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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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   Domdaniel has kibitzed 26263 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-12-15 Nakamura vs Onischuk, 2015 (replies)
Domdaniel: Looks like Nakamura wins ... you're right, <FSR>.
   Apr-01-15 Art Zhao vs D A Yeager, 2011 (replies)
Domdaniel: Ouch! Zhao, dead lost, swindles a mate. Black blunders in the face of a desperate attack.
   Mar-18-15 chessforum (replies)
Domdaniel: < Ah, but note the Homer quote, while attributed, isn't properly sourced. > Even Homer nods. Incidentally, a few years ago <mack> and I put together a set of chess quotes from unusual sources -- novels, etc, rather than chess books. I remember that William Burroughs ...
   Mar-15-15 R Weisshaupt vs Speelman, 2015
Domdaniel: A nice win by Speelman, greatly helped by White's blunder on move 27. The opening 1.d4 e6 2.c4 b6 is, of course, the English Defence, popularized by Miles and Speelman himself almost 40 years ago. Calling it a "Queen's Pawn Game" is both insipid and hopelessly old-fashioned.
   Mar-11-15 Jonathan Speelman
Domdaniel: Speelman still writes a weekly column for the Observer newspaper, part of the Guardian group. It's perhaps my favourite chess column in the print media: he usually provides in-depth analysis of one or two recent GM games. Speelman is a superb analyst, whether of openings, ...
   Mar-08-15 G McCarthy vs J Joyce, 2010
Domdaniel: <perf> By and large, I agree with you. I reckon Joyce erred slightly by playing to win a pawn, allowing me to come up with a gambit, 9.Ng5, which gave me some activity and reasonable compensation.
   Mar-07-15 Karpov vs Topalov, 1994 (replies)
Domdaniel: A truly beautiful game by Karpov. Like many people here, I'd seen it before, but it's nice to be reminded. On another issue, doesn't the homepage say something to the effect that one purpose of CG is to be a place where weaker players can learn from stronger ones, and the strong ...
   Mar-03-15 V Laznicka vs O Kobo, 2015
Domdaniel: <morfishine> Very true. I've noticed this phenomenon many times -- a game has one opening designation on the tournament page, and a different one on the game page. This is called a Reti in one place and the strange Zukertort Symmetrical in the other. Black plays badly all ...
   Mar-02-15 Domdaniel chessforum (replies)
Domdaniel: <A> I'm looking into all sorts of different plans - levitation, anti-gravity belts, non-addictive painkillers... I've even considered being sensible in my old age, but that might be a stretch.
   Mar-02-15 C Portela vs Alekhine, 1926
Domdaniel: One of those games where Alekhine makes it look easy. Some fine defensive play covers the risky side of the Dutch. Then a neat mini-combination nabs a pawn, and another exchanges down to a pawn ending - and precise play brings home the point.
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  Annie K.: Well, they have to start *somewhere*, don't they? :)
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  cro777: Nigel Short: "At the famous drinking tournament of Bunratty, Ireland. What the hell is Wesley So doing here?"

"Drinking" tournament?

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  Annie K.: Apparently that's what it is for Nigel - which might explain his question. ;p
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  cro777: "The famous drinking tournament of Bunratty" - Drinking beer at Bunratty is a form of art?

Reporting forom Bunratty Chess Festival 2014, Alina L'Ami wrote about this picturesque village and her new found love of Guinness Beer:

"It is common knowledge that playing chess has the tendency to dehydrate, amongst some other side-effects. Just imagine how people would feel during a weekend tournament, with one round on Friday, three on Saturday and two more on Sunday! Such a marathon certainly requires some liquids at hand, so what could be more perfect than a…glass of beer?! It was not a rare picture to see players sitting at the game with their pint. On top of that, my fourth round opponent, the Irish IM Sam Collins, had no less than three (or was it more?) beers during our game and, nevertheless, beat me in good style! – The new key to success?!

Referring to the nocturne beer marathons, Ireland has the power to 'wow' thousands of beer pilgrims. The entire process is an art, you have to follow a strict protocol, to let yourself be educated and initiated. It is not something you simply fill up and toss off! It requires patience, appreciation, a great deal of technique and, perhaps, months (years?!) of practice to master what truly is, at least for me, a form of art."

Feb-21-15  Shams: <Domdaniel> Will you look at this French I just played (with Black) for a few seconds and give your opinion of the position?

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The last moves were Qxf8+ Kxf8, Nc3-e2.

Feb-23-15  Shams: I hope that I won't trespass on <Domdaniel>'s forum if I talk a little about the French Defense while he is gone.

In Langrock's new book on the Rubinstein (which I am awarding 96 points for by the way-- it has a real spicy depth and some enchanting woody notes) he recommends the following rare line against the Advanced French.

(Langrock writes, "While it definitely is a sideline, it is also true that a good number of masters and grandmasters have already played this variation with the black pieces. A grandmaster who uses it regularly is Serbia's Sinisa Drazic." Unfortunately our db doesn't have any games in this line with Drazic as Black.)

<1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Bd7 5.Nf3 a6!? 6.Be2 cxd4 7.cxd4 Bb5 8.Bxb5+ axb5>:

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Langrock continues: "Black had to allow the doubling of his b-pawns, but it is not even clear if that's a disadvantage. Black will soon move the pawn to b4, gaining space and also fixing a2 as a weakness. As tournament praxis has shown, he shouldn't have any problems here, and in general not after the tame <6.Be2>..."

A radical and provocative solution to the problem of the bishop, this line. I haven't played it yet since I'm happy with the games I'm getting in the Advanced, but I did file the idea away. I propose we call this the Wahls Variation, after the GM-turned poker player Matthias Wahls whom Langrock credits with first introducing him to the variation.

Back to my game now...

Feb-24-15  Shams: The game that gave rise to the position I asked <Dom> about wasn't an Advanced French at all; it was a Classical Variation with 3.Nc3/4.Bg5/ 5.e5 and 6.Bxe7. After about sixteen moves the queens came off and we reached the diagrammed position, which I evaluated as being fine for Black and even a little dangerous for White. Black has an argument on the queenside, no?

But how to play it? In the game I tried to ditch my bishop a la the Wahls Variation scheme out lined in my previous post. But as it turned out my new b5 pawn *was* weak, and I had to suffer through a very bad ending (which I swindled into a win, but never mind that.)

What do you say, French players? Is Black fine, and if so, what should he do with his LSB? Thanks in advance.

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  Domdaniel: <To whom it may concern>: I'd like to try to partially explain my absence over the past few weeks. And no, it wasn't the Bunratty drinking tournament.

First, I had a death in my family: my mother died fairly suddenly at the start of February. I was away for a few days - the funeral was in another town - and when I got home I came down with a bad cold. Standing at a rain-lashed February graveside probably didn't help.

I got over that in a week or so, which you might think was enough misfortune for one month. Alas, no. Last Friday I fell downstairs and broke my pelvis. I'm now in hospital painfully learning to walk again. Or even stand. I'm told there's no real treatment but time, physio, and painkillers. We'll see.

I'll log in here when I can, but I know a couple of you are waiting to hear from me. Please hold on a little longer.

And no, I hadn't had a drink when I fell. I'd squatted down to look at a chess notebook which I'd left on my upstairs landing, overbalanced, and rolled head-over-heels down ten steep wooden steps. It then took me over an hour to crawl back up to bed, hoping it would improve overnight. It didn't, so I had to get an ambulance next day.

Luckily, I don't seem to be dead - similar falls killed two friends of mine in recent years.

Thanks, all.

Gerry/ Domdaniel

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  Domdaniel: <Shams> A quick look, as requested. I haven't tried to analyse deeply, use an engine, or read any comments.

It's quite balanced, but I prefer Black. His King should be OK on either g7 or e7 - I prefer e7, French Kings can be safer behind the central pawns than in a castle. And with the unopposed White Bd3 there's a slight danger of an attack combining h4-h5 with the Bd3. It *may* be possible to oppose this Bish with something like ...Na7 and ...Bb5, though I'm not sure. Black also has an extra pawn, of course, and some chances of his own. As long as White's ambitions are kept in check, I think Black has the best chances.

Feb-25-15  Shams: PSA: the French discussion has been moved to my forum.

Parting gift for our host:
A Volokitin vs I Salgado Lopez, 2014

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  Domdaniel: <Shams> I know the Wahls line, but haven't yet played it either - I still mostly prefer the Wade (...Qb6/...Bd7-b5). But I tried to formulate a rule a few years ago: piece exchanges initiated on the b-file often rebound on the first exchanger, even if pawns are doubled. It happens with Queens on b3 and b6 in some Reti and Slav lines, for example. Whoever plays Qxb3 or Qxb6 will usually be worse. A French Advance line in the Wade is 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Qb6 5.Nf3 Bd7 6.Qb3 c4, which I *have* played. I think 7.Qc2!? is better than 7.Qxb6 axb6. Black's advancing b-pawns and open a-file are powerful.
Feb-25-15  Shams: A Joycean pun just occurred to me: the ineluctable modality of the risible.
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  moronovich: Sorry to hear about your fall <Domdaniel> ):

I sincerely hope you will recover well and that the big doctor time is on your side...

Sometimes it is worth to remember that we humans are good to cooperate with pain.Also without concrete knowledge.

All the best,incouragement included

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  Domdaniel: Shams -- not to mention that funny little organisation, The Indestructible Sodality of the Divisible.
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  Domdaniel: <moronovich> Thanks for the 'couragement. Every little helps.
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  chancho: Get better soon, <Dom>.
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <Domdaniel> Very sorry to hear about your difficult times :( I hope you'll have a speedy recovery and effective painkillers.
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  cro777: Hello <Dom>. I am sorry to hear of your recent loss. Wishing you a speedy recovery. As Anne Lamott said, you can get the monkey off your back, but the circus never leaves town. Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse.

As far as the French Defence is concerned, as you mentioned, the exchange on b5 in the Advance variation can be prepared by ...Qb6 (the Wade) or ...a6 (the Wahls). The latter system is recommended by Hannes Langrock in a recent book (French Defence: The Solid Rubinstein Variation, 2014). As John Watson pointed out in the Foreword, Langrock is the type of chess writer who enjoys the richness of the chess itself. Among other things he extensively analyzes the rare but respectable lines.

<I'd like to try to partially explain my absence over the past few weeks. And no, it wasn't the Bunratty drinking tournament.>

That is what happens to us while we're busy making other plans. As Alina remarked, drinking Guiness at Bunratty is a form of art. Ars longa, vita brevis!

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  Annie K.: <Dom> good that you got net access set up. :)

Also, maybe not that bad that you are now for a while going to be closely observable by medical professionals, and can't run away. ;s

Feb-25-15  Pulo y Gata: <Domdaniel> I hope your recovery is such you'll bag first prize when this ordeal is over. I'm sure you will. Keep pushing. Cheers!
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  Domdaniel: Thanks, everyone. Your good wishes really do cheer me up.

Today, still in hospital, my computer went dead and wouldn't start (I got it going just now). Then my phone credit ran out so I couldn't even call for assistance. And I had another very minor fall, trying to pick up a fallen crutch. All these are very trivial and barely qualify as misfortunes, plus I'd hate to give the impression that my life is now a series of misfortunes. But some days you eat the bear and some days the bear eats you.

Thanks again, all.

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  Annie K.: Hon, you really have to look into a different, not credit-based, phone plan. :(
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  Domdaniel: <A> I'm looking into all sorts of different plans - levitation, anti-gravity belts, non-addictive painkillers... I've even considered being sensible in my old age, but that might be a stretch.
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  hms123: <Gerry>
Get well soon.


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  MarkFinan: Junkie author William S. Burroughs on heroin addi…:

The title says it all really!? Btw. The bit about heroin users not bathing is untrue, or it certainly was in my case!! It's when you're going cold turkey that water on the skin is painful, but then again even blinking hurts when you're rattling.

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