Kindred’s Special: The Wealth of Literary Works

As a student in both grade and high school, I was blessed by teachers who inspired me. I told you I found myself, especially on spring days as school summer recess approached, to put my sights on looking out the nearby open window and fell under the joy of the slight breeze that entered what was often a stifling heat from the sun that made no joy for me and others facing the final period of instruction.  Far away was the World Series that the school allowed us to get from the radio that often saw the New York Yankees versus their crosstown rivals Brooklyn Dodgers or the Saint Louis Cardinals.  That the teachers collectively made school both challenging and able to override such distractions that kept order for daily assignments and classroom work was a tribute not only to their skills but the knowledge that success for each of us came from our own effort.

I was bit by the chess bug early on from about age seven having virtually no friends my own age nearby in our rural community. We had only one or two school buses for the whole district and neither of those were filled.  My closest friend David Beneway was four years my senior and lived on his parent’s farm about two miles away.  He was the one who broke my collarbone, tackling me in a flag football scrimmage.  I guess he was hopeful of being on the Cornell football squad but never made it.  He graduated from a western college and lost track of him over the years.  But my fortune was nonetheless in building my appreciation for chess due to the summer months recovering and having the chance to study a chess book from my brother’s library and magazine CHESS REVIEW.

In total, my life described as pertinent factors in my own development with chess as editor of the Rochester Chess Bulletin (YMCA), appointment by Dr. Marchand to be the club treasurer and a USCF Regional Director, as mentioned in earlier writings herein, a part-time job in a local gas station (if 30-40 hours) let me aid my parents and I was able to buy my first great little Plymouth Deluxe; then military.

My rebel behavior was built around my always asking questions why or how theory or writings in chess came about.  I questioned the books that spouted certain principles.  Often I was met with phrases like, “don’t rock the boat.”  One that peeved me was, “the great masters and writers know more than you, kid, so lets drop the subject, okay?”

Maybe I was dumb to bother.  My dad had no interest in chess and said my time was better spent taking up golf and helping on our 10-acre farm.  My mom though encouraged me, reminding me of others who were given short shrift. I guess this made me study the history of chess unlike most who only cared about play in tournaments and accepted “book” as the final word–true or not.

In those early years, the rage was both the numerical superiority of the Soviet Union in the study especially of science, math, literature, music arts, while instructors shorted the Soviet students  when it came to religious faith, and failed most miserably through the socialist propaganda to indoctrinate, issue laughable falsehoods– all meant to tarnish the Western view of world history and culture.

From this background, I spent long hours working on theories, some good, some scraped, that evolved my interest for chess as a game rather than merely a study of existing theory and practice.  Even as a child I recognized that the principles of chess mirrored the very human nature of life itself.

My life has been a long road of study largely ingrained in many areas that created for me my large library. My correspondence both domestically and foreign in and out of chess enabled me to recognize that human nature is such as it is requires of its citizenry an ever watchful eye on our educational system and that most important result in good education is not merely grades but study of our values, an appreciation for our Founding Fathers wisdom, which encompassed a new code of morality and liberty.  History casts an eye on truth, lies, justice in a nation’s development.  It is true of every nation and it is true of The United States (America).

I am no one having established a social ladder of distinction nor was that ever my intent.  My banking field forbid me advancement beyond a degree of success due to a lack of a college diploma.  But you know what?  I would not change my life travels for that diploma or what I got in exchange for my total being from self-study.  In the field of chess, as in most life experience, the truth and exposure of false expressions like the term “self-esteem” literally made me shudder as it was related to chess.  Another falsehood is, “Chess makes you smart.”  Really? Why I snicker at these terms is simple.  It comes from the belief that individual expression, results, freedom and liberty to enjoy life regardless of social values placed on this term and comment by society in the end is counterproductive. Examples of harm to children to be awarded a prize regardless of result is demeaning to its recipient.  Kids are not dumb.  When they see  trophies handed out by organizers, the value and memorable feeling of achievement is totally lacking.  Work and effort put into a business, a sport or hobby is the only true grounds for a good feeling coming from the term  “self-esteem.” Self-esteem is a personal joy to experience and based on individual rather than as a collective reward tool.  One exception is team play,

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