The Amateur Eye – Let freedom ring

March 20, 2017

World governing policies are not working.  We should not expect breakthroughs when you see politicians of every stripe prattle endlessly as do the journalistic idiots who waste away hours bellowing on the airways.  What am I saying?  I rarely write anymore about the world scene, devoting myself to chess and brainpower.  It helps in every field.  But politics?? I wonder!

Get off your butts and start writing hard copy not to me about financial support for future election of candidates but to Russia’s Putin through the embassy route.  Millions of letters calling for a reversal of his policies, with copies sent to the United Nation American staff to throw down on desks of every national entity.  Force too, a change in Iran and North Korean governments by setting up free elections and political debate for candidates free of intimidation.

DEMAND – DEMAND – DEMAND that the war drums be muted and adversaries forced to be brought to the table for negotiating.  Those national leaders who are found to be criminals be sought out for prosecution if they ignore it. DEMAND-DEMAND-DEMAND.  Damn it!!!!!!

NATO  should be organized to start war and wipe out the murdering enemies who threaten peaceful everyday life across the world citizenry and restore a peace in the homelands of refugees.

It pisses me off that I keep reading junk about what fear seeps through the so-called political crap of any nation that should be considered as an outlaw.  If this be done, then the refugee problem could be solved in their own countries and peace would abound in time.  And President Trump could start to fix flaws so we can rebuild and modernize our national landscape of cities, roads, rivers, dams, preserve wildlife, schools and restore the rights of citizens guaranteed in the Constitution.


The Amateur Eye / Trompowsky Attack

March 19, 2017

This often played opening in both correspondence and over-the-board play is a mixed bag of historic delights.  It found it’s way into the World Championship match between Carlsen and Karjakin.  My  own look at chess play of course rests on my “square count” theory that remains totally absent from my huge library of sorted chess data where I merely tried to illustrate chess from a numerical perspective.  To me it seemed easy for children to understand more clearly both movement and piece selection.  It is also a wake up call where the needs of a position assists in short and long term planning  use of our brainpower.

An interesting battle took place between many players and I select a game short enough to maintain your interest.  White:  Patatnik  vs. Black: Geller from 1980.

l.  d4  Nf6  2. Bg5  d5  3.  B:f6  e:f6   Black decides to create a half-open e-file; the alternative ideal goal is to capture toward the center as one of my own games with black in the Insanity Open.   The setups are distinctly different.

4.  e3  Be6  5.  Nd2  Nd7  6. c4  White aim is a strong pawn chain presence that seems offset by black pieces finding active play.  Thus, both sides appear to be happy with their decision coming out of the opening phase.

6. … Bb4  7. c:d5  B:d5  8. Ne2!  O-O  9. Nc3  The point behind move 8.

9. …Nb6  10. a3!  It beckons the bishop to either retreat or capture the knight which strengthens the white center. The knight on b6 is about out of the fracass.

10. … B:c3  11. b:c3  c5  12. Bd3!  Effecting square count.

12. … c:d4  13. c:d4  B:g2?  This appears to hope material will offset white’s strong pawn center where an endgame position would benefit the white side.  But red flags should fly all over the place!  He half-opens the g-file where the king has yet to castle and the enemy king will be under the eye of a menacing rook if white so chooses via Rg1.

14. Rg1  Yep!  Just made to order maybe.

14.  … Bc6  Hoping to safeguard the king by g6. Square count stands at 11/8.

15.  R:g7+!!  K:g7  16. Qg4+  Kh8  17. Qf5 leads to checkmate. So, black turns down his king in resignation.                   &&& ………. &&&

Again, a rather unusual Colle System was adopted in the World Championship between Carlsen and Karjakin.

I present a game from the k-12 National School Championship held in Florida, 2014.

White: Samir Sen  vs.  Black:  N. A. Kranjc   Opening:  Colle System

l.  d4  d5  2. Nf3   Nf6  3.  e3  e6  4. Bd3  a6  This move seems to be often met in modern strategy.  But it is weak from the sense that it develops no piece.  The only asset is that it guards the b5 square from a white piece setting up house on it. Develop, develop, develop is the by-word in openings.

5. O-O   Bd6 6. Nbd2  O-O  7. e4  White pounces on the center e4 square.

7. … d:e4  8. N:e4  Be7  9. Qe2  Nbd7  10. Bg5  An example of Capablanca’s combined development noted in his own treatise.

10. … N:e4  11. Q:e4  g6  12. Bh6  Re8  13. Rad1!  An excellent square for the rook. It also dissuades the idea like …c5 as too dangerous to play.

13. … Nf6  14. Qe2  Bf8  15.Bg5  Avoids exchanges and keeps the pressure on the position. Exchanges should always be played with a purpose and how it effects the position. The defender in such cases finds benefit in exchanges.

15. … Bg7  16. Ne5!  Setting a trap.  If 16…Q:d4?? 17. B:g6 wins  material.

16. … h6  17. Bh4  g5  18. Bg3  Nd5  19. Qh5! Rf8  20. Ng4  f5  21. N:h6+ B:h6  Qf6

Now white has two possible continuations.. the aggressive retention of the Queen or exchanging to bring about a positional superior pawn endgame advantage.   White, being a strong endgame artist decides to use this advantage to score the point on move 56.

This is another example of using square count as a confidence builder in handling positions.  finis.






Don’s Classic Humor Bits

March 19, 2017

Your life will benefit from being methodical, systematic, and  having a businesslike  approach.  Remember what mom and dad reminded you in prayer–follow your dreams without thought of financial worthiness.  The idea is to be cheerful, helpful, be loving and this is life’s reward for happiness.  Achieve this goal, and you will find heaven on earth.

Hagar:  Didn’t you have a boyfriend?  I used it….but he turned out to be a cold fish.

Cyrus’  Idiotic Brain:  Money hoarding is evil but not to Cyrus.  He says that electronic banking was the greatest thing to come along in this world of finance.  Maybe so.  Maybe not.  He insists its the second greatest way to transfer money from his bank account.  So I asked him what was the first way?  He said:  “Being married.”

Beetle Bailey:  Pvt. Bailey is in love with the general’s secretary and his affection is rewarded.  She asks him if he was writing to his parents (and what reason might she wonder?).  Yes, I wrote:  Dear Mom and Dad!  I really appreciate all of your support and encouragement.  I love you both, dearly.  Oh!…That is nice…You are one of a kind. Well, its my standard text lead in … to send me more money!

The Family Circle:   GRANDMA’S  BIG  BOY heading on her birthday gift of a new sweater she knitted for him brought this response after he opened the mailed package present.  Entering the kitchen where mom was making lunch, he said:   BOY! I don’t think I am as big as Grandma thinks I am, Mom. Her heart is in the right place, dear.  After all, you can grow into it but you couldn’t ever wear it if it were too small.  I didn’t think of that.  Grandma is pretty smart, isn’t she!

Don’s World of Classic Humor

March 16, 2017

Blondie:  Dagwood enters the den where the kids are downloading.  Dagwood who just entered remarks, Whoa…Justin Bieber is still around?  Of course Daddy! He’s got a bunch songs out.  Then I stand corrected….I thought he was a flash in the pan.  You are right about him being old now…Yeah, he is in his early twenties.

Hagar:   You need to take these medications every day for the rest of your life. Should I worry about side effects, doc?  Only if bankruptcy worries you.

Dilbert:   I hear you have some vacation days coming. Planning anything special?  I plan to catch up on all my work I could not complete because people kept interrupting me.  That is too bad.  I suppose one would call it a sad vacation experience. Yeah, I guess I am craving to start it right now.

Beetle Bailey:   The general’s secretary opens a box that contains her order of health and beauty supplies.  Wow!  They sure gave me a lot of free samples with my shampoo order! She takes out all the items and sets them on her desk.  Hey…they forgot the shampoo.

The Family Circle:  Ooooh!  Mommy, you look great and so very grown up!  Mommy is affixing her ear rings and decked out in a black evening gown.

Ziggy:  I am sorry to say, Mr. Ziggy…but it seems that cartoonist forgot to draw you a lifeline.


Don’s Comic Soul Thoughts

March 16, 2017

You have something unique to add to all this liberal folly.  If not winning in the early stages of the game, don’t lose heart.  Just remember your King needs space where his goal and energy can be displayed.  This makes him a winner but you have to keep him out of being checkmated.  Evil abounds.  A healthy spirit brings rewards.

He who is really wise can never be confused. He who is really brave is never afraid.

The saying, “business is business” to me is a sour note.  Business is a work in hand that ultimately is to help people overcome the bad and ugly moments with hope of a good future.  Because everything you do ultimately is meant to help others that personally matter to them and enriches self.  So in my “book”  all who work and create will find that it is not just business.  To reap rewards from achievement is a personal blessing.


Don’s Comic Review

March 14, 2017

Flowers given just to be nice tells a lot.  Joy builds the spirit where happy surprises come from the heart.

Pickles:  Grampa, do you remember the good old days?  I sure do!  We didn’t call them that back then.  What did you call them?  We called them “These trying times.”

Beetle Bailey:  Trying a new tactic to get Beetle to be a good, reliable soldier, Sarge turns to smiles and compliments.  Good job, Beetle!  This leaves Beetle mystified as well as a nearby corporal. I read that being upbeat and complimentary produce positive results!

The Liberal Agenda:  Every time I get a peak at the kids’ rooms makes me shudder.  Whatever happened to neat and orderly?  Look, if they tidied up their rooms, they would conforming to your standards.  They are proclaiming their independence.  They’re showing you that they have their own minds and that they are separate, unique individuals!  Kids! Yeah, they’re all alike.

Shoe:  Do you believe in reincarnation?  No. But I hear it is making a comeback.

The Dog’s Life:   The butcher shop entrance said NO PETS ALLOWED!  He’s not my pet!  He’s my best friend!

The Family Circle:  I don’t think Mommy would mind if you wanted to spoil us, Grandma.


Don’s Comic Coffee Time Joy

March 12, 2017

Stick too close to traditional journalism and the result will have less life and zingy unpredictability for your inspired whims of the day.  Try to avoid offending sensitive idiots less you get arguments and bias accusations.  Criticizing vibes is not good.  Still, that is okay in view that the subject addressed had it coming.

Beetle Bailey:  Beetle found by the post chaplain in battered condition needing sick bay.  How did it happen, Sarge?  He wouldn’t follow orders, chaplain.  And I was just being Sarge.

Pickles:  How is your neck?  Still a little sore. Well, I am glad the fire department was able to get your head and the cat out of the mailbox.  Oh, it was so embarrassing with the crowd having gathered let alone the whole experience.  I want to forget.  Then you don’t want to watch the 6 o’clock  news…You’re the lead story tonight.


Don’s Classic Story Book of Life

March 11, 2017

Before the pressures of the day mount, go be alone with the Lord in prayer.  Take time to ponder, to breathe, get centered,  calmness rules.  Love is not always stimulating magic but almost always simulating to your thoughts of others, to God, to life.  Find value in trust where every day you come out ahead over the long haul.

Blondie:  Dagwood at the office and on the phone with Blondie.  It’s a date, honey!  I’ll see you at the restaurant at 6:30. You got it sweetheart!  6:30 it is, right on the button dear.  Yep, 6:30 right on the dot.  Hanging up the phone, Dagwood thinks:  She’ll be there at 7:00 more or less.

Pickles:  My friend’s head is stuck in the mailbox and so is her cat. A call to the emergency fire department brings a quick response.  Can you help her?  Oh, I think so.  Why are you taking a picture for?  Documentation. The department gives an award every month for the most ridiculous rescue.

Hagar:  The wet blanket story seen again and again in Hagar’s daughter’s love life.  Excuse me young man…do you know any traveler’s songs?  Sure!  Then, so you wouldn’t mind playing somewhere else?  Papa, why don’t you go to bed.  His music will make you sleep sound..(.I hope).

Beetle Bailey:   Beetle asks the company clerk  for a pass to  town.  I don’t see why not with that gorgeous girl secretary of the general.  As private Bailey passes Sgt. busy with his paperwork, tells Beetle, “Next time you go over my head,  go behind my back.”

Garfield:  Our two love birds ponder the beauty of stars in the black of night.  Jon says that it looks like the stars go on forever.  They do go on and far beyond our comprehension.  Whoa!  So there could be brain sucking lobster beings out there? ( He blew it!)  She ups and prepares to depart his company.  Time to go.

The Breakup:  Meet me at Barney’s hon.  I got to see you bad.  I just found out something.  I really don’t know how to break it to you.  I am going to be a father.  Oh!  No kidding?!  Well, that is wonderful.  It is.  But not for you and me.  It changes everything.  You can see that, can’t you?  I mean, look…I can’t think only of myself but got family responsibilities in the near future.  She sobs, gets up and shaking her head runs out to the entrance.  Meanie. She deserves better.  Sobbing ended, she spots her priest.  Father, I was going to tell him that I couldn’t marry him.  What a relief!  So, two souls go their separate ways.

Ziggy:  Sign on the window: CHEF’S SURPRISE $6.95.  Hi, Ziggy, You want to try this tonight?  All I can say is that it is so surprising that half the time I don’t even know what’s in it.

The Family Circle:  Junior circles the wagons  having prepared to show Dad and Mom his report card.  You got a D in math after all the work I put in to help you with your homework?  Yep.  But don’t you think the D result belongs to both of us. That is why I told Mom on coming home from school that “We got a D.”



The Amateur Eye–Lecture on Squares

March 10, 2017

Understanding the laws of chess has been made difficult because the stress has been on the physical pieces and pawn structures rather than addressing what I consider to be most important–the terrain which means the 64 squares on the board.  As I said, I had no coaches and just loved the feel of the pieces, the art of battle laid plans, and how these all combined together on the board in front of me.  My paper on the subject of chess for my English teacher which I had orally sought acceptance was met with, “I don’t know much about chess but I encourage you to explore and have faith in your own views.”  As I said, I took my paper to both Drs. Herzberger, a student of Einstein, and Marchand who was a mathematician at Kodak Research and U of R.  Each said it was an interesting idea but warned me that such a  revolutionary concept about chess would probably not be well received by the powers that be.  Still, they encouraged me to follow my dream.  I have, of course, related some of this in earlier writings.

A blitz game played between Karpov and Shirov in 2006 adds fuel to the fire perhaps to lend support to my assertions of the value of giving square count, if for no one else but my readers, and to some who have said chess was too hard to learn, had no one to learn from where books left a lot of confusion.

l.  d4  Nf6  2. c4  I actually prefer 2. Nf3 to avoid a gambit like 2….e5  3. d:e5  Ng4 leading to very tricky play.

2. … g6  3. Nc3  d5  4. c:d5  N:d5  5. e4  N:c3  6. b:c3  Bg7  The concept of the Fianchetto
Bishop  was made popular in the England-France chess match between St. Amant of France and Howard Staunton of England.  Over a hundred years, it’s refinement into many opening patterns tells us that it was a valuable tool for both roles of offense and defense.

7. Be3  c5  It is important to challenge the central complex of white’s domination of the center.

8. Qd2  Qa5  9. Rb1  b6  Here, we see the value of square count.  White has established a powerful center, control of a half-open b-file by an energetic Rook.  Black’s aim must be to counter this.  He did so with 7…c5 and the  Bishop aiming at the center.

10. Bc4  Bb7  11.  f3  Nc6  12. Ne2  c:d4 13. c:d4  Q:d2+  14. K:d2  Rd8  15. Rhd1  White pursues a plan to put pressure on the black position rather than play Bb5 to indirectly defend his pawn.  Here is part of the joy of chess.  White is looking to utilize his square majority influence in hopes of continued pressure on Black.  Black will try to continue to focus on the center counter play.  Chess play and strategy has built-in risks which often evolve out of wishes to create imbalances in positions which offer the best chances for victory by either side.  Too much neutrality leads to draws.

15.  … B:d4 16. N:d4  N:d4  17. Kc3  Nc6  18. R:d8+  N:d8  19. Rd1  Bc6  20. Bh6  Rg8  21. h4  Ne6  22. Rd2  Bd7  23. Be3  h5  24. Kb4  White has an active King against a passive King with almost no space to maneuver. (The lack of open/free squares.)  This spells danger.

24. … Nd8  25. Kc3  Rf8  26. Bh6  Rh8  27. Bf4  Rf8  28. Bb8  Nc6  29. Bc7  White builds up the pressure wherein stress starts to play it’s role, too.

29. … Na5  30. Bb5  This move wins a piece because the Bishop is pinned since to expose the d8 square would allow Rd8 checkmate!

So we see in this game, a good example of the mission of square count possessing a key role in the conduct of the game by both sides. It does more, perhaps.  The long term goal as well as devised short term plans trigger the elements of chess strategy and tactics!


Don’s Comic Parade

March 8, 2017

If you were to summon all of your creative power, you will love the work ethic you shoulder.

Blondie:  A knock at the door brings Dagwood who finds Elmo who asks Mr. B if Dag can help him with school assignment.  Sure, Elmo, what is it?  I have to interview someone who has a really cool job.  Well, I’m flattered, Elmo and…Is Mrs. B at home or is she at her catering shop, Mr. B?  Ugh is Dag’s facial expression.  No…she is here. Elmo, c’mon in.

Pickles:  RING! RING!  Gramps answers the phone with his usual, “Go ahead, please. You’re on the air.  There is a click on the other end. I get rid of a lot phone calls that way!!

Hagar:  Grab your weapons, men!! We are going to raid NORWAY!  Long line of negative thoughts follow…No Way! Forget it!  Too dangerous!  The place is full of VICIOUS VIKING WARRIORS!!

Dilbert:  Our new politeness policy is having unintended consequences.  I just spent the whole morning listening to Tina talk about her health problems.  The company says it is rude to just walk away.  How did you escape?  I got lucky.  She had a health problem.

Beetle Bailey:  Hey! This cover is loose.  You got into my nuts again!  Otto thinks…I don’t even like nuts!  I am so sorry, Otto. All the nuts are still in the can.  Otto thinks…All I did was to lick the salt off!!

Dreams:  I need your advice.  About what?  Well, last night she invited me over and asked me to go on a weekend with her. She wants to have an affairWow!  You saved my life.  I was stoned last night and when I woke up on the bed in my room, I was worried because I couldn’t remember anything about last night after those drinks at Barney’s.

A Dog’s Life:  Fred, I just want to sit in my lounge chair for a short snooze. Fred thinks… That was a long 50 winks ago. Woof, woof!  Time for our trot around the park.

The Family Circus:  Why does the rain always show up when I have an outside play date she tells her little brother.

The Nightly News:   Shut off the set. Tonight his topic… nothing but doom and gloom news.