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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.

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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* "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)

Update, mid-2013. I've bought a new wooden board and set, and got rid of the burnt ones. Time to move on from conflagrations past.

*Empty Space*

Update, 2013. 'Empty Space' is also a brilliant novel by M.John Harrison, 3rd in the Kefahuchi trilogy.

I don't exist.

Just like the Urban Spaceman.
("I'm the urban spaceman, I'm intelligent and clean/ Know what I mean?/ I'm the urban spaceman, here comes the twist: I don't exist.")

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, 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 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 Statistics Page

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>> Click here to see Domdaniel's game collections. Full Member

   Domdaniel has kibitzed 25256 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-13-14 D Baramidze vs Caruana, 2014 (replies)
Domdaniel: White must have thought he had a draw when the Queens came off, but Caruana played the ending beautifully. The final pawn sac to allow his King to penetrate is superb.
   Jul-13-14 Domdaniel chessforum (replies)
Domdaniel: <Jess> I met that John 'gravel voice' Hurt, of course. A brilliant, brilliant man. He was complaining vociferously about the crap abstract art decorating his hotel suite. I suggested, mildly, that some of it wasn't so bad, really, all things considered. Anyone else would ...
   Jul-13-14 Caruana vs Ponomariov, 2014 (replies)
Domdaniel: Caruana's 39.Re7 followed by 40.Ba6 is an unusual tactic -- obvious, but crushing. Many such tactics recur regularly, but I can't recall seeing this precise idea in practice before. A key idea, obviously, is to lure the Black Queen away from the 8th rank, so that White can mate ...
   Jul-12-14 J Alfred vs P Walsh, 2005
Domdaniel: I've played both of these guys. I don't think that either of them is particularly insane.
   Jul-12-14 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
Domdaniel: <Boxermam> -- < I keep going to this chess site thinking you guys are going to be talking about chess. Wow, am I mistaken!> No. You keep dropping into a café without bothering to familiarize yourself with how things are done here. The site - aka CG - has plenty of ...
   Jul-03-14 E Kengis vs Sveshnikov, 2005 (replies)
Domdaniel: In a Spoonerism, the initial consonants of two adjacent words change places, creating a new phrase -- 'town drain' for 'down train', or 'queer dean' for 'dear queen'. Is there a chess equivalent? Perhaps certain opening transpositions, where an unusual move order leads to a ...
   Jul-03-14 T van de Berkmortel vs Bronstein, 1993 (replies)
Domdaniel: < he allows all of his pawns to be captured > I've seen another game, from years ago, where the winner sacrificed all eight of his pawns. I can't recall who the players were -- but I have a vague idea that the winner was a doctor, not a very well known chessplayer, and from ...
   Jun-30-14 J P Morgan vs W P Shipley, 1890 (replies)
Domdaniel: I wouldn't play the Steinitz Gambit in a million years, but I must admit that it has led to some wonderful games -- quite a few of them won by White. As <Phony> says, R Steel vs NN, 1886 is the epitome.
   Jun-29-14 Svidler vs Dreev, 1993
Domdaniel: A convoluted Queen exchange ... after which Black's c+d pawns are too strong.
   Jun-29-14 S Sulskis vs A A Lopez, 2008
Domdaniel: White has a definite advantage after 14.Nf5, but the reply 14...Bxf3? loses.
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  Shams: This week I re-watched, for the first time in decades, the cult classic Repo Man (1984). Written and directed by British guy Alex Cox and based, one assumes very loosely, upon his own experiences as a repossession artist. I really enjoyed it. Great performances and a fantastic soundtrack. Are you a fan?
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  Annie K.: <Dom> what, you haven't signed up for the World vs Naiditsch game? :)
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  Domdaniel: <Annie> Nope, and I have no plans to do so...

Colombia 1-0, if you're innarested...

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  Domdaniel: <Shams> Very much so. I conducted a very strange interview with Alex Cox in the late 80s. He was in a café with a friend whom he introduced as 'Joe', and whom I realized was Joe Strummer of the Clash. Alex had just made the spoof spaghetti western 'Straight to Hell', with Strummer, Elvis Costello, and others. I remember him telling me to 'leave my brain at home' when I watched it ... but I didn't, and it squirmed with embarrassment on the seat beside me. He also told me about an amazing 17-year-old named Courtney Love ... I wonder what became of her ...?
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  Annie K.: <Colombia 1-0, if you're innarested...>

Only if you can provide the movelist in algebraic notation. ;p

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  Domdaniel: <Algebraic>? I can do algebra ... it means bone-setting, doesn't it? Oh, right, you mean the *other* beautiful game...

Well, it's now 2-0 to Colombia: c2-c4 is an English opening, obviously, and 1.c2-c3 is a Saragossa ... but nobody wants to be reminded of Spain or England just now, for calcio-related reasons.

Calcio, not calico.

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  Domdaniel: There's a traditional Irish song (in Gaelic) called "Oro, se do bheatha abhaile", which means "Oro, this is your way home" ... and every time I see "URU" -- the abbreviation of Uruguay, but with much the same pronunciation as 'Oro' -- I think it means <Uruguay, you're going home...>
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  Domdaniel: <Shams> Actually, I got my first job as a film critic by saying that I followed the code of the Repo Men ... I reckon the magazine editor who hired me was also a fan.
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  Shams: <Domdaniel> I should have guessed you'd met Alex Cox. You've met everyone it seems.

No chance you ever met/played chess with Kubrick?

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  Domdaniel: <Shams> I'd have very much liked to have met Kubrick - I was a big fan of his work. But no, sadly.

I did meet Donald Woods, the South African newspaper editor who was played by Kevin Kline in the film Cry Freedom. Woods was a good chess player, apparently -- but I didn't know that when I interviewed him, so the subject never came up.

The only time, as far as I remember, that chess featured in an interview was when I met the French actor Christopher Lambert, who played a GM in a very silly movie about murder and chess masters. He went out of his way to tell me he had no interest in chess. I wasn't impressed.

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  Shams: Per an anecdote in Chess Life twenty years ago, Humphrey Bogart once insisted on a game of chess as a condition to granting an interview. The journalist reluctantly agreed, then proceeded to wipe the board with Bogart, who later said it was the worst interview he'd ever given.

I suppose the moral of the story is this: if you're in that situation, let the movie star win and you'll get better copy.

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  Domdaniel: <Shams> I'd like to have met Bogart, too ... the only problem being that he died before I was born, never mind before I interviewed anyone.

Bogart and Kubrick aside, I don't think many filmmakers or actors were keen on chess.

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  Shams: Keanu Reeves technically qualifies. He was on his high school chess team.

"Sir, I take the skin off chicken." -- Johnny Utah

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  Domdaniel: Keanu? As in Johnny What's-my-Mnemonic? Wonders will never cease ... I thought he was just a dumb cyber-surfer dude...

Fox and James, in 'The Complete Chess Addict' (?) list chess players in various categories ... politics, sports, acting, literature, etc. But I don't have a copy to hand.

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  Shams: <Dom> I think it's just that Keanu is a bad actor, so people think he's dumb. By the same token there are likely some dumb bunnies who are really talented actors, so people think they're smart. Perhaps Gary Oldman qualifies, though maybe I'm holding his bad week against him unfairly.
Jun-30-14  MarkFinan: Just thought of you when playing this and as I'm about to switch off before I draw the game (I won't lose it & I'm also tired) I wondered if you'd play b4 here? WTP.

If I start the analysing now at this move then I won't get as much enjoyment if I win, so I've no idea what the engine is currently saying but I think b4 looks drawish. Blacks bishop isn't going anywhere or doing anything and moving the b pawn would result in it being lost for black. I'm just wanting to get that Knight over to the e3 square to aid in the f5 "onslaught!" lol. If you do ever go through this game I think I've played a really smart move by "saccing" the doubled up b pawn early on, swapping the major pieces off, and into the endgame with a shout of a victory. Btw I thought of you because it's a FD, I don't usually have ran-dom thoughts, lol.

[Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2014.06.30"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Player AM "]
[Black "Stockfish 5 (70.2%)"]
[Result "*"]
[TimeControl "40/600+5"]

1. d4 e6 2. e4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Nf3 Qb6 6. Be2 cxd4 7. cxd4 Nge7 8. Nc3 Nf5 9. Na4 Qa5+ 10. Bd2 Bb4 11. Bc3 b5 12. a3 Bxc3+ 13. Nxc3 b4 14. axb4 Qb6 15. Bb5 O-O 16. Bxc6 Qxc6 17. b5 Qb6 18. O-O a6 19. Qd3 Bb7 20. Na4 Qxb5 21. Qxb5 axb5 22. Nc5 Rxa1 23. Rxa1 Ra8 24. Rxa8+ Bxa8 25. g4 Nh6 26. h3 Bc6 27. Nh4 g6 28. f4 Kf8 29. Kf2 Be8 30. Kg3 Bc6 31. b4 Be8 *

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  Domdaniel: <Mark> Yeah, b4 seems to lock everything down and leave white with a clear advantage. My only doubt about playing it is that the b4 square might be a useful place to put a knight ... in which case the pawn should hold back.

I once lost a B-v-N ending to a 2300 guy under similar circs. He had a pawn push, d4, that seemed obvious to me -- but he didn't play it, and instead used the d4 square to reroute his knight, eventually winning.

I'm not sure if that applies here, but the bishop is definitely bad, and DOMinated by knights.

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Howay <Dom>

I was reminded of you whilst posting this bit of feyness over at my two up, three down bungalow in Swansea.

I believe it remains the only Prog Rock track that counsels us not to use the <Ignore Function>:

"There's no one... to avoid..."

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  Shams: Hi <Dom>, I'm curious how you handle KIA vs French. I wasn't liking the positions I was getting with ...g6/Bg7, allowing e4-e5 and playing for queenside expansion so I looked for something else and found a video on the system Black plays here:

B Vujic vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1981

I've only had one chance to play it yet-- just a silly blitz miniature but an illustration of why White shouldn't allow ...a5-a4:

Are you familiar with this variation?

I've also heard the long castling lines are good for Black.

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  Domdaniel: <Jess> Feyness? Feynessence? Why on Earth (or elsewhere) should feyness remind you of me? Are you suggesting, implying, or intimating that I'm not a straight arrow? That, like Larsen, I may be Bent...?

OK, that's cool. You're pretty butch yourself, yanno... especially when beating up on chessplayers.

Prog roolz, dunnit? Fick as a bleedin' brick... that's moi.

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  Domdaniel: <Shams> I keep changing my mind with black against the French/KIA. Sometimes ...Be7, or ...Bd6, or ...g6/...Bg7 (my current favourite, but not really convincing). Sometimes ...b6 with a solid structure, sometimes ...b5 and a queenside pawn advance.

I sometimes play the KIA as white - after 1.Nf3 - so I try to see this from both sides. I haven't had to play very many French games against 2.d3 in the last couple of years, however. I don't really adhere to a fixed system.

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heh... I recently came across some information in which Ian Anderson said "Thick as a Brick" was meant to be a practical joke, not a "real record."

Of course, this statement may have been intended as a joke as well.

Speaking of fey, I noticed a humorous reference to our old friend <John Hurt as Quentin Crisp> in the unusually fine BBC sitcom "The Royle Family."

I watched all of them and all the specials.

Ricky Tomlinson my ass!

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  Domdaniel: <Jess> I met that John 'gravel voice' Hurt, of course. A brilliant, brilliant man. He was complaining vociferously about the crap abstract art decorating his hotel suite. I suggested, mildly, that some of it wasn't so bad, really, all things considered.

Anyone else would have said I was an idiot who knew nothing about art. But Mr Hurt just smiled and said that I was more generous than him.

Have you seen 'The Shout'? Great cricket game...

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<Dom> I have not, but I soon shall. I'm getting it right now, in fact.

Incidentally, there was some miscommunication earlier.

I wasn't reminded of you because I think you're fey, I was reminded of you because you long ago said you really liked the <Carpet Crawlers> lyric "There's no one... to avoid."

It was <Genesis> who were fey.

I have to say I preferred Peter Gabriels' "fey period" with <Genesis> more than his unaccountably butch dress and stage manner in the first few years of his solo live performances.

I liked him best when he dressed, and acted, like a woman.

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  Shams: <Domdaniel> Sometimes in the French I just don't know where to put my kingside minors. Case in point, this blitz game I played today-- White has just played <13.Be3>. How would you handle this position as Black?

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I'm probably retreating my Nb4 to the c6 square, so ...Ng8-e7-c6 is out. Is ...f5 bad?

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