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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 30199 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-18-18 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
Domdaniel: <tpstar> - <Spot the Alkie!> TP, as a medical professional - even one trying to enjoy his leisure time on a chess site - should you really be trying to stick derogatory labels like 'alkie' on people? It might be safer to suggest that somebody had an undiagnosed ...
   Jan-17-18 Lasker vs Maroczy, 1902 (replies)
Domdaniel: <ughaibu> There is nothing for you - or anyone else - to be embarrassed about. You contributed many ideas, some of which proved, on examination, to be flawed. That's about as much as one can hope for in a highly tactical game like this.
   Jan-16-18 Domdaniel chessforum (replies)
Domdaniel: A chess story: in the final round of a tournament last Sunday, I found myself playing a (grossly underrated) 12-year-old with a rating of about 1200. I got my pieces into a tangle by move 12 and decided to go for broke -- so I sacked three pieces to expose his king. One piece I ...
   Jan-11-18 Julio Ernesto Granda Zuniga
Domdaniel: <diagonal> - Thank you for the information. Granda Zuniga's results have been magnificent - long may he continue. It's also good to be reminded just how strong players like Smyslov and Gaprindashvili really were. And Korchnoi, of course.
   Jan-08-18 S Collins vs A H T dos Santos Fier, 2004 (replies)
Domdaniel: White's final move, 51.Rxg8+ (so that after 51...Kxg8, 52.Be6 leads to an easily winning pawn endgame) is a standard winning technique in such positions. It could make a good puzzle.
   Jan-08-18 Tata Steel (2018) (replies)
Domdaniel: < 2011 was the first Tata.> Yes, that was when the title sponsor acquired that name. But as Hoogovens/ Wijk aan Zee the event is much older.
   Jan-04-18 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
Domdaniel: <'arry> - <I survived on their stuff in the 90's> Gotcha, 'arry. So if we go back in time and wipe them out, you won't survive? That's worth trying.
   Jan-03-18 Mikhail Simantsev
Domdaniel: Jan 2018: playing in New Year GM Norm tournament in Dublin, Ireland, along with GM Matthew Turner, IM Alex Lopez, IM Sam Collins, et al. GM Simantsev drew with FM Daly in the 1st round.
   Jan-02-18 Carlsen vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2017
Domdaniel: <perf> Actually, I was thinking you might be ideal.
   Dec-31-17 Li Chao vs Wang Hao, 2016
Domdaniel: <chrisowen> starts with a (possibly coherent) thought and then scrambles it - probably ad hoc and subjectively, but the procedure is not unlike the Enigma machine used by Germany during WW2 (and cracked by Alan Turing, among others). The text we see is almost impossible to ...
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  morfishine: <Domdaniel> I hope you have a great and prosperous New Year!


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  Domdaniel: <Alien Math> I am enjoying the book ... he is a very good writer, rich and deep. Interestingly, it's much more than the usual 'memoir of exile'.

Interesting that he was born in 1971, meaning he was only 4 or 5 years old when the Americans left Vietnam. The novel reads like a work of the imagination, not a work of memory.

Not that I trust memory: my favourite novel is Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon, published in 1973. Pynchon was born in 1937, and most of Gravity's Rainbow is set in, or around, World War 2. Older writers, like Mailer, Vonnegut, Vidal, wrote fine WW2 novels, but Pynchon is in a different league.

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  Domdaniel: <morf> You too! In my case 'prosperous' might be a wish too far ... but thanks anyways!
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  Domdaniel: <MAJ> Thanks, and a happy new year to you and yours.
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  Domdaniel: <Jess> - <Really you can't say ąŮş¸* (pronounced "babo") to anyone unless you want to get hit in the face, or fired, or some such. Predictably, middle school kids say it all the time.>

* OK, Korean characters come out as garbage. Ignore them.

Heh, OK. Not that I plan to say anything out loud ... but, if I did, is it pronounced 'bay-bo' or 'bah-bo'?

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  Annie K.: Happy New Year, <Dom>! :)
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  Domdaniel: <Annie> Thanks. My current New Year Ritual involves going to bed at about 5 minutes to midnight. I refuse to celebrate the fact that we've completed another successful circuit of the sun.

One of these years maybe we *won't* make it, and who'll be laughing then, eh? Cockroaches?

Still, have a good new year, m'dear.

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<<Domdaniel: <'arry> - <I survived on their stuff in the 90's> Gotcha, 'arry. So if we go back in time and wipe them out, you won't survive?>

That's worth trying.>



This includes your "little clever digs" against <Harry> as in the message I just reposted here. I'm sick of your "clever putdowns" of other people in my forum.

I don't care what any of you uncivil people say about each other anywhere else on this website, but my forum is my house where I come to relax AND I WILL NOT TOLERATE ANY INSULTS AGAINST ANYONE BY ANYONE IN MY FORUM.


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  OhioChessFan: Did you see this nice Black win in a Winawer?

Kevin A Burke vs H Laakso, 2017

It was just nominated for Move of the Year, Black's 23rd, I assume by <offramp>. In any case, enjoy.

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  Domdaniel: <Jess> Last warnings are a bit futile, rilly, don't you think?

In any case - I haven't checked around - I presume you have aimed for some kind of balance by using familiar tropes. Doesn't always work, of course.

And balance itself tends to be overrated.

So, where does that leave us?

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  Domdaniel: <Jess> You seem to have banned me from your forum.

If it turns out that you've banned me in order to accommodate the idiot <h.lime> then there is no more to be said.

I used to respect your efforts to be even-handed, but this is beyond stupid. Let me know if you ever wake up.

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  Domdaniel: <Ohio> That *is* a nice Winawer. I know the White player, Kevin Burke -- I beat him a few years ago.
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  Domdaniel: <JessicaFQ> I will not return to your forum until liberty and democracy and related stuff is restored.

You remain free, of course, to post stuff here. And to be just as insanely excessive as you wish.

And 'arry is *still* a mental midget with the IQ of a fencepost ... but, hey, now that you've decided that fenceposts and philosophers should get equal time, what is there to be said?

But, y'know, well done for spotting the 'snide' stuff... I never thought you were dumb, just a tad misguided.

As Wm Burroughs wrote somewhere: "My name is Clem Snide, I am a private @#$%*@!".

That last word, btw, should be "arse hole".

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  Domdaniel: <Alien Math> - Viet Than Nguyen ('The Sympathizer' etc) is an extraordinarily good writer. In places he reminds me of Gore Vidal -- but where Vidal alternated between serious historical fiction with a sardonic, patrician edge, and ironic satire with a darkly comic view of America, Nguyen does both at once. Very impressive.
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  OhioChessFan: I awaited your retun to add my two cents. <Jess> ummmm, to begin a tirade about using someone's forum to insult others with the broadside "CAN YOU SPEAK ENGLISH" to perhaps the best handler of the English language on this site would amount to a bit of hypocrisy, right?
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  Domdaniel: Some children have been behaving childishly.
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<Ohio> Thank you for your assessment- it's not the first time you've called me on my behavior and you were accurate, as you have so often been in the past.

I didn't get where I am today by ignoring your comments and advice.

In the past, following your advice has brought me nothing but good things at this website.

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<Dom> You didn't deserve the Tirade (as Ohio aptly termed it) on any level. <Ohio> was also correct about my hypocrisy, and that was rampant. I came into *your* forum to insult you and start a fight with you over the issue of me not wanting you to come to *my* forum to start fights.


That's not just hypocritical, it's close to insane. I have possibly one of the worst records at for "flouncing into conversations" and "offering nothing but bias" (as Annie put it), a behavior that is both rude and self indulgent. I have stirred up and promulgated as many or more fights in other people's fora as anyone. I used to do it on a regular basis.

I have been trying to reform myself in this area, but I fell down spectacularly with regard to you- a long standing friend for whom I have great respect and affection.

With regard to my forum being a liberty/free speech zone, that's never been the case and it's never going to be the case. Given that fact, I don't blame you for pledging not to post there on those grounds.

I don't, and I'm not going to, view my forum as a blog where free speech prevails. I view my forum as a virtual apartment where I live.

So just as I would throw people out of a wine and cheese at my real apartment for fighting and insulting each other and causing a ruckus, I'm going to continue to do that at my virtual apartment.

But I'm going to try to do it in a less insane and less hypocritical manner. In future I will simply delete comments meant to personally insult other guests in the context of "having a fight with each other." But I'm going to do that without warning, fanfare, threats or hectoring. I'm just going to delete them without comment.

I'm not sure which "children" you're referring to, but my outrageously rude personal attack on you in your own forum was certainly "childish," so mea culpa on that front.

I'm really sorry to have flipped out on you like that <Dom>.

Love, Jess- and I hope the Nude Deer brings you many new vistas and such.

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Domdaniel: Some children have been behaving childishly.>

Good heavens- are you psychic? January 10 was my birthday, so I *literally* became a child on that precise date.


Jan-13-18  Boomie: <jessicafischerqueen: I have been trying to reform myself in this area>

Perhaps there is a correlation between your blow-ups and stress in your real life. This is somewhat analogous to those people who apologize for seemingly everything. They feel guilty about something but certainly not about the trivial things they are apologizing for. Sometimes anxiety reaches a threshold and comes out sideways. In your case, I'm guessing that the decision to leave Korea is a contributing factor. Emphasis on guess there.

I don't ever speak for "all of us", whoever they are, but I'm pretty sure that no matter what, we are all going to love you and hope for the best.

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<Tim> Thanks for your kind insights. I really appreciate that.

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  Domdaniel: <Jess> Happy birthday, belatedly.

Yes, of course I'm psychic - but I don't believe it's possible, so I keep it switched off.

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  Domdaniel: <Jess> Actually, I thought your complaint was justifiable - you had, after all, been quite explicit about your forum rules - though maybe your means of expression was a tad over the top.

Never mind. Water under bridge now, anyhoo. I hope everything works out well for you back in Canada - and remember, many people on this site really care about you.

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  Domdaniel: A chess story: in the final round of a tournament last Sunday, I found myself playing a (grossly underrated) 12-year-old with a rating of about 1200.

I got my pieces into a tangle by move 12 and decided to go for broke -- so I sacked three pieces to expose his king. One piece I regained at once. I could have taken another with check a few moves later - the obvious move - but tried to be too clever, going into a scenario where I had just two pawns for a knight, and both sides had QRR.

Gradually my opponent got a big advantage. I made some errors trying to hold on. He missed a few forced mates - none of 'em that easy, but still.

Then he slipped and let me back into it: I still had Queen and Rook. And I could check his still-exposed king. But it was now my turn to miss some forced mates, though I retained a large edge. I picked off a Knight and Rook and finally mated him on move 70.

One of the most nerve-racking games I've ever played.

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Thanks <Dom>. I care about you too.

I also enjoy you. Immensely.

If mates don't have the occasional scrap, then they are not trying hard enough.

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