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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. My 1976 simul game with him (I was black) began 1.d4 e6 2.e4 d5 3.Nd2 b6 ... unfortunately, I've lost the score: but it was a draw after White's Queen was exchanged for 3 pieces.

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.

From the Irish wave ... those who have written about the French Defence (Heidenfeld, Moles, Harding, Collins, O'Connor, Coffey), and those who played it (J.J. Walsh, J. Ryan, P. Short, S. Jessel, R. Beatty, et al).

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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A Czech haiku, 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)

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 28096 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-27-16 Noah Fecker vs Dohyeon A Yun, 2016 (replies)
Domdaniel: Indeed. I can imagine conversations going... - Are you a Fokker? - No, a Fecker.
   Oct-25-16 Prince Dadian vs S Kostrovitsky, 1896 (replies)
Domdaniel: <offramp> - <Prince Dadoralivian!> OK, that's funny. We are amused.
   Oct-25-16 Domdaniel chessforum (replies)
Domdaniel: <Ohio> - <Did you take your wristwatch off? > Nah, I haven't worn one for years.
   Oct-24-16 Gelfand vs Kasimdzhanov, 2016
Domdaniel: <perf> Yes, that's a fine game. I'm interested because I can recall 2 or 3 games (over far too many years) where I won by playing dxc3, where bxc3 might have been expected. I have long suspected that a useful tip in such English/Reti positions is to watch out for moves that ...
   Oct-24-16 Smitten vs Prince Dadian, 1880
Domdaniel: I'm Smitten! No, I'm Spartacus! No, honestly, I'm somebody else entirely ... but I'm still Smitten.
   Oct-24-16 J A Porterfield Rynd vs W W Mackeson, 1885
Domdaniel: Rynd didn't have to do very much to win -- just capitalize on his opponent's errors.
   Oct-24-16 James Alexander Porterfield Rynd
Domdaniel: Mason-Rynd match:
   Oct-24-16 chessforum (replies)
Domdaniel: I can think of at least *five* super-smart female persons who frequent this site. There may well be many more. If I had to name an equal number of super-smart male persons I might experience some difficulty. The trick, of course, is to pay no attention to gender. But I haven't ...
   Oct-24-16 Yifan Hou vs Short, 2016 (replies)
Domdaniel: <Ohio> You've got a point there. The Caro-Kann (is this the only opening named after *two* unknown players?) is just a slower (thus, better) way of playing the French, eg 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 ... or even 3...Bf5 with ...c5 to follow.
   Oct-24-16 A Muzychuk vs L Javakhishvili, 2016
Domdaniel: <kingfu> -- < Hey Dom! What do you play against the Poison Pawn? Does 7...Kf8 work?> Yeah, maybe, though in general I don't much like lines with ...Kf8. I've been avoiding the whole Poison Pawn variation recently, either with the Swiss-Armenian 'SWARM' variation ...
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  Domdaniel: This is the Fressinet game: Fressinet vs I Khmelniker, 2016


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  Domdaniel: <Shams> Any French games?

No regular ones, though I won my last four games with Black. One was a Dutch, one was an English, one began with the magnificently weird 1.e3 f5 2.f4 g6 (which seems to be a novelty, at least at my level or better), and the 4th was a French: 1.e4 e6 2.Qe2 c5 3.g3 Nc6 4.Nf3 Be7 5.Bg2 d5 6.d3 Nf6 7.0-0 0-0 (Aagaard says this may be a slight mistake and 7...b5 is better) 8.c3 (the critical move is 8.e5) ...b6 (...b5 may be stronger) 9.e5 Ne8!? - heading for c7, which I think is better than the normal ...Nd7.

I eventually won this.

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  Shams: <1.e4 e6 2.Qe2> I remember you looked at a game, Onischuk as Black if memory serves, where Black responded to this setup with ...c6, ...d7-d5 and eventually ...dxe4 and ...e5. A convincing game and I have taken Black a few times in that position, though <2...c6 3.f4> has scored well for White.
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  Domdaniel: <Shams> I don't really have a consistent system against 2.Qe2, or similar lines like 2.d3 followed by Qe2 (which Tim Harding played against me a few months ago). Sometimes I play ...g6 and ...Bg7, sometimes ...Be7 to play a quick ...d5; on the queenside I sometimes play ...b5, and sometimes ...b6. It all depends. I think Black has a number of good systems.

I've been looking at ...Ne8-c7 recently: it strikes me as being more flexible than the routine ...Nd7 after white's e5. On c7 the knight supports e6 and d5, and may protect a bishop on a6, etc.

Those lines with ...c6 are also playable, but I currently think black can try for more.

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  brankat: Ten games unbeaten streak? SO lucky.
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  Domdaniel: <brankat> Yep, luck had a lot to do with it. Mainly in providing me with slightly higher-rated opponents who are happy to agree to a draw in a level position with queens off. Unlike those players, mainly teenagers, who aspire to being like Carlsen, have endless energy, and will play to the bitter end.

Then again, I won my last four games with black, so maybe I'm doing something right.

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  Domdaniel: Simon Williams is a very good player and a fine writer... but, gawd, his pronunciations are mangled. Chess players (Alek Hyne, Pehk, etc), deities "I just saw Four ... long blond hair, Four, the god of war?"

Ah, he means Thor.

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  OhioChessFan: A literary question I have been considering for a year, at least, been meaing to ask and keep forgetting, I know nowhere else better to ask, so here goes:

Why did Montresor throw the torch in with Fortunato before sealing up the wall?

I am interested in all answers, good, bad, indifferent, so any visitor here, feel free to reply.

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  Domdaniel: <Ohio> Poe, yes? 'The Cask of Amontillado' ... I always liked that story, though I had only a vague notion of what Amontillado was.

I have no idea why he threw in the torch. Did it mean leaving himself in darkness? How long would a burning torch last?

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  Domdaniel: A great word: *immured*.

"My opponent played the Berlin Wall, and thoroughly immured me".

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  Domdaniel: Some players with a talent for immuring:

Bill Wall
Gavin Wall
James Mason
Hans Berliner

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  OhioChessFan: Guenter Brix
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  Domdaniel: <Ohio> Tarnation! I thought of Brick but didn't consider the korrekt spelling.

Speakina literary matters, did you know that Samuel Beckett wrote a piece entitled <Ohio Impromptu>?

I haven't read it or seen it on stage, but seemingly it's based on his Sunday strolls with James Joyce.

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  Domdaniel: GM Daniel King, in CHESS magazine, January 1998, on the subject of the Kilkenny open:

"Michael Adams was on awesome form in Kilkenny. He conceded one draw but dashed through the rest of the games without breaking sweat. Perhaps we should ask what a player who is nudging at the world's top ten is doing playing in a weekender in the middle of Ireland? That's down to the warmth of the welcome from the Kilkenny Chess Club. I would thoroughly recommend the tournament to anyone who would enjoy a good sociable weekend in pleasant surroundings. See you at the Club House Hotel in Kilkenny same time next year. "

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  Domdaniel: The 40th Kilkenny Congress begins on 25th Nov 2016.

Entries so far include M. Adams, S. Maze, A. Baburin...

Oddly enough, I have never actually played in the Kilkenny tournament -- though I have visited Kilkenny frequently for films, concerts, etc, during Kilkenny Arts Week. Maybe this year...

I have also played chess matches against the Kilkenny club, one of the stronger clubs in Ireland.

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  Domdaniel: Yet another provocative French line:

Just yesterday I played a Winawer that went 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.Bd2 cxd4 6.Nb5 Bf8!? and after 7.Nf3 Nc6 8.Bd3 Bc5 9.a3 Qb6 10.b4 I decided to be provocative and return my bishop home for the 2nd time: 10...Bf8.

The game was in the balance for 40+ moves but I eventually lost.

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  Domdaniel: 19th century chess notes: from a match between James Mason and Porterfield Rynd, Dublin 1888 ... from a contemporary newspaper report ...

<1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 The more usual 2...Nc6 is so apt to give rise to complicated and highly critical positions very early in the game (mostly with a practical tendency in favour of the attack) that it is yet a question whether the move here adopted should not really be given the preference>

I love the way that is phrased...

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  Domdaniel: I'm going through my collection of SOS: Secrets of Opening Surprises and 'Dangerous Weapons' books in search of interesting and eccentric lines. It's time to escape from main lines and play something different.

I won a game yesterday with the Neo-Lisitsyn Gambit, 1.Nf3 f5 2.d3 etc. My opponent had a higher rating than me, but wasn't familiar with the line -- effectively suicide after 1...f5. He then walked into a line in which I'd played about 20 rapid games in recent times: he took 2 hours for the game, I took 20 mins -- and could have played the same moves in 5 mins but I didn't want to seem too arrogant. I won in 23 moves.

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  Domdaniel: From the IRLchess website, a post by Mel O Cinneide (aka Mel Kennedy):

<Not that it matters much, but this is a site about Irish chess history and my name change will confuse anyone looking at old tournament results, so here’s what happened. My name is Mel Ó Cinnéide, and always has been — it’s what’s on my birth cert, passport etc. As a kid I often called myself Mel Kennedy, and that’s the name I used when I first played competitive chess. A few years living in the Netherlands in the late 1980s convinced me that using two names was a bad idea, and it also meant that my Irish and FIDE chess ratings were under different names! So sometime in the early 1990s I bit the bullet and started using my proper name in the Irish chess world as well.>

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  Domdaniel: That's Mel O'Cinneide.
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  Domdaniel: Mulcahy Memorial tournament 1990 (coincidentally my last competitive event for about 16 years) ...

<The 1990 Mulcahy produced an unexpected winner when a computer, the ‘Mephisto Almeria’, owned by John Kissane, swept the board and finished on 5.5 points out of six games and managed to outscore the 75 human opponents who participated that year. It was previously decided that in the ‘unlikely event’ of the computer finishing in the prizes then no prize would be awarded to it, consequently the magnificent trophy and £700 in prizemoney was awarded to London based Connor O’Shaughnessy and Mel Kennedy who both finished in second place on 5/6.>

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  OhioChessFan: <I took 20 mins -- and could have played the same moves in 5 mins but I didn't want to seem too arrogant.>

Did you take your wristwatch off?

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  Domdaniel: <Ohio> - <Did you take your wristwatch off? >

Nah, I haven't worn one for years.

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  perfidious: <Dom> Re Ibragimov: I recall playing at least one event with him way back when, though we never met. Seemed a quiet fellow, slight of build and unassuming. He could play a little, though--typical solid, professional GM from Eastern Europe or points east who could give anyone a tussle.
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