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The Amateur Eye -Thomas Jefferson

April 16, 2019

In reading the literature of the DAY, examining the sheer corruption coming from the mouths of educators via students in our classrooms who I find being embalmed with the addiction of humanistic impurity, unable to wrest truth from false premises, yielding lost sense of truisms. I find it amazing to be a witness of debauchery of speeches and writings that defame one of the great men of American past being molded in the halls of learning.  We see descriptions that our journalistic endearment cannot be questioned.  After all, we witness writings of such men to explain that journalism in the purest sense is to be idolized.  When it became highjacked by a news media that citizens could be hoodwinked into blind obedience of this false deception perpetrated on the electorate– defaming the value of voting states, demanding that only the popular vote should be used despite the fact that many years ago it was determined that the country should view states’ rights superior to population where a few states could create a majority and rule the country more or less forever.  What question should be asked as it was years ago: “What rights does the low populated states have to reflect the rights of all the states in electing a President?” That was perhaps the greatest joint proposal ever done by our founding fathers who foresaw the problems of the popular vote concept and enriched the legislative process establishing the electoral college.

One of the greatest travesties of modern education in the falsehood and attack on Thomas Jefferson.  He spoke patiently and passionately for those standards of human decency on topics like local Virginia affairs, about Dictators and European involvements, and most importantly regarding Slavery.  Wake up STUDENTS!! Do research how and why our Nation was formed and its enriched history of men, women and the youth today who will enrich our past, today and God willing our tomorrows.

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The Amateur Eye–Chess In the Colonies

April 7, 2019

It seemed inevitable that men of learning would be attracted to engaging in chess play and women might engage it as a tool toward education of children.  As I wrote earlier two political stars were Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson— the latter being the most proficient to spreading chess according to records in my files.

The game had a positive effect on mothers of Jewish heritage who found chess to be especially beneficial for children toward the analytics of the human mind adventure as early as the 14th Century.

In modern times we are witness to using chess in computer research projects, the pursuit of using training methods, many coming from what has come to be called ‘the soviet school of chess’ in the research advances remarkably suited to its investigative study and understanding.

What I see developed over the years is the individual aspect coming from interest, motivation, talent, and dedication to find the link between an American human spirit of adventure, conflict of arms (free of bloodshed), and finding a rating system that helps aid individual advancement within age comparisons and freedom to achieve dreams by entering competitions.

 

Samuel (Sammy) Reshevsky (1911-1992)

March 24, 2019

I wrote earlier about the life of Grandmaster Samuel (Sammy) Reshevsky and do so here again because of the article appearing in 2019/1 NEW IN CHESS titled (Profile of a Prodigy?) research by Bruce Monson.  What is written is public knowledge from newspapers of the day and photos.  Some question exists about his birth date being 1909 as later pointed out by Reshevsky to family friends.  The mix-up could have been altered by his manager  or reference to age as his birth to first acquaintance with the game.  His first exhibitions were in Europe and widely acclaimed and called “Little Wizzard” and “Wunderkind” his exhibitions gathering huge crowds wanting to see “the Infant Miracle Man.”

The researcher in some ways did a hatchet job on printed reports about Reshevsky’s traits of behavior being a strict Jew and from printed material that cast distain from some circles which duly found print.  This dampened what could have been a really enriched review of Reshevsky’s life.  He gave short shrift of a remarkable American champion who blazed a trail finding along the way age giving way of talent at the expense of the international rating system which decline brought few invitations to major events.

Some boost came from printing his many accomplishments at the board as to results but overlooked was the meat of this great gentleman’s reputation.  As old myself, I shall list most of his accomplishments besides just tournament results.  In the 1950s and before the USSR controlled the world chess scene.  Title matches for the world championships were locked in with guaranteed Soviet players headed by World Champion Mikhail Botvinnik. The strength of Soviet players were never fully appreciated by westerners and in fact as the old guard died off few of the top western players got the chance to play the top players in the world which mainly were from the Soviet bloc.  Only half dozen or so western hemisphere players existed and few had a chance to rev up their game skill when compared to power coming out of the Soviet Union.  The USSR gave great importance to honoring the quality of chess study and play and controlled by the Soviet both politically and chess literature and tournament/match opportunities and exposure.

To offset this the western hemisphere Europe, North and South America created a new match record and title called the Western World Championship which basically was open only to those countries outside the Soviet Union.  Soviet literature found its way into markets worldwide.  But in general the opportunities did not see the quality of talent other than a six-twelve top players from outside the USSR.  Thankfully the USSR players began to get permission to travel abroad and play in some of the western major events. Reshevsky defeated Najdorf for the initial title and he defended his title beating GM Gligoric from Yugoslavia. He also defeated Pal Benko and other leading American players in match or tournament play winning the majority of events in which he played.  But Reshevsky was never given the opportunity to play a match with Botvinnik for the title of World Chess Champion.

 

 

Don’s coffee & tea break

March 20, 2019

No job is ever really easy and no one ever lists me as someone who toggles influence.  It has never been hard for me to say yes or no as I relish the opinions of others as myself and welcome other viewpoints which might differ from my own.  If you are going to act where you want to view other viewpoints, then you are expected to honor what someone is willing to spend time adding to the discussion without any idea of dominating the scene. Such clamor  might be a turnoff as a general view by readers.  I had to take a rest from my usual penned writing because I get rather perturbed seeing the written and spoken word so abused at times which makes me think why so many asses exist in our fair country.

So now I go back to my comics strips to hopefully add a bit of humor that I find so good for the soul.  In Garfield the cat see Garfield interloping thoughts sitting with Liz and Jon. Jon is telling Liz just how beautiful her  eyes are and holding hands. Of course Garfield is a cat so cannot express similar thoughts but thinks to agree that yes indeed her eyes are beautifully lovely.  Jon senses Garfield’s attention paid Liz.  Jon is upset with the cat’s demeanor and tells Garfield to butt out with “Do you mind” casting  a glaring look at
Garfield’s attentive purr that brings a cat rebuke of …and your eyes look a little grumpy.

We find Dagwood in his Easy Chair  viewing the TV when Alexander excitedly comes in and tells Dag to check out the dope on his new phone. Dag retreats to the kitchen where
Blondie is doing the dishes.  Alex he tells Blondie that Alex is delighted and Blondie tells Dag “I think it means it’s good Dear.

In Pickles we find Earl and Opal sitting on the couch and Earl has his hands folded in his lap. He says, “Do you ever feel like you’re living a meaningless existence?  And that soon everything you are and have done will pass into nothingness and be forgotten?”  Opal retorts with “Absolutely not!”  Earl looks at Opal and tells her that he was talking to the cat.

In Hagar’s case, dirty windows in their abode has meaning.  You can’t see out but most importantly, no one can see in.  Their abode is full of loot from his pirating.  Makes commonsense.

 

 

 

Founding of a New World

February 26, 2019

Early explorations are mostly remembered through the Europeans and the Chinese.  While adventurers explored from both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, they did so at great risk in sea worthy but risky vessels that by today’s standards would curb such thought of exploration. Still, man’s thirst for adventure seems a driving force to satisfy curiosity,

We map the mysteries that were hidden in those times.  Maps established the routes for trade both on the high seas as well as rivers over lands yet to be developed or witnessed by horse, oxen, burro, canoe and boat as the conquest to settle slowly took form.  Land settlements moved the spirit of man’s ingenuity ever westward and both north and south saw language and spiritual birth to those builders having the backbone of settlers.

Who were these people?  Not much is known of the Chinese explorers who set sea routes during the time of Columbus.  But the lists far surpass coming from our school systems ignorance today as having lost likely due to the growth of history and education centering on a relative few of relative importance.  Here is a list I was able to gather:

John Smith (1580-1631) Wm. Bradford (1590-1657) John Winthrop ( 1588-1649) Thomas Morton (1590-1647) noted for exploration and settlement, most notable was the life age as a group.

Then a maze of covering controversialists like Nathaniel Ward (1578-1652) and Roger Williams (1603-1683). Odd handles and record of Charles Brockden Brown gave up the Law to become the first author. 1771.

The Slave trade started when the Muslims captured Christians and made them slaves. It came to America probably because white skinned workers found it hard to work in the hot weather on southern plantations.

The end of British domination in the Colonies evolved from ill treated colonists objecting the harshness of the King.  In this era of the 1740s on throughout the Revolution numerous leaders emerged to contribute to creating the United States of America.  Early aims were for a slave free nation but it was defeated to be quilted in years of servitude but eventually found the Constitution finally securing freedoms we enjoy. We have finally achieved the hope of our citizens.

End of part one. New Part two:

Religion played a huge role in forming our national American culture.  One such man was Edward Taylor (1645-1729), born in Coventry, England, he came to Boston at the age of 23 with letters of introduction, a common means of introduction, and was received by Mather and President Chauncy of Harvard.  His roommate was Samuel Sewall. As a physician and pastor of a church in Westfield, Mass. Taylor lived a quiet life there for 58 years. The father of 14 children, he was small in stature, firm, quick of passion, serious and grave. Samuel Sewall described one of his sermons at the Old South Church as one which might have been preached at Paul’s Cross. His poems and writings went unpublished for over 250 years when Thomas Johnson published a small handful in the New England Quarterly in 1939.

The Constitution followed various articles on Government.  Thomas Jefferson was prompted by Adams and Franklin for his wisdom and prose. Born 1743-1826, you will remember my essay on Jefferson’s chess background, especially for the chess books and writings he assisted with sending chess material to associates having interest for the game and letters. He virtually composed and wrote it without recourse to any documents.  The ideas were based upon conversation, letters, essays or books on government by Aristotle, Cicero, and Locke.

His writings on Virginia, on Dictators, Religious Freedom and mostly on Slavery to which he addressed as a bad example for children since it  teaches them tyranny.  How can a slave be expected to show patriotism for a country in which he is held in bondage? He pointed out that a man in a warm climate will not work himself who can make another labor for him. That was aimed directly at the cotton fields of the South.  Jefferson feared for the national morals. At those days a lot of slaves were patriotic, looking for a promise of a new life in a new Land.  His listed aims for equal justice to all men regardless their religious or political persuasion, friendship with other nations but no entangling alliances, support of state governments, right of elections, press freedom and persons, and trial by juries impartially  selected.

He wrote his daughter to be considerate of tutors, respectful, sets up a schedule for her music, dancing, French, English, spelling, reading books, tunes and songs she learns, and code of dress.

end of part 2/.

The Amateur Eye – Cannabis

February 17, 2019

I received another brochure called Speculator pushing for speculation of another startup in the world of financial investing.  The guy on the picture looks like his own revolution has dazed his eyes and facial expression no doubt is his use of the new revolution.  I did not ask for it and I don’t ever intend to try to be a part of the so-called Cannabis Revolution.

When you put junk in your mouth, adding it to other pollutants the human race experiments with or is seen in products labeled as safe for consumption, one has to wonder about what I wrote about before concerning the Cannabis Revolution. This stuff is mostly crap and marketed to entice the youth in America to further decay the brain cells with candied snacks. Thank you Colorado.

The cry of course is to toss out the dangers posed by booze as a sharp improvement over getting drunk.  But that is exactly the selling point of trying pot of any sort.  Tobacco was condemned by medicine as a cause of cancer which just about ruined that industry. Tobacco was used as a way to stimulate the mind and was called “cool” by the ‘in- crowd’ of past generations. And the government saw a way to fatten their coffers by passing legislation, not to stop its use — but to enhance the tax revenue.  We should remember the Indian tribes use of tobacco and early American adoption of its use.  Putting  irritants in the body only increases the venoms that plague the linings of the human body that includes sometimes poisoning of body, mind and mostly spirit of all Life on Earth.

Don’s Coffee & Tea Break

February 12, 2019

Thought of the day: Men and Boys are absorbing too much ESTROGEN in their bodies that see the growth in male boobs and small testes and worse—giving boys the feeling of being females according to medical research.  TRUE  /  FALSE. 

Some thoughts from the other side of the world: From Alina K. interview– Favorite city for visiting is Jerusalem;  Life motto– Everything is going to be OK. Which 3 people would you choose to invite to dinner? My husband and my parents; Biggest fear–being alone. Biggest regret– Too young to have any;  What are chess players especially good at–Gossip!

Cartoon corner shows Garfield with Jon in three panels with Jon wondering what would happen if he were allergic to cats? Garfield looks at Jon and thinks:  You ‘d have to move out. In a four panel contribution, Pickles finds Earl and his brother sitting on the couch talking with Leon. “I can’t believe you’ve been doing your comic strip for almost 30 years, Leon. Why don’t you just hang it up and retire like me?  Opal enters panel three reminding Earl that he is going to her Decourage class at 3:30pm.  Earl, after Opal departs, tells Leon to forget it with” Never mind–dumb question.”

Hagar tells his lieutenant in response to his lieutenant’s, “What do you think will happen when you die?” Hagar responds with: “No more fear…pain…or panic.” “No! I meant for You…not the enemies you leave behind!”

 

The Amateur Eye

January 28, 2019

The US Junior Chess Championship 3rd round produced the following game that features a white pawn chain crippling the Queenside activity until white launched a decisive attack coming out of a Sicilian Dragon.

White: John Michael Burke 2621 versus Alex Bian 2411 St. Louis, Mo. where the mighty Dragon variation finds the Gurgenidze System B36 a joy witness.  1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 c:d4 4. N:d4 g6 5. c4 creating the Maroczy Bind, a popular system against the fiery Dragon.

5…..Nf6 6. Nc3 d6 7. Be2 N:d4 8. Q:d4 Bg7 9. Be3 O-O 10. Qd2 Be6 All standard book pointing to the rating level skill of both players.

11. O-O Qa5 12. b3 Rfc8 13. Rfc1 a6 14. Rab1 Qd8 15. f3 Nd7 16. Nd5 B:d5 17. e:d5 a5 To meet white Q-pawn expansion.

e:d5 a5  18. a3 b6 19. Bf1 h5 20. g3 Kh7 21. Qf2 Rcb8 22. h3 Qh8 23. g4 Kg8  24. Be2 Nc5 25. Kg2 a4 26. b4 Nb3 27. Rd1 Bb2 28. g:h5 B:a3 29. h:g6 B:b4 30. f4 Bc5 31. Bg4 a3 32. R:b3 a2 Probably this whole series has been pressure packed with time clock jitters.

33. g:f7+  Black tries to use the P as a shield the exposed King.

33. … Kf8? Black gives White the cannon fodder to finish in five moves.

34. Be6 Qg7+ 35. Kh2 a/Q 36. R:a1 Q:a1 37. B:c5 Ra2 38. R:g3 (1-0).

 



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The Chess Players by Frances Parkinson Keyes

January 19, 2019

is a novel of New Orleans and Paris. It tells the story of her journey into the world of research where she authored as a background for this major historical novel. But the scene shifts, with the education and travels of its hero, Paul Morphy to Mobile, Boston. New York, Richmond, Cuba, Spain, London and Paris.  Its climax is reached in the French capitol during the thrilling period when the Confederacy was represented by its brilliant Commissioner, John Sliddell.   He was ably abetted, in a social sense, by his charming  wife and daughters and, in the political sense, by Judah P. Benjamin, Mathew Fontaine, Maury and many others, some openly and some secretly.  It is in the latter group that our hero takes a desperate part.

Paul Morphy was the scion of two outstanding Creole families. His paternal grandfather, Diego Morphy, had been Spanish Consul, first in Charleston and then in New Orleans; his maternal grandfather, Joseph Le Carpentier, commonly called the “double-tongued”, was a successful French auctioneer. On the condition that Le Carpentier would build a house suitable for a superb bridal residence and that his daughter, the beautiful Telcide, should be provided with a fantastic dowry, Don Diego gave his consent to an alliance between  her and his son Alonzo, a promising young lawyer destined to become a Justice to the supreme court of Louisiana. It was a step down socially for the Morphys.  Don Diego but felt there were compensations as he and Joseph Le Carpentier had long had a common bond in their love of chess; close ties would facilitate more and more frequent games. It even began to look as if friendly contests would continue into the next generation, for both Alonzo and Ernesto, his elder brother, were also fast becoming devotees and experts.  It did not occur to the matchmakers however that one of their grandsons, still unborn, would become the greatest chess player of all time.  Yet, Paul was only ten  years old when he showed his father how to defeat his uncle and, from that time on, one dazzling triumph succeeded another while only his love for his sweetheart seemed ill-starred. It was after he considered himself a failure on this account that his supreme opportunity came, as a Confederate agent in Paris, and that he recognized the truth of Omar Khayyam’s words, “Destiny with men for pieces plays”.

Not only does Paul Morphy, whose well deserved fame  has unfortunately hitherto been obscured by time emerge as a vital and appealing figure in these pages; we see such great Civil War leaders as Beauregard, Benjamin and Slidell, together with their families, in their human relation to him as life-long friends and dramatic associates.

Mrs. Keyes has woven fact and fiction in a fascinating pattern, to bring these events and their underlying intrigues vividly before us. At the same time, she has given her story the romantic glow on which her millions of readers confidently depend. While achieving more important stature, her work has lost none of its essential charm.

(The photo of the Telcide and Don Diego Morphy home of New Orleans was designed by the Spanish architect Francisco Correjolles where Paul Morphy was born.  This material was taken from my book given to me by my parents on my tenth birthday and is part of my library and which I copied from the cover page up —Don Reithel.


 

Amateur Eye – Blitz Dlugy

January 12, 2019

Maxim Dlugy is back writing again as a member of the NEW IN CHESS staff.  His column is The Blitz Whisperer.  GM Dlugy doesn’t know me; never got the privilege to play him.  I have always admired his style and achievements in the world of chess. I find the best probably can be found tackling the sixty-four squares on the website: Chess.com Live Chess 2018.  The game with Richard Rapport whose handle is Lordillidan illustrates the cunningly ingenious play found in Blitz competition, especially at the highest levels which makes them extremely popular throughout the whole world of chess enjoyment.

Dlugy vs. Rapport (Lordillidan)  1.d4  d5  2.  Bf4 c5 3. e4 Typo?  No way! This spicy line is called coming from the Queen Pawn Game termed over a century ago venturing toward an Albin Counter Gambit after the famous player whose name it bears.  Dlugy cleverly offers Black the opportunity to enter this line a play down after 3. …d:e4 4. d5.

3….Nc6 4. e:d5  Q:d5 5. Nc3 Q:d4 6. Nd5 Already we see the fighting lines that can emerge from Blitz play and home preparation.

6….e5 7. N;c7+ Kd8 8. N:a8 e:f4 9. Nf3  Q:d1+ 10. R:d1 Bd7

The computer shows 4 games from this position with Black winning twice with two draws. So much for computers.  Dlugy felt there had to be more for white from this position.  Using my square count theory White is ahead 9/8, even but white has that one extra square with 2 Rooks against one but the one Knight is out of play.

11. Bb5 Kc8 12. O-O Nb8?  Better was 12…Bg4. The text seemed to improve the Knight’s position but contains a flaw.

13. B:d7 N:d714. Rfe1! Here I think this square count move which I probably would have played in following my own theories tells us that the computer probably correctly offers better with 14. R:d7!! K:d7 15.Ne5+ Ke8 16.Re1 Be7 17. Nc7+ Kd8 18.N:f7+ with a winning endgame. As played, 14…Ndf6

14…Ndf6 15. Ne5+ Nh6 16. Nd7!  The crusher …  Nhg4 17. h3  Ne3 18. Nf6 Black resigns. 

 My handy PC burped and I had a hard time inputting correctly the score. at the last paragraph)