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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.

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

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   Domdaniel has kibitzed 25464 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-20-14 Carlsen-Anand World Championship (2014) (replies)
Domdaniel: One could argue that Indians are Westerners. They have a western-style democracy, and many of them speak an Indo-European language. Not that I'm making generalisations.
   Nov-18-14 Domdaniel chessforum (replies)
Domdaniel: <Richard> Brilliant game. I reckon I'm still waiting for my Immortal. Not that I haven't had sacrificial wins - most recently a couple of weeks ago - but somehow they always seem flawed. Well played, again.
   Nov-18-14 Anand vs Carlsen, 2014 (replies)
Domdaniel: <Sally> Who needs opening books? I'd settle for the smattering of technical skill and the Norwegian girlfriend. I've played ...Re8 in that position. Didn't realize it was, eh, prophylactic.
   Nov-17-14 Carlsen vs Anand, 2014 (replies)
Domdaniel: After 66.Nd7+ it can get sharp.
   Nov-16-14 Greco vs NN, 1620
Domdaniel: It is very interesting to see all these 21st century spelling mistakes.
   Nov-16-14 Ivanchuk vs Short, 1994
Domdaniel: After 34.Nd5, White wins with 34...c6 35.Nxe7 Kxe7 36.g6 hxg6 37.hxg6 etc.
   Nov-16-14 B Tan vs H Plasman, 2001 (replies)
Domdaniel: This transposes into the Monte Carlo variation of the French Exchange -- 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.c4 Nf6 etc.
   Nov-15-14 Carlsen vs Anand, 2014 (replies)
Domdaniel: I thought the Rook check would be enough. A fine win.
   Nov-14-14 chessforum (replies)
Domdaniel: I've given up coffee. Tea with lemon is my thing now. And my computer won't talk to me.
   Nov-12-14 Carlsen vs Anand, 2014 (replies)
Domdaniel: Not much scope for grinding here.
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  Richard Taylor: Hi Dom. I'm playing in the New Zealand Championships this year in Auckland. [It is Open so anyone can play some players are not rated and at the "top" there are about 4 GMs some IMs and so on.]

It is a Swiss, although I think they are using a Vega system, but I don't really know what that is...

The question I wanted to ask you or whoever knows, is in Rd One, (I'm thinking of the Swiss system) I am pretty sure they split the tourney in half.

Then number the bottom half plays the top half. So in a 12 person tourney in Rd 1 I think that the higher rated player plays Black on board 1, so then it would goes:

1 (Black) vs. 7 (White)
2 (White) vs. 8 (Black)
to ..........
6 (White) vs. 12 (Black)

I was interested if the computer or system always alternated the colours in that way.

I did work out once who I was playing in one tournament and what colour (I was Black and I knew I would face an English, so I planned a general line, not too many variations, mainly a way, and I won a very sharp game, but it was my only win!).

No worries if you don't know or cant reply as I will just assume and or look at the openings of who I think I am to play...

Actually, as it stands I think I will be playing IM Anthony Ker in Rd 1. If colours alternate as I think, I will be Black. That will be a repeat of 2011 when I played him as W in Rd 1. I lost but I thought I was playing another player who didn't play.

So this is speculative. I will more or less be relaxed as I wont expect a win against an IM although I will try hard but a loss will be no embarrassment...

My big fear is losing to "weaker" players I "should" win... That said, that often happens so that wont matter too much either as there are 9 rounds...

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  Domdaniel: <Richard> Good luck in the tournament. As I understand it, yes, the pairing algorithm alternates colours as you describe, at least for the 1st round. In later rounds it can be more important to ensure that every player gets equal numbers of whites and blacks.

I think I've seen a Wikipedia page with more detail on swiss pairings. There are also accelerated swiss systems, where the initial field is divided into quarters rather than halves.

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  Richard Taylor: <Domdaniel> Thanks. I should have said hullo to everyone as I haven't been on here or other forums much lately. So greeting to all.

I think therefore I will be playing IM Kerr who has been several time NZ Champion and who I played first round also in 2011. He seems to play the Pirc. I usually play the Austrian against that. But I will consider. Of course it is always guess work what someone will play. It is not until 1st of Jan 2015.

I haven't played much as I didn't have a car.

Murray Chandler et al organised first of all a Chess Centre in Auckland (he bought a whole church!) and he is still running Gambit books. I don't think he plays much chess these days.

I should do better than 2011 as my rating is lower. Not sure if I'll get a chance at tackling any of the GMs but it might happen.

All the best.

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  moronovich: Richard

If you are satisfied with a draw and your opponent plays the Pirc then there is a relatively simple system with the white bishop on g2.I once witnessed
GM Alekseev draw the mighty Ivancuk with it.So proud he was back in 2004. This setup is not everyones cup of tea
when they must beat a lower rated opponent in the first round..

And good luck with the tournament.And I hope it turns out well for you.

Cheers mate !

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  Domdaniel: <Richard> I don't have a car either - when I play chess, I get somebody else to drive me. I'm a LENDL - Low Expectations, No Driving Licence.

This doesn't always work out well. Once, years ago, en route to a tournament with the then Irish champion David Dunne, we drove off the road and hit a wall. No damage done to the passengers, though - just the car. And I think Dunne won the tournament.

Not so many people playing the Pirc these days, though I don't really see why.

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<Dom> Isn't the LENDL actually a Soviet-era car?

If so, your LENDL status seems somewhat ironic, if not ingenious.

You see, if you *are* a car, you really don't need a car.

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  Richard Taylor: < moronovich: Richard
If you are satisfied with a draw and your opponent plays the Pirc then there is a relatively simple system with the white bishop on g2.I once witnessed GM Alekseev draw the mighty Ivancuk with it.So proud he was back in 2004. This setup is not everyones cup of tea when they must beat a lower rated opponent in the first round..

And good luck with the tournament.And I hope it turns out well for you.

Cheers mate ! >

I don't mind a draw against a master but I tend to play fairly aggressively. I make too many sacrifices to be honest. Once I sacrificed, knowing I was winning but then for the hell of it played another sac! It was stupid I have to say.

When I played Ker last time I launched into the Austrian although I knew about the quieter Nf3 lines. I am not sure. I am not sure whether to battle it out with a slow system or go hell for leather in Rd 1 then concentrate on the middle ranks. Of course if I win I will feel good. I am sure I can beat Ker. That might sound arrogant but he often gets into lost positions then pulls out. The trouble is, apart from the fact he might read this! that he might not play his usual opening.

But I will have a look at the Bg2 line. Thanks. I played Ivanchuk's line as Black against the c3 but even though I had prepared it I lost to a club player Keith Ward who only plays at the club and when players of all kinds of ranks come he often beats them if he is feeling good. He was the only player to beat GM Ganguly when he came. I have beaten him (Keith) but often he beat me...

Ivanchuk. It would be interesting to play through a book of his games if there are or is any.

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  Richard Taylor: <Domdaniel: <Richard> I don't have a car either - when I play chess, I get somebody else to drive me. I'm a LENDL - Low Expectations, No Driving Licence. This doesn't always work out well. Once, years ago, en route to a tournament with the then Irish champion David Dunne, we drove off the road and hit a wall. No damage done to the passengers, though - just the car. And I think Dunne won the tournament.

Not so many people playing the Pirc these days, though I don't really see why. >

I have a car now. I did get some lifts to things via another chess player. One to see my new grandson - I have four now! Sebastian is 12 and the son of a German and 2 others are sons of a kiwi but of Irish descent, and the other is a kiwi. This generation of kiwis are going to be big, I mean compared to the basically English Taylors, my parents weren't big and nor am I. But a lot of kiwis are big, I suppose it's all the good tucker...

BTW Dom did you ever read anything by Dervla Murphy? I read her biography and it read like a powerful and tragic novel. My mother read her travel books.

BTW here biog/novel ends fairly happily but her mother was very bitter to be confined to bed by some illness.

I sold quite a few of her books. I shut down my book selling as such...

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  Richard Taylor: What do you think of Muldoon the poet (not NZ's grumpy Prime Minister of the 70s and 80s!)...?

Sarah Broom wrote and interesting book I read called 'Contemporary British and Irish Poetry' which is good as an introduction. She more or less leaves out such poets associated with the Grosseteste Press, such as Prynne but she does talk about another favourite of mine Tom Raworth (of his early witty works)...Raworth also went to the US. She also talked about Dabydeen, Carol Ann Duffy (I was surprised how good she is considering she is a poet Laureate, but I am keen to see say Geoffrey Hill get more awards / attention); she did a great job. She died tragically young. I didn't realise it, but I had seen her briefly and in fact she reviewed my book 'Conversation with a Stone' (it was a fair review, critical of some parts, liking others) but I didn't connect her up till later...Her poems are good also.

In any case I got a selected of his poems after reading her book and a few other of the poets she dealt with.

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  Richard Taylor: Back to chess. Yes. I see Botvinnik played the Robatsch a lot. Is that the same as the Pirc? I know the Pirc has counter attacking potential.

I studied the famous Kasparov vs. Topalov immortal and decided that Topalov's position was basically sound. In any case I won a game with that idea, allowing my opponent to come down and take the B on g7 and get his Q there but I castled Q-side. The second time I tried it (same opponent) I got check mated! I think you have to be in the mood for it. I might essay e5 in answer to 1 e4 depending on who I play.

But I think openings are often a matter of fashion rather than they are so good or bad. The Benoni I have had some success with (and losses) but it remains hard to take down. Although I think there are easier ways than others: I think the immediate "knight's tour" by White is the best idea. But it's good to have up one's sleeve so to speak!

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  OhioChessFan: <Either people are now laughing aimlessly at nothing at all, or the lollards have taken over the asylum>

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  Richard Taylor: <Dom> For the record it appears I will or could be playing Black against Irine Kharisma Sukandar who is here:

Irine Kharisma Sukandar

She is also an IM and got her norm in the NZ Queenstown Classic that was also mainly organised by Murray Chandler. She is ridiculously beautiful and I am hopelessly in love with her already so I am lost...Help!!!!

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  Travis Bickle: <Richard Taylor> Dr Taylor, I have the answer... Play her blindfolded! ; P
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  Richard Taylor: It might work!

Although to be fair she might be completely psyched by my horrible appearance that SHE wont be able to think, so I will make myself look even worse than I normally do!

Well I think she is 2400+ so I am unlikely to do much but be good to have a reasonable game.

The good news is that she will stand to lose more rating points. So if things don't go well, or I get lucky, the pressure will go on her. Although I suppose she will be far more experienced in the various openings and so on.

But who knows. I will try something and hold on for the ride. In the next round I could be facing a 1200 player or lower, it is impossible to know. More likely someone a bit closer to my rating though (about 1870 I think, I fell in rating points over the last few years, and haven't played much for a while so I will see how I go)....

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  waustad: Has there been any discussion here about Lisa, A Chess Novel?
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  waustad: <RT>From what I gather, Pirc/Robatsch/Ufimtsev/Modern are distinguished mostly by the move order and who is giving the name. They often end up in the same sort of positions.
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  Domdaniel: <waustad> Yes, they can often transpose, but there are differences. The Pirc proper occurs after 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 etc. The Modern (aka Ufimtsev/Robatsch) tends to start with 1...g6 and 2...Bg7, though an early ...d6 is also possible - the key point being that the Knight may go to e7 or h6. The Modern can also transpose to a King's Indian or Gruenfeld.
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  Domdaniel: <Richard> I know of the poet Paul Muldoon, but I'm not really familiar with his work, and I've never met him.

Trivia corner: did you know that the word 'hoodlum' is supposedly derived from the name 'Muldoon'?

Just spell it backwards, and change the 'n' to 'h'...

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  waustad: The Pirc can also transpose into the Philidor. The Philidor Improved Hanham often starts with black moves d6, Nf6, Nd7, e5, Be7, O-O, c6. Of course it can change a lot based on what white has in mind. I first ran into this in some Austrian games but have seen it elsewhere too. With all of the transpositions available, what an opening is called depends often on what depth they make the decision on naming it. They may call a perfectly normal Dutch Stonewall the Agincourt based on the first two ply.
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  Richard Taylor: <waustad> yes I see. The Philidor is actually deceptive, can be tricky to play against. I tried this opening once as Black:

1. e4 d6 2. d4 Nd7 3. f4 e5 4. dxe5 dxe5 5. fxe5 Nxe5 6. Qxd8+ Kxd8 *

I had this really strange game but it was the last game and I had a horror of blundering despite that I got an advantage. A friend played it so I just copied the first I played it I felt there was something wrong with it, but my opponent wasn't particularly strong.

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  Domdaniel: One version of the Pirc/Philidor hybrid line has become known as the (British) Lion - 1.e4 d6 2.d4 e5 etc, when White's options include the queen exchange after 3.dxe5 dxe5, or a transposition to a Philidor.

I recall once, when my usual French was offline for repairs, I played a Pirc, having prepared moves in all the main lines. Naturally, my opponent didn't play any of them - it went 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 and now not the regular 3.Nc3, but 3.Bd3. I could find nothing better than 3...e5, and the game was later drawn. But it slightly put me off playing the Pirc.

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  Richard Taylor: I have played against and once a version of that e5. I played a version of the Robatcsh or Modern or Pirc a few times. I just in fact played two interesting games by Botvinnik where he showed the dangers of a White early advance e.g. 1 e4 g6 2 d4 g6 3 Nc3 c6 4 f4 (he calls this into question if Black hasn't played Nf6 but in fact I think I played my 'Immortal Game' No 1 (I have 3 of them!!) with that, but opponent went wrong of course) so now 5 Be3?! Qb6!? (Gives White problems although White is still o.k. but in practical terms the problem of the B being loose was what enabled (with other ideas) Botvinnik to win a nice game against Yudovich.

I notice this game is not up. This is the second game in a week or so I think should be on I must upload them.

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  Richard Taylor: Here is a game of mine vs. the 'Modern' or whatever it's called. One of my 'Immortals'!

R Taylor vs M Steadman, 2008

But the very next day I lost - checkmated - trying to play the same opening against a player I had previously beaten - also checkmated! - with it. I recall deviating from my original idea which was similar to the immortal Kasparov-Topalov game where I thought Topalov's postion was initially out of the opening good. (Not the same moves but Black's idea of Q-side castling and a possible e5 and c6 or c5 etc...)

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  Domdaniel: <Richard> Brilliant game. I reckon I'm still waiting for my Immortal. Not that I haven't had sacrificial wins - most recently a couple of weeks ago - but somehow they always seem flawed.

Well played, again.

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