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Member since Aug-11-06 · Last seen May-14-18
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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FEN reverser (courtesy of <ajile>):

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A statistical analysis by Jeff Sonas (thanks to <BadKnight> for bringing it to my attention):

Game Collection: The Even More Flexible French

FIN de Partie

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   Domdaniel has kibitzed 30436 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-11-18 Shirov vs M Gurevich, 2005 (replies)
Domdaniel: Oops.
   May-11-18 Domdaniel chessforum (replies)
Domdaniel: Don is POTUS and I'm not. Nor, unlike Don, would I want to be. There's also Don Corleone, of course. I don't want to be like him either. Don McClean isn't too bad, I guess.
   May-10-18 US Championship (2018) (replies)
Domdaniel: <john barleycorn> ... as a former dog, I feel I should say something. Bow wow. Arf arf. Grf.
   May-08-18 Piket vs Korchnoi, 1993
Domdaniel: Great ending by Korchnoi. A very neat win.
   May-08-18 Tan Zhongyi vs Ju Wenjun, 2018
Domdaniel: An exquisite ending ... reminiscent of games 100 years ago, such as Capablanca vs Rubinstein.
   May-06-18 Women's World Championship (2018) (replies)
Domdaniel: <Absentee> - Eh, I happen to think that Canada is about as good as countries get. Some of my best friends are Canadians.
   May-05-18 Morphy vs Anderssen, 1858 (replies)
Domdaniel: How long is a piece of string?
   Apr-27-18 Gashimov Memorial (2018) (replies)
Domdaniel: I knew Topalov couldn't keep going.
   Apr-19-18 Navara vs R Mamedov, 2018 (replies)
Domdaniel: A draw? OK, it was pretty equal, but it was also getting interesting. I admit that I agreed a draw in a club match, in a similar position, last weekend. There are always many factors to take into account.
   Apr-14-18 Keith Henry Burton Allen
Domdaniel: Keith Allen, originally from Bangor in Northern Ireland, has lived in the Isle of Man for years - where he is involved on the organizational side of the annual tournament, one of the world's leading opens. I remember drawing with him in a Dublin event in the late 1970s. I also ...
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May-10-18  Boomie: <Who's this Don? Anyway.>

Oops. That was supposed to read "Dom". I blame Qwerty.

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  Domdaniel: Don is POTUS and I'm not. Nor, unlike Don, would I want to be.

There's also Don Corleone, of course. I don't want to be like him either.

Don McClean isn't too bad, I guess.

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  OhioChessFan: <Domdoniel: Don McClean isn't too bad, I guess.>

Killing me softly with Frogspawn.

May-14-18  Stonehenge: I think Dom is a Person Of The Utmost Significance.
May-14-18  Boomie: Remember - The darkest hour is just before the Don.
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  OhioChessFan: <I blame Qwerty.>

The secret to Qwerty lies in the mind and heart. Not in the hands.

May-16-18  Boomie: It is not in our keyboards but in ourselves that we are patzers.
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  OhioChessFan: Only the Ole Don could teach him the secrets of the masters.
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  OhioChessFan: DomDaniel-san, never put passion before principle. Even if win, you lose.
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Rule Number 1: "Qwerty for defense only."

Rule Number 2: "First learn rule number 1."

May-17-18  Boomie: US Air Force rules for alien contact:

1. Avoid eye contact.

2. If there are no eyes, avoid all contact.

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  OhioChessFan: Lesson not just Qwerty only. Lesson for whole life. Whole life have a balance. Everything be better.
May-17-18  Boomie: <OCF> You dare channel Yoda at Frogspawn?
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  OhioChessFan: Yoda does not in Qwerty engage instruction, boomhopper.
May-19-18  Boomie: May the farce be with you.
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  OhioChessFan: So farce, so good.
May-20-18  Boomie: Sometimes we must farce the facts.
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  OhioChessFan: So farce away. Doesn't anybody play in Dom's place any more?
May-21-18  Stonehenge: I think we should leave Dom alone now. You know what he's like after a few novels.
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  OhioChessFan: C'est Dommage
May-23-18  Boomie: Dom and Dommer
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  OhioChessFan: You really need to pop by and say something.
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  Annie K.: Good news. :)

I just exchanged emails with Gerry's brother. He answered me in exactly 5 minutes, so it's lucky I was certain I had the right email address...

Gerry is fine, he just needs to get around to fixing his computer, and apparently clean up some space on his phone as well.

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  OhioChessFan: I was greatly concerned. Thank you.
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  4tmac: an Irishman pushed the Pawn FROG

but lapsed as he typed out his Blog

. . . - then quickly gained Form

. . . - his pawns started to SWARM

- eschewed comps - and went analogue ....

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