Newsletter Febuary 2003 – JAX Chess News

Newsletter Febuary 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.

On Saturday March 15 the Jacksonville ChessClub will be running its Spring Open It will be a scholastic in conjunction with an Adult Tournament. Location: Atlanta Bread Company at 5613-1 San Jose Boulevard Jacksonville Florida 32207 phone # is 904-448-0808.

The Scholastic is not a USCF event and Registration is from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. It will include students in two sections Grades K-5 and 6-12, 3 Rd Swiss, Game in 30 ( Meaning 30 min for each side) Rd 2:15 P.M, 3:30 P.M. and 5:00 P.M. Prizes Chess sets, Chess books, Medallions and gifts. Cost $5 Information 904-268-7816 or write:

The Adult tournament will be USCF rated. The cost  is $10. It is a 4 round Swiss with Game in 30. Registration is 1 to 1:45 PM  Rds 2:00PM, 3:15PM, 4:30PM and 6:00 PM.  No time delay feature is allowed. Prizes: Trophies and Books

The First Annual Pinedale Elementary Open for grades K-5 will be held on Sat, March 29 2003 Location: the School Cafeteria at 4229 Edison Ave , Jacksonville, FL 32254-4111 Phone (904)381-7490 Cost $3 non refundable. They require that your payment and permission slips be in by March 26. Info Scott:

Strange News by Elliote Wisanski

 String Replicating Life Forms Reported

Many believe that man will evolve to a point that reproduction by combining DNA strands allowing mutations, aberration and evolution would only destroy perfection. Naturally it would be replaced, not by copying atomic or molecular structures but by exact reproduction of strings. They think the one-dimensional string may be the underlying thing out of which everything else is made.
Matter is ultimately composed of many strings, just in different states of oscillation. A great advantage for this perfectly replicated life form is when two of them super impose or combine with one another they might appear to disappear when juxta-positioned off faze. It’s called destructive interference. When this happens in ten dimensional space as they believe everything exists it is called a self dual point. This self dual point would essentially be out of space time allowing movement at speeds relativity wouldn’t allow. Of coarse when they separate again they would reappear.
  With this background let Bill Ramano tell you his story. “I retired from the real estate business in Chicago some years ago and became a world traveler. What I liked to do is arrange to visit historical sites and find chess companions to meet while I’m in the area. Recent discovery of a 400 to 700 AD chess piece in a Roman estate at the ancient city of Butrint Albania made my visit there last August an exciting stop.
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Before this discovery no one thought the Roman empire had chess players. They thought chess came to Europe from India around 1200 A.D. I met some very intellectual players in Albania. We would play chess and argue about history all night. I mistakenly proposed that Chess came from Rome to its province of Illyria now part of Albania. A very interesting British Traveler mentioned perhaps chess came from the nearby Roman Province of Mysia.
He quoted The Book of the Duchess by Geoffrey Chaucer ” , “Ful craftier to play she was Than Athalus, that made the game First of the chess” (Geoffrey Chaucer was an English chess player, poet, historian and knight 1343-1400 AD.) The poem is about love, centered around a man in black, that is clearly allegorical to a chess game. I thought, Who was this Athalus that invented chess? Well literary commentators claim Athalus was the King of Pergamon and Mysia, who died in 197 B.C. They also claim Chaucer may have had access to lost parchments from the famed Pergamon Library destroyed long ago. Well you guessed it I planned a little side trip that coming September to the City of Pergamon now called Bergama, Turkey. I hoped to see some famous sites there even though its crowning jewel of the imperial cult, the great altar of Zeus was moved to and finally rebuilt in Berlin.(1930 Pergamon exhibit).
I guess the 1930 Germans were thrilled with the idea of having, what the book of Revelation seems to reveal as the throne of Satan. ( Rev 2.12-13 says “To the angel of the church in Pergamum write: These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword. I know where you live–where Satan has his throne.” )
On arrival by private limo I couldn’t help from conjuring up the past medley of pastoral beauty and metropolitan life located on a hill above Bergama. Even surpassing that was the ancient Pergamon Citadel which looked like a giant rook. After a while I got anxious because you can only take in so much staring at ruins. I needed to find some one to play chess with. A tour guide told me that he knew of the Janissary Chess Club the oldest in Bergama. Luckily they were holding a chess tournament the next day by the famed ruins of the Asclepion healing center. I decided to play in the tournament.
The next day we arrived by car early in the morning, the guide introduced me and I paid my money. About 20 people participated but they were strong players. Most of them dressed in traditional Turkish garb. They all looked alike to me but I realize it would be politically incorrect to mention it to my Turkish guide. I played and lost the first round. Hell I lost all my rounds. The top two guys in the last round of the tournament were both having a time control problem, when one accidentally knocked the clock off the table, leaned over to pick it up, tripped over a table leg and fell on to his opponents lap. I thought it was funny until they seemed to disappear. No one paid notice to it, diligently continuing their games. A few minutes later the two men started to reappear like two bodies pulling apart from one another in opposite directions. One head with two faces appeared, then they separated completely sat down and continued the game. I said nothing lost my game and drove back to the hotel.
I never mentioned the incident and continued my tour. The next day we first visited the Amphitheater then toured the Trajaneum (Temple to Deified Trajan). It was so hot and damp that my bifocals kept fogging up. We walked all day they even made us see the boring arch under that temple and the arch of the great altar platform. Boy, did I want to play chess again. The tour guide said the arch was an important invention to Rome. He also mentioned that students of ancient architecture believe the worship of Janus a two faced deity had been brought to Rome from Pergamon. Why? Because that arch which was always dedicated to Janus throughout the Roman empire came from Pergamon’s Asia minor.
I did some more research Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso 43 BC to 17AD) the great Latin poet and historian tried to find historical parallels between the Greek and Roman gods. He couldn’t find one for Janus. Ovid writes that Janus claimed, “the ancients called me Chaos” He further relates, when elements separated chaos took the form of Janus. A memory came to mind when I read this, that of a two faced person appearing out of nothing as though pulling themselves apart from one another. It struck me perhaps these were String Replicated Life Forms.
I continued on my world tour to the South Pacific and almost forgot about all this. Then in January I visited Berlin. I played chess with many people there but no one there liked to talk about history, so I went to see the Pergamon Museum. It is a place of marvel. You can behold a reproduction of the Temple of Pergamon and the demonic Alter. Also great works of art describing Athalus victory over the Celts (Gauls).
The Romans also fought the Celts. That victory forged an alliance between Pergamon and Rome leading eventually to Pergamon’s dominion over the Roman Asia empire. A lecturer at the Pergamon Museum mentioned that the Celts worshiped a tricepalic head. (Three faced head). Then it hit me perhaps it was another string replicated life form. While at the Pergamon Museum an elderly woman named Claudia over-heard my conversation so we talked a little. She was a chess player so I suggested we go to a nearby café and play some. The conversation was more interesting than her games. Claudia claimed to be of Celtic heritage and that her family had been bee farmers in Luneburge Heide ( in North Germany) for over 3 millennium.
Just before I was going to return to my hotel she mentioned an ancient Celtic tradition about chess. “That Chess was a gift from the Janus people to Athalus for helping them with their battle against the Tricepalis people followers. Athalus and the Romans eventually forced all the celts to follow the Janus people. In fact some Janus aliens still live on earth perhaps in Bergama until their leader comes via the portal to rebuild his throne on the alter at Pergamon.”
On the plane home I read a work by the historian St. Augustine. It claimed Janus in Rome was also known as Zeus’s (Jupiters) boss and the guardian of the portal between worlds. Portal to where?
Turkey is currently suing Germany to return the Pergamon Temple and Altar!!! Now that I am home in America I thought you should know. Please investigate.”
Our editor Brad Zang refused to form an investigation committee he said, “Two faced people are seen a lot by the senor citizens who wear bifocals and accidentally look out of both lenses at the same time.”

Elsewhere in Chess News 

FM Alex Dunne lost his wife Janet and grandson Ronald in a tragic fire on Sunday Feb 17.
Donations for the family can be arranged for at this site.
The first St Augustine Chess Club Feb 8 meeting drew 35 enthusiasts. Their next meeting is on March 14 info
Gary Kasporov drew Deep Junior
Next he takes on Ruslan Ponomariov in Buenos Aires starting June 19
This months Moscow 2003 Aeroflot Open was won by Moldavian GM Viktor Bologan. It had a record 154 Grandmasters info

Openings:   Impossible to Win? Ask Mr. Cheapo By Daren Dillinger

You won’t find Black’s defensive set up in any opening book. Actually I developed it after a tournament game that went 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Bc4 Be7 5. c3 Where I played 5… dxc3!? on impulse, when White played 6.Qd5 at first glance I thought I was dead lost. But I went on to stumble around, find the best reply and even win the game. I then made the observation that there were some unexpected resources for Black in this line, and I developed and refined my lines of play. Ever since I have been playing this line in regular tournament games and on the Internet in rated games. I have at least a 80% winning percentage as Black..
I am convinced that even with best play, Black’s opening is at least even. Remember! The object of novelties must not be just The “cheapo”. . . there must be a solid foundation underneath, so that you can face even perfect defense with overall confidence. It’s biggest advantage is that White thinks he is going to crush you and have an easy win. I am giving away a few secrets here, as I note White’s best tries across the board. Most of the time my under-master opponents felt that 8.Bc1? was just about forced. Indeed in the 20 master level games played where the position after 6.Qd5 (see diagram) is played, White has a 75% winning percentage. . . But only because Black goes astray, and did not know the correct lines of play. When you separate the games where Black does not crumble right away, and only look at the lines where Black adopts the correct lines of play, Black does well even at master level play.
Online rated event Date “1999.06.?? ECO C44 – Scotch Gambit
White Malcom, rating 1956 Black Dillinger, D. rating 1977
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Bc4 Be7 5. c3 dxc3 6. Qd5 This looks strong for White. Can Black come out of this alive? Position after 6.Qd5 This position can also be reached in the Goring Gambit (ECO code C21)(I also play this line as White and I’ve had Black resign here more than once_ even master players have resigned here!)6…Nh6! 7. Bxh6 ( Usually at this point White is thinking that he has the game wrapped up. Little does he know.) 7…O-O (Forced, naturally; Black is planning ahead) 8.Bc1? (As noted above — this move is almost always played here. Better is 8.Bxg7! Kxg7 Nxc3 Bf6 = or the choice of most masters is 8.Nxc3 gxh6 with Black having at least an equal game.) 8…Nb4 9. Qd1 c2 10. Qd2 cxb1=Q 11. Rxb1 c6! (The next three moves are key tactical concepts in working up this prepared novelty line.) 12. a3 d5! 13. axb4 Qb6! (I’ve had multiple games go this way) 14. Qc2 (If 14.0-0 dxc4 and White’s b4 pawn will fall, going two pawns down.) _ Qxb4+ 15. Nd2 dxc4 16. Qxc4 Rd8 17. Ra1 Be6 18. Qc2 Bg5 19. f3 Rd4 20. h4 Bf4 21. Qc3 Qb6 22. Nf1 Rc4 23. Be3 Bxe3 24. Qxe3 Qxb2 25. Rd1 Rc2 26. Rh2 Bc4 27. Nd2 Rd8 28. Qg5?! (White is desperate in a lost position, he is hoping Black will rush into 28…Rxd2 29.Qd8+ with mate next move) 28…f6 29. Qc5 Bb5 (…Rxd2 was sufficient to win, but this move is quicker) 30. Qe7 Qd4 White resigned. 0-1
After a decade of success with this novelty, I found out that indeed this line has a history. Grandmaster D. Janosevic played the Black side of this line and won, in Zegreb, 1953, E. Guzman has also played it. David Levy in his 1975 book “Chess Olympiad Nice 1974” page 172, notes that this line was played in the Olympiads, but Black resigned at move six, unable to figure out any defense. There are at least 20 master games with this line in various data bases. But up until now, no mention in any Opening book, or Opening article in any chess magazine.This piece should help White or Black meet this line. With knowledge there comes victory! . . . and the ignorant shall suffer.Good hunting

Jacksonville Chess Profiled:

Jacksonville had two teams at the recent US Amateur Team South. A Genius Among Us and the First Coast Pfeiffenators.    The scored  2.5 and 1.5 out of 5 respectivly. The upset was Dave Lamb who took the honors on the second board  of the former team with an impressive 4.5 out of 5.
This annotated gamee was donated by expert Scott Pfiefer
White expert Mike Tannenbaum   Black expert Scott Pfeiffer
US Southern Amateur team South  0-1  Feb 18 2003
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. h3 Bd6 6. O-O c5 7. b3 Nf6 8.Bb2 Qe7 9. d3 O-O 10. a4 b6 11. Nbd2 Bb7 12. Nc4 Nd7 13. Ne3 g6 14. Qe2 Rae8 15. Nd2 f5 16. f3 Rf7 17. Rfe1 Nf8 18. exf5 {The first major error of the game.With this trade, White loses contol over e4 and this will come to haunt him shortly.}18… gxf5{Reestablishing the formidable “pawn duo” and vacating g6 for occupation by the Knight.19. Nec4 Ng6 20. g3 {Another weakening of the White Kingside.If Black can ever effect a central breaktrhough, White will likely be in big trouble.}20… Qg5 Played not so much with the attack on g3 in mind, but to vacate e7 for occupation by the f-rook. Black intends to blow open the center with …e4.} 21. Kh2 Rfe7 22. Nxd6 cxd6 23. Nc4 e4 24. dxe4 {The wrong pawn! Black may have hampered Black’s central ambitions with 24.fxe4 fxe4 25.d4! keeping the dreaded e-file closed to Black’s Rook battery, at least for the time being.}24… fxe4 { However, now it’s to late to prevent the openign of lines to the White monarch.If 25.f4?! Nxf4 is strong, for 26.gxf4? Qxf4+ 27.Kg1 Re6!! with an irresistable attack in view of the coming …Rg6+.}25. Nxd6 exf3 26. Qc4+ Bd5 27. Qc3 Re2+ 28. Rxe2 Rxe2+ {Mate is unavoidable,e.g.29. Kg1 Qxg3+ or 29.Kh1 f2+ etc. }

Jacksonville Scholastic Section

At the Feb 22  Jacksonville Chess Club Scholastic  40 students. Our thanks go out to the Jax Beach’s Books-A Million for donating the space.
In the K-5 grade Section Philip Bowers took first with a perfect 3 points. Second place was a tie between Jack Anorue and Simon Woodfork .
In the 6-12 grade Marvin Hartje took first with a perfect 3 points. Ona Strikas and Michael Simson tied for second place

Scholastic Clubs

Hendricks Elementary  
meets on Tuesday 3 to 4 P.M. George Foote at 396-5420
San Juan del Rio Catholic  on Thursday from 3-4 in the 8th grade classroom.The school # is 287-8081.
Northside Community Invol. On Friday afternoon 4736 Avenue B, Building C
phone 765-9802
Pinedale Elementary on Tuesdays and Fridays in the school cafeteria from 3:15-4:30.
Vice Principal Thompson (381-7490).
Mandarin Senor High School on Monday 2:15 to 3:30 P.M. phone 260-3911
Paxon High  contact William Bowman 389-4278
Private instruction is offered by
Andrew Cunanan 998 0827


Wilsome Ransome writes: Is Jonathan Penrose an OTB Grand Master? I don’t think so. He is an IM. He never got the GM title – Tony Miles was the first British GM. But I think Jonathan Penrose is a Correspondence GM, so your statement is not actually wrong. Yrs, Wil Ransome, who wrote before on this matter.
Hans Meckler writes: You just can’t tell the truth about Leibnitz can you? He was a kind soul with a caring heart. Newton was a creep!!!
Frank Winston writes: No one but Leibnitz thought their was a conflict. Did you ever play Mephisto? I have! Its software is easy to beat.
Ray Snyder writes: I never heard of the Monadians of Chess? Did you know Newton thought the world would end in 60 years? He was a ruthless enforcer of the exchequer. A very evil person.
Charles Crossman writes: Did you hear Heidi Fleiss was a chess champion? Can you find any of her games?