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March 29, 2014: Hi everyone. As you may know, our dear webmaster, Don McLean, died on October 12, 2012. I originally created this website using Front Page 2000 (yes, that's how far back we go, and further still).  When Don took over webmaster duties in 2004 or so, he used Dream Weaver.  I have no idea what that is and, of course, his files were locked away on his Mac, which I do not have and would not know how to use if I had it! After Don died, I "copied" (I thought) the pages of Goddesschess from the internet as they existed as the time. Don was having technical issues with trying to get his June 2012 edition of Goddesschess published at our then web-host. It's complicated, but of course, things have never been easy when dealing with the Goddess :)  The last edition of Goddesschess that Don prepared in June 2012 never got published.  Added issue is that what I have been able to preserve is on a computer running Windox XP.  Oh oh.  XP will cease to be supported by Microsoft as of April 8, 2014. I will not be able to safely run this computer online after that date unless I am able to update the software - no guarantees that it will work. I am going to attempt to upgrade, but it may not work.  I do not know if I will be able to preserve these pages, let alone update them, in the future.  I'm no techy. It's that, or totally rebuilding Goddesschess (if I can figure out how), which was years in the making.  I may not have that long to live (no joke).  

Jan Newton, Goddesschess

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April 17, 2011

Radio Ga Ga Edition

Quick updates on tournaments of special interest to this website:

• 2011 U.S. Chess Championships Sunday, April 17, 2011

• The Texas Tech Night Raiders Win the Final Four of Chess Sunday, April 17, 2011

• Hales Corners Chess Challenge XIII - Final Update! Sunday, April 17, 2011 The final results/standings have been posted at the USCF website.  Final tally of players:  105!  This is just two players short of the highest-ever registration in Challenge IX in April, 2009. 

"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to break even ..." 16 April 2011 - The US postal service has been forced to admit it's made a big mistake with a new postage stamp of one of America's most iconic landmarks.

I'd sit alone and watch your light
My only friend through teenage nights
And everything I had to know
I heard it on my radio

Childe Roland to the Lego Tower? Thousands of children in Brazil have built what organisers say is the world's tallest Lego tower - with a bit of help from parents and a crane.

'Roman Town' helps kids dig archaeology By Jinny Gudmundsen - 04/10/2011 - While the Roman ruins at Pompeii are fascinating, very few of us get to fly our kids to Italy to explore them and other ruins from the A.D. 79 eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius.

Monkeys display basic numeracy By Victoria Gill - Tuesday, 29 March 2011 - Old World monkeys have better numerical skills than previously thought, researchers have discovered. In a basic numeracy test, long-tailed macaques were able to work out which of two plates contained more raisins. Strangely, they only excelled in this test if they were not allowed to eat the raisins they were shown.

2,000 years old Xi’an tomb unearthed Sunday, April 10, 2011 - New Delhi: Chinese archaeologists have excavated a tomb built more than 2,000 years ago in the ancient capital of Xi’an to study the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC - AD 24). The tomb was discovered in a southern suburb of the city, which is now the capital of Northwest China’s Shaanxi province, reports the China Daily.

Early Christian Lead Codices Now Called Fakes Natalie Wolchover, Life's Little Mysteries Staff Writer - Date: 11 April 2011 - Seventy metal books allegedly discovered in a cave in Jordan have been hailed as the earliest Christian documents. Dating them to mere decades after Jesus' death, scholars have called the "lead codices" the most important discovery in archaeological history, and leading media outlets have added fuel to the fire surrounding the books in recent weeks.

Neanderthals: Bad luck and its part in their downfall 14 April 2011 by Mark Buchanan - As our ancestors moved north out of Africa and onto the doorstep to the rest of the world, they came across their long-lost cousins: the Neanderthals. As the popular story goes, the brutish hominins were simply no match for cultured, intelligent Homo sapiens and quickly went extinct. Maybe, but it's also possible that Neanderthals were simply unlucky and disappeared by chance, mathematicians propose.

Was Eurasia a stone's throw for early humans? - April 11, 2011 - Posted on behalf of Nadia Drake - Picture this scene: it’s 1.8 million years ago in the southern reaches of the Caucasus Mountains and a powerful feline, an ancestor of the modern jaguar, has just made a kill. The predator retreats to a secluded gully where it can feed on the bloodied carcass at its leisure. Suddenly a volley of rocks rains down, delivering painful blows and forcing the big cat to abandon its dinner and withdraw. Moments later, a band of prehistoric humans scrambles down the gully to claim the prize. Chalk up another victory for the diminutive scavengers whose relatives will one day take over the planet.

People control thoughts better when they see their brain activity April 12, 2011 - The brain's rostrolateral prefrontal cortex region (credit: UBC Dept. of Psychology) Researchers at the University of British Columbia have discovered that people can gain greater control over their thoughts with real-time brain feedback.

Megaliths Online: The location of megalithic sites is of great importance, which few researchers have understood. Gerald S. Hawkins in Stonehenge Decoded (p. 154) is a happy exception as he writes as follows about the unique location of Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain:

"Newham and Charriere of France ... commented on the very noteworthy circumstance that the latitude of Stonehenge is practically optimum for sun-moon rectangular alignment.... [I]n the northern hemisphere there is only one latitude for which, at their extreme declinations, the sun and the moon azimuths are separated by 900. Stonehenge is within a few miles of that latitude."

This confirms that Stonehenge may have been named anciently as the node of solar and lunar rectangular alignments, especially for eclipse prediction.

A strong precedent supporting our hermetic astronomical view of the ancient megalithic world is the 1902 publication in the American Anthropologist of an article by Alice C. Fletcher describing the hermetic astronomical system of the Pawnee in Nebraska, who geographically located their villages according to the stars in the heavens.

Africa gave birth to languages By Nicky Phillips - 15 Apr, 2011 - Language appears to have originated in Africa some time before early humans left the continent 50,000 to 70,000 years ago, a study has found. While language is one of the main traits that differentiate humans from other species, scientists have found it difficult to establish where and when it began, until now.

Ed. Note: Folks at Motown didn't have to wait for any "newly received wisdom". All along they knew how to get the ball rolling with just a few nonsense syllables.

Lum di lum di lum - lum di lum di li! and the rest, as they say, is oral history...

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - Mickey's Monkey


Forsyth Petroglyph Reveals Comet Impact? April 12, 2011 - by Gary C. Daniels - Possible Astronomical Symbols on the “Sculptured Rock from Forsyth County, Georgia” Is this petroglyph from Forsyth County, Georgia a star map and does it record a comet impact event in 536 AD?

The “sculptured rock from Forsyth County, Georgia” is a petroglyph that currently sits in front of the University of Georgia library in Athens, Georgia. It was originally located in north Georgia and was “found near Mt. Tabor Baptist Church in the Northwestern part of Forsyth County.”[i] It was first described in White’s Statistics of Georgia in 1849:

You gave them all those old time stars
Through wars of worlds -- invaded by Mars
You made 'em laugh -- you made 'em cry
You made us feel like we could fly

Skinny Nameless Punk - by Jack Ruttan & Rick Gagnon
BEWARE The Martian Mailbox!

The Plot Thickens!

Too real means too creepy in new Disney animation - By Ryan Nakashima, 4/4/2011 - Computer animation has a problem: When it gets too realistic, it starts creeping people out. Most recently, moviegoers complained about the near-realistic depiction of humans in Disney's 3-D flick "Mars Needs Moms." A theory called the "uncanny valley" says we tend to feel attracted to inanimate objects with human traits, the way a teddy bear or a rag doll seems cute. Our affection grows as an object looks more human. But if it looks too human, we suddenly become repulsed.

So don't become some background noise
A backdrop for the girls and boys
Who just don't know or just don't care
And just complain when you're not there
You had your time, you had the power
You've yet to have your finest hour

Red Pawn - Red Pawn is a screenplay written by 20th-century novelist, philosopher and playwright Ayn Rand. It was the first screenplay that Rand sold to the buyer Universal Pictures in 1932.[1] Red Pawn features the theme of the evil of dictatorship, specifically of Soviet Russia.

Lada Gaga: The Visionary Rebirth of the Divine Mother Monster - Wahkeena Sitka Huva - In February, Lady Gaga appeared on Good Morning America just two days after her legendary entrance at the Grammy's in a space-age egg vessel, where she won three Grammy awards and performed 'Born This Way' live.

Lady Gaga: Harbinger of Chaos? - Feb. 16, 2011 - Comments - By Kevin Mazur - First, Is She Even Her Own Person? Like all possessed “hosts”, Gaga has moments of normalcy, talking shop or acting like the regular spoiled rock star who just can’t get enough attention, like recently complaining to the press that “people want to see me fail.” But something is terribly amiss with this..uh uh…

..what is she?

……Gaga mirrors Aleister Crowley?….coincidence? –just wondering….

We watch the shows -- we watch the stars
On videos for hours and hours
We hardly need to use our ears
How music changes through the years

The Esoteric Interpretation of “Pan’s Labyrinth” September 25, 2010 - By Vigilant “Pan’s Labyrinth” is a profound movie telling the story of a young girl’s quest to escape the cruelties of Spanish Fascism. The movie also contains a great amount of occult and archetypal symbols telling another story: one of esoteric illumination through test of character and ritual initiation. We will look at the occult and archetypal symbolism found throughout the movie and their relation with Ofelia’s quest.

“Labyrinths and mazes were favoured places of initiation among many ancient cults. Remains of these mystic mazes have been found among the American Indians, Hindus, Persians, Egyptians, and Greeks.” - Manly P. Hall, Secret Teachings of All Ages

Mandrake, the “plant that wanted to be a man”

Olympia - The automaton who wanted to be a soprano

Luciana Serra - Olympia - Les oiseaux dans la charmille (Doll's aria)
Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann - Royal Opera House/Pretre (1981)


Luciana Serra - Mozart's Queen of Night


Lady Gaga Poker Face
The rock star who wanted to become a (wealthy) automaton.

All we hear is Radio ga ga
Radio goo goo
Radio ga ga
All we hear is Radio ga ga
Radio blah blah
Radio what's new?
Radio, someone still loves you!

FBI probes US poker websites Daily Mail - 18 April 2011 - An Australian internet boy wonder who single handedly reinvented the online gambling industry is believed to be the key figure behind an FBI probe that has shut down three of the largest poker websites.

Daniel Tzvetkoff, 28, from Brisbane, had been facing 76 years in jail in the US for setting up the illegal payment processing schemes used by the sites to handle their transactions.

Antiquities chief Zahi Hawass sentenced to one year in jail Zahi Hawass was sentenced to one year in jail Sunday for declining to fulfill a court ruling

Let's hope you never leave old friend
Like all good things on you we depend
So stick around cos we might miss you
When we grow tired of all this visual
You had your time, you had the power
You've yet to have your finest hour



Active features, events & partners
Updated April 10, 2011

April 13-28
2011 U.S. Women's Chess Championship

The 2011 U.S. Championship, is scheduled to be held concurrently with the U.S. Women’s Championship in Saint Louis April 13-28. A dynamic field will compete for more than $166,000 in prizes.

Goddesschess will once again be sponsoring a Fighting Chess Award for the women's event.

GM Alexandra Kosteniuk has graciously agreed to act as our judge to select the winner of this year's prize.

April 16
Hales Corners XIII

For more details about the upcoming Hales Corners Chess Challenge XII ...

April 22-25
Grand Pacific Open Chess Tournament

5th Annual Grand Pacific Open Chess Tournament April 22 – 25, 2011 Victoria, BC Canada - $4000 Guaranteed Prize Fund. Goddesschess will be sponsoring prizes for the top 5 women in the open section.

Come play chess on an island in the Pacific! It doesn’t get better than this.  Come to Victoria for the Easter Weekend.

Sept. 9 - 10 - 11
91st. Montreal Open Chess Championship

Montreal Calling! Club d’Échecs Ahuntsic and its partners are pleased to invite you to the 91st Montreal Open Chess Championship! Sept. 9 - 10 - 11 - More details to follow soon...


Ongoing Initiatives

The Goddesschess Scholarship

Goddesschess has entered into a five-year agreement with the Susan Polgar Foundation to fund a scholarship for female chessplayers enrolled at Texas Tech University. The first Goddesschess Scholarship for the academic year Fall 2010 - Spring 2011 was awarded to  Maraani Kamphors

Computer Labs for Kids

We enthusiatically encourage our readers to
join Shira's charity cause on Facebook

Last year, Shira started a foundation called Computer Labs for Kids. Shira receives donated or buys laptop computers with donations and then gives them to needy children and provides training and orientation on how to use the laptops! Wow!

Shira's first activity was to travel to Agra, India where she taught several girls who are residents of a girls' school there. This You Tube video follows their progress. You can read more about Shira's foundation work and travels at her Facebook site

Chess in the Library

Meet WIM Yuanling Yuan, a member of the 2010 Canadian Women's Chess Olympiad Team

Visit her blog and find out about the wonderful Chess in the Library initiative she has helped establish.See also: The Canadian Girls Chess Club

Archives of previous Access Mundae updates


“The Monkey Race” – Remarks on Board Games Accessories (pdf) Anne-E. Dunn-Vaturi - In the ancient Near East, games represented an essential dimension in social life. It is because they are closely related to another principle, important in the stability of human communities...

Origin of chess - a phylogenetic perspective... (pdf) Alex R. Kraaijeveld : "Board games are like plant and animal species in that they can can evolve and give rise to new forms. This leads to an important similarity between board games and bio- logical species (Eagle 1995, 1998; Kraaijeveld 1999): in both cases a group of similar-looking ‘species’ most likely owe their similarity to their being descended from a single common ancestor.

The Game of Go: (pdf) Speculations on its Origins and Symbolism in Ancient China - By Peter Shotwell © 1994-February 2008 "... just as new thinking and new evidence have turned up in recent years to help strengthen the original theses, scholarship and excavations of the multitude of China’s archeological sites that remain underground will undoubtedly influence future thought."

The Games of Chess and Backgammon in Sasanian Persia (pdf) By Touraj Daryaee California State University, Fullerton - "Board games were played in many parts of the ancient world and so it is very difficult to attribute the origin of any board game to a particular region or culture."

L’Occident chrétien médiéval et les échecs. L’évolution des pièces non figuratives du 10e au début du 16e siècle. Modified for html access March 22, 2009 English-French introduction to French text - Pierre Mille offers a graphically rich and rewarding survey outlining the 10th - 16th Century evolution of non-figurative western chess pieces. Merci, Pierre!

 The Literary World of 15th Century Valencia: The Scachs d'amour Manuscript and its Three Authors by M.C. Romeo. A wonderful description of the Spanish literary circle that made modern chess what it is today.


Do it Yourself Games - and more! Alphonsine Chess :: A Goddesschess historical guide for the perplexed craftsperson. This page was inspired by recent correspondence with Rev. Craig L. Cowing of Newport, New Hampshire. With help from his wife, Mr. Cowing 's reconstruction of the Alphonsine chessmen and period costumes of the age offers a nice example of how everyday people respond energetically to games in general and the culture of chess in particular. The total cost for the board game project was around $30

The Montreal Open Chess Championship 2009 - A patzer's eye view of the road to and from Ahuntsic (With gathered links to postscripts on the event in French and English) by Don McLean - September 19, 2009.

The Daunce of Nine-Men's-Morris and the Boundaries Between Worlds by Tracy Boyd © 2004 - Well researched and written, Tracy gives us all something to sing and dance about! A stellar performance shows how the energetric pulse of a living culture courses through many tributary arteries - board games included.

 Lawrence Totaro has put together a nice pictorial essay on Salvador Dali's artistic interest in chess we are pleased to incorporate into our current library. Updated March 22: This page now hosts recent photos of the Dali Museum - St. Petersburg, Florida and some additional bits of information.

Gender and Chess

Checkmate? The Role of gender stereotypes in the ultimate intellectual sport... By Anne Mass, Claudio D"Ettole and Maria Cadinu (University of Padova, Italy) In a nutshell, when women played chess with men on the internet but they didn't know the sex of their opponent, they played consistent with their relative skill level. But when they knew they were playing a male opponent, their relative performance levels dropped 50%!

Social/socialization factors at work explain the difference in performance rather than any lack of innate ability among females to play chess as well as males...


Final Gambit by Karah Pino: We received this very interesting chess story for publication from Karah Pino, who stopped playing chess in 1999 after a personal trauma and subsequent realization. This is the true and well written story of her final game.

• George Koltanowski Remembered: Just who was George and what made him so special to chess? The Knight's Tours of George Koltanowski, by Frederic Friedel takes us on a brief journey back in time...

Chess Goddesses

• FILE UPDATE: The Cleveland Public Library has a collection of articles and materials on Gisela Kahn Gresser's chess career. The Gisela Kahn Gresser Collection is available for use by researchers in the John G. White Special Collections Department on the 3rd Floor of the Main Building.


Archives of previous Showcase material

with Alice at Queens U.


Quantum Chess Changes The State Of The Game

A quantum object can exist in more than one state. When you attempt to interact with it, the wave function collapses and the object settles into a single state. This is the theory applied to Quantum Chess, a new twist on the classic game created by Queen's University undergraduate computer science student Alice Wismath.

Wismath wrote the game based on ideas from computer science professor Selim Akl at Queens. Akl wanted to make the process of predicting chess moves using computers more difficult. In order to achieve this, he decided to have the pieces mimic the way particles like electrons and atoms behave according to the laws of quantum mechanics. Play Quantum Chess

Technical Report No. 2010-568
ON THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING QUANTUM Selim G. Akl School of Computing - Queen’s University
Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6
February 16, 2010

Double-Board, Double-Drop Chess, or Antimatter Universe Chess

Favourite pastime in Russia As in physics there is anti-matter, so in chess there is anti-chess. It is a parodic version of the game, very popular in recent years, in which the object of the game is to get all of one's pieces captured as soon as possible. Some of the "rules" in this game include "compulsory capturing" and "absence of checkmate." So, if you get tired of playing by the rules, try playing against the rules! Maybe you'll win!

Singularity Chess by Paul Burgess - Posted in Chess Variant by velucchi. Published August 7th, 2010 - I originally ran across this chess variation back when I was a graduate student in mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We're talking late 70s or early 80s. I found this game described on a calendar in the math department library. Thinking back, I'm not sure just what the name of the game was. I call it "singularity chess," or "whirlpool chess," for reasons that will become evident.


"Anyone can invent a new chess variant within ten seconds (try it) and unfortunately some people do".
 D.B. Pritchard - The Encyclopedia of Chess Variants:

"It was at this time that the game of chess was invented, which eclipsed backgammon by demonstrating how intelligence brings success and ignorance failure." Al Masudi - The Medows of Gold

" No one should gather wisdom in a bag, put it in a box, and then stand on a road and say, “Teach me wisdom!” African Senufo tribal saying

“ It is right to teach young people that chess is not a game of war, but is a beautiful game.” Russian Chess Grandmaster Yuri Averbakh

" Remind me again he said, how the little horse shaped one moves." Terry Pratchett

" Chess predates the universe, as I recall. It was the reason life arose."

"Chess is the greatest game ever invented, because it only looks like a game." Scott Kerns

“Chess, which severely eliminates accident, is a forcing house where the fruits of character can ripen more fully than in life.” E.M. Forster

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