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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 14250 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-01-15 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
Abdel Irada: The wingnuts *are* the caucus. ∞
   Mar-01-15 Odd Lie (replies)
Abdel Irada: <But up here on Mars, as you call it, we do not have much atmosphere and no oceans....> Evidence suggests that you *used* to have oceans. So, what did you do with them, and how is it our fault? ∞
   Feb-27-15 W John vs Janowski, 1914 (replies)
Abdel Irada: "He who hesitates...." This is one of those puzzles where you get no credit for finding the key move, because the position demands it and no other. White has a *temporary* advantage in the vulnerability of Black's uncastled king. But if he tries to behave as if it were ...
   Feb-25-15 Washburn vs Lasker, 1907
Abdel Irada: Dear White: Knighty-knight! s/Emanuel Lasker
   Feb-25-15 A Huss vs E Lobron, 1985
Abdel Irada: <In fact, the immune rook reminded me a bit of Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907, and I'll use any excuse to mention that game.> Perhaps the most striking feature of that game *isn't* the inexorable logic with which Black exploited his lead in development. It is that he had such
   Feb-22-15 chessforum (replies)
Abdel Irada: <Tabanus>: I looked over the Sabih Alam Butt page, and you are right. There's not a word of content on that page that does its poster credit. The problem is, we can agree that this stuff is trash, but removing it puts us on a slippery slope. Once we get past all the "Hee ...
   Feb-22-15 Sabih Alam Butt (replies)
Abdel Irada: <Tabanus> was right. ∞
   Feb-22-15 Anand vs S A Butt, 1987
Abdel Irada: After 37. Bb6!, Anand has established a murderous bind. Black is practically in zugzwang. ∞
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Ave Caissa. Te salutamus.

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Dec-11-14  ketchuplover: Happy Holidays :)
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  Abdel Irada: Thank you, although of course I do not celebrate Christmas, even as a "secular" holiday.

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  Abdel Irada: Good, <Mark>.

Maybe now you can come visit me in San Francisco.

Only you'd probably hate my neighborhood because there are thousands of Muslims living and working here.

But if you're willing to set aside your revulsion for long enough, my wife and I can take you around and let you see how Muslims behave if you're respectful to them.

And in the process, you can try some of the best Egyptian food in the city at Pharaoh's, or go next door to Milan Pizza for some really excellent pizza, made with halal meats and cheese.

You might just like it. :-)

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  MarkFinan: I'm islamophobic Abdel, I'm trying to get away from you all not join some Frisco love in, lol. But thanks for the offer, I really mean that. ✌
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  Abdel Irada: Let me ask you: Have you ever tried talking to any of the Muslims in your town?

The results might surprise you. I think you'll find that *most* of them consider themselves good citizens and British patriots. They will probably have more in common with you than you might think, based on second-hand information.

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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.

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  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"?

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  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.

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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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