Crossfire Hurricane: Inside Donald Trump’s War on the FBI

Jumpin’ Jack Flash
The Rolling Stones

Produced by Jimmy Miller
Album Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2)

One two!

[Verse 1]
I was born in a crossfire hurricane
And I howled at the maw in the drivin’ rain

But it’s all right now, in fact, it’s a gas
But it’s all right, I’m Jumpin’ Jack Flash
It’s a gas, gas, gas

[Verse 2]
I was raised by a toothless, bearded hag
I was schooled with a strap right across my back

But it’s all right now, in fact, it’s a gas
But it’s all right, I’m Jumpin’ Jack Flash
It’s a gas, gas, gas

[Verse 3]
I was drowned, I was washed up and left for dead
I fell down to my feet and I saw they bled
Yeah, yeah
I frowned at the crumbs of a crust of bread
Yeah, yeah, yeah
I was crowned with a spike right thru my head
My, my, yeah

But it’s all right now, in fact, it’s a gas
But it’s all right, I’m Jumpin’ Jack Flash
It’s a gas, gas, gas

Jumpin’ Jack Flash, its a gas
Jumpin’ Jack Flash, its a gas
Jumpin’ Jack Flash, its a gas
Jumpin’ Jack Flash, its a gas

Yet Another Chess Cheating Scandal

Teen at centre of new chess cheating scandal

By Ian Rogers

Just a few weeks after a photo of Grandmaster Igors Rausis analysing with a mobile phone inside a toilet cubicle went around the world, a new cheating scandal has blown up in the Netherlands.
Joris Boons,

a 19-year-old amateur from Utrecht, had enjoyed a dream run over the past few months, winning rating restricted tournaments in Hilversum, Haarlem and Amsterdam with perfect or near-perfect scores.

Boons’ convincing victories, from a player who had never shown exceptional talent previously, aroused suspicions, especially since he seemed to be visiting the toilet rather often.

So when Boons entered the third group of the recent Dutch Open in Dieren the organisers decided to be prepared. Unfortunately, their efforts to source a metal detector proved fruitless – until the penultimate round.
By then Boons had won every game bar one and seemed headed for a new tournament success. However in the eighth round the arbiters stopped Boons on his return from a toilet visit and asked to scan him. Boons refused.
He was taken to the arbiters’ office and after having been told the consequences of refusing screening, admitted to having a phone. The phone was shown to contain chess apps, but Boons claimed that he had never used them during a game. He was nonetheless forfeited (for phone possession), expelled from the tournament, and all his opponents during the event were given back the point they had lost against him.
Boons’ case has been referred to the world body FIDE, which is expected to implement a ban of two years. (The Rausis case, in which the cheating could have been taking place for as many as six years, may become FIDE’s first life ban.)
In many ways Boons is a far more typical cheat than Rausis, a teenage, overconfident, but weak player who wants to prove that they are cleverer than everyone else. (Australia has seen two.)
However the Rausis case is far more worrying. If a strong player decides to get occasional help with a hidden phone for just a few key moments in a game, it will be very hard to identify.
Only when 58-year-old Rausis became greedy, reaching the top 50 after winning half a dozen tournaments in Italy and France over the European spring and summer, did suspicion rise to the point where vigilante players decided to secretly photograph him in a cubicle and present the evidence to the world.
The warning signs have been been clear since at least 2015 when Georgian Grandmaster Gaioz Nigalidze was banned after his mobile phone was found hidden behind a cistern at a tournament in Dubai.

Nigalidze was banned for three years but he had already won two Georgian Championships and a $15,000 first prize at an open event in Al Ain.
The moral seems to be that, despite isolated successes, current anti-cheating measures are inadequate and the integrity of the game is in serious danger.

Because of the internet being down for three days (It was up for about six hours four days ago before going away again, and had been down for at least two days prior to being up. It is like being in a third world country here in the USA. Thanks, AT&T!) I have been in the dark concerning the happenings in the world of Chess. I discovered this latest unfortunate news at the website of GM Kevin Spraggett (

Kevin writes, “Reality is that perhaps less than 1% of all the cheating taking place in todays tournaments is actually being identified. This is a serious issue. It is time for FIDE to get serious and purge the current FPC and start over.
It is time for FIDE to invest some money and buy the equipment that will stop cheaters cold.”

Unfortunately, the cost of the “equipment” needed to stop all cheating is prohibitively expensive. Only Draconian means will stop Chess cheating. Unfortunately someone must be made a martyr to send a message to all who may even be considering cheating at the Royal game. On the bright side, the name of the unfortunate human being stoned to death by Chess pieces on live internet TV will live forever.

GM Malaniuk Vs IM Lakdawala A80 Dutch

Two authors

GM Vladimir Malaniuk

IM Cyrus Lakdawala

disagree over this position:

In the book, a ferocious opening repertoire by IM Cyrus Lakdawala,

(published 2010) which should be titled, “The Veresov Versus Any and Everything,” one finds this on page 220, in the chapter “Veresov Versus Dutch”:

4…c5?! “Overly ambitious. Instead, 4…e6 5 5.e4 Be7 6.exf5 exf5 7.Qd2 O-O 8.O-O-O c6 9.Bd3 Nh5 10.Bxe7 Qxe7 11.Re1 Qd6 12.Nh3 Nd7 13.Qg5 g6 14.Ne2 Qf6 was K. Sakaev-V. Malaniuk, Elista 1999, where Malaniuk had handled Black well, but I still prefer White’s dark square control and good bishop after 15 Qh6 or 15 Qd2.”

The game shows, 15.g4 fxg4 16.fxg4 Qxg5+ 17.Nxg5 Ng7 18.Rhf1 Nf6 19.h3 Bd7 20.Nf3 Rae8 21.Ne5 Bc8 22.c3 Nd7 23.Nxd7 Bxd7 24.Kd2 Ne6 25.Rxf8+ Rxf8 26.Ke3 ½-½

In the book, The Leningrad Dutch: An Active Repertoire Against 1.d4, 1.c4, 1.Nf3,

by Vladimir Malaniuk and Petr Marusenko, (published 2014) on page 19: 4…c5! “Meanwhile, in numerous closed openings (the Queen’s Gambit, the Nimzo-Indian…), Black counters f2-f3 exactly with the counter strike c7-c5, beginning counterplay.

It is not so energetic for him, although quite possible to try 4…Nc6 5 Qd2 e6 6 0-0-0 (6 Nh3 h6 7 Bxf6 Qxf6 8 0-0-0 Bd7 9 e4 dxe4 10 fxe4 0-0-0 11 e5 Qf7 12 a3 g5= Agrest – M.Gurevich, Gonfrevville 2006) 6…Bb4 7 Nh3 0-0 8 e3 a6 9 Nf4, N.Pert – Rendle, Hastings 2006. Here, after the simple move 9…h6, forcing the exchange of the enemy bishop for the knight, Black would have obtained excellent prospects, for example: 10 Bxh6 Qxf6 11 h4 Bd6 12 h5 Ne7=”

There is no mention of the game K. Sakaev-V. Malaniuk given by Lakdawala in the Malaniuk book.

1 d4 f5 2 Nc3 Nf6 3 Bg5 e5 4 f3 (SF 4 Nf3; Komodo 4 e3) 4…c5 (According to the CBDB Deep Fritz 13 plays this move, but SF 140719 would play 4…Be6 expecting 5 Qd2 h6 to follow. Komodo would play 4…a6 with 5 Nh3 b5 to follow)

Petr Neuman (2430) vs Viktor Laznicka (2480)

Brno Skanska 2005

A80 Dutch

1.d4 f5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.f3 d5 4.Bg5 Be6 5.Qd2 h6 (SF plays this but Komodo would play 5…Bf7, a move not found in the CBDB) 6.Bh4 Nc6 7.O-O-O ½-½

Goran Dizdar (2524) vs Oswald Buergi (2174)

Liechtenstein op 23rd 2005

A80 Dutch

1.d4 f5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bg5 d5 4.f3 Be6 5.Qd2 Nbd7 6.h4 Nb6 7.O-O-O Qd7 8.Nh3 O-O-O 9.Nf4 Bf7 10.Nd3 Nc4 11.Qe1 h6 12.Bf4 Nh5 13.Bh2 f4 14.e4 g5 15.exd5 Ne3 16.Ne5 Qf5 17.Bd3 Qf6 18.Ng4 Nxg4 19.fxg4 Ng7 20.Nb5 Bxd5 21.Qa5 Qb6 22.Nxa7+ Kb8 23.Qxb6 cxb6 24.Nb5 Bxg2 25.hxg5 e5 26.Rhe1 hxg5 27.Bg1 Bf3 28.Be2 Bc6 29.dxe5 Bc5 30.Nd4 Bg2 31.Bf3 Bxf3 32.Nxf3 Ne6 33.Bxc5 bxc5 34.Rd6 Rde8 35.Rd3 Rh3 36.Rg1 Nd4 37.Nxd4 Rxd3 38.cxd3 cxd4 39.Kd2 Kc7 40.Rh1 Rxe5 41.Rh7+ Kc6 42.Rh6+ Kc5 43.Rf6 b6 44.a3 Rd5 45.b4+ Kb5 46.Rf5 Kc6 47.a4 Kd6 48.a5 bxa5 49.bxa5 Kc6 50.a6 Rd7 51.Rxg5 Rh7 52.Ra5 Ra7 53.Ra3 Kb5 54.Ke2 Kb4 55.Ra1 Kc3 56.Rc1+ Kb3 57.Rc6 Re7+ 58.Kf3 Rf7 59.g5 1-0

Rufat Bagirov (2481) vs Sanan Dovliatov (2327)

AZE-ch 2000

A80 Dutch

1.d4 f5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bg5 d5 4.f3 Be6 5.Qd2 Nc6 6.O-O-O Qd7 7.e4 fxe4 8.fxe4 O-O-O 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.Bc4 Nxc3 11.Qxc3 Bd5 12.Nf3 h6 13.Bf4 g5 14.Ne5 Qe6 15.Nxc6 Qxc6 16.Be5 Rg8 17.Bxd5 Rxd5 18.Qf3 Rd8 19.Qf7 Rg6 20.d5 Qb6 21.d6 Qe3+ 22.Kb1 Qc5 23.Qf5+ 1-0

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An Interview with IM Cyrus Lakdawala

Peter Thiel Rips Google A New One

Former Chess player, and multi-billionaire Peter Thiel

has written an editorial in which he has shined a light upon the largest roach in the world, Google. The company has gotten out of bed with the United States and into bed with Communist China. Google is the quintessential American company; anything for a buck. How many companies took money from Putin and the Russians to subvert the will of We The People in order for Donald J. Trump, or as I think of him, Trumpster, the greatest con man of all time, to become POTUS? As Gordon Gekko said in the movie Wall Street:

Mr. Thiel writes:

“A.I.’s military power is the simple reason that the recent behavior of America’s leading software company, Google — starting an A.I. lab in China while ending an A.I. contract with the Pentagon — is shocking. As President Barack Obama’s defense secretary Ash Carter pointed out last month, “If you’re working in China, you don’t know whether you’re working on a project for the military or not.”
No intensive investigation is required to confirm this. All one need do is glance at the Communist Party of China’s own constitution: Xi Jinping added the principle of “civil-military fusion,” which mandates that all research done in China be shared with the People’s Liberation Army, in 2017.”

“That same year, Google decided to open an A.I. lab in Beijing. According to Fei-Fei Li, the executive who opened it, the lab is “focused on basic A.I. research” because Google is “an A.I.-first company” in a world where “A.I. and its benefits have no borders.” All this is part of a “huge transformation” in “humanity” itself. Back in the United States, a rebellion among rank and file employees led Google last June to announce the abandonment of its “Project Maven” A.I. contract with the Pentagon. Perhaps the most charitable word for these twin decisions would be to call them naïve.”

“How can Google use the rhetoric of “borderless” benefits to justify working with the country whose “Great Firewall” has imposed a border on the internet itself? This way of thinking works only inside Google’s cosseted Northern California campus, quite distinct from the world outside. The Silicon Valley attitude sometimes called “cosmopolitanism” is probably better understood as an extreme strain of parochialism, that of fortunate enclaves isolated from the problems of other places — and incurious about them.”

“A little curiosity about China would have gone a long way, since the Communist Party is not shy about declaring its commitment to domination in general and exploitation of technology in particular. Of course, any American who pays attention and questions the Communist line is accused by the party of having a “Cold War mentality” — but this very accusation relies on forgetfulness and incuriosity among its intended audience.”

The West has badly underestimated China

China has been quietly building up its military and it’s now in command of an astounding force. The West has been completely blindsided.

Jamie Seidel
News Corp Australia Network June 6, 20191:16pm

Harry Sabine R.I.P.

Former commissioner, chess champion Harry Sabine passes

“Long-time Crossville attorney and county commissioner Harry D. Sabine passed away July 31. He was 78 years old.
Sabine grew up in Cumberland County, graduating from Cumberland County High School in 1958. He attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and returned to Crossville to practice law in 1968.
He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a captain, including one tour of duty in Vietnam.

He and his wife, Michelle Ann, had two sons, Steve and Jay.
Sabine was a champion of chess in the schools and community. He organized the Scholastic Chess program for Cumberland County beginning in 1973. The program garnered more than 20 state championships for the schools and top honors in national tournaments for Martin Junior High Chess Club in 1982 and 1985.
In 2003, Sabine began working to bring the U.S. Chess Federation to Crossville. The organization moved its national headquarters to Cumberland County in 2006.

Sabine also served four terms on the Cumberland County Commission representing the First Civil District.
Funeral arrangements have not been announced by the family at this time.”

The last time I saw Harry was at the 2009 U.S. Open in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2009. I had travelled from Louisville with one of my older students, Rick Rothenburg, for a day trip. An old friend, the Legendary Georgia Ironman, Tim Brookshear, was the first to greet me in the parking lot. We talked for awhile before I walked inside. After entering the main playing hall the first person to greet me was Ryan Velez. He was playing but stood up and walked over to shake my hand and say hello. As he did so I noticed this large, hulking man break into a huge grin as he began ambling toward me from the front of the room. I, too, was grinning as I walked toward Harry Sabine, who had his outstretched hand pointing in my direction long before close enough to actually clasp hands. This was the first time we had seen each other since my publishing a post on the old, now defunct, BaconLOG, which follows.

Monday, June 1, 2009
Tennessee Senior Open

The Tennessee Senior Open was a wonderful event! Not feeling my best, I decided to play the first round Sat morning, in lieu of Fri night, but attended the opening ceremonies at the Fair Park Senior Center that evening. The Mayor, J.H. Graham III, welcomed us with open arms. I told him the following story: I left my hotel room after changing pants, as it was warm enough for shorts. After ordering a couple of burrito’s at Taco Bell, I realized the money was still in the jeans. I felt foolish, but the employee, Nan Turner, handed me the grub, saying it would be on her! I simply could not believe it! I mean, that does not happen in a large city like Atlanta. The next day I stopped by and gave her the money, which included a decent tip, which she attempted to refuse, to no avail. This is a perfect illustration of the difference between a big city and a small town. I learned that during my stay in Hendersonville, NC. My theory is that people are much more friendly in a small town because they realize the people they encounter one day at a restaurant may be the same person they encounter at the library the next day. In a big city, one thinks they will never see that person again. It is the people who constitute a community, whether Crossville, Tn., or our small chess community. This has to be one of the major reasons Crossville was chosen to be the new USCF HQ. A better place could not have been found. The next morning, upon my arrival, the Mayor greeted me, giving me his card and asking if I would send him the tale I told him the previous night via email. Then, when it came time for the picture, the Mayor asked me to stand beside him. Several others said a few words in greeting us, too, so the first round began a little late, which is very unusual for “Head ‘em up, move ‘em out” Harry Sabine, as he’s known for getting the round started on time. There was a drawing for prizes donated by the Crossville community, and I was fortunate enough to win one. There was free coffee, drinks and snacks for all the players, which was a real nice touch. Harry was the head TD, capably assisted by Susan Houston, an employee of the USCF, and her son, Charley, who kept us updated on the US Championship. Harry is training Charley; passing the torch, so to speak. Charley is quite young, and was, therefore, reluctant to tell we Seniors to be quite, so I told him he was a TD, and to say what needed to be said, since he was ‘The Man’. I smiled when Charley told a group, including me, to “keep it down.” Susan remarked the tournament had a different feel to it than any other she has attended, with the players acting more like a family reunion, or homecoming. Susan handled the ‘puter and also served as I like to think of her, as ‘Chess Mom’. She also coordinated trips for the players to the HQ. I went by earlier in the week, seeing old friends like Chuck Lovingood and Jay Sabine (and watching games from the US Championship!), Walter Brown, Alan Kantor, etc., and meeting new friends. The Fair Park Senior Center was a fine place for the tournament. The lighting was superior, far better than the recent Georgia State Championship, for example. Lighting is especially important for Senior players. Different folks from the Senior Center welcomed us, making us feel right at home. As I sat there listening to these wonderful people, I thought this is the kind of greeting I’ve read about on the web in European countries. It made me feel proud to be a chess player as they made us feel special. There were 35 players, far exceeding the small turnouts for previous Tennessee Senior tournaments, which were only a one day event with a G/60 time control. I think part of the reason was a tribute to Harry Sabine. We still miss the Fairfield Glade after all these years! One year it snowed heavily and we were stranded Sunday night but the Glade did not charge us for the room! Players came from half a dozen different states, with one player originally from England and one from the Netherlands. NM Henry Robinson took first, 4-0. The fine Chess Café historical writer, Jerry Spinrad, was clear second with 3 ½. Seven players tied for third with a score of 3-1. I was in that group, losing only to Henry. An ornate chess set was donated by the Fair Park Senior Center and it went to the biggest upset (I asked Harry if that meant the largest rating differential, or the player who got the most upset after a loss, which brought a smile to his mug). My first round opponent, Larry Grohn, rated 880, bested my third round opponent, Wieb Van Der Meer, 1420, in the last round to take the prize. Mucho Kudos to Harry Sabine for holding this event! Although Harry and I have had our differences over the years, I prefer to think of it as a disagreement with a TD, not the man. The man is someone with whom I have shared a drink of Jack Daniels (what else would Harry drink?!), and invited into the Atlanta Chess Center on a day it was closed for Thanksgiving, make a cuppa joe, and have a conversation while showing him around the House of Pain. The best part was the look on Harry’s face when I opened the door after his knock! I knew it was Harry after glancing out the window and seeing his orange tennis shoes! I must have been the last person Harry expected to see. Knowing Harry had been a Marine I mentioned a man from the old neighborhood who had also been a Marine during World War Two, Sloppy Floyd Bailey, who had said, “Once a jarhead, always a jarhead!” Harry smiled before saying, “Sloppy Floyd knew what he was talking about.”

The worst thing I heard about Harry while in Crossville was that he is a “fine man.” And I heard it not once, but many times. “Oh, you know Harry Sabine? He’s a such a nice man.” Or, “Harry Sabine is a wonderful man.” You must come to Crossville in order to understand what having the USCF HQ means to this community. These people are PROUD, and Harry Sabine, as the Mayor said, deserves much credit. The modest Harry pointed out the work of others. I can think of no one better than Harry to coordinate a Senior tournament in all 50 states! Senior chess is bringing players back to the game, in some cases after many years out of chess. I would like to thank Harry, Susan, Charley, and everyone else for a wonderful time here in the mountains…