Saturday, December 3, 2011

North Campus Drive

The University of Utah campus has the most nonsensical maze of roads I
have ever seen. The Waze Navigational system that I was trying out on
my iPhone sent me in the wrong direction and I ended up on North
Campus Drive, which is about as far up the mountainside that you can
the get. The road looks a lot more like a parking lot than it does a
road. I had been playing in the Utah State Chess Championship

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Utah Chess

I apologize in advance for the mass email.  This email will allow me to immediately determine which email addresses in my contacts are no longer valid.

The West Valley Chess Club weekly Quick Chess tournament will be held this Saturday (2011-11-24) at the Coffee Club at 4879 S. Redwood Road, Salt Lake City, Utah.  The time control is G/29 D5.  There are 3 rounds in 1 or more sections divided by rating.  The entree fee is $5, and the tournament is only open to current USCF members or those who join.  Registration starts at 1 PM.  The first round will start as close to 1:30 as possible.  (Note that starting in January the time control will most likely be G/25 D4.)  

This Saturday only, we have room for only the first 20 players who show up.  I request that everyone who attends make a purchase from the coffee shop.

The normal meeting place for this weekly Saturday tournament is the Salt Lake Community College library, Redwood Campus, on the top floor.  However, this library is closed on all holiday weekends.

If you would like to be on a mailing list for information about Utah Chess, then please Respond to this email.  Otherwise do nothing.  If you are already on this mailing list, then you received another email just before this one.

Best wishes,

John Coffey

P.S.   At the same coffee shop above, we have a CHESS CLUB that meets every Tuesday and Thursday night (except holidays) typically 6:45 to 9:45 PM.  We request that everyone who attends make a purchase from the coffee shop.

At least one other player and I are getting  together this Friday and most Saturday mornings around 10:30 AM at the Crown Burger Restaurant on 3150 S. Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah, for some informal speed chess.  This is NOT a tournament, and I ask that everyone who shows up make a purchase from the restaurant.

None of the Saturday events listed above take place when there is a major adult being held tournament in Salt Lake City.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Maltitol - The Problems With Maltitol

Today I bought on clearance 3 "no sugar added" mini fruit pies from
Wal-Mart. They were cherry, blueberry and apple. This was an impulse
purchase. I was tempted by the low price and the "no sugar added"
on the label. I ate them all. I was hungry.

I should have know better. I read the ingredients a little too late.
They all have Maltitol. I have run into Maltitol before. Usually it
gives me gas really bad. Although it is frequently used as a sugar
substitute in a many different products, maybe it should be illegal.
"Sugar alcohols" in general tend to cause intestinal problems...

Saturday, October 1, 2011


Someone on "" invited me to participate in an "Ataxx" tournament.  This was my response ...

"Signed up.  Ataxx was originally an arcade video game that I played back in the 1980's. (It was also a 7'UP Spot DOS game that I still have.)   I loved it.  I thought to myself that whoever wrote it must have been a chess player, like me.  In the 1990's when I actually worked a as video game programmer, I met and worked with one of the two people who invented Ataxx.  And, yes, he was a chess player.  In the last decade, I made a suggestion to that I really liked Attax and that they should bring it to  Now I consider myself one of the better Ataxx players on"

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Citibank "Rewards" Card.

As part of my "rewards" for opening the Citibank card and spending $300 (which I did by paying my car insurance) , I got 6000 "points" which I used to get a $50 JC Penny gift card and a Harry Potter book.  

Normally this card will only give you a single point for every dollar you spend.  Since my "Chase Freedom" card actually pays cash, I no longer intend to use the Citibank card.

Tournament yesterday that we ran together.


Due to a difference in personality and style, you were on your feet three times what I was. 

However, it might have been difficult for me to run a 14 hour tournament like this by myself due to problems with pain in my knees.   Even though I was less active I still was pushing my body to its limits.  I am always at risk of making my knee problems worse.   My knees bother me some today.  

 Thanks for the great job that you did as chief TD  and for how well prepared you were. 

Best wishes,

John Coffey

Friday, August 12, 2011


Every 2 weeks on my Fridays that I have to work, I get a green chili smothered breakfast burrito at the work cafeteria, which is so delicious, but I took four calcium carbonate tablets to settle my upset stomach. 


Friday, August 5, 2011

Wells Fargo warns of new scam, urges customers to be skeptical

I don't even have a Wells Fargo account, which is why I recognized
right away that this is a scam, and I have gotten four calls. The
last one was 2:11 AM this morning. I put my phone on vibrate so it
didn't wake me up.

Most people know not to give out bank information over the phone.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Chess Ability



There was a time about a couple of years ago I had gotten so sharp that I would frequently win all my games at the chess club.  That quickly changed because both Chuck and you became better players.    I am not sure that I have improved at all, and I might have even gone downhill slightly, but with you there has been a noticeable improvement every year for as long as I have known you.

Best wishes,

John Coffey


Saturday, July 23, 2011

My iPhone is down.

Today I tried to update my iPhone to the latest software, and it turned the iPhone into a brick.  I am unavailable by mobile until either I get my phone fixed or replaced.  I will try to read my email frequently.  My work number is 801-594-3523.  When my mobile service is restored, my contact number will be 801-856-4812.

Best wishes,

John Coffey

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Apple <>
Date: Sat, Jul 23, 2011 at 6:23 PM
Subject: Your Apple Store Genius Bar appointment.

Thanks for making a reservation.
Dear John,
You are scheduled for a Genius Bar appointment.
What: iPhone
When: Sunday, July 24, 2011 at 12:30 PM
Where: Apple Store, The Gateway
Please be sure to check in when you arrive. Any Apple Store employee will be happy to assist you.
We look forward to seeing you.
Your Apple Store team,
The Gateway
P.S. It's now even easier to make an Apple Store reservation with the Apple Store app for iPhone and iPod touch.
Apple Store,
The Gateway
If you are no longer able to attend this session, please cancel or reschedule your reservation.
TM and copyright © 2010 Apple Inc. 1 Infinite Loop, MS 303-3DM, Cupertino, CA 95014.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Washer repair

My washer went out but is on service contract.  Lowes makes you jump through some hoops to get service.  I had to register on their website before I could make the request.   I wanted a repair person to come out tomorrow.  Instead it is going to have to be next week sometime.   I scheduled it for Friday, next week, which I am going to need to take off at least the afternoon.  (Want to take Friday off anyway because I have something special going on that weekend.)

Monday, May 9, 2011


I couldn’t find any Granny Smith apples at the store and  I didn’t want to leave the store without some sort of fruit, so I looked around for something that I could buy.  I saw a strange fruit that I had never seen before.  I bought a mango.  I don’t know what they taste like or how to eat it, but it is good to try new things.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Gas prices

Gas seemed to go up enormously since I got my last tank.  I used my phone to check a website and saw that the cheapest gas was near my house at $3.12.  At the time I was low on gas and on the other side of town.  I risked running out of gas to save $.07 per gallon, but when I pulled into the gas station near my home, I saw that the price was actually $3.19 and not $3.12 as listed on the website.