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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

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

   Domdaniel has kibitzed 27548 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-29-16 Carlsen vs Yifan Hou, 2016 (replies)
Domdaniel: How does he do it? Sitzfleisch elevated to a slow-motion Blitzkrieg.
   Jan-26-16 chessforum (replies)
Domdaniel: Re Tabanus: his English is excellent. Probably better than mine, and I'm allegedly a native speaker.
   Jan-26-16 A Shvyriaev vs F Alikhanov, 2007
Domdaniel: 25.Rxf2 Rh1+ 26.Kxh1 Nxf2+ 27.Kg1 Nxd3 etc.
   Jan-19-16 Carlsen vs Caruana, 2016
Domdaniel: Interestingly, this is classified as an 'Uncommon Opening' because of 1.g3 g6 followed by e4 e5. But the position that results isn't so unusual.
   Jan-19-16 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
Domdaniel: Capablanca, I mean... Jose R., from Cuba.
   Jan-19-16 Domdaniel chessforum (replies)
Domdaniel: <moronovich> Thanks for the advice. I have now been in touch with Tim Harding about CC in Ireland, though I haven't decided yet whether I want to enter a tournament. We shall see. The last corr event I played in was around 1974-75, as a teenager - a junior event run by Chess
   Jan-19-16 J Tay vs Holger Hank, 1999
Domdaniel: Very nice. Material is level, and only 25 moves have been played ... and yet Black has to resign as he has no reasonable moves.
   Jan-19-16 Z Almasi vs Tomashevsky, 2015
Domdaniel: Very true, Richard. I guess sometimes the players need to make a few moves just to convince themselves, even when the draw is blindingly obvious to the rest of us.
   Jan-19-16 Wei Yi vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
Domdaniel: <Cooleyhigh> You've been a CG member for over ten years, but most of your posting activity has been recent? Where have you been all my life?
   Jan-19-16 J K Robinson vs D Goodman, 1973
Domdaniel: It's one way to draw - pinging the Bishops back and forth for a repetition. I played David Goodman a couple of years later, and he won by exploiting the fact that the game was drawn. Don't ask. It's a legitimate strategy in correspondence chess.
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  Domdaniel: With three games on the Saturday, 6-round weekend Swiss tournaments can be tiring. Some people opt for a bye in round 4 on Saturday evening.

I've found another method. Play in R.4, get paired against a higher-rated opponent, win a pawn after 15-20 moves in a relatively simple position... and offer a draw. They'll usually take it. If they don't, knuckle down and beat 'em.

This has worked for me two years running.

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  Domdaniel: <tpstar> - <What do you think about reserving the last five clues (60-64) for people who have not won anything yet?> That sounds like a good idea. Though, as a former 5-time winner, I'm not entirely sure that I'd want to win an easy one.
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  cro777: <Domdaniel> You must love this!

Nakamura is playing Komodo (the latest developmental version) in a 4-game odds match.

Yesterday, in the first game (pawn-and-move odds), with the black pieces Komodo played the French Defense with the f7 pawn removed (!) and managed to draw.

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5

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Hikaru Nakamura

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  OhioChessFan: Alas, and they are doing the Caissars. Do we have to endure another year of <td> winning funniest kibitzer for his apparently hilarious "$20" routine? I know it shouldn't matter, but it drives me bonkers.

<cro> I think CC is probably played out if engines are that good. Sort of depressing.

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  Shams: <Exchange French where White took a wrong turn>

This and your other French games I'd love to see when you have time to post them.

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  Domdaniel: <Ohio> - < Do we have to endure another year of <td> winning funniest kibitzer for his apparently hilarious "$20" routine? I know it shouldn't matter, but it drives me bonkers.>

You have a sense of humor. I have, I think, a sense of humour. Quite a lot of the time, these are in agreement.

TD also has a sensa Yuma. Enough said.

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  Domdaniel: <cro> A French without an f-pawn? I'd have been tempted to avoid the tactical Exchange lines, and go for something where Black needed an eventual ...f6.

But, as <Ohio> says, it's depressing.

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  Domdaniel: <Shams> - <This and your other French games I'd love to see> I have to admit I've only had one French game recently: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.c4 Nf6 -- Exchange Variation, Monte Carlo line (in which I'd lost 3 games in the last couple of years - but my opponent here was rated about 8-900 points lower) ... I won quickly when he played b3 (unprotecting the Nc3, inviting ...Bb4) and Qc2 (losing to ...Ne4).

As for my other games: some began with 1.d4 or 1.c4 ... and in one, after 1.e4, I'm afraid I replied 1...Nc6.

Sometimes my inner Nimzo breaks out.

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  cro777: <Ohio> <Dom> That’s why I consider Arno Nickel’s idea to propose a slight change to the draw rules to be very interesting. I would also support a challenge in Lasker chess against Arno. It might be an opportunity for to promote a valuable idea. Maybe Daniel Freeman needs some encouragement.
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  Domdaniel: Steinitz, on playing Blackburne: "After a few words Blackburne pounced upon me and hammered at my face and eyes with fullest force about a dozen blows...but at last I had the good fortune to release myself from his drunken grip, and I broke the window pane with his head, which sobered him down a little.”

<cro> Yes, I think a *slight* change in the rules is justified... if they were able to modify the game in the 1600s, why can't we?

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  technical draw: <OhioChessFan> Vote for me and I promise no more $20 jokes, just premium material, class A stuff just for chess My agent says it's ok.
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  technical draw: And if nothing else works I'll try groveling.
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  Domdaniel: <Shams> - <French Games> ... I had a French Tarrasch 3.Nd2 in a club match (Munster league, Ireland) last weekend. It must be 2 years since I last saw 3.Nd2. I played 3...c5 and continued with a line which I've used a few times before: 3.Nd2 c5 4.Ngf3 cxd4 5.Nxd4 a6!? (better, maybe 5...Nc6 or 5...Ne7). 6.e5 Nc6
7.N2f3 Bc5
8.c3 Nge7
9.Bd3 Ng6
10.Nxc6 bxc6
11.0-0 a5
12.Qe2 Qc7
13.Rb1 Qa7
14.h4 Ba6
15.h5 Bxd3
16.Qxd3 Ne7
17.Ng5 h6
18.Nh3 Rb8
19.Kh1 g5!?

Until now, Black has been holding on, and 19...0-0 may continue to do so. But the sharper 19...g5 leads to a more interesting game.

A few moves later, I was completely lost. However, I had one mating threat trap/swindle left before resigning, and my unfortunate opponent duly walked into it. Ouch. 0-1.

Ironically, in my other game that day I played much better - sacrificing my Queen for a Rook and Bishop, then doubling my Rooks on his 7th rank and threatening mate. But my resourceful opponent avoided the loss, escaped a draw, and eventually even won -- though strong players lined up afterwards to say what a good game it was.

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  Domdaniel: <tech> I know that you, sir, have a fine sense of humor. As do certain other stalwarts such as <Ohio>, <Jess>, <Annie>, and a few more. But, these aside, there are CG members who wouldn't get a joke if it rolled right up and bit 'em on the funnybone.

What can we do about the humourless? Probably not very much, I reckon.

Those of us with a sense of irony/humour/etc have to understand that we're a minority.

I *do* find many of your remarks funny, and I hope this is reciprocated. And I know that there are people out there who are just confused by both of us. I see no point in trying to score points against one another in this regard.

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  Domdaniel: A truly excellent book: <Korchnoi, Move by Move>. by Cyrus Lakdawala.

CL writes beautifully, and Viktor's games are peerless.

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  Domdaniel: John Healy ('The Grass Arena') vs Dominic Lawson ('The Inner Game'): chess on radio ...
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  Domdaniel: <shams> Here is the easiest win in the French I've had in years:

B: GM (Dom)

1.e4 e6
2.d4 d5
3.exd5 exd5
The Monte Carlo variation. I've lost three games against this in the past couple of years, so I wasn't thrilled to see it, even against an opponent rated several hundred points below me. 4...Nf6
5.Nc3 Be7
6.Nf3 Nc6
I've played this before, and got quite a good position, but went on to lose. Structurally, it is similar to a Petrov, with no pawns on the e-file. 7.b3 (?) Bg4
8.Be2 0-0
9.Be3 Bb4
Black is better.
10.Qc2? Ne4
11.Bd2 Bxf3
12.Bxf3 Nxd4
13.Qd3 Nxf3+
14.gxf3 Nxd2
15.Qxd2 d4
16.0-0-0 dxc3
17.Qf4 Qe7
18.Rhg1 g6
19.h4 Qe2

This was the 1st round of the Mulcahy Memorial, Cork 2016, and was the first game to finish: I used about 10 minutes on the clock. Ironically, my opponent here went on to win a grading prize and finish ahead of me. He started with two losses, but rallied well to finish on 3/6. Meanwhile, I began with 2.5/4, then lost my final two games to finish on just 2.5.

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  technical draw: Thanks for your kind words <Domdaniel>
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  moronovich: Hi <Dom> !

Saw your question at Honzas´forum and know you didn´t ask me,but may be I can chip in with a little inspiration.

I have several time played loos games with friends and foes where we simply mailed and/or phoned the moves to each other.Usually 2 or 4 games at a time.All in a friendly/gentlemanlike atmosphere were we trusted each other and used around 2-3 days a move,but with no strict/fixed regulation.

It was fun,instructive and in all ways a win-win situation. As when I started my journey I went from 15-1600 to 2000 in one and a half year,also due to this way of playing chess.

Many yars later I e.g. played with a GM
(not CC) with whom I have worked with for several years and at the same time with a friend who was 1600ayer without any contradiction in that.

So many possibilities and can be highly recommended.

Feel free to ask if any questions.
Time to hit my pillow.This was my second post as the damned computer swallowed the first one ;)

Good luck with your decission.

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  Domdaniel: <moronovich> Thanks for the advice. I have now been in touch with Tim Harding about CC in Ireland, though I haven't decided yet whether I want to enter a tournament. We shall see.

The last corr event I played in was around 1974-75, as a teenager - a junior event run by Chess Magazine. One other player and I each scored 100% against our other opponents, meaning our 2 games would decide the event. One of these looked drawish, but I agreed to play on as the other game was unclear. Inevitably, I didn't pay enough attention, blundered and lost the 'drawn' game - and lost the 'unclear' one a bit later. A good lesson.

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  Shams: <Domdaniel> Thanks again for the link to that Jesse Kraai video -- I've returned to it more than once after getting caught up in Nimzo's 4.Qg4 line. I'm still not sure what Black's best 8th move is ("Black has many good choices" -- Kraai) but have a look-see at this fine game! A Shvyriaev vs F Alikhanov, 2007
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  Shams: As for the Monte Carlo line, I don't mind too much when I lose to the IQP because those positions are still beyond my ken. I'm following the trend and meeting it with ...Bb4 and ...Ne7 in my games.

The French Exchange sidelines annoy me. I lost a tournament game to David R Bragg last year when he played an early Qd1-f3 and I tightened up, missing a pawn sacrifice that would have put the question to his Queen. He ground me down like he usually does. By the way Bragg is one of those guys who drives 22 in a 25 and will not budge from that. I only mention that because he plays the Exchange French...

Jan-24-16  Open Defence: as a person who gave up chess I can say it frees up time...
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  Shams: <Open Defense> Music takes up a lot of time too though. All good hobbies seem to...
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  cro777: Many believe that chess would be played out. But chess in bacchanal form has reasonable chance to outlive.

Nigel Short: "Next event - the Bunratty bacchanal in the west of Ireland." (19th - 21st February 2016).

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