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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

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. 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 24582 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-19-14 Tal vs Benko, 1959
Domdaniel: I'm reluctant to query Dr Schiller on opening classification ... but, while this is certainly a Hyper-accelerated Dragon, as he says, the position can also arise from a Pirc or a Schmid Benoni.
   Apr-18-14 Annie K. chessforum (replies)
Domdaniel: <Alien Math> Annie's advice on English is very good. I see that you said "I will make mistakes" -- this use of 'I' is excellent ... and, in time, you will learn not to make mistakes. Good luck!
   Apr-18-14 Domdaniel chessforum
Domdaniel: Twenty-plus years ago, the first time I met Gibson, was a hoot. We looked alike - skinny guys with floppy hair and glasses - and we were dressed alike - black leather jackets, dark clothes. The publisher's PR person had trouble keeping a straight face. WG and I were both amused, ...
   Apr-18-14 N Dzagnidze vs Adams, 2013
Domdaniel: <perf> Being annihilated by Tal is no shame, of course -- though it may point to the essential soundness, or otherwise, of the opening. I largely gave up on the Benoni after an annihilation by Ray Keene ... not quite in the same league, I admit. Though I'm thinking of trying
   Apr-17-14 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
Domdaniel: < I would not rate the odds on Putin dying of natural causes as better than 50-50.> This is wishful thinking. In the foreseeable future, a major disturbance in Russia is unlikely.
   Apr-17-14 chessforum (replies)
Domdaniel: I like AVG and McAfee (bias alert: a member of my chess club team works for McAfee!). I'm a bit wary when somebody says that they "detest" some particular software - Chrome, in this case. If we're trying to evaluate these things rationally, then detestation is probably ...
   Apr-16-14 Wesley So (replies)
Domdaniel: <jb> yes, lower case.
   Apr-16-14 Kasparov vs Ivanchuk, 1995
Domdaniel: Exquis.
   Apr-14-14 M Basman vs Keene, 1968
Domdaniel: <davide2013> See the '!' after black's 24th and 26th moves? They count as notes, seemingly. Perhaps they shouldn't.
   Apr-14-14 L Josteinsson vs Petursson, 1984 (replies)
Domdaniel: Three billionths of a nanosecond, like <perf>. They don't really get any easier than this. Without meaning to sound condescending or superior, I'm interested in those who found this difficult. Is it some general tactical difficulty, or some unique feature of this position? ...
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  Domdaniel: <A> A *plainer Dom* might consider that it *ran a mag* ... if upset, as it were.
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  Annie K.: :D Heh, ok, you get the full point for that one. Your reward will be an -- (I know how you love those...) --


If you don't care for lice
Or chasing after mice
Then never get your hice
From a guy named Ed Trice.


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  Domdaniel: Good old Topsy, eh? Whatever became of him and his bunny rabbit chums, Flopsy, Mopsy and Triceratops?

I guess he wasn't so memorable after all...

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  Domdaniel: "Rejoice! A choice slice of hice ... a crisis, nice for the vice of Zeiss and Fleiss, no dice, brown rice, call the, eh, police..."
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  Domdaniel: NB. Strictly no hidden message. Just words, is all.
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  Annie K.: ...and words are your business... :)
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  OhioChessFan: <So, then, eh. Did you return the money? And, um, where did you do the, uh, other business?">

I gave it to the Monied Lad. The other business was Demon Laid.

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  jessicafischerqueen: <There is no Lundin-Smyslov 1956 in the results because that game was played in 1954>


What's up <Dom>? Thanks for your humor on the front page, though I noticed some maths there earlier that was apparently self-deleted.

I think <John Barleycorn> maybe wanted to keep his complaint about "correction slips" front and center.

QUESTION: On average, how many just words come from the mouths of Irish judges?

I only know about Korean judges. They are free to give the harshest penalties against white collar criminals, which are never actually enacted because the President can "pardon" at will.

And he does. Of course now he is a she, so maybe the jury's still out.

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  Domdaniel: <Jess> -- < how many just words come from the mouths of Irish judges? > Too many, I think. This used to bug me -- that the more eccentric but highly quotable judges tended to get reported in the media -- which was sometimes far more trouble for the guilty party than the actual fine or sanction imposed by the court.

An example. Many years ago, two friends of mine were 'up' for a minor dope offense. They were fined about £10, which should have been the end of the matter. But no - the judge had to go into a riff along the lines of "Heh, it's no worse than the drink, really, but if you keep it up you'll be dead by the age of 30", which was reported in the media under the headline "Drugs Men get Death warning". Which was then picked up by local papers in their hometowns. And both guys ended up leaving the country due to family pressure etc.

It always struck me as deeply unfair. Of course the state is entitled to fine them, or whatever the sanction may be. But the fact that a 'quotable' judge should lead to a media soundbite and a whole extra layer of punishment just seems wrong.

This happened to *real* friends, btw, not me in disguise. I'm too smart to get caught. Also (hello there, monitor software!) I don't ever break the law these days.

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  jessicafischerqueen: <Dom>

What a horrifying story.

A lenient, yet fatuous judge, and a populace behaving as if they've never understood a <Sinead O'Connor> record.

I suppose it's as if she never existed now.

This wasn't written by Sinead, but I think it's on topic viz your story:

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  Domdaniel: Until late in 2012, I had copies of about 75% of my games, dating back to 1974. Then I lost most of them in a fire, which destroyed two computers along with many original scoresheets. Last week, moving house again, I somehow managed to 'lose' most of the surviving scores. As of now, I have maybe 5 scoresheets (!) plus another 20 games in this or other online databases.

So it goes.

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  waustad: <dom>I may still own many scores, but I'm such a slob that I couldn't find them without kicking us so much dust that I'd be in the hospital (asthma). I may regret this and I often nuke posts like this but, I really need to move into:

1.) a better climate - the last winter in North America, at least Ohio, was brutal 2.) a place where somebody else has to deal with repairs and such - my house is well over 100 years old and repairs don't last long and it always needs work 3.) I need somebody to come in and clean, I'm a hopeless slob on my own and if I know somebody's coming I'll try to keep it together a bit more 4.) a working dishwasher - I love to cook but just do enough to keep me fed because I hate to clean.

The joys of being a 60 something lifer bachelor. I used to even cook professionally so I do make good food when my life is together.

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  Domdaniel: <waustad> I understand, believe me. I've also turned into a hopeless slob - yet I wasn't always like this. I used to cook quite well, too - but these days the lure of the microwave and the takeaway tends to win out.

All the climates are changing anyway. We've had a succession of cold, wet winters and mostly poor summers.

Or maybe complaining is an essential element of the 50/60-something condition?

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  waustad: Now Kasparov is in Ireland. That adds to the likelyhood of some really foolish press commentary. Not because it's Ireland, but because most journalists haven't a clue about chess. Have you seen anything really funny?
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  Domdaniel: <waustad> Kasparov's Ireland visit - to Dublin - coincided with the Cork Masters tournament, near to where I live. So I didn't pay much attention to Gazza, apart from watching his TV interview -- in which nothing of any great interest took place. Though I heard that he had cancelled an earlier event with chess-playing schoolkids because he wanted to conserve his energy for the TV show. This, as you might imagine, did not go down well.
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  Domdaniel: I've been looking at <Frogspawn> past again ...

<I have noticed (I had an e-mail from a young fan with a doctorate in astrology (and golf course design!!)) that the SKY is BLUE (with clouds) ... I was NOT aware of this ... when I was a young COP the sky was NOT blue, it had NO COLOR ... Color was brung into this by LIBERAL pants-wetters who'd be happy to see AMERICAN SKIES TURN YELLOW!!!>

... is this "humor", or what?

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  Domdaniel: <... is this "humor", or what?> It's what.
Or, to quote a certain lifemaster, "whatever".
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  Alien Math: A finding of Author: William Gibson
with list of Fiction Series, Novels, Collections, Nonfiction, Shortfiction, Poems, Essays, Reviews, Interviews

site include other books/writings to find

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  Domdaniel: Some additional annotations: ('smile', 'neutral' and 'sad' are smileys) ...

<smile> (I should resign here, but I'm playing on to annoy you)

<neutral> (I admire you for keeping a straight face when I play you)

<sad> (I thought this won when I played it, but I've now seen your reply)

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  Alien Math: <Domdaniel> With some embarrass, express lack of English language usage as several here might note,

Mine self type thoughts express an agreement, how to provide that towards English? her are, her or, her and, both appear as possible Google Translates, yet your findings of her recommends as inaccurate,

Here only one of few times attempt to English translated for communicate, as her rely on sisters comments for most responds or Google Translate, should the category of with myself thoughts be inflated to i thinks? sorry to intrude

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  Alien Math: alternate incident, finding William Gibson author is a bonus any when, One of i favorites for authors
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  Domdaniel: <Alien Math> Yes, my old friend William Gibson is a brilliant writer. About ten years ago, we used to look very similar, so he called me "that handsome man". But now I think we've diverged.

As for English usage, if you want to give your own opinion, it is generally better to say "I", as in "I think...". Saying "her" instead is awkward.

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  Annie K.: <But now I think we've diverged.>

Yeah, Gibson doesn't look so good anymore. :(

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  Domdaniel: <Annie> Yes, William seems to have lost some hair, and I haven't. But of course he's about ten years older than me.
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  Domdaniel: Twenty-plus years ago, the first time I met Gibson, was a hoot. We looked alike - skinny guys with floppy hair and glasses - and we were dressed alike - black leather jackets, dark clothes. The publisher's PR person had trouble keeping a straight face. WG and I were both amused, though I was also embarrassed in case he thought it was a deliberate act of impersonation. But we then spent some time discussing whether the similarity was due to genes (his putative Irish ancestors) or memes (my adherence to certain cultural norms). The fact that I'd been trying to write fiction not unlike his was a further source of confusion.
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