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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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FIN de Partie

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

   Domdaniel has kibitzed 25655 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-19-14 Kibitzer's Café
Domdaniel: I guess Wayne is more *normal* than the rest of us... too normal to be true, maybe.
   Dec-19-14 Domdaniel chessforum
Domdaniel: Or Lolysses S. Grant? Lolliam McKinley? Lolvin Coolidge? (aka Silent Lol).
   Dec-19-14 Bronstein vs Petrosian, 1956
Domdaniel: With 17...Bxc3! Petrosian crosses White's attacking plans on both wings. Clearly a queenside push with b4 is no longer possible, and a kingside advance with g4 is harder to sustain.
   Dec-18-14 The World vs Naiditsch, 2014 (replies)
   Dec-17-14 Chistiakov vs Petrosian, 1956
Domdaniel: A wonderful game, featuring one of Petrosian's finest exchange sacs. Chistiakov knew his way around the French - one of the most popular lines in the Tarrasch is named for him - but here he seems bamboozled.
   Dec-17-14 Muskietorz vs Salt, 1958 (replies)
Domdaniel: Didn't Mussolini get Italian neutrons to run on time?
   Dec-17-14 W Forster vs B Latimer, 2007
Domdaniel: An interesting opening line, which can also arise after 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 a6 etc. But White makes a serious error with 15.c3?, allowing the tactical blow 15...Qxb2 (if 16.Qxb2 Nxd3+ is winning). But then Black returns the favour with an error of his own: 17...d4 looks ...
   Dec-17-14 Salt (replies)
Domdaniel: Muskietorz don't bite.
   Dec-17-14 L Barden vs J Penrose, 1959 (replies)
Domdaniel: <Phony B> 'Penrose Garden' was also my first thought, though I never much liked the song.
   Dec-17-14 chessforum (replies)
Domdaniel: <Shams> -- < Smash I say, smash.> There's oil, damned oil, and hydraulics.
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  Annie K.: Heh, close: Batkhuyag Munguntuul
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  Domdaniel: But does Batkhuyag go to the movies?
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  Domdaniel: Calculation: it's 02.30am here. If I try to sleep now, I *may* be awake when later Klus arrive. Unlike the past few days, when I stayed up late and missed several klus in the morning.

Can't win, of course. But one can try.

Dec-14-14  Alien Math: Cheered, gained access to the advanced ESL course, thanks in part to <Domdaniel> and <Annie K.> for your support,

Might break the basic simple English that I favor when tired or after a long day,

Hope you can get enough rest <Domdaniel> the rest of the clues could be waiting

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  Annie K.: <Hanh> that's great news, congrats. :)

<Dom> is there a problem with your phone?

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  Domdaniel: <A> Not a problem, rilly, just a lapse of memory. Forgot to turn the thing on.
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  Domdaniel: Congrats again to SwitchingQuylthulg, who can now retire for this year.

<MAJ> has a supercomputer full of arcane DB search routines. <kevinatcausa> is very good at puzzles. But <Switch> seems to know every game of chess ever played... as well as being very good at puzzles and having some arcane search routines up his sleeve.

Me, I'm just a slowcoach.

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  Domdaniel: <chancho> Thanks for the good wishes, but I'd need to get lucky -- I've currently got a slow laptop and net connection that takes forever to load a page, and regularly drops out completely. Useless in a race.

And in the more cryptic klus, there are several very good solvers around.

Still, never say die, and all that.

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  Domdaniel: Aargh! I thought I had klu #30 but my comp froze up. And BVer got there ahead of me.

That, I think, is enough for today. Not much pickings in the last 24 hours.

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  MostlyAverageJoe: First, thanks for the kind note. I have a nice snapshot capturing about 2/3 of the banner, right where I slipped :-)

This idea of staying in retirement is quite taxing. I never saw klu#30, but, out of curiosity, I tested how long it would take me to write a program to brute-force the solution (test unfinished, got called for dinner).

Anyhow, about 7-10 minutes estimated. Solving by hand might be more efficient, except now I have the framework and replacing predicates is a breeze, so it will be really hard to refrain from grabbing another klu of this type, if it appears while I am online.

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  Domdaniel: Embarrassing. The cartoons in Klu #32 didn't load quickly enough, so I assumed that the heading "It's a small world" was the whole thing.

And off I went, checking short games by the world, or played in the world open or world championships ... checking planets and moons ('small world' - it seems Arno Nickel has played both Pluto and Venus). And anagrams ... Soltis mall draw?

Und so weiter. And so useless.

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  chancho: <It's a Small World> is a song and boat ride at Disney.

(I was at Disneyland Paris in 2013.)

The idea that the cartoons were lined up as a Chinese Zodiac, and you had to solve it via math, pretty much spelled out for me that I was not going to solve the darn thing.

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  Domdaniel: Hmm. Apart from the credit to Jessica on the Korean number klu, I see no sign of puzzles submitted by kibitzers. Did nobody pass muster? Or are they saving the best wine for last?
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: Speak of the rabbit...

I submitted one klu, but I strongly suspect it won't be used. Too difficult :)

Though seeing how fast most klus have been solved, and given <cg> would probably like to have some that stay up a little longer, perhaps that shouldn't have been a problem.

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  OhioChessFan: I was so put off the last 2 years I didn't bother to re-submit any.
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  OhioChessFan: No lol-ing allowed.

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  WannaBe: How fast can rescuer get there before the poor bastard drowns?!!?

Also, will send you an email about 3 days (for me, at least) before the clue appears. So don't give up hopes, yet.

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  OhioChessFan: 2 years ago, they did none after promising. Last year they did 1 of about 7 I submitted, without warning, and a bunch of poor hints that ruined the original clue, in my estimation.
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  WannaBe: <OCF> Don't quit/give up, it's a learning process for CG, too. =))
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  OhioChessFan: Wait'll next year. Maybe.
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  Domdaniel: <Ohio> "If you see someone drowning -- LOL".

Insane, obviously, if taken in that sense. But many of the LOLs on this site are no less inane.

I'm continually baffled as to why anyone, in kibitzing on a game, should regard a good, bad, unusual or original move as an excuse to laugh.

Haven't they heard of *awe*?

As the John Wayne story (apocryphal) put it, Wayne spoke a line of dialog ("Surely this man is the son of God") rather woodenly, and the director asked him to try again, "with more awe".

Wayne complied. "Aww, surely this man is the son of God".

But I digress. A plague upon Lollards.

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  OhioChessFan: How lolicious. If he was a President, he'd be Lollard Fillmore.
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  Domdaniel: <Ohio> Not Lolliam Jefferson Clinton? Or, more to the point, Ohio native Lolliam H. Taft?
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  Domdaniel: Or Lolysses S. Grant? Lolliam McKinley? Lolvin Coolidge? (aka Silent Lol).
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