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The Chess Journalist Volume XXXII, No. 4 Consecutive No. 110 December 2003 Chinese Chess? The Chess Journalists of America Contents Some Ideas for Making CJA a More Vital President Dan Lucas Organization 1369 Field Creek Terrace by J. Franklin Campbell .............................................3 Lawrenceville, GA,30043-5334 email@example.com Counterpoint: Levy vs Keene ................................ 5 Vice-President Daren Dillinger CJA Membership List .............................................8 400-B Mariposa Ave Sierra Madre, CA 91024 President’s Message DDillinger@aol.com by Dan Lucas ..........................................................12 Secretary-Treasurer Randy Hough News & Notes ..........................................................13 1826 W. Garvey Ave. #5 Alhambra, CA 91803 Letters ..................................................................... 14 (626) 282-7412 firstname.lastname@example.org Chess Quiz ..............................................................16 Web Page: http://correspondencechess. com/cja email@example.com Editor John Hillery 835 N. Wilton Pl. Chess Journalists of America Los Angeles, CA 90038 firstname.lastname@example.org Patrons The following members have put CJA on a Memberships: firmer financial footing by donating at least The CJA offers three types of member- ships: Regular Memberships ($10/ year), $50 during Fiscal Years 2001-2003: Associate Memberships ($10/year), and Foreign Memberships ($15/year). New memberships and renewals should be sent Mike Goodall to Secretary-Treasurer Randall Hough at Elie Hsiao the address above. Steve Kamp The Chess Journalist is published quarterly by the Chess Journalists of Don Schultz America. One-time only publication Peter Tamburro rights have been obtained from signed contributors. All other rights are hereby Oklahoma Chess Foundation assigned to the authors. Articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Donations may be directed to CJA, c/o CJA, its officers or members. Copyright 2003 by the Chess Journalists of Treasurer Randy Hough (see address at left). America. 2 The Chess Journalist December 2003 Some Ideas for Making CJA a More Vital Organization By J. Franklin Campbell haps some other content that would bol for our organization, something I s CJA relevant in today’s world of chess journalism? Exactly what purpose does CJA serve … what pur- improve the appearance and quality of the magazine. Also, see the next people will instantly recognize. It would be a convenient image to point. use on web pages to identify CJA. pose should CJA serve? It could be combined into other 2. Pay for some articles. I see no messages and awards. I think it It seems to me that CJA does one is surprising that an organization thing well … we have the one pres- reason not to generate some excel- lent articles for the magazine by pay- with our history does not have such tigious awards program in the USA. a symbol. We should have several The annual CJA competition is well ing the best authors a fee to write on selected, useful subjects. This could varieties of logo … one for the CJA known and well respected. People web pages and official communica- are proud of achieving a CJA award. be a combination of award to the au- thor (recognition of superior chess tions, one to identify CJA members, In addition, the awards program is perhaps one for each year to identify a valuable property, generating a journalism or special importance in the chess world) and a way to get specific recognition. For instance, steady income for CJA. I believe the annual Chess Journalist of the CJA should act to take advantage of some truly superior or newsworthy articles for the magazine. Perhaps Year could be presented with a logo this one strong program to expand he could display proudly on his pub- our services and influence into other we could have an “invited article” for each issue and make the rest of lications. Note that each on-line us- valuable activities to improve the age of the logo could be linked to the quality of USA chess journalism. the content unpaid articles, as are all the articles now. This invited ar- CJA site to generate traffic at our Following are some specific sugges- web site and attract members and tions … other CJA members are sure ticle could be the showpiece of each issue of the magazine. It could also create interest in our activities. to come up with additional ideas for making CJA a vital and positive in- become a sought-after recognition fluence on chess journalism. by the best chess journalists, and 4. CJA should have its own In- it could provide a thought-provok- ternet domain name. Currently CJA ing issue for discussion making uses space given to it by the http:// 1. Improve the quality of our our journal a significant magazine correspondencechess.com domain. I magazine The Chess Journalist. If have seen CJA listed in links under whose publication would be eagerly we represent the best in chess jour- the correspondence chess heading, anticipated each quarter. Perhaps nalism, shouldn’t our magazine be due to confusion over our URL a USCF official could be invited to among the best in terms of produc- http://correspondencechess.com/cja/. write about the current condition of tion values and content? Of course, Having our own domain would ben- USCF and plans for the future. Per- we are not a large organization with efit CJA in several ways: haps we should have a committee to unlimited funds, but it may still be determine who should be invited to possible to make major improve- ments by spending a little more write these articles and what impor- • CJA would have a more recog- tant topics needed special attention. nizable, easy to remember URL for money. If membership fees need Of course, some invited articles need the web site. For example, we could to be increased to pay for this im- not be paid, but making some funds use http://ChessJournalism.org, proved service, then I think it would available to the editor should make http://CJA-online.org or some- be worth it. Let’s make our maga- it easier to obtain a major article for thing similar. (note that CJA.com, zine a showpiece of superior chess each issue. I suggest that a $50 fee CJA.org, etc. are not available). journalism. I propose we increase for an invited article would be about our budget for printing to make right … not excessive, but enough to • Greater access to uploading it possible for our editor to make show respect to the journalist. material and modifying web pages improvements, such as provide a better cover. We could also spend would be possible. Right now I have a little money on graphics and per- 3. Creation of a CJA logo. I access to these pages as a partner at think it is important to have a sym- 3 The Chess Journalist December 2003 the CC.COM domain. I cannot share the site to find some small item of ficult for the editor to get commit- the passwords, etc. with other CJA information. Are there things that ments simply to write an occasional officials, so access is strictly limited. would make your organization’s site article for the journal, and even then more useful or is it fine just as it is? commitments are often forgotten. • With our own domain, CJA Perhaps the chess journalism com- would have more flexibility to ex- 6. With the Internet becoming munity is not ready to expand our periment with features and software a bigger part of chess journalism, involvement enough to turn our packages, which could improve our we should consider a program for society into a truly professional or- site considerably. For instance, there recognizing superior chess journal- ganization that is actively involved. are Content Management Systems ism on-line. For a modest fee (as We must be realistic about jumping (some free, like phpNuke and Post- with our current chess journalism into the deep end of the pool if, by Nuke) which allow administrators awards) we could judge web sites for doing so, we would risk drowning. to log into the site and add content, quality reporting and writing. Un- such as announcements and articles. like the current program, though, There’s no question we can be a Right now everything must go we could award an unlimited num- lot more than we are. We could start through the webmaster. Too much ber of special logos the sites could by taking some baby steps, such as depends on a single individual. display naming them as recognized getting our own domain name and by CJA for their excellence. This improving the web site. I think cre- • Various CJA people could have would contain a year of award in the ating a logo is also an obvious and CJA-related email addresses such as logo, so sites would be recognized for non-committal step. CJA members president@ChessJournalism.org a specific moment in time, but they could be authorized to display the or webmaster@CJA-online.org. could apply each year for additional logo on their web sites and in their We could even offer such email ad- recognition. Also, there would be correspondence. This alone could dresses to the members as a feature no need for specific deadlines for generate an increase in member- of membership, though this may not application, since sites wouldn’t be ship, and it would certainly be a prove practical. judged against each other to see step guaranteed to generate more which was the best. Instead, they enthusiasm within our member- would just be judged as being excel- ship (I would proudly display the 5. The CJA web site should membership logo on all my chess- become a better resource for its lent or not. It’s possible we could either not have a fee or have a very related web sites). I think this one members. At one time I attempted step alone could generate the kind to provide links to some useful sites small fee for this service, since the logo could be linked to the CJA site, of enthusiasm we need among our for journalists, such as on-line dic- members to make future expansion tionaries, but I never got the sense leading to visits and more members. Of course, it’s harder for a judge to of programs a real possibility. Pride that anyone cared, so maybe I’m of membership is a powerful force, wrong on this point. Does the web recognize quality in and of itself as opposed to our current competition, one to be reckoned with. site provide sufficient information for people searching the Internet where a judge only has to recognize for information about chess journal- which of a small selection is the best. ism and the CJA? … maybe so. But Deciding how exclusive such awards perhaps the members could provide should be would be a challenge more ideas for features and links since we would want the award to that would make the site a useful be meaningful (as opposed to sim- part of their journalism work. How ply saying, “this site doesn’t totally about a list of contacts for anyone suck”). needing the services of a chess jour- nalist? How about a chess journal- I think the CJA membership and ism hall of fame? Perhaps we need leadership is in a position where we a forum hosted at the CJA site where can either decide we are more-or-less chess journalists can discuss impor- satisfied with where we are (offering tant topics. Question … how often limited services outside of our use- do you visit the CJA web site? Per- ful annual awards program) or that haps you want to check the (slightly we are ready to expand our presence dated) membership list or find the in the chess journalism community. email address of the CJA President. Perhaps expansion would be a bad You may even want to check to see idea, since it would require a greater who won the 2001 Best Magazine commitment by both the members award. It’s likely that you only visit and leadership. As it is, it is dif- 4 The Chess Journalist December 2003 Counterpoint: Levy vs. Keene the fraudulent methods used to to Chapter 11). Yet already history set up the now bankrupt Brain appears to be repeating itself, and Games Network plc. Some of these this time the sale of shares to un- “coincidences” were published in the fortunate inves- UK Magazine Private Eye (number tors seems to be [[While this is exchange is not pre- 1093, November 14th-27th 2003). It planned for the cisely about chess, it does involve two was also Private Eye that exposed USA as well as major figures in the world of chess the previous frauds perpetrated for the UK. journalism. An important question: by the very same people who are After the should such affairs receive coverage now involved with RTG Ventures BGN investors in the chess press? Printing them Inc (see, for example, Private Eye had lost all of invites the charge of sensationalism; number 1050, from which the their 3 million refraining from doing so, the derelic- relevant article is attached here). A pounds it was tion of our duty as journalists. more detailed account of the frauds discovered that David Levy Note that these articles were may be found in the Internet article: a large slice of published (among other places) on a “Is Fraud a Brain Game?”, which money had been siphoned off by web page maintained by Sam Sloan, appeared on Garry Kasparov’s (now Keene and Lubin, mostly into the thus the “Dear Sam” of Mr. Keene’s defunct) web site www.kasparov.com account at Bank Cantrade of Lubin’s replies. -- jh]] and was reproduced elsewhere. Swiss company Giloberg Finance Ltd. With RTG Ventures, which ap- The first two stages of the pears to be about to change its name A “Pump-and-Dump” Keene/Lubin methodology consists to Far East Challenges, the share of acquiring most of the shares in acquisition has already taken place Fraud from Brain Games? a newly formed or otherwise im- (see below) and the hyping process is By David Levy poverished public company through now under way. a share swap with other valueless The hyping process itself is very companies, and then to hype their much in line with one of the classic Summary new company’s prospects in order to methods used in “pump and dump” During the period February- encourage potential investors. scams - the company puts out several July 2000 two Londoners, Chess In the spring of 2000 Keene and press releases designed to create in- Grandmaster Raymond Keene Lubin fraudulently hijacked 88% terest in the market. Typically these and businessman Alan Lubin, of the shares in Brain Games Net- press releases contain a mixture of perpetrated various frauds relating work plc (BGN) while selling the false, misleading and unverifiable to a UK company called Brain remaining 12% to a group of hapless statements to the marketplace. In Games Network plc. Within that investors for 3 million pounds. That the case of RTG Ventures, their sup- short period the company’s investors particular scam involved Keene and posed business activities will lie in lost all of their 3 million pounds Lubin “selling” to BGN the share the Far East and it is difficult to see investment. These same individuals capital of three worthless compa- how prospective investors can hope are currently engaged in the early nies. In return for all this useless to verify the company’s statements, stages of what appears to be a very paper Keene and Lubin snatched 22 for example those about agreements similar “pump and dump” scam, million out of 25 million BGN shares it already claims to have or is ne- using a US company called RTG while almost simultaneously selling gotiating with the Chinese Sports Ventures Inc as the vehicle. RTG the remaining 3 million shares to Ministry. Ventures Inc is supposedly based investors at 1 pound each (total = 3 The acquisition of shares in RTG at 185 Madison Avenue, New York, million pounds). It is now only four Ventures is described in a change of and is traded in the USA as an over- months since BGN went into liqui- control document (Form 8-K) filed the-counter bulletin board stock. dation; Einstein Group plc, the UK with the Securities and Exchange Several “amazing coincidences” company to which BGN sold off its Commission in Washington on June have been revealed linking the chess “assets”, has since gone into 5th 2003: “On May 21, 2003 we creation of RTG Ventures Inc and administration (which is similar entered into an Agreement for the 5 The Chess Journalist December 2003 Exchange of Common Stock with database containing in excess of 30 phones.” How the company devel- MJWC, a British Virgin Islands cor- million online players of the above oped this amazing technology so poration, the result of which MJWC games.” In excess of 30 million!! Re- quickly is not explained - documents became our wholly-owned subsid- ally?? Anyone planning to invest in filed at Companies House in the UK iary. On the same day, we entered RTG would do well to conduct more show that MVI was incorporated as into an Asset Transfer Agreement than a little due diligence before recently as June 13th 2003, the very with Brain Games Asia, Inc., a Brit- parting with their dollars. same day that BGN announced that ish Virgin Islands corporation, in In the case of Brain Games Asia, it would be going into liquidation! which we acquired all of the assets of RTG describes its sole asset as: “the When I went to MVI’s office ad- Brain Games Asia, Inc. Pursuant to rights to organize and promote the dress in London recently I was told the two Agreements, the Company Chinese Chess championships.” that the company had moved out will be issuing a total of 26,475,000 But BGN announced at its Annual two days earlier and had not left a shares. At the closing of the transac- General Meeting in December 2001 forwarding address. Their telephone tion, the Company will have a total that Brain Games Asia owned “the rings and rings - no reply and no of 31,683,000 shares issued and worldwide multimedia rights to the voicemail facility. outstanding shares. As a result of Beijing Opera”? What has happened My attempt to find out more this transaction, the shareholders of to that particular asset? Did it ever about RTG Ventures by visiting its Brain Games Asia, Inc., and MJWC exist or was that simply another lie? “office” on the 10th floor at 185 control approximately 84% of the is- Other recent announcements Madison Avenue was also frustrated. sued and outstanding shares of the from RTG raise more questions The company’s name does not ap- Company’s common stock.” This than they answer. Firstly there is pear in the lobby on the list of occu- modus operandi is virtually identi- the company’s Chief Financial Of- pants of the building, nor does that cal to that used in the Brain Games ficer, Barrington Fludgate, who of Barrington Fludgate’s company Network scam. With a quick swap is also Chief Executive Officer of Xborder Corporate Services (whose of paper Brain Games Asia, largely Xborder Corporate Services Inc, a web site proudly gives the Madison owned and controlled by Lubin company that shares the same office Avenue address, 10th floor). When I (through Giloberg Finance Ltd) and address in New York as RTG Ven- telephoned the number given on the by Keene, became the proud owner tures. A quick glance at the web site Internet for both companies, my call of most of RTG Ventures Inc. Their www.xbordercorp.com reveals the was answered by a law firm, Raice 84% of RTG Ventures is almost as names of Xborder’s management, Paykin Krieg. At first their telephon- large a holding as their 88% stake including that of David Massey. And ist said she had never heard of RTG was in BGN. who was the CEO of Brain Games Ventures but on being pressed she The SEC Form 8-K also gives Network from Spring 2001 until the suddenly remembered that her firm RTG’s explanation of why anyone company went into liquidation in took messages for RTG but had no would want to own MJWC and July 2003? Right first time - it was idea where the company is located. Brain Games Asia. “MJWC has a David Massey. When I asked about Xborder I was contract with Chinese Sports Min- A New York Business Wire an- told the same thing - the company is istry to organize and promote the nouncement on October 8th stated not located there, she did not know world Chinese Poker Champion- that RTG “has partnered with MVI where it is located, but Raice Paykin ships until 2009. MJWC owns all NOW Limited, a London-based Krieg take messages for them. Final- the multimedia and Internet rights streaming video speciality company” ly I asked her if Barrington Fludgate to the championships and the events which will allow RTG to “provide live was a client of her company and she leading up to it. MJWC also has con- ‘ebuy now’ coverage by mobile phone confirmed that he is. tracts to organize and promote the of all semi-finals and the finals of the So RTG Ventures appears to have world Mah Jong Championship until Chinese Chess Championship”. This no offices, XBorder Corporate Ser- the games 2009.” These particular seems extremely unlikely to happen, vices appears to have no offices and claims are somewhat mysterious to given that BGN’s last foray into Chi- MVI Now Ltd is uncontactable. How those in the world of mind sports, nese Chess left the company owing strange! given that the World Mah Jongg some US$92,000 to Apco Asia Ltd in What does all this mean? The championships take place in Japan Hong Kong (as revealed in Private recent flurry of press releases from and not in China! And as for Chinese Eye number 1,044). But that is not RTG Ventures Inc appears to be Poker, what world championships? the only surprising aspect of RTG’s part of a classic attempt to create Google knows of none, nor do any partnership with MVI. On their public interest in the company and of the mind sports experts contacted web site www.mvinow.co.uk, MVI thereby to find investors unwise by Private Eye. Equally dubious is claims to have developed a unique enough to buy the remaining 16% of the claim that: “Because of these process “that enables quality video the company’s shares for millions of contracts MJWC has access to a pictures to be viewed on 2.5G mobile dollars? Preparations for such a sale 6 The Chess Journalist December 2003 might also explain the company’s October 27th stated that: “RTG Ven- sterling were certainly raised for pretence that its assets - its “rights” tures, Inc. (RTGV: OB), the interac- the 2000 world chess championship in China - have real value. And why tive gaming company focused on the but from this Brain Games had to the claimed tie-up with MVI Now Far East, has appointed Raymond pay the organisational costs and Ltd? Presumably this is to help con- Keene, OBE, Games Consultant to the prize fund of the match -- the vince any prospective investors in the Company. Mr. Keene is the chess prize fund alone created a huge dent RTG that the company has access to correspondent for the London Times in the investment and I can assure some technology with huge earning and International Herald Tribune you that there was no margin for potential, just as BGN claimed in its newspapers. He is widely regarded running off with unused funds -- - Private Placement Memorandum in as the world’s leading expert on anyone who has ever been involved March 2000 that it would develop a chess and mind games.” But RTG is in organising a world chess champi- web site to attract huge pay-per-view partly owned by Brain Games Asia onship match can confirm what the revenues, which BGN never did. which in turn is partly owned by likely costs of such an event are go- Where exactly do Lubin and Keene, so RTG’s praise of Keene’s ing to be! The figures you have been Keene fit in this new venture? It is expertise presumably comes straight fed simply don’t add up!! partly through their beneficial own- from his own mouth. 3) What caused the most serious ership of equity in RTG, acquired The press releases from RTG difficulties for Brain Games was the via their respective ownerships of Ventures continue with one dated fact that the next flagship event, much of Brain Games Asia. But November 6th, relating to the Kramnik v Fritz, was due to be held this is not the only connection. RTG company’s claim that it is “working in Bahrain just after 9/11. It was of announced on October 22nd that with the Chinese Sports Ministry” course postponed by a year because its “trading name” in Europe and to stage a three day convention in of the atrocity in New York and this China is Far East Challenges. A Beijing in May 2004, during which postponement lost the company quick search of the UK Companies Keene “will simultaneously play 100 both momentum and investment. House web site reveals that Far East of China’s best players including 10 Numerous other companies and Challenges is much more than a Masters and five Grandmasters, all relationships were affected by this mere trading name - it is a UK pub- under the age of fifteen.” As with act of terrorism. As you will recall lic company, registered at the office most pump and dump press releases I contacted you in New York at that of Sinclair Silverman, the very same and SEC filings it seems impossible time to ascertain the safety of David accountants in Golders Green Road, to verify many of the company’s Goodman, who had not spoken to his London, where Lubin and Keene statements, while other of its state- family in London for some time, to registered BGN and various other ments are simply lies. The claim assure them he was unharmed. companies! The directors of Far East regarding players “all under the age 4) It is a matter of public record Challenges plc are listed as Linda of fifteen” in the November 6th re- that we have already organised and Perry of London SW3 (who also hap- lease is one such lie - China has not sponsored two Chinese chess cham- pens to be the CEO of RTG Ventures a single Chess Grandmaster under pionships in Beijing (Peking) which Inc in New York), Sir Brian Wolfson the age of fifteen, as Keene surely brought in huge tv audiences and and Stephen Clifford. knows. stacks of publicity. Our business is Yet another coincidence is the ad- . 100% legitimate and already has a dress of the recently opened London proven track record in China. office of RTG Ventures (also known Raymond Keene responds: 5) I have agreed to promote the as Far East Challenges plc). The Dear Sam, company’s activities by playing west- company is located on the second I am afraid you have been seri- ern chess simultaneously in Beijing floor of Berkeley Square House, in ously misled by someone and I would against invited junior champions in London’s fashionable Mayfair dis- like you to correct this highly inac- the other games who would like to trict. This is the very same building curate story try western chess. Of course I could and the same floor where Einstein 1) David not face 100 western chess experts Group plc’s London office was lo- Levy and I but in the past I have successfully cated. Truly amazing! And when were never taken on 107 juniors simultane- Private Eye telephoned the Far East Kasparov’s ously (won 101, drew 5, lost 1) and Challenges office on October 31st to business in Korea a few years ago I took on verify that Alan Lubin works there, managers -- a group of players and champions in the caller was told that Lubin was anyone mak- other mind games -- such as go and not answering his phone and must ing this claim Korean chess -- who wanted to try have “just popped out, probably for is lying. their hand against a grandmaster in lunch”. 2) 3 mil- western chess. I am sure you could As for Keene - a press release on lion pounds do the same -- it is not a particularly Raymond Keene 7 The Chess Journalist December 2003 amazing feat to face large numbers of opponents who are not very adept in ones own specialty! I was very hurt by your publi- CJA Membership cation of these allegations without contacting me first for the truth and I would therefore be very grateful List if you could ensure that my correc- Jeff Aldrich Robert Byrne tions reach all the recipients of your 4157 N Vassar Rd 2/6-0 Scarborough Manor original message! Flint Scarborough Best wishes Mi Ny 48506- 10501- Ray Keene R L 11/1/2003 Dear Sam J Franklin Campbell I note David Levy has issued an- Ray Alexis 227 E Chery St other diatribe-at the end of this he 608 Emery St Mason attempts to explain who he is. Longmont Mi David Levy omits, however, to Co 48854-1713 mention -- surely an accidental omis- 80501- R sion on his part -- that he used to be R 6/1/2003 8/31/2004 married to my sister, but that they had a very messy divorce. I think the Mark Capron Robert Basalla 3123 Juniper Dr world has a right to know this and 35 Sprague Rd Iowa City draw their own conclusions. Berea Ia I would be grateful if you could Oh 52245- also distribute this piece of miss- 44017- R ing information to the mailing list R 5/31/2007 which has received David’s pieces. 3/1/2004 Many thanks Bill Cornwall Frank Berry 837 Nw 110th Ave Perhaps I could also add one thing 402 S Willis St Coral Springs -- what is the logic of doing a pump Stillwater Fl and dump operation with a company Ok 33071-6432 that is already dealing with China? 74074-2849 R There is a general expectation in R 7/1/2004 the financial world that the Chinese 12/31/2003 market -with the Olympics due in a Stephen Dann few years-is one of staggering poten- Jerome Bibuld Po Box 452 tial growth. Why should business- 2 Canfield Ave #302 Worcester White Plains Ma men wish to dive in and then quickly Ny 01613- exit from this market when the long 10601-2048 L term prospects are widely assessed R as being phenomenal and likely to 2/1/2005 Frisco Del Rosario lead to far greater profits. I person- 126 Fifteenth Ave ally have been involved with the Neil Brennan San Mateo Chinese market for four years now 439 E Marshall St #4 Ca -- I find Chinese chess fascinating - Noristown 94402-2414 - I presented the prizes on Chinese Pa R 19401- 5/31/2004 TV for our first Chinese chess cham- R pionship in Beijing -- I have made 7/15/2004 Daren Dillinger numerous trips to Beijing and I have 400-b Mariposa Ave tremendous faith in the long term Tim Brennan Sierra Madre viability of the business. I just wish 901 Sherman St #516 Ca I had as many shares in it as David Denver 91024- Levy evidently believes I have! I am Co R -- sadly -- very much of a minority 80203- 8/1/2004 shareholder. 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Send Message a letter to the editor exhorting your The First Principle: Cut By Daniel Lucas colleagues to pick up the torch! the verbal clutter. Further, if you know of an article in a state publication or obscure web- Train yourself to write with fewer B elow is the Preamble to the CJA bylaws, which can be found at http://correspondencechess.com/ site that merits reprinting for the CJA audience, send it to our editor words. Your readers will love you for it. If you can make twenty-five words do the for possible inclusion. With only a cja/bylaws.htm: work of fifty, you have reduced by half small effort from our membership, the amount of material the reader must I. To encourage chess journalists, The Chess Journalist can be a true assimilate to get the intended message. writers, editors, and publishers professional journal. to exchange information and Two: The CJA website will be- If we were writing commandments ideas for their mutual benefit; come increasingly important as instead of principles of good writing, II. To promote the highest standards we go forward. Anticipating this, this would have to be the first and of ethics in chess journalism; I have asked webmaster J. Frank- lin Campbell to sign us up with a greatest. Fat writing, which is to say III. To represent United States writing cluttered with unnecessary chess journalists in appropri- unique domain name, which should be accomplished shortly. The web- words, is surely the cause of more bad ate national and international writing than any other fault. Again bodies; site is how people unfamiliar with the CJA are going to find us. If you quoting Barzun, “ Communication is IV. To influence policies affecting most complete when it proceeds form the the promotion of chess; enter the terms “chess journalism” into Google, we are the fourth site to smallest number of words -- and indeed V. For each and all of the purposes, pop up, and the first using the terms of syllables.” Consider, for example, an association is formed pursu- ant to these Bylaws. “journalist chess.” Again, I direct this sentence, which we encountered in you to Mr. Campbell’s article for his a business-wring seminar offered by a How have we as an organization ideas on utilizing the web. large national concern: “There is no easy been meeting these obligations? I Three: The annual awards should shortcut to expressing yourself well by would answer, “Not well,” at least be run in a professional and mean- means of the written word.” Evidently, for the five years I have been a mem- ingful manner. Certificates will be the copy writer had not taken the course. ber. If chess journalists think of us ready for distribution at the same Why not, “There are no shortcuts to at all, it is primarily for the awards time the winner’s are announced. good writing”? program. Yet, as important as the Full results will be posted to the Take a sample of writing, yours or annual awards are, the program is website the same week results are someone else’s, and remove every word only briefly mentioned in Article announced. that does not contribute to the meaning. VIII of our bylaws. Further, it is time to rethink the You will be amazed at how may words The first item in the preamble is categories. Many are ready to be are unnecessary. You might become the most important and what I will split into web and print categories, addicted to fat-cutting. cover in this column: “To encourage such as Best Review or the various chess journalists, writers, editors, Best Analysis categories. Printed and publishers to exchange informa- reviews and analysis only rarely will from Sleeping Dogs Don’t Lay, by tion and ideas for their mutual ben- be able to compete with web-based Richard Lederer and Richard Dowis. efit.” My vision for the CJA involves ones. Other categories are unclear, a four-pronged attack that empha- such as Best Chess Promotion. I honoring something unusual that sizes this statement (J. Franklin judged this category last year, but doesn’t fit in any other category? Campbell’s excellent article appears I’m still not sure I can tell you ex- Four: Recruitment of new mem- elsewhere in this issue, and I have actly what the category means – this bers. I am seeing a lot of good work considerably shortened mine so as to is an unfair state for all involved. being done by people who are not reduce duplication of ideas). Best Magazine Tournament Re- members of the CJA. These people One: our most valuable tool is port should have a comparable web can infuse our organization with The Chess Journalist. Ably edited category, separate from the Best energy and new ideas. I will be con- since 1999 by John Hillery, it has Internet News Site category (and tacting them and encouraging them been underutilized. The editor can’t this last category should be judged to join – you can do the same. If you print what he doesn’t have. Are you at the same time as the rest of the read or see something by someone a state editor who has found some- awards). who should be a CJA member but thing that works for you, such as a Brand new categories are neces- isn’t (check our membership list trick you picked up from a printer sary. Perhaps Best Chess Broad- online) contact them or suggest to that jazzes up the publication? cast to take into account chess.fm me that I contact them, and let’s get Write up a brief report and send it and ESPN? Maybe a special Chief them signed up. to Mr. Hillery. Are you a journal- Judge’s Award should be added, 12 The Chess Journalist December 2003 News & Notes tunity to offer chess news, ideas per- USCF To Provide taining to chess clubs, fundraising sive credentials on the literary side, having authored numerous articles Weekly Electronic and sponsorship ideas, etc. which and reviews on subjects including Newsletter can be distributed amongst those in Platonic philosophy, the Kabbalah, the chess community. Giordano Bruno, and Classical The United States Chess Federa- tion is pleased to announce that in [[We have heard no more of this mythology. Will this be sufficient November 2003 they will begin pro- since the above press release, but we to compensate for his lack of chess ducing a weekly electronic newslet- encourage our readers to inquire or expertise? And can any editor over- ter. USCF will soon offer from their contribute. -- jh]] come the financial and structural website, uschess.org, an online sub- difficulties which are strangling the publication? Time will tell. -- jh scriber form for those who wish to Payments remain slow receive the newsletter via email. The Sources close to USCF report form will also offer an unsubscribe that Chess Life contributor fees are option. USCF’s goal with producing the now being paid for the August 2003 Solutions to issue (mailed in July). Prizes from newsletter is to offer a weekly forum for chess players and chess clubs to the U.S. Open have apparently been Chess Quiz paid, but several tournament-related (see page 16) pubish local and state chess activi- bills have not. ties they are involved in. USCF also It is understandable that bills 1) Hvistendahl - Pollock, hopes this will increase club develop- must be prioritized during the cur- London, 1885: 1. ...Bxb1 2. gxh4 ment as it will offer an exchange of rent financial difficulties. (Staff Rxf3 3. Rxf3 Nf2+ 4. Rxf2 Be4+ successul ideas of running clubs and salaries, for example, must be paid, 5. Rg2 Rxg2 6. Nc3 [White can tournaments. or the employees will leave.) The avoid immediate loss by 6. Qf4, but Anyone who would like to send USCF seems to be making a good- Black is winning on material after 6. newsworthy items can email them faith effort to meet its obligations. ... Rg4+ 7. Qxe4 Rxe4 8. Ng1 Re3 9. to email@example.com. Co-edi- But they must realize that acting Bb2 Rd3] 6. ... Rxd2+ 0–1 tors for the USCF Newsletters are: in this manner inevitably makes the Sara Walsh and Ed Scimia. organization less creditworthy. Few 2) NN - Kostrovitsky, St. The success of this newsletter if any professional writers would Petersburg, 1893: 1. ... Qxf6 2. depends on you. This is your oppor- choose deal with a publication which Qc1 [Of course, 2. Qxf6 loses at once can be expected to pay promptly on to Re1+ 3. Bf1 Rxf1+ 4. Rxf1 f2#. If The Chess Journalists of America lawsuit. 2. Nd4, Black wins one of the pinned is a professional organization. As pieces with 2. ... Re3 3. Kg1 Be4 4. such, it is dependent on the efforts New Chess Life editor Rc2 (4. Rd2 Rxd3 5. Rxd3 f2+) 4. ... of the professionals and dedicated c6 5. Nb5 Qxc3 6. Nxc3 Bxd3] 2. ... amateurs (in the best sense of that appointed Qb2 3. Qf1 [The counterattack 3. word) who make up the member- In the wake of the staff decima- Nxd6+ just leaves White two pawns ship. Whether it is submitting mate- tions reported in our last issue, the down after 3. ... Kb8 4. Rxb2 f2+ rial for The Chess Journalist, gener- 5. Be4 Rxe4 6. Kg2 Re1+ 7. Kxf2 USCF Executive Board has appoint- ating ideas for the website, or giving Rxc1] 3. ... Qxf2 4. Qxf2 [Or 4. ed a new Chess Life editor. your time as a judge for the awards Nxd6+ cxd6 5. Bf5+ Kb8 6. Qxf2 The name of Kalev Pehme is like- program, help your CJA become the ly to be familiar to chess players as Re1+ 7. Qxe1 f2+ 8. Be4 fxe1Q+ 9. organization it deserves to be. the father of Morgan Pehme, a fairly Kg2 Bxe4#] 4. ... Re1+ 5. Qxe1 [5. [[Mr. Lucas wishes to note that prominent junior player in the early Bf1 Rxf1+ 6. Qxf1 f2+ 7. Qg2 f1Q#] the final paragraph of his Sep- 1990’s. Indeed, both Morgan and his 5. ... f2+ 6. Be4 Bxe4+ 7. Qxe4 tember President’s Message was father were portrayed in the motion f1Q# 0–1 inadvertently omitted. The full text picture Searching for Bobby Fischer. may be found on the CJA web site Mr. Pehme formerly competed in 3) Shepley - S. Arkell, (www.correspondencechess.com/ tournaments, but retired from play Birmingham, 1990: 1. ... Bxf2+ cja)]] in 1994 with a rating of 1708. 0–1 For if 2. Kxf2 Rxf1+! 3. Kxf1 The new editor brings impres- Ne3+. 13 The Chess Journalist December 2003 -*-* Letters -*-* F or I the have past few covered for the Associated Press. I years, chess but I’m writing this letter in the hope that he’s wrong and that there is still time . Now we are promised two events next spring. Meanwhile, orga- nizers in Prague, who had planned an (and the chess world) have been for- This letter should not event in September, cancelled it in tunate in that the AP has seen fit to be necessary. In many ways order to avoid a conflict with the give chess extensive coverage, and in many areas, chess Yalta match. And so it goes on and sending me not only to both world is doing very well indeed and is as on. Just when you think FIDE has championships (i.e., the Kas- popular as ever, especially among the accomplished all it possibly can to parov-Kramnik match and youth. More people play chess on the make itself and chess look ridiculous, the FIDE version), but internet than any other game. The it surpasses itself. Ilyumzhinov is to the top tournaments current chess boom in India and Chi- said to have spent some $30 million like Linares and Wijk aan na, the world’s two most populous promoting chess. If he had given Zee, the FIDE Grand Prix, countries, is remarkable. A year and the money to the Fédération avec the Olympiad, among others. a half ago, things were looking even l’Intention de Detruire Unfortunately, in late Sep- better. The Prague Agree- les Échecs (Federation In- tember, immediately af- ment promised to heal the tent on Destroying Chess), ter the cancellation of the rift that had so damaged the result would not be worse. Kasparov-Ponomariov match, chess’s reputation among the wider AP informed me that they public (people who don’t know how a I am not placing would no longer be the entire blame on covering most chess events. While they “If he (Ilyumzhinov) had given FIDE or No Ilyum- zhinov. on doubt, cited economic rea- the money to the Fédération avec Ponomariov was ex- sons, the timing of the decision leaves l’Intention de Detruire les Échecs (Fed- travagant in his de- mands and con- little doubt that FIDE’s eration Intent on Destroying Chess), tributed to the chronic inability to hold an event as sched- the result would not be worse.” cancellation of the Yalta match. The uled was the cat- inability of Kram- alyst. They had, knight moves can recognize petty pol- nik and Leko to after all, twice had to itics and turf wars). A new, rational schedule their match is a grave dis- change or cancel plane tickets for me world championship for- appointment. At least, they have not and been put through considerable mat was promised and announced phantom match- inconvenience as the Buenos Aires meaningful reform seemed es. Kasparov’s original break- match was moved to Yalta and then possible. away and the formation cancelled. Regrettable as AP’s deci- That, of course, was an of the PCA, which drove FIDE into sion is, one can hardly blame them. illusion. President Ilyum- Ilyumzhinov’s arms, was a failed Coal miners used to carry a caged zhinov has returned to revolution. Had he either succeeded canary into the mine to warn them of his former ways with a vengeance. or not tried, things would surely not invisible gas. If the canary suddenly Once the Olympiad and the threat of be this bad today. In real life, rev- died, they knew they had to get out reform had passed, the Kasp- olutionaries who fail are properly quickly or they would perish them- arov-Deep Junior match hanged. In chess, Kasparov shook Ily- selves. Like the dead canary, the was tossed around from umzhinov’s hand in Prague only to decision of the world’s largest news December to January and become just another one of his vic- organization to stop covering chess from Jerusalem to New York; tims. regularly should be taken as a warn- the Kasparov-Ponomariov These, however, are pet- ing to act and act now. My friend and match was announced for ty failings compared with colleague Mig Greengard Buenos Aires in June, then FIDE’s and Ilyumzhinov’s. thinks my analogy to the ca- for Yalta in September, At a press conference in Bled, I asked nary in the coal mine is then cancelled at the last minute. At President Ilyumzhinov about the misplaced. For him, the canary has that time, we were told there would sudden transfer of the been dead for years and the miners are be a world championship Grand Prix from Abu Dha- already dying. He’s probably right, tournament in December. bi to Dubai, the postponement 14 The Chess Journalist December 2003 of the Moscow Grand Prix, the can- remains to be done in addition may and Dirk Jan ten Geuzen- cellation of the remaining Grand Prix well be debated, and should be. I can dam. They have made ev- events and the postpone- do little beyond advising all in the ery press room I have ever ment of the Kasparov-Deep Ju- chess world to regard FIDE as anath- been in, even those run by the most nior match in Jerusalem ema until Ilyumzhinov is gone and incompetent and difficult organizers, (originally scheduled to conflict reforms are instituted. an enjoyable place to be. with Kramnik’s computer match in While I have few sug- Bahrain). His response was to blame gestions beyond the obvi- Sincerely, the local organizers and sundry others ous one, my diagnosis of the for these snafus. President Truman problems I is the product of the Robert Huntington of the United States used to have a unique position I have had in trying to sign on his desk which read, “The explain chess to non-chessplayers, buck stops here.” If President not merely the wide audience that AP * In the meantime, we Ilyumzhinov is unwilling to take re- reaches through its mem- should expect not only the sponsibility for what happens on his ber newspapers and oth- quantity but the quality watch, he should step aside for some- er outlets around the world of AP coverage to decline since, on one who is so willing. but to the editors and managers of those few occasions where AP might The biggest harm that Ilyumzhi- . AP I do hope, without the slightest still find covering chess worthwhile nov does is to scare off the legitimate expectation, that with major reform (e.g., the recent Kasparov-X3D Fritz commercial sponsors upon whom all chess can improve its position among match), they are likely to send a non- sports depend today. Chess should do the wider public so that AP will once chessplaying staff reporter and we well here. While the numbers are again consider chess events worthy of can look forward to, not only such small, the demographics are good coverage.* Without such reform, I factual errors as the consistent (well-educated and concentrated in have no doubt that chess’s reputation mischaracterization of Kas- the high tech field). And chess has a will slip yet further and it will have parov as “world champi- cost advantage over other sports. ever more difficulty in reaching a on,” but such verbiage as Corus Steel sponsors a huge event at wider public. this (from the AP report of the first Wijk aan Zee each year, including a I would like to end this letter on a match game): tournament with virtually all the top positive note by expressing my sincere players, strong grandmas- thanks to those with whom it has been “The two opponents ter B and C tournaments, a pleasure for me to work with over played conservatively at first along with amateur events. the past few years, not only the var- with Kasparov using his All this cost about $1 million, bare- ious editors and bureau chiefs at AP , white pieces to keep X3D Fritz’s ly enough for the appearance fee of but especially those organizers black knights and bishops, which are one major player in a major sport. But who, even though they are the most moderately powerful, at bay. when would-be corporate sponsors professional and upstanding imagin- “But during the mid- look at Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, they don’t able, stand to lose valuable coverage dle of the game, both play- see his incompetent scheduling and from AP’s decision. I refer in partic- ers aggressively attempted to rescheduling of major events, his mis- ular to the wonderful people behind position their queens, the most power- guided attempts to get chess into the the Linares and the Corus ful pieces on the board, to check each Olympics, or any of the purely chess tournaments. I also want other’s king, which would force an im- sins I have been accusing him of. to thank the players I mediate defense of that piece to avoid Instead, they see the stories of cor- have had the privilege of covering and losing. ruption coming out of Kalmykia, the watching up close. They are almost “Neither Kasparov nor endless investigations by the author- all class acts, especially Vishy X3D Fritz could maneuver ities in Moscow concerning vanished Anand, and they deserve neither the their pieces to checkmate the millions, his ties to Saddam Hussein, reputation they sometimes re- other’s king, and split the match for the murder of Larisa Yudina, and they ceive from the more no- half a point each.” look for something more reputa- torious players nor the ble to sponsor. All sports, including fate to which the politicians who run boxing, are now more reputable the game have condemned them. than chess. Finally, I want to thank It is obvious what must be done in my fellow members of the the first place: get rid of Ilyumzhinov fourth estate, especially even if it means bankrupting Arvind Aaron, Aviv Fried- FIDE. It is also obvious that, while man, Leontxo Garcia, Mig necessary, this is insufficient. What Greengard, John Henderson 15 The Chess Journalist December 2003 XIIIIIIIIY XIIIIIIIIY XIIIIIIIIY 9-+-+-trk+0 9-+k+r+-+0 9-+-+-+-+0 9zp-zp-+-zpp0 9+pzp-+p+-0 9+l+-+-zpk0 9-+-zp-+-+0 9p+-zp-vL-zp0 9-+-+-+-zp0 9zP-zpP+l+-0 9+-+l+Nwq-0 9zp-vln+-+-0 9-+-+-+rwq0 9-zP-+-+p+0 9-+-+-+Q+0 9+-+-+PzPn0 9+-wQL+pzP-0 9+P+-+-zP-0 9-+-wQN+-zP0 9P+-+-tR-zP0 9-vL-+PzP-zP0 9vLR+-+R+K0 9+-+-+-+K0 9+-+r+LmK-0 xiiiiiiiiy xiiiiiiiiy xiiiiiiiiy Hvistendahl - Pollock NN - Kostrovitsky Shepley - Arkell,S London, 1885 St. Petersburg, 1893 Birmingham, 1990 Black to move Black to move Black to move Solutions on page 13 The Chess Journalist c/o R. Hough 1826 W. Garvey Ave. #5 Alhambra CA 91803 First Class
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