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playground player
Member since Oct-01-06 · Last seen Oct-14-19
NJ--no rating. Favorites, Morphy, Marshall, Anderssen. Played a lot as a teen, then let it go for 40 years. Trying to reconstitute myself as a chess player.

Meanwhile, let this forum serve as a refuge from wild-eyed loony leftism. Here there will be no admiration for Hugo Chavez, Castro, or any of the other tin-pot dictators admired by chess players from the safety of freedom-loving Western democracies. Here will be found a premise that most of the nations of the world today are governed by Godless fools. Ours, too, unfortunately.

I was also going to say some uncomplimentary things about Queen Pawn games, the Sicilian and the French Defenses, Semi-Slav games, and a few other chess matters. But as those are purely questions of personal taste, I have chosen to leave them alone.

Since setting up this forum, I have also had several novels published: "Bell Mountain," "The Cellar Beneath the Cellar," and "The Thunder King." For more information about them (and me), visit my website,

Update, much delayed: my fourth book, "The Last Banquet," came out last year, and my fifth, "The Fugitive Prince," I expect to be published sometime this Spring. For book covers and free sample chapters, visit my blog.

Update again: "The Fugitive Prince" is out now and the next project is "The Palace." Editing is well advanced, but we're still waiting for a cover.

Update: "The Palace" is in print now along with No. 7, "The Glass Bridge," with No. 8, "The Temple," waiting in the wings. The first seven are all available via

Update: No. 8, "The Temple," and No.9, "The Throne," are now in print, with No. 10, "The Silver Trumpet,"due for release any day now. Full Member

   playground player has kibitzed 6369 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-14-19 playground player chessforum (replies)
playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> Strict historical accuracy is not the aim of crepuscularity. <OCF> has emerged as a master of the art. I can only stand in awe of his virtuosity.
   Oct-14-19 Lombardy vs N Spiridonov, 1964 (replies)
playground player: The right Rook wins, the wrong Rook doesn't.
   Oct-11-19 V Gashimov vs Korchnoi, 2008 (replies)
playground player: Aren't you supposed to lose if you have tripled pawns?
   Sep-10-19 Polugaevsky vs Gulko, 1975 (replies)
playground player: I thought Ng5 worked. What was I missing?
   Sep-09-19 Koltanowski vs H Walpole, 1937 (replies)
playground player: <Lighthorse> I remember that show! Loved it! But I can't find any old episodes, or even clips, on Youtube. I suspect they must have recorded over the videotape to save money. That's how a lot of shows from the 50s and 60s got lost forever.
   Aug-30-19 Capablanca vs Kevitz, 1924 (replies)
playground player: Funny! Capablanca tries "the orang-utan" and gets burned.
   Jul-26-19 Karpov vs Kasparov, 1975 (replies)
playground player: White wins despite having a tripled pawn! Is that allowed?
   Jul-12-19 O Field vs O Tenner, 1922 (replies)
playground player: Ouch! So much for the fried liver...
   Jun-09-19 G Meszaros vs I Wessel, 1933 (replies)
playground player: Chekov (to police officer): "Can you tell me where the nuclear wessels are?"
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  thegoodanarchist: < playground player: ...

Remember the way they piled on Dan Quayle for slip-ups one-tenth as gargantuan as Biden's?>

You say "poe-tay-toe" I say "poe-tah-toe"

Only Rs are required to toe the line, not Ds.

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  OhioChessFan: Sang this song in church last week. The song leader mentioned he'd like to know the background, whether there was a military context. I did a google search and found it was written in 1858, by an American. That pretty much told me what was going on, as it was not long before the Civil War broke out. The songwriter, George Duffield Jr., was a preacher from Pennsylvania. While the lyrics are a pretty straight forward appeal to Christianity, Duffield was a renowned abolitionist, and the song was an appeal to everyone to stand up Jesus and help free the slaves. Fittingly, because freeing slaves is what God and Jesus were all about. Interestingly, the song was just as popular in the South as in the North.

As for this version, the stunning soprano descant in the last verse is the obvious highlight.

Stand Up For Jesus-The Celebration Choir

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  playground player: Thanks, <OCF>, I'll post that on my blog first thing tomorrow. This is just the kind of hymn the Church needs now!
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  thegoodanarchist: <ocf: ...the song was an appeal to everyone to stand up Jesus...>

Probably missing a "for" in there.

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  WannaBe: Or missing "to". =))
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  playground player: Standing up Jesus would be awkward for most of us.

Posted the hymn on my blog this morning
and the readers loved it.

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  playground player: <Steamed Colleagues> Facebook censored me again this morning. Apparently you're not allowed to say anything unflattering to communist China.

The NBA is in their pocket now.

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  playground player: Meanwhile, China has banned <South Park> because they had an episode making fun of Hollywood bending over backwards to avoid offending communists.

By contrast with the craven poltroons of the NBA, the writers and producers of <South Park> say they don't care whether China bans them or not.

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  diceman: <thegoodanarchist:

zounds, I just realized I misspelled "by" in my Sept. 3rd post.

My apologies.>

No need to apologize,
it's time we let “by”gones be bygones.

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  diceman: <playground player: <Steamed Colleagues> Facebook censored me again this morning. Apparently you're not allowed to say anything unflattering to communist China.>

Apparently, free speech and fascism aren't a good mix:

<New York City passes fine up to $250,000 for using the term 'illegal alien'>

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  playground player: <diceman> The EU is working on scrubbing all "hate" from the social media. For "hate" read "any deviation from the Far Left Crazy agenda."
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  playground player: Worn out from trying to finish my book today--too tired even to come up with a new crepuscularity.
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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> Finished!

Let's celebrate with a major new archaeological discovery.

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  thegoodanarchist: <Apparently, free speech and fascism aren't a good mix:>

Well, it was a good mix for one side, in the 1930s fascist countries.

Hint: It wasn't a good mix for the side exercising free speech.

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  thegoodanarchist: I discovered the correct spelling of "archaeological" by reading your post.

I think I will leave my discoveries at that, for this evening at least.

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  playground player: <thegoodanarchist> I wish I could think of a crepuscularity using the word "archaeological."
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  OhioChessFan: The movie reviewer praised the RKO logical study of archaeological study.
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  thegoodanarchist: <OhioChessFan: The movie reviewer praised the RKO logical study of archaeological study.>

Even though RKO Pictures is now defunct (going on 60 years), I am going to judge that one a moderate success.

Mainly because I loved the original King Kong movie.

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  thegoodanarchist: And King Kong was a faux archaeological study in its own right!
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  OhioChessFan: My irony meter spiked when you suggested a historical matter of the 20th century was too old for an archaeological reference.
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  thegoodanarchist: That was not the suggestion, <OCF>.

The suggestion was that RKO is not doing studies of any kind, logical or otherwise.

Or would you find it ironic if I suggested Einstein isn't publishing any physics papers anymore.

(What would be the reason for his lack of productivity these days?)

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  thegoodanarchist: Same reason Kurt Cobain isn't making any new records...
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  OhioChessFan: 60 years ago, the movie reviewer praised the RKO logical study of archaeological study. :p
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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> Strict historical accuracy is not the aim of crepuscularity. <OCF> has emerged as a master of the art. I can only stand in awe of his virtuosity.
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  OhioChessFan: When the electrician found a circuit breaker at the dump, and his boss asked him to rewire it, he confidently stated "I refuse to refuse the refuse."
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