Archive for May, 2014

Kindred’s Special: Hillary Clinton is no Margaret Thatcher

May 31, 2014

I guess the heading says it all.  While I have read writings of Mrs. Clinton as well as Margaret Thatcher, the difference in both personalities and writing talent for retained value is like night and day.

The most compelling words I read in Margaret Thatcher’s speech was: “Without law, without the institutions of civil society, without religion, without the values that promote rather than discourage self-restraint, that darker side will prevail.  Half the countries claim to be democratic, but being democratic is not enough, for a majority cannot turn what is wrong into right.  In order to be considered truly free, countries must also have a deep love of liberty and an abiding respect for the rule of law.

“The history of mankind reveals that progress is not preordained.  So far, it is only free nations that have discovered the secret of continual advancement.  Why?  Because they are the only ones to subscribe to Western values, to respect private property, to develop a reliable rule of law, and to create political order in which competing views and interests are peacefully and productively reconciled.”

I do believe Hillary Clinton is laying the groundwork for a presidential run.  She has been hailed by admirers who seem willing to overlook many of her shortcomings.  Whereas Margaret Thatcher was a leader of a great nation and guided her through perilous times, Hillary failed to excite me in like fashion and performed using her State job toward a personal end to have my confidence.  Her talk reminds me of THE FIVE — commentary that lacks substance and just put out there for show when we need leaders who have deep insight into the problems of all the todays and tomorrows.  She has too much baggage, leaving a host of problems for Secretary Kerry to tackle.  It seems to me the people of America need to have the truth told as to  just what her credentials are for the highest office in the Land, other than all this hype that she is the smartest woman in the world.  I guess to Bill, she probably is.  Then, again, one might ask what is the meaning of the word is?

I hope that truth, honor, integrity and justice prevails in the coming days.  Do you, my readers?

KindredSpirit’s Kaleidoscope: Historic Joys vs. Money–Will it Give the Elite of Golf Pleasure

May 30, 2014

So the LPGA tour stop in Rochester will bow to the wishes of the PGA of America, KPMLG, and NBC Golf Channel.  Most look forward to better national and international coverage, bigger purses, greater attraction of the golfing elite female players.  It is hyped as a “win-win” situation.  All I can say is that Stacy Lewis says the Rochester tour had a homey feel.  I can guarantee that homey feel will be missing because big somehow kills it dead. This country has long lived on two things:  greater publicity and money.  The trade here, is that homey feeling that Rochester brought to the pro and amateur alike.  Here, again, I offer a parallel by use of a personal story.

I reported years ago on a little farm chess tournament annually held over Labor Day weekend.  It attracted a small group who traveled to the event held by a farmer in his barn which he had made attractive and all had a great time.  There were an elite list of friends who looked forward to the annual menu and game play competition.  As the Region II Director, I had set up the rule that no open tournament could be organized that conflicted with the known events over any three-day weekend within the western NY state region.  It was to avoid conflicts and protect organized annual events.

The powers that be were bent on nailing down that weekend permanently, holding a huge regional event in Rochester, NY.  I was the lone NO vote and I gave my reasons before the group who simply said I  was standing in the way of advancement toward promoting chess because of this hick town event..  Well, you probably guess the result. Years later, and never getting any feedback from anyone who attended the farmer’s tournament, one chess master, who told me that my long time organizer and friend blamed me for letting this happen.  In fact, the master refused to attend any Rochester sponsored event since.  I made no attempt other than what I stated above to him that I was outvoted.  You might now wonder what the result was from all this.

This led to my being removed as a NYSCA rep and USCF Director.  That is understandable given the power of size and money in America.  But do you know what?  I was glad to shed the teamwork I had thought I amassed in making chess a special place in society, especially with that word “integrity” and that word “honor”.  I devoted time to school, work and family enjoyment with gardening as a hobby. Today, only the Marchand Open event is a major locally. To me there is no honor or integrity left when size and money is involved.  I find that success today is measured strictly by material considerations.

I still support the Rochester Chess Center started by the Lohrman family.  My wife and I had proposed that the location was ideal for combining chess lessons with physical activity.  As my wife wisely said, “its promoting body and mind.”  Leave it to a wise lady.  I liked that idea and so did Ron. I am still a dues paying member and support the club  reporting on their activities.  Club chess instructors conduct lessons in many area schools and operate a school tournament schedule.  It has a knack for developing numbers of talented young players whether they play in tournaments or just for fun.  I have long ago given up playing tournament chess for health reasons.  As my wise mother told me when I was just a little boy, there is a time for birth, a time for growing, a time to enjoy the fruits of labor, and a peace that ripens with age.

My point is that the joy of golf is not dead in and nearby surrounding communities where the LPGA had developed a 37-year local fame.  Golf will prosper because it has a following of both area pros, scholastic programs, and club members that span a large region.  Having said that, I go back to what lady Stacy Lewis had to say about it, “The Rochester tour stop had a homey feel.”  I do hope when the LPGA goes to a new home in the New York City area that the elite pros will come away year after year with that “homey feeling“.  For some anyway, those who braved it to our little city tour stop will find New York City hospitality equal to Rochester.  Somehow, I rather think there will be something lacking until it builds a historic semblance of what Rochester brought to Ladies Golf.  And I hope those gals who played and entertained here will always cherish those tour stops and find reward and such friendships in years to come.

They will all come to find as I have, that life has many holes– many ups and downs.  With success and work ethic comes financial joy and knowing how to handle it with grace and fond memories emerges within the spirit and character of each.  Like I wrote many years ago, “Life is like a bowl of cherries.  It is full of pits!”

 

 

Kindred’s Special: The New-Old Generation–A Comedy Look

May 28, 2014

 

I saw on TV Fox News “The Bill O’Reilly” program showing the terrific breakthrough in wheelchair aid (treks) for returning injured troops who would find them essential for getting about.  Guess what?  This old man, 76 now, decided to put on his thinking cap and see just where this world was previously headed, is now headed, and will be headed if anyone grasps just what my current article touches on.  To say that my idea is original is both right and wrong; it was an article I spotted in a local edition of the Times of Wayne County which prompted this bit of tongue in cheek wisdom and comedy like how the movies portrayed that rascal and demented soul, Herr Adolph Hitler.  This local newspaper has gained enormous coverage throughout the towns it serves and has some very talented writers and I have become a reader.

Chuck Wells, TC, says the military is all wrong.  Right on, baby!  What he suggests is that we old guys should be the ones to go to war.  The logic of his assertion is just this:  We are cranky, irritable, impatient. We love guns.  After all, many are vets and know how to shoot.

Fact is that with our tendency to have the shakes, I can imagine the spray of these modern machine guns would lay down a threatening barrage that few of the enemy could live through.  It may just make them think that our outfit had more sharpshooters then we do.  Shooting these terrorists would not bother us a bit because we classify them as mere garbage.  It might even help our miserable temperaments improve.

There is nothing worse than a screaming, angry, constipated, Viagra loaded, prostate fighting machine!  In all, there would be controllable fear because in the final analysis we would know we lived in the best of times and know in our hearts that those “good old days” were far better than these damned “golden years” crap the psychologists and medical boards have been feeding us for years.

Boot camp would be a toss with us experienced fighters of old and us guys and gals that came out of the trenches of corporate America, the bountiful farmlands.  Our captains would be leaders of great experience in the world  with lots of innovative ideas for combat type arms in the hands of our old time inventors.  And we would be used to grumbling about the “shit on the shingles breakfasts and bad coffee.”  We wouldn’t need much exercise and our training might encompass new uses for wheelchairs, canes, crutches, and our laundry would be made up of paper panties which would save on the water supply and drying time of our uniforms. Heck, we would not require many showers because we got used to the smell of not washing regular. The idea of obstacle courses would become obsolete because our odors combined with firepower would outrun the terrorist bastards.

What information could be given an enemy if captured?  Lets face a hard truth–we old guys have short memories if any at all.  Besides, for some of us, the marriage battles through the years would be spouseful verbal defense so no training would be required if interrogated.  The experience on the playing field of life, whether it be golf, fishing, chess battles, or whatever, would give us a shield of defense that would be hard to crack. And this would be bolstered by us guys who were vets.

We would have little thought for sex like young soldiers do and able to concentrate on military logistics requiring little physical discipline.

There would be no problem arising for a new day.  We piss so much that we are up a lot during the night with the prostate blues,  visiting the commode.  “Yes, sir!  We’d have no problem eating our oatmeal and going out and shooting a terrorist and send him to the virgins. There is nothing more terrifying for us, sir, than the prospect of facing a bunch of eager virgins.”

We can endure long marches because we don’t need potty stops as our Depends wear don’t readily leak.

We old guys will be more aggressive tracking down terrorists as we know our best days are behind us.  Maybe Obama taught us about following from behind! Anyway, what enemy would want to face this 100,000 made up of thousands of small units of pissed off old guys carrying automatic weapons and hand grenades who hate everyone and everything and have nothing to lose? Besides, the idea of death panels in ObamaCare only increases our desire to kill terrorists before they kill us.  So, if we die on the field of battle, let  it be remembered that our courage gave us lasting peace.

 

 

 

Kindred’s Special: The Revival of Women’s Chess

May 27, 2014

Centuries ago found that women played chess when it had slightly more quiet strategy and rules.  At that time, it was regarded as a social function and its popularity among women was seen across kingdoms that especially had a strong woman Queen at court.  The game was pursued by the elite at court who found it most appealing for both an entertaining challenge as well as a means of finding time for love and affection.  In Jewish communities mothers would educate their children in the art of chess play, emphasizing the value as an educational tool toward success.

In Medieval times women had made chess part of aristocratic life.  It served as an important bond among Christians, Jews and Muslims, particularly in Spain. But beyond that, it afforded the courtship and opportunity to play a game that lasted for hours giving the lovers an opportunity to be socially seen together.

A change took place with the increased power of the Rook and Queen pieces.  It is likely that game results being shortened eventually led to less amorous affections being possible so that interest for ladies began to wane.  What chess had done to equalize men and women intellectually and romantically as a social value lessened.  Male players put more emphasis in winning a game and creating works of art in tactics.  You can see it in the modern development of tournaments and growing feeling that chess was a masculine struggle for supremacy in social circles.

There is the age-old thought of self-gratification that began to surface in recent decades.  Girls began to study chess as did boys with a desire to attain a level of skill and attain a club and national ranking.  This spirit which exists in both boys and girls sharpened where it was a learned and practiced level of achievement not only for chess but many endeavors.  This commitment to excellence varies with ability. This makes life interesting. And I suspect chess still carries with it the romance of two souls who find each other sharing such values.

 

 

Kindred’s Special: The Political Scene–All about power

May 22, 2014

Friends who follow my articles know well my often chastising President Obama as early as his decision to run in 2007 if not before, liking him to a Pied Piper leading the young astray.  Perhaps more accurately would have been to qualify that with a pompous build up of his popularity through the media where he blossomed quickly as some journalist proclaimed–as mighty as Jesus Christ himself. For whatever it is worth, I must say he brought the youth of America into the political arena.   Yes, he was the Savior of all that troubled the world and he was the saint who was to bring about finally the liberal utopia vision of President Johnson and erasing the political and warring blunders of the Bush administration–in other words, wiping out the GOP power base and replacing it with the dream state long sought by the liberal establishment.  Note I clarify this by the words “liberal establishment” that goes beyond the realm of political parties cooperating into one that simply said: YOU NEED NOT APPLY.  Indeed, for six-years of his Presidency, the power of critical thought was erased from the public sector, replaced instead by blinders put to use much the way Nazism and Communism, seen in previous world powers, collided while America continued to sleep in a state denial until it was awakened by the attack on Pearl Harbor months after bombing of European nations that finally culminated in the vicious air attack against England.  The politics reigned even in those turbulent times because President Roosevelt and the political powers of that scream “for peace in our time,” following in step in the weakness of the Chamberlain belief that negotiations would retain that fallacy.  Thankfully, the wisdom of Sir Winston Churchill was a leader emerging to save the English Empire with the foresight of a brilliant designer of the British Spitfire and government backing to put it into mass production.

Today the public places blame on the antics of the Tea Party emergence into a giant conservative movement, one based upon the constitution which was often abused under the dictates of liberalism.  Liberals simply saw the Tea Party as a bunch of simpletons who were emerging to play a hand in politics but were scoffed at much the way the elite always opposed any who have opposing views and, in their superior mode, dismiss any attempt to contribute to returning America to greatness.  This scoffing was not new.  They scoffed at President Ronald Reagan when he denounced the Soviet Union which was for the elite a veiled ally in the world of political adventure of just getting along to avoid any possible mistake which might spur a world nuclear war.  The elite liberals were startled and angry that the President had called their comrades in the stalemate over decades as an evil empire.  The power of the Papacy coming out of Vatican indirectly supported the President’s description label and follow up with rebuilding the military and modern tech war devices for outer-space turned the tide and returned the world to a sane state for the moment.

Don’t get me wrong.  I am angry with the GOP under George Bush and mostly the State Department that told GM Robert Fischer that he was banned from playing the chess match with Boris Spassky in 1992 which I wrote extensively on in previous articles.  The Yugoslav GM Gligoric was instrumental in finally getting Fischer and Spassky once more to cross swords in battle–a twenty year lapse in Fischer’s long absence from the chess world.  As I reported, I predicted Fischer would return to chess exactly 20-years since his departure.  How I knew this was that he was a student of history and was aware of Lasker’s similar return many years before after retiring from competitive play.  He was a avid student of chess history.

And this was not the only slap in the face of Fischer who loved America.  He was denied by the US State Department from traveling to Cuba to play in a great tournament in honor of Jose Capablanca.  Cuba allowed him to participate from NYC which probably tired him.  Still, he finished in brilliant fashion taking 2nd place.  Here, Spassky beat him with his King’s Gambit which prompted Fischer’s article in the American Chess Quarterly as his famous “Bust to the King’s Gambit” which in subsequent articles were challenged by King Gambiteers.  Fischer never responded. As I wrote earlier on this, THE KING’S GAMBIT continues to be a potent if speculative weapon for the tactical player.

As a conservative by nature, I believe in political debate and that such debate gives the conservative a chance to display his or her critical thought given issues concerning whatever argument is discussed.  I do not think all liberalized views are bad nor are those of conservative views always right.  The elite call conservative viewpoints as “the right-wing” of the Republican Party.  The liberals have been tagged rightly or wrongly as left-wing.  You know, I hate those simplistic terms.  In fact, I think those labels are the cause of long term hard headedness that undermines compromise — a tool of some historical adventure in government working for the people’s interest.  History has proved that compromise is a governmental necessity because no group sees eye to eye on every issue.  And every nation requires a strong leader capable of giving direction to the affairs of State.

WASHINGTON by Ron Chernow had to exist in the Revolution at the whims of the Congress which did their best to conduct financial needs of the revolt but also it came to be seen necessary to give the Commander-in-chief national power to wage a successful campaign as he envisioned it.  Even in those times, the leader was often opposed by dissidents favoring states’ rights as well as supporters in planning operations which often had differing consequences.  He came to understand the need for a strong central government.

But a leader has to be able to communicate and respect those having different political affiliations. This revelation Washington truly understood. And those political groups must be prepared to work together or things become messy which is a by-product of stubbornness and inability for government to function with wisdom.  With Obama, I see a man who possesses enormous talents but also weaknesses, of which he will forever deny, and this is where deceit and lying cover-ups cause disunity today with those politicking within the body politic.

Elections are a long way off, especially for the Presidency.  We do not know what evils lurk or what blessings are to behold in the months ahead.  But Congress is given the power of investigation into study and resolving problems and bringing about remedies and the political parties should respect that role given Congressional oversight that includes the President and White House staff.  It is not the responsibility of individuals or even party hacks to call for resignations that defame those in the halls of government.  In most cases, such attempts are driven by political power. Personally, I despise such behavior before allegations are backed up by sound reasoning and factual evidence.  This should always be the purpose and goal of our laws–timely justice.

Kindred’s Special: Matthew 24 Provides Us the Essence of Christian Belief

May 18, 2014

The Biblical account in the book of Matthew gives Jesus’ parable lesson describing the events that will portray both the approach as well as clear signs of the end time when he promised to return in the clouds like lightning flashes from east toward the west.

34/ Assuredly, I say to you, “this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. (Jesus holds out his arms to shelter believers).

35/ “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. (In this comment, Jesus says his flock need not fear).

36/ “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. (Encourages his flock to be ever watchful and prepared without fear for the coming of the Lord and angels on high.)

37/-38/-39/ “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. (People conducted business, marrying, eating and drinking in self gratifications of every kind until the floods came and Noah entered the Ark per instructions.)

40/-41/-42/ In every two of a kind, one will be taken and one left. Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.

43/44 /  “But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.  Therefore, also be ready for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.  (These are warnings of the need for us to always be watchful for the Lord’s return as promised.)

The question is this: Can we plead ignorance in the last day asking for the chance to repent of past sins?  Those agnostics, non-believers, lukewarm followers in name only who in personal lives bring disgust upon the throne of the Almighty?  For those who voice love and faith but in their daily lives rebuke the lessons given and joy of Jesus’ teachings by following a path leading to share eternal Hell with the devil and his angels will likely be the biggest sin of mankind at the end.

 

 

Kindred’s Special: The Way I See It at the Mailbox

May 7, 2014

I get bags of mail; my fault I guess as I am one who “feels” the need to help so my charity giving has put my name and address out for distribution.  My very being has been to be patient and of service whereby I find my financial donations being the honey that draws hundreds of mailings of every stripe.  Since Obama has been president (six-years now) I have noticed my mailbox, telephone and email box jammed full.

What bothers me about this is when I give out donations, I find a steady barrage of envelopes filled with all sorts of gimmicks begging for more donations. Like, for example, “Thank you for your wonderful donation but the need is so great that if you can find it in your heart to give a further donation of equal or greater amount….”  You get the idea.  It has gotten to the point that I get 2-3-4-5 requests from the same charities in the mailbox.  Then, I get these packages of gifts some so bulky that they damage my mailbox.

Political mail is a big con.  That is what I find to be the newest gimmick.  “I had to get your attention (despite advice not to), please find enclosed a dollar bill. Please return it along with a most generous contribution of $35 > $1000.”  Apparently it works for these folks because the scheme has expanded to include a number of non profits.  I wonder how many of these dollars go into the trash.

I was thinking about this problem.  When I was a lad, our mailbox might contain a letter from my brother in the military (no phone).  The mailman might leave a bill or two, perhaps a magazine.  He would often stop and chat for a minute or so, neighbors were friendly because they would often meet at the mailbox.  Modern mail delivery has brought many changes to our daily lives and I am not so sure for the better.  The Post Office has urged the expanse of junk mail to increase income but it has also raised expense.  The financial pressure on the post office is how to raise the quality of service by adding new products.

Kindred’s Special: The Mythical Sicilian Gets Trampled Once Again

May 4, 2014

The following game from the 1974 Hastings Tournament in England between Mikhail Tal and Michael Stean once more shows the Sicilian Defense to be risky against a sharp attacking player.  It reinforces my earlier column as advocating the classic King Pawn Openings for the learning amateur.

White:   Mikhail Tal    vs.    Black:   Michael Stean

Opening:  Sicilian Defense  featuring the Najdorf Variation*

1.  P-K4  P-QB4  2. N-KB3  P-Q3   3. P-Q4  P:P   4.  N:P  N-KB3   5.  N-QB3  P-QR3*  6.  B-KN5   P_K3  7.  P-B4   QN-Q2  8.  Q-B3   Q-B2  9.O-O-O   P-N4

This is considered one of the main lines for Black with hundreds of games being played where 10. P-K5 or 10. B-Q3 became standard continuations.  However, in the hands of a tactician like Tal, one never can be sure when and if he uncorks a bizarre sacrifice.  In this case, it was not a new idea, having been played in a Soviet team tournament but one which Tal decides to try, thus giving master Vitolinsh’s move an international flavor.

10.  B:P!!?

The adventure starts and perhaps it startled the Englishman.  For two pawns he gets quick deployment of his forces hopefully before Black can consolidate.  Note that White has six developing pieces in play whereas Black, because of his pawn moves, has only three pieces developed and his King far from able to develop immediately.

10. …   P:B  11.  N/4:NP  Q-N1  12. P-K5   B-N2

Tal suggested possibly 12…R-R4 an improvement but if  12. … P:P?  13. Q-B6!  B-N2  14. N-B7ch K-K2  15. Q:N mate.

13. Q-K2  P:P  14. Q-B4   B-B4   15.  B:N  P:B   16. R:N!!

This often seen classic sac deprives Black his last defensive resource.

16. … B-K6ch  17. K-N1  K:R  18. R-Q1ch  B-Q5  19. P:P  P:P   20. N:B  P:N   21.  Q:QPch  K-K2  22. Q-B5ch  K-B3  23. R-B1ch  K-N3  24. Q-K7  P-B4  25. Q:KPch  K-N2  26. Q-K7ch  K-N3  27. P-KR4  R-R4  28. P-R5ch  K:P  29. Q-B7ch  K-R5  30. Q-B6ch  K-N6  31. Q-N5ch  K-R7  32. Q-R4ch  K:P   33. R-B2ch  K-N8  34. N-K2 mate

A sizzling and original type position at the end!  Beauty on the board!!

White:  Nona Gaprindashvili   vs.   Black:  Servaty

Sicilian Defense  Excelerated Dragon*

1. P-K4   P-QB4   2.  N-KB3  N-QB3   3. P-Q4  P:P   4.  N:P  P-KN3*  5.  P-QB4  B-N2  6.  B-K3   N-B3   7.   N-QB3    N-KN5  8.  Q:N  N:N  9. Q-Q1  P-K4

David Bronstein’s idea.  Another adopted idea had been 9…. N-K3  that was met by Korchnoi with 10. Q-Q2  P-Q3  11. B-K2  Q-R4  12. QR-B1  B-Q2  13. O-O   B-B4  14.  B-R6! with advantage.

10. N-N5!  O-O  11. B-K2!?  Q-R5?

Here the best move is 11. Q-Q2  with Q-R5 by Black as best.  However, the B on K2 makes all the difference.  He should have played …Q-N3  trying to keep the Q5 square under control, a basic idea of Bronstein’s P-K4 defense.

12. N:N!  P:N  13. B:P  Q:KP  14. B:B  Q:NP?!

Speculative but hope springs eternal, doesn’t it.  Black realizes he would have to play an inferior ending after …K:B so gets tempted with this pawn snatch.

15.  Q-Q4!!

Central Queen deployment adds to square count but is much more clever than just that.  Necessary to put up a fight is by 15… Q:P and bring the Queen back to help defend the position.  But White would still be winning.  16…Q:P  17. B:R  K:B  18. R-K1  Q-R3ch  19. K-Q1  Q-N2  20. Q-Q6ch K-N1  21. B-B3  Q-B1  22. R-K7! infiltrating the 7th rank followed by B-Q5 etc.

15. … Q:Rch  16. K-Q2  Q:R   17.  Q-B6!!  Resigns. (1-0).

A triumph of Spirit over material gain.

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!