Newsletter June 2003 – JAX Chess News

Newsletter June 2003 – JAX Chess News




G-d Bless America

We join the nation in prayer for our troops oversea

The editor Bradley Zang would like you to know that some of these stories are so unbelievable he doesn’t even believe them.

Florida Voter Redemption is at hand. We have for too long been accused of not understanding how to work the ballot. Here is our plan the 2003 ballots for election of United States Chess Federation Executive Board members are in your July issue of Chess Life. You can make three choices the Jax Chess News feels Don Schultzand Joseph Wagner are great choices. But the third choice is how we get all these snickerers off our back. Get this, because of the USCF ballot size, you need a 49 cent postage and most don’t know this.

So hopefully their ballots will be returned for insufficient postage and forgotten. We put together an exhaustive search to find a Florida Dark Knight candidate that is over qualified and will keep all his promisses to us (Because he doesn’t know he is running). The Jax Chess News urges its readers to use this opportunity to put our choice Harvey Lerman on the USCF board as a write in candidate. He is also our choice for TD of the year.

It’s much more than that if your a Democrat or Republican and you feel mistreated, this is your chance to get even. Be sure to get your mailed ballots postmarked by July 7 2003.

12th Annual Bob Turrill Memorial Saturday, August 23, 2003

Location Atlanta Bread Company (at “Tinseltown”) 9700-5 Deer Lake Court Jacksonville , Florida 32216 (904)-928-3141

USCF Section Registration: 1:00 to 1:45 P.M. Format: 4-round Swiss, G/ 30 (30 minutes for each player) Schedule: Rds @ 2, 3:15, 5, & 6PM Prizes: 1st place $100, 2nd place $50, Under 1600 $50, Under 1400 Trophies 1st, 2nd, 3rd Cost: $15 for current JCC members & FCCJ students, $25 for non-members, (who receive a non-compoundable annual JCC membership through August 23, 2004.) Notes: (1) USCF membership is required to participate. (2) There is no time delay feature in this event.

Scholastic Section Registration: 12:00 to 12:45 PM Format: 4-round Swiss, G/20 (20 minutes for each player) Schedule: Rds @ 1, 1:45,( Lunch 2:30-3:00) 3, & 3:45 PM Prizes: Trophies, medals, & sets/books Cost: $5 or call 904-268-7816

Strange News by Elliotte Wisanski

Hamoukar Disgruntled Player Syndrome Reported

What is it about Syrian desert that awakens such great ideas? We’ve all heard about Jonah, Paul and Mohammed getting inspirational revelations there, but did you know that Philip Stamma came out from a Syrian desert walk to become the father of modern chess, or that Gene Roddenberry a promoter of chess through Star Trek, got his creative inspiration for it, when his plane crashed in the Syrian desert. It is said Pythagoras (of Geometric fame) while traveling the Syrian waisteland came up with one of his lesser known but perhaps greatest theorems. It states that all things within the universe emit a tone. Perhaps its just a coincidence. Pythagoras a student of animals and insects might have just noticed that even inanimate types of Larvae vibrate. ( Triceratops beetle is a good example.)

Perhaps we should look to the Roman scribe Titus Lucretius Carus (50 BCE) for our first clue to the answer. He wrote about a mysteries place, ” In Syria also- as men say- a spot Is to be seen, where also four-foot kinds, As soon as ever they’ve set their steps within, Collapse, o’ercome by its essential power”.

Today when we look back at that arcane desert spot mentioned by Lecretus our advanced technological knowledge makes the mysterious just a minor curiosity. For example: We now know sound waves inaudible to humans of frequencies of 40000 hertz can disorient (even make the animal fall down) ie: dogs, horses, cattle.

But, can infra or ultra sound affect people? Scientists like Ciarán O’Keeffe now at Liverpool Hope University’s Psychology department has conducted tests to answer this question. Among some of the results so far are inaudible sounds cause anger and the feeling that ghosts are nearby.

Chess also seems to invoke anger in some people. Wars have been started over games and Chess History is riddled with quotes from angry disgruntled players. Even the fairest minded of men show signs of this. In the early part of the 18th century Scottish Judge Lord Kames (Henry Homes) upon sentencing an old chess companion to death once said ” And that Thomas is checkmate”

 With this background let Anwar Aleppo tell his story.
Thank you for hearing my story. We Syrians hope some day to have a free press like America. Maybe it’s just bad luck but unhappily, almost all of our public Free Press proponents are also criminals, so they get sent to jail and never get elected. My wife Waha and I are wandering Bedouins. My camels have taken us to many cities in Syria. Let me also assure you I do not believe The Great Prophet (Mohammed) meant chess makes you angry when he said “He who played chess is like one who dyed his hand with the flesh and blood of swine .” This may have been an ancient cure for arthritis. Who really knows? Waha and I play chess all the time. Friendly loving games.

One day last January while traveling near Iraq’s boarder, my Camels and Donkey started crying out, staggering and collapsed. They were unwilling to go further. I then saw why, a great sandstorm was approaching. My wife and I went looking for cover. Like a miracle I saw what looked like a great eye open in the sand. It led to an underground bunker. My flashlight wouldn’t work inside but fortunately our torches did.

Looking around I thought this must be a military bomb shelter but like none I had ever seen before. The stone was smooth like glass. My wife and I had very few supplies but she is a great cook. At first I though I should go outside and butcher the animals. I don’t know why but when my wife found a small puddle of underground honey I was disappointed that I didn’t have to kill my camel. The honey was sweet and since the storm wouldn’t let up, we ended up playing many chess games. Each time Waha won, I thought it would be so easy to find another wife.

I could say she wondered off in the desert. When I won, I always liked to laugh but stopped because my wife had this glaring look in her eyes. The second day my Waha quickly took back a move. I was enraged we almost came to blows. All the time I felt the hairs on the back of my neck twitching as though someone was watching me. I even saw an ethereal hand pointing out the move I should make. I began hearing whispers about new opening moves.

I must say some of my games were amazing it was like some kind of inspiration came over both of us. Playing creative game. It was like voices in my head were telling me ” Be dynamic here. Play a more creative endgame.” I never even thought you could be creative in the endgame. The third morning I won all the games. I jokingly told my wife, ” if I had three more like her, maybe they could keep my interest.” I then bent down to get some water from the canteen and my wife tried to tackle me pounding me with her little fists. We crashed into a wall that just cracked like glass and gallons of honey came pouring out. What I saw sitting their covered with glass and honey shocked me. It was hundred of combs of Bug larvae, some of the larvae the size of basket balls.

I tried to gain my composure but my wife kept hitting me. Suddenly from behind the wall of semi solidified honey comb came a man. At least I though it was a man. He had giant eyes and no ears. I yelled at him, “Who are you? What are you?”. He didn’t respond. Well scared and enraged, I attacked him. I would have gotten him too, if my wife would have stopped hitting and choking me. He then started making a shrill sound. All the combs seem to oscillate to his sound. The whole cavern lit up and I soon lost consciousness. Three days later my wife and I woke up in Mosul Iraq. Our animals had dragged us their in make shift litter. Some towns folk then told me a legend the most ancient city in the world Tell Hamoukat. Tell Hamoukar, was ruled by the earless ones ( Hamoukar means earless ones in Pashtun). The Hamoukar with great eyes led their people through a golden era of technological wonder and prosperity. One day for no reason, the humans were enraged, rioted fought amongst themselves and destroyed the town. Could this have been the Hamoukar.

Please investigate!! It could not have been a dream. My wife and I have the same story. If my wife and I can reconstruct some of those games you will think either we are grandmasters or something is up.

Our editor Brad Zang refused to form an investigation committee. He said, “What is this “if”? Send us some games and we will consider your request. This is a Chess News Letter not some whatever. ”

Elsewhere in Chess News

Our Congratulations goes out to Susan Polgar and Maurice Ashley. They share the well deserved Grandmaster of the year award.

Chess returns to Kabul

Chess for psychopaths 


Azmaiparashvili Zurab won The European Chess Championships 2003 took place May 30th – June 14th in Turkey.

The Enghien-les-Bains 2003 (France) tournament is just finishing up.

Openings by Bradley Zang

The Kibitzers Favorite Opening

Many chess enthusiasts won’t play the Scandinavian Defense because it attracts Kibitzers. Is this because the Scandinavian is so easy to learn, kibitzers all know it? An ancient Irish tradition may be the answer! See Brian Boroimhe ( 941-1014) the Irish king who fought the Scandinavian pillagers was betrayed by Maomordha the Kibitzer. It was Prince Murchadh, Brian’s eldest son who took the advise of the kibitzer and lost a chess game. Then he had the nerve to insult the kibitzer who changed sides in the war. Quotes: Murchadh, “That was like the advice you gave the Danes which lost them the battle of Glenmama”- Maolmordha replied, “Yes, and I will give them advice again, and this time they will not be defeated.” It is said just before his murder Brian had a celtic witch curse Maolmordha forcing his earth bound soul to haunt the chess name sake of Scandinavia (the Scandinavian Defense) forever, making onlooker blurt out his bad advice.

But correspondence Masters like Frank Campbell can still make an interesting competitive game out of such an opening. Why, maybe because you can’t kibitz during a correspondence game.

Corr CCLA Date1993.??.?? Michael Grozek vs Franklin J Campbell

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 (2.e5 weak If 2d4 you enter the magical world of the Blackmar Gambit Deimer ) 2….Qxd5(Or 2…Nf6 3d4 best . 3 c4 has some weak lines unless go for a transposition to the Panov Attack of the Caro Kann ie. 3c4 c6 4d4 cxd5 for a great article on it 3Bb5 also works but it is a bit weak) 3. Nc3( If 3.d4 e5 Black is happy) 3…Qa5 (Or 3…Qe5, 3…Qd6 and 3…Qd8) 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nf3 Bf5 ( Or 5…Bg4 weak are 5…Nc6 and 5..c6) 6. Bc4(or 6Ne5 c6 7g4 e6 The knight may go to c4) 6…e6 7. Bd2 c6 8. Qe2 ( Or 8. Nd5 Qd8 9. Ne3 Be4 10. O-O Be7 11. Bd3) 8… Bb4 (But the kibitzer says try 8…Bxc2 But then 9. d5! Bb4 10. dxe6 fxe6 11. Nd4!! White wins ) 9. Ne5 Nbd7 10. O-O-O ( 10. Nxd7 is book but even 10 Nd3 works. You don’t worry about the pawn at c2 even if 10. O-O Nxe5 11. dxe5 Nd5 12. Nxd5 exd5 13. c3 white is fine) 10… Nxe5 11. dxe5 Nd5(Or 11…Nd7 12. a3 b4 and the fun starts) 12. Bxd5 (Don’t give up the bishop it guards a2 better is 12. Ne4 or 12 Nxd5 cxd5 13 Bb5 check and 14 Kb1) 12… exd5 13. g4 d4 (Or13… Be6 14.f4 0-0-0 15.f5 d5 16 Ne4 Bxd2 17Qxd2 Qxa2 18 Qb4!!!) 14. Nb1(Ne4 has been tried but you lose the exchange.) 14…Be6 15. Bg5 (15 a3 is correct. It assures removal of Black’s Black Bishop. While white may be able to survive the attack. Black’s bishop pair becomes very active. You are now out of the opening. We give the rest for your entertainment) 15…Qxa2 16. Rxd4 Bc5 17. Rdd1 Qa1 18. c3 b5 19. f4 Ba2 20. Kd2 (It is over 20. Qe4 is a little better but it still loses the exchange and a pawn. Can you see how?) 20… Bb3 21. Kc1 Bxd1 22. Rxd1 Qa2 23. f5 O-O 24. f6 Rfe8 25. fxg7 Qe6 26. Bf6 Qxf6 0-1

{Same game without annotation 1. e4 d5 2. exd5Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qa5 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nf3 Bf5 6. Bc4 e6 7. Bd2 c6 8. Qe2 Bb4 9. Ne5 Nbd7 10. O-O-O Nxe5 11. dxe5 Nd5 12. Bxd5 exd5 13. g4 d4 14. Nb1 Be6 15. Bg5 Qxa2 16. Rxd4 Bc5 17. Rdd1 Qa1 18. c3 b5 19. f4 Ba2 20. Kd2 Bb3 21. Kc1 Bxd1 22. Rxd1 Qa2 23. f5 O-O 24. f6 Rfe8 25. fxg7 Qe6 26. Bf6 Qxf6 0-1}

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Eric C. Johnson writes ” Elliotte: Where would this virus originate? > M: Anywhere, even outer space. You would need an incredibly long magnetic > field generating system to receive and send the varied long and short wave > length needed to create a true TMS virus? > Elliotte: Do such systems exist today? > M: Perhaps, a likely system that could receive and generate magnetic fields > is the new electronic levitation railroads tracks. > Elliotte: When would the virus do its job? > M: Perhaps all the time but it would be most effective while the brain is in > its most creative mode, say playing chess”

This raises the tantalizing (but previously presented) hypothesis that our “consciousness” is, indeed, completely foreign and an epiphenomenon unrelated to our bodies and brains.

The “natural rhythms” of the universe are resonating in our brains and generating what can only be described as false or epiphenomenal “thoughts.”

A bit like astrology on a grand scale…the movements of the planets not only affect our lives, they induce our very thoughts! No wonder everything I think about during a game of chess is so random!

Collin Bleak writes: OMG (that was funny), OK, In relation to created memories, and losing one’s past and present, please examine this follow up link! Maybe she had a Heroine’s train escape? Thanks for the funny article!

Edwin Collins writes Subject: The Morphyous Stratum of Paris

I loved the article. Still in great fear of ever attempting that opening again. I had a similar experience this weekend in a Marshall Attack as I was unable to convert a wild position into a win. I believe I am learning something.

Christophe Carter writes It’s mentioned in the latest issue of Jax Chess News that there’s online a BBC interview with Alexander Alekhine. Our chess club (The Exposition Park Chess Club, CA) has established a Web page link to that interview, which is given as both a transcript, and also as a MP3 file. Anyone wishing to access this interview off the Web can visit Follow the link of “Membership News” and look under “Chess Celebrities.” Hoping that you, and other members of the mailing list find this a worthwhile Web link, I am,

Mihokovich, Donald writes: Our friend, Pat Castillo has told me of a new chess club which meets at the International Bazaar, near GameWorks in Ybor City. They meet every Friday night from 6:30 to 9:30 .m. The location is near 8th Ave. and 16th Streets, and includes a chess merchandise shop. Pat tells me that the meetings end before the Ybor “night club” crowd begins to arrive. For more details, call Pat at 813-877-5293.

Arden W. Dilley writes Dear friends, I am forwarding Beatriz’s (Beatriz Marinello) request for your vote to be on the USCF board. She has a proven track record, a personal commitment, and a love of the children. I whole heartedly endorse her candidacy for the USCF board of directors.

Coach Kat writes: Thanks 4 putting me on the mailing list……john katronis..hello Dave Lamb..where ever u r……; -)