New Novice Nook: Multiple Square Counting
Ibragimov,I (2680) - Becerra,J (2608)
Gurevich,D (2583) - Shabalov,A (2671) The Frank K. Berry 2007 US Championship Stillwater United States (2), 16.05.2007
Sevillano,E (2566) - Stripunsky,A (2664) The Frank K. Berry 2007 US Championship Stillwater United States (2), 16.05.2007
Stripunsky,A (2664) - Nakamura,H (2738) The Frank K. Berry 2007 US Championship Stillwater United States (3), 17.05.2007
Kudrin,S (2612) - Kaidanov,G (2686) The Frank K. Berry 2007 US Championship Stillwater United States (3), 17.05.2007
Ehlvest,J (2683) - Perelshteyn,E (2611) The Frank K. Berry 2007 US Championship Stillwater United States (3), 17.05.2007
Nakamura,H (2738) - Shabalov,A (2671) The Frank K. Berry 2007 US Championship Stillwater United States (4), 18.05.2007
Friedel,J (2542) - Krush,I (2488)
Short,N (2691) - Morozevich,A (2762) [A28] 37th Bosna Chess Tournament Sarajevo, BIH (1), 19.05.2007
Bindrich Falko (2469) - Andriasian Zaven (2523) [D30] World's Youth Stars Kirishi (4), 19.05.2007
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Volume 6 Issue
May 20, 2007
from the editor... Explosive. That's the word that comes to mind when reading Polgar Speaks Out! This is a must read, but so is most of the rest of this issue's highlights. Following up on the election theme is Part Two of Randy Bauer's election interview, along with an essay by GM Raymond Keene on chess & longevity. Best of all though is introducing two new members of the Chessville Family - Gary Gifford and Daniel Boyd. Gary is our Problem-Meister, and you've been enjoying (and, hopefully, learning too) from his Problems of the Week for the past month or so. Making his debut today is Chessville's new LinkMeister, Daniel Boyd. Daniel has taken charge of the extensive Chessville links collection, and is already hard at work bringing them up to date. Chessville is proud to welcome them to the neighborhood!
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(5/20) Links Update: six pages cleaned of dead links, from Chessville's new Linkmeister, Daniel Boyd. Check out the freshness on these specific pages: Online Databases; Reviews; Articles & Interviews; Variants; Study Games; and Ratings & Ratings Lists. Chessville is running about ten months behind in updating our links collection, and once Daniel has all of the pages cleaned of dead links (Report Broken Links!!) he'll start adding some of the hundreds of new sites we've learned about over the past year or so. Please join me in welcoming Daniel Boyd, Chessville's Linkmeister!
In the last few weeks, I received countless emails from USCF members asking about the status of the upcoming USCF election and what kind of help is needed? Well, let me tell you what have been taking place.
As I stated a few months ago, I received a number of anonymous threatening emails "asking" me to drop out of the election. Otherwise, my family and I would be harmed. I had these emails traced and it came from public places like coffee shops or libraries. Therefore, the investigation came to a dead end. The only info I can get is they came from two areas: the New England area and California. I refused to back down and continued my path to reform the USCF.
Then the daily lies, public insults and attacks came on the USCF "Officially" sanctioned forums as well as other forums, including my own blog. That did not stop me.
Then came the public legal threats to me, my company and my foundation again on the USCF "Officially" sanctioned forums and my own blog. That did not alter my path.
Then came letters from attorneys representing some of the current candidates and their supporters! They want to silence me. They want the truth hidden. They want the status quo to continue. They do not want to relinquish their stronghold of this federation for decades.
I have given one example after another to show the incompetence, inefficient and failing ways of the USCF. For this, I am being charged with being too negative and anti-USCF. The long-time chess politicians are pulling out all the stops to make sure that the status quo remains. The same people who less than six months ago hailed me as the biggest asset to the USCF now say that I am a big detriment to chess just because I refused to join their political parties.
Most candidates in the past were severely attacked by one of the chess political parties. Members of my team and I are being attacked by all chess political parties because we choose to remain independent and do things in the best interest of US Chess and the USCF. They try to make people think that some of us are in cahoots together to destroy the USCF.
Randy Bauer, Paul Truong and Mikhail Korenman are all independent people who have strong and successful track-records, and they have different viewpoints in many subjects. They all have done a lot for the USCF in recent years, and not just recently in order to appear well in public at election time. I simply recommend them because I feel that they have the most suitable strengths and experience to help the USCF now. It does not mean that there are no other qualified candidates and it does not mean that I would not serve with other qualified candidates. But chess politicians will not hold back when it comes to trying to mislead the members...
Did you know that your brain, has been described as the most complex structure in the observable universe?
Consider the facts. Your brain weighs about the same as a bag of sugar, approximately 2% of body weight, yet the brain alone accounts for up to 20% of your body's energy needs. A million million nerve cells are packed into every human head and there are as many cells between your ears as there are stars in the Milky Way Galaxy. Each of these cells can be connected with up to 100,000 others and just counting each possible nerve connection in the human brain cortex -- the outer layer -- at the rate of one per second, would take 32 million years.
Indeed, humankind's privileged place on the evolutionary ladder is not the result of powerful physique. Any self-respecting tyrannosaurus would easily have seen off a feeble specimen of Homo Sapiens, if such a temporally anomalous meeting had ever taken place.
No, our place in evolution is entirely down to our massive mental power, unique in known creation. So, the true answer is obvious. If you really want to live long and prosper, forget about jogging, jumping and honing those bronzed pectorals to glistening perfection. It's your brain you have to worry about. Amidst all the noisy worship of the body, worrying little warnings are already surfacing.
Medically confirmed observations, for example, that 'super-fit' athletes are somehow more prone to colds and infections than the average mortal. That over-specialised physical fitness, in a curious way, erodes the immune system...
The Parrot Interviews...
In part one of the interview series, each candidate was asked the same questions about their vision for chess in the USA and how they would go about achieving it, if elected. In part two Chessville asks each candidate board member individualized questions. Question for Randy Bauer:
1) In your previous Answers, and in other writings, you have expressed strong interest in attending to internal standards at USCF, which in some cases are eroded to the point of liabilities. Specifically you have addressed having internal standards by which staff are competency tested or measured against. How would you prioritize the 1, 2, 3 of what needs attention, and how would you implement your ideas from the board level?
Randy Bauer: Some of the changes are already underway. When I previously served on the Board, we sought to provide more regular financial reporting, and we now have monthly reports that are coming out on a regular basis. We are now reporting tournament revenue and expenses broken down by tournament so you can get a better sense of profit and loss by event. We are working to make the actual budget submitted to the Delegates on an accrual basis.
As with many organizations, the USCF uses a variety of “shadow systems” (such as Excel spreadsheets) for accounting and reporting purposes. While functional, they do not integrate data; as we build new systems and integrate processes, we need to ensure that we can do our routine financial reporting and queries within our actual financial systems, such as our Peachtree accounting system. Only by getting these systems integrated and functional for reporting purposes will we be able to ensure the accuracy of the data.
Going forward, we need to do a better job of records management – as we work through issues surrounding USCF’s benefits program, it is difficult to follow the paper trails. While records exist, they are difficult to access, and we need to budget resources to fix this.
As a member of the Board, I will work to ensure that these priorities are understood and supported by the rest of the Board, the Executive Director and staff, and the membership as a whole...
The Mad Aussie's Chess Trivia
Inaugural Champion: The inaugural European Union chess championship took place in the Irish city of Cork in March 2005, and was won by Hungarian player Zoltan Gyimesi with a score of 6.5/7.
Submit your trivia to the Mad Aussie!
Topalov,V (2772) - Sasikiran,K (2690) [E52]
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 b6 5.Bd3 Bb7 6.Nf3 0-0 7.0-0 d5 8.a3 Bd6 9.cxd5 exd5 10.b4 Nbd7 11.b5 Ne4 12.Bb2 Re8 13.a4 Re6 14.Ne2 a5 15.Ba3 Rc8 16.Bxd6 cxd6 17.Rc1 Ndf6 18.h3 Re7 19.Qb3 h6 20.Rxc8 Qxc8 21.Rc1 Rc7 22.Rxc7 Qxc7 23.Qc2 Qe7 24.Qc1 g6 25.Nh2 Kg7 26.h4 Ne8 27.f3 N4f6 28.Nf1 h5 29.Nf4 Nd7 30.Qe1 Nf8 31.Qg3 Kh6 32.Nxh5 gxh5 33.Qg8 f5 34.Ng3 Ng7 35.Bxf5 Ng6 36.Bxg6 Kxg6 37.Nxh5 Qxe3+ 38.Kh2 Qe7 39.Nf4+ Kf6 40.g4 Qf7 41.Qd8+ Qe7 42.Qg8 Qf7 43.Qd8+ Qe7 44.Qxe7+ Kxe7 45.Kg3 Ne6 46.Nxe6 Kxe6 47.f4 Bc8 48.f5+ Kf7 49.h5 Bd7 50.h6 Kg8 51.Kf4 Be8 52.Kg5 Kf7 53.h7 Kg7 54.h8Q+ Kxh8 55.Kf6 Bxb5 56.Ke7 Bd3 57.f6 Bg6 58.f7 Bxf7 59.Kxf7 1-0
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Sasikiran,K (2690) - Adams,M (2734) [E15]
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Ba6 5.b3 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Be7 7.Bg2 c6 8.Bc3 d5 9.Ne5 Nfd7 10.Nxd7 Nxd7 11.Nd2 0-0 12.0-0 Rc8 13.e4 b5 14.Re1 dxe4 15.Nxe4 bxc4 16.Qe2 Rb8 17.Bf1 Nf6 18.Nc5 Nd5 19.Nxa6 Nxc3 20.Qxc4 Nb5 21.Nxb8 Qxb8 22.a4 Nd6 23.Qxc6 Nf5 24.Rad1 Bf6 25.Qe4 Qxb3 26.d5 Nd6 27.Qe3 Qxe3 28.Rxe3 e5 29.Rc3 Bd8 30.Rc6 Nf5 31.d6 Bb6 32.d7 Rd8 33.Rc8 Kf8 34.Rd5 1-0
Mamedyarov,S (2757) - Sasikiran,K (2690) [A21]
1.c4 e5 2.g3 d6 3.Bg2 g6 4.Nc3 Bg7 5.d3 f5 6.e4 Nf6 7.Nge2 a5 8.exf5 gxf5 9.d4 0-0 10.Bg5 Qe8 11.0-0 h6 12.Bxf6 Bxf6 13.c5 Nc6 14.Nb5 Qe7 15.Nec3 Qg7 16.cxd6 cxd6 17.d5 Nd4 18.Nxd4 exd4 19.Nb5 f4 20.Nxd6 Bg4 21.Qd3 Be7 22.Nb5 f3 23.Bh1 Bc5 24.d6 Kh8 25.Rad1 Rad8 26.a3 Bb6 27.Rfe1 Bf5 28.Qd2 Qf6 29.Re7 Bd7 30.Rde1 Qg5 31.Qd3 Qf5 32.Qd2 Qg5 33.Qc2 Qf5 34.Qxf5 Rxf5 35.Nc7 d3 36.Rd1 Rc5 37.Bxf3 Rc2 38.Rf1 Bh3 39.Ne6 Bxf2+ 40.Kh1 Bxf1 41.d7 Rg8 0-1
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Members of my team and I are being attacked by all chess political parties because we choose to remain independent and do things in the best interest of US Chess and the USCF. They try to make people think that some of us are in cahoots together to destroy the USCF.
And if these chess politicians have no qualm about attacking, insulting, demeaning and threatening to harm my family and me, imagine what they would do to others who do not have a voice. They would have no chance.
This is why the USCF keeps on losing one member, supporter, volunteer and sponsor after another. People eventually get tired of the same garbage and nonsense and leave.
It is my mission to change the culture of chess in this country. This is my passion. I want to make people proud to say that they are chess players and they are members of the USCF. I want the whole country to know about our organization in a positive light.
We need everyone to unite to change the current destructive culture of the USCF. This election is the most important USCF election in a long time. It will set the course of this federation for decades to come.
Going forward, we need to do a better job of records management – as we work through issues surrounding USCF’s benefits program, it is difficult to follow the paper trails. While records exist, they are difficult to access...
There are too many instances of individual members giving orders to the ED – you can’t effectively have seven voices talking in the ED’s ear.
I can help the Board understand the importance of planning, developing and measuring performance and using it to manage the organization, but ultimately its success or failure comes from the willingness of the Board as a whole to buy into their importance...
I think either you have ethics or you don’t, and even the most well worded set of standards isn’t going to make unethical people behave ethically. I’m for transparent governance...
Ultimately, I hope for a well run organization that provides services that members value and that furthers chess in this country. I don’t think it will happen from hitting one corporate home run. I believe it happens in successive successful steps -- from developing credible budgets, thinking strategically, articulating a vision, and determining goals and objectives to get successful outcomes. It is a process, not an event.
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Online Auctions - Caveat Emptor! Well-known collector Lawrence Totaro looks at a recent online auction.
You can't miss it; or - can you?: by FM Amatzia Avni
TheParrot's Special Report: Beatriz Marinello's dispute with the USCF's Board of Directors over the FIDE Presidential Election
Review: Chess Explained: The Classical Sicilian by Alex Yermolinsky, reviewed by S. Evan Kreider
The Collected Works of Wilhelm Steinitz (CD) Edited by Sid Pickard, reviewed by Prof. Nagesh Havanur
Radjabov, Teimour (2747) - Carlsen, Magnus (2693) Match of the Hopes Porto Vecchio, 18.05.2007
Carlsen, Magnus (2693)- Radjabov, Teimour (2747)
Nakamura,H (2738) - Yermolinsky,A (2588) The Frank K. Berry 2007 US Championship Stillwater United States (5), 19.05.2007
Kamsky,G (2705) - Mamedyarov,S (2757) [B08] M-Tel Masters Sofia, BUL (6), 16.05.2007
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