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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):

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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 27863 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-22-16 chessforum (replies)
Domdaniel: The three-L lllama may be Welch The four-L llllama is a belch...
   Aug-17-16 Domdaniel chessforum
Domdaniel: <I'm sure Dom doesn't want this here> Are you *insane*, Markovic? Of course I want it here... In my day, the forces of Law & Ordure were known as <Old Bill>, <Ancient William>, <Fuzzies>, etc etc. These days they seem to be known as 'Shades'. Or so I hear.
   Aug-17-16 Svidler vs W So, 2016
Domdaniel: In the 1970s/80s, 2.Nc3 was the main line in the Reversed Dragon. From the 1990s on, 2.g3 (the Kosten variation/ the Accelerated Dragon reversed)... but the line here is a transposition to the original line.
   Aug-17-16 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
Domdaniel: <ljfyffe> -- < the former not having appreciated the gravity of the situation.> But, hey... Gravity won't pull you thru.
   Aug-17-16 R Beer vs Grob, 1966 (replies)
Domdaniel: Re: seeing the win when you get there: In this case, I reckon most people would "get there" -- the alternatives aren't very promising.
   Aug-17-16 Louis Stumpers (replies)
Domdaniel: <al wazir> -- < it looks as if Riesel was ahead of me > That's nothing - I've 'discovered' large chunks of 18th century maths. I once even 'invented' Bernoulli numbers, about 300 years after Bernoulli. And don't get me started on Euler, who repeatedly pipped me to the ...
   Aug-17-16 R Quinn vs G Jones, 2012
Domdaniel: 24.axb6 Rxd4 loses a piece. White is worse in all variations. I first met these two players in a club match around 2008. Gawain, not unreasonably, was playing board 1 for the Ennis team; I faced Rory Quinn on board 2, and somehow won after mutual errors.
   Aug-14-16 Steffen Zeuthen (replies)
Domdaniel: 'Personally', I mean. Anyway, wasn't mauve dye invented by some Victorian chemist around 1860?
   Aug-14-16 Topalov vs Aronian, 2016 (replies)
Domdaniel: <norami> - <See what Bolt can do> Run fast, I hear?
   Aug-14-16 R Wojtaszek vs Bologan, 2016
Domdaniel: <posoo> You know you're an idiot, don't you?
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  User not found: I've been meaning to come speak to you about something you said about opiates at some point earlier this year, but I'll understand if you don't want to address it on this site now knowing who's about, and what he'll be ,calling you due to ignorance.

In the meantime, have you heard of an author called Donald Goines? He wrote crime novels, brilliant writer and like your favorite author William Burroughs II (At least I think he's your favorite?) was addicted to heroin.

Check this mini doc when you have the time, mate. It's good and Donald Goines is a really interesting character..

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  Domdaniel: <User nf> No, I never heard of Goines that I remember. I'll check him out, though.

Wm Burroughs is far from my favorite writer these days. All in all, I think he was a vicious bastard who needlessly and drunkenly shot his wife, and treated several other people badly as well. Was he a 'great' writer? Well, maybe, in some ways... but I wouldn't want to follow him.

In my own opiate days (aha, an admission!) I maybe had a higher opinion of Burroughs. But not now. And apart from one or two early books, he's hard to re-read.

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  Domdaniel: I reckon my favorite writer is still Thomas Pynchon, whom I first read in the 1970s. I've just reread 'Inherent Vice' (and watched the movie). His other great books include V, The Crying of Lot 49, Gravity's Rainbow, Vineland, Mason & Dixon, Against the Day, Bleeding Edge.

Other brilliant writers that I like: M. John Harrison, William Gibson, David Foster Wallace, Hannu Rajaniemi, J.L. Borges (and others)...

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  Domdaniel: ... and Jack Womack (Elvissy, Terraplane, etc.) ...

Also: Christine Brooke-Rose, William Burroughs, B.S. Johnson, Kathy Acker, Iain Banks, Samuel R. Delany, et al.

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  Domdaniel: RIP, Viktor Korchnoi.

I saw Korchnoi play at a simultaneous in Dublin in the 1980s. I was present as a spectator - for some stupid reason I chose not to play myself against him. I wish I had.

My rating had recently gone above 2000, and I thought I was too good to play in a simul. Dumb.

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  User not found: Oh Dom. Dom Dom Dom Dom Dom. Did you see the game last night?? Did you see that 93rd minute goal? I broke down. It broke my heart! We were brilliant mate, I was really proud of the teams but the fans just let us down... <again!>. The French and Russian fans along with the <French police> ganged up on us, they waited for us, they provoked us, but I still can't defend the indefensible. On a positive note we were brilliant and today the Irish play. Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, both the same to me so I hope you get a result. Today I am Irish.

93rd minute though! :(

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  Domdaniel: <User not Huck Finn> I didn't, ackshully. I watched Wales vs Slovakia (a surprisingly good game, and a fine result) as well as most of Switzerland vs Albania (boring). Then I figured I'd had enough football for the day.

I missed the excitement. England deserved to win, but the Putinoids nicked a late one. (I remember 1988, when Ireland beat England and drew with the Russians, and still didn't make the next round).

Oh well. Still a lot to play for. And I must say it's good to see Wales on top of the group. Bale's goal was a beauty.

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  Domdaniel: <Mark> Just watched a poor Northern Ireland lose 1-0 to a marginally less poor Poland. Maybe they were over-awed by the occasion, or something. I dunno. But it wasn't a good game, and neither side impressed.

I hope the Republic do better tomorrow vs Sweden.

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  Domdaniel: First Korchnoi, then Kopec. Are they killing off the Ko--- players?

Or just players I respect?

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  Domdaniel: I'm so disappointed by Russia. Hell, no, I'm *disgusted* by Russia, and by what it has become under Putin -- wars in Georgia and Ukraine, vile anti-gay legislation at home, the promotion of dumb nationalism, football hooligans running riot across Europe (and idiot politicians praising them for being 'real men') ...

How are the mighty fallen. During the Gorbachev era of the USSR and the early years of an independent Russian state, I had a great admiration for Russia. Even before that -- in 1972, Spassky was such a deep thinker, a cultured figure, compared to Fischer (who liked comic books and rock music and already held dodgy opinions).

The great USSR chess champions - Botvinnik, Smyslov, Tal, Petrosian, Spassky - deserved respect.

As did 'Russians' and representatives of the USSR in other fields: writers from Dostoyevsky and Nabokov to Yevtushenko and Solzhenitsyn, artists like Tatlin, plus mathematicians, physicists, engineers, rocketeers, poets, musicians, etc.

Over all else, there was the fact that Soviet Russia had an idealistic core, a heart. It might have been distorted by Stalin's monstrosities or Brezhnev's inertia, but the USSR still stood for something. Russia today does not. Apart from ugly nationalism.

I am saddened and disgusted by what has happened to Russia. Not even the skill of Svidler and Kramnik can compensate.

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  User not found: <Domdaniel: <Mark> Just watched a poor Northern Ireland lose 1-0 to a marginally less poor Poland.>

Yeah I saw it. I think Northern Ireland have done the equivalent of winning the tournament by even qualifying. I think it's their first tournament since Mexico86 when the lovely Billy Bingham was the manager, they actually had a few decent players back then too! I've got you mixed up with another Irishman before (!? Sorry X) so are you from Northern Ireland or the Republic? And don't sleep on Poland just yet Dom. They have 2 brilliant strikers, I wouldn't write them off just yet.

<Maybe they were over-awed by the occasion, or something. I dunno.>

I think they're just not very good. I hate to put it as harshly as that but it's true. In qualifying they played some very good games and looked like a compact little side.

<But it wasn't a good game, and neither side impressed. I hope the Republic do better tomorrow vs Sweden.>

Well it wasn't to be but I wouldn't write the Republic off just yet either. They're better than Northern Ireland. In fact after watching the France Albania game last night I have to say Northern Ireland are the worst team in the tournament. Albania did a job on France for 75 minutes, they just got worn down by a better side. Albania are marginally better than Northern Ireland.

I don't know whether like me you watch <all> the games (well okay, I've missed 2 so far but I won't miss another) but it's not exactly been a brilliant tournament thus far. Nothing like Braznil14, probably the best football tournament in my lifetime although if Sir Alex Ferguson said italia90 was better I won't disagree. Plus ENGLAND should have won that WC. So near but yet so far.

Once the Euro's are over I'll be back to talk to you because I've been meaning to come see you for ages, but everytime I'm on this site I get sidetracked because of the Brazil nut. I wanted to speak to you about something you said earlier this year, something that I'm interested in your experiences in, I'll leave it at that for now but I'll be back mate.

Good luck to both Irish teams but C'MON ENGLAND!! I 🇫🇴🇫🇴🇫🇴

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  User not found: Just forget all my football predictions from now on, lol. Well done to the Irish last night, played really well.
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  Domdaniel: <User nf> Well, N. Irl certainly came out with, er, guns blazing in the 2nd game. And the Republic, having looked good against Sweden, came up short against a Belgian side with something to prove. Ouch. I'd actually have agreed with you about N. Ireland being weak after the 1st game, but not now. Turkey were crap v Spain -- or maybe Spain were brilliant. Or a bit of both.

Funny how potential winners are already zeroing in on the usual suspects --- Spain, Italy, Germany, France as favourites, with Belgium and Portugal behind, and England as long shots. Nobody else, I reckon.

BTW, Mark -- about 25 years ago I was on a ferry between Dublin and Holyhead (I think), talking to an English woman who asked me this immortal question: "Er, is Northern Ireland the top bit or the bottom bit?"

I live in Cork, in the bottom of the bottom bit. A bum deal, but a great place to live.

Aug-15-16  mckmac: Domdaniel,

One more year lurches by with no proper apology from me to you. I make that now.

Matthew McKinnell

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Mosdef word to you momma

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  User not found: LMAO! How do you even know who Mosdef is, Jeff?? Lol. I hope I'm not making a fool of myself for once, we all know that never usually happens, but Mosdef is a rapper! Is that who you meant, Jeff?
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Everyone knows Mosdef because he's current- but do you remember white rapper Vanilla Ice? The Ice is forgotten but his "tag line" remains:

Then there was "Snow" the white rapper from Toronto with his monster (Canadian) hit INFORMER:

But as you well know, for white rappers, accept no substitute:


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OOPS forgot the one white rapper even cooler than Eminem:

<Triumph of the Ill>

H-I...T L E R Driving down the street in the fancy car...

There's a party up at Schindler's and I'm on his A- list

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  User not found: Oh man!! If you're blonde, under 35 and single you're probably my perfect chick, stop it now Jeff?! Lol. You know as much as I do about the things I'm passionate about, football and hip-hop (no Beatles no wedding? Lol).

I'm sure Dom doesn't want this here but have a listen. LL cool J is Eminem, the least successful white rapper's, favourite rapper.. LL's on Shade45 which is Eminem's radio station and he rings up pretending to be called Jason from Miami. LL tells Jason he's good and should write his own stuff before "Jason!" asks if he can rap one of his own songs... It's classic check it out

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<UHF Channel> That's a great phone call to be sure. I followed some other links to <Eminem> prank calls and they confirm his humour and just how clever he is.

This tribute combo with Dre is my favorite Eminem video:

UNCENSORED VERSION so put ear plugs in or some such.

Detroit Way! Detroit Way!

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  User not found: I love that tune Jeff and it's a long time since I've heard it too. Eminem wrote Dr Dre's verse too (Dr Dre has never written a song in his life) but he wrote it to Jay-Z-s 'Ain't no ninja' track which is absurd and shouldn't even be possible. Jay-Z got wind of it and invited him to do a verse on his upcoming album called Blueprint. He said Eminem walked in with a bullet proof vest on, laid his vocals and left. That song was called Renegade, it's the most popular and critically acclaimed guest verse in hip-hop history and Jay never called him for another verse, haha. Jay-Z's got pride, everyone knows he got destroyed by a white boy (he was only 27ish at the time) on his own track.
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  Domdaniel: Hey, there, <user NF>, my friend: a note on the "perfect chickitude" of <Jeffica> ... sort of.

*Obviously* this young lady is *totally perfect*. She's been totally perfect for years and years.

I myself have been madly in lurv with Jeffica for a very long time. She is clearly a totally brill & wonderful member of the 'sex' that is supposedly 'opposite' to the one you and I belong to.

Truly, Maaaadly, Dweeeebly.

Jeffica is Perfectitude.

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  Domdaniel: <mckmac> No apology required, yanno? You've always been one of the good guys...
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  Domdaniel: Another great writer: Peter Watts.

Not only Canadian, but smart.

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  Domdaniel: <I'm sure Dom doesn't want this here> Are you *insane*, Markovic? Of course I want it here...

In my day, the forces of Law & Ordure were known as <Old Bill>, <Ancient William>, <Fuzzies>, etc etc. These days they seem to be known as 'Shades'. Or so I hear.

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