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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 15751 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-28-15 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
Abdel Irada: <zanzibar: meth = methamphetamine for me. It's far and away the most common meaning here in the US at least.> Ah. Now there's an interesting point I hadn't considered. Perhaps when someone in the UK says "meth," it *does* (or sometimes does?) mean "methadone." ∞
   Sep-28-15 Robert James Fischer (replies)
Abdel Irada: Asperger's Syndrome is not a mental illness; it is more of a manufacturer of social misfits. It is entirely possible Fischer had it, but in itself it would not explain his later paranoia. However, it is also very likely that he suffered some degree of paranoid personality ...
   Sep-28-15 S Shankland vs V Pechenkin, 2014 (replies)
Abdel Irada: The puzzle is not hard to solve, but I am interested in the play that led to the puzzle position. Material is dead even: Both sides have two rooks, a minor piece and four pawns. But White has long held the initiative, and by move 35, he has converted it into a striking ...
   Sep-28-15 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
Abdel Irada: As Governor of Texas, more often than not, Bush developed his skills as a figurehead used to taking orders from his second-in-command — a role which he continued to fill as president. ∞
   Sep-25-15 W Napier vs Chigorin, 1902 (replies)
Abdel Irada: This is the kind of game modern, "positional" attacking players love, because it offers opportunity without risk. White has so thoroughly precluded counterplay that he needn't find any brilliancies; he can just go on patiently building pressure until Black's defenses buckle. To ...
   Sep-23-15 I D Dorfman vs Tseshkovsky, 1978 (replies)
Abdel Irada: <Unique? I've never seen anything quite like it.> By an interesting coincidence, that's what "unique" means. :-D ∞
   Sep-23-15 R Comstock vs T J Szczypka, 1982 (replies)
Abdel Irada: This solution arrives in two phases: 1) "I'd like to pin and win the queen with 26. Bc4, if only that knight couldn't take the bishop. 2) "But if the knight moves, I have mate with Qg7, so...." ∞
   Sep-21-15 Rossolimo vs P Reissmann, 1967 (replies)
Abdel Irada: <thom0909: I love 23...Qc2. Yeah, I know it is futile here, but it's exactly the sort of defense I wouldn't find (not because it's futile, but b/c I wouldn't think of defending h7 *through* the White Q).> That actually came up in one of my blitz games, maybe 18 years ago. ...
   Sep-21-15 Tal vs Spassky, 1954 (replies)
Abdel Irada: <Alex Schindler: The underpromotion! The Queen sac plus underpromotion combo isn't something you get to see every day> There are times when you just have to trade in your Ferrari for a Yugo. ∞
   Sep-21-15 D Papadopulos vs D Podesta, 2000
Abdel Irada: As of about move 13, one might be excused for thinking Black had a strong position, but the more I look at it, the more that turns out to be illusory. Black's pieces are well centralized, but he has no concrete targets or real threats, and meanwhile the pieces are themselves ...
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Ave Caissa. Te salutamus.

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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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  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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  TheFocus: <abdel> Lately I have noticed that you are posting some really funny stuff. Sometimes I think, "Man, I wish I had thought of that one."

Never saw that side of you!

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  Abdel Irada: As you've probably noticed, I'm a complex person and have many sides.

(Wait. Maybe that makes me a polyhedron?)

Anyway, thanks. Of course, you realize you helped by setting up a lot of those jokes through posting so many of your own lately. :-)

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  SteinitzLives: <Abdel Irada>
You really have run amok with this thing. I only mentioned that removing the flag would not be as effective as gun control or a mental health focus would be, to lower these tragic and hateful crimes.

You really can't debate that posting 15,200+ times in just the last three years is even close to healthy, get a life dude! Even if I knew nothing else about you, that would be true.

<Chanco> Thanks for further muddying the waters (talk about an Odd Lie). You will have to do your own even-handed research if you are capable of that (I won't do it for you) to find that Lincoln was not in favor of freeing the slaves at the beginning of the Civil War, only after Antietam did that happen with the Emancipation Proclamation. It was about States Rights, all historians agree, look it up!

If you want to check out the esteem & influence that the Confederate VP was held, fair-mindedly research that too, you will find it was not in great supply.

This page has gone off the rails, congrats Rogoff refugees!

Time to get a life and be ready for the World Open, maybe I will see some CG posting fish there, those who actually want a life, and have the balls to play rated chess.

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  chancho: <SteinitzLives> Yeah, it was all about states rights... the right to keep their slaves. :-)

If the Confederacy had won, their economy would have continued the same way, with white guys drinking mint julep on their porches while the slaves kept on picking that cotton.

I don't presume to know you man, nor will I conjecture as to your state of health based on number of posts.

If you are happy, that's wonderful!

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  Abdel Irada: <chancho>: Sorry to orphan your post, but it was either put <SL> on ignore or continue a pointless battle.

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  chancho: No problem.
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