Two New Books From Elk and Ruby

In a short time the publishing company of Elk and Ruby ( has made a very good impression, bursting onto the Chess publishing landscape like a burning fireball comet. The two newest books have added much fuel to the fireball.

Sergei Tkachenko has produced another wonderful little tome devoted to Chess compositions, Nikolai Rezvov, from Child Burglar to Grandmaster: A World Champion’s Favorite Composers. The book contains one hundred fantastic compositions and the story of the composer, Nikolai Rezvov. The first couple of dozen pages comprising the introduction begins, “The community of chess composers is rich in personalities. Nikolai Vasilevich Rezvov, Ukrainian chess composition grandmaster and FIDE chess composition international master, lead a most remarkable life!
At the end of 1921 Odessa Izvestia warned: “Hunger is at Odessa’s door. Until now we have been talking about an impending catastrophe. Now it is here, facing us. All the signs for this are visible. Cases of scurvy and even death from starvation are becoming frequent.”

Nikolai’s family suffered more bad news in addition to this social disaster; his father deserted them soon after Nikolai’s birth and his parents divorced. Our hero found himself the sole male in his family. It’s hard to imagine how his mother and grandmother survived such abysmal times with a newborn.

Nikolai Vasilevich told the author of this book that he was feeding his family by the age of four!

A garrison was located next to the port, protecting the port’s warehouses and equipment. Odessa lads would often run down to the port to watch the cargo ships. The soldiers acted kindly towards these ubiquitous urchins and even fed them porridge. Nikolai would bring some of this precious sustenance home for his mother and grandmother.

Well, it wasn’t only for trips to the port that these Odessite waifs were famous. Their lack of height and innate savviness enabled them to slip through small windows of rich apartments and open the doors for the older hands. This was a particular game of “noble thieves” for which Odessa, let’s face it, had long been famous! It’s not hard to guess what the “endgame” of this romantic way of life would have been for young Nikolai had it not been for one fateful encounter at the age of five or six!

After creeping his way into an apartment belonging to a local jeweler following a tip-off, Nikolai found himself caught in a trap. The owner who had sensed trouble ahead, had stayed at home and caught the young cat-burglar. The logical reaction would have been to grab this Oliver Twist by the scruff of his neck and haul him off to the police. However, the jeweler acted differently. He offered this failed burglar’s mother a deal to take him on as an apprentice and teach him the subtleties of the jewelry trade. A risky and unusual step, frankly! Moreover, in order to dispel any thoughts the urchin may have had about returning to his thieving past, the jeweler, a passionate chess lover, taught his young charge the rules of the game. And that is how the child burglar Nikolai Rezvov crawled through the window into the world of chess!”

The introduction ends, “In over half a century, Rezvov created around 450 compositions encompassing all known types. Many of these are true classics!”

For instance:

1st team championship of Ukraine, 1965
(edited by S. Tkachenko, 2017)
1st place

White to move and draw

Mikhail Zinar’s Difficult Pawn Endings: A World Champion’s Favorite Composers.

From the introduction:

“One spring weekend the lad was walking in the Yuri Gagarin(!) Park in Simferopol and dreaming of his future glorious pilot studies. The world of aviation incurred a terrible loss and the kingdom of Caissa experienced a fantastic gain when Zinar stumbled upon an open pavilion in the park with people playing chess!

Chess! This became Zinar’s life obsession. In just half a year he made the journey from absolute beginner to first category player (1800 plus). After that, it was onwards and upwards. With the wish to focus entirely on chess, our hero changed jobs in 1974. This wasn’t a fair exchange! Only an incurable romantic would agree to give up a position of aviation mechanic with free accommodation in a dormitory and a salary of 130 rubles per month (a very decent amount in those days) in favor of a salary of 90 rubles per month and no accommodation as a coach at a children’s chess club! The chess atmosphere now literally encircled our hero 24/7. Locking the doors at night after the last chess club member had left the premises, Zinar would move tables together, pull a mattress and bed linen from the cupboard and settle down for the night. The following morning the same procedure would take place in reverse…”

The book contains one hundred pawn endings, each a thing of beauty.

M. Zinar
Chess in the USSR, 1981
1st special prize

White to move and win


Author: Trump is Russia’s asset in the White House

Author: Trump is Russia’s asset in the White House

In his new book “the house of Trump, House of Putin,” Craig Unger alleges the Russian government targeted and even compromised Trump using real estate and the Russian mafia. Unger joins Lawrence.

John Brennan: President Trump’s Claims of No Collusion Are Hogwash

Russia accused of testing a ‘killer satellite’ in orbit

Mysterious Satellite Sparks Concerns That Russia Has Developed A Space Weapon

Russian strategic bombers deploy near Alaska

Chinese bombers likely training for US strikes: Pentagon

GM Stukopin vs Rajendra US Open Bishop’s Opening

GM Andrey Stukopin (2681)

vs Avinash Rajendra (2151)

US Open 4 day schedule round 5

1 e4 e5 2 Bc4 Nf6 3 Nc3 (This move allows 3…Nxe4 4 Nxe4 d5. For that reason I preferred 3 d3, and so does Stockfish)

3…Nc6 (Both Stcokfish and Komodo play 3…Bc5)

4 d3 (The Dragon plays this, but the Fish prefers 4 Nf3) 4…Na5 (Fishy would play 4…Bc5) 5. Qf3 (The only move I ever played was 5 Bb3. Allowing the bishop to be taken on c4 in fifteen minutes games showed me a better way. Komodo and Houdini agree. I do not about bringing the Queen out this early, especially to a square best suited for the knight. It boils down to which pawn structure you prefer, this one:

Or this:

5…c6 (SF plays this or 5…d5)

6 Nge2 Be7 (SF plays this but both Komodo and Houey prefer 6…b5) 7. h3 (Stockfish would play either 7…Ng3 or a4, both of which would be a TN)

7…d6 (SF says 7…b5) 8 g4 (This is a TN. There is total agreement between the Big Four, The Fish; The Dragon; The Escape Artist; and Yours Truly, 8 a4 is the best move. For 8 0-0 see Murtagh vs Mannion below)

8…Nxc4 9 dxc4 Be6 10 b3 h6 11 Bb2 Qa5 12 O-O-O O-O-O (one does not often see a B.O. where both sides castle long) 13 Kb1 Kb8 14 Qg2 g5 15 Ng3 Ka8 16 Qf3 d5 17 Nf5

17…Bb4 (17…Bxf5 must be considered. After 18 Qxf5 d4 looks strong. It is always nice to have a protected passed pawn, especially when it cuts into the heart of your opponents position)

18 exd5 cxd5 19 Ng7 Be7 20 cxd5 Nxd5 (The black dark square bishop will be exchanged. With 20…Bxd5 21 Nxd5 Nxd5 the General of the black pieces avoids the doubled pawns. Taking with the knight first actually loses a pawn. Turn out the lights…)

21 Nxe6 fxe6 22 Nxd5 exd5 23 Bxe5 Rhf8 24 Qg3 Bf6 25 Rhe1 Bxe5 26 Rxe5 Qc5 27 Qe3 Qc6 28 Qd4 Rc8 29 Rd2 Rf3 30 Rxd5 Rxh3 (Not that there was much hope, but black could have played 30…Rff8 and prolonged the game) 31 Rc5 Qe8 32 Rxc8+ Qxc8 33 Qf6 Rh1+ 34 Kb2 Re1 35 Rd8 Qxd8 36 Qxd8# 1-0

Dermot Murtagh (1889) vs Stephen R Mannion (2333)

Monarch Assurance 13th 2004


1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. d3 Nc6 4. Nc3 Na5 5. Qf3 c6 6. Nge2 d6 7. h3 Be7 8. O-O Nxc4 9. dxc4 Be6 10. b3 O-O 11. Rd1 Qc7 12. a4 Ne8 13. Ng3 g6 14. Bh6 Ng7 15. Nf5 Nxf5 16. exf5 Bxf5 17. Bxf8 Rxf8 18. Rd2 Be6 19. Re1 f5 20. Qe3 b6 21. f4 Bf6 22. Ne2 Re8 23. Red1 exf4 24. Nxf4 Bf7 25. Qf3 Be5 26. Kh1 Kg7 27. Re2 Rd8 28. Nd3 Bf6 29. Nf4 Qc8 30. Rde1 Be5 31. Nd3 Bc3 32. Rd1 Re8 33. Nf4 Be5 34. Nd3 Bf6 35. Rxe8 Qxe8 36. Re1 Qd7 37. Nf4 Be5 38. Nd3 Bc3 39. Nc5 dxc5 40. Qxc3+ Qd4 41. Qxd4+ cxd4 42. Re7 a6 43. Rc7 b5 44. Rxc6 bxc4 45. bxc4 a5 46. c5 Be8 47. Rd6 Kf7 48. c6 Ke7 49. c7 Bd7 50. Rxd4 g5 51. c4 g4 52. hxg4 fxg4 53.c5 h5 54. c6 1-0

Luka Paichadze (2581) vs Eltaj Safarli (2639)

19th ch-EUR Indiv 2018

C24 Bishop’s opening, Berlin defence

1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. d3 Nc6 4. Nc3 Na5 5. Qf3 Nxc4 6. dxc4 Bb4 7. Ne2 d6 8. O-O c6 9. a3 Bc5 10. b4 Bb6 11. Qd3 Be6 12. Na4 Bc7 13. Nec3 O-O 14. Rd1 Qe7 15. Bg5 h6 16. Bxf6 Qxf6 17. Rd2 a6 18. c5 Rad8 19. Qe2 dxc5 20. Nxc5 Rxd2 21. Qxd2 Rd8 22. Qe2 Bc8 23. Rd1 a5 24. Rxd8+ Qxd8 25. Qd3 Qe7 26. h3 Kh7 27. Qd2 axb4 28. axb4 Bb6 29. N3a4 Ba7 30. Nd3 Qd6 31. Nac5 b6 32. Nb3 Ba6 33. Qc3 f6 34. Nd2 Bxd3 35. cxd3 b5 36. Nb3 Qe6 37. Nc5 Qa2 38. g3 Bb6 39. Kg2 Qa7 40. d4 exd4 41. Qxd4 Bxc5 42. bxc5 Qb8 43. Qd6 Qe8 44. Qd3 Qe5 45. f4 Qxc5 46. e5+ Kg8 47. Qd8+ Kh7 48. Qd3+ 1/2-1/2

Krzysztof Jakubowski (2502) vs Krzysztof Bulski (2416)

2010 Polish Championship

C28 Vienna game

1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Bc4 Nc6 4. d3 Na5 5. Qf3 c6 6. Nge2 Be7 7. h3 Nxc4 8. dxc4 d6 9. b3 Be6 10. O-O O-O 11. Rd1 Ne8 12. Ng3 g6 13. Bh6 Ng7 14. c5 f6 15. cxd6 Bxd6 16. Nf5 gxf5 17. Bxg7 Kxg7 18. exf5 Bf7 19. Qd3 Bd5 20. Nxd5 cxd5 21. Qxd5 Be7 22. Qxb7 Qe8 23. Rd7 Rf7 24. Rad1 a5 25. c4 Qc8 26. Qd5 Ra6 27. Rd3 Kf8 28. Qb5 e4 29. Rd1 Rc6 30. Qxa5 Rc5 31. Qb6 Kg7 32. R7d5 Bf8 33. Qe6 Rxd5 34. Qxd5 Re7 35. c5 Re5 36. Qd7+ Qxd7 37. Rxd7+ Be7 38. b4 Kf7 39. a4 e3 40. fxe3 Rxe3 41. Kf1 Ke8 42. Rb7 Rb3 43. Rb5 Kd7 44. a5 Bd8 45. a6 Ra3 46. Rb7+ Kc6 47. Rb8 Bc7 48. Rc8 Kd7 49. Rh8 Rxa6 50. Rxh7+ Kd8 51. b5 Ra1+ 52. Ke2 Rc1 53. b6 Be5 54. b7 Rxc5 55. g4 Rb5 56. h4 Ke8 57. g5 fxg5 58. hxg5 Bd6 59. g6 Be5 60. Kd3 Rb4 61. f6 Bxf6 62. Rc7 Be5 63. g7 Bxg7 64. Rxg7 Kd8 65. Kc3 Rb1 66. Kc4 Rb2 67. Kc5 Rb1 68. Kc6 Rc1+ 69. Kb6 Rb1+ 70. Ka7 Ra1+ 71. Kb8 Ra2 72. Rg4 Rd2 73. Ra4 1-0

Wei Yi (2625) vs Xiu Deshun (2571)

2014 Chinese Championship


1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. Nc3 Nc6 4. d3 Na5 5. Qf3 d6 6. h3 Be7 7. Nge2 c6 8. a4 Nxc4 9. dxc4 Be6 10. b3 d5 11. exd5 cxd5 12. cxd5 Bxd5 13. Qg3 O-O 14. O-O Ne4 15. Qxe5 Nxc3 16. Nxc3 Bc6 17. Rd1 Bf6 18. Qc5 Qc8 19. Bb2 Bxg2 20. Qxc8 Rfxc8 21. Kxg2 Bxc3 22. Bxc3 Rxc3 23. Rd7 Rxc2 24. Rad1 h6 25. Rxb7 a5 26. Rdd7 Ra6 27. Rxf7 Rg6+ 28. Kh2 Rc1 29. Rf3 Rgg1 30. Rb5 Rh1+ 31. Kg3 Rhg1+ 32. Kf4 Rg6 33. Rxa5 Rb6 34. Rd5 Rb4+ 35. Ke5 Kh7 36. Rb5 Rxb5+ 37. axb5 Rc5+ 38. Kd4 Rxb5 39. Kc4 Rb8 40. b4 1-0

Wesley So (2531) vs Tigran Mamikonian (2257)

Yerevan 2007


1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. d3 Nc6 4. Nc3 Na5 5. Qf3 Nxc4 6. dxc4 d6 7. h3 Be7 8.Nge2 O-O 9. O-O c6 10. Rd1 Be6 11. b3 Qc7 12. a4 Rad8 13. Ng3 Kh8 14. Nf5 Bxf5 15. Qxf5 g6 16. Qf3 Ng8 17. Qe3 a6 18. Bb2 Qc8 19. Ne2 Qe6 20. Nf4 Qc8 21. Nd3 f6 22. f4 Rfe8 23. Rf1 Bf8 24. Qg3 Bg7 25. fxe5 dxe5 26. Rf3 c5 27. a5 Qc6 28. Re1 Qc7 29. Bc3 Ne7 30. Qf2 Nc6 31. Qxc5 Qd7 32. Qf2 Qe7 33. h4 h5 34. Rf1 Kh7 35. Kh1 Nd4 36. Bxd4 Rxd4 37. Nf4 Rxe4 38. Nd5 Qd7 39. Nxf6+ Bxf6 40. Rxf6 Re7 41. Rf7+ Kh6 42. Rf8 Kh7 43. Qf7+ Rxf7 44. R1xf7+ Qxf7 45. Rxf7+ Kh6 46. Rxb7 Rxh4+ 47. Kg1 Rd4 48. c5 Rd5 49. b4 Kg5 50. c6 Rd4 51. c7 Rc4 52. b5 1-0

Chris Mathews Has Seven Women On His Mind

During one of the segments on the MSNBC program Hardball, the host, Chris Mathews, mentioned something about a song by “Jackson Browne with the line about seven women.”

Chris, my man, you need to run song lyrics by Ari Melber before mentioning it on air. The song in question is:

Take It Easy


Produced by Glyn Johns

Album: Eagles

Well, I’m running down the road
Tryin’ to loosen my load
I’ve got seven women on
My mind

Four that wanna own me
Two that wanna stone me
One says she’s a friend of mine

Take It easy, take it easy
Don’t let the sound of your own wheels
Drive you crazy
Lighten up while you still can
Don’t even try to understand
Just find a place to make your stand
And take it easy

Well, I’m a standing on a corner
In Winslow, Arizona
And such a fine sight to see
It’s a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed
Ford slowin’ down to take a look at me

Come on, baby, don’t say maybe
I gotta know if your sweet love is
Gonna save me
We may lose and we may win though
We will never be here again
So open up, I’m climbin’ in
So take it easy

Well I’m running down the road trying to loosen
My load, got a world of trouble on my mind
Lookin’ for a lover who won’t blow my
Cover, she’s so hard to find

Take it easy, take it easy
Don’t let the sound of your own
Wheels make you crazy
Come on baby, don’t say maybe
I gotta know if your sweet love is
Gonna save me, oh oh oh
Oh we got it easy
We oughta take it easy

Trump Plays Whack-A-Mole Seventeen Hours a Day

POTUS: “What kind of lawyer would tape a client?”

Lawrence O’Donnell: “To which the only reasonable reply is, what kind of an idiot would have a lawyer who would tape a client?”

Lawrence O’Donnell Predicts The Humiliating Way Donald Trump’s Presidency May End
It involves the Secret Service.

By Lee Moran

“The man (Lebron James) is trying to help at risk children by opening doors for them is being attacked by the man who put children at risk by locking them in cages.” – Stephanie Ruhle


Stunning Criticism Of LeBron James And The Funding For The I Promise School

BY Jerry Barca

“For a President who plays more whack-A-Mole

than 3D Chess

color me skeptical.”Nichole Wallace sitting in for Rachel Maddow on TRMS, 7/31/18

Putting this post together caused me to reflect upon an incident which occurred too long ago. My youngest sister and I were talking about favorite actors with our Mother. She mentioned something about Rock Hudson and Lynnette said, “You know he was gay, right?” Mother’s response was, “Well what’s wrong with being happy?” Lynnette and I looked at each other before laughing. “What is it?” out Mother asked. When Lynnette was finally able to respond, she said, “Mother, gay means homosexual.”

“Oh my goodness,” Mother said. “When did they change it?” “Why did they change it?” More laughter followed…

Definition’s change, so I headed to the internet to learn if there were other definitions of Whack-A-Mole. There were:


Definition – What does Whack-A-Mole mean?

IT professionals and others might use the term “whack-a-mole” to describe a process where a pervasive problem keeps recurring after it is supposedly fixed, or any situation where some type of undesirable outcome is recurring. This term is based on a metaphor where an arcade game called Whac-A-Mole invites players to hit a series of pop-up animals with a mallet.

Top definition


While jerking off a man, with the free hand you hit the tip of the cock with an open palm as if you are playing the popular carnival game “whack-a-mole”.
I’m so pissed at Tommy for flirting with that fat broad at the bar. When we go home I’m going to jerk him off “whack-a-mole” style.
#jerk off#jack off#jackoff#beat off#choking the chicken#toss off#wack off#whack off#beat the meat
by WeezieCletusBBH May 02, 2009


whack a mole

to sit on a turd that has begun to crown in an effort not to shit oneself.
yesterday i had to play whack a mole at work, i was all alone and the damn customer wouldnt leave.
by elac the great October 07, 2011



to ejaculate, jack off
I was playing whack-a-mole last night to that Ciara video
by big ang May 03, 2005


Whack a Mole

Whack a mole is an exciting game that requires one male and at least three females. The females bend over with their pants at their knees, from this they proceed to pop turtle heads out of their assholes. As soon as a turtle head pops out the male is responsible for “whacking the mole” with his cock. This game is preferably done with freaky Asian girls.
Dude what did you do last night? Owe just played whack a mole with the chinese student association.
#poop dick#freaky asian#three some#cock#mole#turtle head
by hans vienermen November 11, 2009



While fucking doggy-style, right as the guy is about to cum the girl smacks him in the nuts through her legs and shouts “Whack-a-mole!”
Guy: I’m gonna cum, baby!

Girl: Whack-a-mole!


Girl: I love you.
#whack-a-molin#doggy-style#dirty sanchez#hot karl#rusty trombone
by Jive Bandit August 11, 2010


whack-a-mole drugs

A whack-a-mole consists of taking a huge mole (tobacco and weed in a bong bowl) and breathing the smoke into a balloon filled with whippit vapor (nitrous oxide) and inhaling/exhaling into the balloon until you’re forced to breathe oxygen.
“Wow did you see that bro last night? Dude took too many whack-a-moles and yakked and then passed out….holy shit man.”
#weed#bong#whippit#nitrous#laughing gas#hardcore#tobacco#balloons#fucked up#marijuana#crack cocaine sometimes
by winterfell August 19, 2011


whackamole sex

the art of using ones penis to stimulate their partner’s clitoris as if playing a game of whack-a-mole with a mallet.

Jane absolutely hated when Dick would play whackamole on her in bed.
by gr8s8n August 17, 2003

Trump Keeps The House White

White House struggles to name a single senior African-American working in the West Wing

Kellyanne Conway,

a senior adviser to President Trump, could not name a single senior official working today in the West Wing who is African-American.

by Kristen Welker / Aug.12.2018 / 7:11 PM ET

WASHINGTON — Seven months after Omarosa Manigault Newman

departed the Trump administration under a cloud, the White House struggled on Sunday to identify any African-American serving in a senior role in the West Wing.

After two days of questions to communications officials from NBC News, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Sunday that Henry Childs II, a Commerce Department official on loan to the White House’s Office of Public Liaison since May, is carrying out many of the duties Manigault Newman had as an assistant to the president and director of communications for that office.

Separately, Kellyanne Conway, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump, could not name a single senior official working today in the West Wing who is African-American. Pressed by ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl in an interview on “This Week,” Conway at first pointed to Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, who does not work at the White House.