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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

On Religion - "It makes no sense to create a hypothesis for which there is no data." - Ayn Rand

"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 13220 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-16-18 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
Boomie: <jessicafischerqueen: *A player sauteed is half eaten* > I'll have the IM, please, with fava beans and a nice Chianti. FT FT FT FT FT!
   Jul-02-18 Anderssen vs Zukertort, 1878
Boomie: <reti: I wonder why Anderssen did not play the King's Gambit against Zuckertort.> According to the database, Anderssen had not played the King's Gambit since 1868.
   Jun-29-18 Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1954 (replies)
Boomie: <offramp: Botvinnik gives 16.g2-g4 an exclam...But what about 16...♘f5xd4!!> A belated attempt at a partial answer. After the forced line: 17. Nxd4 fxe5 18. fxe5 Bxe5 19. Rxf8+ Qxf8 20. Be3 Qxb4 [DIAGRAM] Stockfish gives white a slight edge. But with its top line ...
   Jun-24-18 Grand Chess Tour Paris (Rapid) (2018) (replies)
Boomie: <Pedro Fernandez: But My <Boomy>, how do you think Fabiano is playing for fun? No way!> Thanks for your response, Pedro. He doesn't gain anything by playing in this tournament. He can practice rapid and blitz anytime. He will study all the games from these tournaments ...
   Jun-23-18 W So vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2018 (replies)
Boomie: <JPi: Recently So is playing cleverly on dynamic balanced prospect waiting an overreaction from his opponent.> Carlsen owes a lot of his success to this strategy. It has had a great influence on the other players, who are now showing more fighting spirit. This has been ...
   Jun-22-18 Aronian vs Grischuk, 2018
Boomie: <PawnSac: The losing moment: 29...Bg7? 29...Rd8 was necessary to prevent 30.Rd6> Perhaps he preferred the quick kill vs the death by a thousands cuts with 29...Rd8 30. Rxd8+ Qxd8 31. Qxc5 [DIAGRAM] It's going to take a while but the outside passer should decide.
   Jun-17-18 Your Next Move (Blitz) (2018) (replies)
Boomie: <Congratulations for Kariakin. I didn't know he was so good in Blitz.> I would guess that his great defensive skills score well in blitz. He is essentially the Schlechter of our era.
   Jun-07-18 chessforum (replies)
Boomie: <Chessgames> The opening for Anand vs Caruana, 2018 is a Petrov, not a French. To add to the confusion, the ECO code is correct.
   Jun-05-18 Anand vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
Boomie: <Hegel> Wasn't he part of the comedy duo Hegel and Jegel? Here is an A/V aid.
   Jun-05-18 Fusilli chessforum (replies)
Boomie: <Fuselli: Getting married> Congratulations!
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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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  morfishine: <technical draw> I loved the original game 'D-Day' by Avalon hill. I hope you played "Fortress Europa" at some time, which was more detailed and interesting in its phases and troop strength. This game remains one of my favorites for analyzing defense.


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  saffuna: I had Gettysburg, Chancelorsville, D-Day and Waterloo. Each one was better than the previous one. I wish I still had them.

I also had a legal one called Verdict, and I think one on carr acing.

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  technical draw: I was with a group of guys in '72 who were playing the Battle of Midway on a giant 10ft by 10ft "board". I wasn't playing but I saw the action. There were four players on each side and each commanded aircraft carriers and battleships.

Of course they didn't follow the actual battle but were forced into their own strategies and tactics and some outcomes were determined by a dice roll.

The game lasted hours and I left before it was over. The next day my friend told me the "Americans" won.

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  Boomie: <technical draw: I was with a group of guys in '72 who were playing the Battle of Midway on a giant 10ft by 10ft "board".>

It's a big ocean out there.

I've been amusing myself with Pacific General, a computer game which starts at Midway. Unfortunately, it crashes early in Guadalcanal, which is the second scenario in the campaign. Maybe if I start with the Nipponese side...sigh.

I've also downloaded Sid Meier's Gettysburg and Antietam package. I'm not crazy about real time games but these two have devoted fans. My problem with them is I have to pause like every 10 seconds to give orders. It takes all day to play one move...heh. Of course, my time is worth approximately nothing on the metric scale.

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  technical draw: <Boomie> A strange thing happened during that Midway battle game. It seemed the game had been copyrighted by the inventor in California. The leader of the group playing the game took up a collection (I think it was one dollar) and mailed it to the inventor because the group was using his copyrighted game.

That was one of the most honest thing I have ever experienced. The inventor in California had no idea that a group in Ohio was playing his game but the Ohio group had the moral obligation to honor the inventors idea so they sent him the money.

We probably won't see much of that type of honesty in these days of pirated computer games. By the way we were all OSU students.

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  morfishine: Back then, I was in a crowd that played both chess and wargames, we all just loved the competitive desire to destroy the opponent lol

Over time, you could see how people gravitated to one or the other. Personally, I've enjoyed and haven't dumped either. I really like '1776' the strategic game of the American Revolution

If anything, I've come to favor strategic wargames vs tactical games


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  Boomie: <technical draw: We probably won't see much of that type of honesty>

In the early days of PCs, programmers, developers, and neer-do-wells like myself, got together every month for The Full Moon Poker Game. Every full moon there would be three or four tables full of geeks playing very bad poker and jawing about the bizness.

One of the celebrity regulars at the game was Bob Wallace ( He was the 9th employee at Microsoft. After a few years, he left to start his own company selling PC-Write, an early and quite nice word processor. This was sold using the shareware model which Wallace helped to create. The program was free and users could pay something to get the manual or unlock some features or just to support the geeks. This idea seemed doomed to failure by the cynics, but actually did quite well. There are a lot of good people out there who feel uncomfortable getting something of value for free and they happily donate. Go figure.

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