Why OBAMA is the BEST America has to offer…

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The first BLACK president of the USA inherited a whole LOT of shit!  Two hundred years worth of political SHIT! The first AFRO-AMERICAN president has inherited a LOT of your parent’s and my parent’s RETRO-ACTIVE shit …to take care of and acknowledge and make RIGHT before the end of his presidency…

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I support a PRESIDENT who not just WANTS to have his FAMILY behind him, but especially I support a president who  NEEDS to have his FAMILY support him!  BECAUSE Obama WANTS to make America a better place…for EVERYONE.  Especially the most vulnerable amongst us…

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Let’s support our fellow Americans, regardless of sex, creed or colour! FUCK our enemies! FUCK the middle east.  FUCK the Ukraine and FUCK wealth-based euro-fascism! AND those who INSIST on bloodying our nose, LET’S just NUKE them and celebrate the 4th of July like nothing ever happened.  IN GOD WE TRUST…but let’s NAIL our enemies just to make sure!

Today’s chess, potpourri and nonsense!

GREAT BOOK COVER!!

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‘EVERYBODY PLAYS CHESS’ by Felipe Morris. LINK  Nice book cover!  I would like to see some real chess books show such creative imagintion when choosing book covers.

‘It doesn’t matter if a person is good or evil, corporate or street, church girl or prostitute, we all want the same things out of life, love, happiness and success. We all are willing to make moves to destroy someone else if it means that we will succeed, and then there are some who chose to give their all to make sure that someone else succeeds. Even when we think that we are in total control, we may just be a pawn in someone else’s game. “Everyone Plays Chess” is an urban novel based in Cincinnati, Ohio that details the subtle maneuvers that we all make behind the scenes to ensure that we emerge victorious at the end of the game. Written by Felipe Morris .’

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MEANWHILE, BACK IN NYC…

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CHESS AND FASHION

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Rd 2 Spanish Tch

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The 2nd round of the Spanish Tch in Linares continued with more surprises yesterday, as one can see from the crosstable below.  Lots of fighting chess and decisive results.  And , ofcourse, its fair share of blunders  adding to the excitement.  If I was not a player then I would love being a spectator, just savouring the atmosphere. 

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Ljubojevic–who has made Linares his home for the past 2 decades–has shown up each day and stays for hours.  Still a very strong grandmaster, I am always interested in his opinions of my games…usually he is more right than I am!

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My game with Bacrot yesterday was a solid, uneventful  affair.

POSITION AFTER 22 MOVES:

gm  Bacrot,E

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gm  Spraggett,K

After the first round’s unfortunate result, I decided to play solidly and regain my confidence.  Avoiding the French star’s well prepared Spanish, I played the Italian game, improving over an earlier Fressinet vs Bacrot game  and managed a small theoretical advantage of the two Bishops.  In the position above I have an isolated pawn, which diminishes the advantage of the Bishops.  On top of this, Bacrot’s position is super solid and without weakness.  We made a draw on move 30 in a completely level position, Bacrot neutralizing my two Bishops.

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Bacrot is France’s best player.

Eric, meanwhile, made a solid draw with the Black pieces.  Hansen is suffering from a slight cold that he got last week, and spends most of his free time in bed, trying to recover.

Goldie Hawn

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Goldie Hawn!! How time flies…Hard to believe that she is 67 and will turn 68 before the end of the year. Heart-throb for all of my generation…cutesy, sexy, bright, funny, pleasing to watch!
 
 
 
 
Here is a short sample of Goldie Hawn’s early work (pre-1970)  Enjoy!

 

At minute 4:20  it is predicted that in 1989 the Berlin Wall would be torn down!

Dominguez and his winning ways

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The Cuban star Dominguez has apparently learned how to play against his fellow colleagues in the so-called ‘supertournaments’.  In yesterday’s matchup against the Russian star Svidler  in the Greek Grand Prix, the Cuban saddled his opponent with several pawn weaknesses and then waited for him to go wrong…

Whether the evidence is that Svidler over-estimated his chances at some point,  or simply under-estimated his Cuban opponent, is irrelevant.  The truth is that winning games against very strong adversaries –especially those who are armed to the teeth with specialized opening preparation–is a very difficult task. 

The subject of how to defeat players who are your equals is little studied. One pragmatic approach, introduced  into modern tournament chess by the great Emanuel Lasker, is based on psychology: help your opponent to beat himself!

 

  Lasker developed a style  of play that encouraged his opponent  to go wrong!
 
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When the struggle is as much off the board as it is on the board! 
 
 
POSITION AFTER WHITE’S 9th MOVE (9.a3):
 
 
gm  SVIDLER
gm  DOMINGUEZ
 
 
A  popular line this year, with Svidler having played it already 3-times : against Carlsen (London Candidates); against Anand (Alekhine Memorial) and against Adams (also Alekhine Memorial).  Svidler beat Carlsen, drew with Anand and lost to Adams.
 
It is normal for grandmasters to repeat lines where they have had relative success. Against Carlsen and Adams he chose placing the Bishop on b7.  Against Anand he put the Bishop on e6, which is how Svidler played against the Cuban:
 
 
9…Be6  10.Nd5!?  Nd4!?  11.Nxd4  Pxd4  12.Nxf6+ PxN 13.BxB PxB  14.a4!?
 
 
Still following Svidler’s game with Anand… 
 
 
Objectively,  the position is probably balanced but there is a lot of play left–especially for White..  Black’s pawn structure has been slightly compromised and his Bishop is relatively inactive.   White, on the otherhand, has absolutely no weakness and has a position that is unassailable. As well, White has a 4-3 pawn majority over on the Kingside…a subtle factor that can often generate play for White. 
 
Svidler, willing to repeat his experience with Anand, obviously believed in Black’s game.  But why he would willingly accept to play a position where all of  the negative elements belong to him–and only him– and  where he had absolutely no chances to win, possibly indicates a less than objective evaluation of the position…
 
It should also be noted that  the Anand game at the Alekhine Memorial, was played in the penultimate round  when probably both players were a bit drained.  Anand had scored 2.5/3 of  his last couple of games and an ambitionless draw actually  improved his tournament ranking!
 
 
 
14…Qd7!?  15.b3!?  c5 16.Qg4
 
 
 
Dominguez’ approach here to handling the position is different from Anand’s. The world champion exchanged on b5, opening the a-file.  The Cuban apparently wants to keep Black guessing as to when–or if–that file will be opened. 
 

16… Qf7 17.Bd2 c4 18.Bb4 Be7 19.axb5 axb5 20.Rxa8 Rxa8 21.f4!
 
 
 
Neither side wants to exchange the c4-pawn, waiting for the other to do so.  Here, should Svidler play the sold-looking 21…Rf8, then 22.Qe2! will follow and Black must make an uncomfortable decision on the Queenside. 
 
In this position, playing passively with Black is NOT the right way to proceed.  White has f5 (or e5) ideas ready whenever he wants.  Therefore Svidler decides to play more aggressively to keep White busy
 
 
 
21…Ra2!  22.e5!?
 
 
Whether he wanted it or not, a crisis has been forced onto Svidler
 
 
 In this kind of situation the Black player MUST play pretty close to perfect play to avoid getting the worse of it.  Wrong would be 22…Pxe5 23.Pxe5 as opening the f-file is immediately winning for White. Instead, 22…d5 allows the strong continuation 23.BxB QxB  24.f5!  when 24…Rxc2 loses immediatley to 25.Ra1!, and the relatively best 24…Pxf5  25.Qxd4 is uncomfortable for Black.
 
Apparently Black could take the pawn on c2:  22…Rxc2!  23.Pxd6 Bd8!  and analysis shows that he can just about hold things together, though there is a lot of danger lurking in the resulting position and you need really strong nerves to play this way.
 
Svidler opted for the loosening 22…h5?!  23.Qh3  d5 (Dominguez later criticized this move) 24.BxB  QxB  25.Qxh5!?  ( 25.f5 is even stronger and gives some real winning chances) 25…Rxc2  26.Ra1
 
 
 
 
The back rank is big problem. Here Black must play the cold-blooded 26…Qf8! and he should be able to hold the game with accurate play.  INSTEAD, he played 26…Qb7?!  and soon found the position too much to handle.  Svidler resigned on the 36th move.
 
The curious thing , when one takes a look at the analysis of this game, is the complete lack of winning chances for Black at every turn.  White is risking ABSOLUTELY nothing…it seems as though Black underestimated the problems he might get into when choosing this opening variation.  After his initial win over Carlsen, Svidler  has scored a mere half point out of 3 games in this same opening variation.
 
Whenever one side must play perfectly and the other needs only play reasonably well, the winning odds can become significant.  Lasker understood this idea very well a long time ago…and Dominguez applied it successfully in this game.
 
 
 
 
 

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STANDINGS AFTER 4 ROUNDS