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Monday; January 28th, 2013: Happy birthday to my sister Alicia Patterson ... in Sacremento, CA. 

I got more e-mails today ... 

One fan accused me of ignoring this feature - which is true, I have not posted a blog in over six months. 

I competed in the big international tournament in New Orleans in December in 2012. I don't think I played too badly, my PR was over 2200, my FIDE rating. (IF they were to grant the exceptions!);  would be somewhere in the neighborhood of 2150+. (My only loss was to IM Danny Kopec.)  

Wednesday;  July 13th, 2011:  I got quite a few e-mails today ...

Sometimes I am tempted to quote some of these ... and give the individual's real name and e-mail address. Sometimes, its because the e-mail was so irritating, that I would like to get back at the individual who sent me this missive - I would like nothing better than to embarrass them and show the whole world just what a knuckle-head this person really is. Other times, its because I am so filled with pride, the e-mail was so nice and full of praise ... I want to show off, and even rub my detractor's noses in it ... at least, for just a little while. 

However, in the end, I have NEVER used an e-mail ... unless I was given permission ... and I have NEVER violated my own policy of trust.


In a few of the e-mails - I got praised for my work and they even asked me to continue my work. One gentleman blasted me ... and even said I should stop calling myself a master. (Among other comments!) But one person {who lives near Chicago, IL}; said that they had enjoyed my work for YEARS ... and even suggested an idea - that I start a web page with my own (chess) blog, thinking that it would become widely read. Brilliant! (He even suggested what I could put on this page - he even suggested that I mine the Internet for links ... and just add a few comments here or there.) 

So I decided to give it a shot. (You should also check this page as well, many - but not all - of the items there will be repeated here.)

  1. Morozevich qualifies for the Russian Super League. (Click here.) Inarkiev is a lucky guy. I must have missed it, the "Chess Games" website also has a page for this event. (Click here.) 

  2. Every day, this site has a daily chess problem to solve. And occasionally, (after a controversy); a few of you have written me - saying that I have over-reacted, been too critical, etc. However, I do NOT believe that most of my critics have ever read one of these things from the very beginning. So before you write me again, I think you should read one of these pages ... FROM START TO FINISH!!!  Page # 01  /  Page # 02  

  3. Early July, 2011:  The computer program, Rybka  stripped of all titles.   The "Fox News" story. The W.T. story.   The CG page for Rybka. 

  4. July 3rd, 2011:  I added more games - only three games now ... ... ... but what games!!!!! (Click here to see my CG collection on Aronian.) 

  5. My web page for the July (FIDE) Rating list of 2011.  

  6. July 5th, 2011:  I began a NEW game collection on the CG website ... click  HERE  to see that collection now. 

  7. A nice page on helpmates and other problems ... ... ... all from the ChessBase website.  (MORE puzzles!) 

  8. July 12th, 2011:  I annotated the POTD. (Look for my notes in the Kibitzes.) 

  9. July 14th, 2011The POTD for today was from a game played in 1977. IF you have ever wondered how to play the Black side of the game, when faced with the "King's Indian Attack," ... ... ... this game provides a graphic display ... an abject lesson in how NOT to play the Black side of this whole line! 

  10. Friday: July 15th, 2011:  Went to chess club last night, went over a few games in the CL mag. Today's POTD features a nice idea, [White to move, (20. '?')}  Its a rip-roaring modern - the answer is in the kibitzes, so I won't tip you off. 

  11. Saturday; July 16th, 2011:  Today's (CG/POTD) problem is by a person I personally know and have played {and lost to} a few times. (GM D. Gurevich.) Its a fine game - it starts off as a Reti, and turns into a "White to move and win" at move 26. Today's "Game of The Day" is an old favorite, its one of Capablanca's most brilliant short games. The game is Capa - Fonaroff; NY; 1918. (I also have a web page on this game, as well.) 

  12. Sunday; July 17th, 2011:  The game for today's POTD was Garcia-Wolff; 1986.  [White to move, (16. '?')]  For me personally, this problem was not nearly as tough as many other Sunday Puzzles. (Take a look! Maybe you will disagree.) 

  13. Labor Day weekend, (Sept 03-05); 2011: (See crosstable.) I went to the LA State (chess) Championships over this weekend ... and had one of my best results ever. (Tied for first, four wins and three draws.) I will probably post a few games from this event on the CG website

  14. I played in a Mobile tournament, October 22nd, 2011. Brent Inman and Rick Frye tied for first, I lost to Brent ... in the third round. 

          The following is a nice game: 

A.J. Goldsby I  - Cecil R. Rosal;   [D36]
  Gulf Coast Classic / Mobile, AL (R#2) / 22,10,2011.  

1.d4 Nf6; 2.c4 d5; 3.Nc3 e6; 4.cxd5 exd5; 5.Bg5 c6; 6.Qc2 Be7; 7.e3 h6; 8.Bh4 0-0; 9.Bd3 Nbd7; 10.Nge2 Re8; 11.0-0 Nf8; 12.Rad1 Bg4?!; 13.f3 Bh5; 14.Nf4 g5; 15.Nxh5 Nxh5; 16.Bf2 Ng7; 17.Kh1 Rc8; 18.Bg1 Qd7; 19.Qf2 b5;  20.e4 b4; 21.Na4 Nh5; 22.g3 Qh3; 23.Qg2 Qd7; 24.b3 Ng7; 25.e5 f5; 26.Rc1 Nfe6; 27.f4 Rf8; 28.Qc2 Qe8; 29.Be3 Qh5; 30.Qf2 gxf4; 31.gxf4 Bh4; 32.Qg2 Kh8; 33.Be2 Qf7; 34.Qh3 Qe7; 35.Rg1 Kh7; 36.Bd3 Rf7; 37.Rg4 Bf6;  38.exf6 Qxf6; 39.Rcg1 Nf8; 

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40.Rxg7+ Rxg7;  41.Qxf5+ Qxf5; 42.Bxf5+ Kh8;  43.Bxc8 Re7;  44.Rg3 Nh7;  45.f5 Nf6;  46.Be6 Kh7;  47.Rg6 Ne4;  48.Rxh6+ Kg7;  49.Rg6+ Kh7;  50.Bf4 Nf2+;  51.Kg2 Nd3;  52.Be5 Nc1; 53.Bg8# 1-0  


  1. Nov. 18th, 2011: There was a nice chess problem today on the CG website

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  Black to move and win. 
  (Stumped? Try here.)  

 16.  (Nov. 2013) I am active in many tournaments. I think I am playing good chess, however, my rating does not seem to show it.  [more]  

 17. Next?  

   Holiday tip:     (November 27th, 2013.)  My grandmother taught me this, and it may help you.  

IF you have a big turkey or a frozen ham, how do you thaw it out quickly and easily? Thawing in the microwave NEVER works properly, you always wind up cooking the meat as you try to thaw it. I have even seen guys (outside) use blow-torches ... trying to thaw a turkey before dropping it into their deep-fat fryer. 

So what's the trick? It is so simple, it is ludicrous! Place the turkey (or ham) into the oven. Turn the oven on WARM (lowest setting) for anywhere from half an hour to an hour. (Make sure to turn the oven off, doing this all night will ruin the meat!) Check your turkey (or ham); in about two hours, you will generally find that it is completely de-thawed and ready to cook. What usually works best is to do this the night before, run the oven - on warm - for about half an hour, maybe a bit more if you have a lot of meat to thaw out. Remember to turn the oven off - always set a timer!!! 

Generally, when you get up the next morning, you will find your meat ready too cook. Leave the store wrapping on, and you do not have to worry about the meat getting contaminated with any germs that may be present in your oven. (If you are a real neatness freak, you may want to thoroughly clean your oven before trying this.) 

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