Archive for December, 2007


Source : http://www.nuwireinvestor.com/articles/teaching-kids-about-money-51386.aspx

Please click HERE to read about the movie: Knights of the South Bronx. Links will open in a new window.

Teaching Kids About Money: 10 Tips
Ways for parents to teach their children about money

Published on: Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Written by: Trista Winnie

Parents have been giving financial advice to their children for ages. “Neither a borrower nor a lender be,” Polonius told his son Laertes in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. As with good hygiene and good manners, most parents strive to teach their children lessons on how to be good at handling money.“If you can teach your child the difference between needs and wants, how to budget and how to save, your child will know more than many adults,” according to Scott Reeves of Forbes. “But if you get it wrong, your child is likely to join the millions of Americans who rack up huge credit card debt and get stung each month by stiff interest payments.”
In other words, no pressure.The lives of children who understand money, its value and how to handle it will be far easier than those of children who don’t.
Here are 10 tips for teaching your kids about money, focusing on saving and investing money, so they will grow up and use it responsibly.

– on the link  at the bottom of the page, where the article can be found…point 3 says…

3) Teach them critical thinking

While not directly a lesson in money, kids who learn how to think critically will make better decisions when it comes to money because they will be able to consider the short, medium and long term effects of their decisions, as well as plan for contingencies.

One great way to teach them how to plan, strategize and think critically is to teach them chess. Chess is a game in which cause and effect, concrete rules, analysis and planning for different scenarios are all crucial. Chess can also help kids hone their ability to recognize when to take risks and when to play it safe, which is a critical investment skill.

A real life example of this can be found in the story of David MacEnulty, an English teacher who taught a group of inner-city, low-income students in the South Bronx how to play chess. These students went on to compete and win in chess competitions and their critical thinking skills put them on the path to success. The story was documented in the 2005 movie, Knights of the South Bronx


Knights of the South Bronx

The most captivating, entertaining chess movie since Searching for Bobby Fischer! You’ll be thrilled. It’s inspirational.A business man decides that he wants to teach school in the inner city and chooses a tough school in the South Bronx. He teaches the children how to play the game of chess, and along the way they learn a lot about life.Richard’s entire class is lifted out of nothingness and boredom to fight for life, success, and the thrill of achievement! He helps his entire class discover chess one day, much to the dismay of school authorities. Richard’s mind is torn as even his wife disapproves when he turns down a lucrative job offer to stay with low-paying job… “his kids” and his class. But Richard cannot be swayed from helping the kids find new hope in life. When Richard’s class is reaching new levels of achievement in their studies the tide is turned, his wife comes to his side, and his Knights of the South Bronx battle their way to winning championships and battling all signs of defeat… often from within their own minds and ranks – their classmates. But they encourage one another and overcome, inspired by the game of chess.

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Henry Steel…..


Henry Steel is South Africa’s Closed Chess Champion 2007. South Africa’s Closed Chess Championship took place during December, just before Christmas!
Please click HERE for the results.

Click HERE to play through the games of round 11.
This is a good end-position between Klaasen and Op’tHoff in round 11.

On this next image you can see another good end-position of Cawdery and Mabusela’s game in round 11.


I came across Tauriq’s blog…and he seems to be getting very excited about chess events taking place in South Africa, as his blog contains poems about different events! I think it is quite cool! Well done Tauriq! I like it! Here’s one about the Closed Championship…..enjoy!

SA Closed
12 Warriors entered the circle
3 will stay in the cube
The rest must die.

9 tombs will scatter
the terrain of 64 squares
Engraved, the names of sacrifice.

But unlike most wars,

there are no funerals here.
Flowers remain strewn everywhere.
Unlike most battles,prisons have no cells,
dungeons hold no chains.

The blood is spilt in the mind,
And in this cube, only the strong remain.

The Warrior of The Grey Zone
The Guru of Soweto,
The Pretorian Prince,
And a doctor who finds
solutions in the stars,
have gathered.

Aribters stalked the main stage
And the Bard found his way
on a table among trivial manuscripts.

It was a time when the young lions
faced initiation at the hands of the elders
and ragged-toothed, smelt the shores
of Dresden.

The Guru was laid low by a swing of Steel
The Greyzone was silenced into purgatory
A man from Springbok bullied on tops boards,
while luck ran out for the man of Gluck.

Later a Berg of Will departed, forced,
as death spoke of a pawn unpromoted.
Remain the mountain, my friend.
We await with arms open on e8,
humbled as we mourn.

The doctor is yet to return from the atmosphere.

Dresden will shudder
and smile,
when we say,
” A Cube has fallen from the stars
and out of its many values…
…we will finally become understood.”
Click HERE for more chess poetry by Tauriq!

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The XX Carlos Torre Memorial took place in Mérida, Yucatán, México 15th-23rd December 2007. GM Vassily Ivanchuk has won the event after defeating GM Pentala Harikrishna in a Rapid playoff 2-0. GM Ivanchuk now has 3 titles from this event after winning in 2004 and 2006.

GM Ivanchuk defeated GM Graf in the semi final match to advance to the final while GM Harikrishna beat GM Nogueiras in the semi final match to advance to the final.

After splitting the first two games, the final match was taken to a 2 game rapid tie-break playoff. Lets take a look at these two playoff games which would lead GM Ivanchuk to the 2007 Torre Memorial title. 

Please click here to see the original article and to play through  games.

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Enjoy the movie . This entry is an updated entry. I wish you all a wonderful New Year for 2009. May it be the best year in your life. The first image is actually an animated image, click on the image to see the “animation”.

This next video is last year’s video.



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Chess game 16

Chess is such a stimulating game to play! Every game I’m playing, turns out differently and every player is different! Did you know….chess is the sport with the most books written about? and…I’m quite sure about my following statement…chess is the sport with the most websites! Go and check them out…! You’ll come back and agree with me….
In this game, I played black. I haven’t played this player before and wasn’t sure if I would have the upperhand in this game as it seemed that he was a very strong player. Sometimes I “feel” my way through a game with a “new” player, because I believe players have their own “styles”…and tricks of course! This game is part of a 4-play-all tournament. If you look at the image of the game, you will see why I said I wasn’t sure if I had the upperhand…sadly he lost his Queen later in the game and then resigned. In both games you will see why I LOVE my Knights so much!! I don’t mind losing my Bishop…but those “horseys”! They are just  fun to have!!

Please click Robert1979 vs. Nikita1 HERE  to play through the game. The game will open in a new window.

In this next game, the same opponent and tournament as the above game, I played white and I think I just got lucky in this game, although I got the idea later on in this game that this player was having a good Christmas or…he wasn’t focused on the board. I think you will agree with me when looking at the image and playing through the game too. He’d made some moves that I think could be prevented by examined the board firstly and by looking at the position of my pieces, but, I myself make some really bad moves from time to time and I would like to post a game or two where I really lost very badly against one of my favourite players! So, check back to see that game! I promise you a good laugh! In this game my opponent also resigned when he realised his Bishop was in danger and that there was no way out.


Please click Nikita1 vs. Robert1979 HERE to play through the second game and it will open in a new window!

As I promised earlier in this post…have a laugh when playing through this next game!! Please click NHRon vs. Nikita1HERE to play through the most silliest game I’ve ever played against one of my favourite players! I played black and you will see how he chased my King all over the place! We always play friendlies and always have about 5 games going at any time…and I think we play each other for two years now!! At the moment, we’re having a very tight game and I nearly lost my Queen and miraculously got her saved!! Just play through the game on the second link and you will see what I mean!! though we’re still busy playing!!

Now…click Nikita1 vs. NHRon HERE to play through the game we’re  still busy playing! and see how I try to save my precious Queenie!!

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Away in a manger?

Is that where Jesus is for you?

 I came across this website and really like what Tim says here. I think that’s how many people see “Christmas”… it’s a time where some might just think about the “baby” and nothing more.
On this Christmas-link you can download a PDF document with lovely images sent to me as a Power Point slideshow. Do enjoy! The link will open in a new window. It takes a few secs to load/open as it is a big file with about 10 images.


Away in a manger

For many of us, that’s where Jesus is. A cute little baby lying in a manger. He’s smiling and cooing and generally looking harmless. He fills us with good feelings, as healthy, beautiful babies do. We never hear a whimper, never a cry. He’s the perfect baby.

It’s convenient to leave Jesus there. A harmless baby, making no demands on us. We don’t even have to change His diaper. We can go about our lives without thinking of Him, then return to the stable to find that happy, smiling baby.

Part of a nativity scene to be pulled out once a year. Almost lost among the sheep and cattle and shepherds and wise men and angels. A tiny piece in a larger set, all wrapped up in tissue paper and stored away at season’s end. Placed in a box next to Santa and his elves, right under the Christmas lights and tree decorations.


Away from me. Away from the real world. Tucked away, stored away. That tiny baby is part of another time, another reality. A figure from history, maybe, or maybe just a part of a legend that men have passed on for hundreds of years. Either way, that tiny baby just doesn’t seem to fit in the harsh realities of the twenty-first century.


If that’s your view of Jesus, I want to encourage you to take a look at what the Bible says about Him. His birth is a tiny part of the story of Jesus, so small in fact that it goes unmentioned in two of the four gospels. That manger is overshadowed in the Bible by a cross, dwarfed by the reality of an empty tomb. Jesus didn’t come to earth to be a cute baby. He came to give His life on a cross. His whole life centered around that. Having given His life, He was placed in a tomb, laid on a stone slab not unlike the stone manger where He was first placed. But, just as He left that manger years before, He left the tomb behind as well, coming forth as the conquering Lord of Lords, defeating death in one mighty act of triumph.

Away in a manger? Hardly. The risen Lord sits at the right hand of God, offering life and victory to all who would follow Him. Now that December 25 has passed, go ahead and pack away that little baby boy. But don’t think that you’ve left the Lord Jesus lying in a manger. He’s left it far behind.

Source: Tim Archer ‘s blog!

Interesting reading about the birth of Jesus on this link. The link will open in a new window.



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News Article about Alexandra: 11th January 2009…the link will open in a new window.


Winner of the World Women Chess Championship 2008

On this link- on my blog – you can follow her games of round 5 and round 6…against Yifan of China and see more pics of her too. https://chessaleeinlondon.wordpress.com/2008/09/12/alexandra-kosteniuk-winner-of-nalchik/
To be honest, I haven’t known of the existence of Alexandra before, I think there are so many Chess Grandmasters that we don’t know of, but I want to blog her, as she is a female player! and I think more should be done to attract girls to play chess. Too many girls are still thinking chess is a boy’s game. Why do you think that is? If you go to my chess links, you will find a link saying… “Tube Chess”…follow that link for some good movies about her playing chess, but also about other chess players!

Alexandra Kosteniuk is the 10th woman in the world to have ever achieved the Grandmaster (men) title. She’s rated  sixth woman in the world, and #1 woman in Russia. She has a FIDE  ELO of 2515.
Alexandra had a great success at the annual New Year Blitz tournament organized by the Deputy Economy Minister Arkady Dvorkovich in Moscow. After qualifying in the semifinals, she won convincingly the final with 8 points out of 9 ahead of GM Najer –2635–7, GM Dlugy –2518– 6.5, GM Alekseev –2716– 6, GM Bareev –2653– 4.5, GM Vasiukov –2492– 4, etc.





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Click on this Christmas-link to download a big pdf document with about 10 Christmas images. It will open in a new window and it does take a few secs to downlaod as it’s a big file.

Read about people being stranded at Heathrow due to bad weather! Hope you all are soon where you want to be! The link will open in a new window.

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Dan, this scroll is of course for you and have some coffee to think about that move! …..I don’t like Bishops, but I do know they can be very powerful if you use them together! I like  my Knights and won’t let them be captured so easily, if I can prevent it…because of their crafty moves they can make!  Bishops can make things very difficult on the chess board! In this first diagram – a game I’m busy playing – moving my Bishop was perhaps not a good idea and I think I should have moved my pawn to block my opponent’s Bishop…I’m playing black in this game – only a friendly… have a look on the following diagrams… you can’t checkmate your opponent with a Bishop or a Bishop and a Knight, but you can when having two Bishops!

Using a Bishop Pair with their King against a lone opposing King is usually quicker to develop the mating pattern and mating net than checkmating with a Bishop & a Knight, and also is a basic simple checkmate. However, in the words of Fred Reinfeld, “As one Bishop only commands squares of the same color, you need two Bishops to force checkmate. Not only must you get the weaker side’s King to the last rank; you must get him into a corner. So you see that checkmate with two Bishops is not child’s play; it requires really harmonious co-operation on the part of the two Bishops and a King.

Please click HERE to read more about Bishops and how to checkmate with them. Links will open in a new window.
Click HERE
to see how to checkmate with a Bishop and a Knight…which is of course difficult…as Dan said in the comments box!

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Body and Soul

Standing by the window

I feel your closeness uncovered

looking back my eye catches a sunbeam

touching your unwrapped muscular body…

my soul surfing the lines

of your thoughts…

orbiting the aura that precedes

my imagination;

reaching and bursting through

the crust, entering my heart and

suddenly…I turned and the desire to meet

is far beyond my understanding.

Please feel free to leave any comments…positive/negative…! This is one of my very own!

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Smyslov in 2002

Please Click HERE to play through a game of Smyslov V. – Denker A. played in
Moscow, 1946. They played a Sicilian Opening.
Click HERE for more Sicilian openings! You do get different variations on the Sicilian.

If you click HERE you can read on Wikipedia about the Sicilian Defence! I like the Dragon -variation = see the 2nd small image in this  post = because of the white Knights’ formation…! It looks beautiful….hehehe…

Vasily Vasiliyevich Smyslov was born March 24, 1921, in Moscow and is a Russian chess grandmaster, and was World Chess Champion from 1957 to 1958. He was a Candidate for the World Chess Championship on eight occasions (1948, 1950, 1953, 1956, 1959, 1965, 1983, and 1985). Smyslov was twice Soviet Champion (1949, 1955), and his total of 17 Chess Olympiad medals won is an all-time record. In five European Team Championships, Smyslov won ten gold medals.
HERE more about Smyslov and if you scroll down on this link, you will find more chess games of him.
DRAGON-variation on the next image.



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suncatcher.pngThis is the most beautiful song by Laurika Rauch and Valiant Swart.  They sing about the sun….”Suncatcher” – ….Laurika Rauch is really one of our best artists in South Africa… she’s a beloved singer, well, I do love her music and I think most other South Africans too as you will notice the reaction of the audience when she appears on  stage to sing with Valiant. She’s really done her bit for Afrikaans and she’s a big legend in SA.  This song is in Afrikaans and I’ve tried my best to translate this “Sonvanger” (Suncatcher) in English, please listen to the music while following the words as  this is a special song! You can also follow the words as I’ve translated her song in English. Enjoy!

Please click HERE to listen to her singing an English song, called… “The old folk”…beautiful! 


Valiant Swart








See if you could catch me the sun
There’s a room in the house where it can be hung
It’s dark by the window in the middle of the day
Do you remember how brightly the room could laugh?

See if you could bring me the sun
There’s a song in the corridors the sun can sing
Coz it’s quiet in the corners, this cold season
Can you see what the wind and rain do to me?

I ask you, please, let it shine for me again
Let me understand
How a summer disappear like that in the nothingness
And let it shine

See if you could get me the sun
There’s a home in my heart where the sun can live
See if you could steal me the sun
There’s a place in the garden where the sun can play

I ask you please, let it shine for me again
Let me understand
How a summer could disappear like that in the  nothingness
And let it shine

Bring some light for the meanders on my road
And a handful of rays for the darkness in my heart


This next song is sung by Helmut Lotti, a Belgium artist….singing Afrikaans….a very old folk song called “Sarie Marias”.
Steve Hofmeyr…..from the TV-series (couple of years ago)….”Agter elke man..” ….(“Behind every man…”)


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Enjoy the video of the “history” behind Kasparov and Deep Blue  of IBM.

I like the idea of the music supporting this game of Kasparov!

Please Click HERE for a game between Kasparov and Kramnik 1994, Munich.

Please click HERE to play through a game of Karpov and Kasparov played in 1985 at the World Chess Championships.

Chess players’ quotes:

Even a poor plan is better than no plan at all. – Mikhail ChigorinUnknown:

If chess is a science, it’s a most inexact one. If chess is an art, it’s too exacting to be seen as one. If chess is a sport, it’s too esoteric. If chess is a game, it’s too demanding to be “just” a game. If chess is a mistress, she’s a demanding one. If chess is a passion, it’s a rewarding one. If chess is life, it’s a sad one. Vladimir Kramnik- Interview- 22/12/2005– “For us chess players the language of artist is something natural,” in his interview with German artist Ugo Dossi. “For me art and chess are closely related, both are forms in which the self finds beauty and expression …” Kramnik: “The development of beauty in chess never depends on you alone. No matter how much imagination and creativity you invest, you still do not create beauty. Your opponent must react at the same …. To a certain extent it is like a dance. Both dancers must be creative, in order to keep the creativity flowing. Tartakower:1.Chess game is divided into three stages: the first, when you hope you have the advantage, the second when you believe you have an advantage, and the third… when you know you’re going to lose! – Tarrasch .. 2. Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make men happy. – Alexander Alekhine: 3. ..”Chess is a beautiful mistress.”-Garry Kasparov… 4. ..”Chess is mental torture”…. Wilhelm Steinitz… 5. ….”Chess is not for timid souls. “…Kasparov.. 6. …”Chess is an art.”

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Hope you play lots of Chess over Christmas!


Merry Christmas to you all! May the Love of Jesus surround you during this special time of year and I hope you all will be having a fantastic time wherever you will be and whatever the weather!

If you have to travel, travel safely!!

Click on this Christmas-link to download a PDF-document with about 10 beautiful images about Christmas. It was sent to me by one of my Chess friends as a PPT and I’m sure you would like it too. It takes a few secs to download as it’s a big file. And here are two more links about Christmas on my blog. All links will open in a new window. https://chessaleeinlondon.wordpress.com/2007/12/25/merry-christmas-and-have-a-wonderful-day/ https://chessaleeinlondon.wordpress.com/2007/12/26/away-in-a-manger/   happy-christmas  

Click HERE to visit Daily Bible to read one verse per day!  

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chesspawn1.jpg This game is part of a 10play all-tournament and I’ve got one game left to finish in this tournament and although I’ve won just more than half of the games, I’m really not doing well in this tournament! I don’t like to play the all-play-all-tournaments, because I’m not really very focused when playing so many games suddenly, therefore, I prefer to join knockouts only as it adds only one new game to the existing games. In this game, ( I played black) game 15, my King got chased around a lot and I also swapped my Queen quite early in the game. Although I had the upper hand in this game at one stage, I wasn’t sure if it was going to be a win for me.  I haven’t played the player before and wasn’t sure if I could trust myself to beat him!  I was lucky to get his pawn before he could get it promoted! But then,   I was lucky to get my pawn promoted, so that sped up the game quickly. What I like about the end, is the position of my Rooks, the Rook on D4 immediately prevented him from an escape when I made the final move with my Queen.

Chess Love

Chess Love

Please click The Cisco Kid vs. Nikita1 HERE to play through the game that will open in a new window.

On this image you can see the final position.


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Will South Africans have to steel themselves for the future? Read the article at the bottom of this post and try answering this question!


This Battle took place on 16th December 1838. For some South Africans, like myself, the 16th December will always be a day to “remember”…a day to commemorate….on this day, the Battle of Blood River took place between the Zulu impis of Dingane and the Voortrekkkers. On this picture you can see the Voortrekker laager in a D-shape. That was because of the two rivers that meet there, the Donga – and the Ncome rivers. Sarel Cilliers, a Voortrekker leader and a preacher, had promised God that they will build a church and commemorate this day as a Sabbath day to thank God for helping them. God intervened in this Battle and till 1993, this day was always a public holiday in South Africa to commemorate the events of that day. Today, after 1994, it is now called  a day of “Reconciliation”. Read HERE about it. On the  first image you can see information about the two groups and on the Wiki-link, you can even read more….
This is a fantastic site to read more and there are really great pictures to see too…CLICK here to read more and you can even visit other historical sites!

On THIS link there is a time line and you can see all the kings of the Zulu, very interesting reading!

“On December 16th, dawn broke on a clear day, revealing that ” ‘all of Zululand sat there’ ,” said one Trekker eyewitness (Mackenzie 1997:74). On his deathbed 30 years later, Sarel Cilliers recalled that before the battle commenced, the Trekkers had made a vow to God that if He should deliver them, they would build a church and commemorate the day as a Sabbath.”

Read HERE about the Battle of Blood River between the Voortrekkers and the Zulu impis of Dingane.

From the news front:News24.com

South Africa

2007-12-16 22:13

Johannesburg – Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille has slammed the singing of Umshini wam (Bring me my machine gun) by delegates at the African National Congress’s 52nd national conference in Polokwane. “What will the world conclude about delegates who sing Bring me my machine gun – and that on the official Day of Reconciliation?” asked Zille.

“The contest for the top job has become a battle for access to perks of various offices and the institutions of state to use against other opponents” she said in a statement.

Zille could understand why ANC president Thabo Mbeki and others lamented this state of affairs.

Read the complete  News article here.

This next poem is about Blood River…
source: http://365spore.blogspot.com
Deur Theo Wassenaar
Die Slag van Bloedrivier
==16 Desember 1838==

Die Ooste gloei. Dit is die dag.
Wat vóór die Ooster-poorte wag
En aarsel om die donker waas,
Waar voor sy oog hang, weg te blaas:

Want o, wat sal sy oog aanskou –
Dan bloed, dan bloed, dan moord en rou?
Maar nee, hy skeur die sluier oop…
Dáár word Suid-Afrika gedoop!
Wat is dit, wat ek ginds gewaar,
Daar langs die donker berge, dáár?
Dit is Dingaan se swarte drom,
Dit is Dingaan! Die Zoeloes kom!
Gryp, Trekker, gryp jou kruit en roer
En staan jou man, jou naam is Boer!
Beskawing moet hier segevier,
Of Afrika is vir die dier!

Hul kom! Hul kom met woede aan,
Soos vuur, in hoë gras geslaan,
Wat, op die wind se vlug gedraag,
Al knett’rend oor die grassaad jaag,
En vir geen pad of vóórbrand stuit;
Die vlamme-arrems gryp vooruit,
Verteer al wat hul beet kan kry,T
ot as alléén nog orig bly.

Hul kom! Hul kom soos aasvoëls aan,
Die wye vlerke oopgeslaan,
En bek en pote rooi gekleur
Van prooi, nog pas uiteengeskeur.
O hoor hoe dreun dit, soos hul kom!
Die woel en wemel rond en om,
Van skildvel, assegai, barbaar!
Van Zoeloes, Zoeloes aan mekaar!

Hul storm! Hul storm! Die swarte drom,
En skreeu en bokspring soos hul kom.
Maar in die Treklaer is dit stil,
Want elke Boer weet wat hy wil:
So oog hou wag; sy hart herhaal
Die vroom gelofte elke maal,
En naas hom staan sy Sanna klaar,
Die kruit en koeëls lê bymekaar.

Hul kom! Hul Kom! . . . maar ry aan ry
Stort neer om daar vir goed te bly.
Die Sannas bulder, die osse brul
En hardloop rond, met angs vervul;
Dit kletter hier, dit knetter daar,
Dit reën asgaaie op die laer.

Hul kom! Hul kom!. . . maar deins weer trug.
Hul kom! . . . maar kom met weifelsug,
Hul kom! . . . maar weifel weer, weifel,
Hul kom! . . . dit was die laaste keer.

Dis moed, wat volhou na begin,V
ertroue is dit, wat oorwin.
Sou vier maal honderd Trekkers dan
Vir twaalf maal duisend Kaffers kan
Verslaan? Aanskou die water maar,
Aanskou die sloot, die vlakte dáár:
Drie duisend lyke daar lê daar rond! . . .
Pretorius alleen is lig gewond.

O hart, wat blydskap het gesmaak,
Wie kan die trotse dag genaak,
Van Afrika’s beskawingsdoop,
En koud bloed deur sy hart laat loop?
Ja, Stem van donker Afrika,
Ons, wat jou naam met eer moes dra,
Ons woon hier op ‘n wêrelddeel,
Ons moes regeer, en is verdeel!

Persone wat aan die Slag van Bloedrivier deelgeneem het/People taking part in this battle
(lys is nie 100% bygewerk nie, maar die volgende persone is reeds geverifieër)
Source: http://www.boerevryheid.co.za/forums/showthread.php?t=11001
Andries Wilhelmus Pretorius

Assistent Hoofkommandant
Karel Pieter Landman

Johannes H de Lange (Hans Dons), Jacobus Potgieter, Pieter Daniel Jacobs, Stephanus Erasmus, Jacobus Uys, Lukas Meyer

Albertus Pretorius (ook kanonnier), Lourens Erasmus, Piet Moolman (Rooi Piet), Christoffel Cornelis Froneman

Johannes C Steyn, Gert Viljoen, HA Pretorius, Gert van Staden, Stephanus Lombard, Jan Scheepers, Hermanus Fourie, William Cowie, Casper Labuschagne, Jan Joubert (ook kanonnier en godsdiensleier)

Charl Cilliers, Jan du Plessis

Piet Rudolph, Gerhardus Pretorius

Aucamp Piet
Badenhorst H
Badenhorst P
Bantjes Jan Gerritze
Beneke J
Bester Barend
Bester Lourens
Bester Paul Michiel
Bezuidenhout Daniel P
Bierman Isak
Biggar Alexander (kolonel)
Bodes Barend
Bornman Johannes Jurgens
Boshof Jan
Botha Ernst Adriaan Lodewyk
Botha Hendrik
Botha JC
Botha L
Botha PJ
Botha PR
Botha Theunis
Botha TF
Bothma Carel A
Bothma Daniel
Breytenbach Chris
Breytenbach Johannes Jacobus
Breytenbach Jacob Coenraad
Breytenbach Johan Hendrik
Bronkhorst Jacobus
Bronkhorst Johannes Jacobus
Bronkhorst Sam
Bruwer Eduard CD
Bruwer Hans
Bruyn Piet
Buitendag CH
Burger Jacobus J
Buys Piet
Claassens Christiaan
Coetzee J
Coetzer JJ
Coetzer Phillippus Jeremias
Coetzer Thys
Crombrink G
Cronje Abraham
Cronje Piet
Henning Dafel
Jan Dafel
Thomas Richard Dannhauser
De Beer Abraham
De Beer Christiaan M
De Beer C (sr)
De Beer Jan Christiaan
De Beer Johannes A
De Beer Stephanus A (sr)
De Beer Zacharias Jacobus
De Clercq Abraham
De Clercq B
De Clercq C
De Clercq J
De Jager A
De Jager Frederik J
De Jager Izak J
De Jager JW
De Jager Lodewyk
De Lange Adriaan (jr)
De Lange Robert
De Wet Kootjie
De Wet P
De Winnaar S
Dreyer C
Dreyer F
Dreyer I
Du Plessis Francois
Du Plessis Jan
Du Plessis P
Du Plooy Wouter
Du Plooy Hendrik
Du Plooy Willem
Du Preez PD
Dysel F
Engelbrecht Adriaan
Engelbrecht E
Engelbrecht Gerhardus
Engelbrecht H (Jong)
Engelbrecht HH (sr)
Engelbrecht Johannes Hendrik
Enslin Johannes Jacobus
Erasmus Antonie
Erasmus Barend
Erasmus Cornelis
Erasmus Daniel Elardus
Erasmus Hans
Erasmus Jacobus
Erasmus Pieter
Erasmus SE
Esterhuizen Jan
Ferreira Marthinus Stephanus
Fick Hendrik
Fisher Jan
Fourie Christiaan Erns
Fourie Dirk
Fourie Hermanus
Fourie Philip
Geer Carel
Giesing F
Gouws Daniel
Gouws J Marthinus
Gouws Jacob J
Gouws PM
Grove Hermanus
Greyling Jan
Grobbelaar Nicolaas Johannes
Grobbelaar Pieter Schalk
Hammes PJ
Hattingh C
Hattingh F
Hattingh JH (Hans)
Herbst M
Heydenreich Cornelis Frederik
Human PG
Jacobs Gabriel
Jacobs J Daniel
Jacobsz Jan
Hanse Willem
Jordaan Willem
Joubert Abraham Benjamin
Joubert Jan (Jacobus seun)
Joubert Jan (jr)
Joubert Pieter J
Joyce Robert
Kemp G
Kemp Jacobus
Kemp Petrus J
Klaassen P
Klopper Jacobus
Klopper H
Koekemoer C
Koekemoer Marthinus
Kritzinger Lewis
Kruger Jan
Kruger PE
Kruger TJ
Laas Cornelis
Laas Matthys
Labuschagne JP
Labuschagne JH (Jan Groen)
Labuschagne Willem Adriaan
Landman Jan AKP (sr)
Landman Jan (Doringberg)
Le Roux D
Le Roux Nicolaas
Liebenberg C
Liebenberg C (sr)
Lindeque P
Lombard Hermanus Antonie
Lombard Hans
Lombard S
Lotter J
Ludick MJ
Malan David D
Malan DJJ
Malan Jacob Jacobus
Malan Stephanus
Marcus F
Marais Coenraad
Marais Johannes L
Marais Stephanus Abraham
Mare Wynand Wilhelm
Maritz Pieter, Maritz Salmon Gerhardus
Maritz Stephanus
Martens Hendrik Jacobus
Martens J Thomas (sr)
Martens J Thomas (jr)
Marx Frans
Meintjies Albertus Jacobus
Meintjies Jacobus William
Meintjies Schalk
Mey Christiaan Lodewyk
Meyer Jacob
Meyer Lukas
Meyer Jan
Meyer Theodorus
Mienie Carel Johannes Hendrik
Mienie Jan Willem
Mienie Frederik Christiaan
Mienie Willem
Moolman I
Muller Christiaan
Naude Francois Paulus
Naude Jacob
Naude Philip Jacobus
Neethling Hendrik Ludolf
Neethling Schalk Willie
Neethling Willem
Nel LJ
Nel Theunis Jacobus
Nel Willem Gabriel
Nortje Joachim
Oberholzer Jan Albert
Olivier O
Olivier (Lang) Gert
Oosthuizen JJ (sr)
Oosthuizen Jan
Oosthuizen Marthinus
Opperman C
Opperman D
Parker Edward
Pieterse Frederik
Pieterse Nicolaas
Pieterse HJ
Potgieter Cornelis
Potgieter Evert F
Potgieter Hendrik
Potgieter J
Potgieter Matthys
Potgieter Hendrik Theunis
Potgieter Theodorus
Pretorius AP
Pretorius B
Pretorius Dewald Johannes
Pretorius Gideon
Pretorius MW
Pretorius Nicolaas
Pretorius Piet
Pretorius P (P seun)
Pretorius Samuel
Pretorius WJ
Pretorius Willem H
Prinsloo Jochemis (H seun)
Prinsloo NJ
Prinsloo W
Raads D
Raads G
Raath Philip
Raath Pieter
Raath Roelof
Ranger Simon
Reineke Adam
Retief Jacobus
Roscher P
Robbertse I
Robbertse Jan
Robbertse Matthys
Roets Hendrik
Roos Cornelis J
Roos G
Roux Dirk
Rudolph Bernard
Rudolph Pieter
Scheepers Coenraad F
Scheepers Gert
Scheepers H
Scheepers Jacobus Johannes
Scheepers Marthinus
Scheepers M (G seun)
Scheepers Stephanus Johannes
Schoeman Gert
Schoeman Johannes
Schutte Jan Harm Thomas
Slabbert G
Smit C (C seun)
Smith F
Snyman Coenraad FW
Snyman JH
Steenkamp Hermanus
Steenkamp Jan Harm
Steenkamp Piet L
Steyn Johannes Christoffel
Steyn Hermanus
Steyn Pieter
Strydom DJ
Strydom Hendrik
Strydom J
Strydom Pieter Gerhardus
Swanepoel Willem
Swart Pieter Johannes
Uys Dirk C
Uys Jan
Uys JJ (jr)
Uys Piet
Van der Berg H
Van der Berg Isak
Van der Merwe Andries
Van der Merwe C
Van der Merwe Christiaan Pieter
Van der Merwe Frederik J
Van der Merwe Jan
Van der Merwe Josias
Van der Merwe Lukas J
Van der Merwe LP
Van der Merwe M
Van der Merwe Willem
Van der Schyff D
Van der Schyff JD
Van Deventer Jan
Van Dyk Joseph
Van Dyk Sybrand
Van Gass Ferdinand P
Van Gass JF
Van Jaarsveld A
Van Loggerenberg H
Van Niekerk Izak Andries
Van Niekerk JAP
Van Niekerk P
Van Rensburg Lucas
Van Rensburg Nicolaas M
Van Rooyen GF
Van Rooyen Gert Reinier
Van Rooyen GT
Van Rooyen I
Van Rooyen Lukas
Van Rooyen Stephanus
Van Schalkwyk Christiaan
Van Schalkwyk Gert
Van Staden Cornelis
Van Staden VC
Van Straten Jacob
Van Venen D
Van Vuren Janse Lukas Gerhardus
Van Vuuren P
Van Zyl Jacobus
Venter A
Venter PA
Venter WD
Vermaak CI
Vermaak J
Viljoen Christoffel
Viljoen Gideon
Viljoen Johan H
Viljoen M
Viljoen Sarel
Visagie Jan

Bloedrivier is slegs ‘n week voor Geloftedag (16 Desember 2007) geskryf en gekomponeer. Bloedrivier is vir die eerste keer gesing op 16 Desember 2007 op Bloedrivier. Bloedrivier word op DV 18 Januarie 2008 in ‘n ateljee opgeneem waarna hy in CD formaat beskikbaar sal wees.

Bloedrivier – die liedjie

Resource: http://www.bravoland.co.za/forum/index.php/topic,207.msg30967.html

In 1838 is God se hulp gevra om die boere in hul nood te steun, te behoed en te bewaar
‘n Monument sal hulle bou en die dag sal heilig bly,
Hul enigste wapen – hul geloof – met die Here aan hul sy …

Die nag was kul en donker, die impi’s staan en wag,
die lampies op die ossewaens soos Mahlozi’s in die nag
‘n Strandwolf sluip daar tussendeur, hy’s onheilspellend daar
Die mis sak toe, die vyand druis, hul wag op die bevel.

In die geslote walaer, in ‘n see van heidendom
is daar ‘n lig wat helder skyn – die lig van Christendom.
Die stemme van ‘n mannekoor weerklink deur digte mis
Psalm agt-en-dertig, stel almal weer gerus.

Maar dieselfde God van Bloedrivier is steeds ons God vandag
Hy verstaan ons grootste vrese, Hy staan by ons deur die nag
Kom ons almal vat weer hande, erken sy grote Mag
Want dieselfde God van Bloedrivier is steeds met ons vandag

Twee skote van ‘n dubbel-loop, die stryd het pas begin
Die isilongo kondig aan Dingaan – ons sal oorwin
Maar God ons Vader is met ons, die vyand word verslaan
Die veld drink bloed, soos op Golgota – dit moet ons verstaan

Maar dieselfde God van Bloedrivier is steeds ons God vandag
Hy verstaan ons grootste vrese, Hy staan by ons deur die nag
Kom ons almal vat weer hande, erken sy grote Mag
Want dieselfde God van Bloedrivier is steeds met ons vandag

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Read here more where I found this picture.

2nd World Champion, 1894 – 1921

Emanuel Lasker was born in Berlinchen, Germany on 24th December, 1868. He was taught chess by his elder brother, Berthold. As a child Lasker displayed a talent for both chess and mathematics. He attended a school in Berlin to develop his mathematical skills further and he later went on to study mathematics at Erlangen University. He achieved the German master title in 1889.

In 1892 he won his first important success in a small but strong tournament in London when he took first place a half a point ahead of Blackburne. Lasker then played a match against Blackburne and when he won decisively he began to think of the possibility of becoming world champion. He challenged
but his challenge was declined. Lasker told him that he should first win a major tournament.

Read more HERE on Chess-corner…there is also a  game  to play through and a link to his game collection! …..and as soon as I’ve found enough info on the Lasker-painting here, I will add the info and a link!

Try to solve this Chess puzzle here.

Read HERE about the game LASCA which Lasker invented.

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2009! I Hope you have a wonderful Christmas, wherever you are!  May you have a glorious time! God bless you! [the first Christmas entry in this post was done in 2007]




This Christmas e-card is really a must to enjoy. A blogger-friend has sent it to me and it is a wonderful link! Thanks Eilandkind!This first image comes from this link.
And enjoy this Christmas-video with the music of Sweet People

Now you can listen to John Lennon with…”So this is Christmas”! Enjoy!

Merry Christmas to you all! No exception! Everyone reading here and anyone visiting this blog, wherever you are, if you celebrate Christmas, I want you to have a wonderful day! Be safe, wherever you travel, enjoy whatever you do!


HAPPY Christmas!

Hope you play lots of Chess games over Christmas!


jesus-cross jesus-cross1 godblessyou.jpg

2007-entry ..you will find this entry on the 17/12/2007..too…but only some of what’s in this post!

Harvey, one of the friendly chess players on the chess site, has sent me the link of this beautiful song, sang by the Celtic Woman, to wish me a Merry Christmas and I want to share it with everyone visiting my blog with the message: Merry Christmas to you all! May the Love of Jesus surround you during this special time of year and I hope you all will be having a fantastic time wherever you will be and whatever the weather! If you have to travel, travel safely!! Click on this Christmas-link to download a PDF-document with about 10 beautiful images about Christmas. It was sent to me by one of my Chess friends as a PPT and I’m sure you would like it too. It takes a few secs to download as it’s a big file. And here are two more links about Christmas on my blog. All links will open in a new window. If you leave me a message with your email, I can send you this wonderful Powerpoint Slideshow with animation and music, so beautifully done and you can enjoy it too! Unfortunately, I can’t upload it here on the blog.

https://chessaleeinlondon.wordpress.com/2007/12/25/merry-christmas-and-have-a-wonderful-day/ https://chessaleeinlondon.wordpress.com/2007/12/26/away-in-a-manger/ happy-christmas

  Please click HERE to visit Daily Bible to read one verse per day!


Happy Christmas in a few languages…

Afrikaans Gesëende Kersfees 
Albanian Gezur Krislinjden
Arabic:  Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah
Argentine:  Feliz Navidad
Armenian:  Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand
Basque:  Zorionak eta Urte Berri On!
Bengali:  Shuvo Naba Barsha
Bohemian:  Vesele Vanoce
Brazilian:  Boas Festas e Feliz Ano Novo
Bulgarian:  Tchestita Koleda; Tchestito Rojdestvo Hristovo
Catalan:  Bon Nadal i un Bon Any Nou!
Chile:  Feliz Navidad
Chinese: (Cantonese)  Gun Tso Sun Tan’Gung Haw Sun
Chinese: (Mandarin)  Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan
Choctaw:  Yukpa, Nitak Hollo Chito
Columbia:  Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo
Cornish:  Nadelik looan na looan blethen noweth
Corsian:  Pace e salute
Crazanian:  Rot Yikji Dol La Roo
Croatian:  Sretan Bozic
Czech:  Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok
Danish:  Glædelig Jul
Duri:  Christmas-e- Shoma Mobarak
Dutch:  Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar! or Zalig Kerstfeast
English:  Merry Christmas
Eskimo: (inupik)  Jutdlime pivdluarit ukiortame pivdluaritlo!
Esperanto:  Gajan Kristnaskon
Estonian:  Ruumsaid juulup|hi
Faeroese:  Gledhilig jol og eydnurikt nyggjar!
Farsi:  Cristmas-e-shoma mobarak bashad
Finnish:  Hyvaa joulua
Flemish:  Zalig Kerstfeest en Gelukkig nieuw jaar
French:  Joyeux Noel
Frisian:  Noflike Krystdagen en in protte Lok en Seine yn it Nije Jier!
Gaelic:  Nollaig chridheil agus Bliadhna mhath ùr! 
German:  Froehliche Weihnachten
Greek:  Kala Christouyenna!
Hawaiian:  Mele Kalikimaka
Hebrew:  Mo’adim Lesimkha. Chena tova
Hindi:  Shub Naya Baras
Hawaian:  Mele Kalikimaka ame Hauoli Makahiki Hou!
Hungarian:  Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket
Icelandic:  Gledileg Jol
Indonesian:  Selamat Hari Natal
Iraqi:  Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah
Irish:  Nollaig Shona Dhuit or Nodlaig mhaith chugnat
Italian:  Buone Feste Natalizie
Japanese:  Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto
Jiberish:  Mithag Crithagsigathmithags
Korean:  Sung Tan Chuk Ha
Latin:  Natale hilare et Annum Faustum!
Latvian:  Prieci’gus Ziemsve’tkus un Laimi’gu Jauno Gadu!
Lausitzian:  Wjesole hody a strowe nowe leto
Lettish:  Priecigus Ziemassvetkus
Lithuanian:  Linksmu Kaledu
Low Saxon:  Heughliche Winachten un ‘n moi Nijaar
Macedonian:  Sreken Bozhik
Maltese:  IL-Milied It-tajjeb
Manx:  Nollick ghennal as blein vie noa
Maori:  Meri Kirihimete
Marathi:  Shub Naya Varsh
Navajo:  Merry Keshmish
Norwegian:  God Jul or Gledelig Jul
Occitan:  Pulit nadal e bona annado
Papiamento:  Bon Pasco 
Papua New Guinea:  Bikpela hamamas blong dispela Krismas na Nupela yia i go long yu
Pennsylvania German:  En frehlicher Grischtdaag un en hallich Nei Yaahr!
Peru:  Feliz Navidad y un Venturoso Año Nuevo
Philipines:  Maligayan Pasko!
Polish:  Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia or Boze Narodzenie
Portuguese:  Feliz Natal 
Rumanian:  Sarbatori vesele
Russian:  Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva is Novim Godom
Sami:  Buorrit Juovllat
Samoan:  La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou
Sardinian:  Bonu nadale e prosperu annu nou
Serbian:  Hristos se rodi
Slovakian:  Sretan Bozic or Vesele vianoce
Sami:  Buorrit Juovllat
Samoan:  La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou
Scots Gaelic:  Nollaig chridheil huibh
Serb-Croatian:  Sretam Bozic. Vesela Nova Godina
Serbian:  Hristos se rodi. 
Slovak:  Vesele Vianoce. A stastlivy Novy Rok
Slovene:  Vesele Bozicne. Screcno Novo Leto
Spanish:  Feliz Navidad
Swedish:  God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt År
Tagalog:  Maligayamg Pasko. Masaganang Bagong Taon
Tami:  Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal
Trukeese:  (Micronesian) Neekiriisimas annim oo iyer seefe feyiyeech!
Thai:  Sawadee Pee Mai
Turkish:  Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
Ukrainian:  Srozhdestvom Kristovym
Urdu:  Naya Saal Mubarak Ho
Vietnamese:  Chung Mung Giang Sinh
Welsh:  Nadolig Llawen
Yugoslavian:  Cestitamo Bozic
Yoruba:  E ku odun, e ku iye’dun!

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 This is a pyramid-game. I’m still on level 2 after this game, as my opponent (who challenged me) was on level 1,  therefore, I stay on my level and only move up in the pyramid when I beat a player on a higher level. I played black in this game and at one stage this game just felt too long!….. my opponent preferred to resign when he realised there was no way out! I made a move with my Knight and hoped that he would capture my Knight with his Queen,  so I could make the final devastating checkmate move(s)!

Please click ant.com vs. Nikita1 HERE to play through the game which will open in a new window.

AND…if you click Bouncy vs. Nikita1 HERE you can see what a SILLY move I made before the final checkmate in this game!! – I played black…. – This is what usually happens to me when I’m in a hurry, when I don’t spend enough time to make sure! and that happens quite often!! This game could have been a won for me…but…I don’t have to say more…check it out yourself…hehehehe… — a new window will open when you click on the link —-

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Most of the time, my chess games are like this picture! In this game which I blog here, I played white. My opponent is a strong player and it was the semi-final in a knock-out tournament. Well, I was lucky this time and I really like the checkmate at the end!Please click on the link and it will open up in a new window 
Nikita1 vs. pieeaterHERE

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Read HERE more about South Africa’s wildlife and also about the Rock Jumper!
The Klipspringer (‘rock jumper’ in Afrikaans) is a small African antelope that lives from the Cape of Good Hope all the way up East Africa and into Ethiopia.

Reaching approximately 58cm at the shoulder, klipspringers are relatively small animals compared to some of their larger antelope cousins. Males have fragile horns that are usually about 20-25cm long. With a thick and dense speckled patterened coat of an almost olive shade, klipspringers blend in well with the rock outcrops on which they can usually be found.

Klipspringers are herbivores, eating rock plants. They never need to drink, since the succulents they subsist on provide them with enough water to survive.

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Photo of the Kaaimans River

 This is for Meghna…and anyone planning to visit South Africa…DO NOT MISS the Outeniqua  Choo Choo!!
Click HERE to read more about the Outeniqua Choo Choo. You can follow the “photo gallery” link to see beautiful photos on that link too.


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A dik-dik, pronounced “dĭk’ dĭk”, and named for the sound it makes when alarmed, is a small antelope of the Genus Madoqua that lives in the bush of southern and eastern Africa and Southeast Asia. Dik-diks stand 30–40 cm at the shoulder and weigh 3–6 kg, making them the smallest of the ruminant suborder. They have an elongated snout and a soft coat that is grey or brownish above and white below. The hair on the crown forms an upright tuft that sometimes partially conceals the short, ringed horns of the male.

The Dik-dik is one of South Africa’s smallest antelope.   The Suni is the smallest. I haven’t seen both in their natural environment, I think they are too small!  On the links you can read more about these two small animals!

Read HERE more about the Dik-dik.


On the last picture you can see the Suni, the other two are the Dik-dik.

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We all know that Chess helps  to improve children’s concentration, maths, reading, thinking processes, ability to make choices in life, dyslexia, etc. etc… but this video shows us how you can combine Chess with boxing!!! hehehehe….so, all you guys that want to be great boxers!! come on, play Chess!!! Chess isn’t for the “softies”…like some people think!
Read my earlier post about a  research that was done by a South African lady…about it. See the second link in this post. (scroll down with the slider once you’ve clicked on the link) I’ve copied a section of the article from the first link here…PS: All links will open in a new window.


That is good news for parents and teachers. Research indicates that chess accelerates learning skills in a huge way. The two Davids cited a number of dazzling statistics showing chess can improve IQ and comprehension retention rates.

They were results of a survey undertaken by the America’s Foundation for Chess (AF4C). Numerous studies confirm the benefits of chess instruction on students and academic performance, especially maths and reading. The studies all pointed out that “there is a positive effect of chess on intellectual achievement; not a single report fails to find such a connection”.

The researchers investigated and documented the impact of chess on a broad spectrum of academic areas: improved performance by students of diverse ages, intellectual abilities, economic and cultural backgrounds.

Chess, they report, has made a difference to children all over the world. For example, Smith and Cage (2000) observed southern, rural, black, secondary school students and found students who were taught chess scored “significantly higher on all measures of academic achievement, including math, spatial analysis, and non-verbal reasoning ability”.

Closer to home, there is Van Zyl (1991), who studied South African high school students. After three years of chess instruction, he concluded that there was a “significant improvement in both verbal and non-verbal IQ scores”.

He surmised that “chess nourishes latent learning abilities and reinforces skills in logical and abstract thinking, impulse control, endurance and determination”. The studies cited in this survey are impressive.

As a parent, it seems we all need to get wise to the benefits of chess. That is easier said than done. Our children’s concentration spans are often ambushed by TV, cellphones and other distractions.

Let’s face it, it is easier to switch on the telly than to haul out a chess board. Not all of us know how to play. “You don’t know how to play – why should we?” chorus the children – and they are correct.

As with everything, it is not enough to extol the virtues of a topic. It has to be presented in a way which makes it exciting.

Take the following example: My husband taught our children (then in grade 1 and 2) the rudiments of the game and they loved it. They attended sessions with chess whiz kids at their school and had a great time. The young teachers – national champions – gave prizes to their students which added to the excitement.

It ended when the young mentors were unable to continue due to their schedules at middle school.

My daughters learnt chess at school, but soon gave up. Why? It was boring. The teaching lacked the buzz they had been accustomed to. Chess was not part of the curriculum. It was the grudge activity where pariahs hung out because they had no one else to play with at break. Or that was the perception.

In actual fact, there were some seriously good players at the school but it seems that if you were a newcomer, this wasn’t an exciting gig.

I have seen children playing the game at home, but they would not go near a board at school because it wasn’t cool; because the teacher shouted or because they felt inadequate, playing with the brains of the school.

It seems this is not uncommon. Berman e-mailed comments to me from Peter, a SA chess coach who cautions: “Just a warning: I see the old disease of schools supporting only the top 15 players and maybe a few reserves. Chess is for all; it is a language; it helps all pupils to bring order into their academic careers and speed.”

Indeed, chess teachers need to take cognisance of the abilities of all students and need to frame the learning process as an exciting adventure – just as MacEnulty has done at the schools he has taught at in the Bronx and elsewhere.

There is a need to train the trainer. Berman is doing everything in his power to get MacEnulty back in town during the winter holidays (June/July) to run programmes with teachers.

The long-term goal would be to get chess into schools as part of the curriculum – taught during school hours. Chess is for all and with that in mind, they are hoping to get funding so the game can benefit all children.

Berman is also keen on twinning schools to encourage social interaction. A programme like this takes funding, and Berman is hedging his moves and encouraging corporations and others to make some good financial moves in getting chess into action at curriculum level.

The day after watching the film and hearing MacEnulty speak, my daughters and their friends hauled out the chess board and dusted it off. They played a game on Saturday evening which went on for hours. They were all exhausted and remarked that it was a jol, but that they were tired – their brains were sore.

Celone (2001) “Chess significantly increased student scores in non-verbal intelligence, which reflected increased abilities in abstract reasoning and problem solving.”

Smith and Sullivan (1997) “Chess education has a substantial positive effect on analytical thinking skills which are important in math, engineering and the physical sciences. The impact was particularly strong among girls.”

Rifner (1992) “Problem solving skills that chess teaches will transfer to tasks in other academic domains, including reading comprehension and math, and to enhanced performance on standardized tests of academic achievement.”

Van Zyl (1991)(South Africa) “Chess nourishes latent learning abilities, and reinforces skills in logical and abstract thinking, impulse control, endurance and determination. This was manifest as a significant improvement in both verbal and non-verbal IQ scores after three years of chess instruction.”

Liptrap (1997). “Students receiving chess instruction scored significantly higher in standardized tests of both math and reading.” Resource: The American Foundation for Chess…click on this link:


Click HERE to play through Master’s Chess games.

And now…Chess Boxing!

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This is a game I’m currently playing in a Semi-final tournament and I’ve thought to blog some of my games for a change! I will try and update this link as the game goes… shocking! – hehe – he has just “sacrificed” his Rook on B8 by capturing my Pawn on B5! Wonder what he is up to….is it my  other Rook he’s after….!!? In the third image you can see his King  pinned! He cannot move his Queen, because that will put his King in check! Read
HERE about a PIN. And…he’s finally captured my Queen!…but that doesn’t matter as I have enough pawns left to promote! He has now moved his Rook to G7 and I’ve captured his Knight….and now….for the Pawn promotion! ReadHERE about the promotion of a Pawn! He’s “sacrificed” (or actually …he’s given away his Rooks!) his other Rook too! and has finally resigned…At the bottom of this post you will find a link to play through the game!





Click HERE to play through the above game.

a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8
a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7
a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6
a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5
a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4
a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3
a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2
a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1
There is an absolute pin on the black knight as moving it would illegally expose the black king to check fromthe white bishop.There is a relative pin on the white knight as moving it would allow capture of the white queen by the black rook.

Read on the “pin” link more about pins….

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Hilary Stagg’s music is really beautiful….harp music!

Clickhere to see more of his albums. There are 30 sec bits of tracks to listen to! Enjoy! but, I would suggest you get yours as it is really worth it!  I have The edge of Forever….beautiful!


Although you might not understand the words here on the Youtube video, you can still enjoy his music! Don’t fall asleep!

On the link here and this link HERE you can listen to tracks from his album in this post. The links will open in a new window.

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7 December-poem
This poem comes from a “poetic calendar”. There’s a poem for every day and it’s actually a book used by Teachers and I want to share a poem for today from this book! Fridays always feel to me like a special day for poetry! A day to relax! So…relax and enjoy! As student, Ingrid Jonker’s poems really appealed to me…and “Bitterbessie Dagbreek” was always somewhere on a door/wall in my room. At the bottom of this post, you will find a link to read more about her….her poems were translated in many languages!
Follow this link
HERE to listen to her poem in Afrikaans, and at the same time, you can read it in English! Please Click on the play button!
A taper lit in sunlight,
Pale yellow leaf of flame,
An upturned heart that trembled
As soft winds breathed your name,
Its brightness was diluted;
But, when the darkness came,
It shone with such pure brilliance
As put the stars to shame.
Vernon Scannell 
From:Read Me2: A Poem For Every Day of The Year

Ingrid Jonker

Bitterbessie dagbreek
bitterbessie son
‘n spieël het gebreek
tusen my en hom

Soek ek na die grootpad
om daarlangs te draf
oral draai die paadjies
van sy woorde af

Dennebos herinnering
dennebos vergeet
het ek ook verdwaal
trap ek in my leed

Papegaai-bont eggo
kierang kierang my
totdat ek bedroë
weer die koggel kry

Eggo is geen antwoord
antwoord hy alom
bitterbessie dagbreek
bitterbessie son

On THIS LINK you will find interesting reading about her life! Read HERE more about INGRID JONKER.



Another Afrikaans poem of Ingrid…
Madeliefies in Namakwaland
~~~Ingrid Jonker
Waarom luister ons nog
na die antwoorde van die madeliefies
op die wind op die son
wat het geword van die kokkewietjies
Agter die geslote voorkop
waar miskien nog ’n takkie tuimel
van ’n verdrinkte lente
Agter my gesneuwelde woord
Agter ons verdeelde huis
Agter die hart gesluit teen homself
Agter draadheinings, kampe, lokasies
Agter die stilte waar onbekende tale
val soos klokke by ’n begrafenis
Agter ons verskleurde land
sit die groen hotnotsgot van die veld
en ons hoor nog verdwaasd
klein blou Namakwaland-madeliefie
iets antwoord, iets glo, iets weet

I had to blog this Afrikaans song of Laurika Rauch as I think the mood suits today’s poems!

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 This tournament is taking place this week, as this article was written quite awhile ago.
Follow THIS link to see some of the results. The Individual Championships will only be taking place tomorrow where more than 700 players will be taking part in playing chess!

The South African Junior National Champs kick off in Bloemfontein next month

Southern Africa’s largest chess event will take place in Bloemfontein next month. The South African Junior National Championships which is set to attract 1400 players and 1000 coaches, technical staff, parents, and onlookers.

Considered as South Africa’s most centrally located city Bloemfontein will play host to this years event. Twenty chess regions from the nine provinces that make up the country.

World renowned author of the famous novels, ‘The Hobbit,’ and, ‘The Lord of the Rings’ J.R.R Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein on January 3 1892. Until 1994 the city was best known as the sole judicial capital of South Africa. It remains the seat for the Supreme Court Of Appeal (formerly the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court)and is generally therefore regarded as the judicial capital. It is also an administrative centre with many private hospitals and educational institutions.

Chesscube.com is one of the sponsors of this event, and will be providing a technical support team to drive the games data capturing and commentaries process.

Picture: Christiaan’s De Wet’s statue in Bloemfontein

He served in the first Anglo Boer War of 1880-81 as a Field Cornet, taking part in the Battle of Majiba Mountain where the Boers achieved a victory over the British forces under Major General Sir George Pomeroy Colley, which eventually led to the end of the war and the reinstatement of the independence of the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek, more commonly known as the Transvaal Republic. From 1881 to 1896 he lived on his farm, becoming in 1897 member of the Volksraad.
SourceChess Cube
Bloemfontein is “The city of Roses” and you can read HERE more about the city and its attractions.Article in Afrikaans here:Lees HIER meer

Click HERE to see the program that’s running till 12th December!

Bloemfontein is ONE of South Africa’s three capitals! and click HERE to see the Appeal Court…Cape Town and Pretoria are the two other capitals!  Pretoria is the Administrative capital, Cape Town the Legislative capital and Bloemfontein the Judicial capital! The Parliament is in Cape Town and the State President’s  office in Pretoria.

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 How safe is it nowadays to go and do shopping, not knowing what’s going to happen to you or family-members, relatives/friends next!? This is so horrible!! How selfish was this person!

OMAHA, Nebraska (Reuters) – A gunman opened fire inside a crowded shopping centre in Omaha, Nebraska, on Wednesday, killing eight people and then himself, police said.
Five people were wounded in the rampage at the Westroads Mall, two of them critically, according to hospital spokesmen. One man with a chest wound was in surgery.

Witnesses reported hearing as many as two dozen gunshots, telling a local television station the gunman shot one man in the head from a third-floor balcony and others at point-blank range as he moved through the shopping centre
Read more
HERE on Yahoo.

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Kobese and Bwalya

Chess game Kobese and Bwalya two South African players…please wait for game to load when you click on the link!
Click HERE to access more games to play through.

click here for Chesscube ….


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More photos here…
 ROUND 4….Results


 Readers not knowing how this table works: Look at matches 1-8 and the player with the highest score in each match moves on to the next round. Read the press release of today:
The last eight finalists for the World Cup have now been determined after the tie-break matches were played today. Again we had plenty of surprises and more top seeds toppled. Two of the Mexican finalists in September will be leaving Khanty-Mansiysk. Previous World Cup winner Levon Aronian from Armenia lost his first tie-break game against 24-year-old Dmitry Jakovenko from Russia , and although pressing very hard in the second game, could not manage to recover. Jakovenko will be playing his next round against the most experienced (and eldest) player left in the World Cup, 35-year-old Alexei Shirov from Spain. Another top seed who played in Mexico, Peter Svidler, lost his second tie-break game to ex-World Championship runner-up Gata Kamsky from the USA . Kamsky will now be facing the former World champion Ruslan Ponomariov from Ukraine in his next match.

The interesting point to note is that from the remaining eight quarterfinalists the average age is 24! Two of the world’s youngest grandmasters have shown a deep sense of maturity and purpose in disposing of highly experienced rival grandmasters. 17-year-old Magnus Carlsen from Norway has steadily faced challenge after challenge and his next match will now be against another young player, 21-year-old Ivan Cheparinov from Bulgaria . 17-year-old Sergey Karjakin from Ukraine will face the challenge of the ‘much older’ 22-year-old Alekseev from Russia.

Some very interesting chess is promised in the quarterfinals as three of the final four players will all get an opportunity in the forthcoming Grand Prix whilst the winner will get to play a match next year to determine the challenger for the World Championship match in 2009.
For more results clickHERE.
Chess Press release

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Heart surgeon Dr. Christiaan Barnard illustrates a point while addressing a group of journalists in Cape Town, South Africa, on Dec. 10, 1967, a week after performing the first successful heart transplant operation in a human. Barnard’s patient, Louis Washkansky, died of pneumonia 18 days after the operation, but within weeks, other doctors began to perform similar surgeries.

Dr Barnard: “For a dying person, a transplant is not a difficult decision. If a lion chases you to a river filled with crocodiles, you will leap into the water convinced you have a chance to swim to the other side. But you would never accept such odds if there were no lion.”


The first patient, 24-year-old Denise Darvall, had suffered severe head injuries earlier that day when she was struck by a car as she walked to a bakery to buy a cake. A neurosurgeon declared her brain-dead, and her father gave permission for doctors to harvest her heart. Barnard’s team draped the woman, sterilized her chest, and confirmed that their heart-lung machine, which keeps cells alive, was operational.

Midnight passed, and now it was Dec. 3, 1967.

Barnard’s assistants opened Darvall, connected her heart to the machine, and began to cool her body. When it had reached the proper temperature, they excised Darvall’s heart and placed it in a bowl of ice-cold solution. Unlike the woman’s brain, the heart was perfectly healthy.

Barnard was in an adjacent operating room with the second patient, 55-year-old businessman Louis Washkansky, who had been anesthetized after signing a consent form that essentially rendered him a guinea pig. Washkansky suffered from debilitating coronary disease for which there was no cure. Without a transplant, he would soon die.

Although an American doctor in 1964 had sewn a chimpanzee’s heart into a person who lived but a few hours, no one had ever tried to transplant a human heart — but several surgeons, including Barnard, had experimented with transplanting a heart from one dog to another. By December 1967, Barnard, 45, was ready to leave the lab.

Barnard opened Washkansky, connected him to a separate heart-lung machine, and quickly cut out his damaged organ, replacing it with the young woman’s. Then he tested the sutures. They held strong. Washkansky’s new heart had stopped beating, but the cold had sustained it and one shock of electricity restarted it. Barnard slowly weaned his patient off the heart-lung machine. At 8:30 a.m., Washkansky was wheeled out of the operating room. The beat of his new heart was strong.

Word of the operation had been leaked to reporters, who awaited its outcome at the hospital. One doctor told the Associated Press that jolting Washkansky’s new heart back into action “was like turning the ignition switch of a car.” Barnard told another wire service that Washkansky deserved the credit. “If it had not been for this man’s courage and will to live,” he said, “the operation would never have succeeded.”

Reports of the operation made headlines around the world, including front-page stories Dec. 4 in The New York Times and The Providence Journal. Pneumonia would kill Washkansky 18 days after his transplant, but a new era had arrived.

Forty years later, untold thousands of people who would have been in their graves now are leading normal lives.

Jim Taricani, who received a new heart in 1996 after years of progressive heart failure, is one of them.

This did not seem his future when Taricani, 58, now an investigative reporter for Channel 10, was a young man. He smoked and had high blood pressure, but there were no other clues into what fate held for him. He exercised regularly and had never experienced any of the typical symptoms of heart disease: angina, shortness of breath, weakness, dizziness. To his knowledge, only one relative had a history of cardiac disease: his maternal grandmother, who died at the age of 78 during her fifth heart attack.

At 3:06 a.m. on July 9, 1986, pain that he would later compare to an elephant on his chest awakened Taricani. He thought he’d pulled a muscle the day before while lifting weights at his gym, and he left his bedroom for the kitchen, where he hoped stretching would soothe him. It did not. The pain intensified and spread to his left arm, not a promising sign. He woke his wife, Laurie.

“I think you’d better take me to the hospital,” he said.

I’m going to die, Taricani thought to himself. I’m only 36, and I’m going to die.

“You’re in the middle of a major heart attack,” an emergency room doctor said when Taricani arrived at South County Hospital. A blood clot in an artery to his heart had stopped the flow of blood, killing substantial tissue. But the doctors saved Taricani, and he was transported to Rhode Island Hospital, where he stayed for 16 days. A few weeks later, he returned to work — and, he hoped, an ordinary life.

In February 1987, he suffered a second heart attack.

Cardiologists at Providence’s Miriam Hospital took charge of his care, prescribing drugs and admitting him when his heart lost normal rhythm, as it did repeatedly. As the 1980s ended, Taricani was becoming short of breath. His energy flagged and his abdomen bloated as his kidneys deteriorated. He’d entered an early stage of dying.

In November 1993, Laurie returned home to find her husband collapsed on the floor. When an ambulance delivered him to Miriam Hospital, his cardiologist, Dr. Richard Shulman, said: “You need a defibrillator and you’re going to need a heart transplant someday.” Heart transplants are not performed in Rhode Island and Shulman referred Taricani to Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital, where doctors implanted a defibrillator, a device that would automatically shock his heart back into normal beating with a jolt of electricity when it lost rhythm. A transplant was inevitable now.

Taricani was 44 years old, and scared.

Oh my God, he thought, a heart transplant. Somebody’s going to cut my heart out — they’ve got to get a donor. Why me?

BARNARD INTENDED to be a general surgeon when he enrolled in a training program at the University of Minnesota in the mid-1950s. But working with the university’s open-heart pioneer, Dr. C. Walton Lillehei, headed him in another direction. He returned to his native South Africa, where he specialized in heart surgery — and briefly attracted attention, in 1960, when he transplanted a second head onto a dog. Barnard was a technically flawless surgeon, though no prominent innovator. But he had an ego.

On a visit to the United States early in 1967, Barnard became familiar with the experimental work of Dr. Norman Shumway, another surgeon trained in Minnesota who was a professor at California’s Stanford University School of Medicine. Shumway had devised an ingenious heart transplant operation — with dogs. He planned eventually to move to humans.

Using Shumway’s methods, Barnard beat him — unfairly so, many said. Shumway might have accomplished the first human heart transplant if his superiors had not thought he was restricted by California ethics laws — ones that did not apply in South Africa — regarding the definition of death.

Barnard’s transplant operation on Dec. 3, 1967, inspired his colleagues worldwide. Just three days later, a New York City surgeon cut a heart from a baby born without a brain and sewed it into a heart-crippled infant who died hours later. Barnard performed his second transplant on Jan. 2, 1968. Four days later, when Stanford’s administrators lifted their restriction, Shumway performed his first.

By the end of 1968, surgeons in Bombay, Paris, London and elsewhere were transplanting hearts. Barnard had become an international sensation.

WHENEVER HIS implanted defibrillator went off, the shock would kick Taricani halfway across a room. It went off only a few times in 1994 and 1995, but more frequently as 1996 progressed.

He was shaving on the morning of July 19, 1996, when his heart lost rhythm once more, activating the defibrillator and knocking him to the floor. He stood, and the defibrillator fired again. He crawled out of the bathroom, and the machine went off a third time, flipping him onto his back. He was turning blue.
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Photo and article of Dr Barnard here. The Link will open in a new window.

“He was one of our main achievers, a pioneer in heart transplant” ++++++Nelson Mandela
” We owe him a great debt of gratitude ” +++++Mikhail Gorbachev
JOHANNESBURG (AFP) – Forty years ago, in the middle of the night at a Cape Town hospital, South African surgeon Christiaan Barnard rewrote medical history when he carried out the first ever heart transplant.
The operation captivated the imagination of the world, catapulting Barnard and South Africa onto the world stage and leading to hundreds of similar operations around the globe.

Dene Friedman, who was in the theatre during the groundbreaking operation, assisting with the running of the heart-lung machine, remembers the surgery “as if it were yesterday”.

“Nobody took a photograph, nobody did anything … We didn’t think of the publicity side of it,” she told AFP.

Barnard had not even told the hospital that he would be attempting the operation, giving little thought to the reaction his techniques would generate.

“Professor Barnard told them in the early hours of the next morning. He just gave a phone call,” remembers Friedman.

“We just thought that we were doing something worthwhile for the patient,” she said of Louis Washkansky, a 53-year-old diabetic with incurable heart disease who had suffered three heart attacks.

Barnard had already practised the basic surgical technique for the transplant — that was pioneered by other surgeons on animals — in the laboratory. He only needed one donor to put this knowledge into practice.

On the night of the December 2, 1967, a 25-year-old woman was fatally injured in a car accident.

Her blood type matched that of Washkansky’s and her father agreed that her heart could be donated for the surgery.

“We entered the theatre in the middle of the night and left at 8 am the next morning,” said Friedman.

“It was very impressive, exciting and scary. As it had never been done before, we weren’t sure about the effects in a human patient.”

The 30-strong medical team looked on in rapture as the transplanted heart gave its first few beats, making medical history.
 here more about Dr Chris Barnard.

Another link about Dr Chris Barnard and his transplant.

image: gis.deat.gov.za

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World Aids day

 Mandela: halting new HIV infections key

By CELEAN JACOBSON, Associated Press Writer

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – The world must not grow complacent about AIDS because the number of new HIV infections still outpaces the number of those being treated for the disease, former South African President Nelson Mandela said at a benefit concert Saturday.

Since stepping down as South Africa‘s first black president in 1999, Mandela, whose son died from the disease, has championed the cause of people with AIDS. On Saturday, he drew a crowd of about 15,000 to his fifth international awareness concert, held this year to coincide with World AIDS Day.

Read here more.
Click here for a movie about news/aids
….and for a movie to see Mandela at the Aids-concert.

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