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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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* "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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>> Click here to see domdaniel's game collections. Full Member

   Domdaniel has kibitzed 26666 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-25-15 J Sylvan vs M Antonsen, 1993
Domdaniel: It's a familiar idea. Although I like the way the White Queen on h7 could protect the Rb1, if only White could move his c-pawn. But a Black pawn on c3 kills that idea...
   Nov-25-15 Domdaniel chessforum
Domdaniel: The Victorian statistician Galton - a cousin of Charles Darwin - noted that British royals should be long-lived, as millions of people ask God daily to "save the Queen". Queen Elizabeth II will be 90 in April. Saved!
   Nov-24-15 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
Domdaniel: <I simply do not understand why some people will not concede to relatively minor factual errors.> Maybe because their fragile personality constructs would implode?
   Nov-24-15 Morphy vs W R Wills, 1858
Domdaniel: <we kabitz thiad Ps game> Oh, I'm sure we do. What? < Sure the R> Quite.
   Nov-24-15 Annie K. chessforum (replies)
Domdaniel: <A> Yep, I suspected you were what used to be known as a fast girl... I'm a slowcoach.
   Nov-24-15 Anderssen vs Morphy, 1858
Domdaniel: <kevin> 1.a3 is neither passive nor quaint. 'Passive' implies a lack of active play: but playing the Reversed Sicilian is a very active plan. 'Quaint' means old-fashioned: but this line can be very modern.
   Nov-24-15 E Prie vs M Santo-Roman, 1997 (replies)
Domdaniel: <Sally> -- <I think the Bishops and Knights cancel each other out. Before the error the game still appears to be in the pot. > Yeah, that was pretty much my impression too. But I was reminded of a tournament game I watched, between two IMs, where the guy with the ...
   Nov-24-15 McDonnell vs La Bourdonnais, 1834
Domdaniel: <Robed.Bishop> Now you're giving me ideas for a story... "<welhelm1982, Winner of a Match with LaBourdonnais>...
   Nov-24-15 Alexander McDonnell
Domdaniel: McDonnell made his fortune in the West Indies, while La Bourdonnais was born in Reunion. Does this tell us something about the colonial economy of the early 19th century - and the social background of chessplayers - or is it just coincidence?
   Nov-24-15 J Barkhagen vs Topalov, 1990
Domdaniel: Barkhagen up the wrong tree?
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  Domdaniel: Incidentally, has anyone else noticed how some people have begun to refer to the 3.e5 (or Nimzowitsch) line of the French as the "Advanced" Variation?

Implying, I suppose, that it's an avant-garde rocket science thing.

Whereas just calling it the 'Advance' means a pawn is pushed...

If there is to be an Advanced Variation, then I'll stick with the Retarded Opening.

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  Domdaniel: Another video:

I've admired Jesse Kraai for some time, and this is a fine discussion of the French. En passant, he ponders the matter of how there are more Armenians in Los Angeles than in Yerevan...

And of course the Swiss-Armenian (or SWARM) is a key variation of the French.

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  Domdaniel: How did Mr Dylan know?
"If you see Saint Annie, please tell her, thanks a lot/ I cannot move, my fingers are all in a knot..."
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  Annie K.: Ya know, I have a feeling Mr. Dylan's comment, in context, may not have been entirely void of a touch of sarcasm, all things considered. ;s
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  Domdaniel: <A> Indeed. As in the well-known put-down or rebuff "Thanks a lot!". (Some more direct types, ever concerned with being misunderstood, prefer to say "Thanks for nothing".)

Which is not what we mean at all. I prefer to think that the Dylan line can be, as it were, stripped of its sarcasm, de-ironified, rendered benign. Therapeutic hermeneutics.

Anyhow, thanks a lot.

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  Annie K.: No worries. I told you, I have a lot of posts parked in here myself. :)
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  OhioChessFan: <cro> - <Anyhow, strength does not come from winning>

<Dom: Hmm, that's a point. On the other hand, I don't think it comes from losing either.

Perhaps there's an optimal balance of the two...>

Yes. Strength comes from drawing.

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  Domdaniel: "A lawn savant, who'll lop a tree..."
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  Domdaniel: <Ohio> -- < Strength comes from drawing.> Y'know, I think you're right. Just the other day I played a club match game against an opponent who is rated about 200 points above me but against whom I have a fairly good record. This time, though, I gave away a pawn in the opening -- I thought I'd get play for it, but I was just losing a pawn -- and then endured about 40 moves of what was really just a lost position. Then, finally, when I'd lost a 2nd pawn and was offering a 3rd in desperation, and thinking I might have to resign soon, he slipped up, allowed me in ... and I forced a draw.

Great things, draws.

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  Domdaniel: So anyhow the club season just began. In the 1st game I played Stephen Short, for about the 6th time in the last couple of years -- I'd won one or two, lost one, drawn the rest. This was another draw, though I came close to losing. Then I lost the 2nd game to F. Noonan, whom I had beaten in our only previous game. Dropped a pawn stupidly and never recovered. So it goes.
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  Domdaniel: Some people on this site are amused by chessplayers with 'exotic' names. I will refrain from giving examples.

But I see that Facebook recently banned a woman named Isis. I was reminded of the 1970s Dylan song which went "I married Isis on the 5th day of May..."

And then there was the unfortunate Viet-Australian named Phuc Dat Bich.

Nov-20-15  Boomie: I do not care to see a perfectly serviceable goddess like Isis dragged through the mud...the sand of lunatic struggles. She represents the first resurrection mythology known although the Lakota Buffalo Dance probably predates it. Anyhoo they are delightful narratives and should be treated with some decorum, at least.
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  Domdaniel: <Boomie> I agree - call the lunatics Daesh instead.
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Thanks for the kudos, old sock. It's good to see you active on the <Beef Stroganoff> page, delivering a few pithy gems and also lightening the tone with your trademark humor.

Nov-22-15  ketchuplover: taste the rainbow
Nov-22-15  thegoodanarchist: <Domdaniel: <Boomie> I agree - call the lunatics Daesh instead.>

That makes me think of the character Bouksani Desh played by Joey Ansah in the Bourne Ultimatum.

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  Domdaniel: <jess> Why hello, your jessiness ... my apologies for disagreeing with you on the airy-plane thing ... but I guess I don't get as many flights as you do. In fact, I haven't been in a plane for more than five years, so I can afford to act aloof.

As for humor, I've decided to ramp it up (oops! when people say stuff like that they're usually getting very humourless indeed...). But I want to *laugh* at the buggers. I mean, what else have we got?


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  Domdaniel: My mystical spiritual double ... ??

<According to a reference book’s entry on him, this chessplayer attacked wildly, was unaware when to attack, was neither a scientist nor a theoretician, did not know, or was unable to explain, why what he did at the chessboard had to be done, cared relatively little about the outcome of a game, underestimated his opponents, appeared incapable of learning from his errors, was excessively self-confident, frequently lost his temper and was intolerable when defeated, did not have many friends and was virtually forgotten when he died.>

(Quote from Winter's Chess Notes).

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<Of course it bloody matters.>


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  OhioChessFan: <My mystical spiritual double ... ??

<According to a reference book’s entry on him, this chessplayer attacked wildly, was unaware when to attack, was neither a scientist nor a theoretician, did not know, or was unable to explain, why what he did at the chessboard had to be done, cared relatively little about the outcome of a game, underestimated his opponents, appeared incapable of learning from his errors, was excessively self-confident, frequently lost his temper and was intolerable when defeated, did not have many friends and was virtually forgotten when he died.>>

No, you don't frequently lose your temper.

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<Ohio> but he does kick people under the table like Tigran Petrosian. I have a flim clip of him kicking Kortschnoi but I can't find the bloody thing at the moment.

I have so much chess material collected over the years that I've saved it in so many different places I can't remember which is the most recent folder I use to collect new material in...

I'm terrified of losing it and having to spend another 12 years collecting it all again...

Nov-25-15  Boomie: <Jess: I can't remember which is the most recent folder>

At the risk of being out of context and/or making the mistake of taking you seriously, you can sort your folders by date.

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<Teem> That is an excellent idea! If I ever figure out which hard drive has the most recent mega folder I will use your ingenious "dating" method.

Seriously it's testament to my ditziness that I never thought of using "dates" to date my collection...

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  Domdaniel: <Ohio> That's true, I don't. Nor have I died, as far as I can tell. But the rest sounds familiar.
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  Domdaniel: The Victorian statistician Galton - a cousin of Charles Darwin - noted that British royals should be long-lived, as millions of people ask God daily to "save the Queen".

Queen Elizabeth II will be 90 in April.


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