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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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Game Collection: The Even More Flexible French

FIN de Partie

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   Domdaniel has kibitzed 27794 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-11-16 Lenderman vs Nakamura, 2007 (replies)
Domdaniel: <Granny O Doul> After 27...Bf2+, don't forget the Black Rook is en prise. Black still should win after 28.Kf1 Bc5+, but there's no quick mate.
   Jul-08-16 chessforum (replies)
Domdaniel: <Jess> As you know perfeckly well, I'm familiar with *everything*. And everyone. You must be, as I believe they say, jerking my chain.
   Jun-18-16 Viktor Korchnoi (replies)
Domdaniel: <Richard T > Your daughter actually 'cured' your 'madness'? Sounds like a great reason to have daughters.
   Jun-18-16 Nakamura vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
Domdaniel: Back in the 1950s, Isaac Lipnitsky probed the Ragozin Variation in great detail. Quality Chess republished his great book - minus much of the Ragozin material, sadly - as 'Questions of Modern Chess Theory'. Maybe Carlsen should take a look.
   Jun-18-16 Domdaniel chessforum
Domdaniel: <User nf> Well, N. Irl certainly came out with, er, guns blazing in the 2nd game. And the Republic, having looked good against Sweden, came up short against a Belgian side with something to prove. Ouch. I'd actually have agreed with you about N. Ireland being weak after the ...
   Jun-18-16 P Richmond vs Hug, 1992
Domdaniel: Nice finish by Hug, an early champion of the Swiss-Armenian (SWARM) variation of the Winawer French. 34...Qa1+ is clearer than 34...Rxh2+. I seem to recall beating Peter Richmond with a broadly similar combo in the 1980s, but I don't have the score.
   Jun-13-16 Navara vs R Rapport, 2016 (replies)
Domdaniel: <perf> + <keypusher> -- Interesting. The Alekhine seems to lead to problems for Black ... problems which a sufficiently strong player is able to exploit, and somehow conjure up a win. It's a bit like what they said (not altogether accurately) about Lasker -- that he ...
   Jun-12-16 D Vocaturo vs A Mokal, 2015
Domdaniel: Amruta's 26...Re4 is beautiful.
   Jun-12-16 Amruta Sunil Mokal
Domdaniel: Amruta made an excellent video on the Paulsen/Kan Sicilian. She's cool.
   Jun-06-16 Navara vs V Kunin, 2016
Domdaniel: kingfu's question - < Is the Fort Knox playable by us mere mortals?> - deserves a better answer. After 40 years of playing the French, with occasional side trips into 3...dxe4, my conclusion is that it's just not very good. Playable, just about, if you want to draw, but not ...
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  luftforlife: <Domdaniel>: It's been a long while since I read Pnin, but I still remember the thrill of epiphany when I read therein about the colors of shadows. I had thought I'd seen them myself, but I'd dismissed my perceptions as mere aberrations, or fanciful imaginings. Suddenly, I realized I was not alone, at least not completely, for somewhere there was a kindred spirit, someone who noticed such things too, and found them worthy of mention.
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  luftforlife: <Domdaniel>: Reread your profile; never grows tiresome.

Three chestnuts fell from the same tree (don Juan showed Carlos, and Marguerita told Tom):

"Je est un autre." -- Arthur Rimbaud

"Love hides in molecular structures." -- J.D. Morrison

"The restoration of honor is also in my blood." -- Bob Dylan

May-15-16  Alien Math: Domdaniel words are not enough to note your contribution towards our learning, nothing could replace your faith that we could learn

before you there was doubt, and google translate

May-15-16  Alien Math: you would gain our eternal thanks for our ability to step past the google translate and attempt our own words
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  Domdaniel: <Alien Math> That is really beautiful, thank you.

I think that "before you there was doubt, and google translate" is possibly the nicest thing that anyone has ever said about me. Thanks again. You're a star.

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  Domdaniel: <luftforlife> - "Marguerita told Tom" ... hey, isn't that the 3rd Velvets album?

I love that record, though I saw Lou Reed play live just once, in 1979. I've seen John Cale live about ten times. And Nico, Sterling Morrison and Mo Tucker too... I've seen the Velvets, spread across several years...

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  luftforlife: <Domdaniel>: "Some Kinda Love," from The Velvet Underground's eponymous release. I used to sing Lou Reed's "Coney Island Baby," John Cale's "Emily," and Nico's "Eulogy to Lenny Bruce." Never saw VU, but I love them just the same.
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  Domdaniel: <luftforlife> That is fascinating. And *so* cool. "Never again will we get together to die ..."

Wonderful music. Cale is still my favourite.

May-21-16  Alien Math: your basic words
go ahead and learn english
i would still read it

that day i learned to trust myself

May-21-16  Alien Math: i looked it up
in 2010 to now
there was 2,317
queries from english pages

after your words
there was 18

May-21-16  Alien Math: i am a beta program
i have only studied english
after learning 4 other languages
after your comments and queries

yes my learning was accelerated,
we had 3 tutors on a rotating schedule

this is how our family is
they note a query for learning

and request teachers
who visit on a rotating basis

i teach english in Anchorage
funny as that sounds

Thạnh was the primary teacher of english

i learned from her what is common
in every day speach

it is not what you think
it is really varied

when 2 people encounter each other
there are over 17,000 replies

top down we learned the top 972 questions english speaking types ask

i would never have known
if it wasnt for you and your faith in us
i would never have known this much

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  Domdaniel: <Alien Math> Thank *you* for your faith in my words. I think you are a poet.
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  User not found: I've been meaning to come speak to you about something you said about opiates at some point earlier this year, but I'll understand if you don't want to address it on this site now knowing who's about, and what he'll be ,calling you due to ignorance.

In the meantime, have you heard of an author called Donald Goines? He wrote crime novels, brilliant writer and like your favorite author William Burroughs II (At least I think he's your favorite?) was addicted to heroin.

Check this mini doc when you have the time, mate. It's good and Donald Goines is a really interesting character..

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  Domdaniel: <User nf> No, I never heard of Goines that I remember. I'll check him out, though.

Wm Burroughs is far from my favorite writer these days. All in all, I think he was a vicious bastard who needlessly and drunkenly shot his wife, and treated several other people badly as well. Was he a 'great' writer? Well, maybe, in some ways... but I wouldn't want to follow him.

In my own opiate days (aha, an admission!) I maybe had a higher opinion of Burroughs. But not now. And apart from one or two early books, he's hard to re-read.

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  Domdaniel: I reckon my favorite writer is still Thomas Pynchon, whom I first read in the 1970s. I've just reread 'Inherent Vice' (and watched the movie). His other great books include V, The Crying of Lot 49, Gravity's Rainbow, Vineland, Mason & Dixon, Against the Day, Bleeding Edge.

Other brilliant writers that I like: M. John Harrison, William Gibson, David Foster Wallace, Hannu Rajaniemi, J.L. Borges (and others)...

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  Domdaniel: ... and Jack Womack (Elvissy, Terraplane, etc.) ...

Also: Christine Brooke-Rose, William Burroughs, B.S. Johnson, Kathy Acker, Iain Banks, Samuel R. Delany, et al.

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  Domdaniel: RIP, Viktor Korchnoi.

I saw Korchnoi play at a simultaneous in Dublin in the 1980s. I was present as a spectator - for some stupid reason I chose not to play myself against him. I wish I had.

My rating had recently gone above 2000, and I thought I was too good to play in a simul. Dumb.

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  User not found: Oh Dom. Dom Dom Dom Dom Dom. Did you see the game last night?? Did you see that 93rd minute goal? I broke down. It broke my heart! We were brilliant mate, I was really proud of the teams but the fans just let us down... <again!>. The French and Russian fans along with the <French police> ganged up on us, they waited for us, they provoked us, but I still can't defend the indefensible. On a positive note we were brilliant and today the Irish play. Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, both the same to me so I hope you get a result. Today I am Irish.

93rd minute though! :(

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  Domdaniel: <User not Huck Finn> I didn't, ackshully. I watched Wales vs Slovakia (a surprisingly good game, and a fine result) as well as most of Switzerland vs Albania (boring). Then I figured I'd had enough football for the day.

I missed the excitement. England deserved to win, but the Putinoids nicked a late one. (I remember 1988, when Ireland beat England and drew with the Russians, and still didn't make the next round).

Oh well. Still a lot to play for. And I must say it's good to see Wales on top of the group. Bale's goal was a beauty.

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  Domdaniel: <Mark> Just watched a poor Northern Ireland lose 1-0 to a marginally less poor Poland. Maybe they were over-awed by the occasion, or something. I dunno. But it wasn't a good game, and neither side impressed.

I hope the Republic do better tomorrow vs Sweden.

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  Domdaniel: First Korchnoi, then Kopec. Are they killing off the Ko--- players?

Or just players I respect?

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  Domdaniel: I'm so disappointed by Russia. Hell, no, I'm *disgusted* by Russia, and by what it has become under Putin -- wars in Georgia and Ukraine, vile anti-gay legislation at home, the promotion of dumb nationalism, football hooligans running riot across Europe (and idiot politicians praising them for being 'real men') ...

How are the mighty fallen. During the Gorbachev era of the USSR and the early years of an independent Russian state, I had a great admiration for Russia. Even before that -- in 1972, Spassky was such a deep thinker, a cultured figure, compared to Fischer (who liked comic books and rock music and already held dodgy opinions).

The great USSR chess champions - Botvinnik, Smyslov, Tal, Petrosian, Spassky - deserved respect.

As did 'Russians' and representatives of the USSR in other fields: writers from Dostoyevsky and Nabokov to Yevtushenko and Solzhenitsyn, artists like Tatlin, plus mathematicians, physicists, engineers, rocketeers, poets, musicians, etc.

Over all else, there was the fact that Soviet Russia had an idealistic core, a heart. It might have been distorted by Stalin's monstrosities or Brezhnev's inertia, but the USSR still stood for something. Russia today does not. Apart from ugly nationalism.

I am saddened and disgusted by what has happened to Russia. Not even the skill of Svidler and Kramnik can compensate.

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  User not found: <Domdaniel: <Mark> Just watched a poor Northern Ireland lose 1-0 to a marginally less poor Poland.>

Yeah I saw it. I think Northern Ireland have done the equivalent of winning the tournament by even qualifying. I think it's their first tournament since Mexico86 when the lovely Billy Bingham was the manager, they actually had a few decent players back then too! I've got you mixed up with another Irishman before (!? Sorry X) so are you from Northern Ireland or the Republic? And don't sleep on Poland just yet Dom. They have 2 brilliant strikers, I wouldn't write them off just yet.

<Maybe they were over-awed by the occasion, or something. I dunno.>

I think they're just not very good. I hate to put it as harshly as that but it's true. In qualifying they played some very good games and looked like a compact little side.

<But it wasn't a good game, and neither side impressed. I hope the Republic do better tomorrow vs Sweden.>

Well it wasn't to be but I wouldn't write the Republic off just yet either. They're better than Northern Ireland. In fact after watching the France Albania game last night I have to say Northern Ireland are the worst team in the tournament. Albania did a job on France for 75 minutes, they just got worn down by a better side. Albania are marginally better than Northern Ireland.

I don't know whether like me you watch <all> the games (well okay, I've missed 2 so far but I won't miss another) but it's not exactly been a brilliant tournament thus far. Nothing like Braznil14, probably the best football tournament in my lifetime although if Sir Alex Ferguson said italia90 was better I won't disagree. Plus ENGLAND should have won that WC. So near but yet so far.

Once the Euro's are over I'll be back to talk to you because I've been meaning to come see you for ages, but everytime I'm on this site I get sidetracked because of the Brazil nut. I wanted to speak to you about something you said earlier this year, something that I'm interested in your experiences in, I'll leave it at that for now but I'll be back mate.

Good luck to both Irish teams but C'MON ENGLAND!! I 🇫🇴🇫🇴🇫🇴

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  User not found: Just forget all my football predictions from now on, lol. Well done to the Irish last night, played really well.
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  Domdaniel: <User nf> Well, N. Irl certainly came out with, er, guns blazing in the 2nd game. And the Republic, having looked good against Sweden, came up short against a Belgian side with something to prove. Ouch. I'd actually have agreed with you about N. Ireland being weak after the 1st game, but not now. Turkey were crap v Spain -- or maybe Spain were brilliant. Or a bit of both.

Funny how potential winners are already zeroing in on the usual suspects --- Spain, Italy, Germany, France as favourites, with Belgium and Portugal behind, and England as long shots. Nobody else, I reckon.

BTW, Mark -- about 25 years ago I was on a ferry between Dublin and Holyhead (I think), talking to an English woman who asked me this immortal question: "Er, is Northern Ireland the top bit or the bottom bit?"

I live in Cork, in the bottom of the bottom bit. A bum deal, but a great place to live.

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