BlunderFest Chess

The game in the last post was played in the third round of the ongoing Russian Women’s Championship Superfinal 2019. Former World Women’s champion Alexandra Kosteniuk

had the white pieces versus Margarita Potapova.


The game was chosen because when beginning to play Chess I played the Najdorf because Bobby Fischer played the Najdorf, and although I stopped playing the Najdorf decades ago I still play over many Najdorf games, and because I met Alexandra Kosteniuk at the World Open over a decade ago. She was sitting alone I said, “You are even prettier in person than in pictures. She smiled and sorta blushed. I asked her to sign her book,

telling her it was a surprise gift for a lady. She said, “Please, sit.” I did and greatly enjoyed our conversation. Upon reflection it was the highlight of the time spent at the event.

This is a terrible game. It looks more like a game brought to me for review by two girls playing in one of the lower sections of a tournament at the House of Pain than a game played by a former World Champion of Women. Unfortunately, it is indicative of the state of modern Chess. Pathetic games like this are foisted upon we the fans of the Royal game every day. The sad fact is that when the best players have little, or no time to cogitate the quality of the moves played deteriorate exponentially. When that happens Chess becomes uninteresting.

The game is replete with “Red Moves,” some of which are laughable, at the ChessBomb. The game can be found here:

https://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2019-russian-womens-championship-superfinal/03-Kosteniuk_Alexandra-Potapova_Margarita

“Chess – to the non-FIDE world – is and has always been a thoughtful, deliberate and difficult game. Chess represents our best intellectual qualities.
How far FIDE goes in the other direction, with its politics of dumbing down the game (faster time controls) or trying to make chess a child’s game by actively campaigning for its inclusion into schools, will not change the world’s perception of chess.
The only thing that will change is the world’s perception of FIDE.” – GM Kevin Spraggett

Chess, sex, porn & other misperceptions

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Modern Chess

I would like to present a game for your enjoyment. If you are the kind of person who enjoys watching a train wreck this game is for you. One of the participants in the game that follows was, at one time, a World Champion, back in the day when there were only a few Champions of the World, such as the World Champion; the Women’s WC; and the Junior WC. Today it is impossible to count the number of “World Champions” as there are World Champs in many age divisions, often separated into male and female WC’s in each division. Play over the game while trying not to “bust a gut” laughing at some of the ridiculous moves played.

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qf3 Be7 8. Be2 Nbd7 9. O-O Qc7 10. a4 h6 11. Be3 g5 12. Qh3 Ne5 13. Bxg5 Bd7 14. Be3 h5 15. Nb3 O-O-O 16. Nb5 axb5 17. axb5 Be8 18. Ra8+ Kd7 19. b6 Qc6 20. Ra7 Rb8 21. Bd4 Qxe4 22. Ba6 Kd8 23. Bxe5 bxa6 24. Nc5 Qxe5 25. Nxa6 Rxb6 26. Ra8+ Kd7 27. Qa3 Qb5 28. Qc3 Qc6 29. Qa5 Nd5 30. Nb8+ Rxb8 31. Rxb8 Nc7 32. Rb6 Qa8 33. Qb4 Rg8 34. f3 Rg5 35. Rd1 Qxf3 36. Rbxd6+ Bxd6 37. Rxd6+ Kc8 38. Qd2 Qf6 39. c4 Rf5 40. Qd1 h4 41. h3 Qxb2 0-1

The players will be named in the next post.

Plaintiff in Chief: A Portrait of Donald Trump in 3,500 Lawsuits

Donald Trump is the eye in the sky. He is looking at you, and me, thinking he can read our minds. He believes he is the maker of rules, dealing with fools, whom he has cheated blind.

Plaintiff in Chief: A Portrait of Donald Trump in 3,500 Lawsuits

by James D. Zirin

A comprehensive analysis of Donald Trump’s legal history reveals his temperament, methods, character, and morality.
Unlike all previous presidents who held distinguished positions in government or the military prior to entering office, Donald Trump’s political worldview was molded in the courtroom. He sees law not as a system of rules to be obeyed and ethical ideals to be respected, but as a weapon to be used against his adversaries or a hurdle to be sidestepped when it gets in his way. He has weaponized the justice system throughout his career, and he has continued to use these backhanded tactics as Plaintiff in Chief.
In this book, distinguished New York attorney James D. Zirin presents Trump’s lengthy litigation history as an indication of his character and morality, and his findings are chilling: if you partner with Donald Trump, you will probably wind up litigating with him. If you enroll in his university or buy one of his apartments, chances are you will want your money back. If you are a woman and you get too close to him, you may need to watch your back. If you try to sue him, he’s likely to defame you. If you make a deal with him, you had better get it in writing. If you are a lawyer, an architect, or even his dentist, you’d better get paid up front. If you venture an opinion that publicly criticizes him, you may be sued for libel.
A window into the president’s dark legal history, Plaintiff in Chief is as informative as it is disturbing.

Eye in the Sky
The Alan Parsons Project

Produced by Alan Parsons & Eric Woolfson
Album Eye In The Sky

Don’t think sorry’s easily said
Don’t try turning tables instead
You’ve taken lots of chances before
But I ain’t gonna give anymore
Don’t ask me
That’s how it goes
‘Cause part of me knows what you’re thinking

Don’t say words you’re gonna regret
Don’t let the fire rush to your head
I’ve heard the accusation before
And I ain’t gonna take any more
Believe me
The sun in your eyes
Made some of the lies worth believing

[Chorus]
I am the eye in the sky
Looking at you
I can read your mind
I am the maker of rules
Dealing with fools
I can cheat you blind
And I don’t need to see any more to know that
I can read your mind, I can read your mind

Don’t leave false illusions behind
Don’t cry cause I ain’t changing my mind
So find another fool like before
Cause I ain’t gonna live anymore believing
Some of the lies while all of the signs are deceiving

[Chorus]
I am the eye in the sky
Looking at you
I can read your mind
I am the maker of rules
Dealing with fools
I can cheat you blind
And I don’t need to see any more
To know that
I can read your mind, I can read your mind

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)

[Intro]
One two!

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

[Chorus]
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

[Chorus]
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

[Outro]
Jumpin’ Jack Flash, its a gas
Jumpin’ Jack Flash, its a gas
Jumpin’ Jack Flash, its a gas
Jumpin’ Jack Flash, its a gas

https://genius.com/The-rolling-stones-jumpin-jack-flash-lyrics

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.

https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6316922/teen-at-centre-of-new-chess-cheating-scandal/

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 (http://www.spraggettonchess.com/cheater-caught-in-dutch-tournament/).

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

https://www.news.com.au/technology/innovation/military/the-west-has-badly-underestimated-china/news-story/9b040e11d4dde00eb001a434422e949d