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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.

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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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   Domdaniel has kibitzed 30287 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-21-18 Mamedyarov vs Caruana, 2018
Domdaniel: <CHC> I can't be too precise -- I played tournament chess in the 1980s, when adjournments were still the norm. Then I quit for about 15 years, and when I got back to chess around 2005 adjournments were gone. I assume engines were to blame.
   Mar-20-18 Caruana vs Ding Liren, 2018 (replies)
Domdaniel: Hypoglycaemic chess.
   Mar-18-18 Grischuk vs Mamedyarov, 2018 (replies)
Domdaniel: The increment and the excrement?
   Mar-15-18 Caruana vs Karjakin, 2018 (replies)
Domdaniel: The ex-Italian vs the ex-Ukrainian ...
   Mar-14-18 Aronian vs Kramnik, 2018 (replies)
Domdaniel: Just for the record, I dislike the word 'patzer', even when players apply it to themselves.
   Mar-14-18 Kramnik vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
Domdaniel: My favourite Wyndham quote is from The Outward Urge: "Space is a province of Brazil".
   Mar-14-18 Domdaniel chessforum (replies)
Domdaniel: Nobody feckless has ever appeared in 'Father Ted'.
   Mar-13-18 World Championship Candidates (2018) (replies)
Domdaniel: <Richard Taylor> I hate to be the one to tell you, Richard, but you're a 'brainy' person too. Maybe not the kind of brain that gets mathematics, but so what? Takes all sorts (of brain).
   Mar-11-18 S Lilienthal vs J Pietrzak, 1987
Domdaniel: <morf> Indeed. Though I think 27...Ne3 was a beautiful move whoever played it.
   Feb-22-18 Janowski vs Chigorin, 1902
Domdaniel: <Serpentin> Parlez en francais si tu veux, mais ton français devrait ętre bon ... donc, c'est "l'initiative" et non "iniative", ne c'est pas?
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<Tim> Thanks for your kind insights. I really appreciate that.

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  Domdaniel: <Jess> Happy birthday, belatedly.

Yes, of course I'm psychic - but I don't believe it's possible, so I keep it switched off.

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  Domdaniel: <Jess> Actually, I thought your complaint was justifiable - you had, after all, been quite explicit about your forum rules - though maybe your means of expression was a tad over the top.

Never mind. Water under bridge now, anyhoo. I hope everything works out well for you back in Canada - and remember, many people on this site really care about you.

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  Domdaniel: A chess story: in the final round of a tournament last Sunday, I found myself playing a (grossly underrated) 12-year-old with a rating of about 1200.

I got my pieces into a tangle by move 12 and decided to go for broke -- so I sacked three pieces to expose his king. One piece I regained at once. I could have taken another with check a few moves later - the obvious move - but tried to be too clever, going into a scenario where I had just two pawns for a knight, and both sides had QRR.

Gradually my opponent got a big advantage. I made some errors trying to hold on. He missed a few forced mates - none of 'em that easy, but still.

Then he slipped and let me back into it: I still had Queen and Rook. And I could check his still-exposed king. But it was now my turn to miss some forced mates, though I retained a large edge. I picked off a Knight and Rook and finally mated him on move 70.

One of the most nerve-racking games I've ever played.

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Thanks <Dom>. I care about you too.

I also enjoy you. Immensely.

If mates don't have the occasional scrap, then they are not trying hard enough.

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  wtpy: DomDaniel, I am a fan of Pynchon as well. Worked throgh Gravity's Rainbow when I was seventeen. It was a tough read but I persevered, though barely passed Honors English that semester which was probably more a function of late night speed chess than alternative reading. Got much more out of it when reread in my forties. Paul Fussel, in his classic The Great War and Modern Memory, noted that WWII did not stimulate the creation of great literature but cited Gravity's Rainbow as exception. Perhaps my favorite book by Pynchon is Mason Dixon perhaps because of mylongstanding interest in English and American history. Cheers,
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  morfishine: Hello <DomDaniel>! How did you do in your club match? Its always great to hear of members here at <CG> who actually continue to play chess! There's a few noteworthy members here at <CG>, but they are in a distinct minority (I think).

I used to love club matches (the club disbanded) :(

The funnest part were the monthly rapids. This had a tendency to level the playing field. We never knew when a 2200-rated player would get upended by an 1800 rated player, but it was expected and it happened quite often!

Best, morf


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  Domdaniel: <morf> I played two club matches yesterday, and won both games - one of them against a player rated about 250 points higher than me. As you say, it happens. My best result for some time.
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  Domdaniel: <wtpy> - 'Mason & Dixon' is probably my 2nd favourite Pynchon novel, after Gravity's Rainbow. I love both, as well as The Crying of Lot 49, and others. I'm still trying to appreciate Against The Day.

As for WW2 Literature, I think Vonnegut (Slaughterhouse-5) and Mailer (The Naked and the Dead) and Vidal (Williwaw) come pretty close. But Pynchon is best, even if he was 8 years old when the war ended.

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  Domdaniel: <wtpy> - < It was a tough read but I persevered, though barely passed Honors English that semester which was probably more a function of late night speed chess than alternative reading.>

I was also about 17 when I first read Gravity's Rainbow. I remember I asked a member of my college chess team about it - he was a 2200 player and a graduate student in mathematics - and he said it would be too difficult for me. So naturally I had to use it as the basis for my MA thesis, and got a 1st.

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  Domdaniel: Played two more club matches, winning both. To my surprise, I have now won five games in succession.
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  Domdaniel: <Ohio> Heh. Not quite in BF's league. My 'victims' were rated between 1500 and 1920 - though I admit I was pleased to beat somebody over 1900. Still, there's a very long way to go if I'm to equal Fischer's streak.

In fact, it's already over: I played another club game, and drew. I was black, and possibly better after 15 moves, but I just didn't have the energy for another game. Old age, I suspect.

Feb-16-18  Boomie: The computers are duking it out sans opening book. They seem to be fond of the French. As CG's leading Francophile, I thought you may want to look over their openings.

They seem quite fond of 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 c5 4. exd5. They try both 4...exd5 and 4...Qxd5. At first blush, this seems to me to be a drawish approach by white. But it is in the Carlsen spirit of playing seemingly endless endgames.

At the bottom of is a list of the games with the openings. You can then go to the archive or use ChessBomb to play over the games.

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  Domdaniel: <Boomie> Thanks - sounds interesting, but I think I prefer to keep my distance for now.

I've played 3...c5 many times, following it with both 4.exd5 exd5 (the old line, as seen in the Karpov-Korchnoi 1974 match) and the more dynamic 4...Qxd5 (which actually dates to the 1920s).

These days - at least at my level - 4.Ngf3 seems to be more popular than 4.exd5.

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  morfishine: Hi <Domdaniel>! Is Dvoretsky's endgame book better than Fine's?


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  Domdaniel: <morf> I think it's much better - a real masterpiece. As Jacob Aagard wrote in his foreword to the Dvoretsky book, it was like being asked to add a preface to the Bible.

Subjective impressions aside, I reckon that pre-computer engine analyses (like Fine) will tend to be out of date by now. Which is not to say that Dvoretsky is totally dependent on engines - just that he takes their verdicts into account.

I used to like a couple of endgame books by Jon Speelman as well. But then I discovered Dvoretsky - and, as the poet said, it was like looking into Chapman's Homer.

Not that I've ever actually looked into Chapman's Homer. But still.

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  morfishine: <Domdaniel> Thanks for the feedback, I was unaware. I always felt Fine's book was excellent and pretty much the final say. I've only worked with that for endgames over the years

I will pick up Dvoretsky's book. One can always improve their endgame technique

Best, morf


Mar-11-18  Boomie: Something from the peanut gallery:

The advantage of working with the Fine book is we know it contains errors. The challenge is to find those errors. It's an inverse treasure hunt which will improve your knowledge and playing strength. The latest works have been vetted through the silicon monsters so the only thing left for the reader is to memorize the answers. Boring...

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  Domdaniel: Speaking of endings, I somehow managed to draw a lost endgame in a club match last weekend. I played a horrible opening, lost a pawn, offered another one to get some activity, and then a third... Luckily my opponent didn't take the 3rd one, and eventually I won another pawn back to go into a Rook ending a pawn down. Which I drew in the end.

I was pleased with my endgame play until I checked it with the computer. It turns out that, after reaching a drawn position, I twice blundered back into lost ones. Luckily, my opponent played the ending slightly worse than me -- we reached a pawn ending and stalemate.

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  Domdaniel: <Boomie> I see your point, but even those recent works can be improved on. Engines are not perfect yet.
Mar-14-18  Boomie: <Engines are not perfect yet.>

Indeed. And they seem a bit feckless in the endgame.

I'm not sure that is true. I just wanted to use the word "feckless".

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<Tim> I don't blame you. Are you familiar with the old "stoner comic" <Feckless Freep>? Not to be missed.

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  Domdaniel: Nobody feckless has ever appeared in 'Father Ted'.
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Heh... that is a wonderful televisual feast <Father Ted>. Especially <Dougal>.

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