Archive for November, 2014

A Wealth Exists in My Library

November 30, 2014

I have many great books in my library that I have read or referenced, wishing to relive a topic relevant to my own current column by seeking out a special paragraph or chapter that I had reflected upon as words being of considerable weight and wisdom and useful as a guide in my own thinking.  These books have a variety of values and touch on things that have over the many years been a factor in my character makeup.  It surprises me to more than once find such materials being like fresh air.  I can only attribute this to a deeper understanding of such text writing.  Were it otherwise, I confess my development as a human being might never been so challenged to grow in maturity.

The age factor has been penned by many thinkers.  It would be foolish of me to ask you to rehash what you probably likewise have read or been privy to in your own life adventures.  I have gone out on a limb so-to-speak addressing my thoughts regarding such modern techniques of chess study as many have come to rely on computer technology and its vast growth in literary works that previously was not possible, if not unheard of, given the early efforts in chess programming.

The recent victory and interview in Chessbase with Carlsen who retains his world title against Anand gives support to my contentions concerning the use of computers in opening analysis.  I find his comments refreshing and totally in contrast to what many commentators have said concerning his preparation and play.  If you recall, I have written in the past that a big asset for serious players is to rediscover older chess books and theories relying on personal ideas using one’s brainpower instead of that from computer influence.  That is my oft-times suggestion of creating a plan from move one.  And to a degree, he seems to have revived that long lost element to winning chess.

It is reasonable to assume that an over abundance of thought patterns and specific computer analysis can create havoc on dumbing down the whole concept of one’s creativity.  An active mind is a chess by-product.  Use it!

Welcome to A Date in History– November 30th, A Kindred serial

November 30, 2014

For my readers whom I appreciate very much, I am adding a serial of daily happenings for both its educational value and pure enjoyment of recorded events through time.

1782 saw the preliminary peace articles  ending the Revolutionary War between Britain and the United States.

1803 Spain concluded the ceding of the Louisiana Territory to France which  then was purchased by the United States.

1835 Samuel L. Clemens aka Mark Twain was born in Florida, Missouri.

1864 Confederate general John Hood’s ordered attack against Union forces at the Second Battle of Franklin in Tennessee suffered heavy losses and was thrown back by forces headed by Major General John Schofield.

1874 British statesman Sir Winston Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace.

1900  The Irish writer Oscar Wilde died in Paris, France at age 46.

1936  London’s famed Crystal Palace was destroyed by fire. It had been built for the 1851 World Exhibition in London, England. It was this exhibition that saw the first great chess tournament organized by Howard Staunton.  See my biographical sketch of this great chess player, writer and critic for the London Times.

1939  Soviet forces invaded Finland initiating the Winter War 1939-40 with a Russian victory concluding in March.

1954 One of the strangest events to happen to anyone occurred in Oak Grove, Alabama. Ann Elizabeth Hodges was napping on her couch when an 8.5 lb. chunk from a meteor crashed through her roof, damaged a radio cabinet and hit her. She recovered from injuries; but what a wake up call!

Noted Events on December 1st:

1860  Great Expectations (Charles Dickens’ novel) was first printed in serial form.

1862  President Abe Lincoln called for the abolition of slavery. History did not fail to record the following:  “Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history. We of this Congress and Administration will be remembered, in spite of ourselves.”

1921  The US Navy flew the first  C7dirigible making use of helium for the first time was flown from Hampton Roads, Va. to Washington, DC.

1934  Soviet  communist official Sergei Kirov, an associate of Stalin, was assassinated in Leningrad, resulting in a massive purge.

1941  Japan’s Emperor declared war on the USA, Britain and the Netherlands after his government rejected US demands contained in the Hull Note.

1942  Gasoline rationed.

1955  Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat.

1969  US government held its first draft lottery since WWII.

1973  David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister died in Tel Aviv at age 87.

1974  Tragedy struck two Boeing 727 planes. TWA flight 514 crash killed all 92 on board; NW Orient Airlines flight 6231 crashed near Stony Point, NY killing the 3 crew aboard. It was chartered to pick up the Baltimore Colts football team.

1989  Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev met with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.

A Christmas Story

November 29, 2014

Twas the night before Christmas, when snowflakes were not to be seen. Green was the valley; roads were bare.The sky was littered with stars and silent stillness was met along wooded pathways and deep into the forest. No breeze; no signs of a WHITE CHRISTMAS.

Mama tried to console us, my sisters and I, saying that maybe God wanted papa to be safe on his journey home from the shop where he was employed as a photoengraver. And before we said our prayers, kneeling by our bedsides, she hugged us each in turn and promised to tell us a Christmas story.

Now, mama had a gift for storytelling. She did not read the usual Christmas stories but made up tales which prepared us for a restful, dreamy night. Somehow she wove them with skill into magic tales that left us with a peaceful spirit.

Don’t know about my sisters, but I was very unhappy having heard the radio and TV weather reports that it was likely to be a green Christmas. Living where we did, Christmas was always white, the area pond frozen over where kids and adults of all ages frequented and, having peeked in the closet, didn’t see the training ice skates I had asked Santa for. Yes, ice skating was the joy of winter holidays and lasted so long as the ponds and streams were frozen over. The older kids played sports, built snow forts and I was fond of the snowball fights with other neighborhood groups.

Mama was at the door of our room and I whispered to come hug me. She did and I said I wanted to say another prayer so she kneeled next to the bed with me and I prayed my heart out asking our Father in Heaven to please, please give us all a merry and white Christmas. She hugged me and reminded me that maybe we are asking the Lord for more than he or anyone should but said soon we would be having snow. When you are older you will learn that many children do not have white Christmases and so maybe He wants us to experience the joys coming from a green Christmas. She said, would you like some hot cocoa and we tiptoed to the kitchen.

The sky had blackened. There was a kind of weird howl coming from the trees. In bed I fell off to sleep. I was awakened by my sisters who pulled at my blankets and hopping on the bed joyfully laughing and telling me to wake up. As I climbed out of bed and ran to the windows that they were bubbly dancing by with giggles and joy beyond words, I saw a miracle of miracles–snow, not a inch or so, but nearly three feet that engulfed the entirety of our city as father was to report to us at breakfast. The fact is we could not get out of the house as the snow was too deep and wind drifts had blocked much of the street. JOY! No school for over a week!! which meant a steady visit to the pond in our neighborhood and days of many joyful and happy times.

The city fathers had been caught completely unprepared, believing the weather forecast that was often wrong in those days gone by. We were led to believe that a weather pattern had mysteriously developed during the night which came off the Great Lakes; winds in the upper atmosphere had turned moisture into a mighty snowstorm. These were the facts as related by radio, TV, and morning edition of our newspaper.

Father reported the news given in the newspaper which he had managed to secure for us later that day from the local barbershop. Mama dished out baked apples and winked at me. I smiled, too, and knew just why we got the snow and a MERRY, MERRY AND BLESSED CHRISTMAS!!

Kindred’s Special: A Case of Misguided Justice–Victim or Bully and Thief

November 28, 2014

Michael Brown was taken in death at a young age by the results of his own doing. By this, I mean, his actions led directly to his death at the hands of law enforcement.

Unfortunately in this age of excuses for wanton behavior, and that is exactly what Michael Brown and his cohort were engaged during a visit to a grocery store where Michael lifted a box of cigars and, in attempting to leave was confronted by the store owner, who he shoved violently as though to say, “Get out of my face boss man unless you want more of the same.” This was not likely a first time adventure into criminal misbehavior but the difference was that it was caught by the store camera. In an age when bullying is being condemned in our school systems across America, and bodily injury was afflicted upon the store owner, the departure of these two into the street suggests poor parenting of Michael Brown and his buddy.

The confrontation by the police officer led further to disobedient behavior. Police are responsible for maintaining law and order and we all are subject to being respectful of the police and their mission in maintaining rights of the public but also visa-versa. Here is rub that the black community often excuses: IF YOU WANT RESPECT, THEN RESPECT THE LAW AND THOSE WHO ARE GIVEN THE RESPONSIBILTY OF ENFORCEMENT. IN THIS CASE, WHAT IS MOST GRIEVING IS THE UTTER DISRESPECT FOR OUR COURT SYSTEM AND LAWS.

Pure and simple–I saw no thought by the black community. Wanton disrespect, a general wanton behavior by those who should know better, is a major cause of breakdown in cities across America as seen in recent days. This whole experience of Michael Brown was so easily avoided but the blame was misplaced from this hoodlum bully to the police officer–a very common practice by the Justice Department over the past 6-8 years by the White House and backed up by President Obama. There is an array of similar cases of blame for criminal activities laid to the feet of the police instead of those who break the law. Just ask Ed Meese. Just ask the governors of border states. Just ask the conservative voices that too often get drowned out by the liberal media and the elite liberals in our government.

I saw little of a constructive and meaningful assessment of this whole problem that most currently is exhibited by the Brown affair. One would hope for a deliberate attempt to shine light on the real issues facing this six-year breakdown of racial harmony. My readers may agree or disagree with my assessment of the nature of this beast (government) that stirs continued hatred and strife among our citizenry, our total population and that mirrored to the rest of the world via news outlets that too often give misconceptions of our American way of life.

As I have often said, our leaders, our cities more populous, and those who sway truth to fit their personal agendas would be wise to learn to play and study chess history and its life giving principles.


PS:  I heard King’s visit and commentary on channel 44 (225).  King writes for a major newspaper.  I give him much credit for his excellent commentary.  But not so much here.  Why?  He was totally unfamiliar with events that took place and only got tidbits about events before and after all the public news coverage.  Yet, he admits he doesn’t tune in to FOX news which was really the only full coverage devoted to the whole episode from start to finish. He pleaded ignorance of the store confrontation with the owner as shown fully on the video tape from the store –before and after.

When I think about it further, I really find many in the communities around the country looking to express the liberalized rhetoric that sounds good for the spirit.  Never mind right or wrong.  No.  I don’t think King was far off the target.  In fact, saying the police officer might have feared even being in the area without backup could have been a cause in part of what King and many have called overreaction by the cop. King talked about statistics.  Well, statistics show that police officers are  injured or slain more often than any other occupation save, perhaps, the military.  It often  comes from answering calls  investigating family disputes, in traffic violations, murder investigations, or robberies.  Just looking at the wounds, hand, right shoulder, arm seems to suggest to me that killing was something the cop was trying to avoid and control.

Our laws and court system of grand jury investigation attempts to protect the innocent as well as the guilty prior to a trial where events can be studied, witnesses questioned free of public pressures of any kind. Grand juries seek the truth.  Those who cry foul before the facts were laid out made it worse by lying.  These liars were caught by testimony of black witnesses who testified under oath that the policeman’s verbal and written report was factual. TRUTH.  But the mass hysteria and twists by the Justice Department and President of the United States engraves a black mark on our system where both are sworn to uphold the laws of our Land.  Uncovering injustice comes from truth. Guilt has many facets.  This combo simply makes a sham of our whole justice system.

Kindred’s Special: The Art of Deflecting ala Square Count

November 18, 2014

Of the many books in my library about how to plan and play chess, I must confess that I cherish the idea of utilizing my square count theory as I plan my strategy.  One of the key elements that arise rarely but occasionally is that of “deflection” where the theory presents itself in the following play.

1. d4  Nf6  2. c4  e6  3.  Nc3  Bb4

This is called the Nimzo-Indian Defence and a weapon advocated in MY SYSTEM by its champion Aron Nimsowitch.  Many thousands of games have started with this basic pattern with a vast array of choice for both sides in furthering the deployment of forces.

4. e3  c5  5. Nf3  O-O  6. Bd3  d5  7. O-O  Nc6

This was one of the popular lines for both sides seen in the game period into the 1980s and various world chess championship events and matches, I have been on both sides of the battlefield.  For the learning student, it is a classic example of play for central tension.

8. a3  B:c3  9. b:c3  d:c4  10. B:c4  Qc7  11. Qe2  e5!  12. d5  e4!

What appeared on the surface to be a buffer in the center against sharp assaults, a not so lowly pawn creates cracks in the structure based upon increasing the count while creating disruption in White’s deployment.

13. d:c6  Ng4  14. g3  e:f3  15. Q:f3  Ne5  16. Qf4  Bh3

Black increases his square count taking advantage of the white square weaknesses.

17. Rd1  Rad8  18. R:d8  R:d8  19. Be2 In all appearances of protecting d1 against invasion.

19. … Q:c6  20. f3  Rd1+

Is this suicide??  No.  It is the principle of deflection by forcing removal of a diagonal defender.

21. B:d1 Qb5  22. c4  Qa5 wins.

White can do nothing.  If, instead White plays 21. Kf2  Ng4+ wins the Queen.

A great lesson taught by C.J.S. Purdy of Australia was to always investigate checks no matter how foolhardy they appear.


November 16, 2014

I read an article in Bottom Line Health, a favorite newsletter of many including myself, on page 13, December 2014, that in simplistic terms define the word NARCISSIST.  A number of critics of the Obama administration have called Barack H. Obama a narcissist.

The title, How to Cope If Your Loved One is a Narcissist, pertains to a growth in research studies attempting to explain the key aspects of a narcissist’s personality–showing how best to cope with such a person.

Indeed, the commentators on the political scene quite rightly call President Obama a typical narcissist; the Kindred has to agree.  Good relationships are based on reciprocity–you listen attentively and empathetically to others for their input: criticisms, ideas, and in response he or she listens to yours.  However, for the narcissist, it is a one-way (my way) street.

New research findings published in Personality and Individual Differences, it was found that narcissism is closely tied to perfectionism, tending to make narcissists very demanding and hypercritical of others.  Turning this article on its head, and relating it to current events on the political scene, my attempt in this essay is to illustrate the correctness of those commentators who, by use of this one word, describes the very nature of our President and perhaps sheds light on behavioral comments he continually addresses to chosen audiences.

The term bickering is petty.  It applies to and describes the partisan battles that wage in Washington, D. C. wherein lies the overload of the narcissist’s personality and belief structure–again pointing to: “its my way or no way.”

No One Listens to the Kindred at Their Own Peril

November 13, 2014

Yep!  Another election is in the tank.  By that I mean I wonder about NY State Politics. Governor Andrew Cuomo won simply because he captured the huge voting block from the Big Apple.  We conservatives need to take a bite.

New York leads the pack in stupid as stupid does.

Not only did we lose the Governor race but importantly the loss of youthful talent and wisdom to eight decade long Democrat champ Slaughter. She had her day and it would be nice to get some new blood to represent our State.  Oh, well.

Congratulations to all Republicans and Conservatives and Democrats who won seats.

They say there are some good points to Obamacare.  Actually I support killing it dead and rewriting a whole new script.  Of course some good features from it could be adopted into a new law which we could all have a say in our future medical survival.  We have seen the best of times and we have witnessed in recent times pure arrogance and bashing the citizens who sit to lend governance to our political body.

The latest news is that Russia is flying near our borders with bombers loaded with the H-BOMB payload.  Of course just one would be enough.  Our President hob-noising with another communist state CHINA sees no danger anywhere. Even on the golf course, golfers have that shouted warning ………FORE!


World Championship Match – Carlsen vs. Anand

November 13, 2014

My readers can go to ChessBase and view the games.

Four games have been played to date with the score tied at 2-2, each winning one and drawing two.


November 2, 2014

New York State is blessed this November 4th with a slate of Republican conservative, yet progressive thought in restoring values that seem to leave, especially those living in western and central New York with a sense of: “If you don’t like it, then move.”  Well, some folks have.  But the New York Conservative Party and Republican Party have taken offense to such comments by the current Governor as well as the liberal Democratic Party hacks who spill lies from their mouths in the belief that anything goes in politics.  Their thought is that the bigger the lie, the more the population will swallow it as fact.

This year a  slate of Republican and Conservative candidates that cover every area of government is set to take on the power of the Cuomo political machine across the board.  In fact, it reminds me of the  64 squares in chess where every village, town, city and county is up for grabs covering much of the landscape.

These candidates do not let the media or political machines of any stripe or outside negative rhetoric cloud their optimism that a change is good for New York across the board.

Rob Astorino -Moss -Katko team launched a last week barrage of TV, radio, and mailbox warfare on the sham displayed by many in the media.  Even newspapers are beginning to take notice that this team is worthy to lead and restore New York from one of being taxed to death and badmouthed about to one where integrity and honest leadership can rein for a brighter New York future.

Study and think the issues.  Think about the once past greatness of what New York was–THE EMPIRE STATE.

Kindred is going to vote and I hope everyone considers the importance of this year’s election.