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Domdaniel
Member since Aug-11-06 · Last seen Dec-09-18
Note: this absurdly over-written (in both the literary and programming sense) chunk of text has seemingly won a Caissar for Best Profile. I shall try not to burst into tears and throw my shoes at Meryl Streep.

My favourite player is Tony Miles. He is greatly missed. My 1976 simul game with him (I was black) began 1.d4 e6 2.e4 d5 3.Nd2 b6 ... unfortunately, I've lost the score: but it was a draw after White's Queen was exchanged for 3 pieces.

Some other favourites? OK. Viktor Korchnoi, for all the obvious reasons. Tal, Botvinnik, Petrosian and Smyslov. From the later days of the Soviet school: Romanishin, Vaganian, Lputian, Psakhis and Ehlvest. From the British new wave: Short, Speelman, Williams. From the Russian-Irish wave: Baburin.

From the Irish wave ... those who have written about the French Defence (Heidenfeld, Moles, Harding, Collins, O'Connor, Coffey), and those who played it (J.J. Walsh, J. Ryan, P. Short, S. Jessel, R. Beatty, et al).

A distinct aroma of burning prevails*. Fire and brimstone, probably, or one of the charred and singed chess sets in my possession.

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A Czech haiku, by Jan 'Honza' Cervenka:

Chceš-li remízu,
musíš hráti na výhru,
cíle tak dojdeš.

* "Why, this is Hell, nor am I out of it."
- Christopher Marlowe

"Down these mean streets ..."
- Phillip Marlowe

"This, too, was one of the dark places ..."
- Marlow (Joseph Conrad)

I am deeply suspicious of 'social media'. I don't want my computer to think it knows my 'preferences', and I don't want my personal details passed from hand to invisible hand, or soul to poison soul. But I'm sufficiently open-minded -- or innocent -- to trust in the integrity of Chessgames.com, and the good people who run it.

Note: some folk may be more familiar with the kind of bio/profile that goes "Muh name is Peregrine Ng and ah play Bullet at PhyringRange.com and ah come to CG for thuh crab sandwiches..." ... sort of thing.

This isn't one of those. In fact, it was never really *written* at all ... more like 'left behind' after repeated moves. The fragments that remain intact have withstood years of deletions. Quite like me, really.

"A medium amputates the organ it extends".
- Marshall McLuhan

"I go without saying".
- Me, or somebody like me.

<The Game and Playe of Cheffe ...>

"Chess is a sea in which a shark can persuade a seagull to eat its skin parasites..."

"Chess is the art of cartesian coordinates with obsessive compulsive disorder..."

"Chess is the science of naughty molecules."

"Chess is sport for the disembodied."

"It is what it is."

"Except when it isn't."

<'His calmness, his authority in all circumstances! In a chess game he would win everything, merely by his nerves.' 'But he was not playing chess,' Smiley objected drily.>

(John Le Carré)

I'll say it again, though I can't recall saying it before: < Empathy is essential to any kind of intelligence worth having.> Although I seem to have some kind of attention surplus disorder.

On planet Earth (where most chess games so far are believed to have been played - Science Officer Chamitoff vs NASA Ground Control, 2008 and Soyuz 9 Cosmonauts vs Ground Control, 1970 are among the exceptions):

1. Brian Eno:

"Another green world."

2. William Burroughs:

"I don't want love - I don't want forgiveness - all I want is *outta here* --"

<A Phormer Phrontistery ... Frogspawn ... 20,000 Lashes ... A Phrontistery ... Phrogspawn ... Philoxenia ... Antarctica Starts Here ... Epigamic Ephebes ... Waxwing's Wah-wah Rabbits ... Opposition & Sister Squares ... Cosy Moments will not be Muzzled ...>

A dictionary helps. As does Modern Chess Openings or Fundamental Chess Openings (by Van der Sterren -- good on transpositions). Encyclopedias, whether wiki, text-based or fictional, have their place. But for a good knight's sleep try a bed, futon, hammock or some of my writing. Avoid Gerry McCarthy

"Brutality is out of date."
- Aron Nimzowitsch

"Keep violence in the mind where it belongs."
- B.W. Aldiss

"Combinations and chemistry are your only men."
- Er, <me>?

<"I used to be somebody else, but I traded him in."> M. Antonioni

"Chess is a marvelous piece of Cartesianism, and so imaginative that it doesn't even look Cartesian." - Marcel Duchamp

[reconstruction always in progress, please excuse noise, no refunds, no discounts, no hawkers, no spitting]

So what am I doing here? Simple: I like to play *with* chess...

<Writing, unlike chess, is a victimless crime.>

"J'ai une maladie: je vois le langage."
- Roland Barthes

<More First Person Gibberish>:

Fischer-Dylan Syndrome: <"You can always come back, but you can't come back all the way">.

Favorite Opening: The French, naturellement. After 30-odd years, I think I'm starting to understand its benthic deeps. Well, I had it for a moment ... seems to be gone again.

Basta. Enough chess, it makes my head spin. Anyone who has lingered in my forum (Frogspawn, Philoxenia, 20,000 Lashes, Antarctica Starts Here, usw) knows that much of the conversation isn't about chess at all, or even lingerie. I'm interested in *stuff* -- arts and sciences, shoos and sheeps and ceiling wicks, kibitzers and King Kong vs Gojiro in Dronning Maud Land. I like to make connections. I like people who make connections.

Bad puns, bad languages, bad breathing, bad breeding, psychological insights, literary allusions, surrealist manifestos, or the sound of one hand stentorating. I'm not going to name any of the people who make CG so much fun. You know who you are, O my droogs and Zapkinder.

One last chess snippet. I have never, in my entire life, played either side of a Spanish/Ruy Lopez in a serious game. I'm a Spanish Virgin. There, you knew I was a pervert, didn't you?

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<From <Gravity's Rainbow> by Thomas Pynchon:

"Queen, Bishop and King are only splendid cripples, and pawns, even those that reach the final row, are condemned to creep in two dimensions, and no Tower will ever rise or descend -- no: flight has been given only to the Springer!">

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Whatever you find in books, leave it there.
- John Cale

Know anything about chess? It can be a virtual life work, and what is it to absorb all a man's thought and energy? - William Burroughs

I am not the only one who writes in order to have no face. - Michel Foucault

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   Dec-09-18 Karpov vs Keene, 1977 (replies)
 
Domdaniel: <Ray> -- <"Apropos Karpov's speed of play ..."> It's interesting that Karpov and Anand, who were renowned for the speed of their play when they were younger, both slowed up considerably after the age of 40, to the point of getting into time trouble regularly. ...
 
   Dec-09-18 Annie K. chessforum (replies)
 
Domdaniel: Hey, Annie ... I hope everything is OK with you. Is it my turn to be worried, or what? Please be well. xG.
 
   Dec-09-18 Bird vs W Pollock, 1889
 
Domdaniel: "A Bird and two smoking pollocks" ... note that each player had a 'Henry' in his name.
 
   Dec-08-18 Domdaniel chessforum
 
Domdaniel: <Mark> - I also tried to write a fictional story when I was 9 or 10 years old ... my Dad read it and did me the favour of taking it seriously. I remember it was called "War Comes Everywhere" (ouch!). But my Dad said it was well-written, but needed to be more engaged with ...
 
   Dec-08-18 N J Patterson vs Keene, 1963 (replies)
 
Domdaniel: Nice game. Keene is outplayed in the ending.
 
   Dec-08-18 N J Patterson vs R B W Moss, 1962
 
Domdaniel: Moss blundered at the end, but was probably lost anyway by then.
 
   Dec-06-18 M Pein vs Svidler, 1991 (replies)
 
Domdaniel: Oops. Good point, <Honza>. I think I probably misread the date originally, hence my comments about Svidler being a top player. Of course, he was a very strong 15-year-old.
 
   Dec-06-18 Fidel Castro (replies)
 
Domdaniel: <HMM> -- < I'm thinking players were scared to try real hard against him.> No, HMM, that's not thinking. It's just responding to reflexes. When you think - if you ever do - you'll see the difference.
 
   Dec-05-18 chessgames.com chessforum (replies)
 
Domdaniel: <Susan> - I'm still chuckling over your line "He was sneaky when he was 2". Beautiful, and so apt. As for Skinner, I'm reminded - not of the sociobiology guy, but of a very different Skinner: a character in the novel 'Virtual Light' by an old friend of mine, William Gibson. ...
 
   Dec-05-18 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
 
Domdaniel: < the longest names in rock...> "Ten Man Mop, or Mr Reservoir Butler Rides Again" "Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon" #2 is James Taylor. #1, I think, is Fairport Convention. Or maybe Steeleye Span. Somebody folky, anyhow.
 
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Dec-03-18  Boomie: <Open Defence>

Chess or no, you are sorely missed here.

Dec-05-18  Open Defence: thanks <Boomie> hows things?
Dec-05-18
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  OhioChessFan: Here's a nice little chessboard for <Odie> to look at. Nothing too difficult to analyze.


click for larger view

Dec-05-18  Stonehenge: That position screams for Ng1-f2.
Dec-05-18  Boomie: <Open Defence: thanks <Boomie> hows things?>

I'm muddling through somehow. Of course, things would be better if I had my B-Girls here to back me up. But Let It B, I say.

I hope everything is tickety-boo with you.

Dec-05-18
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  Domdaniel: <Niels> -- < as I had to sell my acoustic, needed the doe... >

By Loudon Wainwright ...

<Used to have a red guitar, Till I smashed it one drunk night
Smashed it in the classic way
As Peter Townsend might>
...

Next Step: as a very young person, I lived in an Irish village/town named Skibbereen. Nobody was sure just where the name originated, but the prevailing theory was that (like the Danish/Swedish 'Skibby') it came from a Scandinavian word for 'boat' or 'ship'.

I have also visited Skibby in Denmark.

Back in Ireland, Skibbereen was said to derive from a word for 'little boats'.

Dec-05-18
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  Domdaniel: <Open Defence> -- Hey there. Did I remember my manners enough to say "Great to hear from you again!" ... ?

No? Well, it's *really* great to hear from you again! Truly. Welcome back. A couple of years is nothing. I recently took about six months off, and nothing much happened.

Well, Daniel died. And so did my brother Barry. But life goes on.

Dec-05-18
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  Domdaniel: <Op Def> -- Chess or no (as Ohio might put it) you are missed here. We all loved to hear from you.

Hope all is well.

Dec-05-18
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  Domdaniel: <Dr Winston> -- <A strange Fondness> -- an unusual phrase, that, isn't it?

Just the other day I was trying to think of Lennon lines to counter my brother's idiotic claim that the Beatles were "just a boy band".

I mean, come on. Boy bands in the Westlife sense didn't really exist yet. And 60s boy bands (Walker Bros? Monkees?) weren't so bad either. I'm still a Scott Walker fan.

And then I began to think of John's writing. Like 'Working Class Hero' - ("And you think you're so clever and classless and free, but you're still firkin peasants as far as I can see" ... ")

And so on. There are many more. John was just so bloody brilliant.

Macca had some kind of musical genius too. His songs were sometimes bland, but he was brilliant at conjuring up harmonies.

A boy band? No, so much more.

Dec-05-18
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  Domdaniel: <Dr Winston> -- I wouldn't say this if it wasn't true, Mark. I think you write very well. There's a rhythm, a kind of balance or poise, that most people never learn to use.

So wot? Maybe it doesn't really matter much. But if you ever want to persuade people, or convert them to some other point of view, or even turn them into robotic scientologists (heh) -- well, the skills are there, waiting to be used.

Apart from those practical uses, well, you could probably write some excellent stories if you had to.

I'm not sure that I ever could. Having tried a few times, and even won a couple of small prizes, I reckon I'm missing one or two of the key ingredients of fiction writing. Like being willing to put your whole self into it -- I tend to prefer layers of disguise.

Dec-05-18
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  OhioChessFan: <I mean, come on. Boy bands in the Westlife sense didn't really exist yet. And 60s boy bands (Walker Bros? Monkees?)>

Herman's Hermits, Chad and Jeremy, Peter and Gordon.

<weren't so bad either.>

The Monkees were fantastic. The rest were pretty decent.

I'm on record as not being a fawning Beatles fan. But despite the fact I find much of their later stuff pretentious and boring, there's so much great stuff along the way I have to love some of it.

Dec-05-18
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  OhioChessFan: <Dom: I'm not sure that I ever could. Having tried a few times, and even won a couple of small prizes, I reckon I'm missing one or two of the key ingredients of fiction writing.>

I think you'd bloody hate having to have a beginning and end to a story.

Dec-05-18
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  Domdaniel: <Ohio> - I think you've put your finger on it. "One or two key ingredients" = "beginnings and endings".

If I ever attempt to write fiction again I will first have to get you on board as my agent.

I know some good writers who have trouble with endings. Some, like Pynchon, just let things drift away. Others, like William Gibson, tend to plot things a bit too tightly - you don't always see the ending coming, but you know that a final wrap-up is looming.

But most published writers tend to get beginnings right. Probably because, if the agent or publisher gets stuck at that point, well, the book is going nowhere anyhow.

Dec-06-18  Open Defence: <Domdaniel> Hello!!

<Well, Daniel died. And so did my brother Barry. But life goes on.> sorry to hear that

I've spent most of my time writing songs.. they need to have beginnings and endings too or as they say Intros and Outros... before it becomes <Outros Outros Ghali>

or as the Germans say <Ein Fahrt> and <Aus Fahrt>

Dec-06-18
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  OhioChessFan: Per the discussion of writing, I am reminded of something about someone. I will give a hint who it is: He's a helluva talent.

I am going to look up and quote him, not closely paraphrase him or IIRC him, but quote him. As a helluva talent, he deserves that much from me. Then I will make some observations. It will sort of pain me to make those observations, because sometimes in making observations and sharing them, you destroy any possibility of your reader experiencing the joy of discovery you had. To recap, I have experienced the joy of discovery in the writings of a helluva talent, and wish to share them here, even if doing so forestalls you the chance of discovering it on your own. And maybe the reason I discovered what I've discovered is that I'm <wrong> and am not worthy to discover anything worthwhile in the writings of a helluva talent. But that'd be okay too. Wrong can be interesting. Be back soon.

Dec-06-18  Boomie: Perhaps this can help with the Intros and Outros:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DU...

Dec-06-18  Boomie: In my brief but spectacular writing phase, I found that knowing the outro was key for me. Once I knew where I was going, I could find plausible routes for getting there.

A cracking good synopsis is most important. If you can't describe the story in one page, you don't have anything worth reading.

Dec-06-18
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  OhioChessFan: Okay, according to no less than Hemingway, Salinger was a helluva talent. And Salinger had this to say about writing-yes, writing, even though the context is speech, which is just writing vocally:

<That digression business got on my nerves. I don't know. The trouble with me is, I LIKE it when somebody digresses. It's more interesting and all...lots of times you don't KNOW what interests you most till you start talking about something that DOESN'T interest you most...I like when somebody gets excited about something.>

Wow, typing that sort of felt like quoting Literary Scripture or something. Salinger was a helluva talent, wasn't he? I think writing like that deserves a day for me to think about before actually deigning to comment on it. Be back tomorrow.

Dec-06-18
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  Domdaniel: <Boomster> -- <knowing the outro ...>

*That* I can understand. When I was twenty years younger and much more simple, I used to say that there were two types of writer -- those who used a map, and those who used a compass.

Obviously, the compass-users had a direction in mind, and knew roughly where they were heading. But they knew little about the terrain to be crossed.

The map-users had a key to the terrain, but didn't grasp how to avoid getting lost en route.

Nowadays, more complex, less trusting to patterns, more inclined to be suspicious of my own ideas, I don't trust such ideas at all.

Dec-06-18
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  Domdaniel: <The intro and the outro> ... yes, indeedy, folks, that would be the very wonderful Bonzo Dog (Doo-dah) Band, featuring Vivian Stanshall, Neil Innes, Legs Larry Smith and Mr Slater. Not forgetting Vernon Dudley Bohay-Nowell, Sam Spoons, et al.

Stanshall was a genius. Innes had a pure pop sensibility, like Paul McCartney.

"Eleven Mustachio'd Daughters/ Running in a field of fat ... "

<"The odd boy went down to the football field/ Took out a slim volume of Mallarme/ The centre-prop called him an imbecile/ It's an odd boy that doesn't like sport... Sport, sport, masculine sport, equips a young man for society/ Yes, sport turns out a jolly fine sort/ It's an odd boy who doesn't like sport...">

Dec-06-18
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  Domdaniel: <Ohio> Ah, yes, Mr Salinger himself. Mentioned wherever journos need a cheap reference for the word 'recluse'. Or, as Pynchon said: 'recluse' is a code word meaning 'prefers not to talk to journalists.'

Some so-called critics even went so far as to suggest they were one and the same person. ("Doesn't talk to the media? Hides away? That is so weird, man, it's psychotic. How could there be two of 'em, tell me that?")

Curiously, it was only in the past few months that I got round to reading some of the less-well-known Salinger books, like 'Franny and Zooey'. Beautiful.

Dec-06-18
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  Domdaniel: BTW, I also like it when somebody digresses. Or when they loop back to a previous topic, glance off it as if they were playing pinball, then forge on to the big score. And why not?

Digressions, deviations, tributaries, paths to the side ... all of them increase our understanding in one way or another.

Dec-06-18
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  Domdaniel: <Open Defence> - Heh, thank you. Or, as those philosophically-inclined Germans also say: "Gute Fahrt".
Dec-06-18
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  Dr Winston OBoogie: <Domdaniel: <Dr Winston> -- I wouldn't say this if it wasn't true, Mark. I think you write very well. There's a rhythm, a kind of balance or poise, that most people never learn to use.>

Aww thank you, Dom. You always say very kind things about me and I want you to know it doesn't go unappreciated :)

I think I write <okay> for someone whose had an education like me, I try to make s--t interesting that's all, I'm not dumb though. I was one of those kids who had that "If you settled down and behaved you could be blah blah blah....."talks. One of my goals on my to do list before I die is to write something that sells. I read books by other people and think I can do better. About 6-7 years ago I started <trying> to write a book, I wrote about 30 a4 sheets of paper that my old man printed out.. Guess what? He didn't just correct spelling mistakes he <changed the words> thinking I wouldn't notice, so I can't be that good lol. I've still got the papers - it's about the JFK assassination. It's just something I'm <<very very interested>> in. I think Oswald was in it up to his neck I just don't see him getting those "3 shots" off! I think Kennedy's headshot is from the front, I think the mob were involved, I have a few theories on that assassination.. It's a fascinating subject, I love history, especially English and American history, thing is those yanks don't go as far back as us, my gran (who just blew out 90 candles last week!) has paintings older than America, lol. With the JFK assassination there's too much <complete crap> out there, I could write a book I didn't even believe in and still make it more believable than a lot of the Kennedy historians. Check this out - I love this YouTube channel he has some fascinating and intriguing guests on, he's had Clint Hill (the secret service agent who jumped on the back of JFK's Limo in Dallas) Donnie Brasco, Micheal Franzese, the DEA agents who killed Escobar and many more

JFK assassination - autopsy details released after 55 years https://youtu.be/2U7dXPA_juM

^^^ That man is no conspiracy theorist, he was the first doctor to treat JFK and you need to watch it mate! If I try explain it I'll spoil it, it's <brand new> too. He knows shots came from the front.

That Micheal Franzese interview is the most watched mob interview ever https://youtu.be/5U-yqm9H_Sg they even did a part two it was that good :)

Dec-08-18
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  Domdaniel: <Mark> - I also tried to write a fictional story when I was 9 or 10 years old ... my Dad read it and did me the favour of taking it seriously. I remember it was called "War Comes Everywhere" (ouch!). But my Dad said it was well-written, but needed to be more engaged with real people and how they behaved. People, he told me, were gregarious animals -- we needed to flock together and to interact with one another.

This was pretty wise, I think. My Dad has been dead for nearly 40 years, and I don't think he ever again commented on anything I wrote. But he hit the point in this case.

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