Friday, June 6, 2014

Tack Shop

Lets!! Hollywood back to the Live Televised times,
people naming person gave drops to rhymes,
in a Riddle here the bites of what can rhyme and know the Find.

Gibson is a Guitar,
a harp played afar,
travel to the Court Room Pars,
the Mocking Bird a Tweet!!

Catch in the Ryer a bitter tasty Sweet,
batter in the Blasting the bombs of repeat,
journey to the Island a prospect of the Feat,
imprisons whom to what and Ware the Aspect is the Fair!!

Broad the Over Oceanus leeks to rather shrew in complete,
the towers of the Pyramid Deeds due the Sphinx a Spear.

Lung the Talk to Numbing Blocks to build a Hi in Brows,
wrinkle the dog patch to the captioned,
Choice is but Arrears!!

Add the Set@Zero Keep the lair of Den in done,
divide the Math in a Task the Twins are All but Shunned,
tripping pass the blacker Mass the Pope must Now be last,
to Venture thought to Retired Mot a Measure is in Botting Plots.

Remembrance to a Day today is a Beaching of the Steer,
many problems fill solution in aspect see the Veer,
as Numbers Date a Year in Plate the Family is an Extracts Peer.

Modulation of this Walk in Writes that determine Locks Our known as Discernment being,
the better part of Scrolling Art is in the Pictured Lears.

To identify an Agnate Skates the Ice Bergs are the Gore in Kates,
of roller coasting to thee North of Gates in Goldened beards.

The color of the magnitude increased by Peoples sneer,
the smile of the attitude of exacting by the stooped to truth,
a Seat in clearly up and Used by a Man so known to be.

The Rose in Trued has Interviewed at the Rounds of Base,
the Conversations never laced as points of due are truths,
to be obtused by Country News makes Larry King a dear,
lost a See where did this Vee go after before the Texas Mere?

Crate the Barrel to a Job that makes this very beer,
the Mug of Coffee to Tea in Brand an Equaling of All Ways Land.

Product Consumer to these Pace the Rates of quicker Plans!! 

Enemy of the State ~ Plausible Deniablity or Future Happens ~ NOW

Just played on my Television.  Coincidence, Happenstance or just happens to be the Matrix in the dynamics of the Reality of the Nower.

Key Notes that I seem to have been shocked by and were quite blaring presently;

911 -    Congressman Birthday
1965 - Year of Basis
Nation Security Agency - N.S.A.

Movie Info

The action producing-directing team of Jerry Bruckheimer and Tony Scott is back with another thrill-a-minute ride called Enemy of the State. Taking its "innocent man accidentally caught up in political corruption" story from such films as Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation, Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much, and Sydney Pollack's Three Days of the Condor, they turn up the high-tech volume in an attempt to create the ultimate action film. Robert Clayton Dean, played by Will Smith,is a devoted father, husband, and attorney shopping for a sexy gift for his wife. What he doesn't know is that he was given a videotape from a friend (Jason Lee) regarding the recent murder of a U.S. senator led by corrupt National Security Agency official Thomas Reynolds (Jon Voight). Now Reynolds is after Dean to cover his tracks or, as the audience soon finds out, frame Dean for Rachel's murder. Since Dean isn't up on his high-tech gadgetry, he needs the aid of ex-intelligence operative Brill (Gene Hackman). Between the explosions and chases is the subtext of George Orwell's 1984 mantra "beware of big brother," as Dean realizes that in the modern world, there is no such thing as total privacy. ~ Arthur Borman, Rovi


As the U.S. Congress moves to pass new legislation that dramatically expands the surveillance powers of intelligence agencies, Congressman Phil Hammersley remains firmly opposed to its passage. To ensure the bill's passage, National Security Agency official Thomas Reynolds kills Hammersley, but he is unaware of a video camera set up by wildlife researcher Daniel Zavitz that has captured the entire incident. Zavitz discovers the murder, and alerts an underground journalist, at the same time transferring the video to an innocuous computer disc. Reynolds learns of Zavitz's footage, and sends a team to recover the video. While fleeing, Zavitz runs into an old college friend, labor lawyer Robert Clayton Dean. Zavitz secretly passes the computer disc into Dean's shopping bag without his knowledge. Zavitz flees and is killed when hit by a fire truck. Reynolds soon has the underground journalist killed.
When the NSA discovers that Dean may have the video, a team raids his house and plants surveillance devices. Unable to find the video, the NSA proceeds to falsely implicate Dean of passing classified information to Rachel Banks, a former girlfriend. The subterfuge destroys Dean's life: he is dismissed from his job, his bank accounts are frozen, and his wife throws him out of the house. Trailed by the NSA, Dean meets with Banks, who sets up a meeting with "Brill", one of her secret contacts. After meeting an NSA agent posing as Brill, Dean realizes his error, only to have the real Brill, retired NSA agent Edward Lyle, ferry him to temporary safety and help rid Dean of most of the tracking devices he is unwittingly carrying. Dean ultimately rids himself of the final device and, fleeing his pursuers, escapes.
With Dean and Lyle in hiding, the NSA agents kill Banks and frame Dean for the murder. Lyle is able to find evidence that the NSA executed Hammersley's murder, but it is destroyed during an escape from an NSA raid.
It is then revealed that Lyle was an expert in communications for the NSA; he was stationed in Iran before the Iranian Revolution. When the revolution occurred, Lyle made it out of the country, but his partner, Rachel's father, was killed. Since then he has been in hiding. Lyle tries to coax Dean into trying to run away, but Dean is adamant about clearing his name.
Dean and Lyle blackmail another supporter of the surveillance bill, Congressman Sam Albert, by videotaping him having an affair with his aide. Dean and Lyle "hide" bugs that Reynolds had used on Dean in Albert's room so Albert will find them and have the NSA start an investigation. Lyle also deposits $140,000 into Reynolds' bank account to make it appear that he is taking bribes.
Lyle contacts Reynolds to tell him he has the video of the Hammersley murder and asks to meet. Dean tells them that the Hammersley murder footage is in the hands of Mafiaboss Paulie Pintero, whose office is under FBI surveillance. Dean, Reynolds, and the NSA team head into Pintero's restaurant, precipitating a gunfight that kills the mobsters, Reynolds, and several of his NSA team.
Dean and Lyle escape, with Lyle quickly disappearing from the authorities. The FBI discovers the plot behind the legislation, causing it to fail, though they cover up the NSA's involvement. Dean is cleared of all charges and is reunited with his wife. Lyle escapes to a tropical location, but sends a "goodbye" message to Dean.


Although the story is set in both Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, most of the filming was done in Baltimore. Location shooting began on a ferry in Fells Point. In mid-January, the company moved to Los Angeles to complete production in April 1998.[3]
Mel Gibson and Tom Cruise were considered for the part that went to Will Smith, who took the role largely because he wanted to work with Gene Hackman and had previously enjoyed working with producer Jerry Bruckheimer on Bad BoysGeorge Clooney was also considered for a role in the film. Sean Connery was considered for the role that went to Hackman. The film's crew included a technical surveillance counter-measures consultant who also had a minor role as a spy shop merchant. Hackman had previously acted in a similar thriller about spying and surveillance film, The Conversation (1974).


Enemy of the State received 71% positive reviews on the film-critics aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, with 81 critics surveyed.[4] Metacritic displayed a normalized ranking of 67 out of 100 on the basis of 22 critics.[5] Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times expressed enjoyment in the movie, noting how its "pizazz [overcame] occasional lapses in moment-to-moment plausibility;"[6] Janet Maslin of the New York Times approved of the film's action-packed sequences, but cited how it was similar in manner to the rest of the members of "Simpson's and Bruckheimer's school of empty but sensation-packed filming."[7] In a combination of the two's views, Edvins Beitiks of the San Francisco Examiner praised many of the movie's development aspects, but criticized the overall concept that drove the film from the beginning — the efficiency of government intelligence — as unrealistic.[8]
Kim Newman considered Enemy of the State a "continuation of The Conversation", the 1974 psychological thriller that starred Hackman as a paranoid, isolated surveillance expert.[9]
Movie Room Reviews gave the film 3 1/2 stars and said this about Will Smith in a more dramatic role; " Enemy of the State gave him a chance to show that he could play the action hero without the swagger or funny antics, which likely helped his career."[10]


Memorisation ~ Rook Chess Pawn Bishop End~Game King Penned ~ Check-MATE Goes To James Hillier Blunt

King versus Knight Checks

A useful chunk for the endgame: If your king is exposed to checks by the enemy knight, taking the “diagonal opposition” (squares highlighted in green) to the knight forces the knight to manoeuvre three times before being able to check again. Other moves allow ealier checks.

Opposite-Colour Bishop Ending and Some Notes on Memorisation

July 7, 2011
The following gif exemplifies a basic drawing idea in opposite-colour bishop endings: Black wants to
  • control the square of the pawn advance
  • attack pawns so that the enemy king is tied down to their defence.
1. … Bb3 is a mistake because it frees White’s king from the defence of the f5 pawn; after 2. Bg5+ Kd7 or Kf7, White’s king is going to invade via f4 or d4, respectively. This idea isn’t going to work after 1. … Bd7! when the king’s stuck to defend the f5 pawn.

While we’re at it, here’s a previous chunk on opposite colour bishops that illustrates more or less the same idea; White’s in control of the pawn-advance square and keeps the Black king occupied with the defence of the pawn on c4. The resulting position is once again a draw:

On another note: for those of you interested in memorisation, here’s a compelling article on the “spacing effect” and Polish memory specialist Peter Wozniak by Gary Wolf. One of the insights proffered by Wozniak, backed up by what appears to be sorely neglected research into memorisation, is the following:
Once we drop the excuse that memorization is pointless, we’re left with an interesting mystery. Much of the information does remain in our memory, though we cannot recall it. “To this day,” Bjork says, “most people think about forgetting as decay, that memories are like footprints in the sand that gradually fade away. But that has been disproved by a lot of research. The memory appears to be gone because you can’t recall it, but we can prove that it’s still there. For instance, you can still recognize a ‘forgotten’ item in a group. Yes, without continued use, things become inaccessible. But they are not gone.” [...]
Long-term memory, the Bjorks said, can be characterized by two components, which they named retrieval strength and storage strength. Retrieval strength measures how likely you are to recall something right now, how close it is to the surface of your mind. Storage strength measures how deeply the memory is rooted. Some memories may have high storage strength but low retrieval strength. [...] Perhaps you’ve recently been told the names of the children of a new acquaintance. At this moment they may be easily accessible, but they are likely to be utterly forgotten in a few days, and a single repetition a month from now won’t do much to strengthen them at all.
[...] One of the problems is that the amount of storage strength you gain from practice is inversely correlated with the current retrieval strength. In other words, the harder you have to work to get the right answer, the more the answer is sealed in memory. Precisely those things that seem to signal we’re learning well — easy performance on drills, fluency during a lesson, even the subjective feeling that we know something — are misleading when it comes to predicting whether we will remember it in the future. “The most motivated and innovative teachers, to the extent they take current performance as their guide, are going to do the wrong things,” Robert Bjork says. “It’s almost sinister.”
The most popular learning systems sold today — for instance, foreign language software like Rosetta Stone — cheerfully defy every one of the psychologists’ warnings. With its constant feedback and easily accessible clues, Rosetta Stone brilliantly creates a sensation of progress. “Go to Amazon and look at the reviews,” says Greg Keim, Rosetta Stone’s CTO, when I ask him what evidence he has that people are really remembering what they learn. “That is as objective as you can get in terms of a user’s sense of achievement.” The sole problem here, from the psychologists’ perspective, is that the user’s sense of achievement is exactly what we should most distrust.
The spacing effect was one of the proudest lab-derived discoveries, and it was interesting precisely because it was not obvious, even to professional teachers. The same year that Neisser revolted, Robert Bjork, working with Thomas Landauer of Bell Labs, published the results of two experiments involving nearly 700 undergraduate students. Landauer and Bjork were looking for the optimal moment to rehearse something so that it would later be remembered. Their results were impressive: The best time to study something is at the moment you are about to forget it. And yet — as Neisser might have predicted — that insight was useless in the real world. Determining the precise moment of forgetting is essentially impossible in day-to-day life.

Passed Pawn Chunks

June 26, 2011
A shoutout to the Dutch steps method, an excellent self-study course developed by Rob Brunia and Cor van Wijgerden. I’m currently working on the chapter “passed pawns” and thought — to learn as well as advertise — I’d share two chunks from the chapter so far:
Two passed pawns: interrupt one of two defenders.

Setting up a discovered promotion:

Good Philidor and Bad Philidor

July 11, 2010
For some reason, this just popped into my head. Anyway! Another shout-out to Jeremy Silman’s Complete Endgame Course. Today’s topic: good Philidor and bad Philodor. The Philidor position is a key position in rook versus rook and pawn endgames. If the defender is able to reach a Philidor position, he can hold the draw. The good Philidor is a very easy draw if you know the move. The bad Philidor is slightly more complex.
In the good Philidor, the defender simply occupies the 6th rank. If either White’s king or pawn advances, the defending rook moves to the 1st rank where it has an easy time keeing pawn and king in … wait for it… check. (I admit I have a soft spot for atrocious puns. I probably have used this one before, but I just couldn’t resist.) If king and pawn stay put, the defending rook simply stays on the 6th rank.

In the bad Philidor, White gets to the 6th rank first, so Black has to come up with a different plan. This time, he uses the principles of “short side of the pawn” and “checking distance” by situating his rook behind the pawn and using his king to add an additional defender to the square in front of it, denying White any chance of making progress that way. If White tries to push the king away from the defence of the square, Black uses his long checking distance on the long side of the pawn to threaten infinite checks or a pawn capture by the rook.

Some Resources in Rook Endgames

June 23, 2010
I’ve been reviewing the A-section of my one and only endgame book,Silman’s Complete Endgame Course, in particular rook versus rook and pawn on the 4th/5th rank. A couple of months ago, I made some gifs showing the abstract rules of such endgames. This time, I’ve added some more concrete ideas. Here you go:
Pawn on the 5th in the abstract: if the Black king is in the red zone, it’s a draw.

Pawn on the 4th in the abstract: if the Black king is in the red zone, it’s a draw.

So let’s get more concrete! Use your king to defend intrusion squares:

If you are defending, you want your king on the short side of the board and your rook on the long side of the board because of the checking distance:

If defending on the short side, return to attack the pawn to force the king to defend:

Once again: defend intrusion squares with your king.

White’s goal is to escape those checks and advance the pawn; seeking refuge from checks behind his rook is one last resource to achieve that:

Unfortunately in this case, it’s a draw: Black can exchange rooks and gain the opposition. Whenever you offer a rook exchange, you should ask yourself: What happens in terms of opposition? (The other big question is: does the exchange lead to a stalemate?)

Cutting off the enemy king along a rank rather than a file is sometimes the key to victory!

… which is why, once again, Black’s king has to defend the intrusion squares:
To sum up some of the key ideas in rook versus rook and pawn endgames:
  • opposition
  • cutting off the king
  • intrusion squares
  • refuge from checks
  • long side of the board / short side of the board
  • checking distance

Advance the Candidate!

April 6, 2010
Keeping it simple: advance the “candidate pawn” first. The candidate pawn is the pawn that has no opposing pawn in its way. The lesson is from Hans Kmoch’s The Power of the Pawn.

Endgame Narrative: How to Pick Up a Rook with a Queen

November 16, 2009
Queen and king versus king and rook endgames are a bitch to play when the king is close to his precious rook. The amount of tactical moments that have to be heeded are so vast that construing an endgame narrative seems nigh impossible. So for the time being, I’ve abandoned the quest to master that endgame, and will tell you the story of its little cousin instead, the very easy and simple queen and king versus king and rook endgame when the king is far away from his precious rook. Are you ready? Once upon a time, a queen checked a king…
endgame_queenrookThis technique may come in handy in several endgames: check outSacrifice for Check and Winning the Lucena with a Rook Pawn.

Endgame Narrative: Rook versus Rook and Pawn on the Fourth

November 15, 2009
In my ACIS improvement plan, I mentioned “memorising certain endgame positions with the help of gifs”. Endgames, like everything in chess really, are about knowledge and technique. On the one hand, it’s helpful to know that you can checkmate with a rook against a king, but not with a bishop against a king. It makes your life easier to know that bishops of opposite colour tend to be drawish, or that a queen against a single pawn isn’t always a win. That’s endgame knowledge. Then there’s technique: the actual skill of executing a mating attack with a rook against a lone king; how to achieve a draw with bishops of opposite colours; how to prevent the pawn from queening if you have a queen versus a lone king and pawn, or how to draw if you’re on the side with the pawn. Etc. etc.
I’ve recently posted two endgame knowledge gifs: rook vs rook and pawn on the 4th rank, and rook vs rook and pawn on the 5th rank. I consider those semi-useful. Maybe they’re not that useful, but it’s kinda cool to know such things by heart. And I included some hints as to the technique of how to play those endings. However, those comments are a far cry from actually mastering this type of endgame. Therefore, I need to study and practise the technique involved. The first step towards mastering the technique, I believe, is an endgame narrative. Just as chess is a narrative that progresses from opening to middlegame to endgame, the endgames themselves are narratives. For instance, mating with a rook: you progress from trapping the enemy king in a box with your rook, closing in with your king, and making the box smaller and smaller until mate. Of course, you’ll still have to calculate precisely and be watchful at every step that your narrative doesn’t deceive you. Nonetheless, narratives are extremely useful because they give you at least a hunch as to what kind of moves to look out for.
Therefore, I intend to post gifs of endgame narratives. I shall replay a certain endgame with the help of the Nalimov Tablebase, try to understand with my patzer instincts the essential technique and based on that add a running commentary to the gif. Of course such a narrative cuts out crucial details and ignores important variations, but it should give me at least a general idea as to what type of move sequences are involved in such an endgame. It remains to be seen whether absorbing such a narrative does more harm than good.
So here’s some endgame knowledge (if the Black king is on a red square, it’s a draw, otherwise it’s a win):
endgame_rookpawn4thAnd here’s the corresponding endgame narrative:

Rook Pins Following Captures

October 23, 2009
I have this annoying tendency to overlook rook pins following captures, arguably one of the most common tactical motifs in chess, especially in minor piece+rook endgames. Yesterday, for example, I wasted at least 10 minutes of precious calculation time gauging a variation emerging from knight takes pawn, bishop takes knight, queen takes bishop (as seen in the gif), only to realize that the variation is a no-go due to the in-between move Re1.middlegame_rookpincaptureEven though this is a very basic and straight-forward pattern, certain subtleties are to be heeded, in particular: (A) can your queen or rook move out of the pin and counter-attack a hanging enemy piece? (B) if we’re dealing with a rook vs rook pin, can the pinned piece move away and protect your rook at the same time? If our rook is on a black square, for example, a pinned black-square bishop can move out of the pin and move to a square from which it protects your rook, rendering the pin harmless.

Rook vs Rook and Pawn on the 5th rank

October 21, 2009
Complementing the previous post: Once again, White to move, red squares signify Black king positions that lead to a draw with perfect play, green squares signify a Black king position leading to a win for White to move with perfect play. And once again, White’s standard plan is to cut the enemy king off with his rook. However, in some cases, for instance the first green file for rook pawns or the odd green square that’s very close to the pawn, White needs a king move or a check to win. So don’t move your rook heedlessly, thinking that cutting off the enemy king wins automatically.