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Member since Aug-12-06
Addicted to chess and old enough to know better. Still thinks the Vienna Gambit is sound. Digs Lichess and the cheeses of the world. Born in Chester, Cheshire, England, and for many years now, a New Zealander. Trying to learn the correct move order in the London System.

"Since my house burned down
I now own a better view
of the rising moon"

-Mizuta Masahide (水田 正秀, 16571723)

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   mckmac has kibitzed 1140 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-20-19 Kenneth S Rogoff (replies)
mckmac: <KF:It's the homosexuals, who are liberal, who are raping the boys... ...Islam is a Satanic religion founded by a pedophile. It's an evil, horrible belief system that ruins people's lives here on earth and sends them to hell when they die.> Crap.
   Mar-19-19 Richard Taylor chessforum (replies)
mckmac: <ragtag> Take your trolling somewhere else.
   Mar-13-19 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
mckmac: Candidate? No that's the Winner! Go Moony!
   Mar-11-19 Magnus Carlsen (replies)
mckmac: <Perfidious> As long as he doesn't unleash 'the killer socks of 1868'... As for the poster in question, my detection skills are too weak to have an opinion yet.
   Mar-10-19 Kramnik vs S Shankland, 2019 (replies)
mckmac: <Kirth Gersen: .. he made the right choice. Friendship is temporary, dry witticisms are forever.> Heh. "An ounce of mother wit is worth a pound of clergy." -John Adams
   Mar-10-19 Robert James Fischer (replies)
mckmac: 'A Tribute to Bobby Fischer on his Birthday' (Hindi)
   Mar-10-19 Robed.Bishop chessforum (replies)
mckmac: <Robed.Bishop: I don't object to the <Rogoff> forum simply because Rogoff is either aware of his forum or he is not. If he's not, no harm done. If he is and doesn't complain, then fine. If he wants it cleaned up, then it should be.> I suspect that was the way the much ...
   Mar-10-19 P Michel vs R Sanguinetti, 1947
mckmac: <"The Taking of Paul M. 123"> Now that's totally railing it. Top pun.
   Mar-07-19 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
mckmac: Thanks for that Jess. There's no reason why it can't be a success and worthwhile. Will be in contact closer to the day.
   Mar-05-19 Domdaniel chessforum (replies)
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Sep-28-08  ravel5184: And again!
Sep-28-08  ravel5184: Count me in "Folding Sentences"!
Sep-28-08  hms123: <origami sentences> I am ready...and waiting.--hms
Sep-28-08  Boomie: <mckmac: Asking for confirmation of availability to start playing,from < achieve > < rogge > < ravel 5184 > < mack > < Red October > < Boomie > < hms123 > < jessicafischerqueen >>

Uh, Roger that, Houston control. Locked and loaded and ready for lift off...over.

Sep-28-08  hms123: I am still ready but time zone issues may arise--hms
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  mckmac: < Boomie >Planet Earth is Blue and there's nothing I can do...Thank you Sir.
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  mckmac: < JFQ > < ravel5184 > < hms123 > < Boomie > < Red October >

OK...a mini first game it is then.I have made a sweeping unilateral decision - two sentences for each turn,rather than one!

The number draw has been made by the cute Lady at the counter and the player order is:


2.Red October




Let's begin with the upcoming quote.If each player can play their turn within say 24hrs, things should trot along nicely.If there's the odd hold up or delay,no big deal.Matt

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  mckmac: < Folding Sentences Players > First Tea Break called.Weather fixin' to storm.Players are advised that there may well be no play before the weekend.

Oct-01-08  hms123: <mckmac> here's today's quotation:

<It is quite rare that we find a world class player writing a book about an opening that can still be found in his repertoire.

--- Carsten Hansen>

I will respond in the next 24 hours--hms

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  mckmac: I was looking for Aretha Franklin's 'Save Me' but here is Nina Simone instead.

Oct-14-08  hms123: <mckmac> I got your email--I am up for anything as far as the rules are concerned, but I do kind of like the two sentences, one visible version. One thing to consider is how many rounds we need before there is a story.
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  mckmac: < hms123 > How about six rounds? Each cycle has six sentences,so that would achieve a certain symmetry...

Something else to consider is new paragraphs.Perhaps each player should have one opportunity to start a new one.

< jessicafischerqueen > & < Boomie > Your thoughts,if you please.

Oct-15-08  hms123: <mckmac> fine with me. I'm easy.
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  mckmac: < hms123 > & < jessicafischerqueen > & < Boomie >

Okay,we're set then.The 'parameters' are (1) Two sentences each.Only the second shown. (2) One new paragraph each (3) Six Cycles to finish(36 sentences)

Houston,we have ignition,but where's the smoking room again?

Oct-17-08  hms123: <mckmac> ok--now what? are we continuing on where we left off? or starting anew? all is good--hms
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  mckmac: < hms123 > ...continuing as we are,if that's okay with all.There were no further suggestions,so we'll stick with the two sentences(only one shown)for this game.

As for 'length',we are doing six cycles(36 sentences in total).

Oct-18-08  hms123: <mckmac> My response should be there by now--I like it--thanks--hms
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  mckmac: Hey, all you Bowie fans and fannettes,you know the track 'Facination' from 'Young Americans',well guess who actually wrote it...

You got it!

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  Domdaniel: <mckmac> "... and discourage casual onlookers ..."

Ah. It's not the filthy lucre you object to, it's the filthy lookers-on.

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  mckmac: < Domdaniel > Hey I said that.I guess I should feel flattered.I guess I do.
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  Domdaniel: <mckmac> You don't happen to know who said it first, do you? I'm fairly sure it wasn't either of us, but I can't remember where I nicked it from.

*surrounded by heaps of stolen intellectual property, making frantic attempts to pass it off as my own*

*tries one on at random*

"Do my frontal lobes look big in this?"

Nov-13-08  rogge: Thank you for the quote.
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  mckmac: *** Fire and Forget ***

By < hms123 >&< jessicafischerqueen >& < Boomie >

"It is quite rare that we find a world class player writing a book about an opening that can still be found in his repertoire.Secrets should be kept in small boxes.If you see an opening, go for it.For she who hesitates is lost.And yet she who is lost must yet hesitate."

All unintended consequences require contemplation.She meditated on the wreckage of her good intentions. Those same meditations led to a resurgence of intentions that were, of course, less than admirable.

"Admirable intentions... I knew an Admiral Intentions once... he was certainly less than admirable. However, on the Field of Mars we call our beloved chess board, the only progress that can be made is fueled by less than admirable intentions-- by intentions that are forged in Blood and Iron, forged in the reptile brain that wishes nothing other than the utter destruction of the opponent, than to raze him, burn him and sow him with salt so that nothing can grow there till the end of time.Yet even while enjoying the entrails of a fallen foe, the Komodo dragon may glance up at the warmth of the sun."

"In the combat arena, through extraordinary valor and skill, there can arise the sense of a higher purpose, a sweet science.The sweet science is all the sweeter for its rule-based violence.Its primitive nature accounts for its popularity."

"Quite so, Dr. Tarrasch!" interjected the overexcited biology student, who had recently suffered a significant drop in his grade-point average due to a recently acquired, and most unfortunate, fascination with the <English Opening: King's English Variation. Hungarian Attack With 11...kh9>, "But surely you don't propose that the amygdala is some kind of wanton playground suitable for the fancies of young Catholic High School Girl Chess Students in trouble?" Dr. Tarrasch almost imperceptibly lifted his left eyelid, deigning only to remark "Someone get that dirty young man out of this operating theatre."His pince-nez slightly askew, Aron Nimzowitsch nodded his head in approval.

But Frank Marshall intervened saying "You'll have to come through me first!" Madonna immediately piped up with "Ladies first! Ladies first!" just before the tiger ate her for lunch.

That was, of course, a certain chess-playing tiger whose friends called him Petrosian.Petrosian had been awarded this sobriquet by benevolent teachers who regarded his equanimity in class as a sign that he was a friendly, happy, pliable student-- a "rosy" teacher's "pet," if you will-- hence "Petrosian"-- but the hidden truth was almost too awful to apprehend.Young Petrosian secretly hustled all of his classmates' borscht money during recess in forbidden chess games, in which he would often give his hapless prey Knight odds and then proceed to dismantle their hopes, dreams, and very souls, peppering his relentless play with taunts such as "Your Grandmother's farm has spotty raspberries." But his fear of detection rose to paranoiac levels where school lockers contained KGB agents with binoculars, textbooks hid listening devices, and every opponent was assumed to be a snitch.To insulate himself, the master of defense created the Chess Thieves World, a group of young toughs with bishop tatoos and bad attitudes who patrolled the hallways during games, pummelled snitches, and blitz beat down new members including the ingrate who would eventually clip the Tiger's tail.

But then, perhaps a "den of thieves" isn't collective at all, but is merely metaphorical.Or, perhaps it is both.It is neither. It is an art.Bringing order to the chaotic mundane is a worthy goal, but don't let the chaos win.Let the chaos wash over you.

Dec-01-08  hms123: <Matt> Thanks again for doing this.
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