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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 26151 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-29-15 S Lejlic vs L Bohman, 2015 (replies)
Domdaniel: I don't like the way Black played the opening. Although the Exchange French (3.exd5 exd5) is regarded as dull and drawish, the Monte Carlo Variation (4.c4) has some bite. Black is probably better advised to challenge the centre with 4...Nc6 rather than adopt a defensive posture ...
   Jan-29-15 Tradewise Gibraltar (2015) (replies)
Domdaniel: Tarjan and Povah are both names I remember from the 1970s - both interesting players. Povah wrote a good book on the English. Good to see them competing here.
   Jan-28-15 Domdaniel chessforum (replies)
Domdaniel: <parmetd> Thanks. Due to personal circumstances it may take me a few days to get back to you ... I'll explain when I have a chance. Thanks again.
   Jan-27-15 Wojtkiewicz vs A P Law, 1990
Domdaniel: It's certainly very strong: 28...Qxd6 29.Qxe8+ wins, as does 28...Nd8 29.Qc4+ etc. Maybe Black can hold on after 28...Rf8, but it isn't pretty and White is better anyway.
   Jan-25-15 Carlsen vs I Saric, 2015 (replies)
Domdaniel: I think Carlsen will make a serious effort to win this -- it's what he does, after all. He has a passed pawn, Saric doesn't; and Black's a-pawn could be weak. Of course the activity of the Black pieces seems to compensate, but there's no harm in trying.
   Jan-24-15 Wei Yi vs A Haast, 2015 (replies)
Domdaniel: On reflection, this is most unlikely to have been the result of preparation. The opening after 7.Qf3 Ne5 8.Qg3 h5 is quite an unusual line, for both sides. Black lags badly behind in development, but that's not unusual in this system. It's possible, I suppose, that Wei had seen a ...
   Jan-24-15 OhioChessFan chessforum (replies)
Domdaniel: <Ohio> -- <<I think a "ranker" is "that which ranks". > Phew, thanks for that. I was starting to think that I'd missed a rule stating that all posts here had to be in the form of predictions...
   Jan-24-15 Tata Steel (2015) (replies)
Domdaniel: <john barleycorn> -- <It will take a miracle to achieve it against a determined Carlsen.> I agree, of course. My point was just that, though highly improbable, a Carlsen loss is not unthinkable. Though <wotsisname> would be very foolish indeed to put money on it.
   Jan-24-15 Ding Liren vs Carlsen, 2015 (replies)
Domdaniel: Not a bad game at all. Now all I have to do is get the song "Dingly Dell" out of my head...
   Jan-23-15 chessforum (replies)
Domdaniel: Unlike wabbits, rabbits are notoriously immoral.
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  Domdaniel: <Annie> btw, Have you read anything by Neil Gaiman? I'm reading his 'American Gods' -- which is superb.
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  Annie K.: Nah, complement works ok for me. So a complimentary complement, or a complementary compliment then. :)

Haven't read anything by Gaiman yet - I think I have here somewhere a book he co-wrote with Pratchett, but I haven't read it yet.

I *have* read some Jasper Fforde you recommended a few years ago, on the other hand, and he is very, very funny. :)

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  Domdaniel: <A> Yeah, Fforde is seriously funny. Light, but funny ... and inventive.

Gaiman is darker, and writes beautifully. Reminds me, in some ways, of Iain Banks. As I've read pretty much everything by Banks, I'm happy that there are several Gaiman novels ahead of me.

Jan-16-15  Pulo y Gata: First, congratulations! You really have a good read of a profile.

As for winning an award twice, you have outshone Romain Gary. He's the only author to have won the Prix Goncourt twice, once in '56 (I've read his The Roots of Heaven, great read.) and another in '75. He used Émile Ajar to win the last one.

My point: You are above such trickery, sticking to <Domdaniel> and still grabbing the Caissars!

Seriously, congratulations.

I've read American Gods, I thought it was wonderfully thought out. I've read Stardust and Smokes and Mirrors, too. As for Fforde and Banks, I've read good words from friends, but I haven't found the time - alas!

Will look at your game with GM Short when I have enough time. Thanks for sharing.

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  FSR: Glad you liked my article. You might also enjoy this article of mine, which like First-move advantage in chess was Today's Featured Article on Wikipedia: I also am fond of the non-award-winning
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  Domdaniel: <FSR> Thanks -- excellent stuff. Brilliantly researched and very well written ... but also with something extra, touching on ideas and themes that reach beyond the nominal title of the articles.
Jan-18-15  Pulo y Gata: <Domdaniel> What a complicated struggle your game with Short was! I can't say I understand much of it, lol. I don't know the theory of that line; and I don't understand the finish and why it is a draw: Rxh6-gxh6.

Will look at it again when I have more time. What a game!

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  FSR: <Domdaniel> Thank you. My cheeks are crimson, as Larry Evans once said. :-)
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  Domdaniel: <Pulo y Gata> It wasn't a draw, unfortunately. I lost. But thanks for the comments.
Jan-19-15  Pulo y Gata: Opps, sorry about that <Domdaniel>. I got confused about the draw with Miles and did not even bother looking closely at the game score. That's embarrasing of me.
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  Domdaniel: Now reading: <Anansi Boys> by Neil Gaiman, a semi-follow-up (though not really a sequel) to American Gods.

Good stuff. Though this one reminds me of Douglas Adams rather than Iain Banks.

I see, incidentally, that American Gods was completed less than 20 miles from where I live. I wonder if there's something in the water?

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  Domdaniel: A dubious, albeit accurate, statistic: every day, about 5000 people in the world will experience some event with odds of a million-to-one against...
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  Annie K.: That sounds Adamsian too. ;)
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  parmetd: Dom, I am sorry to read about the loss of your chess book collection to a house fire. I have a fair number of duplicate books that I'd give to you. I have been struggling what to do with them as I seek to declutter in preparation for a move.
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  Domdaniel: <parmetd> If you can spare some books, I'd really appreciate it. My house, fortunately, was insured - but the insurance money went on important stuff like repairs, not trivia such as chess books. As luck would have it, the fire started in a room where, earlier that day, I'd assembled my chess books and scoresheets with a view to sorting them all out. Well, I guess they got sorted all right...

Strangely, I now find myself with several books on strategy and middlegames, but very few on openings or endgames, and hardly any game collections. If you can help I'll gladly contribute postage, though I'm not too well off right now... I had to stop working for a time after the fire.

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  parmetd: Great Dom, I will email you.
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  Domdaniel: <parmetd> Excellent, thanks. Decluttering is a good idea -- as long as you don't do it the way I did!
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  Domdaniel: <A> Uh, one, two, three, done.
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  Domdaniel: <A> You have a point about future types with a grudge. I guess that I currently use email so little that I undervalue the cost of having it troll-bombed. But having to set up a new address would be a hassle.

But *why* would anyone have a grudge against little/ lethal *ME* (delete as applicable)?

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  Annie K.: Dunno, but if somebody can even think Daniel is insulting them, you never know what these types will consider an insult next... ;s
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  Domdaniel: <Annie> Aha! I see your avatar-pic contains something that looks suspiciously like a cat. I had a cat once. She died. I was heartbroken. How dare you insult my poor shattered sensibilities in this manner?

And even if I had a dog or a, well, *gerbil* instead of a cat ... well, they're all pets. The hurt is what counts, you cruel, callous person, you...

Er, (sic!). Is this the kind of stuff you mean?

World's full of nutters, innit?

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  Annie K.: Yup, purrecisely. :)
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  parmetd: Well I emailed you the list. :)
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  Domdaniel: <parmetd> Thanks. Due to personal circumstances it may take me a few days to get back to you ... I'll explain when I have a chance. Thanks again.
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  parmetd: OK! Hope all is well.
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