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Welcome to The Cirque du Boomie where the dancers will kick your teeth out and you have unlimited credit in the casino.


Feb-05-2010 - The Don said so long ago that in 5 years The Cirque would be totally legitimate. Today I see a thriving casino business and fan dancers from Yonkers. Good times!



This is the forum.
The Cirque,
On an average day, people go about their business.
When they get out of line I go to work.
I carry a badge.

Dum De Dum
Dum De Dum De Dum

We were working out of Tactics and Swindles. My partner's name is Jessie. My name's Boomie.


"...the unexamined life is not worth living..." - Socrates from Plato's Apology

“This one of you, O human beings, is wisest, who, like Socrates, recognizes that he is in truth of no account in respect to wisdom.” - Socrates from Plato's Apology

"Wit is the epitaph of an emotion" - Friedrich Nietzsche

"The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions which have been hidden by the answers" - James Baldwin

"I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in finding a smoother pebble or prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me." - Sir Isaac Newton

"If I have made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention than to any other talent." - Sir Isaac Newton

"In oneself lies the whole world and if you know how to look and learn, the door is there and the key is in your hand. Nobody on earth can give you either the key or the door to open, except yourself." - Krishnamurti

"Truth is a pathless land." - Krishnamurti

"The more I practise, the luckier I get." - Gary Player

"Sacred cows make the best hamburger." - Mark Twain

"People don't stop playing because they get old. They get old because they stop playing." - GB Shaw

"Today is a good day to get mated." - Lakota mystic Red Rook


Given that a thought dies shortly after birth, the writer is a mortician whose job is to make it smile.

The unexamined position is not worth playing.

Play ideas not moves.

A beautiful solution for which there is no problem.

Professor, don't get on that ship! That book, To Serve Man, it's a chess book!

Have pawn. Will travel.

The Cirque - Your best choice for a second location.

<If Gilbert and Sullivan Played Chess>

Though it may seem quite incongruous
And it makes so little sense to us,
She is an English fan.
Yes she is an English fan.

Though she may seem a bit mannish,
She would never play the Spanish.
'Cause she is an English fan.
Yes she is an English fan.

Neither Russian, French nor Catalan
'Cause she always wants to get her man.
So she is an English fan.
Yes she is an English fan.

<With apologies to George M. Cohan>

D-z-indzi-chashvili spells Zindchinhashvalley.

Proud of all the Cossack blood that's in me

Praise the man who says my name correctly

D-z-indzi-chashvili you see

It's a shame that my name has never been pronounced quite like

Ginchinsmokedhashverily, that's me!

<CG Haiku>

She had me at "Heh".
Much jibber jabber ensued.
It's all about chess. Full Member

   Boomie has kibitzed 12905 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-16-17 Paul Morphy (replies)
Boomie: <KnightVBishop> We try to keep on topic, especially in hallowed halls such as Morphy's forum. Our personal forums and the Rogoff page are exceptions. I will say in passing that the current scientific notion about skin color is that it's a balancing act between Vitamin D and ...
   Aug-14-17 Boomie chessforum (replies)
Boomie: We also played this monster, Rise and Decline of the Third Reich: There are 35 pages of rules. Heh. Our favorite, however, was Panzer Leader: . We played that one to death including the macro version which
   Aug-14-17 Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz (Rapid) (2017) (replies)
Boomie: <we no longer take pawns-we 'clip' them> A technique which shall henceforth be known as "Circumpawnsion".
   Aug-13-17 Domdaniel chessforum
   Aug-12-17 offramp chessforum (replies)
Boomie: <thegoodanarchist> Percy Dovetonsils in the flesh.
   Aug-12-17 Mir Sultan Khan (replies)
Boomie: According to Chessmetrics, Khan and Flohr were at about the same strength from about 1930-1935. Then Khan plateaued at around 2700 and Flohr leveled off at 2750. 2700 is an awfully nice place to plateau. Clearly Khan would have become a ...
   Aug-11-17 Carlsen vs Aronian, 2017 (replies)
Boomie: <tamar: 26 Nd7 is a move I would never find.> <chancho: Carlsen chose another move.> Creepily, Kh1 is a part of the Nd7 line.
   Aug-11-17 Rashid Gibiatovich Nezhmetdinov (replies)
Boomie: For example, his extraordinary win over Polugaevsky is one of the best immortals of all time. Polugaevsky vs Nezhmetdinov, 1958 Polugaevsky said "I must have beaten Super Nezh a dozen times but I would trade them all for this one game."
   Aug-10-17 Karjakin vs W So, 2017 (replies)
Boomie: When a player is this out of form, it usually means a personal trauma. Nobody wants to see this happen to such a fine player. I hope whatever is troubling him is resolved soon.
   Aug-10-17 I Nepomniachtchi vs Carlsen, 2017 (replies)
Boomie: I was going to say that black is looking to make the outside passed pawn in the distant future. Then he played b5, which settles that hash immediately.
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Cirque du Boomie

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  Boomie: <TGA: Tarawa was a fearsome battle. I don't know any serious WW2 historian/author who rates Saipan as more terrible than Tarawa.>

Well, Tarawa was notable for the blunders made the first time at the plate of amphibious assault for the Marines. They forgot to consider the reefs and a lot of landing craft were caught on them, becoming sitting ducks.

However, Saipan had over 10 times the number of defenders and twice the number of allies. The casualties were much greater.

Tarawa lasted 3 days. Saipan lasted 3 weeks. I'm not sure what your historians base their judgement on but it can't be the facts. Tarawa was a harsh lesson but in terms of scale, it was tiny compared to Saipan.

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  thegoodanarchist: I think the casualty percentages. Especially the first wave, which lost high numbers because of the factors you mentioned.
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  Boomie: <thegoodanarchist>

Fabu Factoid

The actor Eddie Albert was awarded the Bronze Star for saving many Marines who were trying to wade into shore at Tarawa. Albert was piloting a landing craft and rather than hightail it out of there, he picked up about 50 stranded Marines and ferried them to shore. An incredible act of bravery.

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  morfishine: <Boomie...Tarawa lasted 3 days. Saipan lasted 3 weeks. I'm not sure what your historians base their judgement on but it can't be the facts. Tarawa was a harsh lesson but in terms of scale, it was tiny compared to Saipan> & <thegoodanarchist> When I was stationed in Japan from 1992 - 1996, I made an effort to school myself on the Pacific battles. What I found was fascinating in that each battle was unique: Guadalcanal was noted for its jungles (along with Bouganville) and the 5-month long naval engagement; Tarawa was so small, barely a mile long east to west, but only 500 yds deep. Its a wonder the Japanese could even cram 4,000 troops on this desolate island.

Iwo Jima was noted for its volcanic matter and rough terrain. Iwo is also noted for the grim statistic that its the only Pacific battle where the US took more casualties than the Japanese.

Saipan combined foliage with rough ground, those interminable caves and massed banzai charges.

Okinawa was a ferocious contest that lasted almost 3 months and featured Japanese linked cave defenses and the use of organized kamikazes in mass. Its also noteworthy that being the last major island assaulted prior to an actual assault against mainland Japan, the Japanese lost more than 100,000 soldiers against an initial Intel estimate of having a max 65,000 soldiers available. Also, the civilian toll was awful in the extreme, much worse than any other Pacific battle.

And there's more like Guam, Tinian, Leyte Gulf, and that horror story: Peleliu

One cannot accurately call one tougher than the other, these battles were all too unique and different based on terrain and tools/weapons available and what the military goals were (airfields, bases, clearing defenses, etc.)


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  technical draw: As far as Tarawa v. Saipan. I'd picked Saipan. As a general rule, the longer a battle last the worse it is.
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  thegoodanarchist: < An incredible act of bravery.>

Yes, it took a lot of guts to do something like that. Hard for me to imagine how frightening it would be in that situation.

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  thegoodanarchist: <One cannot accurately call one tougher than the other, >

<morf> I wouln't even want to get into that, because it really depends on what a person means by "tough".

I also kind of hesitate to discuss the topic at all, as fascinating as it is to me, because I don't want anyone to interpret my comment about Saipan as disparaging to those who fought there.

I will just say that, IMO, a battle is more or less "fearsome" or "dreadful" based on one's chances of surviving it.

For example, the Union lost more men at Gettysburg than Cold Harbor, but at the later battle about 7,000 men were KIA in 40 minutes. About 10 men killed per second!

Given the choice of having to fight in one of those battles, I'd take my chances at Gettysburg.

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  Boomie: ->

Fabu #2

Lee Marvin was wounded at Saipan during an assault in which most of his company were casualties. (He was in the same outfit as my Father, the 4th Marine Division.) His work in war films, especially his pas de deux with Toshiro Mifune, are poignant.

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  morfishine: <thegoodanarchist...<<morf>>...for example, the Union lost more men at Gettysburg than Cold Harbor, but at the later battle about 7,000 men were KIA in 40 minutes. About 10 men killed per second!

Given the choice of having to fight in one of those battles, I'd take my chances at Gettysburg.> Thats a very good point, but I have to take exception to your casualty numbers for the Union at Cold Harbor. Author Gordon C. Rhea has authored an exhaustive 4-voume work on the Overland Campaign. In book 4, "Cold Harbor"

He proves that the long thought notion that Union soldiers were "mowed down" at the astronomical rate of 7,000 casualties in 30 minutes one June 3 is basically false. Casualties for that day ran in the 3,000 range.

He shows all the movements of the Union corps, reviews their casualty reports and shows that the 7,000 count covers the time frame June 1 - 3, not the June 3 assault by itself.

But I get your point entirely and its well taken on my end, and I much enjoy your reference to Gettysburg


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  Boomie: The ancients really knew how to run up the casualty lists. The number batted around for Cannae is 50,000 in one day.

Another stat which I may be making up comes from the battle of Antietam, arguably the worst day in American military history. The battle started at 6 AM and by 9 AM there were more casualties than all the allies suffered on D-Day. In terms of sheer awfulness, it's hard to beat Miller's corn field or the sunken lane.

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  morfishine: <Boomie> Yes, Antietam was a horrific encounter. The incredible thing about the Miller cornfield was the repeated charges and counter-charges that surged back and forth here between the West Woods and the East Woods.

I much appreciate your insight, but IMHO, Spotsylvania Court House May 12, 1864 was the worst the war had to offer


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  Boomie: <morfishine>

While recoiling from the horror of those battles, we can only stand in awe of the grit and determination of those soldiers. Then Col. Gordon commanding the 6th Alabama in defense of the Bloody Lane, was shot 5 times. The last shot finally took him out of the action. Before that, he refused to leave his command. Somehow he managed to recover from his wounds and by the end of the war, he was one of Lee's favorite generals.

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  morfishine: <Boomie> Yes, Gordon was a remarkable soldier. His ascent highlighted one of Lee's strongest attributes: recognizing talent. While Lee primarily relied on seniority and background in selecting generals for command, he would not hesitate to promote non-military men for important commands based on the example they set and their overall track record.

Gordon fell into this category of possessing too much talent to ignore, and besides his men were absolutely loyal to him since he seemed to always be in the front line with them. Naturally, he ended up commanding a corps.

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  Boomie: <morfishine> Lee said he admired Gordon's audacity. Especially after losing Jackson, he needed creative generals. Jackson was arguably the best battle field commander in US history. He was so good that losing him could be considered the beginning of the end for the South.
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  morfishine: <Boomie> You are definitely well read on the Civil War. I have a very well stocked bookcase with the most reputable works on the Civil War that I would be happy to share with you. No doubt, you have probably read many I have, but I may have some that you have not seen yet.

I look for balance and objectivity in what I read, so I will always read numerous books by multiple authors on the same subject to get the best idea of what went on (to avoid making a quick decision on my viewpoint before seeing multiple ideas).


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  thegoodanarchist: <Author Gordon C. Rhea has authored an exhaustive 4-voume work on the Overland Campaign. In book 4, "Cold Harbor"

He proves that the long thought notion that Union soldiers were "mowed down" at the astronomical rate of 7,000 casualties in 30 minutes one June 3 is basically false. Casualties for that day ran in the 3,000 range.>

Thanks for the info!

So, <if the accounts of the battle were true> I would choose not to be at Cold Harbor.

I haven't studied Civil War history in quite some time. I have a vague recollection of one source reporting that a Union officer stated after the battle "I would not lead another charge if Jesus Christ himself ordered it."

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  Boomie: <morfishine>

Curiously, much of what I know about Civil War battles comes from playing a game. All the battles are in the game plus a number of "what ifs". There is even a collection of songs from the period. I have to admit ashamedly that I haven't read many books about the war. Whenever I want a more in depth view, I look it up in Wiki. The articles there are nicely done and are copiously referenced.

The game, btw, is Civil War Generals 2. Although it is 20 years old, time has not diminished the playability. The size of the engagements ensures that you will continually find new wrinkles in the terrain or see an officer you didn't know was involved. I fell out of my chair when I saw Abner Doubleday, the father of baseball, commanding troops at Antietam. Who knew? Heh.

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  morfishine: I never played that computer game, but after reading up on it, it sure looks like a lot of fun. I have played numerous War Games with the punched out pieces over the years

Doubleday was an interesting fellow who actually held his command through Gettysburg, then due to his limited leadership skill set, at least in the eyes of General Meade, was shoved off for admin duties in DC.

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  Boomie: <morfishine: I never played that computer game>

For a games player, there is no better way to learn. For example, apparently the South had the better music. When Lincoln heard of Lee's surrender, he ordered the band to play "Dixie". "I always liked that tune." he said.

There are many aspects of terrain which can't be represented. For example, the undulations on the way to the Bloody Lane. Units were hidden from view in a number of places. This is a nuance which was discovered only recently. There was no way the Irish Brigade could have made it to within range of their musketoons without that cover. The Irish felt they had a lot to prove to become full US citizens. Their leadership included many survivors of the Rebellion of 1848.

Another recent discovery was sound shadows. The terrain can focus or disperse sound waves. You could be quite close to artillery and not hear it.

Well, you can't ask for the moon from a game, but CG II was a remarkable accomplishment. I, too, played the board games starting with the great Avalon Hill version of Waterloo. Once we figured out how to defend the hill, the game became quite playable. One game I played was determined by the Allies final move when there was only a handful of units left on the board.

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  morfishine: <Boomie> While in Japan in the Navy, I played a computer game simulating the German invasion of Russia in 1941 'Barbarossa'. This was a fantastic game and fun to play as either the German or the Russian

I see your point about variable elevations. The area around Sharpsburg is quite rolling. A Gettysburg game tried to incorporate elevations with line-of-sight rules, but it was too tedious

I loved that old Waterloo game by Avalon Hill. Its still a playable and fun game. I still have a copy and have inventoried all the pieces though the board is battered. I was heavily into 'Armee Du Nord' which is a more detailed & complicated game on Waterloo

Here's a cool graphic on the sunken road engagement, though the hyper-active camera is a little "squirrely":


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  Boomie: <morfishine>

The first WWII game of note was Panzer General. It's still quite playable. PG spawned a series of similar games. Allied General allows you to play the British, Yanks, or Russians (Finland was one tough nut to crack). All these games are available for free

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  morfishine: This is the Gettysburg game I fell in love with: much more detail with regards to brigade strengths, phases, artillery, command and control, etc.


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  Boomie: We also played this monster, Rise and Decline of the Third Reich:

There are 35 pages of rules. Heh.

Our favorite, however, was Panzer Leader: We played that one to death including the macro version which required two sets and a very large table. We were so obsessed that we made up songs. "St. Lo, St. Lo. It's off to work we go." Heh.

Another WWII board game that impressed me was Flat Top.

The first time I tried to play it, I had planes plunging into the ocean out of fuel and dreadful snarls on deck. I ended up with a headache and loving every minute of it. Turns out carrier operations are fiendishly complex. Who knew?

Panzer General and the other General games I mentioned are computer games. They are free for download on the Web.

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  morfishine: <Boomie> My brother and I played the heck out all three of those games, and loved every minute of it. The lead-in to 'Flat Top' was 'CV' which centered on Midway while 'Flat Top' covered operations near Guadalcanal & Coral Sea. My brother favored PanzerBlitz which was the precursor to Panzer Leader

We tried to play the insanely detailed 'The Longest Day' but found it too bogged down with endless phases. One turn would take two hours: longer than actual game time! We re-named it 'The Longest Game' lol


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  technical draw: I played the D-Day board game in the early 70's. I always played the allies and always lost to the Germans. I could never get off the beaches. OK, so I'm no General Eisenhower.
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