Three Way Tie for First Place at the Chessable British Chess Championships: Seniors 50+

GM Paul Motwani (above left) shared the lead throughout the tournament and finished with shared top place with FM Chris Duncan (middle) and Phil Crocker (right), all on 5.5 points.

Heading into the last round of the Chessable British Chess Championships: Seniors 50+ five players were tied for first place with each having scored 4 1/2 points in the first six rounds. Board one featured FM Chris Duncan (2178) vs Paul Townsend (2177).

Black to move after 21 Nc3xb5

FM Chris Duncan vs M Paul Townsend
Chessable British Chess Championships: Seniors 50+
Final Round Seven
D37 Queen’s Gambit Declined, classical variation (5.Bf4)

  1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 d5 4. d4 Be7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 Nbd7 7. c5 c6 8. Bd3 b6 9. b4 a5 10. a3 Ba6 11. O-O Qc8 12. h3 Qb7 13. Rb1 axb4 14. axb4 Bxd3 15. Qxd3 Ra3 16. Ra1 Rfa8 17. Rxa3 Rxa3 18. Qc2 b5 19. Nd2 Bd8 20. Re1 Bc7 21. Nxb5 Qxb5 22. Bxc7 Qxb4 23. Rb1 Qc3 24. Qxc3 Rxc3 25. Nb3 Ne8 26. Bg3 1-0

After noticing the Stockfish program at has proclaimed 1 Nf3 the best opening move I have taken notice of the percentage of games in which the knight move has been chosen recently., and was therefore not surprised by the move in this game. 16 Ra1 is a TN. Stockfish shows 16 Qc2 as best and other players have agreed as shows it having been previously played in eleven games. Ju Wenjun played 16 Nd2 against former World Chess Champion Anatoly Karpov at the Cap d’Agde in France in 2012, but lost the game ( That is fifteen moves of theory produced by Seniors in what calls the “D37 Queen’s Gambit Declined, classical variation (5.Bf4).” The rest of the game lasted less than a dozen moves…

Position after 27…Qxe8

CM Paul AG Dargan vs Philip J Crocker
Chessable British Chess Championships: Seniors 50+
Final Round Seven
B07 Pirc, Byrne variation

  1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. Bg5 c6 5. f4 Bg7 6. Qd2 b5 7. Bd3 O-O 8. Nf3 Bg4 9. O-O Qb6 10. Ne2 c5 11. e5 d5 12. Ng3 c4 13. Be2 Ne4 14. Nxe4 dxe4 15. Bxe7 exf3 16. Bxf3 Bxf3 17. Bxf8 Bxf8 18. Rxf3 Nc6 19. c3 Rd8 20. Qf2 Ne7 21. g4 f5 22. exf6 Qxf6 23. Re1 Nd5 24. f5 Bd6 25. fxg6 Qxg6 26. h3 Re8 27. Rxe8+ Qxe8 28. Qh4 Bf4 29. g5 Qe4 30. Qg4 Qe1+ 31. Rf1 Qxf1+ 0-1

The following game varied at move twenty, but Stockfish prefers 20 Qf2. Paul Dargan was doing fine after Philip Crocker played the weak 24…Bd6, and then let go of the rope with one hand when playing 25…Qg6. Mr. Dargan then had a ‘won’ game. Unfortunately his 26th move moved the game back into anyone’s game until Dargan again let go of the rope with one hand with 28 Qh4, which is given not one, but two question marks by the Stockfish program. After that move, Mr. Dargan was obviously rattled

before letting go of the rope completely by playing 29 g5…and began…

Nguyen Thi Thanh An (2249) vs Tan, Zhongyi (2475)
Event: Olympiad Women 2016
Site: Baku AZE Date: 09/04/2016
Round: 3.1
ECO: B07 Pirc, Byrne variation
1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Bg5 Bg7 5.f4 c6 6.Qd2 b5 7.Bd3 O-O 8.Nf3 Bg4 9.O-O Qb6 10.Ne2 c5 11.e5 d5 12.Ng3 c4 13.Be2 Ne4 14.Nxe4 dxe4 15.Bxe7 exf3 16.Bxf3 Bxf3 17.Bxf8 Bxf8 18.Rxf3 Nc6 19.c3 Rd8 20.Kh1 Ne7 21.Re1 Qe6 22.Qf2 Rd7 23.Rg1 h5 24.h3 f5 25.exf6 Qxf6 26.Re1 Nf5 27.Re5 h4 28.Rxb5 Bd6 29.Qe2 Qf7 30.Qf2 Re7 31.Kg1 Ng3 32.Re5 Bxe5 33.fxe5 Nf5 34.Qd2 Kh7 35.Qg5 Rb7 36.Rf2 Qd5 37.Qg4 Rf7 38.Rf3 a5 39.Rf2 a4 40.a3 Kh6 41.Rf3 Rb7 42.Rf2 Rb6 43.Qf4+ Kh7 44.Qg4 Qd8 45.Qf4 Qd5 46.Qg4 Qb7 47.Qe2 Qc6 48.Qg4 Qd5 49.Kh2 Rb7 50.Kg1 Rf7 51.Rf3 Kg7 52.Kh2 Qb7 53.Rf2 Qe7 54.Kg1 Kh6 55.Qe2 Qe6 56.Qe4 Rd7 57.Qa8 Rf7 58.Qxa4 Ne3 59.Qa8 Rxf2 60.Kxf2 Nd1+ 61.Ke2 Nxb2 62.Qh8+ Kg5 63.Qd8+ Kh5 64.Qh8+ Kg5 65.Qd8+ Kh5 66.Qh8+ Kg5 67.Qd8+ Kh5 68.Qh8+ ½-½

Board three featured the top rated player, GM Paul Motwani, who began the tournament rated two hundred points higher than his closest opponent, CM Mark Josse, rated 2220. On paper is should have been a cakewalk for Motwani, but this is Senior Chess, at it’s best, and numbers have less relation to strength in Senior Chess. A perfect example would be the player GM Motwani faced in the last round, class A player Nigel J Moyse, rated all of 1976, a number with special meaning to this writer, as that is the year I won the Atlanta Chess Championship for the second time, while scoring a perfect 5-0. Just sayin’…

Position after 8 Nxd4

GM Paul Motwani (2420) vs Nigel J Moyse (1976)
Chessable British Chess Championships: Seniors 50+
Final round seven
B09 Pirc, Austrian attack

  1. d4 d6 2. e4 Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 4. f4 Bg7 5. Nf3 c5 6. e5 Nfd7 7. exd6 cxd4 8. Nxd4 Qb6 9. Ndb5 Bxc3+ 10. Nxc3 O-O 11. b3 Nf6 12. Bb2 Rd8 13. Na4 Qb4+ 14. Qd2 Qxd2+ 15. Kxd2 Ne4+ 16. Ke3 Nxd6 17. Be2 Bd7 18. Nc3 Nc6 19. a3 Nf5+ 20. Kf2 Ncd4 21. Bd3 Bc6 22. Rhd1 h5 23. Ne2 Nxe2 24. Bxe2 Rac8 25. Rxd8+ Rxd8 26. Rd1 Rxd1 27. Bxd1 Kf8 28. g3 Ke8 29. h3 Nd6 30. g4 hxg4 31. hxg4 Kd7 32. Ke3 f5 33. g5 Nf7 34. c4 Kd6 35. b4 e5 36. Bb3 exf4+ 37. Kxf4 Ke6 38. Bd4 a6 39. a4 Be4 40. b5 axb5 41. axb5 Bg2 42. Bf6 Be4 43. b6 Kd7 44. c5 Nd8 45. Bxd8 Kxd8 46. Bf7 Bb1 47. Ke4 1-0

The game was even, Steven, before Nigel Moyse blundered horribly by playing 8…Qb6, when he should have simply castled. After moving the Queen the Stockfish program shows Moyse down by -4.0. Nevertheless, the game lasted forty more moves due to weak play from GM Motwani. That’s Senior Chess!

After 5 Nf3 the opening is a B09 Pirc, Austrian attack. 5…c5 turns it into a B09 Pirc, Austrian attack, dragon formation

  1. d4 d6 2. e4 (2 Nf3) 2…Nf6 3. Nc3 g6 (3…e5) 4. f4 (4 Be3) 4…Bg7 5. Nf3 c5 6. e5 (6 dxc5) 6…Nfd7 7. exd6 (7 dxc5) 7…cxd4 (7…0-0) 8. Nxd4 (8 Nb4) 8…Qb6?? (-4.0)

IM Arno Zude Clear First In German Senior Champion 50+

German Senior Champion 50+ IM Arno Zude (SV 1920 Hofheim, m.), Vice Champion FM Juan de Roda Husman (Chess Club Horst-Emscher 31, left), Bronze: FM Peter Wacker (Klub Kölner Schachfreunde e. V., r.)

FM Dr. Reddmann Hauke (2181) vs IM Arno Zude (2367)
German Senior Champion 50+
Round 9
E48 Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation, Bishop Attack, Classical Defense

  1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 O-O 5. Bd3 d5 6. Qb3 c5 7. a3 Bxc3+ 8. bxc3 Nc6 9. cxd5 exd5 10. dxc5 Ne5 11. Be2 Bf5 12. Nf3 Nd3+ 13. Bxd3 Bxd3 14. Qxb7 Ne4 15. a4 Qf6 16. Qb4 Bc4 17. Ba3 Nxc5 18. Rd1 Rfc8 19. Qxc4 dxc4 20. O-O 0-1

Back in the day it was often heard, especially after having taken the Queen’s knight pawn in the Poisoned Pawn variation of the Sicilian Najdorf, “He who snatches the queen knight pawn sleeps in the gutter.” The exact quote is: “He who snatches the queen knight pawn sleeps in the streets.” ( Dr. Reddmann must surely have been tossin’ and turnin’ all night long after attempting to sleep in the street after the last round game…

Juergen Zimlich (1921) vs Walter Lechleitner (1977)
Event: Regionalliga NW 0405
Site: Bayern Date: 03/13/2005
Round: 8.6
ECO: E48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O, 5.Bd3 d5

1.d4 e6 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5 6.Qb3 Be7 7.Nf3 b6 8.cxd5 exd5 9.Qc2 Ba6 10.Ne5 Bxd3 11.Qxd3 Re8 12.O-O Bd6 13.f4 a6 14.e4 dxe4 15.Nxe4 Nxe4 16.Qxe4 c6 17.Qf3 Bxe5 18.dxe5 Ra7 19.Be3 Rd7 20.Rad1 Ree7 21.b4 h6 22.a4 a5 23.bxa5 bxa5 24.Bc5 Rxd1 25.Rxd1 Rd7 26.Bd6 Qb6+ 27.Qf2 Qb3 28.Rc1 Rb7 29.Qd4 Na6 30.h3 Nb4 31.Bxb4 Rxb4 32.Qd8+ Kh7 33.Ra1 Qc3 34.Qd1 Rxf4 35.Qb1+ g6 36.e6 Qe3+ 37.Kh1 Qxe6 38.Qb6 Qd5 39.Rc1 Rxa4 40.Qxc6 Qxc6 41.Rxc6 h5 42.Kg1 Ra2 43.g4 Kh6 44.gxh5 Kxh5 45.Rf6 Kh4 46.Rxf7 Kxh3 47.Rg7 Rg2+ 48.Kf1 Rg5 49.Rh7+ Kg3 50.Ra7 Re5 51.Ra6 g5 52.Ra8 g4 53.Ra6 Rf5+ 54.Kg1 Rb5 55.Kf1 Rb1+ 56.Ke2 Ra1 0-1

IM Dieter Pirrot (2328) vs Eugen Roettinger (2035)
Round 3
German Senior Champion 50+
Caro-Kann Defense: Maróczy Variation

  1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. f3 e6 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 dxe4 7. Nh3 exf3 8. Qxf3 Qd5 9. Qg4 g6 10. Bd3 Ne7 11. O-O e5 12. Qe2 Bxh3 13. gxh3 f5 14. Rb1 b6 15. Bc4 Qa5 16. dxe5 Nd7 17. Bf7+ Kxf7 18. e6+ Kf6 19. exd7 Nd5 20. c4 1-0–seniors-50/round-3/HyvhLSY5

SF gives 7…Qa5 as best

Brede Andre Larsen Hagen (1973) vs Mathias Lind Schouten (2166)
Event: Fagernes GM Open 2021
Site: Fagernes NOR Date: 10/11/2021
Round: 2.31
ECO: B12 Caro-Kann, Tartakower (fantasy) variation
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.f3 e6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 dxe4 7.Nh3 Qa5 8.Bb2 exf3 9.Qxf3 Qf5 10.Qg3 Qg6 11.Qf2 Ne7 12.Bd3 f5 13.O-O O-O 14.Rae1 Nd5 15.c4 Nc7 16.Re3 Qf6 17.Qg3 Ne8 18.Ba1 Na6 19.Nf4 Nac7 20.Qf3 Qf7 21.h3 Bd7 22.Be2 Rd8 23.Nd3 Nd6 24.Ne5 Qe7 25.Bc3 Ne4 26.Rxe4 fxe4 27.Qxe4 Rxf1+ 28.Bxf1 Qxa3 29.Bd3 Qc1+ 30.Kh2 Qh6 31.Bd2 Qh5 32.g4 Qh4 33.Be1 Qh6 34.g5 Qh5 35.Be2 Qe8 36.Bd3 g6 37.Ng4 Qe7 38.Nh6+ Kh8 39.Qe5+ Qg7 40.Nf7+ Kg8 41.Qxg7+ Kxg7 42.Nxd8 Bc8 43.Bb4 e5 44.dxe5 Ne6 45.Nxe6+ Bxe6 46.Kg3 Kf7 47.h4 Ke8 48.Kf4 Kd7 49.c5 Ke7 50.Ke4 Bf5+ 51.Kd4 Bg4 52.Bc4 Bf5 53.c3 Bg4 54.Ba5 Bf5 55.Bc7 Bg4 56.Bd6+ Kd7 57.Bg8 Be6 58.Bxe6+ Kxe6 59.Bb8 1-0

SF says 8…Nf6 is best

Jules Moussard (2437) vs Vincent Diepeveen (2264)
Event: TCh-BEL 2012-13
Site: Belgium BEL Date: 03/03/2013
Round: 10.6
ECO: B12 Caro-Kann, Tartakower (fantasy) variation
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.f3 e6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 dxe4 7.Nh3 Qa5 8.Qd2 Nf6 9.Be2 e5 10.Ng5 exf3 11.Bxf3 h6 12.Ne4 Nxe4 13.Bxe4 f5 14.Bf3 O-O 15.O-O e4 16.Be2 Be6 17.Rb1 b6 18.Qe3 Qd5 19.c4 Qd6 20.a4 c5 21.d5 Bc8 22.Bb2 Nd7 23.g4 Qg6 24.Kh1 fxg4 25.Rxf8+ Nxf8 26.Rf1 Bd7 27.Qf4 Re8 28.a5 h5 29.Qc7 e3 30.Rxf8+ Rxf8 31.Qxd7 Qe4+ 32.Kg1 Rf7 33.Qd8+ Rf8 34.Qc7 Rf7 35.Qb8+ Rf8 36.Qxa7 Rf7 37.Qb8+ Rf8 38.Qc7 Rf7 39.Qd8+ Rf8 40.Qg5 Rf7 41.Bc3 bxa5 42.d6 h4 43.Qd8+ Rf8 44.Qc7 Qg6 45.d7 g3 46.d8=Q gxh2+ 47.Kxh2 Qg3+ 48.Kh1 1-0

SF says 8 Bb2

How Much Plastic Is In The Ocean?

How Much Plastic Is In The Ocean?

According to some estimates, the oceans, which contain 97% of the world’s water, keep Earth alive. Over a billion people rely on it as their primary source of protein, and we depend on it to control our climate and absorb CO2. It is believed that a large portion of plastic garbage that does not go to a landfill or other means of waste disposal ends up in the ocean. A major issue harming the maritime ecosystem is plastic pollution. It endangers the health of the ocean, marine wildlife, human health, food safety and quality, and coastal tourism, and it causes climate change.

A beach in Bali heavily littered with plastic left by careless visitors. Editorial credit: Maxim Blinkov /

Although it can be difficult to estimate the exact amount of plastic in the ocean, the largest study to date estimates that there are 5 trillion particles of plastic floating in the water. Massive amounts of plastic have collected across the ocean, even in deep-sea regions that were once believed to be undisturbed by people.

The amount of plastic pollution in our oceans weighs as much as 268,000 tons, or 38,000 African elephants. The plastic was divided into three sizes by ocean researcher Marcus Eriksen and his team: microplastics (4.75 millimeters and less), meso plastics (4.75 to 200mm), and macro plastics (over 200mm). By 2040, 29 million metric tons of plastic rubbish are anticipated to enter the oceans each year, nearly tripling today’s level.

How Does Plastic End Up In The Ocean? 

Microplastics in sea sand.

The plastic you discard can end up in the ocean, even if you live hundreds of miles from the shore. Once in the ocean, plastic breaks down very slowly, forming microscopic fragments known as microplastics that can enter the marine food chain and do a great deal of harm to marine species. Around 80% of the plastic pollution in the world is estimated to come from land use, and 20% from marine-going vessels. The plastic is largely scarcely discernible. The minuscule beads used in cosmetic products like toothpaste and face washes are among the most popular ones. Additionally, the plastic you throw away ends up in a landfill. Plastic is frequently blown away when the trash is being delivered to landfills because it is so light. From there, it may eventually clog drains and infiltrate rivers and the sea this way.

How Does It Affect The Wildlife?

At least 800 species are reportedly impacted by marine waste worldwide, and up to 80% of that trash is plastic, according to the United Nations. In addition to piling up in the oceans, plastic is the material that does the most harm to marine life. Fishseabirds, and marine animals are injured or killed by plastic trash in the ocean. Globally, marine plastic pollution has had an impact on at least 267 species, including 86% of all sea turtle species, 44% of all seabird species, and 43% of all mammalian species.

A bird looking for food in a plastic bag. Often, while foraging for food, parts of plastic enter the stomach of the birds where it remains undigested and cause health issues in the bird.

Due to the pervasive plastic pollution on many beaches, there is a decrease in turtle reproduction rates due to the altered sand temperature where incubation occurs. Additionally, plastic garbage kills up to a million seabirds yearly. Like sea turtles, seabirds consume plastic, it occupies space in their stomachs and can occasionally result in malnutrition. Numerous seabirds are discovered deceased with this material still in their stomachs. Scientists predict that by 2050, 99% of all seabird species will have consumed plastic, up from the current estimate of 60%.

In the end, it’s about us. Whether we intend to litter or not, there is always a danger that the plastic we discard will end up in the sea. By 2050, scientists project that the weight of ocean plastics will be more than the total weight of all fish in the seas unless immediate action is made to address this important issue. Small steps lead to big changes, and each of us can change the world.

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s $1 BILLION art collection is set to go under the hammer

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s $1 BILLION art collection including iconic works by Monet, Cezanne and Botticelli is set to go under the hammer – the most expensive to ever be handled by the auction industry

In November, the art collection of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen will be auctioned off at Christie’s
Allen died in 2018 at the age of 65 following complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
The sale is expected to become the most expensive art auction in history
The artists featured Allen’s collection include Paul Cezanne, Jasper Johns and Claude Monet. In 2016, Allen bought a Monet piece for $81 million
The proceeds of the auction will be distributed to various charitable causes that Allen was passionate about during his lifetime
The art world continues to make record profits in a post pandemic world. In 2021, the art market generated over $65 billion
Allen once said of his collection: ‘You have to be doing it because you just love the works… and you know that all these works are going to outlast you. You’re only a temporary custodian of them’

By Paul Farrell For Dailymail.Com

In addition to his classical tastes, Allen also possessed pop artist Roy Lichtenstein’s The Kiss Versus Play Magnus Group: There Can Be Only One

The AW burned the midnight oil in an attempt at obtaining elucidation concerning the proposed merger of the two companies CC and PMG. What follows emanates from the comments to the article, Play Magnus Group receives offer at Chess 24 ( These comments were the most pertinent to the issue.

The first comes from, jawbreaker, Aug 24, 2022:

Shocking and logical at the same time. Putting my financial hat on.
Why it’s good for Play Magnus and it’s investors?
Growth being in single digits is clearly too low for money burning growth company. PM needs scale to be profitable and it’s difficult to get it with having such a big market share.
CCT numbers are a fraction of what they were before for various reasons. This means sponsors won’t stick around and CCT might be dead as early as next season. With’s huge user base they can turn the viewership numbers around and keep the sponsors.
Chess24 new playzone has failed to attract new users. A failed growth engine. Everything else on chess24 needs revamping which means big investments with unclear returns. Possibly another bet on a dead horse (like playzone).
In other words, Play Magnus still has to burn a lot of money to compete with Most likely for years. They are already way behind and investment funds are not too willing to burn more money.
Why it’s good for
They get Chessable content. This looks like the most valuable intellectual property which PM has. has nothing to match it. gets Magnus with his huge commercial value on their side.
They become a de facto monopoly or at least very close to it.

A quarter of an hour later Jbreak posted this as a follow up:

I guess we will know more in the future, but looks like chess24’s life expectancy ain’t that great.
Looking at Play Magnus product portfolio it seems obvious that our beloved chess24 will be redudnant for Most of the things chess24 does well does at least as well or better. Being frank here. Video library can transfered and the rest is fairly irrelevant.

Here’s one from the Doctor of Sausage:

and so the doomsday clock moves closer to midnight, the dread word “fintech” looms large, threatening to dump another pretty corner of the ol’ interweb into the invisible inferno of impotent rage that is claimed to be of some non-negative value. le sigh; sweet ennui
as ever, all I ask for, is one more Banterthon; one for the ages


Is this the strategy and plan of the founders of Chess24? What a disappointment and bankruptcy.
The end of competition and the multiplicity of colors, corners and visions is in fact the end of beauty and the beginning of setback.
Looks like bad news to me.

I like the next one because I am a HUGE fan of


I mainly watch chess so for me the main thing has been c24’s tournament view with interactive board and so on. That would be something chess,com has better make use of. Many things to improve in it of course but chess,com’s own tournament viewer is crappy so hope they see this feature as an opportunity.
If they blow the transition I guess I will just go to lichess as a protest. It is not a bad place to be anyway :).

This one is from a legal beagle:

Is anti-competitive agency of any country not watching this? It would be a monopoly which can only lead to disasters for consumers and users.

According to Sir George this is the difference between the two companies:


I’m pretty disappointed with the news. Anything that involves’s chief bozo Danny Rencsch

Daniel Rensch on Twitter: “”Play Chess With” rhymes with “Have Sex With …

I try to avoid, but they also have a stable of equally stupid people such as Mike Klein, etc.

FM Mike Klein
Mike Klein
Full name
Mike Klein
Oct 15, 1979 (age 42)‎
Place of birth
Georgia, USA
United States

I equate to chess populism, at the cost of chess integrity, while chess24 is much more for discerning chess aficionados.

Magnus? I guess I was disappointed in Magnus after this bad news. Of course, as a businessman, he and his partners achieved a lot with this deal, and became much richer.
But in the balance of principle, far-sightedness, and civilized and personal achievement of your being, belonging, your own vision, and your difference? Is this really an achievement and success? Or a setback, disappointment, and an announcement about Magnus’s tint, and his essence is that he is nothing more than a businessman who can be bought and sold, and he does not have a principled philosophy and a deep, long-term vision.
Unfortunately, I thought Magnus was deeper and better than this superficiality, and whom are behind him.
The language of money? Is this what businesses are doing now, projects and sites? Are there no peculiarities and dimensions greater than the collection of fleeting money?
Money exists to achieve our visions, goals, projects and principles, not the other way around.


If you look at the financials of PMG everything becomes clear. The group had expenses of revenues of 21 M$ in 2021 and expenses of 35 M$, generating huge losses (similar proportions in H1 2022). This was unfortunately not sustainable as they only had 60.000 paying members and with COVID behind us (hopefully) the growth potential does not look that big in the near future. I always preferred the chess24 style (live commentary, video series) but there does not seem to be enough people who are willing to pay for that kind of quality, at least not in a “Diamond or nothing” mode.


All the talk about lack of competition and so. Guys, lets be honest C24 has not been able to compete for the marketshare of actual players in the playzone. Thats a fact, and therefore its not a direct competitor. And has the sheer volume of players plus additional features in its playzone. I am just happy that this would put an end to the plazyone misery of C24. Do you see how broken the playzone was/is? We now have concurrently the old outdated classic, the intermediate where arena tournaments are held and the the forever-Beta new playzones.


as a big fan of c24 and not a fan of, i am not keen on this at all. bought out chessbomb and then abandoned the site completely. Now the chessbomb URL directs the user to a chess com page.
I hope that c24 does not have a similar fate.



I dont know about this. bought and abandoned chessbomb. They bought up and ruined chessmentor. I hope they dont do the same with this.


This is a serious bummer. It just feels like the Borg are devouring another glorious civilization to me.


We all know that monopolies are good for the consumers, right ?


So once again it doesn’t post all effort gone up in smokes #@#%$%&^*
This is such Bad news! I really dislike To many cheaters and low rated smurfs and there pre-move system sucks. I play only on Lichess for that matter. is super commercial, have bad policy’s, inferior chess content/commentary. and they will have total monopoly witch will follow up with inflated prices and more restrictions.
Europe will be left with nothing now except Lichess for playing.
This has nothing to do with the love for chess. It’s all about the money and Greed, Greed! the destroyer of purity and freedom.And Chess24 messed it up to. not been able to have a smooth simple play site. And I really don’t understand why they didn’t have a collaboration of some sort with Lichess for instance. That would strengthen both there positions? It seems so logical.


Where the money goes the greed shows… It will get busier on Lichess though and they will grow even bigger.

Here’s hoping you feel more elucidated.

GM John Nunn Sweeps 2022 British Senior 65+

British GM John Nunn

decided to play some Chess and entered the 65+ section of the 2022 British Senior tournament. He was head and shoulders above the other players as he was rated over three hundred points above his closest competitor. GM Nunn easily won the event when scoring a perfect seven out of seven.

Ian G Matthew 1816 vs Roger D De Coverly 1918
2022 British Senior 65+
C24 Bishop’s opening, Berlin defence

  1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. d3 Nc6 4. f4 Bc5 5. Nc3 d6 6. f5 Nd4 7. Na4 b5 8. Nxc5 dxc5 9. Bb3 c4 10. c3 Nxb3 11. axb3 Qxd3 0-1

As regular readers know the AW was overly fond of playing the Bishop’s Opening ‘back in the day’, especially during the swashbuckling Stein Club daze ( ‘Back in the day’ it was de rigueur to play 3…Nc6, but Stockfish informs us that the best move is 3…c6. There is no doubt in my mind that I had the position on the board after 4 f4 at some time in the 1970s. Nevertheless, it is not a good move, as it violates opening principles by moving a pawn rather than developing a piece when behind in development. 4 Nf3 is the best move, according to Stockfish. In reply De Coverly made a developing move, when the oracle says taking the pawn with 4…exf4 is best. Mr. Matthew decided to develop his knight, but developed the wrong knight, as 5 Nf3 would have been a better choice. The next move, 5…d6 has been the overwhelming choice of human players, having been played six and a half times more often than the second choice of 5…exf4. Next comes the reason this game was chosen.

Position after 5 Nc3 with Black to move

It was astounding to learn Stockfish will play 5…h5! contains three games in which the move 5…h5 has been played, only one of which contains the best following move, at least according to the Fish:

Vladimir Damjanovic (2440) vs Levente Vajda (2370)
Event: Bucharest
Site: Bucharest Date: ??/??/1996
Round: ?
ECO: C24 Bishop’s opening, Berlin defence
1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 Bc5 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.f4 h5 6.h3 d6 7.Nf3 exf4 8.Bxf4 Nd4 9.Nxd4 Bxd4 10.Qd2 Be6 11.O-O-O Qd7 12.Be3 Bb6 13.Rhf1 O-O-O 14.Bxb6 axb6 15.Bb3 Bxb3 16.axb3 Rh6 17.Rf5 Ng8 18.Rdf1 f6 19.Nd5 Ne7 20.Nxe7+ Qxe7 21.h4 Rdh8 22.Qe2 Rg6 23.Rg1 Rg4 24.g3 Qd7 25.Rf4 Rg6 26.Rg2 Qe6 27.Rf5 Rg4 28.Qf3 Rh6 29.Kb1 Kb8 30.b4 Rh8 31.b5 Kc8 32.b3 Qf7 33.e5 dxe5 34.Rxe5 Rf8 35.Rd5 Kb8 36.Re2 g6 37.Kb2 Rxg3 38.Qxg3 Qxd5 39.Re7 Qd4+ 40.Kb1 Qc5 41.Rd7 g5 42.d4 gxh4 43.Qg7 Qa3 44.Re7 Rd8 45.Qxf6 Rg8 46.Qxh4 Qb4 47.Qe1 Qxb5 48.Re5 Qd7 49.Rxh5 Qxd4 50.Rh1 b5 51.Rh4 Qb6 52.Kb2 Ka7 53.Qa1+ Kb8 54.Qe1 Qf6+ 55.Kb1 c5 56.Re4 b4 57.Re6 Qd4 58.Qe5+ Qxe5 59.Rxe5 Rc8 60.c3 bxc3 61.Kc2 Ka7 62.Kxc3 Ka6 63.b4 Kb5 64.Kb3 b6 65.bxc5 bxc5 66.Re3 Rh8 67.Rg3 Rh4 68.Rf3 Kc6 69.Rf8 Rd4 70.Kc3 ½-½

The next game is given because everyone loves an upset, unless you are the one being upset!

Andrew Peredun vs Duong Thanh Nha (2332)
Event: Financial Concept op 6th
Site: North Bay Date: 08/06/1999
Round: 5 Score: 1-0
ECO: C28 Vienna game
1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nc6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.d3 Bc5 5.f4 h5 6.Nf3 Ng4 7.Ng5 Nf2 8.Qf3 Nxh1 9.Be3 Bxe3 10.Qxe3 exf4 11.Bxf7+ Kf8 12.Qxf4 Qf6 13.Nd5 Qxf4 14.Nxf4 Ne5 15.Bb3 Rh6 16.Ke2 c6 17.Rxh1 Ke7 18.Rf1 b5 19.h4 d6 20.d4 Bg4+ 21.Kd2 Nc4+ 22.Bxc4 bxc4 23.e5 d5 24.Kc3 Rf8 25.g3 Kd7 26.Re1 Kc7 27.b4 cxb3 28.axb3 Bf5 29.Ra1 Kb6 30.b4 a6 31.Kb3 Rhh8 32.c4 dxc4+ 33.Kxc4 Ra8 34.Ra5 g6 35.Rc5 Rhc8 36.Nf7 Be4 37.Nd6 Bd5+ 38.Nxd5+ cxd5+ 39.Kxd5 Rd8 40.Rc6+ Ka7 41.Rc7+ 1-0

The next game is given because gives three games, and everyone likes short games, even short people:

Patrick Priser (1940) vs Gilles Lemoine (2154)
Event: Fouesnant op 10th
Site: Fouesnant Date: 10/28/2004
Round: 7 Score: 0-1
ECO: C24 Bishop’s opening, Berlin defence
1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d3 Nc6 4.Nc3 Bc5 5.f4 h5 6.Na4 Bxg1 7.Rxg1 Ng4 8.g3 b5 9.Bxb5 Nd4 10.h3 Nh2 11.Rg2 Nhf3+ 12.Kf2 Nh4 13.Bc4 Nxg2 14.Kxg2 d6 15.f5 Bb7 16.c3 d5 17.Nc5 Bc6 18.Bxd5 Bxd5 19.cxd4 exd4 20.exd5 Qxd5+ 0-1

Back to the game… After 5…d6 was played white responded with 6 f5, which looks very much like the kinda move your writer would have played ‘back in the day’. Stockfish will play 6 Nf3. After 6 f5 was played on the board De Coverly replied 6…Nd4. Stockfish would have played 6…h6. This brings us to this position:

Position after 8…Nd4

In response to 6…Nd4 Ian G Matthew played 7 Na4. What opening principle does this move violate, class? How many opening principles have been violated after only seven moves have been played? The word “plethora” comes to mind… The move is so bad Stockfish considers Mr. Matthew to have a lost game…after only SEVEN MOVES HAVE BEEN PLAYED! Surely Mr. Matthew considered the move played in the game, possibly figuring he had an antidote. Good thing he had not been bitten by a viper while thinking he had an antidote! Ian Matthew played the correct 8th move after his opponent had forked his knight and bishop when playing 8 Nxc5. Now this is the position and it is black to move:

Black to move after 8 Nxc5

8…dxc5 (WRONG CHOICE!) 9 Bb3 c4 (and Ian G Matthew has found himself back in the game…until, that is, his next move…) 10 c3 (Stockfish displays this in RED, while attaching not one, but two question marks while showing, also in RED, “Blunder. dxc4 was best.” Who am I to argue?) The game ended after 10…Nxb3 11. axb3 Qxd3 0-1 (I love what is given after the last move was made: “Inaccuracy. cxd3 was best.” It mattered not because Mr. Matthew threw in the towel, having seen enough to know the remainder of the game would bring nothing but much misery prior to DEATH, metaphorically speaking, that is…

Just for the hellofit I decided to let Stockfish produce the moves that could have been played to show how difficult is is to win a “won game,” something this player had trouble doing on a regular basis. But hey, I “won” many an opening! What follows emanates from the fertile algorithms of the Stockfish program at

  1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. d3 Nc6 4. f4 Bc5 5. Nc3 d6 6. f5 Nd4 7. Na4 b5 8. Nxc5 dxc5 9. Bb3 c4 10. c3 Nxb3 11. axb3 Qxd3 12. Qxd3 cxd3 13. Nf3 Nxe4 14. Nxe5 Bb7 15. b4 Bd5 16. Bf4 O-O-O 17. O-O d2 18. Nf3 Bc4 19. Nxd2 Nxd2 20. Rfe1 Kb8 21. Re7 Nb3 22. Bxc7+ Ka8 23. Rxa7+ Kxa7 24. Bxd8+ Ka6 25. Bc7 g6 26. fxg6 hxg6 27. h4 Nc1 28. g3 Rg8 29. Kf2 Nd3+ 30. Kf3 Kb7 31. Kg4 Be6+ 32. Kg5 Kc6 33. g4 Nxb2 34. Be5 Nc4 35. Bd4 Nd6 36. Ra7 Kd5 37. Kf4 Re8 38. Bf6 g5+ 39. hxg5 Bc8 40. Be7 Ne4 41. Rc7 Be6 42. Bf6 Rc8 43. Rxc8 Bxc8 44. Bh8 Bd7 45. Bd4 Bc6 46. Kf5 Be8 47. Kf4 Bd7 48. Bh8 Nf2 49. Ke3 Nxg4+ I ended the madness here for what should be obvious reasons…

The following game was contested by two giants of the Chess. Jacques Mieses

was a German-born British chess player. He was one of the inaugural recipients of the title International Grandmaster from FIDE in 1950. ( › wiki › Jacques_Mieses). George Alan Thomas

was better known as a badminton player, ( and was no doubt wishing during this game that he were on the court with a racket in his hand in lieu of sitting at the board moving the pieces around…

Jacques Mieses vs George Alan Thomas
Event: Baden-Baden
Site: Baden-Baden Date: ??/??/1925
Round: ?
ECO: C25 Vienna game
1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Bc5 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 d6 5.f4 Nc6 6.f5 Nd4 7.Na4 b5 8.Nxc5 dxc5 9.Bb3 c4 10.dxc4 Nxb3 11.Qxd8+ Kxd8 12.axb3 bxc4 13.Nf3 Nxe4 14.Nxe5 Re8 15.Bf4 Bxf5 16.O-O cxb3 17.cxb3 f6 18.Nc6+ Kd7 19.Nxa7 Be6 20.b4 Reb8 21.Rfd1+ Nd6 22.Bxd6 cxd6 23.Ra6 d5 24.Re1 Bg8 25.Nc6 Re8 26.Rxe8 Rxe8 27.Nd4 Rc8 28.Ra7+ Rc7 29.Rxc7+ Kxc7 30.Kf2 Bf7 31.Ke3 g6 32.Nb5+ Kc6 33.Nc3 Kd6 34.Kd4 f5 35.b5 Be8 36.b6 Bf7 37.Nb5+ 1-0

Nguyen Hoang Hiep vs Vo Khac Ninh
Event: VIE-ch U13
Site: Ho Chi Minh Date: 07/23/2001
Round: 7 Score: 0-1
ECO: C26 Vienna game
1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.d3 d6 5.f4 Nc6 6.f5 Nd4 7.Na4 b5 8.Nxc5 dxc5 9.Bb3 c4 10.dxc4 Nxe4 11.Nf3 Nxf3+ 12.Qxf3 Qh4+ 13.Kf1 Bb7 14.Kg1 O-O-O 15.Be3 bxc4 16.Ba4 Rd6 17.h3 Rhd8 18.Kh2 Nc3 19.Qf1 Rd1 20.Rxd1 Rxd1 21.Qf2 Qxf2 22.Bxf2 Rd2 23.Kg3 Ne4+ 0-1

Who woulda ever thunk anyone could turn an eleven move game into such a long post? That is only one reason why it has been said that ‘Chess is a sea in which a gnat may drink and an elephant may bathe’.

Frontispiece of A Book of Chessmen by Alex Hammond (London, 1950)

Have We All Been Here Before?

Dr. Michael P. Masters is a professor of biological anthropology at Montana Tech in Butte, Montana. In the latter half, he outlined why he believes that UFOs and “aliens” are our future human descendants, coming back through time to visit and study their own hominin evolutionary past. Looking at evolutionary trends of our cranial-facial anatomy, he pointed out that humans may eventually look like aliens such as the Greys. In his latest work, he looked at patterns in contactee and abductee reports, and how they correlate with his time travel model.

Many abductees have witnessed a hybridization program involving the aliens, and “if we are able to hybridize with them, it indicates we are the same species,” he commented. Perhaps, they are conducting the hybridization due to mistakes in their genetic editing, he speculated. UFOs seem to demonstrate the ability to manipulate time-space, and in the case of Corp. Armando Valdes in Chile, he vanished in front of a craft, and then returned with a heavy beard growth though to his fellow soldiers, he was only gone for 15 minutes. Masters explained how time travel could be possible according to the block universe theory, which posits that we are part of a giant four-dimensional space-time block where everything that has ever happened or will happen already exists.

“Déjà Vu”

[Scat singing]
One Two Three Four
If I had ever been here before
I would probably know just what to do
Don’t you?
If I had ever been here before on another time around the wheel
I would probably know just how to deal
With all of you
And I feel
Like I’ve been here before
Like I’ve been here before
And you know it makes me wonder
What’s going on under the ground, hmmm
Do you know? Don’t you wonder?
What’s going on down under you
We have all been here before, we have all been here before
We have all been here before, we have all been here before
We have all been here before, we have all been here before

No Guts, No Glory: IM Klundt vs FM Vatter B42 Sicilian Kan German Chess Championship Seniors 65+

The AW waited patiently for an article concerning the recently completed German Seniors, 50+ and 65+, to appear at Chessbase, which is based in Germany. Unfortunately, it has not been forthcoming, which says much about how little cred is given to Senior Chess. From the official website one learns that IM Yuri Boidman (2297) and FM Hans-Joachim Vatter (2200) tied for first place by scoring 7 1/2 points out of the nine rounds played. Tied for third place were IM Klaus Klundt (2271) and FM Stephan Buchal (2230), each scoring 7 points.

Deutscher Seniorenmeister 65+   IM Yuri Boidman (SC Heimbach-Weis/Neuwied e.V., m.), Vizemeister FM Hans-Joachim Vatter (SC Emmendingen 1937 e.V., l.), Bronze: IM Klaus Klundt (SC Heusenstamm, r.)

Todaze game features two of the aforementioned players:

IM Klaus Klundt vs FM Hans-Joachim Vatter
German Chess Championship Seniors 65+ Round 6
B42 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Bd3

  1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Bd3 Qc7 6. Qe2 d6 1/2-1/2

After the draw was agreed there were three rounds still to play. Who knows why the oldsters decided to not play Chess that day? Since they are oldsters maybe no explanation is needed. Still, with “games” like this, why are there Chess tournaments? If one has grown too old and can no longer get it up to fight then maybe there should be no Senior tournaments. Just sayin’… Nevertheless, I was intriqued by the game, wondering if other games had been played in which the very same moves had been played. After finding a few similar games I decided to put the ‘game’ into the Stockfish program at and this came out:

  1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Bd3 Qc7 6. Qe2 d6 7. c4 Nf6 8. Nc3 Nbd7 9. O-O Ne5 10. Bd2 Nxd3 11. Qxd3 Be7 12. f4 O-O 13. Kh1 e5 14. Nb3 b6 15. Be3 Bb7 16. Rac1 Qd8 17. Rcd1 Ng4 18. Bc1 Nf6 19. Be3 Ng4 20. Bc1 Nf6 21. a4 Qc7 22. Nd5 Nxd5 23. exd5 Rac8 24. Nd2 b5 25. b3 exf4 26. axb5 axb5 27. cxb5 Qa5 28. Rxf4 Rc5 29. Nc4 Qxb5 30. Rd4 Rd8 31. Ba3 Rc7 32. Qg3 Rcd7 33. R4d2 Ba6 34. h3 Bf8 35. Rd4 h6 36. Kh2 Qb8 37. Na5 Re8 38. Nc6 Qb5 39. Bb2 Qe2 40. R1d2 Re3 41. Qf4 Qe1 42. Rf2 Rb7 43. Ra4 Re2 44. Bd4 Rxf2 45. Bxf2 Qe2 46. Ra3 f5 47. b4 Bd3 48. Ra8 Rf7 49. Nd4 Qe4 50. Qg3 f4 51. Qf3 Qxf3 52. gxf3 Bc4 53. b5 Bxd5 54. Ra5 g5 55. b6 Bb7 56. Kg2 Bg7 57. Nf5 Bf8 58. Ra7 h5 59. Nd4 g4 60. hxg4 hxg4 61. Kf1 g3 62. Bg1 Re7 63. Kg2 d5 64. Ne6 Rxe6 65. Rxb7 Re2+ 66. Kh3 Re1 67. Kg2 Re2+ 68. Kh3 Re1 69. Kg2 1/2-1/2

Pascal Charbonneau (2444) vs Alexander Stripunsky (2643)
Event: New York Masters 55th
Site: New York Date: 05/06/2003
Round: 4
ECO: B42 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Bd3
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Bd3 Qc7 6.Qe2 d6 7.c4 Nf6 8.O-O g6 9.Nc3 Bg7 10.h3 O-O 11.Nf3 Nfd7 12.Bf4 Ne5 13.Rac1 Nbc6 14.Rfd1 Bd7 15.b3 Rac8 16.Bb1 Nxf3+ 17.Qxf3 Nd4 18.Qd3 e5 19.Be3 b5 20.cxb5 Qxc3 21.Rxc3 Rxc3 22.Qd2 axb5 23.Qb2 b4 24.Bd3 Be6 25.Bxd4 exd4 26.f4 Rfc8 27.Qf2 Rc1 28.Rxc1 Rxc1+ 29.Kh2 Rc3 30.Qe2 h5 31.g3 d5 32.exd5 Bxd5 33.g4 h4 34.Qd2 Bh6 35.Kg1 Bf8 36.Kf2 Bd6 37.f5 Bg3+ 38.Ke2 Kg7 39.Qg5 Bf3+ 40.Kxf3 Rxd3+ 41.Ke4 Rd1 42.f6+ Kh7 43.Qd5 Re1+ 44.Kd3 Re3+ 45.Kc4 Re6 46.g5 Bd6 47.Qxd4 Kg8 48.Qxh4 Bf8 49.Qf4 Re2 50.h4 Rxa2 51.h5 gxh5 52.Qh4 Rc2+ 53.Kb5 Rg2 54.Qxh5 Rg3 55.Kc4 Rc3+ 56.Kd5 Rd3+ 57.Ke4 Rg3 58.Kf4 Rg1 59.Kf3 Bc5 60.g6 Rxg6 61.Qxc5 Rxf6+ 62.Ke3 Re6+ 63.Kd3 1-0

Adam Horvath (2528) vs Gyula Izsak (2475)
Event: HUN-chT 0405
Site: Hungary Date: 11/21/2004
Round: 3
ECO: B42 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Bd3
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Bd3 Qc7 6.Qe2 d6 7.c4 Nf6 8.Nc3 Be7 9.O-O O-O 10.Be3 Nc6 11.f4 Nxd4 12.Bxd4 e5 13.Be3 Bg4 14.Qc2 exf4 15.Rxf4 Be6 16.Nd5 Bxd5 17.exd5 g6 18.Bd4 Nd7 19.Raf1 Ne5 20.Be2 Bg5 21.R4f2 Rac8 22.b3 Bh6 23.Kh1 Bg7 24.Qb2 f5 25.Re1 Qe7 26.b4 Qh4 27.Qc3 Nd3 28.Qxd3 Qxd4 29.Qxd4 Bxd4 30.Rff1 Rfe8 31.Bf3 b6 32.g4 ½-½

Sergey Kasparov (2491) vs Martin Kraemer (2434)
Event: Pardubice op-A
Site: Pardubice Date: 07/27/2006
Round: 7
ECO: B42 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Bd3
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Bd3 Qc7 6.Qe2 d6 7.O-O Nf6 8.c4 g6 9.b3 Bg7 10.Bb2 O-O 11.Nf3 Nc6 12.Nc3 Ng4 13.h3 Nge5 14.Rad1 b6 15.Bb1 Bb7 16.Nh2 Rfe8 17.Qd2 Bf8 18.f4 Nd7 19.e5 b5 20.cxb5 axb5 21.exd6 Qb6+ 22.Kh1 Nb4 23.a3 Nd5 24.Nxd5 Bxd5 25.f5 Rac8 26.fxg6 hxg6 27.Rxf7 Kxf7 28.Rf1+ Kg8 29.Qg5 1-0

Mateusz Bartel (2627) vs Martin Petr (2526)
Event: TCh-CZE Extraliga 2011-12
Site: Czech Republic CZE Date: 03/03/2012
Round: 7.4
ECO: B42 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Bd3
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Bd3 Qc7 6.Qe2 d6 7.b3 Nf6 8.Bb2 Be7 9.Nd2 O-O 10.c4 b6 11.f4 Nbd7 12.O-O Bb7 13.Rae1 Rad8 14.Bc2 g6 15.e5 dxe5 16.fxe5 Nh5 17.N2f3 Ng7 18.Kh1 Rfe8 19.Qe3 f5 20.exf6 Bxf6 21.Ng5 e5 22.Ne2 Bxg5 23.Qxg5 Rf8 24.Ng3 b5 25.h4 Ne6 26.Qe7 Nd4 27.Bxd4 exd4 28.Nh5 1-0

FM Vatter finished one half point in front of IM Klundt. It should be obvious from the above that Black has not scored particularly well with this variation. No guts, no glory.

“Putin’s Philosopher” Speaks To CNN About Trump

Vladimir Putin’s brain, as Alexander Dugin has been called, had some interesting things to say about the relationship between Putin and former POTUS Donald Trump.

In the event you cannot read the above, it says, “Putin, standing in the vanguard of the struggle for multipolarity, led up to this. Novermber 8, 2016 was a most important victory for Russia, and for Putin personally.”

In case you are unaware of Alexander Dugin, he has been in the news recently because a car bomb meant for him exploded in the car driven by his daughter, Darya Dugina:

In the video it is said that Alexander Dugin is a “Champion of Russian Nationalism” and Dugin says, “Donald Trump is on the same wavelength.”

“Great move on delay (by V. Putin) – I always knew he was very smart!” he (Trumpster) wrote.

Why is it that in most, if not all, of the pictures with the two cronies together Putin is the one with the excrement eatin’ grin?

The world doesn’t trust Putin much, but it trusts Trump even less. Photo: YURI KADOBNOV/AFP/Getty Images

Really? The Trumpster on the same wave length as Mad Vlad. Who would have known… Some have expressed the view that the Trumpster sold out the country. I have not lived long enough to obtain the full story of what happened to President John F. Kennedy

on November 22, 1963, so certainly I will not be around to learn how, exactly, the Trumpster sold out his country to become elected POTUS, but some, if not most of it will come out, eventually, or at least the part those in power decide to disclose to We The People. The fact is that there are THREE REPUBLICANS on the SUPREME COURT who should not be there, and would not be there if the Trumpster had not sold out the country to become elected POTUS. If not for Russian interference the women of America would still be in control of their bodies and would not possibly be forced into committing a crime to have an abortion. There are MILLIONS of DEAD AMERICANS who died of Covid because of the intransigence of the Trumpster, who put self-interest above the welfare of We The People. These are facts not in dispute. Never forget that the Trumpster IS a REPUBLICAN!

The Georgia Guidestones

The world famous Georgia Guidestones in Elberton, Georgia, were destroyed earlier this summer.

The Georgia Guidestones Explained
9 February 2021

The origin of this strange monument is shrouded in mystery because no one knows the true identity of the man, or men, who commissioned its construction in Elbert County, Georgia, in the United States.

All that is known for certain is that in June 1979, a well-dressed, articulate stranger visited the office of the Elberton Granite Finishing Company and announced that he wanted to build an edifice to transmit a message to mankind.
The Message of The Georgia Guidestones

Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.

Guide reproduction wisely – improving fitness and diversity.

Unite humanity with a living new language.

Rule passion – faith – tradition – and all things with tempered reason.

Protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts.

Let all nations rule internally resolving external disputes in a world court.

Avoid petty laws and useless officials.

Balance personal rights with social duties.

Prize truth – beauty – love – seeking harmony with the infinite.

Be not a cancer on the earth – Leave room for nature – Leave room for nature.

What is the true significance of the American Stonehenge, and why is its covert message important? Because it confirms the fact that there is a covert group intent on:

(1) Dramatically reducing the population of the world – Eugenics, chemtrails, GMO food, etc, etc
(2) Promoting environmentalism.
(3) Establishing a one world government, one world economy and one world religion lead by the Antichrist, DEAD pope John Paul ll..
(4) Promoting a new spirituality – “New Age” and “religions” not Biblical Truth that is found only in the King James bible.

Certainly the group that commissioned the Georgia Guidestones is one of many similar groups working together toward a New World Order, a new world economic system, and a new world spirituality. Behind those groups, however, are dark spiritual forces, spiritual wickedness in high places. Without understanding the nature of those dark forces it is impossible to understand the unfolding of world events in these Bible times.

The fact that most Americans have never heard of the Georgia Guidestones or their message to humanity reflects the degree of control that exists today over what the American people think. We ignore that message at our peril.

The Guidestones were a curiosity for four decades, and from the above, obviously thought provoking. Here at the Armchair Warrior blog all almost all viewpoints are given, even if only short shrift. They were a tourist attraction, bringing people from all over the world to visit the Great State of Georgia. The Georgia Guidestones have been featured in countless television shows, and talked about on myriad radio stations. Much has been written about the Guidestones. I would like to see them replaced. For them to be removed for all time would mean the destroyers got what they wanted and could be considered “winners,” when they are, in fact, LOSERS! This is their “hero”:

King of the LOSERS
Granite megaliths with cryptic inscriptions drew 20,000 visitors a year and inspired a Yoko Ono song but riled some on far right/The Georgia Guidestones in happier times, in Elberton, Georgia. Photograph: Harrison Mcclary/Reuters

Elberton is located east of Athens, Georgia, home of the University of Georgia, and near the state line of the Great State of South Carolina. It is south of Interstate 85, virtually in the middle of farm land. The nearest city would be the small town of Bowman, due south of Royston, Georgia, home of one of the most famous Georgians of all time, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer, Ty Cobb.
The Great State of Georgia

Some years ago I lived in Lavonia, Georgia, which is north of Royston, and it is on Interstate 85. Politically speaking, most of the people in the area are very conservative. They do not ‘lean’ Republican, they are the very backbone of the Republican political party. Most of the folks in the area do not “cotton to change” as can be heard from the locals. Coming from the Atlanta area meant I already had one strike against me. When spoken about it was invariably said, “He’s from Atlanta, you know.” Those listening would nod in agreement. To the locals someone like me brought the dreaded word, “change.” The last thing most of those people wanted was change in any form, which is the problem with conservatism, and the Republican party, because change is a part of life. Things change every second; nothing remains the same, yet there are those who wish only to stop change, as if that is ever going to happen. An example would be what happened at the local grocery store after first moving to Lavonia. The Presidential election, stolen by the Trumpster by using information provided by the nefarious Russians (How, exactly, did the Trumpster return the favor?), was only a few months away. A fellow Senior began talking to me and thinking I was “one of them” invited me outside to show me something. I had promised Patricia not to discuss politics with anyone, so as we walked toward his vehicle covered in Trumpster I thought about what she had said. The dude tried to recruit me, but stopped in his tracks when informed I was a Democrat. Dude looked like he had just been punched in the gut… To the people there I was about as out of place as the Georgia Guidestones. The nicest person to me was the local librarian, who oversaw not only the Lavonia library, but the one in Royston as well. We talked about my teaching a class on Chess for the children. She was honest enough to inform me that the parents did not want my “Putting new ideas into the heads of their children,” so there was no Chess for the area. Therefore I kept to myself and we traveled to other cities to shop, like Royston, where long time friends of Patricia lived, and the much larger Anderson, South Carolina.

I thought about this recently after being transported to Emory Hospital in an ambulance, as I was unable to walk, or even stand, without extreme pain. The young female doctor who admitted me was talking with the ambulance drivers and when I mentioned having been transported by ambulance to the hospital, St. Mary’s Sacred Heart Hospital,

in Lavonia, some years before, she said, “Really? That’s where I live. Where did you live?” After telling her about Gus Whiting Road she said, “I know exactly where that is! Were you near the red house?” The answer was, “Yeah, I lived in that house.” She exclaimed, “I don’t believe it! It was the talk of the town when improvements were being made.”

28 Gus Whiting Road, Lavonia, Georgia before renovations

Then one of the ambulance drivers, the one I thought maybe had an interest beyond medicine with the young, attractive doctor, spoke up, saying, “You mean you live up there? Why don’t you work there?” She said, “Because they don’t pay enough.” He was incredulous, saying, “You mean you make that drive twice a day?” That is the way it is in Atlanta these daze… A couple of weeks ago someone had to come to the apartment to make repairs. He drove in from Birmingham, Alabama. Atlanta is the engine that drives the Great State of Georgia, yet those who do not live in Atlanta have controlled the state, politically speaking, for far too long, to the detriment of all of the state. Most of the people residing outside of the metropolitan Atlanta area consider Atlanta to be akin to Sodom and Gomorrah. Those that do not change are left behind.

This blog has reached into all but five countries on the planet, all but four countries in the middle of Africa, and North Korea. This has been written in order to give readers at least partial understanding of what could have possibly driven low life people of little intelligence to destroy what has been called ‘America’s Stonehenge’. In order to give you an idea of why some nefarious scumbag(s) would destroy something iconic to Georgia please read this:

“The Georgia Guidestones have been a source of considerable speculation among conspiracy theorists since they were first unveiled in Elberton back in 1980. Created by an anonymous individual, the elaborate monument consists of four stone slabs which feature ten ‘guiding principles’ written in eight different languages and ostensibly aimed at steering humanity towards a better future. While some of these tenets, such as “protect people and nations with fair laws and just courts,” appear to be fairly benign, there are other ‘guidelines’ which have caused some consternation, including a call to keep humanity’s population “under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.”

“As one might imagine, that particular ‘suggestion’ has fueled rumors that the Guidestones are the work of nefarious forces associated with the proverbial New World Order and that they wish to enact some kind of population control by any means necessary. The possibly nefarious nature of the moment was in the news earlier this year when Georgia gubernatorial candidate Kandiss Taylor pledged to have the piece, which she called Satanic, destroyed if she were elected. While her campaign came to an end when she finished third in the GOP primary back in May, her call to action may have inspired the misguided individuals who targeted the monument on Wednesday morning.” (

Georgia Guidestones go to EGA museum
By News Staff on Friday, August 12, 2022
by Rose Scoggins

CNI News Service

The remnants of the Georgia Guidestones will have a new home as they were donated to the Elberton Granite Association (EGA) Museum after a vote from the Elbert County Board of Commissioners during Monday night’s meeting. The vote came after hesitancy from the board as they lagged to make a motion. “If we do not donate them, what are we going to do with them?” Chairman Lee Vaughn asked. Commissioner Casey Freeman said the board had previously discussed options on what to do with the stones and said he’d hoped that a foundation would have been created that the remnants could be donated to. “That hasn’t happened yet,” Freeman said. “I’ll make the motion that we go ahead and donate those things to EGA.” After a second from commissioner Kenneth Ashworth, the board voted 4-0 to approve the donation. EGA Executive Vice President Chris Kubas said Tuesday that EGA doesn’t currently have a timeline or specific plan for the pieces, but wanted to make sure that they were properly preserved. “The county was making it clear that they literally did not want them at all and, if left up to them, they could’ve just been destroyed and crushed up into gravel and that would’ve been the end of them,” Kubas said. “From the granite industry perspective, we didn’t want to see that happen. They are a testament to the type of work we do and a lot of people feel really connected to them. It was quite a monumental undertaking to create that. I don’t know if all the pieces are going to be utilized, but there are some larger pieces that could be incorporated into some sort of display at the museum in the future. Until we can study that, we said ‘We’ll take them and take charge of them’ just so they stay preserved until we can figure out what to do with them.’ I will probably talk to Mayor [Daniel] Graves and we’ll [see] how we can best do something in the future that would promote tourism from the Guidestones.” The board added the donation to the agenda after discussing the video surveillance system still at the monument during the Aug. 4 work session. Emergency Services Director Chuck Almond asked the board to consider disconnecting the system in order to use the fiber cables that connect the surveillance system to their emergency operations center on Mahoney Drive for a telephone system connecting the center, the fire administration building and the new fire building. “We’re paying $150 per month for the fiber that runs from our office to Guidestones Road,” Almond said Thursday. “We’ve been monitoring it. We’ve had to send the sheriff’s department out there a couple of times. We saw a couple of people with rakes and shovels. As far as what we’re doing for that property, I think it’s time to disconnect…Those cameras are our property and we’ve been paying a security camera to do maintenance. We should separate from that if its possible.” Elbert County Attorney Bill Daughtry said last week that the county is waiting to hear back from their insurance company before moving forward with reverting the Guidestones property back to its original owner. “Our insurance company has never dealt with the bombing of a monument. It’s taking them a little longer than a normal insurance claim,” Daughtry said. “If we have claims-made policy, we find out there’s coverage and we make a claim but we no longer own the property, that could potentially be grounds for denying our claim. We’re still waiting on an answer from the [Association of Georgia County Commissioners] about insurance coverage. I think that the bulk of the work was donated, but emergency services had a lot of overtime, the sheriff’s office had three or four days of overtime. We’d like to reimburse that through our insurance company if we can.”