Archive for May, 2011

Kindred’s Special: Trouble Times

May 30, 2011

Today, more than ever, suggests the truth in wonderment as to whether we shall have good or troubled times in the days ahead. How often in fact do we experience hearing comments from family, friends, neighbors, associates, and strangers such as these:  “That bugs me.” “That really ticks me off.” “Life’s a bummer.” “Life’s a drag.” “I’m fed up.” “Everything’s a mess.” “I am bored with Life.” “I feel pooped all the time.” Such negative vibes reflect on our nature and surroundings and most certainly the spirit of speaker and recipient of such downhearted and usually thoughtless comments.

Getting out of bed in the light of dawn and looking forward to a wonderful day lifts the spirit to such thoughts as, “What things will I accomplish today?” “It’s great to be alive!”  And such feelings bring out compliments to others and such uplifting spirit usually rubs off on others throughout the day.

I study my Bible and in verse 1 Peter (1-8) it gives my spirit joy that reads, “Rejoice with unspeakable joy and full of glory.”

I find the American spirit to be wholly lopsided as a measuring tool for such because the media has so torn apart the joy of Christiandom within our Land, and the governmental ignorance and influence by such hidious organizations that are given liberties to voice hatred and tend to bash truth and justice to bits.  I think you know the names and people who work daily to destroy the religious fruits of our Land. It makes one wonder about the past great writers and newsmen and their outlets who tried through the years to keep the public aware with hard news but truthful coverage.  Looking at the many in the news today, it is easy to see why our Nation is so-at-risk. Lies replace truth and justice. Facts are blurred with ever increasing garbage fed the public who simply put up with it rather than demanding the slate be wiped clean and windows be opened to let in fresh air.  Brings to mind, “Throw the Bums Out!”  Our religious leaders are rarely heard from today. Sometimes they, too, remain inert for fear of advocating faith and being attacked.

I was taught that people came to this Land to find and practice religious freedom. History says that man’s weakness betrayed such a grand undertaking because human nature as it is often seen leads people astray or to practice things unGodly. Thus, people experienced a variety of ill-got laws and environments that made a portion of people think Christianity a farce and subject to severe criticism in the way such religious leaders and the Church in general looked upon a multitude of human shortcomings as well as strengths.  Is there any wonder that people trained to think and study human issues have tended to rebel against the status quo?

People can be too critical of man’s workings.  The nature of the beast (man and woman intellect) in today’s world tend to seek alternative arguments and such argumentive behavior is bad for the digestion.  I tend to believe that the spirit within each of us is bound hand and foot, head to toe– leaving little space for evaluation and remedy.  A good lively sermon is needed on Memorial Day.  Those attending church having a sleepy attitude of indifference has missed the entire meaning of Life and personal relationship with Jesus through prayer with our Father who art in Heaven.

To shortchange Christian belief is to deny the existence of God, given peace of heart through study of  Holy Scripture of the Bible and private prayer with our Maker.  Is there any wonder why the World is coming unhinged?

Kindred’s Special: Politicians Could Learn from Chessplay

May 21, 2011

No, I refuse to write in the political realm because of the often seen ignorance that fills that category. Also, I do not like to criticize folks who obviously write with ranker and hatred in many cases or have an agenda for which they possess little skill at articulating with any intelligence.  I have no interest in debating the merits of public figures either who show an unbelieveable ignorance about history, lack of reasoning powers, and to assess the readers who tune into such material suggests a general lack of appreciation for truth and more interested in pushing their thoughts into the area of pure garbage.  Sometimes it is not their fault because they were raised with the shortsightedness of instant gratifications experienced in many areas of American life and too many parents, organizations like USCF, state associations, and the education system in America that find it beneficial to let no child go without awarding a trophy or other prize in competitions.  Such watering down can be likened to the stock market stock-splits which, today, are fewer and fewer while stressing stock value of shares.

What lessons can be learned from our royal game?  Chess teaches one to think, find wise use of time, practical situations inwhich it is necessary to sharpen thought processes in making decisions in a variety of tests not usually possible to find equal in other activities and to settle on the best judgment from such analysis of those  situations that occur on the board in many guises.

This is all I have to say about the subject. You can agree or disagree. I do not care. But please if you find it necessary to add a comment, please THINK before you type it out. Thanks.

Kindred’s Special: Honesty Makes Me Hopeful — The Josh Ferrin Family

May 20, 2011

Probably most of you have not heard of Josh Ferrin, the former assistant design editor for the Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, New York.  He and his family now live in Salt Lake City, Utah.  When you move to a new life, a home is one of the first requirements and a house was purchased.  He picked up the keys earlier this week and decided to check out the premises.  His search discovered a metal box in the attic above the garage, an old ammo box from World War II. Inside was a huge array of bundled cash, various personal papers, etc.  He then found several additional boxes. He took them to his parents home along with his wife and children and laid out the enormous bundles of their contents.  Ferrin thought to himself about how such a find could pay for many of his family’s financial needs; he was no saint after all, but something told him the loot was meant for the previous owner’s family.

He could imagine him in his workshop. From time to time, carefully bundling up $100 with twine, climb into his attic and put it into a box to save. He didn’t do that for me.  Arnold Bangerter had worked as a biologist for the Utah Department of Fish and Game. He had purchased the home in 1966 and lived there with his wife who died in 2005.  Josh contacted his children and his oldest son said they knew he had hid money because they had found a bundle taped beneath a drawer but had no idea that he had saved up such a huge sum as over $45,000.  He grew up in hard times and people who survived in that era saved their money.  He told the Deseret News, the paper Ferrin now worked for, that the return of the money is a story that will outlast our generation and probably yours as well.

Ferrin related, ‘I’m a father, and I worry about the future for my kids. I can see him putting that money away for a rainy day and it would have been wrong of me to deny him that thing  he worked on for years. I felt like I had to write a chapter in his life, a chapter he was not able to finish and see it through to its conclusion. The money was not ours and I don’t believe you get a chance very often to do the right thing–the honest thing, to do something that teaches honesty for the Ferrin clan.’

Kindred’s Special: A Very Chessic Wedding Gift

May 18, 2011

We all know there are Gold and Silver medals passed out in various Olympic sports. But in 1956, when Grace Kelly, captured the heart of Prince Rainier III, it was the crown jewel of weddings that year.  The casino waiters raised enough funds to present the happy couple with a Gold and Silver Chess Set.  Another great event brought world recognition to Monte Carlo when, in 1967, a great chess tournament was held and the 24-year old American Grandmaster Robert Fischer managed to climb the ladder to win the tournament.  What made this such a memorable event?  1966 saw for the first time a change of menu from a Swiss Tournament to a Round-Robin Tournament.  What made the 1967 Monte Carlo Tournament such a great world attraction was the invitation of players who had won major tournaments, and invitation to Robert (Bobby) Fischer who accepted to participate.

Monte Carlo was famous as a sporting and gaming center and one of several Monaco districts which brought great wealth to the region. It was expecially known for car racing where world famous driver, Graham Hill, won 5-times during the 1960s.  It was a time of great change and Rainier wanted Monaco to be known not only for sport but also as a cultural centerpiece. His effort succeeded in establishing a reputation for entertainment, sport, art and music. So, in keeping with this spirit, the French Chess Federation approached Prince Rainier III who enthusiastically agreed to help but insisted he be the President of the organizing committee with the added wit to say it was after all, an event featuring the royal game!

Various chess stars with wins in major tournaments were invited. Darga, Forintos and Matanovic had tied for lst at Bordeaux 1964;  Gereben won at Strasbourg in 1965; Larsen was victorious at Le Havre in 1966; it was rumored that Bobby had received a letter and invitation from Princess Grace Kelly inviting him to compete.

Want to learn more about Jimmy Adams recollections on this great event?  You can do so by getting a copy of New In Chess Magazine, issue #3.

Kindred’s Special: Another Line in the Slav

May 18, 2011

This old saying, “There is more than one way to play this game.” is demonstrative rhetoric here.  Indeed, there is!  The Aix-les-Bains, 2011 just completed, saw some very exciting games.  Ivan Cheparinov found an interesting way to use his Bishop-pair, showing again the value of squares–ranks, files and diagonals with a powerful center thrown in almost eliminating one defense strategy seen in most chess games–that of effective counter strikes at the center.  I am amazed at the relevance of my square count theory which is so often seen in chessplay.

White:  Ivan Cheparinov   vs.  Black:  Samvel Ter Sahakyan   Opening:  Slav D43

1. d4  d5  2. c4  c6  3. Nc3  Nf6  4. Nf3  e6  5. Bg5  h6  6. Bh4 Differing from the 6. Bxf6 in my previous column on the Slav Gambit.

6. … dxc4  7. e4  g5  8. Bg3  b5  9. Be2  Bb7  10. O-O  Nbd7  11. Ne5  Bg7  12. Nxd7 This exchange is common in this type of position. The Knight exchange could be questionable from the point of view that you may say that White exchanges a Knight moved three times and letting Black develop his own Knight from b8 that had not moved as yet.  White’s logic is that, if left to advance the pressure on the dark squares by the Bishop, such an exchange is positive.

12. … Nxd7  13. Bd6  a6  14. a4!  This pawn strike at the black pawn structure shows White striving for complications with play on the whole board.

14. … b4  15. d5!  Much goes into understanding the nature of the opponent as well as play in the position. This adventureous advance is always a dangerous threat and the defender must always beware of the d-pawn when it can advance. In the past I have sometimes looked at the character makeup of the players. It seems to me that White might believe that Black is weak handling this complexity being directed into. This is another game where my earlier columns expressed a look at unusual piece sacrifices.  Compare.

15. … bxc3  16. dxe6  Ne5  17. Bh5  A pin can prove mightier than the sword!  Black seems to be hard pressed to find a decent defense.

17. … cxb2  18. Rb1  Bc8 19. exf7+!  Nxf7  20. e5! White aggressively pursues his attack by support of the Bishop outpost and block of the diagonal, limiting the scope of the Bishop on g7.  It reminds me of Alekhine’s genius in such positions.

20. … Bf8  21. Qf3 greatly increasing the scope of square count.  Do you see anything for Black to do here but await the axe to fall?  I don’t.

21. … Ra7  22. Qxc6+  Qd7  23. Qxc4 Qe6  24. Qc6+ Qd7  25. Qc3  These Queen moves have repositioned the Queen to ever greater threats against the black position.

25. … Bxd6  26. e6!  This double attack opens the diagonal and threat to both the enemy Queen and Rook on h8.  One might say the game is in the bag!  After playing here, 26… Qxe6 27. Qxh8+ Kd7 28. Qd4, Black resigned the struggle, probably joyful to close book on it.