Archive for June, 2020

The Amateur Eye – The Epoch Times

June 28, 2020

This newspaper cuts through the junk and reports on facts long known to me who is a historian buff as it were.  Maybe the difference being that I note the Communist Party in total, not merely that of the Chinese Communist Party.  Communism and Socialism fit like a glove in my opinion; I really don’t see the long-term strategies of communism isolated among different so-called ideologies which seem different only in their approach to goals of world domination.

Right now the eyes are on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) because of its role in a global pandemic virus spread around the world and causing millions deaths due to its hidden agenda by the CCP.

As I close this, let me conclude with my many warnings about the evils of communism and the countries it has gobbled up in it’s world conquest bid. In USA we remain free as a people and voice that is loud and clear, less it be snuffed out by ignorance or a faulty ideology.  Today it continues to remain the best hope for Earthly beings.  May it stay so with wisdom possessed to ever be better as a society.  God Bless the Free World and the United States of America, its guiding hand.

Don’s Coffee & Tea Break

June 25, 2020

Guess I just could not find any cartoons that excited me to write my usual column until this a.m.  My whole being seems shot to hell with all the bad news; even good news like the opening THE LOG CABIN RESTAURANT that attracted over 3000 for the evening found joy.  The government had the troopers on hand to close it down. Ugh.  That ended the joy and put a wet  blanket on having a chance to leave homes, for restoring friends sharing a meal together.  The restaurant owner had made special restrictions but to no avail over the dictatorial nature of Gov. Cuomo.  Do the elite politicians follow their advice on obeying their own rules?  Not sure. People still are said to be in the growing rise of catching the COVID-19 virus. To be sure, no one seems to know just when it will die down.  Accept for doctor appointments, all suggestions by the government are observed here–even more so such following shopping and once home, as washing hands and face thoroughly for 15-20 seconds each time. So far we test negative to it.

The Family Circus – We see mom and son preparing to go into the barbershop. He asks his mom if Betsy Ross designed barber poles, too.

Ziggy walks up to an information window and the advice is given Ziggy that there is no such thing as a stupid question, only stupid people asking them.

We see in SHOE that Roz is talking with the judge, telling him that the last guy she dated had multi-personality problems.  You are the first one I dated since where you do not even have a personality.

Don’s Coffee & Tea Break

June 25, 2020

Guess I just could not find any cartoons that excited me to write my usual column until this a.m.  My whole being seems shot to hell with all the bad news; even good news like the opening THE LOG CABIN RESTAURANT that attracted over 3000 for the evening found joy.  The government had the troopers on hand to close it down. Ugh.  That ended the joy and put a wet  blanket on having a chance to leave homes, for restoring friends sharing a meal together.  The restaurant owner had made special restrictions but to no avail over the dictatorial nature of Gov. Cuomo.  Do the elite politicians follow their advice on obeying their own rules?  Not sure. People still are said to be in the growing rise of catching the COVID-19 virus. To be sure, no one seems to know just when it will die down.  Accept for doctor appointments, all suggestions by the government are observed here–even more so such following shopping and once home, as washing hands and face thoroughly for 15-20 seconds each time. So far we test negative to it.

The Amateur Eye – I cover the back page, too. A hero.

June 25, 2020

Just let me say at the outset that I read about a  real man; my prayers are included to do honor, praise, and to say I condemn those who destroy and reap the rewards given by news outlets that debase morality and justice. Such a man deserves more than a public news  passage of gas coming from the Democrat & Chronicle level of amateur writers who bore such a penning seen everyday in every article.  Do I waste my money? No, but I would like to see honesty and not political hype spewed about the President of the United States.  It is easy to destroy character and goodness in a leader when the media is lopsided.  And it is likewise the reverse to blow sweet smelling roses to political scum bags who lie and cheat their way to high levels of government service.

If you want to, read the back page in the A section about hero Daylan McLee, it will be my contribution to sanity in honoring American Rochester life.

The Amateur Eye – The notes in Alekhine’s games

June 23, 2020

One of the joys I get from published material is the hidden resources and skill of the players. Much comes from the chess plan that often emerges from opening’s principles.

In my studies, I often find it a wonderous adventure when I witness in the games of Alexander Alekhine  (often spelled more correctly as Alekhin which is a slight pronunciation difference.  The eyebrows take a beating of viewers who were tuned to one or the other.

A chess game can create art much like music as both complement the other. It is worth time spent in the pursuit coming from the happiness of both.

The game between E. Grunfeld and Alekhine is an interesting example of notes that apply to a good, exciting story. The plot and counterplot should lead to a striking finale.

1.P-Q4 N-KB3 2. N-KB3 P-K3 3. P-B4 P-Q3 4. N-B3 B-K2 5. B-N5 QN-Q2 6. P-K3 O-O 7. R-B1 P-B3 8. QB2 P-QR3

Black wants to capture the BP but only after White moves the KB which saves a tempo.

9. P-OR3 P-R3 10. B-R4 R-K1

An improvement over an earlier Grunfeld-Maroczy game. This is a normal strategy used by all chess devotees.  Strategy is an ever uphill search for improving strategies often emerging from past game play or often home analysis.

11. B-Q3 PxP  12. BxP P-QN4 13. B-R2 P-B4!

This a Capablanca strategy found in numerous notes and games by Capa. Should White try 14. PxP NxP 15. B-N1 B-N2! 16. BxN BxB 17. Q-R7+  K-B118. NxP PxN 10. RxN BxP and black forces are in excellent attack/defensive mode.

14. R-Q1

This idea aiming at a trap is faulty.  I say this because it is important to pay attention to development.  That is often the key to getting good attacking positions. Think of Grunfeld’s idea as fish-bait played out without a fish to catch.

14. …. PxP 15. NxQP Q-N3

This removes the tactical pin threat. Note that you should never expose your heavy pieces like the Queen to tactical shots.  The trap is avoided like a fish that ignores the bait. 15. ….B-N216. NxKP PxN 17. BxP+ K-R1 18. B/R4xN BxB 19. BxN and White is up two pawns with a superior position.

16. B-N1 Hoping to show Alekhine the real purpose of his trappy idea.

Do you see it?  Take a bow if you do.

16. …. B-N2 17. N/4xNP PxN 18. RxN! And White swindles.

And here is the flaw in all this because perhaps the greatest to that time was Alekhine who uncorks the following brilliant swindle of all swindles.

But Alekhine seems to fall for it with 16. …. B-N2! 17. N/Q4xNP Q-B3!!  Oops,  he overlooked or missed it’s danger.  18. N-Q4 QxP with a powerful attack.

And on 16 …. B-N2 17. O-O QR-B1 18. Q-Q2 N-K4! 19. BxN BXB  20. Q-B2 P-N3 21. QK2 N-B5 22. B-K4 B-N2! 23. BxR  QxB 24. R-B1 P-K4!

Securing this nifty base at Q6.

25. N-N3 P-K5 26. N-Q4 KR-Q1 27. KR-Q1 N-K4 28. N-R2 N-Q6 29. RxR QxR 30. P-B3 RxN 31. PxP N-B5! 32. PxN Q-B5! 33. QxQ RxR+ 34. Q-B1 B-Q5+ white is mated next move.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Amateur Eye – One to remember

June 22, 2020

It is not hard to view the enormous game load built up over time of the mighty attacking talent displayed over the years by GM Mikhail Tal. What is hard is to select a better example; I try here by selecting what was a Tal performance in the 1959 Challengers Tournament held at Zagreb where he did a near impossible 4-0 against Bobby Fischer going on to win the world title from GM and world champion, GM Mikhail Botvinnik but was to lose in a guaranteed rematch per the rules should he be defeated in the first match.

In the course of this tournament Tal produced some amazing games and skill.  I selected his win over Fischer that exemplified his enormous talent for chess.

1. P-Q4  N-KB3 2. P-QB4 P-KN3 3. N-QB3 B-N2 4. P-K4 P-Q3 5. B-K2 O-O 6.N-B3 P-K4 7. P-Q5 QN-Q2 8. B-N5

This is a square count choice championed by me and was a favorite of GM Petrosian. It cuts into the black position challenging some critical options by black. Now the threat 9. Qd2 forces black’s reply.

8. …. P-KR3  9. B-R4 P-R3!

This is a multi=faceted plan put in motion that tells us of Fischer’s depth as a young man in 1959.  P.H. Clark notes it best by saying the move guards b5; and enable Fischer to move his KBP/KNIGHT/KBP solidifying his Q-side.

10. O-O Q-K1 11. N-Q2 N-R2 12. P-QN4 B-B3 13. BxB  N/R2xB 14.  N-N3 

In an attempt to meet the coming bishop pawn advance.

14. …. Q-K2 15. Q-Q2 K-R2 16. Q-K3 N-KN1 17. P-B5! P-B4 Finally getting in the pawn advance striven for a number of moves.

18. PxBP PxP  19. P-B4! PxP 20. QxP PxP 21. B-Q3!

Showing the enormous power emitting out of square count theory. Tal has control really on the board.  This gives the attacking player confidence in the attack forming and pressures the defender ever more.

21. …. PxP 22. QR-K1 Q-B3 23. R-K6!!

Tal luring away the Queen finds a clever retort of any defense with this move this sizzling crash into Black’s guts. Such a continuation shows Tal to have firm grip on both offense and defense of all forces on the board.

23. …. QxN 24. BxP+ RxB 25. QxR+ K-R1 26. R-B3 Q-N7 27. R-K8 N/Q2-B3 28. QxN+ QxQ 29. RxQ K=N2 30. R/B6-B8 K-N2 31. N-R5 P-R4 32. P-KR4 R-N1 33. N-B4  P-N4 34. N-K5  Here, Fischer calls it a day and Resigns.

Robert J. Fischer had a magical life in chess surrounded by people who did not understand from his youth to his great career and practice of the game he loved. He was a good tennis player and enjoyed long walks for exercise. In later life he married and in death was buried in the country who adopted him.  He despised socialism and communism which saw his mother embracing with all her energy. He grew up and lived with his sister in her apartment. He told me in our postal chess adventure that he played and studied chess in his bedroom.  My own memory of that time was that he was a great kid overall.  Too bad there was so much turmoil growing up.  All I can say is from his travels with Larry Evans, he matured into a fighting machine at the chessboard. May the Lord bless and keep him that gives him a lasting peace so often missing in his life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Amateur Eye – The Russian WWII World of Chess

June 20, 2020

As I have written, part of my educational material is to use national language so that games might appear in different national languages and the identification of description for those viewing games published in national magazines or newsprint varied.  I use English from viewing material published in English as pre-modern theory and practice using algebraic now common as I have said in earlier articles was largely due to world-wide chess publication.  My blog is meant for education purpose for which many never knew about.  Education is a worthy following. I use English as the vast majority of literature on chess is algebraic, English, German, Russian or Spanish in my library.

Mikhail Botvinnik as World got swept up in conflict of WWII, his heroism in helping to create the tank that challenged the best the Germans used in Russia was a God-send that helped to drive the Nazis defeat probably as much as the Russian winters. His education and knowledge played a role in the German-Russia invasion.

This game: Rabinovich /Botvinnik  got me interested in the Dutch Defense as a young teen. It was perhaps the first real indication of the brilliant and deep skill that was to rise him to great fame throughout the world and the Soviet Union as well as enriching the attacking force coming from the  Dutch Defense.

1.P-Q4 P-K3 2. P-QB4 P-KB4 3. P-KN3 N-KB3 4. B-N2 B-K2 5. N-QB3 O-O 6. N-B3 P-Q4 7. O-O P-B3

This leaves the black square complex weakened. It was a reason how I wrote my thesis for high school English class on a subject that interested me that led me to call it square count to define it.  Russians looked upon chess as a core political superiority over the West who viewed chess as nothing special. As technology advanced, its historical value that 1400s era Jewish mothers recognized as a great education tool for children was largely ignored by the West outside the small contingent of westerners as if from a slumber. It took the beating of the amateur world by the Russians to finally see the light.

8. Q-B2 Q-K1 9. B-B4

Pure development which seems okay but misses the opportunity to launch a minority Q-side attack.  Do you see how?  9. B-N5 (Remember my advice given by Capablanca in his own book about advancing deep into the enemy territory as did other authors. That is the importance of chess books–learning by study, not be computers alone.  So, Q-R4 10. BxN  BxB 11. PxP KPxP 12. P-K3 N-Q2 13. P-QN4 with a Q-side Minority attack which gives White a square count edge.

9. …. Q-R4 10. QR-Q1 QN-Q2 11. P-N3

The slight weakness created at QR3 is soon eyed even by me.

11. …. N-K5! 12. N-K5! N-N4 13. P-KR4

Best was the sharp 13. P-B3!!

13. ….N-K5

Gaining square count.

14. B-B3?

Botvinnik recommends 14. N/B3xN  BPxN 15. P-B3 RxB 16. PxR  P-K6! 17. Q-Q3 BxP 18. QxP B-N6 gives Black few prospects.  However, analysts say that 16. …. P-K6! 17. Q-Q3 BxP 18. QxP B-N6 19. N-N4 N-B3! 20. R-B2 P-K4! 21.QxP BXN 22. PXB Q-R7+23. K-B1 R-K1 24. Q-B5 BXR 25. KXB N-K5+ winning the Q or mating. (is this analysis totally correct). A good position to give study.)

14 ,,,, Q-K1 15. N/K5 XN BXN 16. K-N2 B-N5! atttacking the weak sector.

17. BXN BPXB 18. R-KR1 Q-R4 19, P-B3 Q-N3 20. K-B1 P-K4 21, QPXP RXB! 22. PXR  Q-N6! 23. NXKP PXN 24. RXB B-B4! 25. P-K3 QXBP+26. Q-B2 QXR+27. K-K2 Q-R6!

Planning to control the Q-file.

28. P-B5 Q-N5+ 29. K-Q2 R-KB1 30. P-K6 QXBP 31. QXQ RXQ 32. RXQNP R-B7+ 33. K-K1 R-B3 34. P-N4 BXKP 35. K-K2 B-N8 36. P-K7 K-B2 37. P-K8/Q+KXQ 38. RXNP R-N3 39. RXKRP B-Q5! 40. P-B5 R-N7+ 41. K-B1B7+42. K-K1 P-K6 43. Resigns.

This is my first try after my hospital stay so bear with me. I don’t think I  made any errors but forgive me if I did.  GOOD CHESS TO ALL!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Amateur Eye – Carlsbad 1929

June 16, 2020

Carlsbad held a number of important games.  Once again, the name of Aron Nimzowitsch chessboard magic shows how the chess board of light and dark squares is a weapon that can enact great damage if not careful.  Mattison finds Nimzowitsch prepared and we are entertained by another shot under 30 moves of sizzling demonstration of my square count lessons in the hands of Aron Nimzowitsch.  1. P-Q4 N-KB3 2. P-OB4 P-K3 3. N-QB3 B-N5 4. N-B3 BxN+5. PxB

APPARENTLY ARON CONSIDERED WEAKENING THE PAWN STRUCTURE MORE IMPORTANT THAN CONSERVING THE BISHOP PAIR. IN THIS GAME, IT LANDS HIM INTO AN INFERIOR POSITION AND ONLY LUCK BAILS HIM OUT.

5. …. P-Q3 6. Q-B2 QK2 7. B-R3 P-B4 fixes the pawn and becomes the subject Nimzowitsh strategy plan.

8. P-KN3 P-QN3 9. B-KN2 B-N2 10. O-O O-O 11. N-R4 BxB 12. KxB Q-N2+ 13. K.N1 Q-R3 14. Q-N3 N-B3 15. KR-Q1 N-QR4 16. Q-N5 QxQ 17. PxQ N-B5!

A twist of fate as this splendid move removes the pangs of bad choices and comes up with a savings hail Mary.

18, B-B1 P-QR3! Another shot in the arm gives fire in his belly.

19. PxRP RxP 20. PXP NPXP 21. N-N2 N-Q4 22. R-Q3 R/1-R1 23. P-K4 N-K41 White resigns.

Dresden 1926

June 14, 2020

Aron Nimzowitsch was at his top form in this tournament. Strategy and tactics illustrate the originality and skill displayed in this unique game between P. Johner and Nimzowitsch. In this battle you will witness the height and genius displayed in this creative work of chess art.

Nimzowitsch pridefully commented that this was his best game ever showing his prowess at creating a blockading masterpiece.

1. P-Q4 N-KB3 2. P-QB4 P-K3 3. N-QB3 B-N5 4. P-K3 O-O 5. B-Q3 P-B4

This move was strongly favored by Jose R. Capablanca.

6. N-B3

A good alternative would be 6. KN-K2.

6. …. NB3 7. O-O BxN

Saddling White with a weakened Pawn structure.

8. PxB P-Q3

Supporting the Bishop Pawn and supports a coming KP advance.

9. N-Q2 P-QN3 10. N-N3

Nimzowitsch suggests 10. P-B4 P-K4 11. BPxP QPxP 12. P-Q5 N-QR4 13. N-N3 N-N2 14. P-K4 N-K1.

10. …. P-K4 11. P-B4 P-K5 12. B-K2 Q-Q2!

Creating a complicated system of restraint; the Q is eying KR2.

13. P-KR3 N-K2 14. Q-K1 P-KR4 15. B-Q2 Q-B4 16. K-R2 Q-QR2! 17. P-QR4 N-B4 18. P-N3 P-R4

Stifles any counterplay on the Q-side.

19. R-KN1 N-R3 20. B-KB1 B-Q2 21. B-B1 QR-B1 22. P-Q5 K-R1 23. N-Q2 KR-N1 24. B-KN2 P-KN4 25. N-B1 R-N2 26. R-R2 N-B4 27. B-R1 R/B1-KN1 28. Q-Q1 PxP 29. KPxP B-B1 30. Q-N3 B-R3 31. R-K2 N-R5 32. R-K3 B-B1 33. Q-B2 BxP 34. BxP B-B4 35. BxB NxB 36. R-K2 P-R5 37. R/N1-N2 PxP disch 38. K-N1 QR6 39. N-K3 N-R5 40. K-B1 R-K1 41. Resigns.

Nimzowitsch vs. Rubinstein, Dresden 1926 English Opening

Rarely did he go in for Kingside attacks. As this game shows, he excelled in them when the occasion offered itself. This will delight you.

1.P-QB4  P-QB4 2. N-KB3 N-KB3 3. N-QB3 P-Q4 4. PxP NxP 5. P-K4 a favorite of Nimzowitsch. 5…. N-N5 6. B-B4! P-K3 7. O-O QN-B3 8. P-Q3 N-Q5 9. NxN PxN 10. N-K2 P-QR3 11. N-N3 B-Q3 12. P-B4 O-O 13. Q-B3 K-R1 14. B-Q2 P-B4 15. QR-K1 N-B3 16. R-K2 Q-B2 What makes this game especially here is Nimzowitsch note saying that in cramped positions one should never give away the slightest future possibility of a move. But here he gives away the possible move Q-B3 which is to be better.  16….B-Q2 was best and a later QB3 a better square for the Queen in that sequence. 17. PxP PxP 18. N-R1! The start of a Knight journey.  18. …. BQ2 19. N-B2 QR-K1 20. KR-K1 RxR 21. RxR N-Q1 22. N-R3 B-B3 23. Q-R5 P-KN3 24. Q-R4 K-N2 25. Q-B2! B-QB4 26. P-QN4! B-N3 27. Q-R4! R-K1  28. R-K5! N-B2 29. BxN QxB 30. N-N5 Q-N1 31. RxR BxR 32. Q-K1! B-B3 33. Q-K7+ K-R1 34. P-N5! Q-N2 35. QxQ+ KxQ 36. PxB Resigns

The Amateur Eye – The Immortal Zugzwang Game

June 11, 2020

1923 Copenhagen -QID Samisch vs. Nimzowitsch

1.PQ4 NKB3 2. PQB4 PK3 3. NKB3 PQN3 4. PKN3 BN2 5. BN2 BK2 6. NB3 0-0

7. O-O PQ4 8. NK5 PB3 9. PXP BPXP 10. BB4  PQR3! Nimzowitsch Plan follows my theory of square count: PQN4 /NB3/NQR4/NB5. If he goes PN3, the Q-side is weakened. His plan is to exchange that pesky Knight.

11. RB1 PQN4 12. QN3 NB3 13. NXN BXN 14. PKR3 QQ2 15. KR2 NR4! A  GOOD EXAMPLE OF PLAY ON BOTH WINGS. PRACTICE THIS IDEA IN YOUR GAME PLAY AND STUDY THIS AND LIKE POSITIONS.

16. BQ2 PB4 17. QQ1 PN5 18. NN1 BQN4 19. RN1 BQ3! 20. PK4  With the strong threat threats of either 21. QxN or PxQP.

20. …. BPXP! 21. QXN RXP IN RETURN FOR THE KNIGHT, BLACK HAS TWO PAWNS, AND A ROOK ON THE 7TH.  IN ADDITION TO THIS, THE WHITE FORCES ARE A BIT TANGLED.

22. QN5 QRKB1 23. KR1 R(B1)B4 24. QK3 BQ6  25. QRK1 PR3!! What ZUGZWANG!!! White is lost having to move losing material no matter what is played.

In this game I decided to use English Descriptive notation.  I need a break from algebraic once in a while. When this game was played, descriptive notation was used exclusively. Some still prefer it. Bobby Fisher used it. The main reason for the algebraic was international use of print scores in publishing and also it was better for use in problem solving positions.