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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.

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.

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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Possibly the first chess Czech haiku ever, 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)

Update, mid-2013. I've bought a new wooden board and set, and got rid of the burnt ones. Time to move on from conflagrations past.

*Empty Space*

Update, 2013. 'Empty Space' is also a brilliant novel by M.John Harrison, 3rd in the Kefahuchi trilogy.

I don't exist.

Just like the Urban Spaceman.
("I'm the urban spaceman, I'm intelligent and clean/ Know what I mean?/ I'm the urban spaceman, here comes the twist: I don't exist.")

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 27698 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-02-16 Tartakower vs W Winter, 1932
Domdaniel: <Underworld> Good comments on the Stonewall. I play it occasionally, though at the moment I prefer both the Classical Dutch and the Leningrad. But your ideas are clearly based on experience - not unlike Moskalenko in his book The Diamond Dutch.
   May-02-16 Domdaniel chessforum (replies)
Domdaniel: This post, #27,690, brings me level with <acirce> - the former #1 poster who hasn't been seen for a few years. In the meantime, several others have accelerated past him: the lead is now somewhere north of 47000.
   May-02-16 Ultimate Blitz Challenge (2016) (replies)
Domdaniel: <Jambow> - < Otherwise please go to Rogoff and rant if you like.> I tend to avoid Rogoff: there's just too much belief for my tastes. Curiously, however, I used to write for a magazine named Rant. The name, I should add, was ironic.
   May-02-16 Larsen vs G Welling, 1988
Domdaniel: The Malinoise Defence, invented by Belgian IM Jadoul, with 1...c6 and 2...b5. The resulting position is similar to those reached from the St George (1...a6) and the Polish (1...b5). Larsen drifts into a poor position and eventually drops a piece, probably in time trouble. A nice ...
   May-02-16 Michel Jadoul
Domdaniel: Inventor of the Malinoise Defence: 1.d4 c6 2.c4 b5 ...
   Apr-30-16 Saint Amant vs Staunton, 1843 (replies)
Domdaniel: <Noflaps> - <"You play the Sicilian. Your opponent responds with 2.c4 ..."> Yes, that's how it would look today. But in 1843, when this game was played, the Sicilian wasn't really a thing - it wasn't a regular opening or a widely understood conceptual system. Both of ...
   Apr-30-16 chessforum (replies)
Domdaniel: <Luftforlife> What an interesting vocabulary you have. I know all those words too, of course -- but I would not normally use them in routine communications.
   Apr-30-16 Tal vs Grave, 1965 (replies)
Domdaniel: O grave, where is thy victory? O Sting, where is thy death?
   Apr-29-16 Carlsen vs Eljanov, 2016 (replies)
Domdaniel: Bogo Haram?
   Apr-28-16 Kramnik vs Harikrishna, 2016 (replies)
Domdaniel: <Luc B> - < Can anybody explain to me why white played 2.g3 AND 3.e3... doesn't this waste a lot time?> It is a little unusual, yes, but the loss of time is not so significant. I've used a similar pawn structure as Black -- ...e6/...g6 and ...f5, leading to the ...
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  Domdaniel: <cro> - < Vedi Napoli e poi muori! >

-- Sipaj, <cro>. -- "<Brav' scugnizz'>".

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  OhioChessFan: I can't believe #8.

<10 surprising Irish words>

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  Domdaniel: <Ohio> I'm not certain of the etymology, but #8 is plausible. I know it *looks* Yiddish (or whatever) in the spelling 'kibosh' (and spelling should not be ignored) -- but the Irish 'chaip bais' for a judge's 'death cap' has essentially the same pronunciation.

The one I have trouble with is 'swanky'.

When I studied the history of the English language, one of the outstanding mysteries was why English had lifted so few words from any of the Celtic languages - Welsh, Irish, Cornish, Scots, Breton, Cumbric, etc. OK, there are some well-known exceptions like 'smithereens' and 'slew' - but far fewer than you might expect from languages that were in close proximity for centuries. It's possibly a status thing - the speakers of Anglo-Saxon regarded Celtic tongues as low status.

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  Domdaniel: <A news flash> OK, so I just had my best tournament result in the almost-ten years since I returned to chess. In this week's Cork Masters, I scored 3.5/6 - which doesn't sound like much, I've scored more than that in other events - but here everyone I played had a higher rating, some significantly so. My predicted score was just 1.5/6, but I made 2 wins, 3 draws, and just one loss -- winning a grading prize (my first cash prize since the 1980s) and gaining a staggering 48 rating points.

So, basically, well ... wheeeeeee!

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  Annie K.: Congrats! :)
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  OhioChessFan: Another 15 tournaments like that and you'll qualify for the Candidates.
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  Domdaniel: <Annie> Thanks!

<Ohio> You're reading my mind, my friend! I just had exactly the same thought.

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  luftforlife: <Domdaniel>: Regarding Welsh loan-words in English, and, more broadly, the relationship between the British and the English languages: you may be familiar with the following (and, if so, please forgive the superfluity), but in case you are not, and might be interested, here is a link to an informal transcription of Professor J.R.R. Tolkien's inaugural O'Donnell Memorial Lecture entitled "English and Welsh," delivered on October 21, 1955 at the University of Oxford:

This paper was subsequently published in Angles and Britons: O'Donnell Lectures (University of Cardiff Press 1963), 1-41, and in J.R.R. Tolkien, The Monsters and the Critics and Other Essays (Christopher Tolkien ed.) (London: George Allen & Unwin 1983).

Kind regards.

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  Domdaniel: <luftforlife> Thank you. I actually studied the history of the English language and Anglo-Saxon many years ago -- my professor at the time, A.J. Bliss, had been a student of Tolkien.
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  Domdaniel: "The others believed me wise because I won, but they didn't know the many instances in which I have been foolish because I lost, and they didn't know that a few seconds before winning I wasn't sure I wouldn't lose."

- William of Baskerville

- Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose

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  Domdaniel: Oy. I recently had my best tournament result in years - 3.5/6 and a grading prize in the Cork Masters. But according to the <Swings & Roundabouts> rule, I was then due a bad result: which duly arrived in the form of 1.5/6 in the Galway Masters.

Admittedly, I was seeded in last place. And I wound up playing several teenagers with rapidly rising ratings, and I even beat one of them. But still...

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  OhioChessFan: Yes-Roundabout

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  Domdaniel: <Ohio> Thanks for that. I didn't like Yes in the 1970s and I don't like 'em now. But it takes all sorts, I suppose.

Speaking of which ... weird stuff seems to be happening in Ohio just now ...?!

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  OhioChessFan: No roundabout? I'll take a swing at the swings:

Roger Miller-England Swings

Horrible stuff going on around here. The cops are keeping their mouths shut, for a change. A family murdered, horrible enough, but at four different locations!?

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  Domdaniel: <Ohio> - < A family murdered, horrible enough, but at four different locations!?> Yes, it's horrible and bizarre. I can't help wondering -- did the killers imagine they were being decent (or humane, kind, etc) by sparing babies and young children?
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  OhioChessFan: <did the killers imagine they were being decent (or humane, kind, etc) by sparing babies and young children?>

That's sort of the prevailing view. Another take is that they left no witnesses, although a 3 year old could maybe identify someone. A few other points of interest: There was a pot growing operation at 3 sites, most were shot more than once, and apparently some pit bulls roaming around that have disappeared.

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  Domdaniel: There's a murderous cult who claim that the move 3...Bb4+ is wrong, and forbidden by God.

They're called Bogo Haram.

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  luftforlife: <Domdaniel>: Thanks for your comment in the <cg> forum. I hope my following comments will not be out-of-order.

I recall being terribly disappointed upon learning that a judge whose writings I sometimes admired did not natively use in everyday speech the words he inserted in his judicial opinions. He admitted in an interview with a third party that he purposefully gathered words from dictionaries and lexicons -- including words that were truly and needlessly obscure -- to use them in an artificial and intentionally sesquipedalian way, merely to make his opinions more "entertaining." His penchant in this regard was an impediment to understanding, and proved counterproductive. As my freshman philosophy professor wisely instructed, a trip to the dictionary should always prove rewarding, and the journeys this man's language occasioned became arid rituals of meaningless form (to quote from a judicial opinion he did not write). I had suspected his arch tone and love of the long word were contrivances, and both his revelations made in the interview and my experience appearing before him at oral argument confirmed my suspicion. In person he was a fine jurist, and used pedestrian language in posing questions from the bench and in colloquies with counsel, without artifice or pretense. But the magic of his language had vanished, for his verbal legerdemain had proved but a ruse.

For my own part, my vocabulary is entirely natural. Though no one here would know this, I write just as I speak; the words are there, and I use them as well as I can do, hoping always to avoid pitfalls. I don't emulate William F. Buckley Jr., but I do feel a kinship with him. I often follow Ezra Pound's advice to writers (derived from Ford Madox Ford): "Get a dictionary and learn the meanings of words." I use my vocabulary, as Michael Reck describes Pound's use of his own, "not for parade or show," but naturally, hoping always to find les mots justes. My speech and writing are ingenuous, but nonetheless may be ineffectual.

I do modulate my approach somewhat to fit the circumstances. Eugene O'Neill was a great expository writer despite his tin ear for verse, and in my communications with grandmasters and chess-historians, I do emulate what Hamilton Basso called his "full-dress" style -- and this so far has worked universally well. I wouldn't go so far as to inhabit personae as Pound did, though in so doing he found a remarkable range of apt expression and genuine connection, and I wouldn't characterize myself either as Michael Herr did his beloved colleague, Vietnam-War photographer Tim Page ("He had only one way of speaking, it could have been to me or to the Queen, it didn't matter."). I suppose my vocabulary -- the collective imprints left upon what was originally, but no longer is, a completely retentive memory -- reflects catholic tastes in reading and intellectual investigation, and amounts to a chrestomathy of discoveries and epiphanies, each one cherished and treasured and catalogued for further (and often, but no longer always, instantaneous) reference. Paddy Kavanagh's lament in Anthony Cronin's Dead as Doornails rings true: once Kavanagh knew he was creatively finished, he envied the blaze as Auden burned the "lumber" of his "well-stocked mind" -- the intellectual fuel he had gathered and amassed from his readings in philosophy and psychology, as well as from his creative endeavors. Fortunately, though my mind is in decline (hence my occasional chess blunders, interlarded with analyses slightly sounder, if still tenderfooted and inexpert), its fires still glow with embers tended long ago, and they offer some small measure of refulgence amidst the darkling plain.

May-01-16  User not found: Wow. And I came to swallow another dictionary too, lol! No disrespect <luftforlife> but <tpstar> obviously thinks you're someone called Limpy Urcan (I kid you not!) so if you have any issues with anyone on this site go take it up with him..

Anyways.. Dom. Did you mean me when you mentioned the statistics in the help forum? *lifts glasses and exposes himself as Sir Edmund Blackadder*? Well if so that's a very good question that Daniel Freeman will never answer. However.. I will answer, lol. Basically I have a homosexual Brazilian stalker who's developed an infatuation with me over 3 years and it's affected my real life. I asked Freeman to delete my username so I don't spawn another weirdo homosexual (I know you think I'm kidding about this because I always joke around but I'm 100% deadly serious) stalker and he's deleted my username but not the posts.. He needs to cover his ass when it hits the fan and I can <prove> to anyone here who doubts me <exactly> what's been going on. If I recall correctly you could go back through your forum to 2013 when someone followed me here saying this that and the third, his posts aren't here no longer but <ours> most certainly are. You'll see what's going on very very soon but we're all on a sinking ship basically. I have nothing personal against Daniel Freeman but he had the opportunity to do something and he didn't take it, so tough on him.

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  Domdaniel: <luftforlife> Thanks for that. I probably still understand a vast number of words, the result of wide reading and a collection of dictionaries. But I find that these days I'm less inclined to use the more exotic specimens in practice: perhaps my time as a journalist showed me that relative simplicity can be a virtue.

There is something Nabokovian about your style, I think.

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  Domdaniel: <User not found> You're that Mark Twain, aintcha? How's Huck Finn?

Brazil nuts, eh? They wax and they wane.

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  Domdaniel: This post, #27,690, brings me level with <acirce> - the former #1 poster who hasn't been seen for a few years. In the meantime, several others have accelerated past him: the lead is now somewhere north of 47000.
May-02-16  User not found: Hi Dom.. Yes it's me Huckleberry Finn. Lol. And to answer your question in the support forum I asked for my real name removing from the site. Daniel's got a lot on right now and even though I've nothing against him personally he'll be "asked nicely" for the posts deleting too this week. I'm guessing you've noticed what's been going on since the end of 2013 so you hit the nail on the head. Brazil nuts! And I never realized that I was 15th on the list, some achievement to say I've had about 10 suspensions too. And Leicester City finally won the Premier League! Unbelievable, I'm sooooo happy for them. Danny Baker, English Radio DJ and part time TV show host just tweeted "Leicester shouldn't have an open top bus parade. The Man Utd, Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal players should <carry> them on their shoulders!". All their players are 25 million pound players at the least and little Leicester City just pipped them all to the title. I know you're a bit older than me so you probably remember Notts Forrest winning the old Division 1 in 1977 (78?) but this is definitely the biggest shock in modern football.
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  morfishine: <Domdaniel> We don't converse much, but I'd like to say I do enjoy your posts and I particularly like your references to books and/or book reading from time to time

People do not appreciate that the simple act of holding a book & reading it is much more effective for comprehension vs computer reading or Kindle: Holding an actual book brings in the sensory components of holding, feeling, and seeing, which improves comprehension. This is a fact

Best always, morf


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  luftforlife: <Domdaniel>: Thanks for your comments; I'm glad you were receptive to mine. I've always found Nabokov's style happily lapidary in its self-conscious recordings of the processes and awareness of perception -- especially of sensory perception. His style is by turns introverted and painstakingly reflexive in consideration of consequences, and extroverted and playfully precise in praxis of perception (to borrow a phrase Allen Ginsberg used to praise Pound's sequential visual imagery in The Cantos). He's more phenomenological than Faulkner, whose abstractions pall, but not nearly so protracted as Henry James, whose periphrasations pale. I've enjoyed his work (Pnin in particular), and I appreciate your finding some similitude between my writing style and his. He's a master of language, and I'm merely an acolyte, and so I'm flattered.

I am sure you are a successful and a first-rate journalist. I seem to recall reading here that you are, or were, a highly regarded drama critic writing for an Irish newspaper; I hope I'm not too far off in that regard. I once was an aspiring actor: I studied Shakespeare with Paul Rogers (and, very briefly, with Brian Cox) some thirty years ago this midsummer, in a program at Oxford, and I cherish those memories. It was the Dean of the Yale School of Drama (with whom I was friendly there; he was my mentor-in-Chekhov, and in life, and he ran a great poker game) who both encouraged me to continue and convinced me to quit. I couldn't compete with my classmate (now a well-known stage and motion-picture character actor), and I didn't want to try. Acting was always so amorphous, anyway, depending at heart on a talent insusceptible of being taught; one either could act (in which case, one could refine one's "craft"), or one couldn't. I loved the drama, and others praised my acting, but I couldn't find much that was praiseworthy in it, and, as Bob Dylan once put it, it's hard to hear that others dig you when you yourself don't dig you. Anyway, I should love to read your work, for your empathy is as evident as your erudition, and your literary skill (at least in your profile, which was not so purple in its prose stylings as to prove offputting) is surpassingly captivating. Best regards.

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