Archive for June, 2012

Kindred’s Special: Calm the Family Tree with a Cat or Dog or One of Each

June 28, 2012

There is something heartwarming about owning a cat or dog.  Many families possess them in one way or another.  Sometimes I think the Lord decided to give cats and dogs to families as caregivers and to remind us that LOVE is all around us.  The shrubs, the flowers and trees that adorn properties give us lift in spirit and deep appreciation of nature’s beauty.  Even pathways, roads and streets beckon us to explore the unseen.  All of this attributes to our own caring sanity.

Cats and dogs give their love with abundant affection especially when they are included as a family member in the household. Their presence can be a solidifying force to remind us that their LOVE heals all wounds and reminds us continually to check our frustrations at the door. Much therapy comes from our pets.

Our modern medical costs and social stress has over the years led the medical research establishment to give unnecessary testing and false indicators to doctors who want to keep their patients well to avoid lawsuits and calls for malpractice litigations.  The wellbeing of our people should reduce costs and illness in like proportion.  Not so according to studies that bring into question the philosophical  hype of saying to patients, “Unfortunately, America has become a litigious society, and many of the overused diagnostic tests are performed to make sure the doctors aren’t missing something.”–Dr. Stephanie Haridopolos.  This same comment was made to me over the past dozen years by my own physicians and primary care staff members and always sounded like a tape recording.

Recent literature verifies what some doctors have long suspected regarding this concept of health preventive care. Let us look at just three such exams that appear commonplace in the art of medical overkill.

  1.  The PSA Test given as part of an annual physical for seniors to spot evidence of cancer in the prostate really doesn’t save lives, but in fact, defensive biopsies can cause pain, impotence, or incontinence.
  2. Mammograms commonly suggested for women around age 40 is now recommended by the ABIM to be unnecessary until age 50 and then only every two years.
  3. Pap Smears. In March 2012 the American Cancer Society concluded that annual cervical cancer checkups isn’t necessary.  They should begin at age 21 or three years after sexual  activity. If they are healthy, then every three years is sufficient.

The American people have become conditioned from birth to rely on pills  for every little symptom that comes along and it all started with mommy taking her kids to the doctor when a pharmacist could easily prescribe the proper over the counter medication to alleviate the bug that comes along. That should be the first line of defense.  If they spot a concern, then they could suggest seeing a doctor for treatment.

It has always been my feeling to be skeptical about visiting a doctor’s office without trying mom’s home remedies or visit to the pharmacy, using the primary care doctor as the last resort. That would save a bundle of medical expenses and savings on the insurance co-pays.

So here I give some of my advice on the basis of personal experience from dealing wisely with the medical needs of the family and the remedies provided by the cat and the dog!

KindredSpirit’s Kaleidoscope: Extinction Chess– A Variant That Rocks!

June 24, 2012

EXTINCTION CHESS, invented by NOSTer R. Wayne Schmittberger, uses the regular chessboard, chessmen and initial setup for the start of play.  Rules vary to this extent: King can be captured; a check is announced when only one piece of a pair remaining is attacked.  The tactical objective is to eliminate one pair by capture of opponent’s species which wins the game.  Thus, capture of the King, Queen, or pair of Knights, Bishops or Rooks creates an extinction of like units–to avoid losing, one of a pair must remain in play.  Capture of all eight pawns also technically would win.  The promotion of a pawn reaching the eighth rank can be named any piece including the King, so technically there could be two Kings or any other unit promotion possible.

Fabrice Liardet from Geneva, Switzerland related to me that over 200 active chessplayers live and participate in his city and he organized tournaments of 8-minute games featuring 27 variants of which Extinction Chess was very popular.

Here are some sample games that demonstrate the tactics and exhibit the types of captures that win the games.

A)  1. e4  e5  2. Nf3  Nc6  3. Bc4  Bc5  4. d3  Nf6  5. Bb5  h6.

This is to stop Bg5, winning by capturing both Knights.

6. Bxc6  dxc6  7. Nxe5  Qd4  8. Nxf7!

A salutary example of the flexibility required of this variant because now if 8. … Qxf2  9. Kxf2 capture of the Queen  specie causes a win by extinction!!

8. …Kxf7  9. Qf3 Resigns.

White threatens the Knight and if it moves, he captures the King.

1. d4  e6  2. Nf3  Nf6  3. Bg5  Be7  4. e3  O-O  5. c4  Re8  6. Qb3  d5  7. c5  Ne4  8. Bxe7+

The attack on the Queen necessitates a “check”.

8. … Rxe7  9. Nbd2  Nxd2+++

This triple +++ means 3 species attacked with capture of the Queen, Bishop or Knight wins through extinction.

10. Nxd2 

Now, neither player can afford to lose the remaining Knight or Bishop.

10. … e5  11. dxe5  Rxe5  12. O-O-O  Qf6

Threatening …Qxf2 winning by capturing either the Bishop or Knight.

13. f3  d4  14.  Re1 Rxc5+ 15. Kb1 Qc6 16. Bd3  Rxc2+ 17. Nf1  Rf2+18. Ng3  Rxg2+ 19. Resigns

Either 19. Nh5 Qh6 or 19. Nf1  Qxf3 wins.

Players who like this variant will see the game length greatly shortened.  Each participant is thrown on their own with little value from the books or computer.

TRY EXTINCTION CHESS !   You might find it is fascinating  as regular chess.

KindredSpirit’s Kaleidoscope: ILLUSIONARY DELIGHTS IN HUMOR, by D. Reithel, Ontario, NY 14519

June 23, 2012

Over the years I have come across lots of chess characters, people I think back on that I would have preferred not having played.  Not that I hate them, it is just the mannerisms that left me feeling somewhat victimized by cruel and unusual punishment.  You may have experienced such players because I fear human behavior is not subject to regionalism alone where most of my chess adventures took place.

Who and what makes these folks different from the normal run-of-the-mill good folks who come to chess tournaments? I am, after all, a kind and gentle soul whose vigorous spirit lets me play like a master one-round and a duffer in the next.  Here is a classification of four types that make my liver shiver. One is the player who corners you after a well-played battle and informs you that you missed a winning combo, letting him off the hook.  He grabs your arm, hauls you to a vacated table where he sets up the position to prove his point and demonstrates how you could have won it. Little time is left before the next round to grab a bite to eat and wash it down, or to close your eyes for a brief rest.  Thus, you end up weary, unhappy to see you missed your chance and could strangle him for abusing your deflated ego even more.  Another case is the player whose hand is hovering over a piece for many seconds and with me in time trouble.  Naturally I use his time to look around where he can move his piece when suddenly he chooses another piece to move which psychologically destroys my mental powers to dumbness, costing me valuable time before I can recoup my thoughts.  The worst culprit is the guy who has a bulge in his sport coat pocket and excuses himself to go to the loo.  Yep, you can bet he is sitting on top of the waterhole busily checking out the theoretical ploys in his opening manual.  Finally, there is the fellow who uses what I call the clock trick; this guy may be the most devious actor.  It happens after I move and press my clock and when I get up to move about, stretch my legs and get a drink, I see him, head in hands, a wipe of his brow, rubbing his chin, his hair messed up, squirming on his britches, shaking his head, looking at his scoresheet. That is when you notice the button on top has your clock ticking away valuable seconds. Returning to the board, you notice that he had moved as soon as you had left the table and his antics were nothing but a charade.  His sheepish look on his face tells it all.

                                                                                                                  LECTURE  HUMOR–LASKER STYLE

Emmauel Lasker was world champion for 27 years and he noted that he was active during the world champion reigns of Steinitz, Capablanca, Alekhine, Euwe, and again, Alekhine.

Once he recalled that no player thoroughly understood the Queen Pawn openings.  The trouble is you can have a very strong position only to suddenly be awakened to discover you have a totally lost position.  After losing a game to Schlechter, the famous drawing master, he remarked that what he noted in his lecture still held!

Every serious chessplayer knows that Lasker favored the exchange variation in the Ruy Lopez (4. Bxc6).  One of his unfortunate comments was that the first player must be an awful duffer to lose a game using that attack..  He did so himself and  commented: “My loss proves the rule that I laid down at that time.”

Kindred’s Kaleidoscope: Family Chess Training–The Odds Game

June 22, 2012

The Odds Game is a practical way to introduce family chess competition once the children have grasped the basics of piece movement and general rules that govern chess play.  In many cases, it is quite probable that sons and daughters learn to play chess outside  the family circle and to share this joy with mom and dad requires a reverse learning role.  It would be most desireable to have a chess book that explains and teaches the elements–how pieces move and capture; the purpose of pawns and pawn promotion; checkmate of the King.

Lets assume that with this accomplished the most inexperienced (beginner or novice) may find interest lost with initial setbacks.  To remedy this and encourage  practice to make such play enjoyable and a challenge, the idea for introducing a handicap system was developed as given here:

  1. Pawn and move; the pawn removed is always the f7 pawn. (KBP);
  2. Pawn f7;  and two moves;
  3. Minor piece–remove the white side Q-Knight; move Q-Rook Pawn  ( a2-a3 )
  4. Remove the  a1Q-Rook;
  5. Remove the a1 Q-Rook and minor piece (Q-Bishop or Q-Knight);
  6. Remove the  d1Queen;
  7. Remove the (a1/h1 ) two Rooks;

Paul Morphy was noted for giving Q-Knight odds after returning from Europe against the top players assembled so such odds play existed probably since the modern rules were in place. In the 1800s according to The British Chess Annual such play was seen also in organized handicap tournaments. The rules were changed and eventually such Odds tournaments were discontinued as organized events. This was most likely due to the introduction of the chess rating systems employed at the time.

KindredSpirit’s Kaleidoscope: Chess Marches On

June 16, 2012

Development of the chess computer and experimental programs that found their way into the pages of Chess Review brought forth a number of letters from readers who voiced both positive and negative vibes that formed the two camps, with a few who presented the pro and con of the growing debate.  In those days, long past, it was assumed by many that it would take years of research and ideas by the tech community to reduce the size of a computer for use in the home known as a desk-top PC, let alone the later introduction of the lap-top computer.  Technology was off and running; chess as a tool used by the tech community from IBM to home start-ups helped make that a reality.  Then, it was the dream world of the master and grandmaster that it could never play well enough to beat one. That thought went on the trash heap of history in short order. 

One of the experiments was interesting.  The idea was to eliminate one rank and one file row and exclude the Queens as I recall.  With that, the computer seemed to do reasonably well and proved some strength on the limited square board. It made the play faster.

The biggest advance involved international correspondence chess play where great improvements were made in cc tournaments.  Postal chess events were supposed to exclude use of the computer in playing games but it was clear that the players were utilizing them in cc games once they became established as 2500 rating strength.  The number of 2400-2600 rated players skyrocketed. The popularity of being able to use the internet and transmit moves in seconds compared to the old ‘snail mail’ where move exchanges would take weeks and up to a month with some games lasting three years or more.  Some players consider such computer usage cheating and do not use them to choose moves.  The famous I. Golyak quit cc chess for that reason and plays strictly over-the-board events now.  I quit for the same reason and no longer active  due to medical reasons.

Computer chess is an ideal way to find a ready game for practice and to sharpen skill. But do not expect to win.

The top players today use the computer; in matches, they have assistance from top-level aides who work out play strategy on adjourned endgame positions.  Opening analysis is often determined by reviewing the openings used by the opponent and spend hours with computer assistance to evaluate and find even the littlest twists having merit.  For this reason I do not believe that the chess of the modern Grandmaster can compare to my hero Paul Keres or the earlier chess stars of differing historical periods.  Perhaps Robert Fischer said it best: “Every historical era had its share of great players who advanced the game.  Not until now has the art of chess play been formalized in a box of technology as well as a box of chessmen.

Kindred’s Special: Pleasure or Trash

June 14, 2012

The New York Times and USA Today list author, E. L. James, as offering up the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy described by both book clubs and librarians as poorly written and too sexually explicit.  The paperbacks are published retail by Vintage for $15.95. The newspaper contributor, Robin L. Flanigan, a free-lance writer, does a pretty good job reviewing some who read them. It is like all controversal subjects that bring a call from the purists to the progressive and  liberalized,”everything goes crowd.”

Many book clubs and libraries have marked the trilogy as poorly written trash, and while it may stimulate pleasure into exploring a mind twisting acceptance for the inquisitive, there is the danger of corrupting the mind of the unwary.  Entertaining thoughts, the kind that such trash lets loose upon the human heart and spirit, is the type that Lucifer uses as a weapon  to entice the gullible ; often it taints the very soul, perhaps forever.  If we believe what the Bible says is true–all mankind has sinned and found LOVE for the Father shortchanged. Things that come up short are missed blessings.

The human body is the temple of God made sin by the lust of both Adam and Eve.  Ever since, mankind has slaved and worked to bring peace to the soul and through prayer find the Lord ready to forgive.  Peace does not reign with those who crave the physical while debasing character and moral values. Their minds become clouded with uncertainties about their relationships. Such acts of immoral thoughts trigger the degeneration of integrity, honesty, love–mostly LOVE.

The love between a husband and wife often reflects their true feelings for each other and that gets passed on to include their children.

KindredSpirit’s Kaleidoscope: My Life Long Chess Hero–Paul Keres

June 11, 2012

The Estonian chess players are proud of their heritage. When I accepted to play board 50 in the USA versus the USSR, my opponent was the very gracious Mrs. Merke Rytowa, the famous woman correspondence player from Estonia who stated that she was Estonian, not Russian.  We played two exciting games, each ending in a draw although I had 3 pawns, Rook and King versus her 2 pawns, Rook and King. It was a classic book draw position so we split the point.  This is not what I remember about our battles but rather the many notes, beautiful stamps and picture postcards she sent and I cannot say the same from me because US stamps were not all that great nor the picture postcards even though we toured the western states and picked up the most colorful and memorable I could find.  She soon told me she was a mother of two–a boy and girl ages 13 and 10, and made the point that she was an Estonian!  Even more wonderful was her relationship with Paul Keres who was often a guest in the Rytowa home.  I had written that Paul Keres was my hero from my earliest days in chess, finding his correspondence game skill absolutely brilliant and in my own style.  Soon my mailbox contained a couple of packages of  the Tallinn Memorial honoring Paul Keres who had died after returning from success in Canada. (She wrote perfect English that would put a lot of us in America to shame!)  She was skilled in both otb as a representative of Soviet chess in Estonia and as well as an international correspondence champion.  A friend of mine from among my 4-soviet masters I met in a tournament wrote this advice,  “Beware! She is famous in Soviet chess circles and extremely talented.”

My library contains tons of great games hidden in magazines and books.  Through the years I got to see and  admire the chess of Capablanca, Alekhine, Lasker, Reshevsky, Rubinstein, Botvinnik, Spassky, Larsen, Geller, Boleslavsky, Stein, Tal, and many other top Grandmasters that adorned the era that Schach Echo and others produced. The likes of Karpov, Kasparov, Fischer and Korchnoi came in the next era of great champions and it is impossible to compare skills with accuracy.  However, the greatest player in many opinions was the chess of Paul Keres.  His games sparkled with wonderful tactics as well as in his later life, a profound understanding of the very best of positional play. It was the shared opinion of both my oldest brother Ray and myself.  Paul Keres never attained the title of World Chess Champion but was often an eye wink away.  From my perspective, his warmth and behavior as a gentleman and his command of his explanatory annotations that enriched many a brilliant game, made chess come alive.  That is the measurement of a true genius and champion!!  He was beloved by many and his games will live into eternity.

I present here a sample of Paul Keres’ style and great skill in battling another world-class attacking player by the name of Mikhail Tal.

White: Tal     vs.    Black:  Keres    Opening:  King’s Indian Defense   Team Match between Estonia and Latvia, Tallin,  1954.

1. d4  Nf6  2. c4  g6  3. Nc3  Bg7  4. e4  d6  5. Nf3  O-O  6. Be2  e5  7. Be3.  The more common 7. O-O Nc6  8.d5  Ne7  9. Ne1  Nd7  10. Nd3  f5  11. f3 f4  was a surprise sprung by Taimanov in a game against Botvinnik. It has gained considerable followers over the years. The basic idea is to meet a K-side action by introducing a Q-side action by White. It has never been quite clear who stands the better chances. Tal tries another tact to blunt the effect of a King-side demonstration by abstaining from castling and more aggression enhanced by the Bishop sortie pressuring the a-7 to g1 diagonal.

7. … Nc6.  Another way is Lisitsyn-Taimanov, XXI USSR Championship of 1954, 7. …exd4  8. Nxd4  Re8  9. f3  c6 >d5 coming.

8. d5  Ne7  9. h3  Nd7  10. Nd2  Was this a sudden change in strategy because if he had intended to play this, then the move h3 is out-of-place and he could have then protected the Bishop on e3 by f3. Perhaps 10. g4 with a K-wing pawn rollup would be interesting as White could then prepare to castle on the Q-side. Today the theory suggests 9. Nd2 is best for White.

10. … f5  11. f3  fxe4  12. Ndxe4  Tal suddenly realizes that 12. fxe4  lets Black strike the center with 12. …Nxd5! with the mate threat …Qh4+.

12. … Nf5  13. Bg5  Nf6  14. Bd3  Qe8.  Better would be to obtain a mobile pawn center with 14. …c5! 15. dxc6  bxc6.

15. Ne2  Nxe4  16. Bxe4  Bf6  My computer nor I like the feel for this Bishop challenge but it is hard to see the future, best appears to be …c5 as Keres recommends.

17. Bxf6  Rxf6  18. Qd2 c5  forcing the pawn exchange as Keres was thinking …Nd4.

19. dxc6  bxc6  20. g4 Moving this pawn now is a blunder.

20. … Ne7  21. O-O  Ba6  22. b3  d5!! This shows Keres at his best as he drives Tal to battle in a defensive mode.

23. Qg5  Qf7  24. Bd3  dxc4! Forcing Tal to give up his defensive Bishop piece.

25. Bxc4  Bxc4  bxc4  Rf8!  27. Qxe5  Re6 28. Qh2  Re3  29. Ng3! Clever defense but Keres decides to simply keep the f-pawn in limbo and goes for the c-pawn.

29. … Qxc4  30. Ne4!! Hoping now for 30. …Rexf3  31. Rxf3 Rxf3  32. Qe5 with counterplay.  Keres continues to ignore the f3 pawn.

30. … Qd4! 31. Rad1! Rd3+  32. Nf2  Rfxf3  33. Rxd3  Rxd3  34. Qb8+ Kg7  35. Qc7  Qe3  36. Qb7 Kh6 37. Qb8  Rd2  38. Qb3  Nd5 39. g5+Kh5 ! 40. Qb7  Qg3+ 41. Kh1  Rxf2 42. Qxh7+ Kxg5 43. h4+

Regrettably 43. Rg1 Rh2 checkmate.

43. …Kf6  44. Qh8+ Kf7  45. Qh7+ Ke6  46. Re1+ Kd6  0-1.

This complex game shows the advice I gave earlier to “never give up the ship!” There is little doubt that players with less tenacious fortitude will enable you to achieve chances for success to either win or save a lost game.

Kindred’s Special: The Smothered Mate–Beginners’ Lessons in How Not to Play Chess

June 10, 2012

The announcement of “Smothered Mate!  I win!! almost never will be seen in games between experienced chessplayers.  The axe falls in surprise mostly to the chagrin of the novice or beginner who falls prey to clever attacks within the area of the King that suddenly finds the majesty has no clothes and no place to hide.  A number of interesting shorts exist that illustrate such mates and adds spice to Life.

Game A.  1. e4  e5  2. f4  d5  3. exd5  e4  4. Qe2  f5  5. d3  Nf6  6. Nd2  Bb4  7. dxe4  Nxe4  8, Qb5+ Kf7  9. Qxb4  Qh4+  10. g3  Nxg3 11.Ngf3 Re8+ 12. Kd1  Nxh1 13. Be2  Nf2+ 14. Ke1  Nd3 double + 15. Kd1 Qe1+  16. Nxe1  Nf2 checkmate.

Game B.  1. e4  c5  2.Nf3  Nc6  3. d4  cxd4  4. Nxd4  e5  5. Nf5 Ne7  6. Nd6 checkmate.

Game C.  1. d4 f5  2. Bg5  h6  3. Bf4  g5  4. Bg3   f4  5. e3  h5  6. Bd3   Rh6  7. Qxh5 +  Rxh5  8. Bg6 checkmate.

Game D.  1. e4  c6  2. d4  d5  3. Nc3  dxe4  4. Nxe4  Nd7 5. Qe2  Ngf6  6. Nd6 checkmate. (I won twice giving a simultaneous exhibition.)

Game E. 1. e4  e5  2. Nf3  Nc6  3. Bc4  Nd5  4. Nxe5  Qg5  5. Nxf7  Qxg2  6. Rf1  Qxe4+  7. Be2  Nf3 checkmate.

Each game above points to one or more of my earlier lessons on a chess theme like the f7-square weakness; the King caught in the center;  overtaxed piece; block of a defender of a crucial square.

You may laugh at this lesson but I tell you that it is important because it shows the relationship among the pieces and squares. Most important is it illustrates my square count theory in action.  My lessons are to build your understanding of how chess positions arise and how attacks and defense concerns overlap.

If you have questions about these game examples, you can comment on the above title.

Kindred’s Special: History Losses Emerge and Restored Again in Ancient Chess Writings

June 9, 2012

No one these days, other than my own diggings, write to bring to the forefront the bungling errors of history where the truth is shaded always for the super elite at the expense of granting for posterity the record of achievement among the long forgotten.  Perhaps it proves that for a professional man and well-known physician, chess is often rarely cited for a lasting memory and contribution but rests with the archives of his own ventures into the realm of the 64-squares.  Those, like myself, do homage to the past while the vast majority of writers are content to fill volumes of current activities and featured stars. There is a place for that!  There is a place for the ancients, for the long forgotten travels of superb chess that drifts like a fog that we see lifting from the mist into the coming bright sunlight.

For us to be a witness of remarkable historical writings and records is no one’s domain; my own library and research is by no means the last word on the subject which I now relate for my readers. Perhaps the only record for today’s public rests with my column.

Born November 27th 1892, Fedor Parphenievich Bohatirchuk became worldly known as one of the pioneers  in radiology research while in the USSR and later after emigrating to Canada.  In 1955,  he published a paper that won the prestigious Barclay Prize for the advancement in the detection and treatment of spinal disorders and arthritis.  With all this, his joy for chess was celebrated with many victories both on over-the-board chess as well as through international correspondence play where he achieved a brilliant record of 88-wins, 8-losses, 38-draws.  This included the great winning percentage of 74 %;  his achievements in over-the-board were likewise impressive. In 1910, he captured the Kiev championship at age 18 ahead of E Bogoljubov; 1912, he axed the championship of Russia, and high scoring in future soviet championships which left him third among the top based upon 100 games, with top honors held by Botvinnik and Tal.  In the great 1935 Moscow Tournament, he fared only with 8-11 for 16th place in the 20-player field, achieving draws with Capablanca and Lasker and defeating Mikhail Botvinnik who tied for lst with Flohr.

Like much of Communist propaganda, Bohatirchuk’s status and name has just about vanished from Soviet chess records. His autobiography, My Life; Towards General Vlassov and the Prague Manifesto (1978) relates the event that affected much of his later years.

The following game is one of two he won from Botvinnik with his own annotations in part.

White:  F. Bohatirchuk   vs.  Black:  M. Botvinnik    Moscow International Tournament of 1935  Opening:  4-Knights Game

1. e4  e5  2. Nf3  Nc6  3. Nc3  Nf6  4. Bb5  Bb4  5. O-O  O-O  6. d3  Bxc3 7. bxc3  d6  8. Re1  Qe7  9. Bg5  a6.  This dogmatic play was typical Botvinnik at the time who previously had lost a hard ending versus Flohr who used his Bishop Pair to great energy. The next avoids giving Black a half-open file to work with.

10. Bc4  Na5  11. Nd2  h6  12. Bh4  Be6  13. Bb3  Nxb3  14. axb3  g5  15. Bg3  Ne8  16. d4.  Counterplay in the center–a typical plan in this type of position.

16. … f6  17. Nf1  Ng7  18. c4  Here, two plans presented themselves; (1) organize a pawn attack on the Q-side, or; (2) to prepare for Botvinnik’s likely attack on the K-side that would weaken his position and allow me to improve placement of my Q-Bishop.

18…Rad8  19. Ne3  Qf7  20. Re2.  With the intention of forcing Black into a center pawn exchange, opening up play for my Bishop.

20. …Qg6  21. f3  Rd7  22. Rd2  exd4  23. Rxd4  Re7  24. Be1  f5  25. Bc3!  Rfe8  26. Qd3  Bc8  Botvinnik achieves his goal to win a pawn but miracles overturn his calculations.

27. Rf1  fxe4  28. Rxe4  Rxe4  29. fxe4  Qxe4  30. Nd5 Qxd3  13. Nf6+ Kf7  32. cxd3  Rd8  33. Nd5+ Nf5  34. g4 (1-0).

This game cost Botvinnik sole owner of lst place. It is interesting to notice how the square count theory can be applied here.  It was the long-range planning that seemed to give Black the upper hand at the onset of his use of his brain waves seeing the probable win of material, only to arrive at the ultimate goal to see the flaw at the end.  A masterful bit of psychology perhaps played a role in the final outcome. Sometimes when you let the opponent have his way, it opens the door for displaying a kind of masterful trapping.

Kindred Spirit: US Government & University Rip-offs Leave Unwary Students in the Soup

June 6, 2012

Personally I did not get much out of the meat of the headline in the D&C called: SUNY to clarify tuition costs–White House meets college officials.  Raju Chebium of the Gannett Washington Bureau presented a rather obscure report that seemed to leave me totally in the dark. Of course, like always, it lists a large number of very important and elite people who specialize in regulations of such a project but unable to convey an intelligent direction that fits the headline. 

Nancy Zimpher, SUNY Chancellor, highlighted her talk with: “If every university participates, it will allow students to really compare costs and the implications of the costs across campuses.” Just look who is aboard the good ship enterprise: VP Joe Biden, ES Arne Duncan, CFPB Director Richard Cordray and DPC Director Cecilia Munoz were in attendance to hash out the White House agenda.

President of the Institute for College Access & Success Lauren Asher said, “This is a step in the right direction for students and families, who all deserve clear, comparable, and consumer-friendly financial aid offers. It’s hard enough to figure out how to pay for college without confusing, obscure, and or misleading information about costs and aid.”

Frankly I find it hard to understand the language of this elite body.  Does anyone else have that problem? or am I just stupid in usage of the English language. Is there any wonder why so little gets accomplished in a meaningful way in Washington, DC?  The clarity of which they speak and purpose for meeting seems a bit unclear to me…a baloon filled with air.

The GOP House approved extension of the 3.4% rate on loans eliminating the called for hike to 6.8% scheduled for July 1st.  The House deserves a halo over it.

There is a stench and a dirty little secret of those in the Education Department that I hope to expose here with my own commonsense view.  Things never looked right to me. Examine for example, the whole idea of the Student Loan Program hailed as a God-send for students seeking a higher education.  The greedy universities and colleges saw a means whereby they could soak the American public and students for quality education that previously had been obtained at a fraction of what was to become a standard rip-off of students nation-wide.  Never mind the quality.  In fact, most parents were deceived as well as their kids who were led to believe the quality of education depended entirely upon the cost of the bill.  Quality came to mean prestigious schools even though many professors were leftwing communists evolving out of the 30s-50s generation of pinko parents as Dr. Michael Savage called them.  The pay for quality was shortchanged due to the fact that a  professor often delegated to a qualified student a chance to lecture his classes.  Parental students were paying for quality but getting shafted by professors who were writing papers or books.  Of course the practice was overlooked by the college administrators who worked overtime getting wealth built up to ever new highs through expanding sports programs. And in all this, the politicians could say to the masses, “Look at the great things our Party did to ensure quality education for your kids.”  And the result, like many good ideas, fail in actual performance due to the greed and self-gratification exhibited in the philosophical warehouse of politicians and bureaucrats.

In the outside world of educational opportunities that has emerged is the Khao Academy, totally free with thousands of lectures on videos for students desiring a deeper education toward uncovering the mysteries of life and the universe which encompass a host of tools toward wisdom never before in the grasp of student learning supplies. This on-line source can be viewed by doing a search on the name I listed.  It is something to investigate.

Earlier I mentioned in comments that some students can do well by signing up with a two-year college and then transferring to a  four-year program which may be a cost-saving prospect if available to your student(s).  The hype that college away from home should be a student’s growth pattern for quality education may sound good, but so does the high price the student is saddled with.  Another avenue is a tour in the military where education is free in exchange for service.  This also could be a step up in thinking for interested colleges to hire students to work for the university with little or no expense.  This is a program that Newt Gingrich reported on in the debates and sounds like a great idea for expansion to most of our universities and colleges. 

I have a feeling that our Nation is on the brink of new and spiraling inroads that will bring much benefit to our labors, social network and educational opportunities. But it will depend upon the freedoms we aspire to maintain and way of life, not the socialism seen in many parts of the world.