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<Chess, Science & Religion>

1) Chess requires a reasoned, objective and adjustable approach based upon what is observed in search for a truth. Accumulated knowledge.

2) Science requires a reasoned, objective and adjustable approach based upon what is observed in search for a truth. Accumulated knowledge.

3) Faith inherently allows for the denial of observation so that belief in a claimed truth may be preserved. Self-perpetuating knowledge.


<Ode To Arpad>

There once was an Arpad named Elo,
Whose system chess took up with zealo,
But most boys in the band still don't quite understand that it is practically useless when used as an indicator of relative strength between players of different generations in argumentso.


<Memorable Quote> - "...voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country." - Hermann Goering

<Just A Thought> - Symbols, be they icons or flags, are only as worthy of respect as the values of the people that appropriate them.

<Just An Opinion> - "Tradition and heritage are all dead people's baggage. Stop carrying it. Move forward." - Doug Stanhope

<A Cheery Proverb> - We don't get to live long enough to know ourselves let alone others - by 'Some dude that I know'

<Another Cheery Proverb> - Great minds think alike but fools seldom differ - by 'A hairy man sat in a desert with far too much time on his hands'

"1. d4 - Breast is best!" - Baby Fischer

<A Little Ditty> -

<Singalong Special> -

<Video Of The Week> -


<The Answer>

Q: Creation or stroke of luck? A: I have aaaaaaaabsolutely no idea... and coincidentally... as an equally insignificant, meaningless lump of carbon neither do you or anybody else truth be told. Now, may we proceed to deal with more pressing issues?


<The Question>

Is it, objectively, actually important that we acquire a definitive resolution to the question of the answer at all?

Exactly. NOW may we proceed to deal with more pressing issues? Thank you...


<The Israel/Palestine 'Problem'>

A Peace Anthem -

Paradoxical Fun Fact - A Mohel is likely to have more financial difficulties due to ever LESS cutbacks!?

<Sponsored Advertisement - Hilary Clinton (US Secretary of State) raises a glass while standing on a helipad atop a New York skyscraper and whispers seductively... 'I thought that the Gaza Strip was a position in the Karma Sutra until I discovered Smirnoff.'>


<The Catholic Church>

It turns out that there are surprisingly few words in the English language that actually rhyme with 'Papist'.

<Sponsored Advertisement - The Pontiff raises a glass while standing on the Vatican balcony. Placido Domingo kisses his ring while St Peter's Square reverberates to the strains of... 'I thought 7UP was a fizzy drink until I discovered Smirnoff.'>


<Book Reviews>

The Story of the Three Bears by Various - No matter how many times you read it, the part where baby bear doesn't get any porridge will always have you in tears... "A veritable roller coaster of a ride from start to finish!" 10/10

The Bible by Various - No matter how many times you read it, the part where baby bear doesn't get any porridge will always have you in tears... "A veritable roller coaster of a ride from start to finish!" 10/10

The Qur’an by Various - No matter how many times you read it, the part where baby bear doesn't get any porridge will always have you in tears... "A veritable roller coaster of a ride from start to finish!" 10/10


<The Death Penalty 'Problem' - A Solution>

Where applicable, before each 'event' a randomly chosen citizen, who agrees with the policy, is elected to be executioner in a live pay-on-demand broadcast to the nation. Ya know. With democracy comes responsibility and all that jazz...

"So when the preacher comes to get me and they shave off all my hair, could you take that long walk with me knowing hell is waiting there? Could you pull that switch yourself, Sir, with a sure and steady hand and could you still tell yourself, Sir, that you're better than I am?"


<Bookings Available Now!!! - Flex Torso & His Amazingly Magic Invisible Technicolour Ping-Pong Balls!!!>

"Certifiably different!" <New York Times>

"Bullseye!!!" <Washington Post>

"Whut?" <Life Magazine>

"@#$%! That was my @#$% idea you @#$% @#$%!!" <Andrew Lloyd Webber>

"Who would believe that a ping-pong ball, while bending over with your back to an audience with no trousers on, could be so much fun!?" <Flex Torso>

"@#$%!" <Webber... again>

<Flex Torso - Poliphilosophitical Super Hero - Comic Magazine Available Soon - ©2010 BC Tomlinsky Enterprises>


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   Tomlinsky has kibitzed 4479 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-01-15 Jonathan Penrose
Tomlinsky: Sir Roger Penrose, brother of Jonathan Penrose, features in an article on the forthcoming collection "The Amazing World of MC Escher" being presented in Edinburgh and London. <In 1954 Escher was acknowledged (in his native Netherlands, at least) with an exhibition at ...
   Jun-30-15 Movsesian vs Ni Hua, 2006
Tomlinsky: Movsesian played the same speculative line as in Movsesian vs M Gurevich, 2000 here before improving on 13.g4, perhaps, with 13.Rg1 also to no avail. Black has improved since further with 11...Nfe7 in R Kiuttu vs Ulibin, 2010 and G O'Toole vs G Buckley, 2011 .
   Jun-25-15 Walter Shawn Browne (replies)
Tomlinsky: The game Quinteros vs Browne, 1981 from the BBC series 'The Master Game' has long been one of my favourites. If you've never seen this game, do check it out as it is highly entertaining. Some of the 'thoughts' they overdubbed were priceless with mesmerising positions amid the ...
   Jun-25-15 Viktor Korchnoi (replies)
Tomlinsky: Viktor Korchnoi with KID as Black: Wins = 11 Draws = 10 Losses = 3
   Jun-24-15 Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1934 (replies)
Tomlinsky: On his reply 1...c5 in this game Alexander Alekhine wrote in My Best Games of Chess 1908-1937... “I consider the choice of this move (which, as a consequence of my success in this game, became fashionable for a time) as one of my chess sins. Because, if a champion, being human, ...
   Jun-24-15 Korchnoi vs Piket, 1992
Tomlinsky: [DIAGRAM] 22.Ndb5!! and the Black Queen is lost for two minor pieces. Very nice.
   Jun-24-15 A Giri vs Topalov, 2015 (replies)
Tomlinsky: <offramp: <Tiggler:... Anish conjured something out of almost nothing, and I don't think anyone saw it coming, least of all Topalov.> I always had one eye on a comment by <Perfidious> on about page 2. He said that ... oh, look it up.> Yes, I also would love to ...
   Jun-22-15 A W Conger vs Fischer, 1955 (replies)
Tomlinsky: One elver short game.
   Jun-21-15 J L Hammer vs Topalov, 2015 (replies)
Tomlinsky: Topalov should get online and buy a few Euro Lottery tickets asap.
   Jun-20-15 Arno Nickel
Tomlinsky: Arno put forward his thoughts, and potential solutions, on the problem of increasing draws in correspondence chess on this very site some time ago. Chessbase has given our adversary, and long-time friend, some air time on the matter...
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Mar-10-12  brankat: A great "Profile"!
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  wordfunph: second!

<Tomlinsky> greetings from the 7,100 islands of the Philippines :)

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  Tomlinsky: Hey there! I don't check here often so apologies for the delayed response.

Spring has finally sprung in the UK and I hope that all is good in your respective corners of this beautiful planet. :)

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  Joshka: Left you a post on Bobby's page, thanks:-)
Mar-08-13  The Last Straw: Hello!
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  Tomlinsky: Greetings from Raingland <TLS>.
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  Octavia: You always come to your profile in March? So, I've missed you this year lol.

I came to your page because I was wondering why you have the USA flag in your pic. Having read all you have to say, I'm still wondering.

I hope you don't mind that I am copying your memorable quote.

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  Tomlinsky: Hello there Octavia. The tale of how a 'flag-waving lobster' became an avatar is one of those instances, on the Kenneth Rogoff Forum of course, when you had to have been there there to understand and so I will skip the events that led up to its appearance. Even <OhioChessFan> wasn't sure as to why he was being treated aggressively by another poster when he innocently posted a link to the picture mid 'debate'. He even, to my mind, compounded the very point being made without realising it much to the merriment of myself and, I think, a few others.

That it is an American flag is by the bye. Blind patriotism, and flag wavers in general, is/are to my mind some of the most tedious, retrograde and ultimately dangerous species amongst us. It is invariably used as a lazy way to feel 'superior' about where one comes from and has/is used by politicans, and the system in general, to keep us pointing fingers at each other rather than at 'them'. People use it to try and take credit for accomplishments that they had no part in whatsoever and hate people whom they have never even met. It takes less effort and helps keep most of our population divided based on an extremely stupid and childlike premise to my mind. The flag could be any flag, we all need to move on and evolve... together.

Well, you did ask!

May-15-13  Graham1973: You might be interested on having at look at the Greenblatt (Computer) discussion, I've tried converting the notation of the computers first win, but I'm (still) not conversent enough to get it done correctly.
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  Tomlinsky: Hi there <graham1973>, hope all is good with you. Slightly delayed but I've left a message on the <Greenblatt> forum and a transcription of the game that you posted.

Descriptive notation does feel very strange to use now but it is quite charming in its own way. But I think we went into that once previously.

Take it easy.

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  FSR: Thanks for your suggestions about opening preparation and your recommendation of <Zoom 001>. I remember hearing of that book almost 40 years ago, but was not familiar with it. I've ordered a copy of the Ishi Press reprint from Amazon.
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  perfidious: <Tomlinsky: <perfidious: My deck got shuffled in bizarre fashion: played QGDs and Nimzo/QID early at master level, then resorted to Dutch, Modern Benoni and Gruenfeld late.>

That's a bit of a shocker. I had you down as one of the saner members of this site.>


My poker has also been a mixture of the solid and loose-aggressive styles of play; mostly good, grind-it-out stuff against middling opposition (no need to get fancy in general there) and picking my spots, with a more open method against top players.

Same as if I were playing chess against 2700 players, no chance a player like myself is going to outplay the top professionals, so at the times noted, I mix it up a little.

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