2  Qg2+  45. Kc3  Qf1  46. f5  Qa1  47. Kc2  Bd3+!  48. Q:d3  R:c5+  49. Kb3  R:a5  50. Kc2  Rc5+ 51. Kb3  a6!  (0-1).


I. Bondarevsky eventually emigrated to Canada.  He was in a rare position in chess in that he won a game from Mikhail Botvinnik before he emigrated, probably one of the few losses ever experienced by the World Champion.

KIndred’s Special: A Smile is Worth a Hug–Comic Thoughts

November 7, 2015

Aries –  Small children become the person they want to be through imitation and assimilation.  You will do the same in a more subtle fashion, adopting mannerisms and habits similar to the one you aspire to emulate.

Pisces – Everyone needs a cheerleader, a kindred soul to root for you regardless of the odds, to cheer for you whether or not you are winning. Cherish  the one who keeps you from losing heart.

 Pickles — I tell you this. The fridge hates me.  Oh, Earl !  Don’t be ridiculous.  You think every electric gadget in the house is against you. Well, darn it! Didn’t the toaster fling a flaming slice of burnt toast at me?

Blondie –  Dagwood orders a bowl of oatmeal at the local family restaurant.  Hey, Lou!  This oatmeal is the worst I have ever gotten here.  You breaking in a new cook?  Shhh.  Not so loud.  My dear sweet mother is helping out in the kitchen today. She’s very sensitive to criticism.  Oh! Sorry, Lou but this is still pretty bad tasting cereal.  Tell me about it! I had to eat a big bowl every day when I was a kid.

Beetle Bailey – Why do you like Beetle so much?  I just feel comfortable with him.  So, do you take naps together?  We’re not THAT comfortable!

Kindred’s Special: The Radio Chess Match of 1945, A Historic Shift in World Chess Power

November 7, 2015

Hidden behind the communist wall of secrecy for many years, the Soviet development and interest as a propaganda tool found silence as the American chess superiority in various international team events saw the US squad notching one win after another. In the early days of Soviet governance, the ignorance of many to read, write, and survive the rigors of pre-industrial development of the vastness that is the Russian Empire saw a need for education and unification of people of many different values and stripes.  For the new communist government, the immediate need was to wipe out the long history of Czarist Russia and redefine the social fabric of society.  And here is where the game of chess entered the picture.  The people took to chess like ducks take to water.  Yet, while there was great effort to develop chess throughout the nation, little was really known about the number of players, the schooling efforts given many of the arts and sciences which included chess, music and ballet.

Famed chess masters were invited to Russia to participate in tournaments and give simultaneous exhibitions.  News coming out of these encounters should have energized Americans and others to ramp up their own federations and to develop their talent which largely evolved out of a few major cities, local clubs and available literature.  In a word, the idea of professionalism was still based entirely on independent study and amateur status which promoted wishful thinking as a chess power in international team play.

Thus, over September 1-4, 1945, this historic first meeting of top players representing both countries met in battle by radio as a means of transmittal.  The result was a shocking defeat of the great American team which had dominated all adversaries.  Not only did the Russians defeat the American team, it had propaganda issued that the Soviet system in almost all categories of human endeavor was superior to the idea of individualism that prevailed in what became the West.  Chess was raised to a level of propaganda value not seen or witnessed before by any state.


Arnold Denker   (1)                        0 – 0                        1 – 1                            Mikhail Botvinnik

Samuel Reshevsky (2)                   0 – 0                        1 – 1                             Vassily Smyslov

Reuben Fine  (3)                            1/2 – 0                     1/2 – 1                          Issac Boleslavsky

Al Horowitz  (4)                              0 – 1                         1 – 0                       Salo Flohr

Isaac Kashdan  (5)                        0 – 0                          1 – 1                       Alexander Kotov

Herman Steiner (6)                            1 – 1/2                          0 – 1                Igor Bondarevsky

Albert Pinkus    (7)                              1/2 – 1/2                  1/2 – 1/2              Andrea Lilienthal

Herbert Seidman  (8)                          0 – 0                         1 – 1                  V. Ragozin

Abraham Kupchik (9)                          0 – 1/2                     1 – 1/2                 V. Makogonov

Anthony E. Santasiere                        0 – 0                         1 – 1                  David Bronstein

TEAM TOTALS                                     41/2                        151/2

The two top boards show the lack of preparedness by the Americans.  Both Denker and Reshevsky were completely outplayed. Part of this was likely due to the volume of chess in the new USSR compared to the USA. For example, Botvinnik won easily; Smyslov took less than 10-minutes for half the game while Reshevsky known for his slow play used most of his time for half the game with some questionable choices to boot.  The Soviet machine was well oiled and prepared and deserved the slaughterhouse result that took place.  Still, it was to benefit America because it served as a wake up call that our efforts and training were sorely needing revision.  Herman Steiner was the only player to score a 1.5 score while Pinkus managed his usual skill to draw both games.  Reuben Fine lost when he messed up a winning attack but drew the remaining game.  Here are two games from the top boards that show clearly the quality of chess in America as opposed to the broad national approach and availability to meet top competition that makes for razor-sharp tooling on the 64 squares.

White:    Denker  USA     vs.   Botvinnik  USSR

  1. d4  d5  2. c4  e6  3. Nc3  c6  4. Nf3  Nf6  5. Bg5  d:c4  6. e4  b5  7. e5  h6  8. Bh4  g5  9. N:g5  h:g5  10. B:g5  Nbd7 11. e:f6?!

This move actually interferes with mobility of the White forces where Black gets to have open lines which creates a burden on White to find a suitable strategy.

11…Bb7  12. Be2  Qb6  13. O-O  O-O-O  14. a4  b4  15. Ne4  c5  16. Qb1 Qc7  17. Ng3?

This leads to rapid deterioration of his position where his pieces lack leadership of purpose.

17… c:d4  18. B:c4  Qc6  19. f3  d3  20. Qc1  Be5+  21. Kh1  Qd6!  22. Qf4  R:h2+!  23. K:h2  Rh8+ 24. Qh4 R:h4 25. B:h4  Qf4  (0-1).

White:  V. Smyslov  USSR   vs.  Black:   S. Reshevsky   Opening:  Ruy Lopez

  1. e4  e5  2. Nf3  Nc6  3. Bb5  a6  4. Ba4  Nf6  5. O-O  N:e4  6. d4  b5  7. Bb3  d5  8. d:e5  Be6  9. c3  Bc5 10. Nbd2  O-O  11.   Bc2 f5  12. Nb3  Bb6  13. Nfd4  N:d4  14. N:d4  B:d4  15. c:d4  f4 16. f3  N:g3  17. h:g3  f:g3  18. Qd3  Bf5  19. Q:f5 R:f5  20. B:f5 Qh4  21. Bh3 Q:d4+ 22. Kh1  Q:e5  23. Bd2  Q:b2  24.  Bf4  c5  25. Be6+ Kh8  26. B:d5  Rd8  27. Rad1 c4 28. B:g3  c3  29. Be5 b4  30. Bb3  Rd2  31. f4  h5  32. Rb1  Rf2  33. Rfe1 Qd2   34. Rbd1  Qb2  35.Rd8+  Kh7  36. Bg8+ Kg6  37. Rd6+ Kf5  38. Be6+ Kg6 39. Bd5+ Kh7 40. Be4+ Kg8 41. Bg6 (1-0).

The following years have been met with high quality games by Bill Lombardy (11-0) World Junior; J. Tarjan, Charles Kalme, Ken Rogoff–just to name a few who emerged out of a rebirth of junior programs conducted by the US Chess Federation. The list is just too long to give here.

In 1956, Robert (Bobby) Fischer started his rise which led to the world championship title. During those turbulent years, he brought chess out of long poverty into making demands for better tournament conditions, not only for himself but for all the players. It was an era that fractured in America two divisions, (1) Vindictiveness over Fischer enormous results in money prize awards with lst place finishes or near the very top; (2) where many despised his being Christian–Jews who looked upon his religious betrayal. I played Bobby when he was 12 and he told me he had become a Christian despite some family turmoil over it.  It was also an issue in the movie.  Unfortunately, some in USCF were part of this. One can only conjecture just how much this played a part in Fischer’s life.  Years later, he married and his wife buried him in Iceland, his adopted home. I recall reading something to the effect that Bobby had mellowed in his later days and before he passed away. I hope so.  Stress and living a life to honor America and the world championship regressed into a morbid hatred of American policy and State Department attack on his professionalism and need to play where the crowds came because he was Fischer.



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