Newsletter November 2005 – JAX Chess News

Newsletter November 2005 – 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.

Will Jacksonville Florida beat out Minorca (Spain) to host the 36  Chess Olympiad in 2004? Can Don Schults ex president of the USCF pulls off this Houdini trick? This type of event would bring our city teams from 141 nations and do a great deal for promoting chess in the U.S.  Stay tuned .
At a Jacksonville Chess Club (JCC) membership meeting on Nov 16, Anthony Hemphill was elected president of the Jacksonville Chess Club replacing John Ellis. During John Ellis’s two year tenure the club has, cut the cost of membership in half, tripled the numbers of members, quadrupled the number of USCF tournaments, increased the number of scholastic five fold and put this club on a sold road to economic recovery. Bravo John!
The JCC meets on Saturdays  between 11 A.M. and 5 P.M. at the Deerwood Center of Florida Community College in the Commons Area address is, 9911 Old Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville Fl.  Children can attend for free when accompanied by a parent.
Sunday Dec 15 Jacksonville Chess Club Scholastic

Location : Jacksonville Beach’s Books-A-Million Store # 486  738 Marsh Landing Parkway, Jacksonville Beach Fl. 32250  Phone 904-273-8055 reg 10:00 to 11:00A.M. Grades K-5 and 6-12, 3 Rdr Swiss Game in 30 ( Meaning 30 min for each side) Rd 11:15 A.M., 12:30 P.M. 2:00 P.M. Prizes Chess sets, Chess books, Medallions and gifts. Information or call 904-268-7816   Cost $5

Saturday Dec 7 
the UNF Chess Club is having a USCF Chess Scholastic

Entry Fee $10 (You must be a USCF member to play and you can join at the event. For USCF info
Grades K-5 5rd swiss 30 min per side reg 9:30 to 10:30 AM first round starts 11:00AM
Grades 6+ (this usually mean Adults too) 4 rd Swiss 45 minutes per side registration 9:00 to 9:45 P.M First round 10:00 A.M..
Location: University of North Florida 4567 St Johns Bluff Road, S. Robinson Student Life Center Building 14, 2nd floor, Rooms 2707-2709, Jax Fl  Info Bruce Fortado 620-2780

Strange News by Elliote Wisanski 

Retrograde people reported?
Retrograde Chess Analysis is a variety of chess problems where the legality of the position is a key factor. You start from the end and work backward through the game.
With this background let Ewe Ghee tell you his story. “First let me thank you for hearing my story as no othe reputable chess news letter would. As president of the Sarawak Retrograde Chess Society  (Borneo Island) I directed various contests to see who was best at solving retrograde chess problems.  This type of chess attracts all sorts of people. Ten years ago a man barely twenty, wearing an eye patch, came to our club house escorted by his attractive nurse. She wore a short black skirt and a skimpy low cut black blouse.
Nurse Li always spoke for her patient. She explained he was autistic, sat him down at the chess board and asked us to set up the retrograde problem for him. The first was not that hard and he solved it in some minutes. I wasn’t surprised and went over to the younger scholastic sections to help arbitrate a dispute. When I returned, I noticed the patient playing a game of solitaire chess in reverse. When he finished the game, all the pieces were set up in the correct starting position. I just thought he was going through a game he had played (in the past) moving in reverse. Some autistics are savants with great memories and talents.
I placed before him the second problem. It was much more difficult and a game I had played myself. He solved it instantly. I looked away to get the next problem. When I glanced back at him, he was still retrograding, going through my whole game backwards until he reached starting position. I figured that he had seen my game before so we tried other problems. In every case, he could reverse construct the game to the beginning. He always chose the correct line even though others, by transposition, would have done just as well.
Needless to say, he won the tournament. I invited him back but his nurses always politely responded to my calls by saying he wasn’t interested. Just last month, a fellow chess enthuiast invited me to a party he was throwing at the Sabah estate in nearby Pontianak. I was surprised to see the Nurse Li again, this time with a 10 year old boy wearing dark glasses. I reintroduced myself and she made it clear that she didn’t want a conversation. I thought “She’s hot! She could have anyone. Why should she be polite?” So I left the ball room and retired to the study with the host for a game of chess.
After a while their was a disturbance so we went to see what happened. Apparently, some drunk had decided to jump in the pool and some of us had to keep him from drowning. When we returned to the study, the ten year old was hovering over the chess board reconstructing our game. I thought he had the same talent his older brother had. So I set up some retrograde puzzles for him to do. Puzzles do not come from real games. They are made-up problems. He couldn’t do puzzles but he could do problems from real games. The nurse finally came to the study and without a word left with him. She did not returned my calls, so I went to see her at her house in Pontianak.
She wouldn’t answer the door bell. Most Malaysians are afraid of Pontianaks, who are known to look very young for their age. Perhaps that explains why Pontianak translates to english as Vampire.  I am not superstitious so I spoke to Nurse Li’s neighbors by going door to door. I found the neighbors were quite concerned over what went on in her house. They all told me Nurse Li has only one patient (a Charles Johnson) in her house, and that Nurse Li, has looked has the same for the past thirty years. They also claim Charles Johnson is aging backwards. (Getting younger!) . The neighbors call him the vortex. The closer you live to him, the slower you age.
Everyone I spoke to in Pontianak fears when Charles Johnson becomes an embryo and disappears they will rapidly become their real age and die. Then I met a middle aged looking man (a local chess expert) who claimed that, he remembered Sarawak’s King a Charles Brooke lost an eye in an accident. The King had one great wish. To be buried secretly with a prosthetic eye fashoned from a sacred stone, a small meteorite he owned. It was a meteorite that once belonged to the legendary founder of the Malaysian empire, Prince Pulavarman.  The empu (artisan) who crafted it told the chess expert that the meteorite contained a metal with strange properties. Perhaps it contained dark mater. Two week later he claims a man appeared suffering from Time Reversal Syndrome. Maybe his stream of consciousness runs backwards too, enabling him to see chess games backwards. Please investigate.”

Our editor Bradley Zang refused to form an investigastion committee saying, “It is our policy not to investigate Men in Black or Women in Black. It is a ridiculous idea based on a movie.”
For info on retrograde problems.

Elsewhere in Chess News :

Who was ex Chess World Champion Bobby Fischer’s real Father
Was he the result of an illicit affair between a physicist working on the Manhattan Project (A Bomb) and a Soviet spy? The Philadelphia Inquirer infers the FBI thought Bobby’s dad, was scientist Paul Nemenyi and his mom (Regina Fischer) a Soviet spy? It is a fun article.
Hey even better, was Bobby a bank robber? For a great article on the mental state of Bobby
Russia led by their sinecure Gary Kasporov took gold, Hungary got the silver and Armenia bronze in the 35 Chess Olympiad in Bled. China won the women’s division for the third time. The U.S.  only placed 41st but our women’s division took 9th place
A recent study by the University of Stanford shows Donepezil , a drug developed for Alzheimer, increases the memory of healthy people. The study first was done on pilots but we have heard reports that chessplayers are scheduled to be the next test group.
Alleged snipers John Allen Muhammad and John Malvo were reported to be regular coffee house chessplayers.
Play Xiangqi or Chinese Chess here

Openings:by Bradley Zang

Confederate General Stonewall Jackson leaving for a battle near Chancellorsville Virginia gave orders at encampment to shoot any soldiers approaching their line and ask questions later. Three days later on May 2, 1863 upon his return he was mortally shot by his own men. This is the main reason the Stonewall Defense is so popular with the Yankee offense players. (Those playing against it.) By restricting his White Bishop, Black never equalizes and his own pawn act like bullets that shoot down their leader.
But if your future World Champion Vladimir Kramnik you can probably manage a draw with this defense against most players.
  Novikov,I vs Kramnik,V  Moscow  Nov 10, 1991
1. d4  f5   2. g3 (or c4,  g4, Bg5, Nc3 and e4 <Staunton gambit> ) 2…  Nf6   3. Bg2  e6  4. c4    c6   5. Nf3(also Nh3)   d5   6. O-O  Bd6 ( Weaker is 6… Be7  7b3 then 8 Ba3 exchanging blacks good black square bishop)   7. Bf4 (if instead dxc4 7 Ne5)    (Or Qc2, Nbd2 and Ne5. Also book is b3 but Bf4 is a line is sometime used with colors reversed so it must be good.) 7…..  Bxf4  (The rest is just drawish play)  8. gxf4  O-O   9. e3  Qe7  10. Nbd2   Nbd7  11. Qc2  Ne4  12. Nxe4   fxe4  13. Nd2   Nf6  14. f3   exf3  15. Nxf3   Bd7   16. Ne5   Be8  17. Rf3   Nd7 18. Rh3   h6  19. Ng4  draw.

Scholastic Corner:

The Ed Butler Memorial 
took place on Nov 16, a day of torrential rains. Still 46 people attended. In the grades 6 -12 section, 6th grader Brian Dughi took first place. In the the grades K-5 their was a three way tie between 2nd grader Griffin Nietling, 4th grader Joey Yusician and 5th grader Alex Leg. Second place was taken by 4th grader Kyle Brost .
In the USCF section expert Andrew Cunanan came in first with 2nd and 3rd  going to Dave Lamb and Brad Zang respectively. The upset was nine year old Jan Jaro taking 4 th place drawing two time city champion Andrew Cunanan in a game.
Our thanks for a great job goes to Tournament Director Don Miller and his assistants Scott Pfiefer, Joe Jackson and  Larry Thompson.
Expert Scott Pfiefer reports on The “El Torneo” Chess Contest held at the University of North Florida on Sat Nov 2. The tournament drew 14 players whose ratings ranged from USCF 495 to 2035, including one unrated player. Six participants competed in the OPEN division, while the remaining participants battled it out in the UNDER 1600 section.Andrew Cunanan swept the field to capture the !st Place Overall trophy, while William Bowman, Cesar Moreno, and unrated newcomer Duane Ford garnered the 1st place trophies for UNDER 1600,UNDER 1400, and UNDER 1200, respectively.
Our pic for best game at EL Torneo [Cephalopod 1.1] Donney Bagent vs Joe Flowers UNF Scholastic Nov 2 2002 Lowenthal Sicilian 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e5 5. Nb3 ( or 5. Nf3, 5.Nf5 ) Nf6 6. Nc3 Bb4 7. Bc4 (Sets a lobster trap if 7 … Bxc3 8 bxc3 Nxe4 Qd5 whites king is stuck in the middle) O-O 8. Bg5 Bxc3+ 9. bxc3 d6 10. h3 Be6 11. Bxe6 fxe6 12. Qe2 Qc7 13. Rd1 Ne7 14. O-O d5 15. Qb5 ( Take the pawn 15 exd5 don’t feed the alligator pawns) Nxe4 16. Bxe7 Qxe7 17. Qd3 Rac8 18. c4 Rxc4 19. Nd2 Rc3 20. Qb5 Ng5 21. Qb2 ( Qe2 was better but loses 2 pawns) Nxh3+ (White is floating upside down) 22. gxh3 Qg5+ 23. Kh2 Rxh3+ 24. Kxh3 Rf6 25. Nf3 Rh6+ 26. Nh4 Rxh4 0-1
are given every Sat at the JCC. It is free to members and FCCJ students.
Scholastic Clubs
Chess Master Leo Pasmanik will be giving lessons chess on Tuesday afternoons and evenings at the JCA, 8505 San Jose Blvd # B Jacksonville, FL 32217-4225. info Beth at (904)730-2100 ext 239
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

Becky Hoeweler writes: I’m not so sure if that counts as a newsletter. But if you wanted the government to keep tabs on you, it is possible you have suceeded.
Ghislaine Johnson writes: A group of us are fund raising to assist approximately 10 Canadian kids in going to a chess tournament. We were hoping to go to New York in February to the North American chess challenge, however it was postponed this year until 2003. I am looking at different options and was wondering if your chess group was planning on holding a scholastic chess tournament in February 2003 over a weekend. We also want to attend other activities during that weekend such as a sport/game to make the trip a fun trip. Let me know if you have any ideas from your end.
Almed Akmand writes: You guys should do better research. “Saher Al Shatrang” is arabic for the Mystics of Chess
Jay Rosenberg writes: Can you get these great games e.g. APS openings listed, move by move so I can see what the hell you all are talking about, and not pondering if the move instructions where not correctly followed.
Jannet Szabolcsi writes: I loved you chess playing capaybara report. Perhaps others studies involving rodents can improve the level of play in chess. A recent study by Tufts University in Boston found rats fed the equivalent of a cup of blueberries a day were smarter than other rats.
Johann Scholz writes: You guys were right. Soon chess event will be testing for ” steroids for the Brain. Drugs that make you smarter”. Did anyone read that they are doing drug testing at the Olympiad in Bled? If you refused the test you were listed as positive. Dr. Jana Bellin in charge of testing said, ” This was to be a trial run so there were no repercussions from positive results. ”
For a nice article dealing with paranormal events around chess