Archive for January, 2017

The Amateur Eye – As Kindred Sees It

January 30, 2017

I direct my readers to review my article extensively covering the final years of Howard Staunton, either portrayed as the darling of British chess or a fraud.  How like it is today with the ugly politics of a society within the Democrat Party where the media then and now create false stories and boastful tirades of accusations which any close examination proves fake.  Such stories once spread, become like a boa constrictor that squeezes the life out of a truthful story exhibited to be whatever the writer or whole news media portrays it to be. SAD.  SAD.  SAD.  It invades a whole generation of youth whose need for a good education is hampered by fake reports and stories geared to dumb down the learning process.

Such was the history of the debate and bitterness seen by writers who failed to recognize good from evil.  Reporters and historians failed then and now that the printed word needs to be truth-telling, not arbitrary and spiteful lies, half-truths and fact twisting to give credence to a viewpoint of the author.

History is full of heroes and shysters. They have always existed.  It takes good journalism to know the difference that may well encompass a vast set of what we call norms.  Should we condemn some thought and program simply because it does not fit the norm as we understand it?  Sometimes i think having depended upon modern technology so much that we lose sight of originality of thought and values.  By that I mean a computer will perform only to the extent of its written program unless built in freedom to draw out a theory.  Hopefully it won’t explode and crash.

Reading my critique on Howard Stauton may find agreement, confusion, a different perspective on his life and that of young Paul Morphy which was so well documented in the novel THE CHESS PLAYERS.

A presidential election is held every four years.  It behooves us, all American citizens, to cherish our transfer of leadership and respect the election results.  The whole object of the founders of creating the electoral college was to avoid the most heavily populated states where power might forever be controlled by the same political party forever.  It was made the law to elect the President through the electoral process to even the rights of all citizens regardless of population.  We should all recognize the genius of this concept our forefathers constructed which has served our Nation well.  Anything else could easily stir sectional hatreds and lead to war.  Just look at the Civil War!  How long would people put up with tyranny? The alternative to base it upon population totals alone smacks almost of a dictatorial empire which I am sure no one really truly would want except the Democrat Party.

Lets cut out the lying crap seen on some TV commentary.  Our citizens deserve better. God bless us everyone!!  Thank you Tiny Tim.  This simple reminder puts many to shame.

The Amateur Eye – Grand Style

January 30, 2017

In the old days there were fewer tournaments of national importance so that the city, local, and regional tournaments grabbed most of the audience and entries.  The fact is that these events did not have huge prize funds and most amateurs were interested mostly in testing their mettle against the field, many being regulars with modest entry fees.  You went to events to test your own knowledge, preparation from books you bought, perhaps skills learned in postal chess play.  These events usually attracted local and regional players with ratings of master, expert, and various classes A-D. Turnout was often from a dozen to 40s/60s/100s with modest cash awards and trophies, ribbons, etc.

Lets take a look at the talents that emerged out of this era of chess growth in America.

White: Don Christie  (2164)   Black:  Peter Kurzdorfer  (2247)  Ruy Lopez

l.  e4  e5  2. Nf3  Nc6  3. Bb5  a6  4. Ba4  Nf6  5. O-O  Be7  6. Re1  b5  7. Bb3  d6  8. c3  O-O  9. d4  Bg4  10. Be3  e:d4  11. c:d4  Na5  12. Bc2  Nc4  13. Bc1 c5  14. b3  Na5  15. Bb2  Nc6 16. Nbd2

At this point, Capablanca  vs. Bogoljubow (London 1922) had gone 16. d5 Nb4 17. Nbd2  N:c2  18. Q:c2 assessed as equal.

16. …c:d4  Another possibility was 16. … N:d4 forcing White to trade his Bishop  17. B:d4 c:d4 18. h3.

17. h3  Bh5  18. g4  Bg6 19. N:d4 N:d4 20. B:d4 d5 21. e5!? Here again we see this advance  as Black had opened the square where once a black pawn sat; it cuts the black square count.

21. … Nd7  22. Bf5  B:f5?! 23. g:f5  Bb4  24. f6! Digging into the enemy fortress.

24. …g:f6  25. e:f6  Remember that pawn exchanges lead to opening up squares for heavy piece infiltration.

25. … Kh8 26. Kh1 Qa5?!  Removing the Q from the main field of battle is dangerous.

27. Qg4  Rg8  28. Q:d7  B:d2  29. Qf7!  B:e1  30. Qe8!!! Resigns   There is no defense.

A truly problem type finish in grand style.  Such is the chess that olden days produced.

Don’s Comic Review -Real or Fake

January 29, 2017

Blondie:  Dag is in his easy chair when Blondie enters. Dag tells her “That was one marathon phone call honey!  Yes, dear. Marcia is quite the talker.  She speaks so fast, a lot like that Megan Kelly on Fox News. It is nearly impossible for me to keep up. Dag says, That can be quite annoying I guess. Blondie leaves Dag with a perplexed expression when she finishes with, I suppose it might be if I actually tried to keep up.

Pickles:  What’s that noise?  That noise I hear every time I say I’m going to try to help you and be more helpful around the house. There it goes again. It must be you rolling your eyes isn’t it!  You are skeptical that my words are fake.

Hagar:  Men!  I am taking the lion’s share of the booty we got off that captured ship. I wanted you all to understand that my job is harder.  How so?  I have to keep Helga happy!

Dilbert:  The Department of Education asked that we talk to you about all the tweeting that goes on and bad mouthing our new President.  You give out so much fake news that the average IQ  I’m told is lower nationwide by 7 points.  That really doesn’t hurt anyone really.  However, it seems that tweeting about seat belts found to be faulty are strangling passengers as well as the driver so they won’t sue is being considered fake news.

Doonesbury:  High school student is called to the principal’s office.  You wanted to see me Mr. Whitman?  Yes.  We are proud of your being named as a national merit scholar.  It reflects highly on our school system. It demonstrates that the failure of so many kids to learn here isn’t just the school’s fault and suggests that any such failure here is just fake news. It reaffirms my belief that success comes from discipline and personal motivation. Yes sir.  But I am not sure if everyone in the community sees it that way.  Neighbors at the same time are talking to her parents. She’s throwing off the curve for the whole school!  Couldn’t you get her to watch more TV?

Beetle Bailey:  My piggy bank is full!  I’m rich!!  Running over to the store that has a coin counter, he is surprised to see the total only being $4.36 cents.  Is that all?!  Well, soldier, you only saved pennies.

Military Injustice to Appease Afghan Officials

January 28, 2017

Mrs. Renee Myers, mother of Sgt. Derrick Miller of the Maryland National Guard, like many others I receive for help to alert my readers concerning the imprisonment of her son for slaying an Afghani.

This is not a isolated case but too often seen in military deployments overseas. Our military caves in to political pressure from the very governments our troops were sent to protect and aid.

Unfortunately she spent with family over $50,000 in civilian lawyer fees for a defense.  Actually, the military justice system is supposed to have military lawyers to defend the accused but far too often such witnesses located change their minds. The children want their dad home, and his role as a leader reestablished.

I am not going to include her letter but say that sometime after the incident the base was attacked but because of Sgt. Miller’s alert action, his unit was able to defend against an attack on three sides and not one American soldier was slain.

Maybe President Trump, the Congress, and our top military officials in the Defense Department need to be so informed about what has gone on for far too long.

I shall keep up on events for you.  Major Bill Donahue (USMC-RET) is handling her case DAM-8609  P.O. Box 96565 , Washington, D.C. 20090-6565 through United American Patriots.




The Amateur Eye-King’s Gambit/P2

January 26, 2017

Going back into history and what reaffirms my square count valuation is the game played between Zukertort and Anderssen, Breslau 1865.  It is an ideal sample of the explosive nature of gambits and that chess stars of the past can fall prey to a cunning imagination.

After 1. e4 e5  2. f4  e:f4  3. Nf3  g5  4. Bc4  g4 5. O-O  Qe7  6. Nc3  g:f3  7. d4  d6  8. Nd5  Qd7  9. Q:f3  Nc6  10. Q:f4  Nd8  11. Qg3  c6  Black says: “scat me lovely” but it is a horrible blunder.  Just count up the square difference which suggests a clever wrinkle in the position.

12. Q:g8!!  R:g8  13. Nf6+  Ke7  14. N:g8+! Ke8  15. Nf6+ Ke7  16.N:d7 B:d7 17. Bg5+ Black resigns.

It behooves you if defending to consider squares if your King is exposed to attack. In the above example, Black’s King had almost no say in what is termed “forced moves”, and if attacking beware of this type which adds to your optimism in carrying out a successful winning line.

In the world of chess talents emerged three sisters from Hungary.  Refer my book review. Each attained star status in Hungary; Susan and Judit waged chess wars with a goal of achieving the Grandmaster title through tournament competition with male GMs.  Judit has a column in New In Chess.  I highly recommend it both for content and creative writing.  It also reinforces my belief that youngsters, both boys and girls, study and play sharp openings to develop dynamic and tactical prowess in their play.

Her article The Queen’s King Gambit illustrates this theme.  The following game was from the age of eight, played in Budapest, 1984.  Judit Polgar vs. E. Kahn , Gambit Declined.  1.e4 e5 2. f4  Bc5 3. Nf3  d6 4. c3  Nc6!? 5. d4  e:d4 6. c:d4 Bb4+ 7. Nc3 Qe7 8. Bd3  Nf6  9. e5 A theme often to play out once the e5 pawn was exchanged leaving that square open. The Bishop now has a nice long diagonal h7-b1, greater s/c giving White a dynamic position. Regardless the outcome, Black needed to exchange B:c3 against the Knight invading d5.

9. …O-O  10. O-O  Nd7 11. Nd5!  Qd8  12. B:h7+!  K:h7 13. Ng5+ Kh6  14. f5 Eying 15. Ne6+ Kh7 16. Qh5 mate.

14.  … Q:g5  15. B:g5+  K:g5  16. Rf4  g6  17. Qg4+ Kh6  18. Qh4+ Kg7  19. f6+ (1-0).

Judit Polgar vs. Sheila Jackson, 1988 Olympiad, KG-Nimzowitsch Var. 1. e4  e5 2. f4 d5 3. e:d5  c6  4. Nc3  e:f4  5. Nf3  Bd6  6. d4  Ne7  7. Bd3  O-O 8. O-O  N:d5  9. N:d5  c:d5 10. Ne5 Nc6  11. N:c6  b:c6  12. B:f4  B:f4  13. R:f4  A good book pair to study is Euwe’s The Middle Game Static Features; and, MG Dynamic Features.

13. … Qg5  14. Qf3  Be6  15.Re1  g6  16. h4  Qh6 17. Kf2  JP notes that 17. Qf2 was better.

17. … Rab8 18. b3  a5  19. Rh1  a4  20. g4 a:b3  21. g5 Qg7 22. a:b3  Rb4  23. Qe3 Re8 24. Re1 Qf8  25. Qe5 Dominating the dark squares and threatens to enter deeper into the Kingside.

25. … Bd7 26. Qf6 R:e1  27. K:e1 Here, JP gives her assessment and what thoughts a GM puts into dissecting a position.

With all black pawns on light squares, you might consider her Bishop really bad, but things are not that simple. In order to make progress, White needs to remove the Rook from f6, thus offering Black counterplay based on …f7-f6. My opponent failed to use her chances and I won 20 moves later.

“White’s main goal in the King’s Gambit is strategic. The first player aims at getting a strong central majority, ensuring active play after the desired pawn retrieval.”

Finally, I show her game from 1993 Biel International, KG-Bishop’s var.  1. e4  e5 2. f4 e:f4 3. Bc4  Actually my buddy Tom McKellop and I prefer this line over 3. Nf3. It was also often played by Bobby Fischer in his simultaneous exhibitions.

3. … Ne7  4. Nc3  Ng6  5. Nf3  Nc6  6. d4  Bb4  7. Bd2  d6  8. a3  Ba5  9. Nd5  B:d2+ 10. Q:d2 Be6  11. O-O-O  Nce7?! (Qd7 looks safer) 12. h4  c6  13. N:e7  Q:e7  14. B:e6 Q:e6  15. h5  Ne7 16. Q:f4  Qh6 (h6 17, d5 c:d5  18. e:d5 N:d5?? 19. Qd4 Ne7 20. Rhe1 with attack) 17. Q:h6 g:h6 18. Rh4  Rg8  19, Qd4  Ne7  20. Rhe1 with a decisive attack.

17. Q:h6  g:h6 18. Rh4  Rg8  19. Rd2 Rg7  20. Rf4 Winning in a superior endgame position.

This concludes the study on the King’s Gambit. Not all the defenses are examined; you can find them for example in any of the Modern Chess Openings series.  Also, The Games of Frank Marshall has some beauts as well as Boris Spassky and David Bronstein books. These game collections feature much dynamic and tactical chess play and worth the cost and  time discovering the joys within their covers.




The Amateur Eye – King’s Gambit/P1

January 22, 2017

Growing up, one of the first openings I played was the King’s Gambit.  References and actual game play I collected in a note pad.  1. e4  e5 2. f4 fit perfectly in my study of the chessboard seen here in my July 2007 columns, especially relating to the f7 square.

Keres, Spassky, Bronstein, and Marshall are among the giants of chess who followed in the tradition after the old guard like Anderssen and Zukertort.  And none other than Judit Polgar is writing a column for New In Chess where her latest article is The Queen’s King’s Gambit.

The gambit can be a double-edged sword slashing both ways.  Short cc games are often the result. Keres vs. Villa  Here is a sample:  1. e4 e5  2. f4  e:f4  3. Nf3  Be7  4. Bc4 Nf6  5. Nc3  N:e4  6. Ne5  Bh4+  7. g3  f:g3? Erring is commonplace in the KG.  8. B:f7+ Kf8  9. O-O g:h2+ 10. K:h2  Bg3+  11. Kg2  Qh4  12. Nf3 Black resigns.  Keres winds up on the short end in this one against Menke.  1. e4  e5  2. f4 e:f4  3. Nc3  Qh4+ 4. Ke2  d5  5. N:d5  Bg4+  6. Nf3  Nc6 7.N:c7+ Kd8 8. N:a8  Ne5  9. h3  Bh5 10. Rg1? Qg3!  11. Qe1 B:f3+ 12. g:f3  Q:f3 mate.

Spassky was noted for his unpredictable character when sitting down at the board.  Against David Bronstein, he decided to employ it as both he and his opponent were KG fans. Leningrad 1960 was a barn burner.  1. e4 e5  2. f4  e:f5  3. Nf3  d5 4. e:d5  Bd6  5. Nc3  Ne7  6. d4  O-O  7. Bd3  Ne4  8. O-O  h6  9. Ne4  N:d5  10. c4  Ne3  11. Be3  f:e3  12. c5  Be7 13. Bc2  Re8 14. Qd3  e2  15. Nd6! Nf8  16. N:f7  e:f1/Q+ 17. R:f1 Bf5  18. Q:f5  Qd7 19. Qf4 Bf6 20. N/3e5 Qe7 21. Bb3 B:e5  22. N:e5+ Kh7  23. Qe4+  Black resigns.

Don’s Humor – Marches -I Say “Nuts”

January 21, 2017

Look at the brighter side of life!  Nothing in this world stands still. And there are many roads and paths to travel. If you think of planting seeds along the way, you will find there comes in time joy from creative activity. Effort brings unforeseen pleasures.

In chess play you have to study the positives and negatives by moves considered. Their merits give sway to chosen paths where individual brain power conflicts arise where victory or defeat hang in the balance of a position and this unseen human endeavor is transformed in picture form on the chessboard of 64 squares.



The Amateur Eye-Vladimir Putin

January 17, 2017

Well, world-wide communism is alive and well.  The American dream that communism was dead as wielded by the dictatorship under Lenin, Stalin, and company when and where it had invaded countries like the United States, Cuba, Canada,  most of Europe and Asia.  These governments were lured with such fantasies and experiments with liberalized agendas that found islands among the elite that had fallen into the clutches of soviet propaganda.

Today I witness a diabolical scheme using the liberal socialists by Vladimir Putin whose cunning chess moves using the breakdown of a segment of Americans who follow the modern theme of secularism, atheism, in both their private and public lives.  I earlier equated secularism and atheism and maybe other isms as having corrupted the moral fiber of knowing right from wrong; of committing horrible crimes like murder, rape, vandalism, and family structure breakdown.  In short, this segment of society in any country leads to a form of insanity where the mind evolves in thought processing that can be likened to the denial of the Ten Commandments, and utter farce of what a country decrees as beneficial to the population.

This week in the news suggests to me anyway that Vladimir Putin pulled a coupe in finally creating a Russian wall, not in East Germany of old, but nonetheless one of modern and what can be called a mental wall between the democrat party and republican party.  The Russians have a natural partner in the liberalized socialist democrat party which it has cunningly infiltrated ever since the 1940s. The sad thing is that most democrats don’t even realize what the hell has taken place in the current election.

So far, 40 democrats have been fooled into believing Donald Trump had somehow got the Russians to “cook the books” so-to-speak in helping to win the election which is plain hogwash.  The simple truth is that the democrats ran a lousy campaign and had a poor candidate for president.  Many say she had the wisdom and experience to beat Trump and pointed to her achievements.  The American people said: What achievements??  It was a series of mistakes and misjudgments shared with President Obama.  Together, their reign of several years of blunders caused the American people, many who had not voted but perhaps selectively through the years, turned out in droves to cast their ballots in the key states that most effected the electoral college thanks to the wisdom of Republican leaders and Donald Trump.  The democrats were living in dreamland believing that they had the election in the bag.  They outraised the Republicans after all.  And they had the majority of the press and news media in their pockets (actually for years).

I spoke with farmers, business people, parents.  The fact that Obamacare was forced upon the American people with the words of Pelosi:  Vote and then we’ll find out what is in the plan. That was all okay with democrats but not republicans, nor the American people who were soon to be ripped off as well as doctors, VA and others associated with medicine.

Evidence certainly proves the Russians were in the hacking business as were just about every major country in the world, even the United States.  But intelligence said that the Russians had nothing to do with the outcome of the election.

But here is the rub, my friends, our illustrious news aimed not at Hillary or the democrat party but rather at Donald Trump through  association with communists within our government long known since the 1940s which ran under the banner of people like Alinsky and liberal socialist leaning elected candidates whose years slowly weaved a pattern  to include beloved liberal policies and laws that weaved its way into our Supreme Court, thanks again to the liberal democrat party.

One final word.  Journalists and reporters of all stripes, love to have the ear of the elite Washington establishment.  Donald Trump came along and made use of modern technology to reach the voters.  He fooled the so-called elite of the Washington establishment to reach millions of voters.  It was they who elected D. J. Trump. Not the Russian hackers nor Vladimir Putin.

In the final analysis, one must wonder just what Vladimir Putin’s real involvement and concern was in our election.  Maybe he managed to use American stupidity in an attempt to undermine whomever won.


The Amateur Eye -64 square world

January 15, 2017

Lately the news has followed the Russian leader Valdimir Putin with very little understanding of what makes him tick.  One of his favorite thoughts about chess: “Chess  makes man wiser and clear-sighted.”  If he himself is so wise, then he should not leave out the female species!  He would definitely run into crowds of protesters in America and all freedom loving peoples round the world including his own turf.

While I am at it, here are some more quotes for the inquisitive. GM Maurice Ashley calls chess, “a brutal game.”  In Brooklyn the sport is played in the parks with music blaring out the vocal trash of onlookers and players.  His advice for those who suffer the pangs of defeat is simply this: “Play better chess.”

Derek Carr, the Oakland Raiders star quarterback, compares his sport with chess: It is a big chess game. It really is. You go out there knowing the rules, input from coaches to play to the best of your abilities and training.

The US comedian Emo Phillips noted that a computer defeated him in a chess game. I like to play chess with bald men in the park, although it is hard to find them anywhere but on the board.

Pierre Mac Orlan, the French novelist and songwriter, says there are more adventures on the chessboard than on all the seas of the world.

Albert Einstein once said of chess: ” I always disliked the fierce competitive spirit embodied in chess.”

Finally, I am in mind of what included in his writings: “Ridicule can do much, for instance, embitter the existence of young talents.”

World Chess Champ Magnus Carlsen  said the match with the Russian, Sergey Karjakin was the toughest of his three title defenses.

Adios for now!!



The Amateur Eye- The Endgame

January 9, 2017

I have written using the term “endgame” both in chess and politics which brings to mind current events which I sort of swore to stay away from.  The news media in every form has saturated the airways and print with so much propaganda that I felt obliged to finally put a word in on the whole mess for my readers, and by this lay to rest the farce that such a barrage of worded garbage is put out with the trash.

Just where do I stand on the issues?  First, in Christmas and New Years parties attended I kept silent.  Why disturb the mental anguish on either side?  The news media is sick with ignorance of most of what goes on because it is collective garbage where intelligence is given sway to blind liberal-socialist obedience and failure of news reporting free of bias on either side of the debates.

Everyday I scan the news and get little info aside from accurate reporting on murders, ISIS, the Democratic Party hacks who damage one of our two main political parties, not to entirely set aside The Conservative Party of New York, the Greens, and modern socialist groups originating with the Communist Party of the USA.  All the garbage from these groups together make up the bulk of what politicos seems to thrive in oral or print media.

Let me bring some commonsense to this:

  1. Russia is a powerful nation having differing views within parties with total socialist-communist dictatorial rule.  Those who emigrated successfully have stated that we Americans should never even think of adopting the communist philosophy that seems to forever creep into our political thought especially in the past decade.  Like most foreign countries it is made up of groups.  The middle I might call the belly has a large Muslim faction, a secular faction, a Christian faction.  In this regard the very long existence within the government to discourage or at least control such factions supersedes rational behavior as we Americans who profess freedom of mind and thought as a free society adhere to.
  2. Most countries share a socialist view for their people and governing laws.  Thus, the United Nations follow in this path.  It does not live up to its ideals, filled with the garbage of all nations combined.  It lives on collective appeasement.  Enough said.
  3. The USA is not pure.  It’s diversity of people give it strength.  It was called the melting pot made up of peoples from many areas and life experiences.  It has both achieved its goals through freedom and suffered government success and failure all at the same time.  Fiscal wisdom has not always prevailed within our governmental policies or guidance.  The breakdown of our modern democratic ideals for political correctness and a drift or undermining of our educational structure fostered by politics and substandard living values created the youthful achiever and non achiever as a common and ignored problem for decades.

The globalists have had their say.  But like all government studies and especially on the international level, it has proved a mixed bag of failure intertwined with success with a hope for better times.  For all the hoopla given government studies, maybe our future will be one of a growing secular view of beliefs where the reliance on God’s blessings will diminish our physical and mental well being.  For without this, people can and may suffer from insane thoughts and actions.

Our commentators are experts at what?  There is no argument about nations spying or using the internet since its inception with the intent to hack.  Individuals, companies, states and nations have made use of hacking.  It has caused havoc in numerous ways for individuals as with business and nations.  Those in the USA who fight this and work tirelessly to combat ever new ideas from invading our security defenses, achieve their successes in secret activity, not broadcast for the general public to view that occurs too often over our desire to give our public the latest news where secrets are often lifted by smart spies who know what to look for and at.

Was the Republicans hacked?  They had safeguards to prevent hackers easy access.  The Democrat Party staff including Hillary Clinton on down the chain, treated hacking as a joke and plain ignorance of the problem.  Her conduct of using e-mail, known  for hacking potential shows that none of them were concerned about it or even had knowledge of such consequence.  Their loose talk and gossip when shown to the American public certainly did give rise to distrust of the social idiots.  It was her years as NY senator and Secretary of State with so many blunders and lack of precautions taken by both England and France to avoid having their embassies attacked and lying showed Hillary’s lack of judgment.  Period. That is why Hillary lost the election.  People aren’t stupid and why our electoral system for selection a President is better than a  popular vote alone.  When one just looks at the D&C blanket vote in the primary for Clinton, virtually assuring her the nomination over other candidates in the Democrat/Socialist left-wing run proved the crookedness of their whole process.

Donald J. Trump is a good husband, father, and a first family to be proud by all Americans. He is a businessman with holdings round the world which makes his even holding office a financial nightmare. Most politicians have no real jobs or business venture or of  international status requiring personal hardship to unravel in meeting governing rules.