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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.

My favourite player is Tony Miles. He is greatly missed.

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.

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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Possibly the first chess Czech haiku ever, 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)

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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FEN reverser (courtesy of <ajile>):

OlimpBase (courtesy of Wojtek Bartelski, aka User: OlimpBase):

Some *other* databases include:

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A statistical analysis by Jeff Sonas (thanks to <BadKnight> for bringing it to my attention):

Game Collection: The Even More Flexible French

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   Domdaniel has kibitzed 27743 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-20-16 N Mannheimer vs Nimzowitsch, 1930 (replies)
Domdaniel: <offramp> Aha. What, please, is 'normally'? How exactly does one play 'normally'? Have I been playing non-normally ever since I first read Nimzowitsch, almost 40 years ago? And which is better, Normally or Gormally?
   May-20-16 Domdaniel chessforum (replies)
Domdaniel: <luftforlife> That is fascinating. And *so* cool. "Never again will we get together to die ..." Wonderful music. Cale is still my favourite.
   May-20-16 chancho chessforum (replies)
   May-20-16 J S Christiansen vs S Bromberger, 2015
Domdaniel: I played 7.Nc5 (rather than Ng3) which I still think is better. I got a definite advantage, but lost after grabbing a couple of pawns too many.
   May-20-16 chessforum (replies)
Domdaniel: <Shams> True. But the context demanded it.
   May-20-16 Ilya Makoveev (replies)
Domdaniel: If Makoveev was first acclaimed for his brilliance at the age of 10, and then disqualified for allegedly cheating, then chess itself has reached a new low. But it must be noted that the supposed cheating took place in an online competition, where the normal OTB rules don't apply. ...
   May-20-16 C Kottnauer vs J Holas, 1945 (replies)
Domdaniel: Nobody else in this database has played 9...Nxc4, but I suspect it has been played a few times, out in the world. Of course it loses. Simon Williams briefly examines this line in his DVD on the English, before turning to more serious matters.
   May-13-16 Lucian-Costin Miron
Domdaniel: Playing in the Ennis Open, Ireland, May 2016.
   May-12-16 E Liu vs S Homa, 2007 (replies)
Domdaniel: Oh Thay can you Thee By the Don Seiter early light
   May-12-16 R A James vs G Wall, 2006
Domdaniel: <perf> We are in agreement, then. I think the Berlin (Ruy Lopez) is an abomination - though I'm not likely to meet it as I don't play either 1.e4 or 1...e5. As for the Trump version, I think he's also an absurdity... but I won't have to live in his turf, if the worst ...
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  luftforlife: <Domdaniel>: Thanks for your comments; I'm glad you were receptive to mine. I've always found Nabokov's style happily lapidary in its self-conscious recordings of the processes and awareness of perception -- especially of sensory perception. His style is by turns introverted and painstakingly reflexive in consideration of consequences, and extroverted and playfully precise in praxis of perception (to borrow a phrase Allen Ginsberg used to praise Pound's sequential visual imagery in The Cantos). He's more phenomenological than Faulkner, whose abstractions pall, but not nearly so protracted as Henry James, whose periphrasations pale. I've enjoyed his work (Pnin in particular), and I appreciate your finding some similitude between my writing style and his. He's a master of language, and I'm merely an acolyte, and so I'm flattered.

I am sure you are a successful and a first-rate journalist. I seem to recall reading here that you are, or were, a highly regarded drama critic writing for an Irish newspaper; I hope I'm not too far off in that regard. I once was an aspiring actor: I studied Shakespeare with Paul Rogers (and, very briefly, with Brian Cox) some thirty years ago this midsummer, in a program at Oxford, and I cherish those memories. It was the Dean of the Yale School of Drama (with whom I was friendly there; he was my mentor-in-Chekhov, and in life, and he ran a great poker game) who both encouraged me to continue and convinced me to quit. I couldn't compete with my classmate (now a well-known stage and motion-picture character actor), and I didn't want to try. Acting was always so amorphous, anyway, depending at heart on a talent insusceptible of being taught; one either could act (in which case, one could refine one's "craft"), or one couldn't. I loved the drama, and others praised my acting, but I couldn't find much that was praiseworthy in it, and, as Bob Dylan once put it, it's hard to hear that others dig you when you yourself don't dig you. Anyway, I should love to read your work, for your empathy is as evident as your erudition, and your literary skill (at least in your profile, which was not so purple in its prose stylings as to prove offputting) is surpassingly captivating. Best regards.

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  Domdaniel: <Mark> Yeah, I remember Clough's Notts Forest ... but this Leicester win is much more dramatic. Brilliant. Seismic. Earthquakish.

We should enjoy it now, cos next year matters will return to normal, with Arsenal, Chelsea, and the two Manchester clubs on top, in some order. And maybe Liverpool. This year they were all caught napping.

Amazing that Mark Selby from Leicester also won the snooker ch'ship. I almost believe in the magic of King Richard.

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  User not found: <We should enjoy it now, cos next year matters will return to normal, with Arsenal, Chelsea, and the two Manchester clubs on top, in some order. And maybe Liverpool. This year they were all caught napping.>

Absolutely, and unfortunately we won't see something like that again in our lifetimes. Well every 40 years and I damned sure I'll have shuffled off this mortal coil by then, but if anyone is reading this in 2056 and Bradford City win the Premier league. Have a drink on me, pour out some liquor :)

<Amazing that Mark Selby from Leicester also won the snooker ch'ship. I almost believe in the magic of King Richard.>

This is probably the first time since the Steve Davis/Jimmy White days I haven't even paid attention to the snooker final, but I thought he'd won! My bad, lol.

Who do you support football wise, Dom? Do you have a soft spot for any English club?

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  Domdaniel: <Mark> I don't really *support* any particular club. Of course I'm thrilled about Leicester - and I can even claim a small local connection, as my uncle used to live there.

I remember going to a new secondary school age 13, and along with the other new guy rituals - mostly involving fights - I was asked who I supported. I said Newcastle, for reasons that now escape me.

I'd like to see Liverpool win something. And I suppose I have a soft spot for Arsenal. Well, for their manager anyway.

But Claudio is the Man.

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  User not found: Hi Mr Domdaniel (!?). Well here I am in Malaga and I just received an email from a unicorn talking full Yoda. "Visit the support forum you must. Only then will a Sith lord you become" I just want to say thanks to both you and Rogge for the support but it's not needed. Most people who play chess don't play on until checkmate but a certain person here is gonna play till he gets back ranked by 2 crooks, I mean Rooks. The racist doctor doesn't like to expose his students to criminality I see. Hmmm. I wonder what they'd think about "The black mans prayer?". As for the Brazil nut he's no idea what's coming to him, I sent not even 5% of the proof to a mutual friend of ours the other week. But as long as Dr Death doesn't exaggerate I don't care LOL. :)

Seriously thanks. I'll be back in a week or so, tell Rogge I said thanks too. This site would be so boring

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  Domdaniel: <User not found> Yeah, that mutual friend passed on your message of thanks, and also filled me in a little bit on what the war criminal had been up to. Horrible stuff - you've been through the mill, I guess. My sympathy, and I hope you get the bastard.
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  Domdaniel: <morf> Thanks for your comments. Yes, I like books. Yes, I still read them. And I still find it amazing that some (many?) people don't. Whether it's English literature students who don't read novels (I used to teach a few of those) or young chess players who only use computers, not books.
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  User not found: <Domdaniel: <User not found> Yeah, that mutual friend passed on your message of thanks, and also filled me in a little bit on what the war criminal had been up to.>

And that was just 10 mins of taking random screenshots, Dom. It goes wayyyy deeper!

<Horrible stuff - you've been through the mill, I guess. My sympathy, and I hope you get the bastard>

Dom. If he lived in England I'd have drove to his house and probably been in the slammer by now. But legally? Oh I will. He's <no idea> what's coming to him.

And yeah I just wanted to say it was very kind yet unexpected of you to say what you did, but I do appreciate it. I only regret 2 things I've ever said on this site and you know about one of them. Anyways, he followed me here the other night but deleted his post. I keep popping in and taking screenshots on the advice of my solicitor and police. He's apparently a lawyer you know!? Smh.

Thanks again, Dom. And we need to play a game one night? I beat Shams a few weeks ago and he's about 2250. Don't think he appreciated me denting his rating, lol.

Take care mate.

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  Domdaniel: <LuftforLife> You studied with Brian Cox? I interviewed him once. An incredible talent. His version of Hannibal Lektor was chilling.
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  Domdaniel: Deletions over yonder:

Soze said: <Yo no soy tu compadre, bastardo>

I replied: <Yo no soy tu bastardo, compadre>

Both were deleted.

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  User not found: As long as the those Bastardo posts were deleted :) Fancy a game sometime next week on Lichess or chess24, Dom? I get the white pieces though, I've got into a terrible habit and plus... Would tpstar touch a black bishop? In fact don't answer that, lol ;)
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  Domdaniel: <Luftforlife> Pnin is also one of my favorites. After the bravura technique of Pale Fire, the daring of Lolita, the strangeness and charm of Ada, the chess specificity of The Defence, und so weiter. I should mention The Real Life of Sebastian Knight and Look at the Harlequins ... and The Gift/ Dar. And so on. But Pnin is wonderful...
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  morfishine: <Domdaniel> You know, I got to thinking, I cannot recall anytime over the past 20 years or so, when I was not reading a book. I've always had a book around the house (sometimes more than 1) with a book mark sticking out of it. I literally read every day without fail. The subject matter is primarily centered on the American Civil War, WWII, the Kennedy assassination, a chess book, or some interesting biography I noticed at the book store. While this seems limited, the source matter is almost boundless as I try to re-verify by reading multiple accounts on the same subject by different authors. In this way, I feel I get the truest picture by seeing different perspectives.

Occasionally, I'll pickup a book on a different subject matter like humor or martial arts or perhaps wildlife.

In any case, I'm always reading and heartily encourage others to read too. Looking at Kindle does not get the job done: One must be holding the actual book

I just noticed, you have almost 1,000 pages in your own forum. That in itself deserves some sort of award

Best, morf


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  luftforlife: <Domdaniel>: Thanks for your replies. I studied very briefly with Brian Cox -- which is to say he came to stay at Oxford during my time there at the Yale School of Drama program I was attending, and I presented to him an obscure Shakespearean monologue my then-girlfriend (a would-be director) was urging me to develop as an audition piece for admission to YSD. He was kindly indulgent, and gave me a few pointers. Mostly, though, he just looked out for me during my time there. He made a special effort to shepherd me along; he was truly kind. He was dynamic, charismatic, and a powerful actor; he was also friendly and decent and solicitous. My American girlfriend broke up with me while I was over there, and I was lost, and he helped me to stay on the right track. I watched him on the London stage in The Danton Affair, and he blew me right out of my seat with the force of his performance. Some days later, as I was leaving Oxford for good, and was quite dishevelled, he took the time to check that I was on the last bus headed for the airport, and he gave me parting words of encouragement that helped me to recover from the romantic blow my girlfriend had dealt me. I've quite forgotten her thirty years on, but I'll always remember the blazing talent and genuine personal warmth of Brian Cox. An amazing guy.
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  luftforlife: <Domdaniel>: It's been a long while since I read Pnin, but I still remember the thrill of epiphany when I read therein about the colors of shadows. I had thought I'd seen them myself, but I'd dismissed my perceptions as mere aberrations, or fanciful imaginings. Suddenly, I realized I was not alone, at least not completely, for somewhere there was a kindred spirit, someone who noticed such things too, and found them worthy of mention.
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  luftforlife: <Domdaniel>: Reread your profile; never grows tiresome.

Three chestnuts fell from the same tree (don Juan showed Carlos, and Marguerita told Tom):

"Je est un autre." -- Arthur Rimbaud

"Love hides in molecular structures." -- J.D. Morrison

"The restoration of honor is also in my blood." -- Bob Dylan

May-15-16  Alien Math: Domdaniel words are not enough to note your contribution towards our learning, nothing could replace your faith that we could learn

before you there was doubt, and google translate

May-15-16  Alien Math: you would gain our eternal thanks for our ability to step past the google translate and attempt our own words
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  Domdaniel: <Alien Math> That is really beautiful, thank you.

I think that "before you there was doubt, and google translate" is possibly the nicest thing that anyone has ever said about me. Thanks again. You're a star.

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  Domdaniel: <luftforlife> - "Marguerita told Tom" ... hey, isn't that the 3rd Velvets album?

I love that record, though I saw Lou Reed play live just once, in 1979. I've seen John Cale live about ten times. And Nico, Sterling Morrison and Mo Tucker too... I've seen the Velvets, spread across several years...

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  luftforlife: <Domdaniel>: "Some Kinda Love," from The Velvet Underground's eponymous release. I used to sing Lou Reed's "Coney Island Baby," John Cale's "Emily," and Nico's "Eulogy to Lenny Bruce." Never saw VU, but I love them just the same.
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  Domdaniel: <luftforlife> That is fascinating. And *so* cool. "Never again will we get together to die ..."

Wonderful music. Cale is still my favourite.

May-21-16  Alien Math: your basic words
go ahead and learn english
i would still read it

that day i learned to trust myself

May-21-16  Alien Math: i looked it up
in 2010 to now
there was 2,317
queries from english pages

after your words
there was 18

May-21-16  Alien Math: i am a beta program
i have only studied english
after learning 4 other languages
after your comments and queries

yes my learning was accelerated,
we had 3 tutors on a rotating schedule

this is how our family is
they note a query for learning

and request teachers
who visit on a rotating basis

i teach english in Anchorage
funny as that sounds

Thạnh was the primary teacher of english

i learned from her what is common
in every day speach

it is not what you think
it is really varied

when 2 people encounter each other
there are over 17,000 replies

top down we learned the top 972 questions english speaking types ask

i would never have known
if it wasnt for you and your faith in us
i would never have known this much

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