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"There Would be No Game"


As he got to know him, Joseph and Mary regarded Doc with something akin to love---for love feeds on the unknown and unknowable. Doc's honesty was exotic to Joseph and Mary. He found it strange. It attracted him in spite of the fact that he could not understand it. He felt that there was something he had missed, though he could not figure what it was.

One day, sitting in Western Biological, Joseph and Mary saw a chessboard and, finding that it was a game and being good at games, he asked Doc to teach him. J and M easily absorbed the characters and qualities of castles and bishops and knights and royalty and pawns. During the first game Doc was called to the phone, and when he returned he said, "You have moved a pawn of mine and your queen and knight."

"How'd you know?" the Patron asked.

"I know the game," said Doc. "Look,, Joseph and Mary, chess is possibly the only game in the world in which it is impossible to cheat."

Joseph and Mary inspected this statement with amazement. "Why not?" he demanded.

"If it were possible to cheat there would be no game," said Doc.

J and M carried this with him. It bothered him at night. He looked at it from all angles. And he went back to ask more questions about it. He was charmed with the idea, but he couldn't understand it.

Doc explained patiently, "Both players know exactly the same thing. The game is played in the mind."

"I don't get it."

"Well, look! You can't cheat in mathematics or poetry or music because they're based on truth. Untruth or cheating is just foreign, it has no place. You can't cheat in arithmetic."

Joseph and Mary shook his head. "I don't get it," he said.

It was a shocking conception and he was drawn to it because, in a way, its outrageousness seemed to him like a new strange way of cheating. In the back of his mind an idea stirred. Suppose you took honesty and made a new racket of it---it might be the toughest of all to break. It was so new to him that his mind recoiled from it, but still it wouldn't let him alone. His eyes narrowed. "Maybe he's worked out a system," he said to himself.

John Steinbeck, "Sweet Thursday"


Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.

All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.

general Sun Tze: "The Art of War"

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   Gypsy has kibitzed 9874 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-18-18 Carlsen vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
Gypsy: <Dr Winston OBoogie: Still a draw> Yup.
   Nov-18-18 Carlsen - Caruana World Championship Match (2018) (replies)
Gypsy: <<... so that Queens get exchanged early. And then Caruana is safe. Carlsen as White is refusing to adjust his view that he and he alone is the best player on the planet for grinding Queenless middlegames. He's wrong at the moment -- that player is Caruana. This is what got ...
   Nov-16-18 Carlsen vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
Gypsy: <WDenayer: Why not ...Ng4 Nh6 and the K can walk?> Nowhere else useful to go to
   Nov-10-18 Carlsen vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
Gypsy: And draw it is, I see
   Nov-10-18 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2018 (replies)
Gypsy: <... Carlsen played 40...Bxc3, but 40...Qg1 would have cramped White right up.> Of course, the <40...Qg1 41.Nf1...> would have just re-establish the position that had already been on the board a few moves earlier. But the point is this: While the <Qg1-g7 & Bxc3> ...
   Nov-03-18 Flohr vs Menchik, 1936
Gypsy: Menchik has chosen a difficult opening scheme and never really equalized. After <44...Rf7> Flohr had three winning plans available: (1) <45.Ra8...> to switch his primary attack towards Pe6 (2) <45.Rd8...> to strengthen his current attack against Pb7 or, as in the ...
   Oct-30-18 Prague (1908)
Gypsy: From a Duras monograph: ... Altogether 21 masters applied and were accepted into the competition, but L. Forgacs ( Leo Fleischmann Forgacs ) did not come. A Moscow master A. Rabinovich ( Abram Isaakovich Rabinovich ), playing under the pseudonym Leontiev, replaced Znosko-Borovski ( ...
   Oct-30-18 J Mieses vs Duras, 1908 (replies)
Gypsy: No way Mieses and Duras had played this. (I did find it in Kalendovsky's Duras monograph - with no comments - but it can just not be the genuine article.) My -2c-
   Sep-30-18 P Maghsoodloo vs Ling Diren, 2018 (replies)
Gypsy: Draw agreed.
   Sep-28-18 Kamil Dragun
Gypsy: At the Chess Olympiad, Winged Dragun.
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  Gypsy: <Tiggler> Great to hear from you. Sorry for being a recluse; I have just enough cycles to occasionally peek at what is happening, but do not dare to engage till I am done with my current load. (Trying to complete paperwork that we hoped to have done before this year started.)

Your results sound great!

Have a couple of ideas re how to tackle the inflation problem from a slightly different angle, but keeping those on the back burner till my current ordeal is over. (Looking forward to working it through with you guys.)

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  Gypsy: <TheTamale> Thx. Great book, btw! (In retrospect, one of the most influential books in my life. Formed a great deal of how I see the World.)
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  Tiggler: <Gypsy: <Tiggler> Great to hear from you. >


Just a sample: the well behaved result I reported previously blows up completely if the FIDE 400-point rule is used. That nonlinear rule creates: chaos.

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  Gypsy: <Tiggler> Fascinating result.
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  Tiggler: <Gypsy> It may be because I only had 200 players in my simulation, but here is what happens (not literally chaos):

Players at the extremes of the distribution, when nearly all their games get to be against players with >400 points difference, fly off to + infinity, or -infinity. Increase the mean regression tendency, to counteract this, and it still happens, but all other players' ratings collapse to the mean. Not chaos, but bizarre all the same.

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  Tiggler: <Fascinating result.>

<Gypsy> I forgot to say thank you for this compliment. Not exactly a <result> as meant by <Senior Wranglers>, but I'm pleased with it.

Nov-23-14  ketchuplover: Happy holidays!
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  Gypsy: Oh, thank you. Same to you, of course!
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  wordfunph: <Gypsy> Merry Christmas!
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  Chessical: Pardon my intrusion, but I am hoping that you may have some information about: Game Collection: Prague Candidates Reserve Playoff (1956)

It does not seem to have been well reported in Western European or American newspapers or magazines.

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  Gypsy: <Chessical> Let me fire off questions to people that may know.
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  Gypsy: <Chessical> Sorry it took this long: Tried a number of places where I felt I could hit 'pay-dirt', but my inquiries came back 'dry'. All that is remembered now about that match is that it did happen and its overall result.
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  Chessical: <Gypsy> Thank you for help. In the end, I managed to find some Czech sources (thanks to Tabanus). Here is the final product: I hope it will be of interest to you.

Prague Candidates Reserve Playoff (1956)

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  Gypsy: <Chessical> That is a nice piece of work!
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  Gypsy: Some material for a project:

G Neumann vs Paulsen, 1864

[Event "Czechoslovakia Ch, 1954"]
[Date "1954.??.??"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[White "Jiri Vesely"]
[Black "Vlastimil Stulik"]
[ECO "C84"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[PlyCount "41"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.d4 exd4 7.e5 Ne4 8.Nxd4 O-O 9.Nf5 d5 10.Bxc6 bxc6 11.Nxe7+ Qxe7 12.Re1 f6 13.f3 Nc5 14.f4 Ne4 15.Nc3 Nxc3 16.bxc3 Bf5 17.exf6 Qxf6 18.Re5 Rfe8 19.Qe2 Be4 20.Qh5 Rxe5 21.fxe5 ... 1/2-1/2

(Vesely states the game was drawn on move 36; does not give the rest of moves.)

[Event "Academic Team W. Ch., 1954"]
[Date "1954.??.??"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Jiri Vesely"]
[Black "Nikolai V Krogius"]
[ECO "C84"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[PlyCount "69"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.d4 exd4 7.e5 Ne4 8.Nxd4 O-O 9.Nf5 d5 10.Bxc6 bxc6 11.Nxe7+ Qxe7 12.Re1 f6 13.f3 Nc5 14.b3 fxe5 15.Ba3 Rf6 16.Nc3 Rg6 17.g3 Qh4 18.Bxc5 Rxg3+ 19.hxg3 Qxg3+ 20.Kf1 Qh2 21.Re2 Qg3 22.Rf2 e4 23.Ke2 Bf5 24.Qd4 e3 25.Qxe3 Bg6 26.Kd2 d4 27.Qxd4 a5 28.Re1 Qg5+ 29.f4 Qf5 30.Kc1 a4 31.Re7 Bf7 32.Qe5 Qh3 33.Bd4 Qh1+ 34.Nd1 Qg1 35.Rf1 1-0


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Sep-10-16  notyetagm: FYI

In April 2013 I was nearly killed by a C. Diff infection that should have been detected and treated earlier by various doctors that I went to see.

What I had to go through to stay alive:

1) resting heart rate: 160 beats per minute

2) fever: 104.8 degrees

3) white blood cell count: 43,500 (ask a doctor or nurse what this means)

4) both kidneys failed

5) rhabdomyolysis ->

6) liver failed

7) heart attack

8) ventilation -> intubation (approaching lung failure)

9) colectomy : 90% of my colon was removed to get the C. Diff bacteria out of my body after antibiotics failed to kill it

10) almost bled to death after my colectomy: 45(!) transfusions. I almost bled out.

11) surgical complication: 13-cm abscess in my abdominal cavity where my colon used to be

12) lost 70 pounds in 30 days

13) severe anemia: lost 40% of my red blood cells in 2 weeks

14) could not walk for 4 weeks

15) 49 days in the hospital, 11(!) days in the ICU

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  Gypsy: <notyetagm> Makes me shiver just to read about this. It may sound corny, but you showed great spirit just to survive it all. Going forth, I wish for you all intellectual pleasure of chess. And the sporting success OTB, of course! (Will root for you as you climb the ladder of chess titles.)
Sep-13-16  notyetagm: Thanks.


Sep-13-16  notyetagm: If you search for my kibitzes in the time frame April-June 2013, you will find that almost none exist.

Now you know why.

Sep-13-16  User not found: Wow! That's crazy. Glad you're okay now notyetagm, that sounds awful. When it's our time to go its our time to go, sounds like you beat the odds, I'm glad you pulled through :)
Sep-13-16  notyetagm: <User not found:>



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  Tiggler: Hello Gypsy, I hope this finds you well. I wanted to direct your attention to a new discussion on ratings distributions, Wiener, Ornstein-Uhlenbeck, and a new wrinkle that I am pleased to have found: Martingales!

If interested, please go here AylerKupp chessforum . I'm sure <AylerKupp> will be hospitable if you should join in, and I shall be delighted.

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  Gypsy: <Tiggler> Thx. Will join in, as time permits.
Jun-09-17  Octavia: I like the words Gypsy and Zigeuner, much better than the new Roma!

Did you know that the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture was opened in Berlin yesterday? Good news

Delaney Le Bas refers to herself as Gypsy.

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  Tiggler: Hi there <Gypsy>. Enjoyed your brief comment here:Altibox Norway (2018)

I see your forum, like mine, is not full of crap, or much of anything for long periods.

Your last message to me of Nov-20-16 tells the tale. Whenever you next happen to check your forum, come say hello at my page, and perhaps I'll talk you into a chat about our complementary (yes, with an two ees, not an i, though that would also apply) ideas.

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