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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. My 1976 simul game with him (I was black) began 1.d4 e6 2.e4 d5 3.Nd2 b6 ... unfortunately, I've lost the score: but it was a draw after White's Queen was exchanged for 3 pieces.

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.

From the Irish wave ... those who have written about the French Defence (Heidenfeld, Moles, Harding, Collins, O'Connor, Coffey), and those who played it (J.J. Walsh, J. Ryan, P. Short, S. Jessel, R. Beatty, et al).

A distinct aroma of burning prevails*. Fire and brimstone, probably, or one of the charred and singed chess sets in my possession.

Chessgames Present Hunt Clues Page

A Czech haiku, 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)

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

Game Collection: The Even More Flexible French

FIN de Partie

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   Domdaniel has kibitzed 29641 times to chessgames   [less...]
   Sep-24-17 F Borg vs Dawan Wilairam, 2015 (replies)
Domdaniel: Perhaps Black played on longer than was really necessary ... ?
   Sep-24-17 Domdaniel chessforum
Domdaniel: Hi <Alien> and thanks. Yes, you're right - one should not ease up against younger players. Apart from everything else, they're unlikely to return the favour when they 'get good'.
   Sep-24-17 Aronian vs Ding Liren, 2017 (replies)
Domdaniel: Saying that Ding is favourite - which he probably is now - is not to count Aronian out. Their respective chances are maybe 55/45. I'm glad to see them in the final - I thought they played the most enterprising chess - sharp but sound - in earlier rounds.
   Sep-22-17 G van Doesburgh vs Stahlberg, 1936
Domdaniel: Heh. I just played a game with the same idea as Black: 5.Ne2 Nc6 6.0-0 Nf6 7.c3 0-0 8.Bg5? Bxh2+! and Black won after 9.Kh1 Bd6 10.Ng3 h6 11.Be3? Ng4 12.Nf5 Bxf5 13.Bxf5 Qh4+ 0-1. My opponent, DM, was aged 13 and rated in the 1400s. He's improving fast: I doubt if I'll get a ...
   Sep-22-17 World Cup (2017) (replies)
Domdaniel: <Amulet> - <As all the countries justice systems say, "Ignorance of the law excuses no one", the same thing could be said with the Divine Justice Of GOD, "Ignorance of the Love and the Divine Justice Of GOD excuses no one".> So, um, why doesn't this allegedly ...
   Sep-22-17 F Riemann vs Blackburne, 1883
Domdaniel: Blackburne's 34...Qxd3 - after he had reached a clearly won position - is very flashy. In a way to be admired.
   Sep-21-17 R Fontaine vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2007
Domdaniel: French Immortal.
   Sep-21-17 K Emmrich vs A Becker, 1923
Domdaniel: Writing about Karlsbad 1929, where Becker was placed 5th, Nimzowitsch was quite dismissive of his unsophisticated opening play, a mixture of Queen's Gambits and Giuoco Pianos. Which is why it's surprising to see Becker play the then very avant-garde Alekhine a few years earlier.
   Sep-21-17 W So vs Ding Liren, 2017 (replies)
Domdaniel: I think it's quite likely that So wasn't familiar with the Berkes game. After all, it's a fairly obscure line - and this comes near the end of a long tournament where both players have varied their openings.
   Sep-21-17 Aronian vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2017 (replies)
Domdaniel: The key move was probably Aronian's 22.Rhe1 -- having sacrificed a Knight, seemingly to open the h-file and go for a gonzo attack on the kingside, he suddenly switches back to play in the centre. Black's Queen is embarrassed, and as 26.Qh5 shows, the kingside remains vulnerable. A
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   Sep-20-17 T Rodshtein vs U Fataliyeva, 2016
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   Sep-19-17 Steinbach vs Schachcomputer, 1982
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   Sep-18-17 Bogoljubov vs Nimzowitsch, 1914
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   Sep-14-17 M Matlakov vs Aronian, 2017
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   Sep-12-17 C O'Shaughnessy vs Aronian, 1996 (replies)
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   Sep-11-17 Yu Yangyi vs Svidler, 2014 (replies)
   Sep-11-17 S P Sethuraman vs A Giri, 2017 (replies)
   Sep-10-17 S Berndt vs P Nikolic, 2016
   Sep-10-17 M Zumsande vs Lenderman, 2014
   Sep-10-17 C de Ronde vs H Kamstra, 1938 (replies)
   Sep-09-17 Speelman vs P Littlewood, 2002
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   Sep-09-17 Carlsen vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2017 (replies)
   Sep-09-17 D Sorm vs A Zienkiewicz, 2007
   Sep-08-17 O Salmensuu vs T E Wiley, 2000
   Sep-08-17 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
   Sep-08-17 D Dubov vs S Elistratov, 2017
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   Sep-07-17 S Romanov vs C O'Hare, 1999
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   Sep-05-17 Bonnerjee Mohishunder
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   Sep-04-17 O Balogun vs Carlsen, 2017 (replies)
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   Sep-02-17 Fine vs A Thomas, 1938
   Sep-02-17 Tarrasch vs Romberg, 1893
   Aug-28-17 Estrin vs Berliner, 1965 (replies)
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   Aug-21-17 E Korchmar vs A Poliak, 1931 (replies)
   Aug-21-17 St. Louis Rapid & Blitz (Blitz) (2017) (replies)
   Aug-20-17 Navara vs Le Quang Liem, 2017
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   Aug-20-17 L Trent vs N Davies, 2009 (replies)
   Aug-20-17 H Fabian vs J Fichtl, 1963
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   Aug-20-17 R Taylor vs N Cruden, 2008 (replies)
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   Aug-10-17 Anand vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2017 (replies)
   Aug-10-17 Igor Ivanov vs V Mezentsev, 2000
   Aug-10-17 Nakamura vs Aronian, 2017 (replies)
   Aug-09-17 M Vachier-Lagrave vs Karjakin, 2017 (replies)
   Aug-07-17 Znosko-Borovsky vs Duchamp, 1932
   Aug-07-17 H Danielsen vs M Tandrup, 2005
   Aug-07-17 Philip Michael Short
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   Jul-15-17 Speelman vs R Bates, 2017
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   Jun-30-17 Robert Fischer
   May-31-17 Larry Evans vs Benko, 1975 (replies)
   May-30-17 P Pantelidakis vs F Rhine, 1974
   May-25-17 Paul H Fields
   May-22-17 Tom O'Gorman vs J Fehr, 2016
   May-14-17 M R Nechaeva vs A Muzychuk, 2012
   May-10-17 Eric Lobron
   May-10-17 I Nepomniachtchi vs J Geller, 2017 (replies)
   May-07-17 R Roy (replies)
   May-05-17 Gulko vs Chiburdanidze, 1978 (replies)
   May-05-17 A Chernin vs Marjanovic, 1987
   May-05-17 Diana Mirza
   Apr-24-17 Biographer Bistro (replies)
   Apr-24-17 George Hatfeild Gossip (replies)
   Apr-24-17 Tiviakov vs L van Foreest, 2016
   Apr-24-17 Short vs Yifan Hou, 2016
   Apr-24-17 C Andersson vs F McCluskey, 1993
   Apr-23-17 Paulsen vs Kolisch, 1861
   Apr-21-17 Aronian vs Yifan Hou, 2017 (replies)
   Apr-13-17 James McConnell
   Apr-11-17 D Naroditsky vs W So, 2017 (replies)
   Apr-10-17 US Championship (2017) (replies)
   Apr-09-17 Kamsky vs Onischuk, 2017 (replies)
   Apr-08-17 Maggie Feng vs S Foisor, 2017
   Apr-08-17 W So vs Kamsky, 2017 (replies)
   Apr-08-17 S Boden vs Owen, 1856
   Apr-07-17 Akobian vs Caruana, 2017 (replies)
   Apr-07-17 Kamsky vs Akobian, 2017
   Apr-07-17 G Jones vs T Rendle, 2011
   Apr-05-17 Robson vs W So, 2017 (replies)
   Apr-04-17 R Wojtaszek vs S Williams, 2011
   Apr-04-17 W So vs Akobian, 2017 (replies)
   Apr-04-17 Larry Evans vs H Gordon, 1946
   Apr-03-17 Shabalov vs Onischuk, 2017 (replies)
   Apr-02-17 Onischuk vs Caruana, 2017 (replies)
   Apr-02-17 Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2016 (replies)
   Apr-02-17 Y Zherebukh vs W So, 2017 (replies)
   Apr-02-17 Smyslov vs A Filipowicz, 1973
   Mar-30-17 Nunn vs Adorjan, 1975 (replies)
   Mar-30-17 W So vs Shabalov, 2017 (replies)
   Mar-30-17 Caruana vs Nakamura, 2017 (replies)
   Mar-30-17 S Shankland vs W So, 2017 (replies)
   Mar-30-17 Emily Nguyen vs N Paikidze, 2017
   Mar-27-17 D Laylo vs Navara, 2009
   Mar-27-17 Velimirovic vs J Levitt, 1987
   Mar-27-17 R Quinn vs G McCarthy, 2011
   Mar-25-17 A Ramirez Alvarez vs F Rambaldi, 2017
   Mar-25-17 Shenzhen Masters (2017) (replies)
   Mar-25-17 L Dormann vs W Huisl, 1992
   Mar-23-17 R Koes vs S Jessel, 2017
   Mar-23-17 G Veltkamp vs S Jessel, 2017
   Mar-23-17 Stephen Jessel
   Mar-23-17 P Short vs Short, 2017
   Mar-20-17 Ehlvest vs Shabalov, 2017 (replies)
   Mar-19-17 E Cordova vs A Ipatov, 2017 (replies)
   Mar-19-17 E Cordova vs S Sevian, 2017
   Mar-19-17 A Ipatov vs Y Zherebukh, 2017
   Mar-19-17 Ruifeng Li vs S Sevian, 2017 (replies)
   Mar-19-17 E Cordova vs V Fedoseev, 2017
   Mar-19-17 Tan Zhongyi vs A Muzychuk, 2017 (replies)
   Mar-03-17 Shiqun Ni vs N Pogonina, 2017
   Feb-22-17 Women's World Championship (2017) (replies)
   Feb-20-17 Eljanov vs R Rapport, 2017
   Feb-20-17 Tata Steel (2017) (replies)
   Feb-20-17 P Makoli vs M Bosman, 2005 (replies)
   Feb-20-17 D Leskur vs Mihajlo Stojanovic, 2001
   Feb-03-17 Tradewise Gibraltar (2017) (replies)
   Jan-27-17 M Roos vs A Graf, 2007
   Jan-19-17 L Darling vs R Wood, 1983 (replies)
   Jan-19-17 Van Wely vs W So, 2017
   Jan-19-17 Sasikiran vs A Muzychuk, 2012 (replies)
   Jan-16-17 Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1958 (replies)
   Jan-16-17 Keith Vital
   Jan-16-17 Znosko-Borovsky vs Salwe, 1909
   Jan-15-17 User not found chessforum (replies)
   Jan-13-17 Kenneth S Rogoff (replies)
   Jan-13-17 O Castro vs Petrosian, 1976 (replies)
   Jan-10-17 R Svane vs A Hilverda, 2015
   Jan-09-17 Derek Geoffrey Horseman (replies)
   Jan-06-17 Caruana vs Nakamura, 2016 (replies)
   Jan-03-17 Kasparov vs Caruana, 2016 (replies)
   Jan-01-17 R Bellin vs J Tan, 2016 (replies)
   Dec-30-16 G McCarthy vs K O'Mahoney, 2016
   Dec-30-16 Dominic Lawson
   Dec-30-16 S Moran vs R Quinn, 2016
   Dec-30-16 Alien Math chessforum (replies)
   Dec-23-16 V Zaltsman vs L A Schneider, 1984
   Dec-23-16 W R Ballard vs J Fagan, 1884
   Dec-23-16 Geller vs Smyslov, 1952
   Dec-23-16 Fred Dewhirst Yates (replies)
   Dec-23-16 Spirit of Adventure vs Donald Duck, 1959
   Dec-23-16 Igor Smirnov (replies)
   Dec-23-16 J Mason vs L D Barbour, 1876
   Dec-22-16 M Cornette vs G Jones, 2016 (replies)
   Dec-22-16 New Zealand Open (2016) (replies)
   Dec-22-16 Topalov vs Nakamura, 2016
   Dec-22-16 E Iturrizaga vs S Sulskis, 2014
   Dec-22-16 Kim Le Quang vs R Meessen, 2006
   Dec-22-16 Kieu Thien Kim Le vs M Muzychuk, 2008
   Dec-22-16 B Wall vs J R Boyce, 1973 (replies)
   Dec-21-16 G Nakhbayeva vs T Sachdev, 2010
   Dec-21-16 G Nakhbayeva vs A Muzychuk, 2014
   Dec-21-16 ACP Golden Classic (2012)
   Dec-21-16 Kasparov vs L G Munoz Flores, 1997
   Dec-21-16 Fischer vs Benko, 1963 (replies)
   Dec-20-16 Keres vs K Richter, 1942 (replies)
   Dec-18-16 James Essinger
   Dec-18-16 Aronian vs Topalov, 2016 (replies)
   Dec-18-16 London Chess Classic (2016) (replies)
   Dec-18-16 Nagpal Vardan vs Ehlvest, 2016
   Dec-18-16 London Chess Classic Open (2016)
   Dec-17-16 C Jaffe vs H Daly, 1909
   Dec-16-16 Una O'Boyle
   Dec-12-16 Mayet vs Harrwitz, 1848 (replies)
   Dec-12-16 A Lehtinen vs J Sietio, 1996 (replies)
   Dec-11-16 Robert Wade (replies)
   Dec-10-16 Pillsbury vs Von Popiel, 1900 (replies)
   Dec-10-16 Timothy Nylund vs M Schmitz, 2015
   Dec-10-16 A Artidiello vs D Freeman, 2002 (replies)
   Dec-07-16 William James Lombardy (replies)
   Dec-05-16 Jakovenko vs S Williams, 2016
   Dec-05-16 Horwitz vs Harrwitz, 1849
   Dec-05-16 Carlsen - Karjakin World Championship (2016) (replies)
   Dec-05-16 Laaman vs Keres, 1935 (replies)
   Dec-04-16 P Cafolla vs I Gelip, 2016
   Nov-30-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
   Nov-30-16 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
   Nov-30-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
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   Nov-25-16 FIDE Women's Grand Prix Khanty-Mansiysk (2016) (replies)
   Nov-25-16 J Lechtynsky vs A Mutina, 1968
   Nov-25-16 L Javakhishvili vs O Girya, 2016
   Nov-23-16 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
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   Nov-17-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
   Nov-16-16 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
   Nov-16-16 S Williams vs V Nevednichy, 2016 (replies)
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  cro777: Chess and (Naked ) Art.

The most original commentary on the FIDE World Cup dress code incident, as expected, came from Czech GM David Navara:

"When the game in the picture was played, Zurab Azmaiparashvili was already born:"

Eve Babitz and Marcel Duchamp by Julian Wasser, Art Museum of Pasadena, 1963. (Zurab was born on March 16, 1960 in Tbilisi, Georgia)

Czechs have a particular sense of humour. In general, their humour is characterised as dark and sarcastic:

Why does the lion on the Czech national emblem have a double tail?

It doesn't. Originally there were two lions.

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  moronovich: "How do you adress a banjoplayer ?"

"Will the defendant please rise".

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  Stonehenge: Obviously Duchamp ignored the dress code there.
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  Domdaniel: Adieu, JP Donleavy.

"When your accent slips, make sure to have a better one on underneath."

- Why are you growing that beard?
- I'm not doing a thing - you're shaving.

*Shaving is behaving*.

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  Domdaniel: <cro777> - <Originally there were two lions.>

Heh. Reminds me of a Punch cartoon showing a jailer entering a cell containing a well-fed prisoner...

Jailer: "And how are our two hunger strikers this morning?"

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  Domdaniel: Great artworks of the 20th century:

Duchamp, La Mariee Mise Nu (Large Glass)
Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow
Cale, Music for a New Society
Cronenberg, Dead Ringers
Nico, Marble Index
Max Ernst, Europe After the Rain
Hitchcock, Vertigo
Sex Pistols, Never Mind the Bollocks
Ballard, Empire of the Sun
Joyce, Ulysses
Dylan, Blonde on Blonde
Beckett, Krapp's Last Tape
Harrison, Light
Godard, Alphaville
Gibson, Zero History
Brooke-Rose, Thru
Binet, The 7th Function of Language
Eco, The Name of the Rose
Walker, Tilt

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  Boomie: <*Shaving is behaving*.>

My rule about hair is "Grow 'em if you got 'em."

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  Domdaniel: <Boomster> Oh, those rhymes...

Grow em if you gottem
Shaving's behaving
Beards are weird
And to be feared
But a smooth chin
Is a sin.

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  Domdaniel: I won't even mention the practice of non-facial shaving. It sounds filthy.
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  Domdaniel: Amy Winehouse would have been 34 today.

Such a shame dying so young.

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  Boomie: I was amazed at the celerity shown by the porn industry when just days after the release, they came out with "Shaving Ryan's Privates".
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  moronovich: <Boomie: I was amazed at the celerity shown by the porn industry when just days after the release, they came out with "Shaving Ryan's Privates".>

Starring Mate Demon and Boner from U2.

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  Domdaniel: No, that was The Hedge from U2.

At least that was his name until the shaving scene.

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  moronovich: So kind of hegdecock variation ?

On a more serious note.
You asked for another opening than yourr beloved frrench,a while ago.

And here is one idea.1e4-c6.2.d4-d5.3.Nc3/d2-dxe4.4.Nxe4-and now Nf6(!).5.NxNf6-exf6(!).This is the tabya. For the price of the doubled f-pawn and
only 3 pawns vs 4 in the center,black
has an easy development:Bd6/0-0/Re8 and
N to d7 playing with going to e6 or g6.
Both bishops are in a way pointing at the white King(No bad french bishop:). Playing with the doubled f-pawn is not easy,but neither it is for the opponent! The last 2 games with this opening?
Nepo-Carlsen 0-1,rapidchess
Kajakin-Navarra 0-1 rapid as well.

So it was meant as an idea for thought and inspiration.And sometimes it can be so refreshing to get away from ones own welltrotten pattern.

All the best.

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  Boomie: <On a more serious note.>

That's allowed here? Who knew?

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  Domdaniel: <moronovich> - thanks for that. The Caro-Kann is something I toy with from time to time. I usually persuade myself that (a) White may get a dangerous kingside attack, (b) the Rubinstein French is just as good, and (c) Black has ideas in the French that improve on the CK.

That said, I suspect the Caro and French are close in overall potency - the French has maybe more lines.

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  Domdaniel: <Boomster> Of course it's allowed.

"Nothing is true, everything is permitted".

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  Domdaniel: <moronovich> - your opening line reminds me a little of the Katalymov variation of the French -- 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2/c3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Qd5!? and then either 5.Bd3 Nf6 or 5.Nc3 Bb4.

I haven't played this seriously for years - I remember playing it repeatedly (without much success) against the then Irish champion Kernan in the 1970s, when we both played for the same university team.

I've tried it occasionally since, but it's the kind of opening that deserves to be refuted.

The inventor, Boris Katalymov, sprung it on Keres in the mid-60s ... and then tried it again about 35 years later.

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  Domdaniel: <moronovich> On further reflection, I see your Caro line is actually one that I sometimes play in casual games -- though I prefer 5...gxf6 to 5...exf6. This was a favourite idea of Larsen's, as I recall.

I just reckon that if Black is happy to play 4...Nf6, accepting an exchange of knights and doubled pawns, he may as well open the g-file and create a serious imbalance.

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  Domdaniel: When they say "Find your worst piece and improve it" they do *not* mean "pick it up off the floor and put it back on the board".
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  Boomie: <Domdaniel: When they say "Find your worst piece and improve it" they do *not* mean "pick it up off the floor and put it back on the board".>

I thought it meant "girl friend". People are always trying to improve their better halves.

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  OhioChessFan: "Take my worst piece, please."
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  Domdaniel: A tournament game I played today as Black, and am inordinately pleased with...

W: DM (1407)
B: GM: (1812)

1.e4 e6
2.d4 d5
3.exd5 exd5
4.Bd3 Bd6
5.Ne2 Nc6
6.0-0 Nf6
7.c3 0-0
8.Bg5? Bxh2+!
9.Kh1 Bd6
10.Ng3 h6
11.Be3? Ng4!
12.Nf5 Bxf5
13.Bxf5 Qh4+

My opponent was aged about 13 and rated in the 1400s ... am I a bully, or what?

Actually, he's better than this. Another year or so and I may not get the chance again...

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  Alien Math: nice game <Domdaniel> as for bully or not, by playing your best you give your opponent a chance to see what needs to be improved in their games, one of the benefits of playing above your rating (or theirs if they are the lower rating)
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  Domdaniel: Hi <Alien> and thanks. Yes, you're right - one should not ease up against younger players. Apart from everything else, they're unlikely to return the favour when they 'get good'.
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