I have been to the emergency room twice in recent months, but so what.

Liz is worse. Liz is worse every day. Her jaw is holding, but her pain is increasing. This morning she said to me, “I feel like I’m dead.”

I stopped complaining about my aches and pains right away.

Liz needs help. Liz deserves help, if there is any karma in the universe. Must she spend her life in unending pain? Or will someone give her a chance at a normal life?

I ask, will Rex Sinquefield help Liz Taylor get new implanted teeth? That is the question.

Now we know Rex Sinquefield is a billionaire. We know he likes to give money away. For example, he gave Steven Tilley $100,000 (who, from his pictures, has all his teeth and indeed a high paying job) and then a little later, another $100,000. I’ll let the St. Louis newspaper Riverfront Times do the honors:

In 2009, Sinquefield contributed a single check for $100,000 for Tilley’s re-election campaign – the biggest single contribution Sinquefield made to any political candidate last year, according to records at the Missouri Ethics Commission. The same is true so far this year, with Sinquefield providing Tilley’s re-election campaign $100,000 on September 24.

But here’s the really curious thing about all that money. Tilley ran unopposed in both the August primary and in last general Tuesday’s election.

I should add that Mr. Tilley got all 8,394 votes that were cast.

So this is pretty interesting. We see that Rex Sinquefield will give money to someone who doesn’t need it—a politician running unopposed—and indeed gives more than three times what Liz needs to this gentleman!

Should a chess player help another chessplayer in need? I did. Will Rex Sinquefield?

So back to the basic question, indeed, question and answer, since I am often asked about Mr. Sinquefield, and when that happens, I answer like this:

Rex Sinquefield, famous chess philanthropist—yes! I’m way ahead of you, I wrote Tony Rich of the St. Louis Club already. Yes, I wrote him on November 3, 2013. I asked Tony to forward the email, which explained Liz’s situation, on to Mr. Sinquefield, in the hopes that as he guaranteed a never paid $64,000 Fischer prize at each US Championship, he would take a minute and a tiny percentage of his wealth to help a suffering but strong woman chess player.

Now, when people ask me this, the conversation always goes about like this:

Questioner: What did Tony Rich reply?
Me: Uh, no reply.
Questioner: Then what did you do?
Me: I sent a follow up letter to Tony Rich ten days later, November 13, and asked him to at least respond so I knew he received it.
Questioner: I can see where this is going.
Me: Yes, no reply to the second letter either.
Questioner: Did you give up?
Me: You know me better than that. I wrote Yasser Seirawan, who I know, who is also on the board of the St. Louis Club.
Questioner: And he didn’t answer.
Me: I’m supposed to be giving the answers!
Questioner: Did Yasser answer?
Me: No.
Questioner: We’re talking about November. Liz was already in pretty bad shape then. Did anyone answer in November?
Me: No.
Questioner: December?
Me: No.
Questioner: No Christmas spirit in billionaire land, I guess. How about January?
Me: Yes, Jan. 24th to be exact, two months and three weeks after I sent my urgent appeal.
Questioner: Let me tell you, he said, ‘There was nothing they could do.”
Me: Don’t rush me! He actually said, ““We are unable to provide assistance.”
Questioner: Say what?? Unable?? Guy’s a billionaire.
Me: Who just gave $200,000 to a political candidate running unopposed.
Questioner: &*^%$#C)(%%#$$$@@@&&&!!!!
Me: You said it, brother.

So why should I go back to Rex Sinquefield after this debacle? Recall my eight categories in the previous blog—actually, just concentrate on number four: “Rich people: they are impossible to get to unless you have some connection.”

Of all the billionaires I have written over the past two years (I started a private campaign to help Liz long before we went public) none have ever replied—I mean not one, not a single word from Bill Gates and the like—until this highly dubious “We are unable to provide assistance,” reply that I got from Tony Rich. It’s factually false, it’s a terrible thing to say to a suffering human being, but it was a reply.

Not from the billionaire himself of course, from one of his people, but still … a reply, with a name on it.

So the answer to why I should try again is obvious: As I say above,

Rich people: they are impossible to get to unless you have some connection.

​And I do have a connection with Rex Sinquefield. I am an International Master of Chess and I have played Magnus Carlsen (in fact I am writing a book on Magnus Carlsen) the very World Champion who Rex made sure came to the US for his first tournament here. Furthermore, I have a connection with frequent US Women’s Championship contender Tatev Abrahamyan: I donated to her cause!

And Liz has a connection to Rex, as a she is a fine female player and if she could only play pain free she would be playing for the US Women’s Championship, battling Tatev and Irina! For that matter, I’ll be in the men’s section, battling Nakamura and Kamsky, if I could just get the funds to play in the US Senior so I could qualify.
​So let’s address the turndown—clearly middle management. Rex Sinquefield himself is far too smart to lie like a rug in public and say he is “unable” to help Liz.

So let’s address the numbers. One reads all about the “one percent”—the small group that Rex Sinquefield belongs to—and see if he is able. I have to admit I was surprised at the stunning concentration of wealth, and of how little $55,000 is to a billionaire.

Fortunately we have a point of comparison. A few years ago, when I was making about $6,000 a year as a chess player (I haven’t done my taxes yet, but I know it’s far less than that this year, unfortunately) I had an opportunity to help a fellow chess player. Tatev Abrahamyan’s father died, and she asked for help from the chess community. Of course I stepped right up and gave her $20 which was all I could afford. She wrote me a nice thank you note.

Now let’s consider that I had a net worth of $6,000 and I donated $20 to Tatev.

And we’ll consider that Rex Sinquefield has a net worth of $1,000,000,000 (though his worth is probably more than a billion according to most sources: Riverfront Times gives up and calls him a “gazillionaire”!) and he is contemplating donating $55,000.

What do the numbers tell us? It’s interesting that my high school algebra came right back to me: I knew I’d use it eventually!

So let’s do the math.

First, let’s see what percentage of my net worth was the $20 that I donated to Tatev. Here’s how you set up the problem of finding the percentage: T (for Tim) will equal the percentage of my net worth.

20 = T/100 x 6000

Multiply both sides by 100 and we get

2000 = 6000 x T

Divide both sides by 6000 and we get

.33 = T

​Actually, if you want to get an A in your math class, the answer is .333333 etc. as the three will repeat indefinitely. But two significant figures (I can’t believe I remember these terms I haven’t used in over forty years!) is enough for our purposes.

In plain English, I donated one third of one percent of my net worth to Tatev.
​Another way to explain this is as a straight forward multiplication problem—to get this answer, we must first divide!

20 divided by 6000 = .0033

​This is useful as now we see that if we multiply $6000 x .0033 we get that same $20—well, not exactly. Because the .0033 is a repeated number, we actually get $19.80, which is close enough.

Now what happens if Rex Sinquefield would donate one third of one percent of his net worth (the same percentage as I donated to Tatev) to help a suffering chess player?

We know from the math above that we can get the answer by multiplying his net worth of 1,000,000,000 x .0033.
​Here’s the problem again:

1,000,000,000 x .0033 =

​And the answer is … drumroll please …

Three million, three hundred thousand!

​Here it is in plain figures:

$1,000,000,000 x .0033 = $3,300,000

​So if Rex Sinquefield were as generous to Liz as I was to Tatev, we’d get three million plus!! Of course I’m not asking for that much, but just in case, here’s what I’d do with the money: get the operation for Liz, pay for her rehabilitation (mainly easing her off the prescription drugs she’s on now for pain), pay all our bills, help a fellow chess player we know and then Liz and the boys and I will move to a chess friendly area where I will start the Timothy Taylor Chess School with a nice picture of Rex on the wall!

But I don’t expect that level of generosity, and I’m not asking for it.

I’m just asking for $55,000 to be paid to Dr. Jay Grossman so that Liz can get the All on 4 operation. The rehabilitation, the moving, helping a friend, the chess school—we’ll do all that like we do anything: with little money and lots of determination.

So what percentage of Rex Sinquefield’s worth is the $55,000 that we are asking for?

By now we know the drill—algebra! It works! In this case the percentage will be R for Rex.

The problem sets up like this:

55,000 = R/100 x 1,000,000,000

Multiply both sides by 100 and we get

5,500,000 = 1,000,000,000 x R

Divide both sides by 1,000,000,000 and we get

.0055 = R

​What an answer! Nowhere close to my one third of one percent! This is five thousandths of one percent!

To update Fitzgerald, the one percent are very different from you and me!

Now I can’t wait to do the multiplication—remember, we must first divide:

55,000 divided by 1,000,000,000 = .000055

​That is an astonishingly low number! I believe that we are talking about five hundred thousandths!

Let’s do the math the other way and make sure it works. If Rex takes his personal fortune and multiplies it by .000055, we get:

$1,000,000,000 x .000055 = $55,000

​It works! Everyone is talking about the one percent these days, and income inequality and so on, but it’s hard to grasp until you look at the numbers. Even when you have the numbers in front of you like this, it’s very hard to grasp that $55,000 is an incredibly trivial number to a billionaire.

Let me try to put it in perspective. Imagine a typical street scene in downtown Los Angeles. I am striding along the street, wearing a good suit and carrying $1,000 cash in my wallet and some loose change in my pocket (I’ve never had $1,000 cash on me in my life, but at least one thousand dollars is a number one can imagine). A homeless person calls out, “Yo! Guy in the cool suit! Can you spare a dime?”

I reply instantly, “Good fellow, I would be happy to give you the same as a generous friend of mine gave to my lovely wife one day, that is, five thousandths of one percent!”

“Whatever, dude,” replies the homeless guy, “Can you spare a dime?”

I get my calculator out as I answer, “As I’m sure you are a cash customer, I give you my word that I will give five thousandths of one percent of the thousand dollars that is my cash on hand.”

Mumbling to myself, I say quietly, “Yes, I can easily get the answer by multiplying my $ 1,000 x .000055 and I hit a few buttons:
$1,000 x .000055 = $0.055

“Good fellow, I fear you ask too much,” I go on. “Five thousandths of one percent of my current cash worth comes to 5.5 cents, rather well short of the dime you are asking for. However, since the sun is bright, and I am feeling generous, I will round up. Here you are!”

And with that, I toss the fellow a nickel and a penny, and happily go on my way.

For that “nickel and penny” Rex Sinquefield can save Liz: stop her slow starvation, let her eat and speak like a normal person, let her be a good mother to our children and once again play chess.

I thought this was convincing enough, so I wrote Tony Rich on March 17 (three weeks ago) to arrange a face to face meeting with Rex Sinquefield, to see if he would be able to spare a “nickel and penny” to save Liz’s life.

And you know the answer … no reply!

So I’m going public.

My original plan was to book a round trip flight to St. Louis with the last of the Liz Health Fund ($550) and actually go to the St. Louis Chess Club. There I would have tried to find someone who would have led me to Rex Sinquefield, in the hopes that he could not deny Liz if I had a face to face meeting.

However, like so many of my “good plans” this one crashed and burned. Liz gets worse every day. Her pain simply can’t be described. She can only watch the boys (very rambunctious, 7 and 4 year old boys) for at most a few hours at a time, and just barely conceivably, for a full day. There is no way she could watch them while I am in St. Louis for a week or even three days. As I’ve reported before, the pain is so great Liz has great difficulty walking, and making the trip to the grocery store with the two boys would be virtually impossible. Even if we stocked up on food and froze some smoothies, what if there was an emergency? Such a trip would simply be too risky. I won’t put Liz through such anxiety and pain.

So I have had to think of something else.

And I can’t do much more on my own.

We need help. And there is something you can do. I’m asking all our supporters and readers of this blog if you would just go to the “contact form” at the St. Louis Chess Club and to the “contact form” on Rex Sinquefield’s website, and simply write four words: Please help Liz Taylor. Please take one minute, click on the links above, and give yourself some good karma: write those four words, “Please help Liz Taylor.”

If enough people write, maybe Rex Sinquefield will find it in his heart to save one suffering chessplayer.

Now I don’t care how he does it. He can do a straight donation, like maybe one third of a political donation (well, one third of $200,000 is $66,666, but I won’t object if he rounds up!

He can cut out the middle man and pay Dr. Jay Grossman $55,000 directly.
He can do the “loan option” that I’ve already offered.

And then I had a thought: a billionaire must have great lawyers! Great lawyers could break the rip off team of Eric Louzil and Dr. Rita Rosenthal! In other words, Rex Sinquefield could help Liz and make money!

I thought this was such a good idea that I immediately wrote to Rex on the contact form on his website.

Here is my letter, which I sent a week ago:

Dear Mr. Sinquefield,
My wife, the strong chessplayer Liz Taylor, is suffering worse every day through having no teeth. As I have written you many times before, she needs a $55,000 operation from Dr. Jay Grossman to give her new implanted teeth. She cannot eat and is slowly and painfully starving to death.

At this point, it is clear you are unwilling to donate to her cause or just pay Dr. Grossman directly. However, there is another option, let’s call it the “free market” option that you always extol.

I have a court judgment against Eric Louzil for a film I made (for which I was never paid) as I described in my blog – http://timothytaylorartist.com/2014/02/standing-up-for-ourselves/you-give-me-55000-and-i%e2%80%99ll-give-you-286601-94/

The judgment plus interest is now $297,000 (It was $283,000 when I wrote the blog, but keeps going up due to 10%/year California interest) I have been unable to collect this, as I can only get people who can work on commission, and they don’t have the money to take Louzil down. However, he and his wife, Dr. Rita Rosenthal, are really just a pair of two bit grifters and I doubt you and your legal team would have any problem with them.

I’m willing to sell my life’s work in this case for $55,000, but it would help enormously if we got another $20,000 for Liz’s rehabilitation and general return to chess.

So let’s crunch the numbers for a second. If you pay me $75,000, and you spend $100,000 on your legal team to take down Louzil (I doubt you’d have to spend that much, but I’m overestimating on purpose) then you’re out $175,000 and you collect $297,000, for a profit of $122,000. Actually, I’m sorry, my lawyer is still owed $10,500, so you’d still make a neat profit of $111,500.
Most likely more, as I think if Eric Louzil saw you spend say, $25,000, on a crack legal team I think he’d fold in a moment for fear you would buy up the other 50 or so judgments against him! That is a thought, you could probably clear a million or so on those judgments put together.

In this way you help Liz, make a healthy profit, and incidentally put a criminal lowlife (Louzil) out of business.

How do you like this deal?

Tim Taylor, IM

Needless to say, no reply, but if enough people write “Please help Liz Taylor” then there is hope that the reply will come.

Then maybe Rex Sinquefield will help Liz Taylor.

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We need $55,000 for the All on 4 operation that is set to be performed by Dr. Jay Grossman—if the bone in her jaw holds out. Liz has no teeth whatsoever now. This operation will give Liz permanently implanted teeth and will stop the bone loss from which she now suffers.

Strangely enough, we have exactly one percent of what we need, $550. What should we do with this money?

I’ve given this a lot of thought, since we hit zero after paying for Dr. Kupferman to take out Liz’s last two surviving teeth, her wisdom teeth. I knew we had the Arcadia Chess Club/Liz Health Simul with at least $500 guaranteed coming up. And I knew we would not get any more significant donations from the general public, and I was right. We did get a kind $50 from a good friend, but as far as from the general public who doesn’t know Liz, nothing more.

I knew nothing about fund raising before I tried to raise money to play in the World Senior last year and failed (and I would love to play in the World Senior this year, but obviously I won’t play unless Liz has her new teeth). But going back to fundraising: I tried to raise money for myself, for the World Senior, and I tried to raise money for the operation for Liz that will give her new teeth. While both campaigns failed, I learned a lot. I have learned that the vital quality, the magic key is a single word: momentum.

Once our Liz Health campaign went private, on this very website (and don’t forget the button on the right!) we gradually raised about $2000, then we had to spend it all on the wisdom teeth removal, and now we’ve fought our way back to $550. But basically the trend is down. We have no momentum at all.

I don’t want to revisit this painful time too much, but when we had momentum with GoFundMe supported by Chess.com, we were a lock to make the funds and Liz would have had her new teeth months ago—but then Daniel Rensch stepped in with truly astounding maliciousness and killed the campaign simply by killing the momentum. When he pulled the campaign off Chess.com, he threw our campaign into chaos and confusion. The haters he assisted (or possibly he was one or more of these anonymous haters himself) ruined our momentum. We spent all our time fighting off their sick attacks and ended up dead in the water.

And so the GoFundMe campaign crashed after the momentum was gone, and we raised zero dollars as it was all or nothing.

And in our private campaign, we have no momentum now at all.

So back to Liz: we have $550 and no real prospect to make any more from fundraising.

How to move forward?

First, let’s address Liz’s condition. I have been keeping Dr. Jay abreast, and here’s what I wrote this week: “Dear Dr. Jay, I just wanted to let you know how Liz is: basically, even worse than before. Her pain levels won’t go down; she has pain in her jaw and this has “infected” every old wound in her body, and that’s a huge number. So she really only gets out of bed about two times a week (to see her therapist) and as she can’t eat anything her weight is dropping alarmingly.”

And he wrote back, “So sorry to hear about her condition. Unfortunately without the implants, we are stuck where we are.”

But she’s not really stuck; she’s sliding downhill. I said just a few days ago Liz gets out twice a week. She never cancels a therapist appointment! Then the next day Liz had a therapist appointment and she canceled. I couldn’t believe it! She really likes her therapist. She gets comfort there. She never cancels. But she did this time. Her therapist’s office is eight tenths of a mile from the train station. There are no buses between those points. Liz was hurting so bad she knew she couldn’t make the walk.

That’s the downward spiral.

But Dr. Jay is absolutely right that the only way to reverse the trend are the implants. I’ve watched Liz’s pain gradually increase until the pain itself is at a near fatal level. The amount of hard drugs she is being prescribed by her Medicare doctor to dull the pain could kill her as well.

And while that pointless battle between life threatening pain and toxic drugs goes on, Liz is starving to death, slowly. We have food but Liz can’t eat it. Thanks to the good people of the Arcadia Chess Club, we have smoothie money for this month. But Liz needs a hearty meal. She’s hungry all the time. If God exists, he’d at least let her eat a big Mac and fries without passing out from pain—but God wasn’t there during 26 years of abuse, and he’s not there now. And we hate the people who say, “God will provide.’ No. God will provide pain, terror and slow death. God will provide safety for the criminal.

We know that whenever we hear the “God will provide” line, that person will never, ever donate. Not one dime. That line is just an excuse.

The people we love are those who donate what they can without making a big fuss over it.

Liz and I thank all of you again.

Now it’s pretty much too late for anyone except a single big donor.

Who? How can I find that person?

Once again, I think we’ve tried everything—but maybe, using chess logic, there’s some hidden variation that will save the line—

Or in this case, save Liz’s life.

Here’s a list of what we have tried and what hasn’t worked.

1.Medicare: The government doesn’t care if Liz lives or dies. That’s it, bottom line.

2.Obamacare: We don’t qualify for the “Affordable Care Act” because our income is too low, but I went to see them anyway, face to face: got this wonderful and very popular answer when it comes to Liz: “There’s nothing we can do.”

3.Ukraine and the like: we are always being told to go to some third world country where they have no capability of doing a high tech All on 4 operation. I have Ukrainian friends who told me to stay out, much too dangerous and virtually no chance the operation could be done. I knew from the start that with only one chance for Liz, a country on the brink of civil war wasn’t it. Should we spend our last $550 to go to Ukraine. Hmmm, let’s see: don’t have enough for a single ticket; have no money for the dentists; dentists there can’t  do the operation; would have to live there for six months on no money for follow ups after the non operation while Russian troops led by ex-KGB Putin are invading (and I wouldn’t be surprised if Putin had been friends with Liz’s mom back in the day); this sounds like a better idea every day … NOT!

4.Rich people: they are impossible to get to unless you have some connection. Bill Gates doesn’t answer, because he never gets the mail going to his charity. The way I see it, someone way under his pay grade sends an intern to the dumpster with each days mail, unread. Send a hundred letters and you will never, ever get a response.

I have never received one response.

5.Charities: not a chance. They’ve all said no—actually, that’s not quite correct. We’ve filled out all the forms, jumped through all the hoops, sent in all the horrible facts of Liz’s abuse and subsequent medical condition—and they don’t reply. Never reply. Not ever, not once. It’s not only that charities don’t reply—and we’ve tried a hundred of them; they don’t care enough even to say no. Someone asked me recently about a dental charity, one of the first we tried—I said they turned Liz down. To be precisely accurate, they simply haven’t replied for … six months now! That’s enough of a turn down for me. Somehow I’m not waiting by the mailbox any more!

As I said above, this whole thing has been a learning experience for me, and what I’ve learned about charities is they’re all about the tax free dollars for their executives. Liz can die for all they care.

6.Celebrities: great if you know one. I don’t. Liz doesn’t. So you can write Oprah or Ellen or Montel or Maury or whoever and  you will never, ever get a reply. Liz likes those talk show people, so she wrote them herself; didn’t get any replies. I tried the first 32 on the Forbes’ wealthiest list—never got a reply. I’ve tried a bunch of random celebrities—I couldn’t even get Charlie Sheen to reply! Winning? Losing.

There was one tiny little exception. I came across Alyssa Milano’s website. Everyone of my generation knows her from “Who’s the Boss?” and she grew up pretty nice too. Her website identifies her as “Actress, Producer, Philanthropist.” So I thought, let’s see if that last one is for real. I saw there was an email contact form, but having filled out hundreds of these, I know these are never, ever answered. Ask for help—deleted!

But there was also a snail mail address! For fan mail, to be sure, but still an old fashioned address. So I went all out. Pictures of beautiful Liz before, when the dentures were working. Pictures of Liz in pain in the present situation, when they are not. Chapter and verse on her past abuse, the effects of abuse, the rising pain, inability to eat, bone loss, weight loss, wonderful mother in terrible pain. Poured my heart out. Wrote and rewrote, used everything in my writing ability, polished the text till it shone. Even enclosed the x ray shots: Liz with no teeth (actually with the two wisdom teeth that are now gone as well). I even wrote to Alyssa’s husband, David Bugliari, who is a CAA agent. He is in a position to see that Liz’s story is told. Then I packed it all up neatly and mailed it all out and hoped for the best. How could anyone fail to be moved by what happened to Liz? And Alyssa, a young mother herself, not far away in Malibu, could meet her! Could meet Dr. Jay. No possibility of faking. The missing teeth tell all. The medical records tell all. The scars tell all. Liz’s walk tells all.

Well, not too much later I got a big old box in the mail. Everything I sent was in there. On top was a single sheet of paper, with a scrawled note in blue marker: “We can’t accept this.”

Four words. So much for the philanthropist, Alyssa Milano. And I wasted weeks on that try.

So, celebrities—not a chance. Alyssa does do aid work in Africa. Great. She turns her back on the girl next door. Katherine McPhee of Smash is the same. Her cause is the schoolchildren of Burkina Faso—look it up! Liz would love to go to college; she’s never been pain free enough to do it. So she’s a schoolgirl too—whoops, wrong continent. James Spader makes $150,000 per episode on the Blacklist. Yo, James! How about one third of what you make in a week to save Liz’s life? Nope. Meryl! How can we forget Meryl! I didn’t. She supports the rain forest! Gotta love that rain forest! Maybe it’s Rainforest! Looks better with a capital. Liz Taylor looks pretty good too; would look better with teeth. No reply from Meryl though—maybe she was checking up on the maid who was polishing her Oscars!

What I learned: all celebrities have “proper” causes like the rain forest and Africa and AIDS research. Their PR people tell them they have to have these causes. Nothing that means anything to a hurting individual though.

Scratch ‘em off the list.

7.Family? I’ve got a millionaire brother—a lawyer, William H. Taylor. Bum wouldn’t give Liz a dime. Sounds like he thinks he can take it with him—my guess is he will be surprised.

8.Chess Organizations, hey, how about US Chess? I tried to get Jennifer Shahade to write one of her famous “women in chess” pieces. Triumph over abuse! Salvation through chess! Women’s rights! Right up her alley, you’d think—but not a word from Jen. I’m guessing she’s still too busy hula hooping!

Or Chessbase? They’ll run a campaign for some Indian boy; help him become a GM. Great. But help Liz survive so she can earn her master’s rating? Drop dead, sister!

So what’s left? Nothing’s left. But in one of those eight categories above there might be a tiny glimmer of hope, and I’m going to go for it.

I’ll give you an update in my next blog, maybe a week away.

As those who have been reading these blogs know, the Liz Health Fund was at zero. Thanks to Matt Hayes and Dave King of the Arcadia Chess Club, there is now $500 in the main account plus another hundred in smoothie money!

That is so great in its own way, but we’re still a very long way from the $55,000 needed for Liz’s operation to give her new implanted teeth.

The way we raised the money was simple: I gave a Liz Health Simultaneous Exhibition at the Arcadia Chess Club on February 24. That accounts for the $500. The other hundred was raised from sales of my books, and that will keep Liz in smoothies for another twenty days! Good deal—but there’s always bad news: Liz saw her Medicare doctor again today, and her weight has dropped again, as we notice at every visit. Without solid food, she is literally wasting away.

She needs this operation! $55,000 to Dr. Jay Grossman

Again, back to the simul: something occurred there that I have never experienced before, and I have given many, many simuls over the last forty years or so. That something was “time pressure.” As we absolutely had to leave the club by 10:30 PM, and we didn’t really get started until about 7 PM (after a short lecture I gave about my first win over a GM—Leonid Shamkovich in 1976) that meant there was only a little over three hours to play.

As it turned out, this wasn’t enough.

Matt Hayes wrote a nice article on the Arcadia Club website where he showed our game, which ended after 20 moves—that is, not ended in the sense of a result, but ended in the sense of “stopped due to club closing.” The final position was deceptive—the computer likes Black (Matt) but practical play between humans probably favors White (me).

As Matt points out, in the early part of the game he had much more time, as he could study the position while I made the circuit of 24 boards.

Normally in a simul this time dynamic switches later to favor the master: as players resign, the master comes around faster and faster, putting great pressure on the remaining players!

But because of the relentless clock, I never got to that stage!

Another factor that slowed me down was the way kids are taught to play these days—that is, “never resign.”

When I was growing up, it was considered extremely bad manners to play on in a hopeless position against a master (let alone an IM!). In those days youngsters were chastised openly for their lack of respect if they carried on in ridiculous positions!

If I ever open a chess school, as I have been considering, I will teach in old-school style. Learn from the master, respect the master—and know when to quit. And then resign and shake hands!

I even wrote a blog about this resigning question some years ago.

Now here at the Arcadia simul, I quickly gained an advantage against several young players. I was a rook up against one, a piece up against two others, an exchange up against a fourth, and was threatening mate in two (which could only be delayed by given up tons of material—see game below) against a fifth.

Did any of them resign? Not a chance! I don’t blame the kids, I blame how they were taught.

In any case, not one of the above mentioned ridiculous positions were resigned; there were no handshakes. Even with a looming mate in two coming, my opponent dodged resignation by … leaving without a word!

All the other material down kids also were spirited away by their parents without a handshake—again, not a resignation in sight!

Had there been some earlier resignations, the play would have speeded up, and several more results would have come in, as I had a few adults right against the ropes!

Garret Graves struggling on the Black side of a Sicilian

As actually played, the number never shrank from 24 and so time ran out without a single formally decided game!

I would love to give another simul at Arcadia, with at least two more hours of time!

Here are my two most interesting games. I trust my memory is correct, but I don’t have the scoresheets. If there are any errors (I’m sure they will only be very slight, but still, I’d like the games to be exactly correct) you can send the full game score to our “comments” and I will correct the scores immediately.

Taylor, Timothy – Schwartz, Jeff

King’s Gambit Declined

Arcadia Simul 2014


Many days before the simul occurred, I offered a “King’s Gambit Challenge.” As I have recently completed my book “Attacking Chess: The King’s Gambit” I think I’m up for anything in that opening. I stated that I would open with 1.e4 on all boards, and if anyone answered 1… e5, I would play the King’s Gambit. Furthermore, I said if anyone accepted the gambit with 2… exf4, I would play Fischer’s favorite 3.Bc4! which I advocate in the book. I pointed out that I would very much like to face GM John Shaw’s “refutation” of the Bishop’s Gambit, namely 3… Nc6, which in my book I call a “second tier defense.”

Unfortunately, only Mr. Schwartz of my 24 opponents took up the King’s Gambit Challenge. Even more unfortunately, he followed exactly for nine moves Game 73 in my book—followed it until Black had a lost position! Nonetheless, the win—no, no!—OK, game that ended in favorable position for White with no official result was nonetheless instructive!

1…  e5 2.f4 d6

After working on my King’s Gambit book for years, I am absolutely convinced that Black’s best chance of equalizing is to accept the gambit with  2…exf4 when White has chances for advantage with Fischer’s  3.Bc4 but at least Black has a pawn for his pains! My research indicates White is better after the classical declined: 2…Bc5 3.Nf3 d6 4.c3 as well as in the Falkbeer: 2…d5 3.exd5 e4 4.d3!

3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Bb5 Bd7 6.d3 a6

Black can keep material level with 6… exf4 but after 7.Bxf4 White has all the classic King’s Gambit advantages of the center pawn majority and open f file—without even sacrificing a pawn!

7.Bxc6 Bxc6 8.fxe5 dxe5 9.Nxe5 Bd7

So far, so book—my book!—but while here Mr. Schwartz improves on the game I give, it’s already too late. In fact I point out in the book that Black’s played move here is better—but the pawn disadvantage is already too much to overcome.

The game I give in the book continued as follows:   9…Qe7 10.Nxc6 bxc6 11.0–0 g6 12.Qf3 Bg7 13.e5 Nd5 14.Nxd5 cxd5 15.Qxd5 0–0 16.d4 c6 17.Qxc6 Rac8 18.Qa4 Qe6 19.c3 f6 20.Qb3 Rce8 21.exf6 Bxf6 22.Bh6 Bg7 23.Rxf8+ Bxf8 24.Bxf8 Kxf8 25.Qxe6 Rxe6 26.Kf2 Kf7 27.Re1 Rxe1 28.Kxe1 g5 29.Ke2 Kf6 30.Kd3 Kf5 31.Kc4 Kf4 32.d5 g4 33.d6 1–0 Westerinen,H – Duran,D/Aaland-Stockholm 1997.

10.Nxd7 Qxd7 11.Qf3 Be7 12.Be3 0–0 13.0–0 Qc6 14.Rae1 Rad8 15.h3 Bc5 16.e5 Qxf3 17.Rxf3 Bxe3+ 18.Rfxe3 Nd5 19.Nxd5 Rxd5 20.c3 Re8 21.d4

White has a solid extra pawn in the endgame and should win after, for example, 21…c5 22.dxc5 Rxc5 23.e6 fxe6 24.Rxe6 Rxe6 25.Rxe6 etc. I tested this against my friend Joe Cepiel and there doesn’t seem to be much Black can do: White will obtain a passed pawn with his Queenside pawn majority—then finally switch back and win on the kingside.

Nonetheless, at this point the simul ended, so no result!

Taylor, Timothy – NN

Sicilian Defense

Arcadia Simul 2014

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Be2 Bb4 7.0–0 0–0

The main line (which I advocate for White in my book “Slay the Sicilian”) is a pawn sacrifice where White gets the two bishops and excellent attacking chances for the “insignificant unit.” Liz tried this in the Santa Monica Club, and I’m sure if she had been pain free she would have seen the forced win on move 22, or had time to find the later one on move 39: 7…Bxc3 8.bxc3 Nxe4 9.Qd3 d5 10.Ba3 Nd6 11.Qg3 Nxd4 12.cxd4 Nf5 13.Qe5 f6 14.Qf4 Kf7 15.g4 g5 16.Qd2 Nd6 17.Qb4 Ne4 18.f3 a5 19.Qe1 Nd6 20.f4 Rg8 21.fxg5 Rxg5 22.Qh4 (White has outplayed her opponent and can now win cleanly with 22.Bxd6 Qxd6 23.Qh4 Kg6 24.Rxf6+! Kxf6 25.Qxh7 with a winning attack, e.g. 25…e5 26.Rf1+ Bf5 27.Qh6+ Rg6 28.Rxf5+ Ke7 29.Qh7+ Kd8 30.Qh8+ and the extra rook should be enough!) 22…Ne4 23.Qxh7+ Rg7 24.Qh5+ Kg8 25.Rf3 Ng5 26.Rb3 b6 27.Rab1 Rb8 28.Bc1 Rbb7 29.Qh4 f5 30.Qe1 fxg4 31.Bxg5 Rxg5 32.Ba6 Rh7 33.Bxc8 Qxc8 34.Rxb6 Qxc2 35.Qxe6+ Rf7 36.Rb8+ Kg7 37.R8b7 Qf2+ 38.Kh1 Rgf5 0–1 Taylor,L-Kogan,S/SMCC Ch 2013. Here Liz lost on time, while still having a winning position. After the evident 39.Rxf7+ Rxf7 40.Qxg4+ White’s queen and rook attack will either mate or add even more extra material!

This game shows why Liz’s rating is so (relative to her strength) low. She is fighting not just her opponent, but constant pain of a level others can only imagine. Furthermore, the fatigue that comes from containing the pain (since she never wants to be pitied, and never wants to show the pain) leads to time pressure.

With a substantial decrease in pain—if we can get the dental implants—and a proper diet, not only Liz’s physical strength would increase, but her playing strength as well.

Now back to the game.

8.Nxc6 dxc6 9.e5 Bxc3 10.bxc3 Nd5 11.Bd3!

In “Slay the Sicilian,” I give the following Michael Adams win here, but in the simul I felt a pawn sacrifice was in order! Adams played the more conservative but also strong 11.Qd3 Qc7 12.c4 Nb4 13.Qe4 c5 14.Bg5 b6 15.a3 Nc6 16.Bd3 f5 17.exf6 gxf6 18.Bh6 Rf7 19.Rae1 Kh8 20.Qh4 e5 21.f4 Bb7 22.fxe5 Nxe5 23.Bxh7 Kxh7 24.Re3 Ng6 25.Qh5 Rh8 26.Re8 Rxe8 27.Bf4+ Kg7 28.Qh6+ Kg8 29.Bxc7 Re2 30.Rf2 Re1+ 31.Rf1 Re2 32.Rd1 Rxg2+ 33.Kf1 Rg7 34.Rd8+ Nf8 35.Bd6 Rg1+ 36.Ke2 R7g2+ 37.Kd3 Rd1+ 38.Kc3 1–0 Adams,M-Halkias,S/Caleta 2010


If 11…Nxc3 12.Qg4 and White’s attacking chances plus the two bishops are worth more than the pawn.

12.Qh5 Ne7 13.Ba3 Re8 14.Rfd1 Bd7 15.Rab1 b6 16.Rb4!

The rook lift decides the game–even Mr. Fritz is impressed, and goes to decisive advantage!

16…c5 17.Rg4 Kh8 18.Qxf7 Rg8 19.Rg6!!

Basically mate is forced, though Black can “play on” for a few by giving up various pieces. Here are the key variations:

A.19…Nxg6 20.Qxg6 and mates

B.19… Bc6 20.Rxh6+! gxh6 21.Qh7 Mate

C.19…Nf5 Drags it out for a few 20.Bxf5 exf5 (Not 20…Be8 21.Rxh6+ and mates) 21.Rxd7 and Black must even give up his Q, as if  21…Qf8 22.Rxh6+ with the same basic mate.

So Black, one of  those youngsters I mentioned above, has a completely hopeless position. He will either be mated in two moves, or must give up massive material.

But by the time I came around to his board to collect the win—my opponent was gone!

Unfinished! No handshake! No official result! Fritz is at plus 8, but no win on the scoreboard!

I think I will start that chess school!

Now back to the reason for the simul: Liz’s Health. We now have $500. We need $55,000. We’re not going to raise it through simuls or donations from regular chessplayers.

What should we do with the $500? As every day is borrowed time for Liz, we have to do something fast.

I have an idea—new blog will be coming in a week or so.




I met Eric Louzil many times when he was hot to acquire my film for distribution. A big guy going to fat, he always seemed like a street thug trying to cover himself with Hollywood charm. But he had a big office, lots of employees who seemed genuine (the lying parasites!) and he really wanted my film—to steal, that is, though I didn’t know that part yet.

He loved the interracial ménage a trois part of my film. That my film also covered the fall of the Soviet Union and had flashbacks to the American Civil War didn’t move him too much. He didn’t seem like the sharpest knife in the drawer to me, but he seemed legitimate. He had distributed many films, this was clearly true. He had worked with a young Kevin Costner—this was also true.

He wanted to re-title my film, Confederate Saber with his own brainstorm, Wicked Pursuits, which I thought ridiculous—but he assured me the film would sell better that way, and I—first timer in Hollywood—went along.

I didn’t do an extensive background check on him; I didn’t have a computer and was living on a couch at the Los Angeles Friends Meeting; I was happy to see a deal, any deal, and I signed a contract.

And I never spoke with or saw Eric Louzil again until I faced him down in court seven years later.

My first impression was probably the best: I felt that street thug vibe under the Hollywood exterior.

My second impression was right too: the guy is just not that smart. In court all he could do was mumble and groan, to the point where my lawyer complained to the judge about his annoying nonverbal grunts.

So how can a guy like that beat fifty or so judgments? He’s just a dumb career criminal, like a guy who robs apartments in between stretches in jail.

How has Eric Louzil managed to steal millions of dollars without ever being arrested, let alone going to jail?

Enter his smarter half, his fellow career criminal, Hollywood money launderer Dr. Rita Rosenthal—also known as Eric Louzil’s wife.

What kind of person steals for a living? What kind of person steals from struggling artists? People like me, who put their heart and soul and every last penny into a passion project—artists who contribute to society and who desperately need money—who would steal from this particular class of people?

Let’s Google Dr. Rita and see what we can find out.


This source says she has a Family Practice in Encino, California, but there are no reviews (a little suspicious in itself). The site also says she earns from her practice $500,000 to $1,000,000 per year—so she doesn’t need to steal, she does it for fun!

Or does she earn that much from her practice? Is the practice a front?


But this Dr. Rita Rosenthal, from Berlin, who seems seems quite legitimate. Lots of references, no doubt a real doctor. Nothing to do with our Rita!

Is our Dr. Rita Rosenthal from Encino a real doctor? Or if she’s a real doctor, does she practice?

Here’s a thought: wouldn’t it be great if Rita baby tried to sue me? Then she’d have to explain in court about those fifty plus judgments she beat for her partner in crime!

Next, the mother lode:


This tells us a lot about Dr. Rita, married as she proudly says to Eric Louzil, and even a picture of the larcenous pair together. Rita baby goes on and on about her Sephardic heritage, the importance of family, blah blah—while she rips other families’ lives to shreds by stealing their hard earned money!

Actually there doesn’t seem to be much difference between the street thug husband and the doctor wife. Neither one has the slightest regard for those they steal from. That Liz is in a life threatening situation, as I told Rita in a phone message (we’ll get to that) means less than nothing to her. All that matters is the money.

She’s a pretty bad writer too: halfway through, “How remarkable that my husband, Eric Louzil, President of Echelon Studios does business in Turkey” and then she forgets she wrote that, or perhaps thinks it’s so cool, and says a little later on, “How fortuitous that my husband does business in Turkey.”

There’s a few things worth noting here: first of all, when Louzil was robbing me and one of the commentators—as stated in the previous blog—his company was Echelon Entertainment. Then, as that fellow theft victim said, he became Echelon Studios to avoid prosecution.

Second, what is Eric Louzil’s business? He distributes films. Now from the article it appears he has a quite chummy relationship with his Turkish counterpart—yes, profits are easy when you don’t have to pay the artists that you are ripping off! So I’m sure my film played in Turkey, and who knows where else—maybe another hundred grand or so missing from the base judgment, just as various film professionals said.

It’s clear from the way Rita writes that she is no innocent. She names the company correctly even as her husband switches names (how many times has Ford switched names in the last hundred years? And how many times has Louzil’s company changed names in the last ten years? Zero for the first, I’d guess five to ten (which is what he should get) for Louzil.

Let’s follow the money. We know for a fact that Louzil never pays the filmmaker (despite the formal contract I still have!). We know the money goes into a Nevada corporation, not registered to do business in California—a breach of law in itself, not that anyone is prosecuting—and then things get a little murky.

As far as I can determine from the people who’ve been hunting Louzil for a while, the chain goes like this—but note this is informed speculation, not solid fact. The Nevada corporation (or corporations) is a fact, and the “magic pre-nup” that we will come to is a fact, but again, between that we are in speculative land, but I’m pretty sure I know how it goes.

Let’s go step by step from fact through fact to speculation back to fact:

1.Eric Louzil acquires a film from a naïve (yes, I include myself) first time film maker.

2.Louzil sells the film to various outlets. In my day, that was Hollywood and Blockbuster Video, now I suppose Netflix, and also to all foreign territories possible.

3.The monies he receives go to his Nevada corporation, which by law in that state are virtually unregulated and highly secretive.

4.The money goes overseas, since we don’t know where, let’s say the ever popular Cayman Islands.

5.Dr. Rita Rosenthal “borrows” some money from her husband, like “I lost to you in Monopoly so I have to pay you $100,000 because you won!”

6.The Cayman Islands bank sends Rita a cashier’s check for $100,000.

7.Rita cashes the check, or sometimes, for large amounts, puts it in her personal bank account.

8.Rita pays Eric the $100,000 she “lost” to him in Monopoly.

9.Eric buys a new toy and the happy couple celebrates another theft!

Now what happens if Rita is caught with her hand in the cookie jar, with money in her bank?

This actually happened in my case, and I mentioned it in the previous blog. In my case, my Judgment Recovery Agent, Tina Brady, had the Sheriff seize the money.

Dr. Rita Rosenthal went to court to get “her” money back. What kind of argument did she have? Enter the “magical pre-nuptial agreement.” Our Rita claimed that she and Eric had a pre-nuptial agreement that said that their money would be completely separate. Basically that Eric’s money never found its way into her pocket, nor did her money ever find its way into his pocket.

As if any long time married couple never shared money!

Disregarding the absolute ridiculousness of this “agreement” and all the supporting evidence that Dr. Rita Rosenthal was in fact part of a criminal conspiracy, with her husband, to rob and defraud honest film makers, the court naturally ruled in her favor.

And that’s why my first JRA, Tina Brady, quit. Basically she was fighting the law, which favored the law breakers!

Liz had a good question around here: Don’t pre-nuptial agreements only relate to who gets the assets in the case of divorce? So why, in California, a community property state, would such an odd and bogus seeming “pre-nup” actually work?

I had no good answer. All I can say is the judge bought it.

So with Tina off the case, then came Andres, and he had no more luck. Time and time again, when I would check in on him, he would say, “The law favors the debtors.” He could no more get around that fact than Tina could.

And smarmy Rita boasts of her husband’s business in Turkey, and laughs all the way to the bank, protected by nothing more than the willingness to lie and the magic pre-nup.

To Liz and me, as people with admittedly no knowledge of the law, this “magic pre-nup” business sounds awfully flimsy. Could not a good lawyer poke holes in this? Aren’t fifty (or maybe it’s more now) unpaid judgments evidence of criminal intent?

And as a chessplayer, the whole California to Nevada to Caymans to Rita to Eric maneuver seems overly elaborate and bound for refutation.

Can you do it?

Then make the deal with me, $55,000 for the whole judgment plus interest. You could clear over $200,000 easily, if you can figure out the hole—and I’m sure there must be one—in the Louzil/Rosenthal conspiracy.

But if Liz gets worse and needs a bone graft, I won’t be selling this judgment so cheap—I’ll never sell it unless it covers all she needs. So the price might go well north of $100,000.

Now’s the best time for all of us.

Oh, one more thing about Rita: I called her. I wondered if she had a heart (silly, I know!). The curious thing was that when I called the number given on Google for her doctor’s office, I got her voice on the answering machine. “This is Dr. Rita Rosenthal …” That was odd. When you call a doctor’s office, you usually get, “This is the office of Dr. so and so …” This makes me wonder if she practices at all, or only lives off Eric’s thefts and her money laundering.

Anyway, I left a message, telling her of Liz’s desperate state, and reminding her of the $283,000 she and her husband owed me.

Guess what?

No call back.

The above title states an absolutely real business deal that I will explain below, but the first thing I have to say, which I will repeat again, is that this deal is for a strictly limited time. This deal is only to help give Liz new teeth. There is no other reason for it. If Liz’s situation changes, the deal changes—but today, as I write, the deal is live.

Here’s the background: I have already written in an earlier blog, Hollywood Story, how I wrote, produced and directed the 35mm feature film Confederate Saber, better known by its DVD title, Wicked Pursuits.  My film came out in November, 2002 on DVD and VHS. Yes, they were still renting VHS copies of the film as well as DVDs at the Hollywood Video store at Western and Wilshire in 2002! Like an arthouse smash, my film absolutely ruled the intelligent erotic thriller market: I used to watch all six copies of my film at my local Hollywood Video go out for rental every weekend! I started counting my money—and I really needed the money, having spent my last dime making the film.

But the distributor, Eric Louzil, stole all the money.

Nothing new for Eric: a career criminal and thief, he’s stolen the profits from many other first time filmmakers. Theft is his way of life.

A quick search on the internet brings us to a website with some interesting comments, the first one from … guess who?


Anonymous (2 years ago) Reply

Eric is a great guy and it’s obvious that the people that put up the above insults are self serving idiots. Echelon Studios is a great company and I have made lots of money from them distributing my film.

megan (2 years ago) Reply

Eric and everyone involved is scum… Eric wrote the above email about him as a great guy … he sleeps with people who work for him … he steals money from producers … he has over 45 judgements against him and banned from AFM for non payment … stay away from this person

Anonymous – 4 years ago

This film is advertised by Echelon. I feel bad for Slave Ross, because he got cheated and will never see a dime for this film. So many people are suing Echelon company and Eric Louzil who never pays anyone a dime, ever. Before dealing with him, check him out, please! He is a slippery scumbag, and you will never get paid, I know from personal experience.

Derek Anunciation (3 years ago) Reply
I sold 300 films to STARZ for Eric louzil and he did not pay me. I have a judgement against him as well. DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH ERIC LOUZIL! or ECHELON! YOU WILL REGRET IT!

Anonymous (2 years ago) Reply

This guy owes me 140K for a film he sold and received the money. Never got it, got a judgment, changed the name of his company from Echelon Entertainment to Studios. Hides his money, keeps everything under his wife’s name. Total crook and trying to hunt him down. Will get him eventually. Just a matter of time. Either legally or otherwise.

Firestorm (2 years ago) Reply

It’s interesting seeing and reading all these people discussing the corporate thief that is Eric Louzil. It’s even more interesting seeing the people defending him who talk about films he handled which paid them money… which films? The guy’s a leech, a terrorist… ERIC LOUZIL IS A THIEF.

So what about my particular film? My story is no different from many others: I was a first time filmmaker who came to Los Angeles from Tennessee with $45 in my pocket and a completed film.

I didn’t own a computer or have a real place to live.

I finally took the first deal I was offered—with Louzil and his company, Echelon Entertainment (though as mentioned in one of the comments above, he constantly changes the company’s name to avoid collection) and I saw my film being rented with my own eyes.

My friends in the film and chess worlds saw the film being rented all over the US, and sold in foreign countries as well. Hollywood Video was particularly keen on the film: every single store nationwide had it, even the tiny one they had in my old neighborhood in Hendersonville, Tennessee!

Money was being made, big time.

I asked for my money, I demanded my money … and Louzil and his company thieves stonewalled. No response at all.

Like many others, I sued.

My film continued to make money around the world.

Louzil didn’t exactly fight my lawsuit, he just used every delaying tactic in the world—knowing I had no money—to drag out the case.

But I didn’t give up.

Seven years later, my lawyer, Michael Weiss, got me a judgment for $206,648. This was what we could actually prove in a court of law, though the number given me by industry insiders—for a film with my track record—was that I should have received about $300,000. We were unable to absolutely prove some foreign sales—for example Turkey—and this would have raised the judgment a bit (see more about Turkish sales in the next blog, Dr. Rita Rosenthal, Career Criminal: Money Launderer.)

So here I have over two hundred thousand on paper. How to collect?

I hired one Judgment Recovery Agent, Tina Brady. She found a great big chunk of money in Louzil’s wife’s account, the aforementioned Dr. Rita Rosenthal. The sheriff impounded the money for us.

Then two things happened: the court gave the money back to Rita the money launderer—more on this in the next blog—and Tina quit the case.

Then Andres Schonviesner of Affirmative Judgment Services took the case. He really took his best shot, worked for years—but couldn’t collect a dime. It’s not Andres’ fault—he’s a great guy and an absolute expert in his field. But basically the laws favor the crooks. Let’s say you take an action against Louzil’s Echelon Entertainment. Louzil stonewalls you for months, or even years, and then just when you are about to bring him to court, he changes the name of the company to something like Echelon Ent. Ment. Then the court says you have to start all over again.

And if you finally catch up with the money, then just as happened with Tina Brady, Louzil hides behind his wife, and the court says, that’s fine—screw the artists, screw the hard working recovery people, let the thieves keep the cash. So Andres put a lot of his own money into the case—and collected nothing.

Finally I asked for the judgment back, and Andres, always a stand up guy, gave it back with no problems. He just wasn’t getting anywhere.

From talking to my lawyer and Tina Brady and Andres,  I have a pretty good idea of how Louzil has managed to steal millions of dollars over a lifetime of thievery, but more on this in the next blog.

For now, the question is this: can you beat him?

If you’re interested, let’s go through the basic deal. First, the paperwork. Note that this is a court approved judgment, everything is absolutely legal.

1. The basic judgment


This shows that Andres has returned the judgment to me and I am owed $206,648, the aforementioned base judgment.

2. Interest as of October 11, 2013: Interest accumulates on the unpaid debt at the official rate, which I believe is 10% a year

So as of October 11, the accumulated interest was  $79,601.94.

Add these together and you get $286,601.94. But don’t forget, the interest keeps going. More than four months have gone by, or roughly another $10,000. But don’t worry about that number, as that has to go to my lawyer, as the third document shows.

3. Agreement with Michael Weiss:

This is my agreement with my lawyer Michael Weiss, that basically says that whoever recovers the judgment (if they recover the judgment!) has to pay him $10,500 out of “any and all monies or property recovered.” That seems fair to me. Note that no one who has worked on this case on the honest side has been paid anything yet!

So if you add the interest, and take away the lawyer’s fee, it pretty much comes to the basic deal: you pay me $55,000 and I give you—well, you have to collect it, but you will have the legal right to do so–$283,000 or thereabouts. If you take a year to collect, you’ll get another $28,000 in interest money, minus the same $10,500 legal fee, so that adds (still using rough numbers) at least $17,000 to your take.

In that scenario, you end up with a clean $300,000. I get $55,000 and Michael Weiss gets $10,500.

But I have to get my money up front, for Liz’s jaw can wait no longer. You all know what I will do: I will pay Dr. Jay Grossman, spend the $55,000 in one day and get Liz new teeth. We’ll be broke again, but we’re used to it—

If I can see Liz smile again it will all be worth it.

And you, you happy collector, get to enjoy your $300,000!

Like many great deals, this one has a time limit, like a President’s Day Sale (as yesterday was that holiday!). The time limit in this case is how long can Liz’s jaw hold out. I can’t give a definite date. But clearly as soon as possible is the basic time limit. The whole point of selling this judgment so cheaply is to get Liz’s new implanted teeth absolutely immediately if not sooner!

However, if Liz’s jaw should break, then we’re looking at a bone graft, and that will cost over $100,000, and naturally, the judgment will no longer be for sale at $55,000. It is for sale at $55,000 today. Tomorrow, ask me first.

The funny thing is, I think a billionaire like Rex Sinquefield, for example, could easily collect from Eric Louzil. He must have top lawyers and top collectors working for him! But I still haven’t heard anything directly from Mr. Sinquefield, just filtered reports from “his people” that “we are unable to provide assistance.” Of course that’s not true. The guy’s a billionaire for Christ’s sake! He could help Liz if he wanted to: $55,000 is pocket change to him, less even than the $64,000 Fischer prize he guarantees (but has never had to pay) at each US Championship. For whatever reason, he chooses not to help her. The funny thing is, he could help Liz, take over my judgment, and no doubt overwhelm Louzil with his lawyers, and so collect three hundred grand or so. Do a good deed and make money! Sounds like a plan to me.

Of course this person doesn’t have to be Rex Sinquefield; anyone who has cash upfront for Liz’s teeth—the right now needed $55,000 for the all on 4 operation to be performed by Dr. Jay Grossman—can do a good deed and make out like a bandit, if—

They can get by Louzil’s wife, Dr. Rita Rosenthal—

Next blog!


The simultaneous exhibition at the Arcadia Chess club starts next Monday, February 24, at 6:40 PM. I hope to see a lot of chessplayers there, and I hope to play a lot of fun and interesting games! I wonder who will take up my King’s Gambit challenge (I promise to play the gambit if anyone is bold enough to answer my 1.e4 with 1… e5).

Well, that’s the fun part.

The health update part is not so good. We went back to see Dr. Kupferman, and Liz’s healing is slow but moving.

But that’s not the real problem—or problems. The first problem is that without the wisdom teeth anchoring her jaw—without any teeth anchoring her jaw—Liz feels like the bone will break at any moment. She says she feels like she could push her tongue right through the bone. She has never needed the full $55,000 operation more. She desperately needs to have the bone loss arrested, have her jaw anchored with new implanted teeth.

The second problem is that the shape of her jaw has slightly altered with the removal of the wisdom teeth. Her dentures are old now (five years) and due for replacement. They didn’t fit well before the wisdom teeth operation and now fit even worse. This is just one more added pain, both physical and psychological. No beautiful woman (recall Liz’s GoFundMe picture) likes to be seen at less than her best. A trivial example is Katy Perry, who won’t ever be photographed without make-up—to which I say, don’t worry, Katy, you’d still look great! You have all your own teeth! How about helping Liz with a tiny fraction of that “I Kissed a Girl” money? But since Katy won’t do that, let’s get back to Liz and those ill fitting dentures. In past days and years, Liz would almost never let me see her without teeth. It was a point of pride with her. But now, just putting the dentures in is painful. Just wearing them is painful. Trying to eat anything with them in sends her pain through the stratosphere. So she has stopped wearing her dentures at home. But of course, she absolutely will not go outside without her teeth. Therefore “going outside” is just a marathon pain session. Liz isn’t going outside much.

The third problem is her “all liquid starvation diet” is taking a horrible toll. Every day Liz cries from hunger. There is food in the house but nothing she can eat. With the Liz Health Fund down at zero, we can’t even borrow from that for smoothie money. Let me tell you, we really appreciate those five dollar donations (see button on right as always). We’re struggling in every possible way and with Liz already weakened, every bump in the road hits harder.

Why should we be in such trouble when I am owed $286,601.94?

See next blog.

On February 24 (just twelve days away!) I will be giving a simultaneous exhibition at the Arcadia Chess Club. Full details can be found on the club’s website, but the most important one is get there in time (6:30 PM) if you want to assure yourself a board, as the room has limited space.

By playing you can test your wits against an IM, namely yours truly, and support Liz. All money earned will go to the Liz Health Fund, which as I pointed out recently is down at zero, and desperately needs an infusion of capital as we once again try to reach the magic $55,000 number to give Liz new teeth.

I will also have a selection of my books for sale, and once again, all monies received will go to Liz Health.

Now here’s a special inducement to play:

The King’s Gambit Challenge

I will be taking White on all boards, and intend to start all games with 1.e4. I challenge each and every one of you to answer with 1…e5, for if you do, I will reply with the fabled King’s Gambit, 2.f4! Furthermore, if you accept the gambit and play 2… exf4, I promise I will answer with the Bishop’s Gambit, the Fischer approved 3.Bc4!

This is the main subject of my book, Attacking Chess: The King’s Gambit. The book took years to research and write, and I am absolutely convinced that the King’s Gambit is sound and gives White excellent chances for advantage—as long as one plays, in the critical Accepted variation, 3.Bc4!

What is quite interesting is that (as I noted in my last blog) that GM John Shaw, whose own King’s Gambit book has recently come out, came to the exact opposite conclusion! We were working independently, so it’s amusing that our research went in such opposite directions!

GM Shaw says that the Bishop’s Gambit is refuted, and that the move doing the refuting is 3… Nc6.

I call 3… Nc6 a “second tier move” that “has no threat” and feel that White gets the advantage without too much sweat!

So I think it would be really interesting if someone would bone up on the “Shaw refutation” of 3… Nc6 and go ahead and play it against me in the simul! I promise I will just play against it as I recommend in my book—oh, what’s that? Alas, my book hasn’t come out yet! But if you’re brave enough to play this “refutation” you will certainly find out!

Of course, answering my 1.e4 with 1… e5 is not obligatory. You can try the French, the Pirc, the Scandinavian, Alekhine’s Defense, the Modern or the ever popular Sicilian!

So go ahead, start your engines, prepare with Mr. Fritz or Houdini or whatever and whichever—for I have a strategy to meet this.

I’m going to play human chess!

I look forward to the challenge and most important, look forward to raising money for Liz.

So many people have asked me this question that I feel I should try to give a reply—but the honest answer is still, “I don’t know!”

I turned in the complete manuscript of “Attacking Chess: The King’s Gambit” on September 24, 2013.

I should point out that this was just days after GM John Shaw’s book came out, and as I point out in the “Some Final Notes” section, I had not seen Shaw’s book before I completed my own. My text goes as follows:

My book stands alone. And since GM Shaw had no access to my book, his book also stands alone!

So that’s how it should be: two original works on the King’s Gambit! And once my book is out in print, I will buy GM Shaw’s book and take a look, and maybe he will buy mine!

The King’s Gambit is certainly complex enough to merit two books.

So far so good, but then, due to a sudden attack of “Murphy’s Law”—whatever can go wrong, will—my book got delayed, then delayed again. I got tired of waiting for mine to come out in print, so I went ahead and bought GM Shaw’s book, and found most of it interesting and well written, though I have a serious disagreement about one chapter! Of course, he will probably have a serious disagreement about one chapter of my book!

But let’s get back to the basic question: when will my book come out? Again, I simply don’t know, but the last I heard from my publisher, there will be a delay of perhaps “two months.” There is certainly no fixed time, so I ask all my friends to be patient, and I hope the book will be worth the wait!

Oh, and about the “chapter disagreement” issue: the theme of my book is that I follow Fischer, who (as White) always continued, after 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4, with 3.Bc4! Bobby scored many notable victories with this, the Bishop’s Gambit, such as his famous win over GM Larry Evans in the US Championship.

Fischer claimed that the King’s Knight Gambit with 3.Nf3 was refuted by his 3… d6, and I agree. So I have one chapter in my book called “Why Not the King’s Knight Gambit” wherein I basically come down on Fischer’s side and say that 3.Nf3 is a mistake. Then I spend most of the rest of the book on the “Fischer approved” 3.Bc4.

GM Shaw does exactly the reverse. He thinks 3.Bc4 is incorrect, gives one chapter called “The Refutation of 3.Bc4” (which he says is 3… Nc6) and spends most of the rest of the book on the “Fischer unapproved” 3.Nf3.

So there’s not much overlap between the two books, and if you want full coverage of the King’s Gambit, you might want to get both of them! And I hope you will be able to get mine soon!

And by the way, 3… Nc6 does not refute the Bishop’s Gambit—and I will put my chess moves where my mouth is, see next blog on my Liz Health Simultaneous Exhibition at the Arcadia Chess Club!


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