The editor Bradley Zang would like you to know that some of these stories are so unbelievable he doesn’t even believe them.
(Subject to JCC Board approval)
On Sat, November 16
the Jacksonville Chess Club is having its 5th Annual Crown County Open officially being renamed the Ed Butler Memorial Tournament. Ed Butler was quite an active past president of the Jacksonville Chess Club. He held the presidency of the FCA and was on the USCF executive board. He also wrote the chess column for the Florida Times Union. Location: Atlanta Bread Company at 5613-1 San Jose Boulevard Jacksonville Florida 32207 phone # is 904-448-0808 4rd Swiss, Game in 30 min. There is no time delay feature in this event. Cost $20 regular $13 members and FCCJ student Adult section USCF membership required. Prizes 1st place $100, 2nd place $50, under 1600 $50 Reg 1 to 2 PM Rd 2:15 3:30 4:45 and 6:00 PM.
The Scholastic section is not rated cost $5 registration 3 rd swiss K-5 and 5-12 reg 1 to 2 PM Rd 2:15 3:30 5:00 PM. Prises Chess sets, Chess books, Medallions and gifts Information Bradleyzang@hotmail.com Our Condolences
We are saddened to have to report that Grandmaster Eduard Gufeld died at the age of 66 on Monday, September 23, 2002
The Jacksonville Chess Club meets every Saturday 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 32256, phone 997-2500.
Strange News by Elliote Wisanski
“As the Secretary General of the United Nations, an organization of 147 member states who represent almost all of the human inhabitants of the planet Earth, I send greetings on behalf of the people of our planet. We step out of our solar system into the universe seeking only peace and friendship… ”
When these recorded words of Kurt Waldheim were sent into space on Voyager I in 1977 . Most didn’t know he was a Nazi involved in German atrocities in Yugoslavia and Greece. Or that lying and insincerity could be detected by inflections in voice patterns. (ie. The Voice Stress Analyser) Voyager has now been sighted past Pluto in uncharted space. Hopefully nothing will come of it. But this faux pas does remind us that we should be more careful with first contact.
With this background let Jay Amritraj tell you his story. ” First of all, let me thank you. When I read your Elmers of Chess article, I knew the Jax Chess News would be the only news letter willing to hear my story. I am a ham radio operator myself station VU2CHK. I’ve studied under Elmer Master Asari in Mirzapur India. At dinner I used to speculate all the time about life forms from outer space. One day my wife asked, ” Did you ever invite Extra Terrestrials by radio for a game of chess?” Let me tell you a little about my wife. She is a great companion. We use to play chess all the time.
She would cheat by taking back moves but I would just lovingly tweak her nose and say,” I caught you.” In marriage you can’t always do what you want to do. I do take her consil seriously. So the next day, November 23 2001, I asked her what frequency would aliens be listening to. My wife insisted I use the forbidden frequcies. I always wondered why my Elmer Master Asari, forbade everyone in Mizapur from broadcasting chess moves at frequencies from 25.55 to 26.67 MHz. I didn’t want to do it but I could not defy my wife. She is of a higher caste. So I sent out the chess challenge invitation signal on a continuous repeating mode. I left the door open and sat at my chess board. Unbelievably,what looked like a ball of light did come in around midnight.
I then heard a voice coming from my ham radio speaker. It called itself ” Prana Chakras” which in my tradition has visited earth before. It continued ” I accept your offer. Yes, I accept your offer but I can not stay too long. The celestial storm that produces neutrino cosmic wave I use as a carrier wave and energy source will soon be diminishing.” We played many game. He won all of them, moving his pieces by some invisible energy force, but the last game we played went like this. He played white. In my experience aliens like to play the English 1. c4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d5 3. cxd5 Nxd5 4. e4 Nb4 5. d4 N8c6 6. Bb5 Bg4 7. d5 a6 8. Be2 Bxf3 9. Bxf3 Nd4 All of the sudden his queen and my knight at d4 started to shake. I knew that if he took my knight with his queen I could fork his King and Queen with knight to c2, a sure win.
Suddenly the two pieces stopped shaking and he moved Na3. I told it you touched the Queen, at least move it. I was a tournament player here until they got rid of our rating system. I repeated, I play chess. You touched the Queen, move it. The ball of light just stood their. It wouldn’t move the Queen. My wife tried to get me to give in so I lovingly pinched her nose. I finally knocked over the board and said get out of here you patzer. Suddenly the ball of light just started flying around the house it knocked over my wife and flew out the chimney. The next night, to my surprise, the town folks all complained about a ball of light approaching and then pinching them in the nose. The light came back to my door the next day but I wouldn’t let him in. Its the principle of the thing.
I was amazed to read the next day in the Times of India that an accident has indefinitely disabled Super-Kamiokande, a cutting-edge neutrino detector in Japan. The observatory is part of a early warning systems that will alert the world to the next celestial storm generated by a supernova, collapsing star or visitors using neutrino wave carriers.
These Aliens have now been given a name by my people Muhnochwa “that which pinches your face.” It has been seen by thousands in my Province since then. Probably looking for someone to play chess with. There have been protests 15000 strong where people complain that the police won’t protect us from these balls of light. The Muhnochwa stills tries to get another game by speaking to me through my radio. However but I reply in the most famous words of your great Benjamin Franklin. “If you touch a piece, you must move it somewhere.”
We got these responses from people near Mizapur.
Ghan Surapur a chess devotee says, “Their is no such thing as Muhnochwa. These balls of light are easily explained. Lightning strikes creating fractil clouds of carbon that hold the energy in a spherical shape. I can do the same thing by lighting a toothpick in my microwave stove”
Anwar Birla, an apprentice Elmer of Chess player also from Jabalpur claims, “Their is no forbidden frequencies! It is a quiet zone for listeng of radio telescopes of the planet pluto.”
Elsewhere in Chess News
FIDE officers have been proposing to lower their rating system to include 1001 players. Is this and the fact they ruled USCF rules was an acceptable variant for their rating system an attempt to grab business from the USCF. Past President of the United States Chess Federation Don Schultz comment, ” I don’t believe FIDE will lower their rating to 1001″
Robert Fischer in the News. Despite his great popularity in the chess community. The USCF executive board valiantly upheld American values by disassociating itself with him and revoking his Honorary Life Time Membership. The London Daily Telegeraph Dec 6 2001 issue quoted Bobby Fischer in an interview with Radio Bambo. He said this about the September 11 bombings. ” This is wonderful news. It is time to finish the US off once an for all” . Bobby Fischers has no excuse for hate retoric and anti American remarks. But, in defense of his fans we erge you to remember he wasn’t always this way. Why can’t you admire what he was, not what he became?
Congratulations to Elliot Vainer and Jacquess they won the Scholastic section of the 2nd Russ Donnelly Memorial Theme Tournament on September 21. Bradley Zang won the adult section.
UNFs September 21’s USCF 1st Coast Scholastic was won by twins, Thomas Bennett and Kenneth Bennet
Garry Kasparov was beaten for the first time by Judith Polgar. So why is media having a field day? Headlines like “Shock defeat for chess tsars” the Sidney Morning Herald.
Play Xiangqi – Chinese Chess Here!
First I would like to thank Chess Chat and all their helpful members. Chess Chat is a news group of 500 people. The thing that makes it unique is how helpful the members are. Rob K for example did a wonderful evaluation of this opening. Stephen T and Spencer L asked questions I hadn’t thought of. When Alekine tried to resurrect the Bishops Kings Gambit he failed. When Bobby Fischer tried a lot of people forgot why it died. The Gianutio Lopez Countergambit was that reason.
It wins for black 2 to 1. It is sound and gambiteers hate countergambits. But it looks scary for black . 1905-6 Alexander Alekhine vs A. Geise 1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Bc4 f5 / Gianutio Lopez Countergambit.4. h4 (book is Qe2 Qe2 is recommended by Philidor, Nunn, Rob and best but equal. Weaker are Nc6 recommended by Labourdonnais Ka3 recommended by Max Lange. You can go wrong pxp, Bxg8 and d6 ) <If 4 Nf3 dxe4 5 00 dont take the knight go d5 and black is better>… Qe7 5. d3 fxe4 6. dxe4 Qxe4+ 7. Qe2 Qxe2+ ( A 1200 player could draw against Alekine in this position) 8. Bxe2 Nf6 9. Bxf4 c6 10. Nd2 d5 11. O-O-O Bb4 12. Nb3 Ne4 13. Rf1 O-O 14. g4 a5 15. c3 a4 16. cxb4 axb3 17. a3 Na6 18. Rh3 Nxb4 19. Rxb3 c5 20. Nh3 Nc6 21. Rg1 Nd4 22. Re3 Nxe2+ 23. Rxe2 h5 24. Be5 hxg4 ( This is the perfect example of when not to go for a past pawn. Bxg4 is winning ie 25. Re3 Rae8 26. Bh2 d4 27. Rb3 c4 28. Rxb7 Nc5 29. Rb5 Nd3+ 30. Kb1 Bxh3 ) 25. Nf4 Rf5 26. Bc7 Ra4 27. Rd1 Nf6 28. Ng6 Rc4+ 29. Kb1 Bd7 30. Ne7+ Kh7 31. Nxf5 Bxf5+ 32. Ka2 Be4 33. Rg1 d4 34. Be5 Bf3 35. Ree1 Ne4 36. Rxe4 Bxe4 37. Rxg4 d3 38. Rxg7+ Kh6 39. Rg1 Rc2 40. Rd1 Kh5 41. Bf6 1/2-1/2
Don Mihokovich of Tampa writes: Check out the new/developing website for the Orlando Chess Center at http://www.orlandochess.com/. Adding what Alex and Catherine Zellner have planned for the Orlando Chess Center and Florida Youth Chess Academy to all of the positive things already going on in our Sunshine State, Florida is sure to solidify its enviable position as one of the top five states in the U.S. for scholastics chess and chess as a whole. Check it out on a regular basis and give them your support!
Vic Ouellette writes: I spend the winters in Fort Myers, each year, and have been teaching chess to a group of 4,5 graders (about 40 kids) for the past three years . I would like to know if there are USCF players or FCA members in the area of Fort Myers, that might like to pitch and and help me develop the program. K1CGI@aol.com
John Farragut from New Orleans write: You must have forgotten to check out Paul Morphy in your last Strange Chess News. He was part indian and in the end of his young career he had to go to a mental institution. Why? Because he heard voices!
John Nipissis of Montreal writes: Chess is not the only intellectual sport worried about cognoscente enhances. Disa Eythorsdottir was recently stripped of her silver medal by The World Bridge Federation for refusing to take a drug test.
Matt Keely writes: In your Marsupial people article you mentioned Thomas Henry Huxley. Did you know he was called Darwins Bull dog? He once said the cool line,” The chess-board is the world, the pieces are the phenomena of the universe, the rules of the game are what we call the laws of Nature. The player on the other side is hidden from us. ”
Troy Storsjon from Iceland writes: You have to get rid of Mr Zang and make Mr Wisanski the editor. Mr Wisanski is at least open minded
Kevin Polk writes: Hey Ok I admit I don’t always read these but did you hear that an International Chess Federation wants to hold a tournament here in Jacksonville? I heard it again this morning on NPR.