The Amateur Eye –Gambits Mania

October 12, 2018

Highlights of Gambit strategies is a two-way street.

Wilhelm (William) Steinitz was the first official world chess champion.  He carved out the wild and wooly attacks of gambit play with some spectacular displays on the board. But what he was probably noted for was his brilliance in defense.

The Evans Gambit was a star in his day.  It was also a star in the English champ rival Blackburne.  Here is a game that sort of sets out the best of both and opens with 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 from which various lines of play have immortalized the many opening variations.

After 4. b4 we find Mr. B initiating the Evans Gambit and leaving it up Mr. S how he will address it and handle the gambit idea given the name of it’s creator Captain W.D. Evans who was first to try this gambit and since adopted by many of the gambiteers  of the gambit heyday. Continue now with 4….B:b4 5. c3 Bc5 6. d4 e:d4 7. O-O d6 8. c:d4 Bb6 9. Nc3 Bg4 which finds both sides with positive examples of the square count theory.  Blackburne is a move and a half ahead of Steinitz in the race toward full development and open attack lines featuring the mobile center now established.  Remember the kingly phrase: A Pawn is a Pawn. And saying that, it becomes pointers to evaluate; Central domination of the center signals attack on the flank.  Black’s counterplay must be directed against the center.  Steinitz has decided to focus on d4 as his target (Knight and Bishop) and assures the Bb6 will play a role.

Here we see the excitement of Blackburne achieving his gambit ideal.  Steinitz on the other hand senses that the correct and best reaction to an attack on the wing flank is to hit the center.  So his plan is set in motion with the added principle when behind in central development, work to contest your opponent’s control. Attack and counterattack are features of every war strategy and that goes for chess tactics as well. Steinitz realizes that he is a pawn ahead I surmise and that if the attack can be hit by his own counterattack, it will matter which aggression will prevail. A feature of being a pawn up is that there usually comes a time when the pawn can be given up for position and maybe blunting the aggression of the opponent.  A sharp and prolonged game followed with Steinitz prevailing if one can imagine both sides pursuing their plans. Steinitz might be called the Godfather of modern defense.






The Amateur Eye- Down Memory Lane

October 12, 2018

My archives on correspondence chess adds flavor to the discussion earlier on this artful play and commentary.  On February 19, 1980, Estrin sent his resignation to the new world correspondence champion J. Sloth and gave to the nation of Denmark it’s first world champion ever and the final position appeared in journals exhibiting the Danish champ’s marvelous achievement. He won the 8th World Correspondence Chess Championship with Estrin’s resignation after a long grueling battle by snail mail.  He bested Yakov Esrin of the USSR, being the reigning World Champion as well as the previous titleholder Zagorovsky.  The game was so important that Sloth pushed the energy of his position to the ultimate victory.  The Estrin game if drawn would give the title to Zagorovsky again so the full point was essential.  That, Sloth achieved. Sloth, a teacher by profession, demonstrated his deep, solid style and, in cc play has never lost a game by mail. The rigors of correspondence play is well documented for this manner of play.

Thus, we see the drama unfolding, not only on the board but also on the drama seen in months and years of fierce competition.  There have been many wonderful games played in this fashion in history from snail mail to current methods of transmittal greatly speeding up the play and affording a flux of new enthusiasts into the fray.  Unfortunately my computer gave me hiccups again so the layout suffers. Sorry.

English Opening/ J. Sloth vs. Arnlind shows the diligence put into the struggle.

11.  c4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. g3 Bg7 4. Bg2 O-O 5. d4 d6 6. Nc3 c6 7. O-O Nbd7 8. Qc2 e5 9.Rd1 Re8 10. e4 Qe7 11. b3 e:d4 12. N:d4 Nc5 13. f3 a5 14. Be3 NEW IDEA. Previous play included 14. Rb1 Nfd7 15. Nce2 Ne5 16. Bf4 Qc7=.  14…Na6 15. Re1 d5? Here looking better might be 15…Qc7/16. e:d5 c:d5 17. Bf2 Be6 18. N:e6 f:e6 19. Bh3 Qf7 20. Nb5 Bf8 21. c:d5 e:d5 22. a3 Nd7 23. Nd4 Ndc5 24. Qc3 Nc7 25. R:e8 R:e8 26. Rd1! But not 26. Q:a5? Nd3 offers counter-play. 26…b6 27. b4 a:b4 28. a:b4 N/5a6 29. Rb1 Qf6 30. Bf1 Bg7 31. Qb3 Qd6 32. Rc1 Qd7 33. Qa3 Ra8 34. B:a6 A pretty idea! 34…Qd8 35.Qd3 N:a6 36. Nc6 Qd6 37. N:e7+ Kh8 38. Q:a6 Rf8 39. Nc6 R:f3 40. Q:b6 h5 41. Qd8+ h5 42. Qd8+ Q:d8 43. N:d8 Rb3 44. Ne6 Bb2 45. Rb1 Black resigns.

Those interested in the study of this game should use my square count theory.










The Amateur Eye: Nervous fears

October 8, 2018

In almost every hour of the day in performing tasks we are faced with the elements of fear and a deep effort to achieve fairness.  Losing to an opponent usually strengthens one’s backbone to work harder toward future successes.  Look at legs shaking as you might go on stage to hang up a choir post  in a school  auditorium as your role to  school hosting a music competition like happened to me years ago. These two examples are worlds apart yet the dynamics of it is fear coming in separate circumstances.  The fear is real.  It speaks to an experience coming from a mindful thought toward a stimulus of physical tension experienced in a totally unrelated circumstance.

Columbus Day is historic and denotes our finding a new world as a benefactor of exploration, negating previous bogus views about our Earth and establishing a verbal and written record of history made whole as a result and despite erroneous assumptions concerning our living Planet.  While not the actual finding of our western Hemisphere which was discovered by Chinese ships exploring from the East perhaps for trade routes, and exploration by Vikings, it was left to give Columbus to get credit as representative of the King and Queen of Spain which sponsored the exploration.  It appears that legal and official recognition coming from such exploration was recognized only by official kingdoms recognized out of the European theatre.–Don’s history research lesson.

It just goes to show the ignorance of history not taught in schools these days. It is filled with false doctrines and fallacies.  Ignorance, teachers is no excuse!! You get paid what I provide for free.  Let freedom ring across our great Land.

Jump Start sees Uncle Marcus and Sunny on the phone. “I’m home from school today. It is Columbus Day but tomorrow is ‘Show and Tell’. I am super excited.” He is on the practice field for football and says, “Poor kid! Show and Tell are terrifying!”

Blondie recognizes Columbus Day holiday.   Elmo, the pest of Dagwood, ” Wouldn’t be cool,  Mr. B if Columbus had sailed three ships called: The Carnival, The Royal Caribbean and The Disney?  It would have been a lot more fun! Dagwood replies. Yeah, it would mean, Mr. B all you can eat. I bet ole’Cris would have stuffed his face with Italian!!  Later, we see Dagwood at his favorite luncheonette. “Well, I do have canned Lasagna.” Dag enthusiastically says, “I’ll take it! Crack open two cans! I’ve got a Columbus Day craving.”

Disappointed again because I see Pickles overlooking Columbus Day. Earl is with Nelson and says, “I heard you fell out of a tree.” Uh huh. Gramps shows his worry, “Oh, gee! Are you okay? Did you break anything? Where does it hurt?”  “It doesn’t hurt. I feel great.” Yeah? Well, I slept wrong on my pillow two weeks ago and still can’t turn my head.”




The Amateur Eye– Equal Opportunity

October 7, 2018

Human nature is a powerful acknowledgement that life is full of pitfalls. I might suggest a picture of visibility by suggesting a physical thing such as a chess clock.  It has two faces, a stop and go button that stops one clock face and starts its partner which continues throughout the course of the conflict.  The game might end in checkmate, a resignation coming from hopelessness to continue, or agreement that further play produces nothing more than full equality of equal power that had nullified any hope to gain the upper hand.  Rules exist.

So too, it is as Life.  We live by rules of conduct, laws, and exist within it all, the shortcomings of human nature.  Immoral, envy and strife, certainly govern behaviors of bad and good in which our moral code governed by conscience dictates a lifelong saga of values that expose all of us to be called sinners.

The Father, Son and Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit) give weight to the value structure of the Christian but certainly is within the realm of all humans.  The search for truth and justice is ever present in our character as humans.

It behooves us all to be forgiving since we all have sinned in the eyes of our Lord and it is his will that mankind be saved if at all possible for the glory of Heaven.  It is God’s will that we are given the opportunity through trust and love to receive his eternal blessings. Amen and amen.


The Amateur Eye – The Promise Or Be Ready

October 6, 2018

The Bible is a huge book wherein are many references of and teachings of our Lord, Jesus. You must always be ready for the coming of the Son of Man at an hour you are blind to.  That is the common belief but does the verse suggest a deeper meaning as well? The Jesus movement so called years ago lied so I can’t believe in a  Christian’s philosophy. Perhaps the verse as written gets it wrong in it’s interpretation.  Supposing that Jesus is here with us in our daily walks through life ever present while assisted by Angels on high.  And supposing we take the Bible at face value and await the return of our Lord making sure that we live in a productive way that always honors Him? Should that not be the joy of being a Christian believer in the arms of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost?

The Amateur Eye -Stupid is as Stupid Does

October 6, 2018

Someone sent me a message from family about a blog written by Carol Fair, a professor at Georgetown U if I recall.  She is a real peach of what is wrong with the American leftist females. If she represents an example of education gone amuck in this land of ours, is there any wonder why our American heritage is all screwed up?

Don’s Coffee & Tea Break

October 6, 2018

The roads to true happiness sometimes finds them smooth and well built but often it is one bump after another.  What I produce with my columns and blog generally speaking is for a look at the kindred spirit coming from a sharing joy with my readers who might otherwise not experience what I do in its pursuit of fear, joy, and love.  Sometimes there is humor or bitters from fruit that one fears or enjoys by taste.  Talking about taste, the cartoon features today, Saturday, October 6th 2018 entertain and points to my opening dialog this day.

I have been a long time subscriber to the Democrat & Chronicle.  Regrettably I see its content ever leaning to the liberal New York political line which has caused I believe in the curtailing of important news coming from the various life lines of interest, namely — liberal, conservative, middle-of-the road— propagandizing features to stress opinions that are logically thoughtful editorials.  Unfortunately, far too many contributions are tempered toward ideological dogma whether from the pen of commentators or public,  one might surmise as a twit at the expense of good content.

Read on, Readers! The cartoons are great today.

Starting with Garfield, we find three panels with Jon who tells him “Liz said we need to eat more greens.” Garfield, the cat, thinks, (No problem.)  Jon continues with, “And green sprinkles on a donut don’t count.”  Garfield looks our way and thinks (There went my loophole!)

In Blondie and Dagwood we find them out on the town.  They order a vintage wine and the waiter tells them that it was a favorite of Benjamin Franklin, noting naturally that it is a bit pricey at $300 a bottle.  Dagwood asks the waiter if they have anything Ben enjoyed before he hit the ‘Big Time’.

My most favorite cartoon is Pickles. Here we find the artist using four panels that feature both Opal and Earl with Earl saying “Wow! If it’s true that our cartoonist is spying on us for his comic strip ideas, then….” “He is probably watching or listening to us right now.” Opal replies, “You’re right!” Earl continues, “Maybe if we just sit down and don’t do anything funny he ‘ll stop using us in his comics?!”  “Good idea!” The fourth panel finds Earl sitting down on the sofa and getting poked on his butt, as he screams out “Ouch!! Oh, great! I sat on your knitting needles!”

We find Beetle Bailey asleep on his army cot.  His buddies are watching TV and one notes that the ad on TV for a great pillow had been purchased already by Beetle.  The other says, “It must really be good.” “Not really. Beetle could sleep on a pile of bricks!”

Shoe shows two panels featuring Roz’ restaurant.  She is sitting at the bar and the barkeep asks her how her date with Shoe went. Roz says it was like a James Bond Martini. It left me shaken, no stirred!



The Amateur Eye – Great News From D.T.

October 2, 2018

Another first for President Trump by using his expertise at bringing other countries to the table without giving away the store.  Fair trade deals seems like our previous negotiators like Obama’s crew and several previous presidential bodies gave away our wealth and for nothing in return.  Make no mistake.  It is the over cunning left-wing jobs who I call the communist front carried over from the 30s-50s era with their organized HATE TRUMP  cry.  These people are not Americans and you can name a number of those who prescribe to the Democrat Party and I add the term “high-jackers” because the old democrats would not recognize what the “Ole Party” has decayed into.

Since a lot of dirt bag liberals want to call our President DUMB, simple-minded, not professional enough for their tastes, doesn’t adhere to previous presidential dogma of being Santa Claus to everybody who knocks on our door, runs our defense industry and military into the ground where our pilots don’t have the flying time to keep our war defenses up to our standards to win the air battles, causes me to almost throw up.

Everyone praises those who die or are shot down and captured.  They go through hell. But I would like to think of those aces from the Korean and Vietnam conflicts who mastered the jet aircraft as a fighting tool and knocked the hell out of enemy aces.  And that goes double for those men and women who carryon the banner of greatness in the defense of our Nation and allies.  We not only have to have the armor but also the hours flight time to master score kills in actual combat. Sometimes I think most young people should have military training of some sort and the best and brightest for air combat, mechanics to keep our planes in the air and other technicians trained for combat on the ground.


I rest my case, folks.  You don’t believe me? Examples of brutal regimes is Germany’s Nazi Party praised by many before the world was thrown into total chaos; Red China continues to harass Christians, the Middle East is full of vindictive hatreds going back hundreds of years.

I guess what I am trying to say is that  our Revolutionary War so called brought about men to come together and form our Constitution, freedoms which today are threatened by the false hope to many who seek lives free of self reliance to life and liberty.  Lose that spirit of our framers and you will suffer the consequences of socialist propaganda.  To be free requires work and diligence against those who rant and rave in pay of billionaires who have always despised our Nation.

President Trump has sounded the alarm along with those who bring to the fore the history of those who made our country what it’s potential could be; it has been a long road and no where near perfection but wisdom continues to prescribe its goal.  Maybe the imperfect union was what our forefathers founded and believed that imperfection was after all a good thing because it was perfection  always the struggle and goal of Americanism.

The Amateur Eye -Fallacy and Truism

October 1, 2018

The human spirit is given free reign.  It has been written about in both fact and fiction.  When authors approach the written word, it always entertains the above wagging tongues often at the delight of recipients in such classics, works meant to entertain the joy coming from literature whether it be good westerns, mysteries, history, scientific exploration of the creative mind toward adventure. And sometimes such imagination coming from the pens of writers has enabled new discoveries about our universe.

Waging tongues have helped make or break human spirit of individuals as well as groups.  I see it in the political maze of parties who seem bent on proving a point of contention instead of examining what is real in life and what is defective reasoning. For these folks it matters not what is truth but rather the manipulation of it to sound right. A point to be made is the deviltry seen in the bombastic legalistic jargon thrown out to the audiences who view them–the public, the prospective voter, and all meant to sway opinion, not fact.  Truth be known, fact is suspect in the guise of political garbage that is fed to viewers over numerous airway means.

I and you are living to see what will be the result of man’s inhumanity.  I should of course refer to it as man and woman but the correct legalistic term “man” does historically refer to both sexes at least I always thought so,  or has that been another snowball tossed literature’s way?

Perhaps you see that I refrain from naming names in the current legal battle going on between Democrats and Republicans, etc. over the pending approval for filling the vacancy in the Supreme Court. I do so because it is an age old problem too often seen in politics and something I will not touch to being accused by either Party or Parties as being biased. I do agree that this whole process has become a Satanic circus built around fears on both sides having nothing to do with the administration of their roles being privileged as sitters of judgment of nominees’ qualifications and temperament.  It is to me and I am sure to many viewers that heaven forbid that you or I have to vote in this maze.

The midterm elections may well be a way for all of us to make our voices heard and the wisdom of American citizens be heard equally loud and clear so that fallacy and truisms will emerge and be seen as fact from fiction.  In all this, I pray for those who suffer under the whip of political high-ginks.  It reminds us that the Constitution is the bedrock which can only be weakened from within. God Bless America.

The Amateur Eye – Opening Twists

September 30, 2018

Openings on the chess board are never more than a generation away from exhibited experimentation less it dwindle in the confines of drama and philosophy of a moment in time.  Here, the imagination works overtime in this stage of the game where both players in the contest find new twists in combat.

One might look at high adventure in a Sicilian or Gambit; but the French??  Yes–the French! arising out of Rubinstein’s centuries old 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 d:e4 4. N:e4 Nd7 5. Nf3 Ngf6 6. N:f6+ N:f6 7. Bd3 c5 or varying at 5. g3 Be7 6. Bg2 Ngf6 7. N:f6+ B:f6, both plans yielding about equal play and many drawn games among the glut of the Rubinstein set ups.

In following square count concepts of space and freedom, the newer idea to come along was 5. g4!?  as examined in Jeroen Bosch’ Secrets of Opening Surprises New In Chess column for #7/2018. This idea from the 1990s offers room for further exploration in testing.  Positions arising out of 5. g4!? reflects a powerful proof of my square count theory.

A few lines from actual game play: 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 d:e4 4. N:e4 Nd7 5. g4!? Ngf6.6. N:f6+ N:f6 7. g5 Nd5 8. Bg2 c5 9. Nf3 Qc7 10. O-O Nf4 11. B:f4 Q:f4 12. Qd3! shows alternative ideas in this line to favor White.