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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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* "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 26729 times to chessgames   [less...]
   Nov-30-15 jessicafischerqueen chessforum
Domdaniel: Catch, definition of, Dom's Lemma. 1.01. Let <The Ball> be a minor satellite of a planet inhabited by <Players>. 1.02. If <The Ball>, under strictly Newtonian-Einsteinian conditions, seems about to collide with the planet, a player may interpose their body. ...
   Nov-30-15 Bacrot vs C Bauer, 2014
Domdaniel: Interesting game. 7...Bb6, inviting 8.Nd6+, is seen much less often than the usual 7...Bc7 -- yet it does quite well in practice.
   Nov-30-15 Topalov vs A Kakageldyev, 1993
Domdaniel: Apart, that is, from the fact that it 'only' wins a piece, and Black is already quite lost anyway...
   Nov-30-15 Tal vs Hjartarson, 1987
Domdaniel: This really is an incredible game by Tal. Remember that Hjartarson, around the same time, was strong enough to qualify for the Candidates matches - but Tal bamboozles him after the astonishing Rc5!! As some people here have said -- the honest ones -- moves like this simply aren't ...
   Nov-30-15 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
Domdaniel: <chessthomas> There is no such thing as a very nice mate in one.
   Nov-30-15 Baburin vs M Schwarz, 1996
Domdaniel: Schwarz (Black) goes horribly wrong...
   Nov-30-15 Korchnoi vs A Muzychuk, 2009
Domdaniel: <cristoff> -- <indeed he is a looser!> Anyone who spells the word 'loser' with two o's is not a winner but a whiner.
   Nov-29-15 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
Domdaniel: <perf> Yes, not to mention the brilliant Tal vs Hjartarson, 1987 -- which is tactically very profound, and yet not quite in the style of the early Tal: there are plenty of positional themes before he lets the tactics loose. Carlsen vs Tal, I reckon, is just another of those ...
   Nov-29-15 Tunc Hamarat
Domdaniel: Tim Harding conducted a good interview with Hamarat in 'Chess Mail' magazine.
   Nov-29-15 E Ekebjerg
Domdaniel: <perf> Aha. Oops. Thanks.
   Nov-29-15 E Nagy vs J F Gibson, 1967
   Nov-29-15 Ju Wenjun vs T Kosintseva, 2013
   Nov-29-15 Vladas Jonovich Mikenas (replies)
   Nov-29-15 Drahoslav Stejskal
   Nov-28-15 A Rosenkilde vs G Jones, 2015
   Nov-27-15 Carlsen vs Dolmatov, 2004
   Nov-27-15 G McCarthy vs J Joyce, 2010
   Nov-27-15 China Chess Kings (2015) (replies)
   Nov-27-15 F Zeller vs R Knaak, 1990
   Nov-27-15 Garry Kasparov (replies)
   Nov-27-15 Vaganian vs V Mikenas, 1970
   Nov-27-15 R Svane vs F Zeller, 2014 (replies)
   Nov-27-15 Jay E Whitehead
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   Nov-26-15 Baburin vs R Polzin, 1992
   Nov-26-15 Padmini Rout
   Nov-26-15 M Turkovic vs B Pill, 1996 (replies)
   Nov-26-15 G Stern vs Shemsi Shala, 2008
   Nov-26-15 Adams vs B Thee, 2013
   Nov-26-15 Capablanca vs S M Ballou, 1915
   Nov-25-15 J Sylvan vs M Antonsen, 1993
   Nov-25-15 Domdaniel chessforum
   Nov-24-15 Morphy vs W R Wills, 1858
   Nov-24-15 Annie K. chessforum (replies)
   Nov-24-15 Anderssen vs Morphy, 1858
   Nov-24-15 E Prie vs M Santo-Roman, 1997 (replies)
   Nov-24-15 McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834
   Nov-24-15 Alexander McDonnell
   Nov-24-15 J Barkhagen vs Topalov, 1990
   Nov-24-15 Herbert Titz (replies)
   Nov-23-15 R Matoewi vs B Kelly, 2008
   Nov-23-15 Baburin vs S Jessel, 2008
   Nov-23-15 Navara vs R Wojtaszek, 2015
   Nov-23-15 Bird vs Horwitz, 1851
   Nov-22-15 Romanov vs Psakhis, 1977 (replies)
   Nov-22-15 B Belokopyt vs W Hasberger, 2005 (replies)
   Nov-22-15 European Team Championship (2015) (replies)
   Nov-21-15 B Finegold vs Gelfand, 1989
   Nov-21-15 J M Lopez Martinez vs S Collins, 2005
   Nov-21-15 Maia Chiburdanidze
   Nov-21-15 Robert Kempinski
   Nov-21-15 playground player chessforum (replies)
   Nov-21-15 Emory Tate
   Nov-21-15 A Istratescu vs D Sengupta, 2012 (replies)
   Nov-21-15 Keith Arkell
   Nov-20-15 Efstratios Grivas
   Nov-20-15 Valentin Bogdanov
   Nov-20-15 Szen vs H H Boncourt, 1836 (replies)
   Nov-20-15 Short vs G McCarthy, 2011
   Nov-20-15 M Perunovic vs H Stevic, 2015
   Nov-20-15 Johan Teunis Barendregt
   Nov-20-15 chessforum (replies)
   Nov-20-15 Steffen Petersen
   Nov-20-15 Steffen Pedersen
   Nov-20-15 Csom vs A Kuzmin, 1989
   Nov-20-15 Baburin vs A A Lopez, 2005
   Nov-19-15 H Westerinen vs L Mihasi, 2009
   Nov-18-15 D Fridman vs McShane, 2015 (replies)
   Nov-18-15 Short vs H Melkumyan, 2015
   Nov-18-15 J Westerberg vs Tkachiev, 2015
   Nov-18-15 perfidious chessforum
   Nov-18-15 Pelletier vs Carlsen, 2005
   Nov-18-15 Kasparov vs S Begun, 1978 (replies)
   Nov-18-15 Big Pawn chessforum (replies)
   Nov-18-15 Carlsen vs Pelletier, 2015 (replies)
   Nov-17-15 Keres vs Lutikov, 1964
   Nov-17-15 Adams vs Aronian, 2015 (replies)
   Nov-17-15 A Goldsmith vs A Prods, 1981 (replies)
   Nov-17-15 Lisitsin vs Korchnoi, 1956
   Nov-17-15 Julius Finn (replies)
   Nov-17-15 Jonny vs Rybka, 2010
   Nov-17-15 Rybka vs Ehlvest, 2007 (replies)
   Nov-17-15 Duchamp vs K Rozic, 1924 (replies)
   Nov-16-15 Marcel Duchamp (replies)
   Nov-16-15 Bagirov vs Gufeld, 1973
   Nov-16-15 Miles vs DeFirmian, 1990 (replies)
   Nov-15-15 I A Horowitz vs Marshall, 1931
   Nov-15-15 Paris Chess Club
   Nov-15-15 Paris
   Nov-15-15 Ray Devenney
   Nov-15-15 J A Campbell vs M Kennefick, 1976
   Nov-15-15 G Philippe vs M Kennefick, 1976
   Nov-15-15 G McCarthy vs M Kennefick, 1977 (replies)
   Nov-15-15 Andres Felipe Gallego Alcaraz
   Nov-15-15 Borislav Ivanov (replies)
   Nov-15-15 J Camacho Collados vs L Valdes, 2015
   Nov-15-15 Marshall vs Burn, 1900
   Nov-14-15 V Cmilyte vs F Steil-Antoni, 2009
   Nov-14-15 Hans-Uwe Kock (replies)
   Nov-14-15 T Kantans vs S Nyysti, 2015 (replies)
   Nov-13-15 A Skripchenko vs Fressinet, 2002 (replies)
   Nov-13-15 European Team Championship (Women) (2015) (replies)
   Nov-13-15 R Edouard vs T Hillarp Persson, 2015
   Nov-13-15 G Jones vs M Godena, 2015
   Nov-13-15 L'Ami vs Hjartarson, 2015 (replies)
   Nov-12-15 Vaganian vs Sveshnikov, 1980
   Nov-12-15 Lasha Janjghava (replies)
   Nov-11-15 Sangeeta Hosea
   Nov-11-15 Timur Sabirov vs M Lootens, 2015
   Nov-11-15 Baburin vs C Daly, 1993
   Nov-11-15 Akash G vs Caruana, 2013
   Nov-11-15 M Vachier-Lagrave vs N Studer, 2015
   Nov-10-15 L Janjghava vs Baburin, 1989
   Nov-10-15 Chekhov vs L Janjghava, 1988
   Nov-10-15 Ehlvest vs Salov, 1984 (replies)
   Nov-09-15 Keres vs Spassky, 1955 (replies)
   Nov-09-15 Speelman vs A A Lopez, 2006
   Nov-09-15 Fedorowicz vs Joel Benjamin, 1976 (replies)
   Nov-09-15 A Minasian vs Adams, 1992
   Nov-08-15 Baburin vs Z Kozul, 2006
   Nov-08-15 Kotronias vs G Franchini, 2005
   Nov-08-15 Spassky vs O'Kelly, 1969
   Nov-08-15 M Pap vs E Gleizerov, 2006
   Nov-08-15 C Kearns vs M Pap, 2012 (replies)
   Nov-07-15 Aron Nimzowitsch (replies)
   Nov-07-15 A W Fox vs C Curt, 1906 (replies)
   Nov-07-15 W So vs Ding Liren, 2015 (replies)
   Nov-07-15 Spassky vs Tal, 1958 (replies)
   Nov-07-15 Spassky vs Korchnoi, 1978
   Nov-07-15 Spassky vs J van Oosterom, 1955 (replies)
   Nov-06-15 Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907 (replies)
   Nov-05-15 Lutikov vs Gurgenidze, 1957
   Nov-05-15 Marshall vs Carlos Torre, 1925
   Nov-04-15 Caruana vs C Flueckiger, 2010 (replies)
   Nov-03-15 A David vs Nakamura, 2012 (replies)
   Nov-02-15 W So vs A Giri, 2010 (replies)
   Nov-02-15 F Berebora vs S Godley, 2013
   Nov-02-15 Baburin vs E Formanek, 1992
   Nov-01-15 V Babula vs A Giri, 2015
   Oct-30-15 John Moles
   Oct-30-15 M O'Cinneide vs A Spice, 1997
   Oct-27-15 Vaganian vs G Forintos, 1975
   Oct-25-15 Miles vs G Wall, 1999
   Oct-25-15 Annie Kappel (replies)
   Oct-25-15 D Dinev vs J McMorrow, 2015
   Oct-25-15 A Baert vs E Sanchez Jerez, 2015
   Oct-25-15 Mamedyarov vs P Koykka, 2015 (replies)
   Oct-05-15 World Cup (2015) (replies)
   Oct-03-15 Svidler vs Karjakin, 2015 (replies)
   Sep-28-15 K O'Mahoney vs B Hasenohr, 2015
   Sep-14-15 Euwe vs Loman, 1923
   Aug-23-15 Sinquefield Cup (2015) (replies)
   Aug-08-15 Nunn vs J Huelsmann, 2015 (replies)
   Aug-07-15 Pavel Asenov vs S Williams, 2015
   Aug-05-15 Biographer Bistro (replies)
   Aug-05-15 Philip Michael Short
   Aug-05-15 E Bankert vs R Ehrler, 2007
   Jul-24-15 scout118 chessforum (replies)
   Jul-13-15 D Justice vs M Sana, 2010
   Jul-12-15 Tiviakov vs R van Kampen, 2015
   Jul-05-15 B Molinari vs L Roux Cabral, 1943 (replies)
   Jun-26-15 Norway Chess (2015) (replies)
   Jun-19-15 Topalov vs Aronian, 2015 (replies)
   Jun-19-15 Carlsen vs Topalov, 2015 (replies)
   Jun-10-15 Grischuk vs Caruana, 2015 (replies)
   Jun-10-15 Alekhine vs James Madison High School, 1932 (replies)
   Jun-07-15 CG Librarian chessforum (replies)
   Jun-07-15 Topalov vs A Guerrero, 2015 (replies)
   Jun-05-15 Ragozin vs Rauzer, 1936
   Jun-02-15 Svidler vs Grischuk, 2010
   May-30-15 S Prokofiev vs M Ravel, 1924 (replies)
   May-30-15 FIDE Grand Prix Khanty-Mansiysk (2015) (replies)
   May-24-15 Van Wely vs J E Armas Gutierrez, 1994
   May-22-15 Keene vs D B Pennycuick, 1964
   May-22-15 Carlos Torre vs Saemisch, 1925
   May-19-15 A Fernandes vs M Orr, 1989
   May-19-15 J Curdo vs J A Rizzitano, 2007
   May-19-15 Wesley So (replies)
   May-18-15 Caruana vs Jobava, 2015 (replies)
   May-17-15 J Traian Iliesco vs M Czerniak, 1943
   May-17-15 L Barczay vs Suttles, 1967
   May-16-15 J Rety vs T C O'Neill, 2008 (replies)
   May-16-15 V Kovacevic vs Seirawan, 1980 (replies)
   May-15-15 Browne vs Robert E Byrne, 1977
   May-12-15 O Castro vs Ivkov, 1978 (replies)
   May-11-15 OhioChessFan chessforum (replies)
   May-11-15 Kasparov vs Short, 2015
   May-11-15 M Stryjecki vs C Carbonell Bofill, 2003
   Apr-28-15 G Mahia vs Quinteros, 1980 (replies)
   Apr-28-15 Colin S Crouch (replies)
   Apr-27-15 C Crouch vs Miles, 1994
   Apr-27-15 G Wall vs C Crouch, 2012
   Apr-27-15 Art Zhao vs D A Yeager, 2011
   Apr-25-15 Diana Mirza
   Apr-12-15 Nakamura vs Onischuk, 2015 (replies)
   Mar-15-15 R Weisshaupt vs Speelman, 2015
   Mar-11-15 Jonathan Speelman (replies)
   Mar-07-15 Karpov vs Topalov, 1994 (replies)
   Mar-03-15 V Laznicka vs O Kobo, 2015
   Mar-02-15 C Portela vs Alekhine, 1926
   Mar-02-15 G Ustinov vs Bronstein, 1970
   Feb-27-15 Shams chessforum (replies)
   Feb-27-15 optimal play chessforum (replies)
   Feb-25-15 A Volokitin vs I Salgado Lopez, 2014 (replies)
   Feb-19-15 Lawrence Trent (replies)
   Feb-19-15 Helgi Ass Gretarsson
   Feb-18-15 E Sollano vs F Rhine, 1977 (replies)
   Feb-17-15 K Spraggett vs F South, 1976 (replies)
   Feb-17-15 Lombardy vs Mednis, 1957
   Feb-16-15 Khalifman vs V Sanduleac, 2008
   Feb-16-15 M Ohme vs B Tuzi, 2014
   Feb-13-15 D E Rumens vs Romanishin, 1976 (replies)
   Feb-13-15 Korchnoi vs Suetin, 1963
   Feb-12-15 F Fargere vs B Socko, 2012
   Feb-11-15 F E Rego vs Rossolimo, 1966
   Feb-11-15 Reti vs A Pokorny, 1923 (replies)
   Feb-10-15 Taimanov vs Kaidanov, 1988
   Feb-09-15 E Flower vs E Williams, 1849
   Feb-09-15 J Kaplan vs Romanishin, 1976
   Feb-09-15 Jan Timman (replies)
   Feb-05-15 Tradewise Gibraltar (2015) (replies)
   Feb-04-15 Myers vs NN, 1985
   Feb-02-15 Alexander Alekhine (replies)
   Feb-02-15 J Vojinovic vs Nakamura, 2015 (replies)
   Feb-02-15 Nakamura vs J Bonin, 1997 (replies)
   Feb-02-15 Nakamura vs N Grandelius, 2015
   Feb-02-15 S P Sethuraman vs T Roussel-Roozmon, 2011
   Feb-02-15 T Nabaty vs Nakamura, 2015
   Feb-01-15 Miles vs L Christiansen, 1987 (replies)
   Feb-01-15 Polugaevsky vs Geller, 1968 (replies)
   Jan-31-15 I Cheparinov vs A Smith, 2015
   Jan-29-15 S Lejlic vs L Bohman, 2015 (replies)
   Jan-27-15 Wojtkiewicz vs A P Law, 1990
   Jan-25-15 Carlsen vs I Saric, 2015 (replies)
   Jan-24-15 Wei Yi vs A Haast, 2015 (replies)
   Jan-24-15 Tata Steel (2015) (replies)
   Jan-24-15 Ding Liren vs Carlsen, 2015 (replies)
   Jan-23-15 R Wojtaszek vs Ding Liren, 2015 (replies)
   Jan-23-15 W So vs I Saric, 2015 (replies)
   Jan-23-15 Carlsen vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2015 (replies)
   Jan-22-15 Aronian vs Svidler, 2014
   Jan-22-15 Ernesto Manzanilla
   Jan-21-15 Carlsen vs Radjabov, 2015 (replies)
   Jan-21-15 Ivanchuk vs Carlsen, 2015 (replies)
   Jan-18-15 Carlsen vs Anand, 2014 (replies)
   Jan-18-15 C Bloodgood vs B Brown, 1969
   Jan-17-15 E van den Doel vs Psakhis, 2002
   Jan-17-15 A Giri vs Ivanchuk, 2015 (replies)
   Jan-16-15 Ding Liren vs Jobava, 2015
   Jan-16-15 Jobava vs W So, 2015 (replies)
   Jan-16-15 N Larter vs G Welling, 2009
   Jan-15-15 N Zajnullina vs N Pogonina, 1996
   Jan-15-15 Ding Liren vs Ivanchuk, 2015 (replies)
   Jan-14-15 Romanishin vs M de Jong, 2009
   Jan-14-15 Romanishin vs A Partenheimer, 2010
   Jan-14-15 J A Hedman Senarega vs Romanishin, 1977
   Jan-14-15 Milos Pahor
   Jan-14-15 A J Goldsby (replies)
   Jan-14-15 G Milos vs P Carlsson, 2012 (replies)
   Jan-13-15 T Kostiuk vs A Fier, 2014
   Jan-13-15 A Goryachkina vs C Bauer, 2012
   Jan-13-15 G Meier vs C Bauer, 2012
   Jan-13-15 E Parr vs E Gullaksen, 1995
   Jan-13-15 I Nei vs Petrosian, 1960 (replies)
   Jan-12-15 D Moody vs Nakamura, 1999
   Jan-12-15 Radoslaw Wojtaszek (replies)
   Jan-12-15 R Wojtaszek vs Carlsen, 2015 (replies)
   Jan-12-15 Caruana vs I Saric, 2015 (replies)
   Jan-12-15 W So vs Aronian, 2015 (replies)
   Jan-12-15 A Giri vs Caruana, 2015 (replies)
   Jan-11-15 B Lasker vs E Varain, 1881 (replies)
   Jan-11-15 A Haast vs Navara, 2015 (replies)
   Jan-11-15 Tata Steel Group B (2015) (replies)
   Jan-11-15 S Sevian vs B Michiels, 2015 (replies)
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  Domdaniel: Incidentally, has anyone else noticed how some people have begun to refer to the 3.e5 (or Nimzowitsch) line of the French as the "Advanced" Variation?

Implying, I suppose, that it's an avant-garde rocket science thing.

Whereas just calling it the 'Advance' means a pawn is pushed...

If there is to be an Advanced Variation, then I'll stick with the Retarded Opening.

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  Domdaniel: Another video:

I've admired Jesse Kraai for some time, and this is a fine discussion of the French. En passant, he ponders the matter of how there are more Armenians in Los Angeles than in Yerevan...

And of course the Swiss-Armenian (or SWARM) is a key variation of the French.

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  Domdaniel: How did Mr Dylan know?
"If you see Saint Annie, please tell her, thanks a lot/ I cannot move, my fingers are all in a knot..."
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  Annie K.: Ya know, I have a feeling Mr. Dylan's comment, in context, may not have been entirely void of a touch of sarcasm, all things considered. ;s
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  Domdaniel: <A> Indeed. As in the well-known put-down or rebuff "Thanks a lot!". (Some more direct types, ever concerned with being misunderstood, prefer to say "Thanks for nothing".)

Which is not what we mean at all. I prefer to think that the Dylan line can be, as it were, stripped of its sarcasm, de-ironified, rendered benign. Therapeutic hermeneutics.

Anyhow, thanks a lot.

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  Annie K.: No worries. I told you, I have a lot of posts parked in here myself. :)
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  OhioChessFan: <cro> - <Anyhow, strength does not come from winning>

<Dom: Hmm, that's a point. On the other hand, I don't think it comes from losing either.

Perhaps there's an optimal balance of the two...>

Yes. Strength comes from drawing.

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  Domdaniel: "A lawn savant, who'll lop a tree..."
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  Domdaniel: <Ohio> -- < Strength comes from drawing.> Y'know, I think you're right. Just the other day I played a club match game against an opponent who is rated about 200 points above me but against whom I have a fairly good record. This time, though, I gave away a pawn in the opening -- I thought I'd get play for it, but I was just losing a pawn -- and then endured about 40 moves of what was really just a lost position. Then, finally, when I'd lost a 2nd pawn and was offering a 3rd in desperation, and thinking I might have to resign soon, he slipped up, allowed me in ... and I forced a draw.

Great things, draws.

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  Domdaniel: So anyhow the club season just began. In the 1st game I played Stephen Short, for about the 6th time in the last couple of years -- I'd won one or two, lost one, drawn the rest. This was another draw, though I came close to losing. Then I lost the 2nd game to F. Noonan, whom I had beaten in our only previous game. Dropped a pawn stupidly and never recovered. So it goes.
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  Domdaniel: Some people on this site are amused by chessplayers with 'exotic' names. I will refrain from giving examples.

But I see that Facebook recently banned a woman named Isis. I was reminded of the 1970s Dylan song which went "I married Isis on the 5th day of May..."

And then there was the unfortunate Viet-Australian named Phuc Dat Bich.

Nov-20-15  Boomie: I do not care to see a perfectly serviceable goddess like Isis dragged through the mud...the sand of lunatic struggles. She represents the first resurrection mythology known although the Lakota Buffalo Dance probably predates it. Anyhoo they are delightful narratives and should be treated with some decorum, at least.
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  Domdaniel: <Boomie> I agree - call the lunatics Daesh instead.
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Thanks for the kudos, old sock. It's good to see you active on the <Beef Stroganoff> page, delivering a few pithy gems and also lightening the tone with your trademark humor.

Nov-22-15  ketchuplover: taste the rainbow
Nov-22-15  thegoodanarchist: <Domdaniel: <Boomie> I agree - call the lunatics Daesh instead.>

That makes me think of the character Bouksani Desh played by Joey Ansah in the Bourne Ultimatum.

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  Domdaniel: <jess> Why hello, your jessiness ... my apologies for disagreeing with you on the airy-plane thing ... but I guess I don't get as many flights as you do. In fact, I haven't been in a plane for more than five years, so I can afford to act aloof.

As for humor, I've decided to ramp it up (oops! when people say stuff like that they're usually getting very humourless indeed...). But I want to *laugh* at the buggers. I mean, what else have we got?


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  Domdaniel: My mystical spiritual double ... ??

<According to a reference book’s entry on him, this chessplayer attacked wildly, was unaware when to attack, was neither a scientist nor a theoretician, did not know, or was unable to explain, why what he did at the chessboard had to be done, cared relatively little about the outcome of a game, underestimated his opponents, appeared incapable of learning from his errors, was excessively self-confident, frequently lost his temper and was intolerable when defeated, did not have many friends and was virtually forgotten when he died.>

(Quote from Winter's Chess Notes).

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<Of course it bloody matters.>


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  OhioChessFan: <My mystical spiritual double ... ??

<According to a reference book’s entry on him, this chessplayer attacked wildly, was unaware when to attack, was neither a scientist nor a theoretician, did not know, or was unable to explain, why what he did at the chessboard had to be done, cared relatively little about the outcome of a game, underestimated his opponents, appeared incapable of learning from his errors, was excessively self-confident, frequently lost his temper and was intolerable when defeated, did not have many friends and was virtually forgotten when he died.>>

No, you don't frequently lose your temper.

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<Ohio> but he does kick people under the table like Tigran Petrosian. I have a flim clip of him kicking Kortschnoi but I can't find the bloody thing at the moment.

I have so much chess material collected over the years that I've saved it in so many different places I can't remember which is the most recent folder I use to collect new material in...

I'm terrified of losing it and having to spend another 12 years collecting it all again...

Nov-25-15  Boomie: <Jess: I can't remember which is the most recent folder>

At the risk of being out of context and/or making the mistake of taking you seriously, you can sort your folders by date.

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<Teem> That is an excellent idea! If I ever figure out which hard drive has the most recent mega folder I will use your ingenious "dating" method.

Seriously it's testament to my ditziness that I never thought of using "dates" to date my collection...

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  Domdaniel: <Ohio> That's true, I don't. Nor have I died, as far as I can tell. But the rest sounds familiar.
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  Domdaniel: The Victorian statistician Galton - a cousin of Charles Darwin - noted that British royals should be long-lived, as millions of people ask God daily to "save the Queen".

Queen Elizabeth II will be 90 in April.


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