Archive for October, 2013

Kindred’s Special: Bad Bishop Solved? Hardly! A French Menu

October 19, 2013

A dogged attempt once again reaches out to remedy the long standing dispute over the French dilemma of the Queen’s “Bad Boy” Bishop.  The following opening pattern, one of several available, with a French Defense setup continues the road to test both amateur and professional alike.  So, set up your pieces or turn on your computer brain for a jolly ride in an interesting variation to see just where such old or new ideas take form in this French pattern.

1. e4  e6  2. d4  d5  3. Nc3  Nf6  4. e5  Nfd7  5. f4  c5  6. Nf3  Be7  7. Be3  b6?!  Varying from a more normal practice of developing 7….Nc6 or perhaps 7….O-O; the idea is to seek an exchange of the noted French bad bishop which has little scope for improved square count that will remain a problem well into the game.

8. Be2  Where to best place this Bishop is answered by opening analysis of Capablanca vs. Lasker.  This question pops up in the Wijk aan Zee A 2013 Tournament between Sergey Karjakin and Hou Yifan, where again, the value of square count for the Bishop is the long diagonal.

8. … Ba6  9. O-O  A logical developing move that activates the Rook in support of the advanced f-pawn, safeguards the King by removing it from the center, connect Rooks– all which advances the developmental position of White forces.  The flaw of Black’s rush to exchange off the bad bishop will leave the white square pawns a potential target and lead potentially to a more open position that should favor White.  This evaluation of the position suggests that developing Nc6 may have been a more prudent idea than experimenting with 7…b6.  If now, 9….O-O White can proceed with a good plan, 10. f5! B x e2  11. Nxe2  exf5  12. c3 supporting the center d4. Superior square count supports this vision of future play as well as the pawn attack 11. c4 coming.

9. ….Bxe2  10. Nxe2  Nc6  11. c4! Loosening up the center is a green light for action.

11. ….dxc4  12. d5  exd5  13. Q x d5!  This centralizing of the Queen would not be possible had Black’s King been tucked away from the center by castling earlier.  In that case, Black could gain a pawn and tempi by Ndxe5!!  14. Qxd8  Nxf3+ 15. Rxf3  Rxd8. One more positive to castling out of central exposure.

13. ….Nb4  14. Q x c4  b5  15. Qe4  Keeping an eye on c2 as 15. Q x b5? allows the Knight fork …Nc2, winning the Bishop.

15….Qc8  16. Nc3  Qc6!!  17. Q x c6  N x c6  18. N x b5  Rb8  19. Nc7+!? Keeping the King from castling. The alternative 19. a4 is also worth investigating and where such move plans can easily create tornado storms in chess positions by demand of thinking time from both players.

19…. Kd8  20. Nd5  R x b2  21. Rfd1  Re8  22. Rac1  Rxa2  23. Nd2  Sergey Karjakin says this may be inaccurate from a computer brain assessment that suggests 23. f5  Bf8  24. Nf4!  N x e5  25. N x e6  R x e6 26. fxe6  N x f3+ 27. gxf3  fxe6  28. B x c5  B x c5+ 29. R xc5 giving White a better game.  The point is that after 23. Nd2  Ra4!  White does best to go back to Nf3 but in human thought retains the better game.

23….g5  In the French defensive counter chances, this move is not uncommon as it often gives active play for Black’s pieces.  But the defense is hard, especially in time pressure.  23….Nd4 runs into 24. Bxd4  cxd4 25. Nb3  Ba3  26. Rc4 with a clear edge.

24. Ne4  gxf4  25. B x c5!  B x c5+  26. N x c5  Rg8  27. g3  fxg3  28. h3 (h4!)  N/d x e5  29. Nb4+ Ke8  30. Nxa2  Nf32+  31. Kg2  Nh4+ 32. Kf1  Nf3 33. Ne4  g2+  34. Kf2  g1Queen+ 35. Rxg1 R x g1 36. R x c6 Ra1 37. Nf6+ Ke7  38. Nc3  Ne5  39. Ncd5+ Kd8  40. Rc3  Ra2+ 41. Kg3  Rd2  42. Kf4  Ng6+ 43. Kg5  Ne7  44. Nxe7 Kxe7  45. Re3+  Kd8  46. Ra3  Rg2+ 47. Ng4  h6+  48. Kh4  f5  49. Nxh6  Black Resigned.

Black discovers a way of eliminating the “Bad Boy” Bishop but as play illustrates, chess is a fight.  (Where did we read that before!)

I chose the play in this game to give examples from the past: 1.  Never give up the ship no matter how desperate the situation! 2. Each turn can alter the dynamics of a game. 3. When developing a plan in the opening, it is important to do so with a plan of operations, even if you are entering uncharted waters. 4. A game is just a game although chess is probably closest to being a fierce war of minds and known as the game of Kings. 5. Youth, representing both sexes, fight with zeal and ask for no quarter! 6. The symbolic power of the pieces within the terrain of the 64-square board is awesome!

All notes to this game are my own and any errors in judgment or typing are strictly my own.  The style I employ is to foster a learning experience to enjoy the game and provide inspiration to improve at your own pace how ideas challenge thought toward learning and enjoying the game of chess.

KindredSpirit’s Special: Troubled Waters

October 18, 2013

Respect is a tangible way to see traits in character of national figures.  We might say it gives birth in the term BEHAVIOR.  If, in fact, we look to leader behavior, doesn’t it reflect our own views?  No better observation can we witness than the art of Political Drama seen this month of October.

I express my own thoughts in my writings as a conservative voice because you, my readers, are burdened with the generally liberalized view of the news media outlets, and;  most of us as internet bugs truly desire to be  a breed apart regardless of our affiliations, especially in the realm of the political arena of ideas.  As Americans, we are granted rights of free expression in this wonderful world of instant news coverage of national, state or even local happenings.

So I write with the understanding that my views may bite some and tickle others since I am by nature a conservative in many of my beliefs, especially when it concerns events taking place on the political stage of television that exposes for the public interested in viewing, if given the time.  It is easy to illustrate this from a school class test of a story being relayed from student to student and discovering how the original story changed over the course of it being passed on.  Isn’t this exactly the way such misunderstanding and common beliefs get tangled in a web by subjective reasoning?

There is no debate.  I refuse to weigh in on the total fiasco taking place in the Halls of DC politics, other than to remind you that DC politics is national importance and seems highjacked as a cruel example of Chicago Gangster political hack, professor Alinsky whom I wrote about years ago.  Name calling, character assassinating to the extreme is dangerous because the news media stands silent and in such silence condones such that have contributed to deceitful branding of political opponents who are righteous in exercising their duties and concerns of their constituents.  The perfect classroom feature of Professor Alinsky’s personal communist-socialist war strategy is clear only to those who have surveyed the field of battle.  His hatred of the American system of government he has issued from the den of Hades.  Seeing the talk of Paul Harvey on TV last night should put chills through the backbones of Americans; it gave a classic Alinsky politics and war that has blindsided the American character.  That is exactly what is demonstrated by current events; but I witness many not seeing its relevance.  Trying to brand the conservative element within the Republican Party with so much name labeling does not become the quality that should be seen in the American dream.  I, for one, if the only one, will stand with those who see the evil illustrated by a growing waste of our American heritage and seemingly embraced by the liberal establishment that many Americans have been born to without question or reason.

KindredSpirit’s Special: A Record of Kindred’s Audience Appeal

October 17, 2013

When I was just a wee lad my mom and aunt Lizzie were often drop-in guests to a neighborhood female gossip session that was chaired by a pair of spinster sisters who delightfully relished talk of the day.  Maybe they were just lonely, both having been school teachers long past and still engaged in the wonders of childhood experience that did make up part of the happenings of the locals and gossip.  I was the only child present at these sessions and don’t recall anything about their worldly thoughts that found discussions beyond my understanding.  At least at the time!  I remember the glass of milk and brownies that found their way into my tummy that the sisters had always prepared from scratch and left the kitchen smells lingering in my mind.

Now, as I think back to those wonderful visits that at the time I was not enjoying except for the treats, those long conversations around the sitting room, made me aware today that life really hasn’t changed all that much.  Put a group of people in a room and regardless of issues discussed, the bond among them now and then varies little as I now view it.  Still, there was a common thread of ideas that contributed to giving those ladies a recognition of importance as befit their small audience.  I do not recall heated debate or shouts that, in those days, would be most unbecoming for ladies to admit in public.

What I write is what I suddenly came to recall from those times that these ladies were smart about the nature of the neighborhood, its many problems and blessings that invaded their home life.  Local politics was most important but it was gauged by the world and national events of that time because there was a great war being waged in Europe that had come to our shores in the guise of brown shirt Nazi party hacks meant on altering political and moral values of the American people.  That, of course, for a child such thoughts were limited to discussions around the breakfast table about things that newspaper and radio news coverage made the public aware of events at home and abroad.

In those days, like today, there were believers that such exaggerated dangers were manageable whims of worry-warts.  They pointed to the Roosevelt saying in one of his speeches that people had nothing to fear but fear itself.  That domestic sentiment exposed not only weakness in its brainwashing to common domestic thought but endangered reality that overflowed into a broad range of living elements that history recorded soon in world conflict.

Throughout the political dramas that history records, such grandly strokes of the pen meant to leave a lasting and impressive wisdom for audiences everywhere, point alarmingly to skewers that result in a public held in limbo by a media bent on swaying public sentiment to a particular political persuasion.  This has surfaced as a window before the American and world public of the values aimed at the body politic of the nature of the BEAST.

I leave you with these thoughts:   Psalm 149 reminds us how each morning provides an opportunity to celebrate the love and grace of our Father in Heaven.  It calls us to sing and make music. The new day also reminds us that we, in his Word, are all saints in the kingdom of God. It is a comfort to know that one day we shall be reunited with our loved ones.  Despite trouble in both heart and mind, no matter the wants and needs, every dawn brings the promise of the Lord who takes eternal pleasure in his People.   PEACE TO ALL GOOD PEOPLE!  Amen.

Kindred’s Special: A Glowing Future for American Investors?

October 6, 2013

Economic success stories are positive reminders that long-term investing in a diverse and well run group of funds that have a history of solid management teams and goals paint a picture of increased value when funds earned are reinvested.  What does this mean?  In simple terms one word fits that picture–GROWTH. Every distribution is added to your account and the growth in shares increase returns in the form of ever-expanding share value.

There has been a cry wolf for some years now that raises the FEAR in the American public that the high debt is going to destroy the American economy.  It has led to many of the wealthy to invest in gold and silver.  Sure they gleefully rub their hands with the expectancy of millions of investors selling a portion of financial paper holdings in favor of buying these commodities.  That means that those holding them will increase wealth enormously.

What value does coins or bars represent in terms of value other than just that projected by demand and sales?  There is no value other than that shown in storage of these commodities which is just as risky because of theft or careless safeguards and thus be compromised.  Most importantly is the recognition that there are no dividends paid to increase your holding as happens in mutual funds for example.

In the international arena, several power blocs have emerged as the Treasury has printed bushels of money that threaten the very survival of the American economy long-term.  The news media does not bring this up as anything but a joke of sorts, dismissing the danger and historical record of countries who fell into that trap as we now find ourselves embracing.  And more money is printed to keep the inflation temporarily near zero.  Americans continue to care little more than dancing around musical chairs, gambling that there will be winners no matter what happens.

Power blocs over the past decade have risen because these countries are choosing to unify their trust in currency other than the American Dollar.  They recognize the rash behavior and downright stupidity of the American government from years of spending beyond our means. Thus, Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa have expanded their industrial urbanization and growing middle classes, following the pattern of Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan–collectively known as the Asian Tigers.

All is not lost for us.  Thankfully sectors of our economy show positive signs provided our congressional leaders and mostly the President wake to smell the roses instead of the pig fertilizer that is ever-expanding the spread and smell.

It is reported that our nation has riches beyond our dreams of prosperity in energy. Our natural resources are waiting to be developed.  For example, the trucking industry is turning out more and more engines that run on natural gas; most vehicles are being redesigned to run more efficiently; with an expanding population, housing units are needed. Unfortunately, government at all levels continue to be wasteful by both overuse as well as tardy in actions better left to private investment and industrial knowhow.  Millions of Americans are willing to lend a helping hand but do expect the freedoms seen with a vibrant capitalist system  needed in shared responsibility and respect with government entities.  Right now there is a power grab by government for dominate control which continues to dampen prospects of happiness for all Americans and for a more abundant world.  Thankfully our farms continue to be a breadbasket in world food production.

The dirty little secret that the media misinforms the public is the real unemployment figures that read like a roller coaster, not the six or seven points in government reports, but range two to five times that depending upon regions across the country.  A time is coming when lies, deceit and falsehoods will awaken this sleeping giant.  Our leaders seem to play a chess game having little or no understanding of the rules and principles upon which quality play is assured.

Kindred’s Special: Get Out and Celebrate Colorful Fun On Halloween

October 4, 2013

This ancient holiday celebration goes back centuries to pagan times.  It is celebrated by people and in many countries.  There is a reason for this.  Simply put: IT IS A FUN TIME to experience the joy of decorating, of pumpkins, colorful costumes, and letting the mind dream up so many splendid art expressions for all ages to delight in.

How and why it originated is lost in archives of time;  what circumstances each generation since found pleasure and such mischief myths remains speculative.  Some reference points to the British Isles where the Celts dominated the countryside. Maybe it was originated merely to celebrate the harvest and appease the laborer needs to clean up the landscape and stock up goods for the winter.  Superstition may have played a role.  When the Romans set up bases, they likewise adopted their own ideas into Halloween. The Roman Catholic Church, in an attempt to do away with pagan holidays Saturnalia (Christmas eve) and Halloween known as Samhai which celebrated the harvest and honored the dead, established November first as All Saint’s Day to honor all saints who do not have their own holy day. The Church’s attempt to distract attention from pagan beliefs failed and the celebrations on the eve of All Saint’s Day continued to grow.

The 1840s saw a great surge into the United States from the British Isles of Irish where the Halloween spirit gelled and took root.  Generations have settled the issue for America as we celebrate and have infused in it our own spirit of joy and beliefs for it to be so honored.

Kindred’s Special: The King has no Clothes

October 1, 2013

It is becoming clear that the talking points of the President’s bombardment of news briefs meant to shame Republicans, Independents and conservatives like me show a lack of understanding of how our government functions.  George Washington refused to be named a KING and encouraged a representative form of government.  A true republic was formed.

Actions by President Obama to dictate the laws and skirt the Constitutional functions of government has been made all too clear, even for those who pay little or no attention to current affairs.  The media will cover for the President by blaming the House of Representatives for the mess Washington finds itself.  No matter if government decides that laws forced through by arrogance of reason shows a lack of leadership by those who are sent to Washington who pursue personal ideals rather than from a consensus of public discord during leaders learning the concerns of constituents.

The fact is that the so-called Obamacare was flawed from the beginning.  Proof is that the President dictated changes without consulting the Congress.  Elections result from popularity of candidates, not from a public swayed by a media that suffers illusions of endearment for the King. And what did the House simply desire–a fairness pact that if certain political allies were getting special benefits, then it should be true for all American families.  It is clear to any thinking person that the proposed law was flawed and needed much revision.  That was the purpose of the House asking for a year delay so flaws could be weeded out and made just for all.

I close with a term I really despise–it sucks.