Newsletter August 2003 – JAX Chess News

Newsletter August 2003 – JAX Chess News

G-d Bless America

 The editor Bradley Zang would like you to know that some of these stories are so unbelievable he doesn’t even believe them.
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 Russ Donnelly Memorial (Black Mar ) theme tournament. On Sat September 21 2002 

All games start 1d4 d5 2 e4 dxe   (You don’t have to belong to any organization to play in this tournament.)  Location: Panera Bread Company 1615 Hendricks Ave Jacksonville, FL    Phone  (904)306-9600  Reg 1:00 to 2PM   Rounds  2:15, 3:30,4:30 and 5:30 PM G/30 Information . Prizes are Trophies and books.  Cost $ 20 adults $10 for senors and college students.  Fee includes a 12 month membership in the Jacksonville Chess Club. Members $5   FCCJ students Free   Childrens Scholastic section grades 1 through 12 only  $5

The Jacksonville Chess Club meets every Saturday between 11 A.M. and 4 P.M. at the Deerwood Center of Florida Community College in the Commons Area, 9911 Old Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville Fl 32256, phone 997-2500.

Strange News by Elliote Wisanski

Chess Mind Links Reported

Ever since the East German Sports Federation was exposed for giving the steroid oral-turinabol, a physical performance enhancer to its athletes, chess players have asked,  “Could cognitive enhancers be developed for the sport of chess? ” Can drugs make your brain grow smarter?

More-over has research geared towards finding cures for neurological disorders developed chemicals that make healthy people smarter?  One thing you can be sure of is, if (or when) these drugs exist, some people will abuse them.
With this background, let Jose Mantanches tell you his story.

“First, thank you for hearing my story. No other Chess News Letter would. I was born in the small town of Orange Walk, Belize, near the mysterious Maya ruens of Cuello. The ancient Maya were an amazing culture at least 4500 years old. Their knowledge of the earth’s orbit,  revolutions of Venus and lunar periods were within minutes of today’s values. They used the numeric term zero and the duration term alautun approximately 63 million years. Yet their superior mental fulfillment is ignored by the europhilic culture we live in.  Why my interest? My father, a Spaniard, was a brilliant archeologist who traveled throughout South America. He came here to researched why so many ancient Maya cities were abandoned in the forest.  (Around 800 AD)  He wanted to explore land that my mother an aristocrat  owned.  She took a liking to him, and they soon married had me, then divorced. When papa visited, we would play chess and speculate over the Terminal Classical Maya. He called them the Forsaken City  Mayas.

I had a rather lonely childhood and so I passed the time playing cerebral games. Since the age of eight, I would go every week, to the towns cafe to watch a man play chess. He was called El Rey del Blitz ( the king of Blitz ). His round flat face revealed the Indian blood that ran in his veins. On my 21st birthday, as a lark, I asked the then octogenarian El Rey del Blitz to play a game. He beat me in 15 moves. I wanted to play again only to hear, “Go home your not in my class.” Class I thought,  “How  dare you say that to a true Hispanic of an upper class family of pure Spanish descent.”

Enraged, I vowed oneday to defeat him in a chess duel. I gave up work, studied chess problems 16 hours a day, for three years. When I felt I was ready, I went back to the cafe. I heard “You again? Go away novice.” I put 1000 US dollars on the table. It was my whole life savings and said. “I’ll play you for this. ” El Rey de Blitz politely took one of his rooks off the board. I thought, ” Rook odds against me; what an effrontery”. Then to my disgrace, he beat me in 25 moves. I stood up and went outside to the veranda.

Angered by the shame I brought to my family, my bloodline. I shouted into the torrential rain, ” I would give anything to beat El Rey de Blitz.” Just that minute, a colossal lightning bolt lit the sky accenting the blond hair of a senorita with an amazing physique, sitting at a nearby table. She smiled and asked if I would join her and her uncle, Dr Fousle, for a drink. Her uncle a dwarfy looking man, said he understood the dishonor that I felt. Dr Fousle explained that he had worked in Alzheimer research in east Germany.

He had moved here to see if an indigenous rain forest plant might be a good natural source of a neurotropin he discovered. He claimed he was from the old school which preferred to avoid all the red tape of documented human trials. He offered me a drug that might make me smarter. In my hand, he put a vial of more than 100 pills. The label read Fousle-ampakine take one a day.

I went home that night despairing over the loss of my money and my disgrace. I swallowed the whole vial of pills, hoping never to wake up. Well two days later, I did.   Driven by a compulsion, I went back to the cafe to confront El Rey de Blitz . I demanded he play me another blitz game and swore I would never return if he beat me. I can not tell you the delight I had when I won the game. I won the next four games. El Rey del Blitz then offered to return my money if I played him an old fashioned 12 hour game of chess and won.

I agreed and after hours of agonizing over what he was thinking, I not only realized that I could guess what he was thinking but I could hear his thoughts. In the 10 th minute of the 10 th hour of the game, he turned over his king and sighed, “Finally, someone to take over.” I was ectatic got my money and took the blond Fraulein Fousle who was watching the game home that night. I awoke in the morning to the sound of an alarm clock. But I thought I don’t have an alarm clock. Then I heard, “Time to get up. Must drink my prune juice.”.

It was the thought’s of  El Rey de Blitz.  I even heard other voices. One voice told me of  birds that came from across the Atlantic that brought a disease spread by flying insects that ate their decaying remains. The disease spread so fast they knew it would be the end of the Forsaken City Mayas of Cuello or as they prefered to be called the Ahitzamna. See the Ahitzamna’s egotism led to so much inbreeding, they had no immunity.  To find a cure was not possible. There was only one way to keep their civilization alive and that was through linking with the minds of a lower caste of Indians,  they kept as servants.  They had an immunity to the disease.

Indian shamans where given a mind enhancing plant extract as a gift before playing competitive thought games with the Mayas.  When enhanced minds try with all their might to see what the other is thinking, they can form a link. The link never dies even if one of the people dies. The increased brain capacity even allows many  minds-eyes to leave imprints on the linkers brain. Or, as they put it parallel reverbratory nerve circuits on the thalamic region of the brain.  El Rey del Blitz a Shaman died a few years later.

I’m glad their civilization survived but I sometime hear hundreds of voices and its a bit of a problem. I ended up marrying the blond woman who turned out to be a east German competitive swimmer. I do hope she was born a woman. Men from the Govt. wearing black suites took her uncle Fousle away before he could find a cure for my problem. One voice told me that Paul Morphy was a Shaman and the first to be linked through the game of chess. Is it true? How did he solve his problem?” Oh, one more thing the voices keeps saying “Soon we will see the world.” What could it mean?

Our editor Brad Zang refused to allow the JCN investigation committee to be formed. He said, ” Men in Black is a totally ridiculous idea based on a movie. It is our policy not to investigate any events involving Men in Black.  Anyway it’s unnecessary since drug testing for chess tournaments are coming. Even our USCF FIDE Vice President  has presented a resolution calling on FIDE not to oppose drug testing.”

Elsewhere in Chess News:

Viswanathan Anand 
defeated FIDE world champion Ruslan Ponomariov 4.5-3.5. The three day Rapid Chess event that took place in Mainz Germany ending August 18.

Walter Cunningham won the 11 th Annual  Bob Turrill Memorial Tournament.on August 18 in Jacksonville. He has been a Master for over 39 years who despite the long drive from Gainsville won first place with a score of 3.5 out of 4. Their was a three way tie for second place going to Andrew Cunanan, Rick Mull and David Jordan with 3 out of 4. David Jordan winning the under 1600 prize. The Scholastic Section was won by William Bowman.

St. Augustine Florida was the first city in America to have chess. There is a folk tale told during Ghost tours in that town. That in the Spanish Royal court of Philip II  the great Bishop Ruy Lopez would demonstrate his chess genus, while others watched. Quite strikingly Pedro Menendez the founder of St Augustine would always make annoying recommendations. In order to quiet Menendez, Lopez played him a game while blindfolded and beat him. This so angered  Menendez that chessplayers had to meet secretly in St. Augustine.  See Menendez had this bothersome habit of having peoples throat cut who upset him.  Some St. Augustine chess enthusiasts claim even today Menendez haunts their games kibitzing with really bad suggestions. One club still  keeps the tradition of stealthily moving around from house to house.   Mike Horn is starting his own stationary club in St. Augustine. Info  tel 904 347-9542

The Scholastic Chess Update reports USCF fee’s are going up.  They infer this is a good thing. If you have another opinion let us know.

Play Chinese ChessXiangqi here

Chess Gossip 

Did FIDE transfer their monies to a personal Swiss bank account to avoid negative interest?
Is the USCF moving to Miami?



Grand Master Ruben Fine gives E4 g6  the Robatsch Defense as good example of Unorthodox openings.  He claims its user’s goal is to  fluster the bookworm into trying to win in ten moves.

Their are others with reputations like El Rey de Bitz. One is called Lightning Man and this is one of his games. This Article was Donated by Brian Wall. Check out his website or subcribe to his Chess letter at .

Internet Chess Club  April 9th, 2002 5-minute White – Grandmaster Roman Dzindzichashvili  In 1980 GM Dz won almost every tournament he played in, coming in second in the Chess Oscars – only GM Luboievich beat him – he also had a very hot year. Roman was once tied with Tal and Timman for 5-7 on the FIDE world rating list.

Black – IM Renier Gonzlaes Born in Cuba but currently living in Miami Florida USA FIDE rating 2424 1 e4 g6  2 Nc3  Bg7  3 f4 c6  4 Nf3 d5  5 e5 Nh6  6 d4 0-0  7 Be3 Bg4  8 h3 Bf3  9 Qf3 f6  10 ef ef  11 Bd3 11 g4 has been played 4 times, 11 0-0 twice before in Jon Fortune’s databases. 11 …f5  12 0-0-0 Nd7   Here is where we reach the road less traveled by – 12 … Nf7 has been tried once in Arkell-Safranska   Ingrid Larsen Memorial (Women) 1991  0-1.     12 … b5 was tried once in Bikova-Ostrovskaya   Moscow  1970   1-0.   The decision must be close because Deep Fritz 7 changes her mind a lot and settles on – 12 … Na6 12 … Qa5 12 … Nd7 13  g4  Qa5  TNTheoretical Novelty by International Master Renier Gonzales – Deep Fritz rainbow -13 … Re8  13 … Qc7 13 … Qa5  TN by Renier in this game 13 … Qe7 13 … Qb6 13 … b5  played twice by humans  including a Gonzales(Black)  vs Arosemena  1998   in the Andres Clemente Vasquez Memorial     0-1 by Gonzales but I don’t know if it’s the same guy. 13 … a6 13 … a5 13 … Nb6  played twice by humans Fritz prefers White in all lines – according to this chart the closest a silly human has come to finding the right move for Black is this game. This is the first original position in the game. 14 Kb1 Fritz prefers an immediate pawn rush with g5,h4,h5 14 … b5?  Fritz likes developing the last piece with 14 … Rae8 but IM Gonzales probably wanted to develop the rook to b8 after ….b5, … Nb6-c4  and a trade on c4. 15 Nd5! Bang! Move through the pawn structure, children, don’t tiptoe around it. 15 … cd16 Qd5+  Kh8   17 Qa8+  puts an end to 16 … Rf7?  protecting the d7-knight 17 Qd7 b4  18 Bc4 Rad8  19 Qb7 fg?

In my study of human vs computer error, the most common mistakes by humans are moves that work 95% of the time, i.e., captures and developing moves. Computers cannot see long maneuvers or the hopelessness of weak structures. 20 hg Ng4 This is not a mistake anymore because it trades offs some pieces – the damage was done on move 14 … b5?  allowing  15 Nd5   and last move  19 … fg? opening up the h-file – at this point IM Renier’s move is best. 21 Rh7+! Wow! That’s gotta leave a mark!  Time spent calculating – 16 seconds. 21 … Kh7  22 Rh1+ Roman told me as a child he did not like to read Chess books but preferred diagrams of tactical problems. His daughter Victoria could multiply 4 digit numbers in her head when she was 8 years old and come up with the right answer in seconds -when you asked her how, she couldn’t explain it. OK, you try it – what’s 5776 times 8963? – OK, I’m still waiting. 22 … Nh6?   Giving up the queen with 22 … Qh5 was necessary – now I will study my photo essay of GM Dzindzichashvili vs IM Gonzales while you calculate the mate in 5. 23 Rh6+  Kh6  24 f5+  Kh5  25 Qf3+  Kh4  26 Qf4+  1-0        Renier resigns        mate next move

Web Site Review by Donney Daniels

The Campbell Report is a great way to keep in touch with Correspondence Chess. It also covers off the wall topics like Fischer Random matches. Put together by James Franklin Campbell a chess expert who became a master at correspondence chess. His writing shows a passion for the game of kings but some of his games are  the par excellence of chess. We hope to bring you a few with analysis in the near future.


T. Meretens writes: Sir, As goes for the allegation that Jaenisch was a Russian chessmaster, to be found in the article drafted by an Italian chess organisation, I wish to correct the statement since Jaenisch was a Finn ( from the then Grand Duchy of Finland ) though he mostly lived and worked in Russia.

Andre Neyrinck writes: About the J�nisch: our first board IM Jef Boey is a big fan of this opening. In fact he made it his life’s work as a chessplayer and has thousands of games, analysed, commented etc… He may publish it one day. As always your Strange News is too crazy… I have to treat all these articles with caution and good timing, especially in the club, since showing them to my fellow players risks to seriously disturbing a whole tournament by their homeric laughing outbursts.

Wesley Maiyo writes: We need Chess Instructor to teach a class at Oak Park Community Center in the Fall Session which begins on the 2nd, week of August 2002. Oak Park Community Center is run and maintained by the City of Tampa Recreation Department. It is located at 5400 E. 14th, Ave. Please call at (813) 622-1904

Josh Jaccini writes: What Policy? The editor Brad Zang did it to us again. In the middle of the investigation we found out the Judge incharge of  the enhancement drug investigations in Germany was named Faust. Mr. Zang goes Faust! Well Men in Black is a  ridiculous idea anyway.

Scholastic Corner

Bruci Lopez of Miami who won the Denker Tournament of High School Champions and the $30,000 college scholarship to the University of Texas at Dallas that went with it.

Game of the Month Cephlapod ( 1.1) William Bowman 1179 vs John Ruppeiner 1359 July 20 2002- Southern Open- Orlando- Caro Kahn Defense 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Bd3 ( King Neptune’s Book say’s Nd2) dxe4 4. Bxe4 5.Nf6 Nc3 ( Chigorin liked to offer a Bishop for the Sea horse. ) e6 (e5 is good bait ) 6. Bd3 ( Qxd4 is this pawn a repellar?  Black is far behind in development) Bb4 7. Bd2 Qxd4 (Not enough for the pawn.) 8. Nf3 Qd8 9. Qe2 Nbd7 10. O-O O-O 11. a3 Bc5 12. Ne4 Qb6 13. b4 Be7 14. c4 Qc7 15. Bc3 Rd8 16. Rad1 b6 17. Neg5 h6 (Nf8 would lose a pawn. Qf4 a whale of a move! h6 allows the Sea horse sacrifice because the King fish can’t move over to protect the bishop. White bishop then threatens mate.) 18. Nxe6 fxe6 19. Qxe6+ Kh8 20. Qxe7 Re8 21. Qf7 (Rf8 getting the Queen out of there might have saved the game.) Qd8 22. Nh4 Re7 its over 23. Ng6+ Kh7 24. Nxe7+ (Black is floating up side down )