Thursday, January 29, 2009


Note to my readers: From this point forward, except for blogs still in the embryo stage, all my blog posts will be consolidated here in "This Week's Chess Safari." I will add a comprehensive index as soon as it is practicable (by mid-year at the latest!). Thank you for your interest. I appreciate it very much!

Frank, Frannie and the "crew"

Thursday, January 22, 2009

My dog ate my....what?

This was my favorite post from my now-defunct blog, "Frannie the Racing Greyhound."

Jonathon Papelbon's dog who ate his World Series baseball hasn't got anything on my friend Buddy, the black lab from Arizona.

Read more here.

Or, you can go here.

As one poster out there in cyberspace commented: for once you can actually blame the messenger!

You go, Buddy


Originally posted 2/1/08.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Relentless King Hunt

I have been intrigued by GM Adorjan’s 10…Nf5! line in the B96 Najdorf Sicilian ever since I saw it in New In Chess Yearbook about 10 years ago.

Earlier today, a friend gave me a chance to play the line. Previously (1999) a CCLA correspondence opponent responded with 11. g3 and I won easily after 11…Nxh4 12. gxh4 Qxf6. This time I faced 11.Bxg7.

J.Peterson vs. F.Niro, Boise Idaho, November 28, 2008

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 Nc6 8. e5 h6 9. Bh4 Nxd4 10. exf6 (more popular is 10.Qxd4) 10…Nf5! (Adorjan’s line) 11. fxg7 Qxh4+ 12. g3 Nxg3 13. gxh8(Q) Ne4+! (this is as far as I remembered from earlier study) 14. Ke2 Qf2+ 15. Kd3 Nc5+ 16. Kc4 b5+ 17. Nxb5 axb5+ 18. Kc3 b4+ 19. Kc4 d5+ 20. Kxb4 Ra4+ 21. Kb5 Bd7+ 22. Kb6 Nd3+ 23. Kc7 Qa7# (0-1)

Can you see where White might have improved his play after Adorjan’s 10…Nf5! ?

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Family Tree

My mother, Frances Flaherty Niro (1927-1988), high school graduation photo taken in 1944

I will utilize this blog post to accumulate geneology information concerning my ancestors. This will be an ongoing process and take some time to complete -- if it could ever be complete...

Starting with the oldest line first:


1 Thomas Tufts b. 1505 Norfolk, England
2 Peter Tufts (1538-1580) Gissing Norfolk, England
3 James Tufts (1564-1625) South Lopham, England
4 Peter Tuffs (1589-??) Norfolk, England
5 Mary Tuffs Fowle (1613-1676) m. George Fowle (abt1610-1682) and emigrated from Kent, England (map) to America in 1638, Charlestown, MA
6 James Fowle (1643-1690) Woburn, MA
7 James Fowle (1667-1714) Woburn, MA
8 Samuel Fowle (1705-1793) Woburn, MA
9 Joshua Fowle (1733-1779) Woburn, MA
10 Samuel Fowles (1764/5-1847) Whitefield, ME
11 Asa Fowles (1790-1870) Searsmont, ME
12 Samuel Fowles (1821-1887) Searsmont, ME
13 William Loren (Lowring) Fowles (1851-1929) Searsmont, ME (ma. Nellie Ladd, July 13, 1876 -- see Ladd line listed below)
14 Burton Fowles (1881-1958) Belfast, ME
15 Alberta Fowles Flaherty (1907-1973) Milford, MA
16 Frances Flaherty Niro (1927-1988) Milford, MA
17 Francis (Frank) Niro b. 1948

Sources: Descendants of George Fowle (1610/11?-1682) of Charlestown, Massachusetts, Compiled by Eugene Chalmers Fowle (NEHGS Boston 1990) and Irving-fam com (click link to see start of tree)

Gravesite of my Great Grandparents in Belfast, Maine
My maternal grandmother Alberta Fowles Flaherty (1907-1973) Draper Park, Milford, MA 1941
House in Belfast, ME where my maternal grandmaother, Alberta Fowles Flaherty, once lived (as it looked in 1989)
My Great Uncle Roy Fowles (Fred L. Fowles, b. 1910, brother of Alberta Fowles Flaherty), taken in Milford, MA 1969

(Ladd Line)

1 Nathaniel Ladd (abt 1596-1632) Witshire, England (link)
2 Daniel Ladd (1613-1693) Haverhill, MA (link)
3 Nathaniel Ladd (1651-1691) mortally wounded in fight with Indians at Maquoit, ME, August 11, 1691
4 John Ladd (b.1689) Exeter, NH
5 Nathaniel Ladd (b.1741) Kingston, NH
6 Benjamin Ladd (b.1753) Deerfield, NH
7 Benjamin Ladd (b.1814) Searsmoint, ME
8 Nancy "Nellie" Ladd (b.1851) married Lewis "Loren" Fowles, July 13, 1876, the same 13 William Loren (Lowring) Fowles (1851-1929) Searsmont, ME listed in the Fowle line above.

(Merrill Line)

1 John Merrell (d.1600) Wherstead, England
2 Nathaniel Merrell (1592-1626) Wherstead, England
3 Nathaniel Merrell (Merrill) (1601-1654), emigrated from Wiltshire, England to America abt 1635, Newbury, MA
4 Daniel Merrill (1642-1717) Salisbury, MA
5 Moses Merrill (1683-1756) Salisbury, MA
6 Daniel Merrill (1723-1809) New Gloucester, ME
7 Joseph Merrill (1744-1786) New Gloucester, ME
8 Elizabeth Merrill Pumpelly (1771-1843) Turner, ME, ma. Bennett Pompilly (Pumpelly), son of John and Appy (Meijers) Pompilly. Revolutionary war note: Bennett Pompilly (1761-1834) enlisted, 1776, when but 15 years of age in Capt. John Turner's company, from Pembroke, MA, which marched to Rhode Island; in 1780 was with General Washington at Camp Totoway, NJ. He was born in Duxbury, MA; died in Turner, ME.
9 John Pumpelly (1880-1882) Brooks, ME
10 Chandler Pilley (1832-1887) Brooks, ME
11 Abby Jane Pilley Fowles (1880-1927) Belfast, ME, ma. 14 Burton Fowles (1881-1958) Belfast, ME, listed in the Fowle lineage above. Abby and Burt's gravestone is pictured above.

Click here for published lineage for this line back to 1444.