Newsletter March 2003 – JAX Chess News

Newsletter March 2003 – JAX Chess News


G-d Bless America
We join the nation in prayer for our troops overseas
 The editor Bradley Zang would like you to know that some of these stories are so unbelievable he doesn’t even believe them.
On Sat April 12    Grinders Chess Special Tournament  
USCF membership is required    Registration 10:00 to 10:45 AM  Info
Game in 45 minutes, 3 Rd Swiss, Rounds start at 11:00 AM, 1:15 PM and 3:00 PM
Location: The Coffee Grinders Cafe’ 9834 Baymeadows Rd Jacksonville, FL 32256-7962 ( 904) 642-7600 (Just across the street from the Club at FCCJ Deerwood)  Cost $10,  Prizes: Trophies
Changed to April 26 2003  Pinedale Elementary Invitational
Location: Cafeteria area. Grades K-5   time 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM  Fee $3 (non- refundable)  Registration deadline April 23 2003  Info:  The Green Pawns of Pindale 4429 Edison Ave.  Jacksonville, Fl 32254 Phone 904 382- 7490

Jacksonville Chess Profiled:

The March 15 Jacksonville Spring Open had 15 student in the Scholastic sections and 18 Adults in the Open USCF section.
For Cross Tables
In the grade K-5  Robert Rameirez and Philip Bowers tied for first with 2.5 out of 3.
Heather Dombrowski came in second with 2 out of 3
In the grade 6-12 section Brian Dughi and Kenneth Ward tied for first with 3 out of 3
Expert Andrew Cunanan won the Open Adult section with a perfect score of 4 out of 4
Their was a five way tie for second between Sayed I Hashimi, Ryan J Walters, Eldon C Bageant, Eddie S Briones and Yi Hua with 3 out of 4.

Strange News by Elliote Wisanski

Spontaneous Changing Road and Intersection Names  Reported
In August, of 1227, upon the death of perhaps the most ruthless bloodthirsty chessplayer in history, known to many as the Universal Ruler, the Scourge of Islam, Ghengis Khan, secrecy was the demon most worshiped.  Legend has it that thousands of mourners at the funeral were massacred. The warriors that slaughtered the mourners were then slain by an imperial priesthood called the Mongke Dao (The eternals of the way). That priesthood worshipped The Kahn as an almighty deity. The Mongke Dao may still exist today, guarding his remains.
For the preists believe if his corpse is disturbed his soul will be destroyed as well as the powers it conveys.  Also buried there may be the greatest treasure the world has ever known, but more importantly his most valued chess set, known to the world by its name the Suren of Chess. One warning though, what they call a Burilgi-Icah Cahoring or destroyer curse was put upon the grave site for those who disturb it. History records the name of this site as Buddha’s crown, somewhere in Mongolia.
Oh, Ghengis the Kahn of Kahns had many names’ and one was the shaman of the road because he seemed able to bring his hoard of 100,000 men on horseback 2000 miles across the Asiatic Steppe in days.
With this background let Kamar Amin tell his story.  First let me thank you for hearing my story. I was born in Balkh (Afghanistan) but I now live and work in Kabul (Capitol of Afghanistan). I am an accountant by profession.  Now that the Taliban stopped speading thier self righteous sheep dung, better they should have used it as deodorant. Chess is back!  They banned it you know.
We had to play in secret for fear of arrest. Many tournaments are still conducted in secret.  We possess some wonderful players here but I by far am the finest.  I haven’t met a man I couldn’t beat until now. This because I am the follower of a secret ancient chess inculcation. I follow the ancient teachings of the Balku Sufi mystic Jalal ad-Din who once said, “To wit, to play chess with them by thyself. When Thou shalt become one entity with us and you.” I don’t expect you to understand these words at first. It requires great method and study.
By the way I was intrigued by your last Strange News because I too travel looking for chess companions. But I am not rich enough yet to jet around. Last month when, I attended a tournament in Mazar-I-Sharief I expected an uneventful drive back to Kabul on the Salang Highway. I followed all road signs but seemed to get lost. After a while I drove by a encampment of tents, so I stopped to ask for directions. I called out and a man with a badly scared face came out to greet me.
He pointed out where we were on my map and invited me in. I knew not to offend people so I came in for a drink. He had the most beautiful ornate chess set I had ever seen placed like a centerpiece for his tent. I couldn’t take my eyes off it. So he asked if I wanted to play. I played him a few games and let us just say I almost beat him in four moves. It was a joke. So I decided to go on my way. He begged me to play him again but I left. I continued on the road following every detail of the map but was still lost. I tell you the road signs seemed to keep changing all by themselves.
I even changed directions a few times driving on the same road three or four times. Each time the road signs at intersections had different names on them. I kept thinking Da-sama-lara-na-da (No translation ?? It may be a Pashtoon trans-literation of a common phrase for road confusion first attributed to George S. Patton “I would rather have a German division in front of me than a French one behind me.”).
After about two hours I noticed another tent encampment and decided to ask questions. Well you guessed it the same man came out this time, with 10 other men, all with badly scared faces. I asked him to point out where we were on the map. He did and invited me in. This time I declined and went on my way. Well you guessed it, the same thing happened. I tell you one minute a sign would say one thing but if I went back to it.  It said something else.
I was so tired after another two hours when I reached the tent encampment again;  I asked if I could spend the night. Well hospitality abounds here in Afghanistan. I got a bed and my own tent, as well as a great feast. I woke up that afternoon, walked around the camp only to find my host sitting by his chess set. Since I was grateful I played him a few more games, always crushing him.  I asked how he and his friends were injured. He said that it was the work of Muhammad Khwarizm.  I thought nothing of it, there are so many warlords here. Well I decided to take off again. Before I left, he asked me to tell him my secret for winning. I said, “no secret”, I left on the road again.  I eventually ran out of gas. A passerby decided to stop and lend me a couple of gallons.
Well I ran out of gas again, right in front of the tent encampment. This time they fixed me up with a beautiful belly dancer, but, I needed to leave. I needed gas but no one in the encampment had any. Anyway after two weeks of playing chess and being fixed up with a different belly dancer every night I was willing to trade my secret for a way home. Before I could, Sheik Burns (as I called him) came in with an offer to trade my secret for his. See, he and his men were ambassadors from the great Ghengis Kahn.
He was the Kahn’s friend and chess companion.  Sheik Burns went on,”I had played on the great Suren of Chess. Of coarse the rules were different then for example no castling made it easier for my adversaries.  The Kahn trusted me because all his other chess opponents ran away and I always lost to him.  Entrusted to head a mission of peace for the great Mongol empire, I was sent to Khwarazmian (the Persian empire encompassing todays Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran) to demand satisfaction for theft of goods and mistreatment of Mongol traders.
Instead of reparations the Shah Muhammad Khwarizm set out a joyous feast and then had us restrained and set our beards on fire. Laughing he then sent us home in humiliation. This was not a great idea because my friend the Kahn had anger management problems.  In response the Kahn wiped out the Khwarazmiam Persian empire but also punished his embassadors. He did not accept failure cursing us to guard the way of the roads forever. One of these mystic roads leads to his remains, treasure and the most valued great chess set The Suren of Chess. Mine is only a cheap copy of his. The Kahn’s is filled with Shaman magic and with it you could become the greatest chess player in the world.”
He then shouted “Give me your secret and I will show you a map to The Suren of Chess”. We traded I showed him the Sufi teaching. It took another two weeks. When it was done he showed me the map. I then thought, I mean the women in the camp are beautiful but I’m married. We then toasted our trade and drank all night. When I woke up the next morning the tents were gone. A passing caravan came by and gave me a ride back to Kabul.  I remember the maps and the location of the Ghengis Kahn’s Tomb but can’t remember my secret to winning chess. I’ve been losing a lot of games since. I plan a trip to Mongolia next month. Wish me luck. Perhaps if I find the Suren of chess I will remember my secret.  Feel free to investigate the Road situation in Afghanistan.
Our editor Brad Zang refused to form an investigation committee, he said, ” This guys going to remember a map? He can’t read a map. But good luck with  your upcoming trip. I mean what could go wrong?”

Elsewhere in Chess News :

Grand Master Raymon Keene wrote a clever article comparing chess strategies to the Iraq situation.
The Campbell Report just did a great interview with Computational Biophysicist GM Ian Brooks.
Grandmaster Kenneth Rogoff  was a Harvard Professor and is now a cheif economist for the IMF. He comments on the IMF’s ineffectiveness.
For years we’ve heard rumors of a cabal of chess playing economists dedicated to globalisation of U.S. multi nationals, called the Check of the Exchequer.  They hope by tapping into the labor, creativity and productivity potential of the New World and Russia through NAFTA , Russo American  trade agreements and removal of IMF’s  Transparency policies, that an Economic Hercules will develop. This plan may make the European Union attempt at doing the same with the Euro and Eastern Europe look like Tom Thumb.
Is this the beginning!!
Did Grand Master Susan Polgar beat up Booby Fischer in Fischer Chess, back in 92? She won’t tell even though she could make a lot of money publishing a book about the games. Why? I think because she made a promise to a mentally ill friend who would feel bad about it. We would all like such a friend.
Peter Leko won Linares by tie breakers.
Our condolences
Lim Kok Ann Ex-national champion builder of the Singapore Chess Federation died on  March 8
Grand Master Ludek Pachman author of dozens of chess textbooks including Modern Chess Strategy died on Mar 6,,60-607538,00.html


The Benko Opening 
is designed for versatility but the English is designed to limit the enemy’s book choices. It may be a contradiction in strategy.
Benko Opening Turned into the English , US AMATEUR TEAM SOUTH  Feb 15 2003
1. g3 e5 (d5 is more common) 2. c4  (Interesting moves here are 2 Nf3 e4, turning it into a reversed Alekine Defence one move ahead. Also a fun Gambit is 2. Bg2 d5 3. b4) 2…. Nc6 (Book is Nf6) 3. Bg2 Nf6 (Logical and book is to activate Black’s bishops with 3…g6 and 4…d6 or reversed) 4. Nc3 Be7 5. e3 O-O 6. Nge2 (d4 is logical dominates center and has been used succesfully) 6… Re8 7. d3 Rb8 8. O-O d6 9. h3 Bd7 10. f4 Qc8 11. Kh2 exf4 12. Nxf4 Ne5 13. b3 c6 14. d4 Ng6 15. e4 Bd8 (activates bishop) 16. Qf3 c5 (The Empire Strikes back at center. This should not have been allowed) 17. Nxg6 hxg6 18. d5 (Now White’s white squares are over-represented by pawn) ( This is the end of the opening. The rest is just combos and blunders)18… Ba5 19. Bb2 Qd8 20. Nd1 Re5 21. Bxe5 dxe5 22. Qe2 b5 23. Qc2 Nh5 24. cxb5 Qg5 25. Rf3 f5 26. Nf2 Bb6 27. Qc4 28. a4 f4  29. g4 Nf6 30. Rh1 Qh4 31. Kg1 Kf7 32. Kf1 Nh7 33. Rd3 Ng5 34. Bf3 Kg8 35. Ke2 Nf7 36. Rf1 Nd6 37. Qc1 Rc8 38. Rc3 c4 39. bxc4 Bd4 40. c5 Nxb5 41. Rc4 Be3 42. Qc2  Na3 43. Qb3 Nxc4 44. Qxc4 Rxc5 45. Qb3 Bd4 46. Nd3 Rc3 47. Qd1 Qxh3 48. Rh1 Qg3 49. Qf1 Bxa4 50.Qh3 Rc2+ 51. Kf1 Rf2+ 52. Nxf2 Qxf2  0-1

Websites: by Bradley Zang

What is going on at the 65th square? Its a rather largeYahoo chess group. They play tournaments but have a extra strange dimensions. I was struck by the games and stories posted.
For example the games from  Pope Leo XIII and an automaton called the Turk are posted. Who is the poster only known as SarahBeth1973? She questions whether Hitler played chess. Posts the chess art of surviver Sameul Bak and the blindfold game by Alekine in prison.
One warning though when you sign up they insult you by sending you a file called Yahoo for Idiots. Info
St. Augustine Chess Club
Contact Mike Horn Phone: 904-347-9542  at Snail mail : St.. Augustine Chess Club (SACC) P.O. Box 1975 St. Augustine, FL  32085 or E-Mail :   Website:
Mayport Naval Air Station Chess Club   Info
are given every Sat at the JCC. It is free to members and FCCJ students.
Chess Master Leo Pasmanik will be giving lessons chess on Tuesday evenings at 7-9 PM at the JCA, 8505 San Jose Blvd # B  Jacksonville, FL 32217-4225. info Beth at (904)730-2100 ext 239
Private instruction is offered by expert  Andrew Cunanan 998 0827

Florida Chess Camp

Gainesville July 28th – August 1st
Unconfirmed reports have reached us that US champion GM Larry Christianson will be teaching at the camp!  Info 813-988-0096

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. 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


Don sent this in
: Some GREAT quotes which fit our day…
QUOTATION: My good friends, this is the second time in our history that there has come back from Germany to Downing Street peace with honour. I believe it is peace for our time. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. And now I recommend you to go home and sleep quietly in your beds.
 ATTRIBUTION: Neville Chamberlain (1869-1940), British politician, prime minister. speech, Sept. 30, 1938, Downing Street, London. The Penguin Book of Twentieth Century Speeches, ed. Brian MacArthur (1992).
The day after returning from Munich, where Chamberlain conferred with Hitler, Mussolini and Daladier, and it was agreed that Germany should annex Sudetenland while the remaining frontiers of Czechoslovakia were guaranteed. A week later, Chamberlain justified this policy: “We should seek by all means in our power to avoid war, by analysing possible causes, by trying to remove them, by discussion in a spirit of collaboration and good will. I cannot believe that such a programme would be rejected by the people of this country, even if it does mean the establishment of personal contact with the dictators” (speech, Oct. 6, 1938, House of Commons).
Bill Strum writes: Elliote Wisanski’s article has changed my life!
Kai Tuorila writes: In Thailand we have over 60 million people, but we have only 1 real chess club, and only 20 fide rated players..! All support to make chess more popular here is most welcome. If we can show that BCC Open is coming popular and getting more and more players from around the world, this will be a key to get some local media attention. If you have friends who might consider to combain chess with a holiday in Thailand, please pass this message
Todd Chandler writes: Good morning. I am wanting to do an exhibition and/or clinic here at FCCJ Downtown Campus sometime in April. Please contact me at 633 – 8202, to let me know if you know anyone interested in facilitating this event.
Liz writes: I looked through the sunday paper at the listings for summer camps. I did not see the FCCJ one listed. Do you know if one will be offered at Kent Campus this summer?
Nathan Scali writes: I am currently trying to open an establishment that caters mainly to chess players. Thus I am trying to determine demand in Jax. I know that your group meets at various locations throught the week. I wonder if they might prefer going to one location as a majority as well as the services that they would like have there. I can put together a survey if you think they might be interested in participating. I am looking for any and all feedback to this idea. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Danny Burstein writes: And you sent this to me why?
GrayKnight Computing writes: What is this G-d stuff? Why not spell out G-d??