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Abdel Irada
Member since Apr-14-12
<السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته>

(Pron.: "As-salaamu alaykum wa rahmatu allah wa barakatuhu.")

<May peace be upon you, and the mercy and blessings of God.>

(Now, why don't we greet each other like that in English?)


My birth/legal name is something quite different, but since I took the Shahada on 2 May 2014, I have preferred to be called by my Muslim name: إسماعيل عبد الإرادة (Ismail Abdelirada).

Until recently, my wife, نظيرة (Nazeera), and I lived in Camazotz, California, a small town filled with rugged individualists who all do the same ruggedly individual things at the same ruggedly individual time in the same ruggedly individual way.

Today, we are in San Francisco, where mobile tsunami alarms ply the streets in the chill hours before dawn, pterodactyls wheeze politely as they choke on refuse under your windows several times a day, and you know it's time to cross the street when someone opens up on you with an Uzi.

On the other hand, a few blocks away, we can get some of the world's best five-meat pizza, cooked halal by Mexican chefs in an Italian restaurant operated by Egyptians. (It's on Eerie Boulevard between Clones and Leavin'-Worth.)


“Of no avail,” saith the Translator, “is a twice-told tale.”

If, therefore, you want to learn more about me, I refer you to my site's staff profile, which will probably tell you far more than you wanted to know:

If you want to say anything to me *without* sharing it with the site, click here: I will then (assuming you give me a valid address to which to reply) establish direct contact.

(For obvious reasons, I forbear to offer spammers my email address by displaying it here.)


Ah, if only I had more than 32 characters, part 296: With more room, my forum title would be

<<•>Ave Caissa. We who are about to blunder salute thee.<•>>

A moiety>

يا حبيبي، يا حياتي

و يا الألمي

:قال لني، قال لني، من فضلك

لم أنت تسحرني؟

:قال لني، قال لني، من فضلك

لم أنت تجاد قابي؟


Yā habībī, yā hayātī

Wa yā 'l-alamī

Qāl linī, qāl linī, min fadlukī:

Lima enti tasaharanī?

Qāl linī, qāl linī, min fadlukī:

Lima enti tajalada 'albī?

Vers libre>

Daily the freeway edges a little nearer.
Daily it grows a little bigger, dirtier,
More crowded, more congested. Daily it
Roars ever so slightly louder, with just
So much deeper a note of menace.
Pollution, too, and airborne death in

A thousand shapes: daily the freeway
Vomits a fraction more of these its woes
Upon a luckless downwind multitude.

Daily wanes the scant screen of ragged redwoods
That have for so long stood sentinel —
Forlorn hopes, perhaps; reminders of
A better time; symbols still, whether
Effectual or no — melting almost
Perceptibly before thousands of luckless
Downwind faces. Daily, too, the CalTrans
Trucks rattle past, rows of steel carrion
Beetles grown enormous, racing to some
Wound in raped and moribund nature's flesh
To aid in the corruption.

<Fluid Fire
A Carminal>

Who but she, that fluid fire of my heart,
Hath eyes of ice in burning aqua framed,
Whose sparks like midnight fountains' blazes start
To flash in spectral firestreaks from their spheres
Like firefalls on mountain cascades untamed
Or dance of city lights on darkling meres?

Who but she, igniter of blood and mind,
Hath on her head a crown of gold ablaze
In tides of fire surging to make eyes blind
From phosphor seas of moonbeams burning bright
As gold and pearls in gulfs of silver rays
Whose waves like gems blaze in dawn's topaz light?

Who but she, she who sets men's souls afire,
Hath aspect so with beauty's rays aflame
That bright heaven's stars to its beams aspire
And the very sun envies its fair glow
And maids fair as the moon on it lay blame
Like night unstarred outshone by sun-gilt snow?

Who but she hath all these? Yet all were naught
But for that taintless mind, that force of thought,
And perfect beacon soul of love's light wrought.

"Not ignorant of trials, I now can learn to help the miserable."

— Dido, queen of Carthage, in Virgil's _The Aeneid_. Full Member

   Abdel Irada has kibitzed 14918 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-28-15 Wesley So
Abdel Irada: In diagram 1, White can end the game very quickly indeed with 1. Kh4?? :-D ∞
   May-28-15 Odd Lie
Abdel Irada: In his previous appearance, he was a hero of Troy, dragged thrice around the city walls after falling in battle with Achilles? ∞
   May-28-15 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
Abdel Irada: <I always read the responses of other posters though sometimes wonder if some posters do the same in return.> Some do. Others read the first five words and immediately start typing their reply to what they assume you're going to say. Still others don't *care* what you say.
   May-28-15 chessforum
Abdel Irada: <zanzibar: Probably the best fix for the quote is to slightly edit it: <[Fischer] had a funny habit: while his opponent was pondering a move, he would now and then brush off specks of dust, real or imaginary, from the opponent's side of the chessboard. Eventually, ...
   May-27-15 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
Abdel Irada: <*Of course if you mouseover it it will appear in the browser status bar.> Of course that's what I did. :-) ∞
   May-25-15 Angantysson vs K Kaiszauri, 1982 (replies)
Abdel Irada: Apparently this is Opposites Day: a Monday where the solution is to sac the other guy's queen. <<>15. g5> and Black begins to sing, <Yes, we have no escape squares! We have no escape squares today!> ∞
   May-23-15 Edmund Beronio (replies)
Abdel Irada: No worries. I have no intention of getting mired here arguing with the mobile one-man/transgender muppet show. Just pointing out why everyone else on the site finds some posters on this page somewhere between funny and pathetic. :-) ∞
   May-21-15 S Martinovic vs Marjanovic, 1980 (replies)
Abdel Irada: Wait. This isn't Monday, so a reflexive, no-look queen sac can't be right. But of course it is. :-D ∞
   May-21-15 L Baze vs T Palmer, 2004
Abdel Irada: <But to me, it's a plain lousy game. I will never move Nxg5.> And did you stop to consider White's alternatives? Strategically, he is already lost. If he retreats the bishop to g3 (the only alternative), Black continues 12. ...Nh5, threatening to win the bishop thanks to ...
   May-19-15 scout118 chessforum
Abdel Irada: <scout118>: I think you did right to delete our posts; they had no place in your forum. And <chancho> if anything understates the malevolent mania of the "certifiable" poster, who will stop at nothing and stoop to anything. This I can tell you from painful ...
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Ave Caissa. Te salutamus.

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  MarkFinan: How dare you say I haven't spoken to British Muslims??? I live in Bradford, aka Bradistan! Of course I have, of course I know them, I've seen things in my life from those people that you couldn't possibly imagine! 95% of them are dirty scruffy heroin dealers and pimps, they ruined my city, they all need locking up...... hang on a minute! They are!? The first thing my dad said to me when he visited me in jail was.. "F*****n hell Mark.. Just say you're Muslim so you get vegan meals, you're losing weight, it's packed with Muslims!" Google the percentage of Muslims in Armley jail?? On 9/11 they all got moved to a secure wing for their own protection, when the Bali bombing happened they got shipped out, all because they're ungrateful bastards who sponge of our benefits system, Rob our people, and then celebrate when terrorist attacks happen. They're the scum of the earth, Enoch Powell was right about them.
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  Abdel Irada: Then you were talking to the wrong Muslims. There are bad ones.

But there are also plenty of good ones.

In fact, I met a couple of British-Indian Muslims in July. Jolly good blokes. And my wife got to know their wives; lovely lasses both.

Apparently our experiences differ. Why do you suppose that is?

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  MarkFinan: Why do I suppose that is? Because I'm surrounded by the filth, I have to share the same city as them! Haven't seen you saying anything bad about ISIS, the hostage situation today, the beheadings, the drug dealings, the pimps, the 9/11 attacks, in fact I haven't seen you say a bad word about the Islamic nutcases.. You're colonel Mortimers lapdog, he's Bush and you're Blair.
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  Abdel Irada: And you are insulting me without reason.

Behave with decency and respect in my forum, if you please.

Dec-18-14  Pulo y Gata: What's right with you, man? Wesley So just posted on his page and you won't even consider that a minute and start posting irrelevance there.

I'm all for irrelevance, mind you. But timing, man, timing.

Dec-18-14  Pulo y Gata: <Dec-15-14 john barleycorn: <cro777: Rogoff called Caruana's game "Shakespearean". How would you called Wesley's game?> Barleycornian.

Premium Chessgames Member Abdel Irada: <john barleycorn: <cro777: Rogoff called Caruana's game "Shakespearean". How would you called Wesley's game?> Barleycornian.>

I wasn't aware that Wesley So was rated 1191. >

This is the start of the fresh bout you are having with jb and buli. You started it at Wesley's page. You followed them there. So what are you saying?

But, go on, man. That's your prerogative.

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  WannaBe: Greetings! Just saw your note on another forum that you are in SF. I am in San Mateo, just a few miles down the road from you.

If you ever wish to push some wood (and quite frankly, I am not that good) let me know! I visit Chinatown about once a month to get my Chinese food craving satisfied.

User: JimNorCal and a few of his friends meet at Palo Alto Friday Night (5:30ish to about 9PM) at a coffee house, let me know if you are interested.

I attended a few, and I really don't go that often. (They are quite good! Kicks my rear-end every time)


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  Abdel Irada: That could be interesting, but we'll have to figure out how to arrange follow-up contact without posting either of our email addresses.

This would be the first time I've ever actually met anyone from this site in "real life." :-D

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  WannaBe: Easy, I am kstc_jyu at

My address is not secret, quite a few people here knows it.

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  wordfunph: <Abdel> Merry Christmas!
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  moronovich: Happy Holidays and all the best for the
New Year <abdel> !
Dec-26-14  Bureaucrat: Happy holidays, Abdel!
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  Abdel Irada: Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous benefactor, my premium membership has been extended for another year.

To whoever supplied this: I don't know who you are, but I am most grateful.

Jan-17-15  Shams: <Abdel> You've done well lately not "punching down". Have a great year, man. Onward and upward!
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  Abdel Irada: "Punching down"?

Jan-19-15  Shams: <Abdel>
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  Abdel Irada: Ah. Thanks for the clarification.

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  Abdel Irada: For the record, as of this writing, <>'s posting seems to be broken on every page other than user forums.

I suspect that this is an unintended consequence of some anti-trolling measures now being implemented by the admins, but so far I am unable to verify this.

Feb-11-15  Shams:
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  Abdel Irada: It's good to have a plan for every contingency. :-)

Still, I can't help feeling that there are a few possibilities that Safire forgot to address.

What, for example, if the Apollo returned, with three *completely different* people inside?

"Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins were astronauts: in Latin, sailors to the stars.

"Like all sailors, they enjoyed liberty on distant shores, and like many perhaps they enjoyed it too much.

"Just as ships often put to sea with a few of their men unaccounted for in some foreign port of call, it appears that Appollo 11 has returned without its intrepid crew.

"But she did not return alone! On board her came three new astronauts. I call them astronauts because they manned a ship in the void between planets; but truly, who can say what credentials and experience Bunny Simonson, Alicette Neumann and Candi Richards would have offered us had they presented themselves as candidate astronauts at the offices of NASA? Surely their prior experience had not qualified them to sail a catamaran, much less the most advanced spacecraft in the history of technology.

"And yet, where the astronauts who set out for the moon have failed to return, somehow these mysterious young women have succeeded, not only in reaching the moon without our aid or even our knowledge, but also in purloining our spacecraft ... and our sympathies, whether they deserve them or not.

"I say they do not! I call them what they are: lunar sirens who have seduced the best of America into a wastrel lunar existence and hijacked their...."

The tip of the iceberg. :-D

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  twinlark: Yes, but I didn't want to continue that particular conversation.
Mar-06-15  achieve: Some brave lads, you are.

Abdel, you know that i know what reciprocity means, do you not?

Probably not. I adapted its familiar meaning to say to ohio that what he sends out, he may and will receive back. He does not like me for a few years, and i do not like him, so the rest is easily filled in.

I said you missed that, and probably you did on purpose, as prior to that brief conversation you were more tuned in to HeMateMe, and nowhere near to me, so your remark sounds and is insincere. Check stuff first.

Another point is that I am not confrontational at all, I just reacted when confronted in a certain manner. Your knowledge of Ohio's and my relationship over more than 10 years is non-existent, yet you pop up like a cancer to tell me that Ohio has a fair point, even when I can show you that he is disingenuous, part of his MO.

<What gives> ?

Not much, you just engage HeMateme at your "leisure", but in the mean time leave me be. I know so much more about you than you do about me. Be cautious, before I unload the whole sham that you are and may be.

As a film script put it: you @#$%ed with the wrong marine.

Granted you did so cleverly, but you'll be done with just in time.

Roll the dice.

<twinlark> is the same - a traitor and insincere @#$% up.

Or should I say insecure.

Now try and have fun while it lasts; the hammer is coming down sooner.

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  twinlark: <achieve>

I thought we were friends. When did that change?

Mar-17-15  Boomie: <Abdel Irada: "...I guess we'd better get rid of our 50,000 nukes.">

I noticed this statement a chez Rogoff and did a little research. Nobody has ever had that many nukes. Unless you are referring to world totals. I assumed you meant the USA only.

There used to be more than 50,000 worldwide before the treaties took effect at around 1985.

The number of nukes has been reduced considerably since then.

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  Abdel Irada: <achieve>: Thirteen days have elapsed since your post, and I *still* have no idea what you meant by it.

I gather you are/were angry with me for something, but I'm not sure what. Talking to <HeMateMe>? Not replying to a question you posted?

I don't know. Perhaps you can enlighten me.

Meanwhile, whatever you want from me, empty threats are not the way to get it. Try talking rationally.

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