Today’s coffee


Why coffee is good for you

Coffee is NOT the enemy!  Strange as it may seem, modern society obsesses with how anything that people like to do a LOT might actually be bad for you…and seemingly would prefer to see you reasonably unhappy, divorced, nor not too healthy just so as to comfortably fit into the statistically destined heart attack after-50 crowd.


 We miss you James!

But more and more studies are beginning to question this ‘old wive’s tale’…coffee may actually be good for your heart.  And for your liver: 

”In a new study, researchers analyzed the coffee consumption and liver enzymes of about 28,000 people age 20 and older. They found that those who drank at least three cups of coffee daily, even those who consumed only decaf, had lower levels of these enzymes. The study was published in the Journal Hepatology.” 



‘Earlier studies show that coffee may help lower the risk of diabetes, heart disease, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, cirrhosis and liver cancer. ETC,ETC,ETC” LINK   

Makes for an interesting read, but echos what I have been saying all along here on this blog.  The best advice is to chill out and don’t let anyone ruin your day just when it begins.  Have a nice cup of coffee and then have an even nicer day!







I had no idea that it was NOT ILLEGAL to have sex with animals in Denmark.  Common sense asks why any normal person would want to have sex with an animal.  I accept that there may be some curious people out there who may have flirted with the idea, and might have even engaged in bestiality, though I personally have never met anyone actually married to a goat or a horse. Or even a dog…


Most astonishing to me is that even though Denmark is finally moving to prohibit sex with animals, polls indicate that 1 person in 4 do not want animal sex banned.  You go figure that one out…I just chalk it to the crazy world we live in!






OR is it just a SCAM?


Does chess help prevent Alzheimer’s (dementia)?  I have to admit, cheerfully, that I know of no chess players who suffer from that horrible disease.  But–at the same time–I do know quite a few individuals , all of them intelligent, mentally-active, who have been diagnosed positive.  Some have died already. It is a horrible death. It is even worse for the family.


We would like to think that chess is an important factor in avoiding or delaying Alzheimer’s, and it might seem self-evident to us, but there is a BIG difference between SCIENCE and wishful thinking. The StreathamBrixtonChessClub blog, earlier this year, questioned the gullibility of our chess community with regards to overly optimistic (ignorant) statements and declarations about Alzheimer’s that have little or NO scientific  proof.


Famous chess names such as Susan Polgar and Garry Kasparov have been caught with their pants down blindly repeating scientifically unproven statements regarding chess and Alzheimer’s or presenting wild conjecture as fact. Unintentionally, ofcourse.  They had only the best interests of others in mind.

However, as an increasingly large part of our western society becomes older, aging adults trying to avoid dementia is becoming BIG BUSINESS.  It is estimated that before the end of the decade, this market will be approximately 20 billion euros. Many in our chess community would like to have a piece of that pie…and might not be unwilling to bend the facts in the process.



Today a respected British newpaper, The Guardian,  carried a thought-provoking article about the growing concern of scams in the so-called ‘brain-games’ industry.


 Some excerpts:

”Companies marketing “brain games” that are meant to slow or reverse age-related memory decline and enhance other cognitive functions are exploiting customers by making “exaggerated and misleading claims” that are not based on sound scientific evidence, according to an open letter signed by 73 psychologists, cognitive scientists and neuroscientists from around the world.”

“Many scientists cringe at exuberant advertisements claiming improvements in the speed and efficiency of cognitive processing and dramatic gains in ‘intelligence’,” they write, warning that playing the games may have the opposite effect by making the player less socially and physically active.

“Our biggest concern here is that older people are making choices – both about how they spend their money and on how they spend their time – based on this kind of information that we feel is not well-grounded,” he added. “It’s a serious concern for us, and it can feel like people are being exploited…The signatories say that the “most pernicious” claim, with no scientific evidence to back it up, is that some of the games can prevent or reverse the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, although this is not a claim made by Lumosity, Cogmed or Posit Science.”

I suggest the reader take a close look at the linked article.



Today’s winning 5-second tactics



gm  Robson, Ray


 fm  Bora, Safal  (2328)

SPICE Cup Open Saint Louis USA 2014.10.21  Position before Black’s 34th move.  Ofcourse, White, being a piece down,  is desperate and is left to play for tricks: 34…Rxe5?? 35.Rd8+! mating.  Robson will have nothing to do with childish tricks…



gm  Nyzhnyk, Illya


fm  Gurevich, Daniel  (2314)


SPICE Cup Open Saint Louis USA 2014.10.21  Position after 23 moves. A quick glance at the position of Black’s pieces on the Kingside indicates that the higher rated player (Nyzhnyk) has taken some liberties.  Clearly Black’s game lacks cohesion and harmony.  Even so, one feels almost sorry for Black for the BRUTAL finish that White has in store…




im  Dourerassou, Jonathan  (2473)


gm  Fedorchuk, Sergey A

18th Open  Bastia 2014.10.18   Position after 33 moves. White has the attack and therefore the better game, especially since Black has no real counterplay. However, it is not so easy to break into Black’s game. What Black hopes for most is that White takes his f-pawn and then Black can win the White Rook with …Qb7+.  

After thinking a bit, this is just what the Ukrainian grandmaster plays!

34.Qxf4 Qb7+


Did White overlook this?


35.Be4! Qxa6 36.fxg6!


And all of a sudden White has a mating attack!


36…fxg6 37.Qe5+ Kg8 38.Bxg6! 1-0



Parente, Renan Braz  (2071)


gm  Bachmann, Axel


IX American Continental Championship  Rio Grande 2014.10.18 Position after White’s 27th move (27.h4!?) A very interesting fight! White’s pin of the Knight is very awkward, but not decisive. It looks as though White intends to play h5 next move,  which from the psychological point of view, is very annoying. This prompts Black to prevent it, which leads to his downfall, as we shall soon see. What Black should play is the coldblooded 27…Rxb3!! and if 28.h5  gxh5! 29.Nh4 Qe6! and Black holds.  If instead White tries 28.Re4!? (threatening Rf4) then 28…Qb6! stops White cold.




1bA natural looking move, preventing White’s ”threat” 28.h5, but infact the losing move!






SPICE Cup Open Saint Louis USA 2014.10.21  Bora, Safal–Robson, Ray: 34…Rxg4+! 35.hxg4 Rxg4+ 36.Kf1 Qb5+ 37.Ke1Re4+ 38.Kd2 Re2+(38…Bg5+!) 39.Kc3 Qc5+ 40.Qc4 Rc2+ 0-1


SPICE Cup Open Saint Louis USA 2014.10.21  Gurevich, Daniel–Nyzhnyk, Illya: 24.Rxf7!!  A brilliant move that exposes the lack of harmony in Black’s game 24…Kxf7 ( 24…Qxe5 25.Raf1 paralyzes Black and is not better than the move played in the game ) 25.Rf1+ Nf6 ( Relatively best. If instead 25…Kg8 26.Qxe6+ Kh8 27.Qxe7 Qe8 28.Qxe8+ Rxe8 29.Nd6 Rb8 30.e6 and the pawn must win: 30…g6 31.Bg5 etc or if instead  25…Ke8 26.Qxe6 with multiple threats) 26.exf6 Qxd3 ( 26…gxf6 27.Ng5+ ) And now the simplest is 27.Ng5+ Kg6 28.Qf3 gxf6 29.Nxe6 and Black is defenceless )  The game continuation was a bit imprecise, but good enough to win: 27.Qf3 gxf6 28.Nxf6 Bxf6 29.Qxf6+ Ke8 30.Qxe6+ Re7 31.Qg8+ Kd7 32.Qg4+ Kc6 33.Rc1+ Kd5 34.Qh5+ Ke6 35.Re1 Rae8 36.Bc5+ Kd7 37.Bxe7 Rxe7 38.Rd1 Kc7 39.Qc5+ 1-0   A pretty attacking game.


IX American Continental Championship  Rio Grande 2014.10.18  Bachmann, Axel–Parente, Renan Braz: 28.Re4!! A magnificent move, bringing in the Rook to f4. There is no defence!  The game continued 28…g5 Desperation, but it makes little difference. White wins against the stronger 28…Bc8  with either 29.Ng5 Bf5 30.Qe7  or 29.Rf4 Bf5 30.Ng5 Rxb3 31.Ne4 etc.  The game continued  29.hxg5 Kg6 30.Bxf6 ( 30.Nh4+ is faster ) Qxe4 31.Ne5+ 1-0

Today’s winning LADY in RED!


“It is disgusting — Why must we have bodies?”

― Jean-Paul Sartre  1905–1980


JP Sartre with his cat ‘Nothing’. 

In 1964 Sartre won the Nobel Prize for literature…but he refused it: 


”Mr. Sartre pointed out that due to his conception of the writer’s task he had always declined official honours and thus his present act was not unprecedented. He had similarly refused membership in the Legion of Honour and had not desired to enter the Collège de France, and he would refuse the Lenin Prize if it were offered to him. He stated that a writer’s accepting such an honour would be to associate his personal commitments with the awarding institution, and that, above all, a writer should not allow himself to be turned into an institution.

 Among his objective reasons, Mr. Sartre listed his belief that interchange between East and West must take place between men and between cultures without the intervention of institutions. Furthermore, since the conferment of past prizes did not, in his opinion, represent equally writers of all ideologies and nations, he felt that his acceptance might be undesirably and unjustly interpreted.

 Mr. Sartre closed his remarks with a message of affection for the Swedish public.”


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