Donald Trump

Donald  1Let the record show that Donald J. Trump is…

“Modest in the midst of pride, wise in the midst of folly, calm in the midst of passion, cheerful in the midst of gloom, steadfast among the wavering, bold among the timid, prudent among the rash, generous among the selfish, true among the faithless, greatest among good men and best among the great”

And the democrats ???

The Plan to Restore Constitutional Order

M. M. “Sam” Anderer | Cave Creek

June 30, 2008 may be remembered in history as the day Americans began, in earnest, the moral and solemn process of holding their (servant) Government accountable to the Constitution – under threat of withdrawal of allegiance, support and tax money.

To secure this end, the People have begun to claim and exercise a little-known, but unalienable, “Right of Redress,” rather than depending upon the will of the majority as defined by precinct voters, those who cast votes on Capitol Hill, and those that vote from the inner sanctums of our Courthouses.

Most do not know that this profound natural Right, first articulated 800 years ago in Magna Carta, is embodied and protected by the Petition clause of the First Amendment – the same Amendment which protects your voice in the defense of Freedom. Very importantly, academic research since 1986 makes clear the Right to Petition for Redress is NOT a redundant statement of the Right of Speech. It is in fact, the individual exercise of Popular Sovereignty.

To be sure, the widespread exercise of this Right holds significant implications for our nation and are most worthy of your interest. Here’s what the Founders sitting as the first Congress had to say: “If money is wanted by Rulers who have in any manner oppressed the People, they may retain it until their grievances are redressed, and thus peaceably procure relief, without trusting to despised petitions or disturbing the public tranquility.” ~ Journals of the Continental Congress, 1:105-113.

On June 30, 2008, approximately 1200 American citizens will begin the process of exercising the Right by formally serving a Legal Notice and Demand for Redress upon the President, the Attorney General and every member of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate at their local district offices.

Demanding an official response within forty (40) days, the Notice includes seven (7) Petitions for Redress of Grievances regarding substantial violations of the Constitution:
1. The Iraq invasion in violation of the war powers clauses.
2. The Federal Reserve System’s violation of the money clauses.
3. The USA Patriot Act’s violation of the privacy clauses.
4. The direct, un-apportioned taxes on labor in violation of the tax clauses.
5. The federal gun control laws in violation of the Second Amendment.
6. The failure to enforce immigration laws in violation of the “faithfully execute clause.”
7. The construction, by stealth, of a “North American Union” without constitutional authority.

We the People cannot elect our way out of tyranny. Any assertion that by electing either McCain or Obama we can cure the ills that now plague America is simply naive or based on a lack of information regarding the corrupting forces that truly influence and control our government and political process.

We urge you – the media, to learn about this profound Right and to cover this event. Our Republic faces a watershed moment no less historically compelling or newsworthy than, e.g., the emergence of the Civil Rights movement. If Liberty is to survive through peaceful means, you must embrace your obligation – both moral and Constitutional – to bring this critical information to your readers, viewers and listeners.

For details about the Plan to Restore Constitutional Order, visit

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Blunders: A Grandmaster’s Perspective

A few months ago, IM Jeremy Silman wrote an entertaining and highly informative article onwhy grandmasters blunder.

I was particularly impressed with his opening remark:

Over the years I’ve noticed that whenever a grandmaster hangs his face, the masses of fake names go berserk and not only berate the unfortunate player but toss sick (and completely ignorant) accusations his way“.

It is tempting to interpret the two consonants next to a player’s name as a seal of perfection, but as Silman points out, grandmasters are not immune to the occasional mental lapse.

To this end, I would like to share two instructive blunders from my recent chess career, and to reconstruct the train of thought that caused an outwardly inexplicable snafu. Make no mistake: the blunder-inducing factors identified by Silman are impossible to eradicate.

We all get tired. We all suffer momentary lapses of concentration. We all experience the occasional neural misfiring. However, these insidious forces can often be counteracted by targeting their physical manifestations. Hopefully, through the following (admittedly painful) journey we will come one step closer to doing just that.

Blunder #1: Loss of “Calculational Discipline”

As the game trundles on, our supply of energy inevitably runs thin, and it becomes harder and harder to remain tactically vigilant. Don’t believe me? Watch this!

Jobava, Baadur (2722) vs. Naroditsky, Daniel (2620)
Qatar Masters | Doha (QAT) | Round 8 | 12 Mar 2014 | ECO: A01

After developing a crushing attack in the opening, Jobava needlessly sacrificed a rook and refused several chances to repeat the position, eventually landing himself in a dire situation. At this point, I had around seven minutes on the clock, plenty of time to work out the complications and find the path to victory.

In my excited (and fatigued) state, I simply assumed that all three king retreats led to the exact same position: 48..Ke7 49.Nd5+, 48…Kf8 49.e7+ Kxe7 50.Nd5+, and 48…Kd8 49.e7+ Kxe7 50.Nd5+. In all three scenarios, the knight will restrain the pawn from c3, but Black’s king will chase it away, gobble up the a4-pawn, and usher the newly-created passer to heaven and beyond.

Ecstatic at the prospect of my first victory over a super-GM, I grabbed my king and confidently pushed it one square forward:


Only after making this dreadful, brainless move did I realize the fault in my thought process: after 49.Nd5+, Black will have to spend a golden tempo eliminating the e6-pawn, landing the king in a horribly awkward position. Indeed, the monarch will now have to take a circuitious route to reach the a4-pawn (e5-d4-d3-c2-b3), enabling its vis-a-vis to rescue the helpless cavalier.

Meanwhile, after 48…Kf8 (or 48…Kd8) 49.e7+ Kxe7 50.Nd5+, the e-pawn no longer exists, a fact that I had simply overlooked in my hallucination. Now, the king can take a direct route to b4 (via d6 and c5), winning on the spot.

Unsurprisingly, Jobava did not give me a second chance.

Jobava, Baadur (2722) vs. Naroditsky, Daniel (2620)
Qatar Masters | Doha (QAT) | Round 8 | 3 Dec 2014 | ECO: A01 | 1/2-1/2

48… Ke7??(48… Kf8The winning line is very easy to work out: 49. e7+Kxe750. Nd5+Kd6!51. Nc3Kc5This is the key. Black’s king reaches b4 in only two moves, and White’s own king does not make it to the queenside in time. 52. Kg3Kb453. Nb1Kxa454. Kf2Kb355. Ke3Ka2(55… Kc2?!56. Na3+and Black should repeat with 56…Kb3, since 56… Kc1would be a dreadful blunder on account of 57. Kd3b1=Q+58. Nxb1Kxb159. Kc4and White’s king stops the pawn! )56. Nd2b1=Q57. Nxb1Kxb1and White’s king is one square two far. The pawn will promote, and Stockfish gleefully declares that mate in 16 moves is inevitable! )49. Nd5+Kxe650. Nc3If only the king could move like a knight, 50…Kc5 would rectify the situation. Alas, the rules of our beloved game do not allow it…
50… Ke551. Kg3Kd452. Nb1I was still in a state of semi-denial at this point, hoping against hope that I would still make it to the a4 pawn in time. Unfortunately, though, the damage has been done.
52… Kd353. Kf3Kc254. Na3+Kb355. Nb1At this point, Jobava looked at me, and we shared a kind of sheepish grin. “Yep, we both screwed up this time.”
55… Kc2It is worth nothing that
(55… Kxa4??would actually come very close to losing the game after 56. Ke4and Black has to be very careful to salvage the draw: 56… Kb4!(56… Kb3??57. Kd3a458. Nd2+Kb459. Kc2a360. Ne4and Black can resign. )57. Kd3a458. Nd2Kc559. g4a360. Kc2Kd5and Black’s king will successfully deal with White’s kingside pawns, although this is not exactly the king of position I’d hoped to reach! )56. Na3+Kb3


I played 48…Ke7 after approximately two minutes of thought. Had I taken an additional 30 seconds to double-check my calculations, I would have undoubtedly snapped back to reality.

Though I was not the happiest after drawing this game, I learned a crucial lesson:confidence and discipline are two entirely different things. No matter how well you have played, or how confident you feel, exhaustion will always take its toll on your cognitive abilities.

Before making an important, potentially game-changing decision, briefly run through your calculations to ensure that everything checks out. Even a cursory examination of this sort will save you from countless mishaps.

Blunder #2: The Dreaded Intermezzo

Regular readers of my column (a category that hopefully exists outside of my imagination) will notice that I have already written a two-part article on avoiding blunders. In this article, I mentioned that it is important keep a DAP (double attacks, pins) check running in the back of your thoughts, consistently ensuring that your moves do not fall prey to the two most commonly overlooked tactical operations: double attacks and pins.

Having gained a bit more experience at a grandmaster level, I can now add a third repeat offender to the list: in-between moves.

Frequently, “I-can’t-even-explain-what-happened” moments occur because we judge a move on the basis of its appearance, without explicitly working out the complications. This intuitive reasoning can save us a lot of time, but it can also prevent us from seeing concealed tactics, and lead us down a calamitous path.

So, Wesley (2788) vs. Naroditsky, Daniel (2640)
U.S. Championship | St. Louis | Round 1 | 1 Apr 2015 | ECO: E20 | 1-0

32. Rf4The position is quite difficult to evaluate. White is a pawn up, but his position threatens to collapse at any moment. Furthermore, Black’s pieces are ideally coordinated, exerting tremendous pressure on White’s crippled pawns and – more importantly – on his vulnerable monarch. These factors led me to intuit that I must have some kind of tactic to exploit my positional superiority. Guided by this erroneous belief, I picked up on an intriguing petite combination: 32…Nexc4. The idea is obvious: 33.Rxc4 fails to 33… Rxd2+, while 33.Nxc4 ostensibly falls prey to 33…g5, when the rook has no squares along the fourth rank. I was so confident that …Nexc4 “must” work that I did not stop to actually calculate its consequences. And for this laziness, I paid a very dear price indeed.
32… Nexc4??At this point, I would encourage you to set this position up on your board, and try to find the refutation on your own. As a matter of fact, it was Black who had to tread carefully: as impressive as my position appeared, there was no concrete way to follow through. To this end,
(32… g5!would have come very close to securing full compensation for the pawn. After 33. Rd4(33. Re4?!now, of course, the time is ripe for 33… Nexc4, and the best White can do is to reach a drawish rook endgame with 34. Rxc4Rxd2+35. Kxd2Nxc4+36. Kd3Nxe337. Rxe3Rd8+and if anything, Black is the one calling the shots. )33… h634. Rxd8Rxd835. Bd4Nac636. Bg1Na537. c5bxc538. h3Kf7I would probably take White, but his advantage is too minimal to be of any significance. With a few precise moves, Black should have no trouble securing the draw. )33. Nxc4It was at this point that I realized what I had done, but by now it is too late.
33… g534. Rd4!The lethal intermezzo in its purest form. I had seen, of course, that the immediate 34.Nxa5 fails to 34…gxf4, but White is not obliged to capture the knight immediately.
34… Rxd435. Nxa5Ugh. Now, White has two pieces for a rook, and they will be ideally placed to ravage Black’s weakened king. Black still has some drawing chances, but – unsurprisingly – I was not exactly in a state of mind conducive to tenacious defensive.
35… Ra436. Nc6Rxa337. Kd3Ra238. Rh3Rg2?!This basically loses on the spot, enabling White to regroup his minor pieces in lethal fashion.
(38… h6was the last chance to stay in the game, opening a small escape hole for the king. To be sure, after 39. Bd4+Kh740. Rf3Kg841. Rf6Rxh242. Nxa7I doubt that I would have been able to save the game, but at least White must still demonstrate some precise technique. )39. Bd4+Kg840. Ne5!Now, the attack on the king is simply crushing.
40… Re641. Nd7Rd642. Nf6+Kf743. Ne4Rd544. Rxh7+Kg645. Rg7+Kh646. Rxa7b547. Ra6+After
(47. Ra6+Kh748. Nf6+Black simultaneously loses his rook and gets checkmated, so – for transparent reasons – I decided to throw in the towel. )


Crucially, you should limit the number of “shortcuts” that you take in a game. Even though a move might look impressive, you should evaluate it objectively.

There is a time and a place for intuition, but it should only be applied when calculation is futile.

Of course, it is impossible to formulate some sort of blunder-eliminating algorithm. However, by being aware of the forces that cause blunders — and by actively thwarting them during the game — we can come one step closer to reaching that unattainable state known as perfection.


The Duke –

The Duke

The BatGirl has a winner in the following post from the blog pages. I am interested in seeing how my web site compares to her research and followers. Thank you Lord for all these great chess players, “The Duke” and his supportive family, the game of “Chess” with all it’s possibilities and Fred Reinfeld for getting a ‘geeky’ young man interested in a 64 square game.

Thank you BatGirl for your creative poking into these areas! Enjoy – Amen

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Many people who have no knowledge of or even interest in Chess know the name Bobby Fischer because he is so iconic. There are such icons in all endeavors – those who transcend their fields and become public figures, such as Einstein, Elvis, Babe Ruth, Mozart, etc.
I know little or nothing about the video-media. I don’t watch TV nor do I attend the cinema. Still, there are certain persons who work, or have worked, in the film and TV industries whose names I’m very familiar with.
One of these persons is John Wayne.
My perception of John Wayne has always been that of an anti-intellectual, brutish sort of man who theatrically and single-handedly rid the world of evil Germans, Japanese and Native Americans, for which he had been placed upon the pedestal of the American Male Ideal.
Of course, I knew that John Wayne had been a chess player and years ago had even incorporated images of him playing chess in a photomontage I had created about chess and famous personalities.
Some time ago, Bill Wall posted a photo of Wayne playing chess in a thread called Greatest Chess Photos.” NM Rex Blalock (Reb) replied that he was surprised to learn that John Wayne had been a chess player. So, Reb knew about John Wayne but didn’t know he was a chess player, while I knew he was a chess player but really knew next to nothing about John Wayne the man. This gave me the incentive to learn something concrete about the man whom I only knew from impressions and see what I could find out about his chess-playing.

Here goes . . .

John Wayne was a more complex man than appears on the surface.

“Park Turril, who taught chemistry at Glendale, said Duke was a ‘fine student. He did fine work, understood write-ups and never complained. He got A’s all the way through.’ He headed the school’s debate team, won honor pins several years in a row, played an aggressive game of chess. was all but unbeatable at bridge and hearts because of an uncanny ability to count cards, and graduated with a four-year average of ninety-four, the salutorian in a class of two hundred students.”
—from “John Wayne,” by Randy Roberts and James Stuart Olson

[the revelation that Rock Hudson was gay became public knowledge in 1985 when he was dying from AIDS. Before then…] “…it wasn’t news to most in the business. Wayne obviously felt a need, in 1974, to quickly establish how much I knew before he spoke out of turn, asking me, ‘You know about Rock?’
I replied, ‘He’s a homosexual? Yes. I know!’
That opened a whole side of Wayne I would have never expected to see. ‘Who the hell cares if he’s a queer? The man plays great chess. We had many a game up there in Durango. And what a good-looing man. I admit, I couldn’t understand how a guy with those looks and that build and the . . .manly way he had about him could have been a homosexual, but it never bothered me. Life’s too short. It wasn’t like some of his type who go around saying, ‘Poor me, I’m discriminated against.’ He just got on with his life in private, and I never cared to know about it. All I cared about was that he was on the set on time every day, and at the end of the day he’d say, ‘Care for a little chess, Duke?’ and I’d say, ‘You wanna get beat again?””
—from “John Wayne,” by Michael Munn

—John Wayne on the set of “Hondo,” 1953

“Wayne soon became convinced that nobody could write dialogue for him as suitably as Jimmy Grant. The two became close friends and collaborators on projects until Grant’s death in 1966. The writed kowtowed to Duke and tended to tell the star what he wanted to hear. One longtime observer maintained that Grant played chess with Wayne for over twenty years and managed never to win a game.”
—from “Duke,” by Ronald L. Davis

John Wayne on the set of “Chishum”

“A journalist who visited the set of The Fighting Kentuckian wrote that the assemblage gathered there looked like an overgrown Western family: ‘In one corner, the Duke in coonskin cap, suede jacket, and dirty horsehide pants was playing chess with his stand-in. Grant Withers, Paul Fix, Bob Morrison – the Duke’s brother, who is assistant director – and other compadres straddled around shootong the breeze.'”
—from “Duke,” by Ronald L. Davis

Image courtesy of Bettmann/CORBIS
March 16, 1947 Hollywood
Original caption:
3/6/1947-Hollywood, CA-: A minature chess board helps John Wayne while away moments between scenes of a new motion picture, “Tycoon.” The interested spectator over his left shoulder is Laraine Day, his leading lady in the action film. For her role in the picture, her hair was darkened from blonde. For both of these stars this film is the most dangerous one in which they have yet worked. Explosions for building a railway make many of the scenes an insurance headache.

“He was a very emotional guy, too. A lot of people might not think so, but he was. He loved to play bridge and he loved chess. In the pictures I did with him, he’s always be playing chess over inthe corner. Ed Faulkner was Duke’s chess partner. Ed was a good actor and a good chess player, but I don’t think he ever did beat Duke.” [Andrew V. McLaglen]
—from “Duke, We’re Glad We Knew You,” by Herb Fagen

“I was a darn good chess player, too, and [I] had lots of matches with Duke during th filming [of Red River]. I never won once.” [Pierce Lyden]
—from “Duke, We’re Glad We Knew You,” by Herb Fagen

“He was a very good chess player. On one occassion I was watching. I don’t know who he was playing, but he was chewing tobacco at the time. So he had this cup that you spit the chew into. He was so involved in the game and he turns to the side, keeps his eyes on the board, and spits. I said, ‘Oh shit, Duke!’ Now I have broken his concentration. He say, ‘What the hell’s your problem, mister?’ I said, Goddammit, you spit on my boot, Duke!”‘ Well he thought that was the funniest thing that ever happened. And he laughed and laughed. I don’t know what he found so humorous, but he just cracked up.” [Robert Mitchum]
—from “Duke, We’re Glad We Knew You,” by Herb Fagen

“McLintock!”: Maureen O’Hara, John Wayne 1995
Description: Instead of discussing their daughter’s future with his wife, McLintock departs to Birnbaum’s store for a chess play – which gets disturbed by an outraged Katherine late at night.

“His closest friend in Newport Beach was Porsche dealer Chick Iverson, but he also saw a great deal of Claire Trevor Bren and her husband. Duke and Milton Bren, a small, caustic yachtsman who took pleasure in poking fun at Waybe, shared many interests, and Wayne enjoyed the teasing. The Brens lived only three minutes away from Bayshore, and Duke frequently played chess with their younger son. When the boy was killed, Wayne wrote Claire Trevor a letter that she treasured. ‘He was a man of deep feelings,” and actress said, “much deeper than one would expect of John Wayne’.

Duke also liked to visit Maureen O’Hara and her husband Charles Blair, at their home in the Virgin Islands. Waybe and Blair spent hours playing chess and flying in a private plane to surrounding islands.”
—from “Duke” By Ronald L. Davis

“Duke and Charlie [Charles F. Blair, her last husband] loved spending time together playing chess and I rarely saw them the whole time the Duke was visiting. They went fishing and flying in this big seaplane almost every day.”
—from “‘Tis Herself,” by Maureen O’Hara and John Nicoletti

Playing chess with Marlene Dietrich between takes
on Ray Enright’s PITTSBURGH (1942)

Marlene Dietrich at the Pan-Am Games in Hollywood 1945

[While starring together in the film “Seven Sinners”] “…for a time Dietrich and Wayne were intimate and appeared together at Moambo, the Trocadero, and other Hollywood night spots, all of which was good publicity for Duke. Dietrich attended football games and orizefights with him and they spent weekends together hunting and fishing. She brought him home-cooked meals on the set and they played chess while the crew prepared the next scene.”
—from “Duke,” by Ronald L. Davis

John Wayne playing chess with David Sutton 1969
(supposedly Wayne and photo-journalist Sutton played over 5,000 games together)

“Wayne oozed charisma aboard the Wild Goose [a 136′ former naval vessel, bought for $110,000 in 1962, remodeled into a luxury boat requiring a crew of eight], and he played cards or chess for hours on its sixty-foot afterdeck.”
—from “Duke” by Ronald L. Davis

on the set of “Commancheros” –

John Wayne with William Windom

Wayne with his son Ethan

Wayne with his son Patrick



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Don’t You Quit

Don’t You Quit – An Inspirational Poem: ”
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,

When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit-
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,

As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a fellow turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow –
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than

It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
Whe he might have captured the victor’s cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out –

The silver tint in the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It might be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.”

(Via Don’t You Quit – An Inspirational Poem.)

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