In chess it is often necessary to reevaluate your study habits, diet, sleep requirements, opening selections and finding the right level of exercise to keep your game in top form. This is true of politics, too.
President Obama perhaps would make a good chessplayer. Recent decisions about security, revamping the auto industry through encouragement of the three major manufacturers to set a clear path to providing our national needs for quality vehicles is good if he is not misleading us once more?!! It seems to me there is still time to reevaluate what makes good campaigning to get votes and the reality of sitting (if he ever takes time to sit) in the oval office where he is burdened with making life and death decisions and finding a way out of our financial straights. What makes our country great is the ability of our branches of government to voice concerns and here “talk radio” and “internet blogs” help to lessen over zeal and waste.
Often the very old French Defense is browbeaten by some who evaluate it as inferior due to the dagger at the throat of the defense in the guise of the “bad queen bishop”. Yet, Fischer found it rather difficult to play against French advocates.
Correspondence players seem more friendly than most to its practice and recognition to its potential deadly nature. John C. Knudsen playing against Heikki Arppi of Finland in the David Lodge Memorial Email tourney. So set up your pawns and pieces and see for yourself the arsonic nature of such a pest.
French Defense/Winawer var. C-18
White: Arppi vs. Black: Knudsen
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.Qg4 Qc7 8.Qxg7 Rg8 9.Qxh7 cxd4 10.Ne2 Nbc6 11.f4 Bd7 12.Qd3 dxc3 13.Qxc3 Nf5 14.Rb1 O-O-O 15.Rg1 d4 16.Qd3 f6 17.g4 Nh4 18.exf6 e5.
The imbalance created in the French has an attraction to French players. Such complicated positions help enrich the tactics of chess.
Other moves tried in this position are 19.f7 or 19.h3.
19…Rge8 20.Qg3 d3 21.f7 Re7 22.cxd3 Nd4 23.Kf1? Nxe2!.
Arppi -Kotka went 23…exf4? 24.Qxh4 Rxe2 25.Rg2 f3 26.Rf2 Rf8 27.Be3! Nc2! 28.Bxa8 Rxf7 29.Qh8+ Re8
30.Qb2 Re2 31.Rc1 Rfe7 32.Kg1 Rxf2 33.Bxf2 Re2 34.Bf1 Ba4 35.Bxe2 fxe2 36.Qh8+ (1-0).
This brilliant play was discovered by Richard Hall. How ironic to see this so-called “bad queen bishop” come alive with such venom!
25.g5 discovered check Kb8 26.Bf5 Rxf7 27.Be4 Nxf4 28.Bxf4 Bxd3+!
This in-between-move forces the game closer to the end.
29.Bxd3 Rxf4+ 30.Qxf4 exf4 31.Ba6 Qc2! 32.Rxb7+ Ka8 33.Re7 Rd1+ 34.Re1 Rxe1+ 35.Kxe1 Qb1+ 36.Kf2
Qb6+ 37.Kg2 f3+ (0-1).
Chess history teaches us that no one game result will be the final word in nailing the coffin shut for good. So, too, in our political world, those who provide governance are prone to make good moves and may follow-up with some decision blunders.
Chess is a reflection of life and life is likened to a chessgame where the result can prove equally deadly in mate or stalemate.