Saturday, 14 April 2018


Had a quick look at that post about alleged "chess-cheating," it seems to be generating lot`s of comments!

Thought this was a appropriate tune, suitable for the occasion.

I did read an article somewhere quite recently where someone said, "Cheating will not kill Chess but the paranoia it generates will kill Chess."

1 Thessalonians 5:22  Abstain from all appearance of evil.

Friday, 13 April 2018


Just read an article on about "Chess cheating."

It looks like a story which will run and run for quite a while.

Personally speaking, I suspect "Chess cheating" is widespread on probably all the online sites.

It would be a very rare thing for me to play online nowadays, as I can hardly win a game.

The strange thing is, I can regularly get a rating which qualifies for a "Candidate Master" title from Fritz 14 when I play 25 minute time control games, in Fritz rated play mode.

Plus, on a number of occasions I have actually scored a rating which qualifies for a "Fide Master" title from Fritz 14.

Fritz has now reset itself but it keeps the title award from the last set of games.  Sometimes it lets me play a couple of hundred games before it automatically resets, at other times it may reset after about 30 games.

I keep the playing strength at a setting of 2398.

Danny Mallaghan and myself were just talking about online chess a few weeks ago, He was saying he finds it hard to win games as well.

On the very first day, the principal of the Bible college announced that they had found evidence of cheating during exams, which had taken place at the end of the last College year.

They had to start whole inquiry in order to sort the matter out!

When you get cheating going on in a Bible College, you can be sure it is going on in a widespread fashion in the rest of society. 

2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018


Received the news that Muldoon`s had won the first division again, when I ran into Danny Mallaghan last week.

I see the news  is now posted on the UCU site.

This is the picture from last year, this year the order is reversed.

1 Cor 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.

Saturday, 31 March 2018


Photographs can be very interesting don`t you think?

Discovered this photo a few days ago. It was taken in 1982 and it features a man called Michelle Sindona.

The picture was taken in prison, and it look very like Sindona is sending a message to his former colleagues, that he is willing to play "the Cyanide Gambit," in order to escape from his predicament.

"The Cyanide Gambit," is unlike other gambits were you are willing to sacrifice a pawn or a piece. 

To play "the Cyanide Gambit" you have to be willing to sacrifice all the pawns, and all the pieces in order to win! 

Naturally this would lead to quite a spectacle, and would need superhuman powers of calculation for it to work successfully.

In 1986, Sindona`s game went this way. He made the astounding threat to his former colleagues, that if he was not immediately released from prison, he would publicly reveal the secret financial links between the Mafia and the Vatican.

The gambit did not go the way Sindona expected, a few days after making the threat, he was given a cup of coffee containing cyanide, and it was game, set, and match in the favour of the Vatican and the Mafia.

No one has ever tried to play "the Cyanide Gambit" ever since!

Maybe Gary Kasparov will attempt to play it someday against Vladimir Putin?

If only Michelle Sindona had been able to sharpen his calculating skills a bit more, he may have won?

Making idle threats, is a very dangerous pastime!

Acts 4:29 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,

30 By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.

Monday, 12 March 2018


Noticed a chess scene from a movie based on the book, "The Dogs Of War."

The guy actually starts to play one of the sensory chess machines which used to be really popular.

Cannot be certain which model of machine it was, could have been something like a Novag.

Novag and Fidelity used to bring out some great chess machines.

War is a very, very dangerous business, it is not to be undertaken lightly.

The words from this music is about going out to war. They are singing from Deuteronomy 20.

Deuteronomy 20:1 When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid of them: for the LORD thy God is with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
2 And it shall be, when ye are come nigh unto the battle, that the priest shall approach and speak unto the people, 

3 And shall say unto them, Hear, O Israel, ye approach this day unto battle against your enemies: let not your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of them; 

4 For the LORD your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.

Thursday, 8 March 2018


Noticed a new DVD by Andrew Martin being publicised, I wonder who will be the first UCU player to play it?

It will not be me, that is for sure, I am having serious trouble trying to remember the lines I try to play at the present, trying to learn anything new, is totally out of the question.

I am sure some one will give it a go though?

Ecc 12:12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.