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Domdaniel
Member since Aug-11-06 · Last seen May-26-16
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 Chessgames.com, 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 PhyringRange.com 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

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Some *other* databases include:
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http://www.chesslab.com/PositionSea...
http://www.newinchess.com/NicBase/D...

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   Domdaniel has kibitzed 27768 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-26-16 Reshevsky vs Traube, 1920
 
Domdaniel: <Rookfile> Heh. I do it with magnets. And, y'know, mirrors and stuff...
 
   May-26-16 Navara vs D Rybansky, 1994
 
Domdaniel: If 32... Kxh5 then 33.Qh8#. Or 32...Kh7 33.Qg7#.
 
   May-26-16 Navara vs V Kunin, 2016 (replies)
 
Domdaniel: <perf> - < it was only in the 1990s that I had a desire to play anything but the Winawer. Tried the Classical several times, but never wanted to play the Fort Knox.> Me too. Well, I played 3...dxe4 sometimes in the past, but I was never drawn to the Fort Knox. And ...
 
   May-26-16 chessgames.com chessforum (replies)
 
Domdaniel: What do you get if you cross The Donald Trump with a reduced-visibility atmospheric phenomenon? Donald Fogg
 
   May-26-16 Gashimov Memorial (2016) (replies)
 
Domdaniel: *Any* French Defence at this level is a pleasure. Incidentally, has anyone else noticed just how many books on the French have been published recently? Apart from classics by Psakhis, Pedersen, Watson, etc, we now Have Aagaard & Ntirlis, Berg, Moskalenko, Antic & Maksimovic, ...
 
   May-26-16 Colm Barry (replies)
 
Domdaniel: I used to know Colm Barry. Played him in offhand games, but never in a tournament. I have my doubts about the veracity of the Rossolimo game in '75. I gather a number of (much) earlier games have been removed from this page. So maybe Rossolimo was verified? I recall talking to ...
 
   May-26-16 S Dhar vs Tiviakov, 2007
 
Domdaniel: Nice win for Black. Unfortunately, Tiviakov recently made a video for Chessbase explaining why he thinks the Scandinavian is no longer playable.
 
   May-25-16 Domdaniel chessforum
 
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.
 
   May-25-16 chancho chessforum (replies)
 
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   May-25-16 Lisitsin vs Krogius, 1949
 
Domdaniel: 1...f5 is quite playable - though if you want to transpose into the Dutch after 1.Nf3 it might be better to play 1...e6 (for the Classical Dutch or Iljin-Zhenevsky), or 1...g6 (Leningrad) or even 1...d5 (Stonewall). Rainer Knaak has suggested that Black's 2...Nf6 is already a ...
 
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May-12-16
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  Domdaniel: <User not found> Yeah, that mutual friend passed on your message of thanks, and also filled me in a little bit on what the war criminal had been up to. Horrible stuff - you've been through the mill, I guess. My sympathy, and I hope you get the bastard.
May-12-16
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  Domdaniel: <morf> Thanks for your comments. Yes, I like books. Yes, I still read them. And I still find it amazing that some (many?) people don't. Whether it's English literature students who don't read novels (I used to teach a few of those) or young chess players who only use computers, not books.
May-12-16
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  User not found: <Domdaniel: <User not found> Yeah, that mutual friend passed on your message of thanks, and also filled me in a little bit on what the war criminal had been up to.>

And that was just 10 mins of taking random screenshots, Dom. It goes wayyyy deeper!

<Horrible stuff - you've been through the mill, I guess. My sympathy, and I hope you get the bastard>

Dom. If he lived in England I'd have drove to his house and probably been in the slammer by now. But legally? Oh I will. He's <no idea> what's coming to him.

And yeah I just wanted to say it was very kind yet unexpected of you to say what you did, but I do appreciate it. I only regret 2 things I've ever said on this site and you know about one of them. Anyways, he followed me here the other night but deleted his post. I keep popping in and taking screenshots on the advice of my solicitor and police. He's apparently a lawyer you know!? Smh.

Thanks again, Dom. And we need to play a game one night? I beat Shams a few weeks ago and he's about 2250. Don't think he appreciated me denting his rating, lol.

Take care mate.

May-12-16
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  Domdaniel: <LuftforLife> You studied with Brian Cox? I interviewed him once. An incredible talent. His version of Hannibal Lektor was chilling.
May-12-16
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  Domdaniel: Deletions over yonder:

Soze said: <Yo no soy tu compadre, bastardo>

I replied: <Yo no soy tu bastardo, compadre>

Both were deleted.

May-12-16
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  User not found: As long as the those Bastardo posts were deleted :) Fancy a game sometime next week on Lichess or chess24, Dom? I get the white pieces though, I've got into a terrible habit and plus... Would tpstar touch a black bishop? In fact don't answer that, lol ;)
May-12-16
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  Domdaniel: <Luftforlife> Pnin is also one of my favorites. After the bravura technique of Pale Fire, the daring of Lolita, the strangeness and charm of Ada, the chess specificity of The Defence, und so weiter. I should mention The Real Life of Sebastian Knight and Look at the Harlequins ... and The Gift/ Dar. And so on. But Pnin is wonderful...
May-12-16
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  morfishine: <Domdaniel> You know, I got to thinking, I cannot recall anytime over the past 20 years or so, when I was not reading a book. I've always had a book around the house (sometimes more than 1) with a book mark sticking out of it. I literally read every day without fail. The subject matter is primarily centered on the American Civil War, WWII, the Kennedy assassination, a chess book, or some interesting biography I noticed at the book store. While this seems limited, the source matter is almost boundless as I try to re-verify by reading multiple accounts on the same subject by different authors. In this way, I feel I get the truest picture by seeing different perspectives.

Occasionally, I'll pickup a book on a different subject matter like humor or martial arts or perhaps wildlife.

In any case, I'm always reading and heartily encourage others to read too. Looking at Kindle does not get the job done: One must be holding the actual book

I just noticed, you have almost 1,000 pages in your own forum. That in itself deserves some sort of award

Best, morf

*****

May-13-16
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  luftforlife: <Domdaniel>: Thanks for your replies. I studied very briefly with Brian Cox -- which is to say he came to stay at Oxford during my time there at the Yale School of Drama program I was attending, and I presented to him an obscure Shakespearean monologue my then-girlfriend (a would-be director) was urging me to develop as an audition piece for admission to YSD. He was kindly indulgent, and gave me a few pointers. Mostly, though, he just looked out for me during my time there. He made a special effort to shepherd me along; he was truly kind. He was dynamic, charismatic, and a powerful actor; he was also friendly and decent and solicitous. My American girlfriend broke up with me while I was over there, and I was lost, and he helped me to stay on the right track. I watched him on the London stage in The Danton Affair, and he blew me right out of my seat with the force of his performance. Some days later, as I was leaving Oxford for good, and was quite dishevelled, he took the time to check that I was on the last bus headed for the airport, and he gave me parting words of encouragement that helped me to recover from the romantic blow my girlfriend had dealt me. I've quite forgotten her thirty years on, but I'll always remember the blazing talent and genuine personal warmth of Brian Cox. An amazing guy.
May-14-16
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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.
May-14-16
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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
May-20-16
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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.

May-20-16
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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...

May-20-16
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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.
May-20-16
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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

May-25-16
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  Domdaniel: <Alien Math> Thank *you* for your faith in my words. I think you are a poet.
May-25-16
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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.. https://youtu.be/2MlBGRiSYVU

May-25-16
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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.

May-25-16
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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)...

May-25-16
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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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