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Member since Feb-05-05 · Last seen Sep-20-17
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 12959 times to chessgames   [less...]
   Sep-19-17 World Cup (2017) (replies)
Boomie: <beatgiant: <Boomie> (In response to whether you count FIDE knockout champions) <No.> Then doesn't that somewhat undermine your earlier statement that <No matter what the process, the best players will find a way to win it>?> I was hoping nobody would ...
   Sep-19-17 Domdaniel chessforum (replies)
   Sep-17-17 Aronian vs Ivanchuk, 2017 (replies)
Boomie: <WorstPlayerEver> There are two kinds of posts at CG that interest me: chess and humor. Your posts are mostly humorous and therefore of value to me. Keep up the good work. I reserve the right to steal any joke at any time.
   Sep-12-17 brankat chessforum (replies)
Boomie: -> Jasper rules!
   Sep-12-17 Svidler vs Onischuk, 2017
Boomie: <frogbert> <beatgiant> is right. It is better to express things in human terms. One important strategy here is to use the fact that black cannot afford to trade knights. White can threaten to trade and force the black knight off a good square. For example, in the ...
   Sep-09-17 technical draw chessforum (replies)
Boomie: Spam goes with everything, even more spam. Here is an AV aid:
   Sep-07-17 chessforum (replies)
Boomie: <Domdaniel: BTW, the phrase "on the Fritz" is kinda ambiguous...> I was *on the Fritz* for years and it took a major intervention to get me on the road to recovery.
   Aug-22-17 Boomie chessforum (replies)
Boomie: <morfishine: I missed the Amateur> Here are some highlights. Their short games were awesome.
   Aug-17-17 St. Louis Rapid & Blitz (Blitz) (2017) (replies)
Boomie: <The Kings Domain: KingG: You may have a point, but at the same time it could also discourage him from further participating in any tournaments. It depends on where his continent-sized ego will turn (heh).> I think we're hoping that Special K will react as he did in the past by
   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 St. Louis Rapid & Blitz (Rapid) (2017) (replies)
   Aug-12-17 offramp chessforum (replies)
   Aug-12-17 Mir Sultan Khan (replies)
   Aug-11-17 Carlsen vs Aronian, 2017 (replies)
   Aug-11-17 Rashid Gibiatovich Nezhmetdinov (replies)
   Aug-10-17 Karjakin vs W So, 2017 (replies)
   Aug-10-17 I Nepomniachtchi vs Carlsen, 2017 (replies)
   Aug-09-17 Bird vs Lasker, 1899 (replies)
   Aug-09-17 Yu Yangyi vs Wang Yue, 2016 (replies)
   Aug-09-17 M Vachier-Lagrave vs Karjakin, 2017 (replies)
   Aug-09-17 Sinquefield Cup (2017) (replies)
   Aug-09-17 lost in space chessforum (replies)
   Aug-08-17 Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2017 (replies)
   Aug-08-17 Caruana vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2017 (replies)
   Aug-07-17 W So vs Carlsen, 2017 (replies)
   Aug-03-17 M Vachier-Lagrave vs W So, 2017 (replies)
   Aug-02-17 Biel (2017) (replies)
   Aug-02-17 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2017 (replies)
   Jul-31-17 playground player chessforum (replies)
   Jul-26-17 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
   Jul-20-17 morfishine chessforum (replies)
   Jul-19-17 Petrosian vs J Peters, 1976
   Jul-18-17 Dortmund (2017) (replies)
   Jul-16-17 V Malakhov vs Wei Yi, 2017 (replies)
   Jul-15-17 I Nepomniachtchi vs Aronian, 2017 (replies)
   Jul-13-17 I Nepomniachtchi vs E Inarkiev, 2017
   Jul-12-17 Wei Yi vs Ponomariov, 2017 (replies)
   Jul-10-17 Eljanov vs Grischuk, 2017 (replies)
   Jul-10-17 Hastings (1929/30)
   Jul-08-17 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies)
   Jul-03-17 Carlsen vs Ivanchuk, 2017 (replies)
   Jul-02-17 FIDE Grand Prix Geneva (2017) (replies)
   Jun-29-17 YourNextMove (Rapid) (2017) (replies)
   Jun-26-17 Bronstein vs B Goldenov, 1944 (replies)
   Jun-24-17 Grand Chess Tour Paris (Rapid) (2017) (replies)
   Jun-23-17 Lone Pine (1978) (replies)
   Jun-23-17 Mamedyarov vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2017 (replies)
   Jun-22-17 Carlsen vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2017 (replies)
   Jun-19-17 Fusilli chessforum (replies)
   Jun-16-17 Altibox Norway (2017) (replies)
   Jun-07-17 Morphy vs Le Carpentier, 1849
   Jun-06-17 Altibox Norway (Blitz) (2017) (replies)
   May-24-17 Keres vs Fischer, 1959 (replies)
   May-24-17 Yasser Seirawan (replies)
   May-21-17 Big Pawn chessforum (replies)
   May-18-17 L'Ami vs E Safarli, 2007 (replies)
   May-17-17 Yifan Hou vs Grischuk, 2017 (replies)
   May-14-17 FIDE Grand Prix Moscow (2017) (replies)
   May-14-17 M Krasenkow vs J L Hammer, 2016 (replies)
   Apr-30-17 Gashimov Memorial (2017) (replies)
   Apr-29-17 Reti vs Rubinstein, 1923 (replies)
   Apr-27-17 Reykjavik Open (2017) (replies)
   Apr-17-17 S Schweber vs Spassky, 1955 (replies)
   Apr-17-17 M Vachier-Lagrave vs Naiditsch, 2017 (replies)
   Apr-16-17 OhioChessFan chessforum (replies)
   Apr-15-17 Yifan Hou vs Caruana, 2017 (replies)
   Apr-14-17 Paul Keres (replies)
   Apr-10-17 US Championship (2017) (replies)
   Apr-09-17 Odd Lie (replies)
   Apr-09-17 Keres vs Spassky, 1965 (replies)
   Apr-09-17 US Championship (Women) (2017) (replies)
   Apr-09-17 Kamsky vs Onischuk, 2017 (replies)
   Apr-08-17 W So vs Kamsky, 2017 (replies)
   Apr-07-17 Akobian vs Caruana, 2017 (replies)
   Apr-05-17 Robson vs W So, 2017 (replies)
   Apr-04-17 W So vs Akobian, 2017 (replies)
   Apr-02-17 Y Zherebukh vs W So, 2017 (replies)
   Mar-29-17 W So vs Shabalov, 2017 (replies)
   Mar-17-17 Stefansson vs Carlsen, 2007 (replies)
   Feb-27-17 Mamedyarov vs Yifan Hou, 2017 (replies)
   Feb-19-17 FIDE Grand Prix Sharjah (2017) (replies)
   Feb-11-17 Women's World Championship (2017) (replies)
   Feb-02-17 Tradewise Gibraltar (2017) (replies)
   Jan-22-17 Tata Steel (2017) (replies)
   Jan-21-17 Carlsen vs A Giri, 2017 (replies)
   Jan-17-17 truepacifism chessforum
   Jan-16-17 Harikrishna vs B Adhiban, 2017 (replies)
   Jan-16-17 Maroczy vs Schlechter, 1899
   Jan-13-17 W So vs Carlsen, 2017 (replies)
   Jan-13-17 I Nepomniachtchi vs B Savchenko, 2015 (replies)
   Jan-12-17 Alekhine vs Nimzowitsch, 1930 (replies)
   Jan-02-17 Kamsky vs I Sokolov, 2017 (replies)
   Dec-31-16 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
   Dec-27-16 World Rapid Championship (2016) (replies)
   Dec-17-16 posoo chessforum (replies)
   Dec-09-16 London Chess Classic (2016) (replies)
   Dec-05-16 Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1942
   Dec-04-16 P K Wells vs Y Habu, 2005 (replies)
   Nov-30-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
   Nov-30-16 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
   Nov-29-16 Artar1 chessforum (replies)
   Nov-28-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
   Nov-26-16 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
   Nov-23-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
   Nov-19-16 Biographer Bistro (replies)
   Nov-16-16 Botvinnik vs Keres, 1952 (replies)
   Nov-15-16 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
   Nov-14-16 Champions Showdown (2016) (replies)
   Nov-14-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
   Nov-10-16 Kenneth S Rogoff (replies)
   Nov-05-16 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
   Nov-04-16 WannaBe chessforum (replies)
   Nov-03-16 Steffen Pedersen vs P H Nielsen, 2003 (replies)
   Oct-28-16 Bacrot vs Kamsky, 2007 (replies)
   Oct-19-16 Horwitz vs Staunton, 1846
   Oct-17-16 twinlark chessforum (replies)
   Oct-12-16 dakgootje chessforum (replies)
   Oct-11-16 Millionaire Chess (2016) (replies)
   Oct-09-16 Isle of Man Open (2016) (replies)
   Oct-06-16 Tal Memorial (2016) (replies)
   Oct-06-16 Gelfand vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2016 (replies)
   Oct-03-16 Petrosian vs Korchnoi, 1976
   Oct-01-16 GrahamClayton chessforum (replies)
   Sep-27-16 Nezhmetdinov vs Tal, 1961
   Sep-27-16 Memorable Quotes chessforum (replies)
   Sep-26-16 Artegall chessforum (replies)
   Sep-26-16 A Giri vs Anand, 2016 (replies)
   Sep-24-16 Carlsen - Karjakin World Championship (2016) (replies)
   Sep-23-16 W So vs Kramnik, 2015 (replies)
   Sep-16-16 The World vs N Pogonina, 2010 (replies)
   Sep-11-16 Chess Olympiad (2016) (replies)
   Sep-10-16 I Nepomniachtchi vs W So, 2016 (replies)
   Sep-10-16 Karjakin vs Caruana, 2016 (replies)
   Sep-07-16 Travis Bickle chessforum (replies)
   Sep-05-16 McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834 (replies)
   Sep-01-16 Reuben Fine (replies)
   Aug-26-16 Fischer vs Petrosian, 1966
   Aug-08-16 perfidious chessforum (replies)
   Aug-07-16 Caruana vs Topalov, 2016 (replies)
   Aug-04-16 Tarrasch vs Alekhine, 1914
   Aug-02-16 crawfb5 chessforum (replies)
   Aug-01-16 mahmoudkubba chessforum (replies)
   Jul-15-16 Bilbao (2016) (replies)
   Jul-11-16 Bu Xiangzhi vs Ivanchuk, 2016 (replies)
   Jun-02-16 Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1923 (replies)
   Jun-02-16 Leonid Alexandrovich Shamkovich (replies)
   May-22-16 The World vs Naiditsch, 2014 (replies)
   May-20-16 Houdini vs Komodo, 2014 (replies)
   May-14-16 Keres vs J L Watson, 1975
   May-06-16 Nigel Short (replies)
   May-06-16 Viktors Pupols
   May-06-16 James McCormick
   Apr-29-16 Ultimate Blitz Challenge (2016) (replies)
   Apr-25-16 Abdel Irada chessforum (replies)
   Apr-22-16 Norway Chess (2016) (replies)
   Apr-11-16 The World vs A Nickel, 2006 (replies)
   Mar-05-16 Matulovic vs Unzicker, 1969 (replies)
   Feb-29-16 A Rodriguez Vila vs Carlsen, 2014
   Feb-14-16 Zurich Chess Challenge (2016) (replies)
   Feb-04-16 Carlsen vs Kramnik, 2015 (replies)
   Jan-28-16 Tradewise Gibraltar (2016) (replies)
   Jan-19-16 Tata Steel (2016) (replies)
   Jan-07-16 ChessBookForum chessforum (replies)
   Dec-25-15 wordfunph chessforum (replies)
   Dec-25-15 chancho chessforum (replies)
   Oct-20-15 Morphy vs Anderssen, 1858 (replies)
   Oct-04-15 Karjakin vs Svidler, 2015 (replies)
   Oct-02-15 Karjakin vs Svidler, 2015 (replies)
   Sep-20-15 World Cup (2015) (replies)
   Jul-14-15 FIDE Women's World Chess Championship (2015) (replies)
   Jun-30-15 Nisipeanu vs Yifan Hou, 2015
   May-13-15 Wesley So (replies)
   May-12-15 scout118 chessforum (replies)
   Apr-24-15 Gashimov Memorial (2015) (replies)
   Apr-10-15 W So vs Akobian, 2015 (replies)
   Apr-08-15 Zhansaya Abdumalik (replies)
   Apr-07-15 Olaf Ulvestad (replies)
   Mar-25-15 M Sebag vs N Pogonina, 2015 (replies)
   Mar-17-15 Reykjavik Open (2015) (replies)
   Feb-25-15 FIDE Grand Prix Tbilisi (2015) (replies)
   Feb-22-15 Seirawan vs Korchnoi, 1981
   Feb-09-15 GRENKE Chess Classic (2015) (replies)
   Feb-07-15 Moscow Open (2015) (replies)
   Jan-30-15 Tradewise Gibraltar (2015) (replies)
   Jan-10-15 M Vachier-Lagrave vs Yifan Hou, 2015 (replies)
   Oct-27-14 Arkadij Naiditsch (replies)
   Oct-20-14 Tiggler chessforum (replies)
   Oct-08-14 Spassky vs Polugaevsky, 1961 (replies)
   Oct-05-14 Sangeeta Hosea (replies)
   Sep-27-14 Mark Taimanov (replies)
   Aug-30-14 jepflast chessforum (replies)
   Aug-18-14 Analysis Forum chessforum (replies)
   Aug-16-14 hms123 chessforum (replies)
   Aug-15-14 RandomVisitor chessforum (replies)
   Jul-14-14 Biel (2014) (replies)
   Jul-11-14 Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting (2014) (replies)
   Jun-18-14 WCC Editing Project chessforum (replies)
   Jun-13-14 Caruana vs Karjakin, 2014 (replies)
   Jun-02-14 CG Librarian chessforum (replies)
   Jun-01-14 Norway Chess Tournament (2014) (replies)
   Apr-29-14 Radjabov vs Carlsen, 2014 (replies)
   Apr-15-14 Rubinstein vs Tarrasch, 1923 (replies)
   Mar-24-14 Alekhine vs Lasker, 1924 (replies)
   Mar-23-14 Anand vs Topalov, 2014 (replies)
   Mar-21-14 Zsuzsa Polgar vs Joel Benjamin, 1985
   Mar-14-14 Wen Yang vs Yifan Hou, 2014 (replies)
   Mar-05-14 Tal vs Savon, 1961
   Mar-03-14 Rubinstein vs Capablanca, 1911 (replies)
   Mar-01-14 Nezhmetdinov vs O Chernikov, 1962 (replies)
   Feb-19-14 Bronstein Memorial (2014) (replies)
   Feb-09-14 Tradewise Gibraltar (2014) (replies)
   Jan-28-14 S Williams vs The World, 2013 (replies)
   Jan-24-14 McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834
   Jan-19-14 Simon Kim Williams (replies)
   Jan-13-14 harrylime chessforum (replies)
   Dec-26-13 Karpova chessforum (replies)
   Dec-14-13 Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1913 (replies)
   Dec-08-13 Reshevsky vs Portisch, 1964 (replies)
   Nov-22-13 Lasker vs Capablanca, 1921 (replies)
   Nov-22-13 Carlsen vs Anand, 2013 (replies)
   Nov-12-13 Carlsen vs Anand, 2013 (replies)
   Nov-09-13 Carlsen vs Anand, 2013 (replies)
   Oct-21-13 bigpeta66 chessforum (replies)
   Sep-11-13 Ushenina - Hou Women's World Championship (2013) (replies)
   Sep-11-13 Team White vs Team Black, 2013 (replies)
   Aug-11-13 I R Ortiz Suarez vs Judit Polgar, 2013 (replies)
   Jun-16-13 La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834 (replies)
   Jun-15-13 Navara vs Yifan Hou, 2013 (replies)
   Jun-13-13 Anand - Carlsen World Championship (2013) (replies)
   May-26-13 stunningmove chessforum (replies)
   May-20-13 FIDE Grand Prix Thessaloniki (2013) (replies)
   May-14-13 Anand vs Karjakin, 2013 (replies)
   May-12-13 Anand vs Nakamura, 2013 (replies)
   May-05-13 Norway Chess Tournament (2013) (replies)
   May-04-13 Kaidanov vs C Holt, 2013 (replies)
   Apr-29-13 Alekhine Memorial (2013) (replies)
   Apr-19-13 Thanh Phan chessforum (replies)
   Mar-30-13 Loewenthal vs Morphy, 1858 (replies)
   Mar-25-13 moronovich chessforum (replies)
   Mar-16-13 Minic vs Fischer, 1970 (replies)
   Mar-12-13 World Championship Candidates (2013) (replies)
   Mar-03-13 The World vs Akobian, 2012 (replies)
   Mar-02-13 J A Grefe vs A Karklins, 1973 (replies)
   Feb-19-13 Reykjavik Open (2013) (replies)
   Feb-09-13 Caruana vs Naiditsch, 2013 (replies)
   Feb-05-13 theagenbiteofinwit chessforum (replies)
   Jan-29-13 Tata Steel (2013) (replies)
   Jan-22-13 Yifan Hou vs Carlsen, 2013 (replies)
   Jan-20-13 Anand vs I Sokolov, 2013 (replies)
   Jan-17-13 Anand vs Carlsen, 2013 (replies)
   Jan-15-13 Wang Hao vs Yifan Hou, 2013 (replies)
   Dec-27-12 Varuzhan Akobian (replies)
   Dec-25-12 Shams chessforum (replies)
   Dec-25-12 Fischer vs V Pupols, 1955 (replies)
   Dec-17-12 Robert E Byrne vs Larry Evans, 1965 (replies)
   Dec-12-12 JustWoodshifting chessforum (replies)
   Dec-08-12 USSR Championships chessforum (replies)
   Nov-26-12 Mrs. Alekhine chessforum (replies)
   Nov-22-12 Natalia Pogonina (replies)
   Nov-12-12 DcGentle chessforum (replies)
   Nov-12-12 truefriends chessforum (replies)
   Nov-07-12 adhitthana chessforum (replies)
   Nov-01-12 benjinathan chessforum (replies)
   Sep-26-12 WinKing chessforum (replies)
   Aug-28-12 J de Wit vs DeFirmian, 1982 (replies)
   Aug-19-12 Kupreichik vs G Danner, 1966 (replies)
   Jul-17-12 Women Grand Prix Jermuk (2012) (replies)
   Jul-16-12 Naiditsch vs Kramnik, 2012
   Jul-09-12 Marshall vs Janowski, 1905 (replies)
   Jul-04-12 Morphy vs NN, 1858 (replies)
   Jun-24-12 Radjabov vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2008 (replies)
   Jun-24-12 Alan Turing (replies)
   Jun-22-12 A Sundin vs Erik Andersson, 1964 (replies)
   Jun-21-12 Karpov vs Seirawan, 2012
   Jun-13-12 LoveThatJoker chessforum (replies)
   Jun-11-12 Carlsen vs Kramnik, 2012
   May-30-12 Anand vs Gelfand, 2012 (replies)
   May-28-12 Anand vs Gelfand, 2012 (replies)
   May-27-12 Alien Math chessforum (replies)
   May-23-12 Gelfand vs Anand, 2012 (replies)
   May-23-12 Annie K. chessforum (replies)
   May-21-12 SwitchingQuylthulg chessforum (replies)
   May-21-12 Anand vs Gelfand, 2012 (replies)
   May-18-12 Browne vs Fischer, 1970 (replies)
   May-16-12 Stripunsky vs Nakamura, 2012 (replies)
   May-16-12 Anand - Gelfand World Chess Championship (2012) (replies)
   May-15-12 Gelfand vs Anand, 2012 (replies)
   May-15-12 Eyal chessforum (replies)
   May-12-12 Gelfand vs Anand, 2012 (replies)
   May-04-12 nimh chessforum (replies)
   Mar-26-12 Capablanca vs Reshevsky, 1937 (replies)
   Mar-14-12 Yifan Hou vs Caruana, 2012 (replies)
   Mar-14-12 European Individual Women's Championship (2012) (replies)
   Mar-12-12 Reykjavik Open (2012) (replies)
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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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  Boomie: <saffuna, et al: I also saw Hogan play at the 1966 US Open in SF. A beautiful swing.>

Fabu Factoid

Ben Hogan said this golfer had the best swing he had ever seen. A dozen doughnuts to the first correct answer.

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  technical draw: <Boomie> I know about Bob Wallace from Erowid, a site I use a lot.

<Bob Wallace, Erowid (responsible for half of Erowid's funding from 2000–2002)

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  Boomie: <technical draw: I know about Bob Wallace>

Small world, which was much better with Bob in it...sigh.

Bob represented the best and brightest that came out of the hippie times. The interest in expanded consciousness drove experimentation in many areas new to Westerners. I was on the front lines of that struggle...heh.

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  morfishine: <Boomie> I believe Hogan was referring to Tommy Bolt and he said something like "If I had your swing, I'd never lose a tournament or I'd win 20 US Opens" or something like that

Bolt had a terrible temper and Hogan was indirectly addressing that issue


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  Boomie: <morfishine> Hmmmm...I wonder if he said something like that about a lot of folks. But Bolt is not what I'm looking for here.

Clue: It's a trick question in a way.

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  Boomie: <morfishine>

BTW - The US Amateur is being played at Riviera. Wasn't that Hogan's favorite course? It seems to be a course that requires just about every shot.

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  morfishine: How bout Sam Snead? Hogan recognized what a great swing Sam had (and ironically, Snead never won a US Open though he came close frequently).

Riviera certainly was on of Hogan's favorite courses. He won there a bunch of times and it's one course that has stood the test of time


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  Boomie: <morfishine>

You should watch the Amateur if you get a chance. Those two kids played great and the course was set up hard with devilish pin placements.

I still wonder how could Snead not win an Open. Go figure.

This question is too tricky, I'm afraid. Hogan was talking about Mickey Wright.

She was ranked the 9th best golfer all time of any gender. She shot a 62 on the last day of a tournament on a course where the mens record was 66. Her coach was Harvey Penick, one of the all time great coaches.

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  thegoodanarchist: < Boomie: ... Of course, my time is worth approximately nothing on the metric scale.>

I invented a metric time scale. I named one of the units of time after myself, of course.

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  morfishine: <Boomie> I missed the Amateur this year, usually I catch at least some of it.

I did not know that about Hogan's opinion on Mickey Wright's swing (I'm sure he said something about Tommy Bolt's swing). That's very interesting. I thought I knew practically all the golf stories :)

Keep in mind about Sam Snead and the US open. Weird incredible things conspired to keep him out of first place (2nd place 4 times): It had nothing to do with his ability and skill level, just strange things happened. I'd be happy to go into detail with these circumstances, but sometimes it gets too painful! lol

Whats stranger in my opinion is he "only" won 7 majors. Surely, he should've captured 10+ easily

Oh well, thats what was dealt, and he still holds the tournament win record at 82


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  Boomie: <morfishine>

Wright also won 82 on the LPGA, oddly. However, she retired when she was only 34. Too bad she didn't enter men's tournaments. She would have made some cuts. Here some analysis of her swing

Perhaps Snead didn't win more majors because there were a lot of great golfers he had to beat. Just his luck that as soon as some all timer retired, two or more would take his place. Still, Snead was one of the best all around athletes to have played golf. He was a multi-sport star in high school.

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  Boomie: <morfishine: I missed the Amateur>

Here are some highlights. Their short games were awesome.

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  morfishine: <Boomie> Check the 1939 US Open to see the first disaster for Snead:

A real pity for Snead since there were not scoreboards and was told erroneous information about what he had to do on the FINAL HOLE

(Hogan suffered also from no scoreboards at the 1960 Open at Cherry Hills when he "went for it" on the 71st hole and ended up bogying. He was still in it though, but "went for it" again on 18 (the 72nd hole) but hooked his drive OB [and Palmer ended up winning]

Or the 1947 US Open:

In this Open, Snead's driving accuracy betrayed him leading up to the Open, so he was using a 2-wood. But even the 2-wood started to flair left and right and Lew Worsham held on to win

Go figure

These were the two toughest losses for Snead


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  saffuna: I've told this elsewhere, but in 1971 Sam Snead came to hit balls at the driving range where I was warming up. Neither I nor anybody else paid any attention to this 60-year-old man (he wasn't wearing his hat) until we noticed he had this relaxed, effortless swing yet the ball just jumped and flew about twice as far as it appeared it should.

He eventually got to his driver and it was just amazing the distance he got, and every one straight.

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  morfishine: <saffuna> Great story, stuff you never forget
Aug-25-17  paavoh: @morfishine: <If anything, I've come to favor strategic wargames vs tactical games>

Ever tried your hand at Hnefatafl? That's quite tricky, at least to me.

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  morfishine: <paavoh> I looked up 'Hnefatafl', looks fascinating, never heard of it.

I've looked into 'Shogi' in the past and played 'Go'



Aug-30-17  paavoh: @morfishine: I guess the game is available on Amazon, but way cheaper if you ever visit and buy it from Iceland. One of the better souvenirs from there if you asked me.
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