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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

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   Domdaniel has kibitzed 26409 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-05-15 World Cup (2015) (replies)
Domdaniel: <THE RUSSIANS HAVE FIXED CHESS > That was nice of them. But who broke it?
   Oct-03-15 Svidler vs Karjakin, 2015 (replies)
Domdaniel: <Sally S.> Strangely, I've been there - 0-2 down in a four game match, I somehow managed to win the 3rd game with an exchange sac. Desperation can be a source of strength. Sadly, I could then only draw the 4th game. I suspect something similar will happen here.
   Sep-28-15 K O'Mahoney vs B Hasenohr, 2015
Domdaniel: This looks like a Black win, 0-1 rather than 1-0.
   Sep-28-15 Domdaniel chessforum
Domdaniel: <thegoodanarchist> Far from it, I'm afraid. I had a rating of 2000+ some years ago, but now it has sunk to the 1800s.
   Sep-14-15 Euwe vs Loman, 1923
Domdaniel: Miller's Crossing. Renaud and Kahn classify this as Mate No. 9B. I'm not convinced that classifying mates like this is a useful exercise - on one hand, the naming of basic types can help players to remember patterns and see opportunities, but on the other hand, there will always
   Aug-23-15 Sinquefield Cup (2015) (replies)
Domdaniel: Think about it. You're one of the very best chessplayers in the world, but somebody on CG thinks you're the bottom of the barrel. We should all be so lucky with our bottoms.
   Aug-08-15 chessforum (replies)
Domdaniel: <hms> - < One can "hang out", "hang ten", "hang a left", and "hang loose". Not a problem.> Ah, but if a chess team consisted of Walter Out, Walter Ten, Walter A. Left and Walter Loose, there might be a problem of sorts. Walter is itself a rich source of puns. Like the ...
   Aug-08-15 Nunn vs J Huelsmann, 2015 (replies)
Domdaniel: A slightly better version of the piece sac for Black is 9.c3 c4 10.b4 Nxb4?! (10...Qc7 is safer) 11.cxb4 Bxb4+ 12.Kf2! b5 13.Nc5 Nb6 with complications, but White should be better. Going back a few moves, Black's 7...Qb6 may not be best: 8.Na4 is a strong reply. Instead, 7...a6 is
   Aug-07-15 Pavel Asenov vs S Williams, 2015
Domdaniel: <ajile> Yes ... the other advantage of the English Def is that White can be lured into playing c4, which is much rarer in Owen's. Also, White has some good systems vs Owen's which are less effective against the English with ...e6/...b6. The Kangaroo is usually 1.d4 e6 2.c4 ...
   Aug-07-15 Annie Kappel
Domdaniel: Your New pics - new to me anyhow as I haven't been around here much - are *very* cool. Thanks for the message. My net connection is worse than ever, to the point where I've largely given up trying. (I know, I know ... I should get a new one ... but hey, I'm an inert procrastinator
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  Domdaniel: Yep, they'll do ...
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  Domdaniel: <French Defence Fans> Does anyone have any comments on the Gambit line with b4 in the Wade Variation of the Advance French? I made some comments here: S Tidman vs S Chang, 2006
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  Domdaniel: More French notes: it's about two years since anyone played either 3.Nc3 or 3.Nd2 against me in the French -- and these used to be regarded as the main lines. Recently, all I seem to see is the Advance (3.e5) or the Exchange (3.exd5 exd5, often with the Monte Carlo line 4.c4).

I'm not sure whether this is due to a general shift in French fashions, or whether my opponents are playing like this specifically against me.

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<Beware of Geeks bearing Grifts>

That's some bon mots if I ever heard them. So concise, in the best sense- there's nothing really more to say on that topic.

Talk about your conversation killers!

Sadly, I fear our acolyte is on a mission from GHOD.

Tough to slow down these folks with Messianic Complexes.

I hope you are well, old sod- it's been ages. You know I often think of something you said once, and I'm not exaggerating, I think about it all the time.

You said something like "There's almost nothing worth getting your dander up over."

I'm certain that's not what you actually said.

Do you remember?

What is a dander? I'd google it, but as <doggimus> once remarked, "googling is jejune."

I don't know what jejune means either, but it seemed rude to google it in that context.

I don't think you actually said dander.

Dander Freeman. He almost never gets *his* dander up.

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  Domdaniel: <Jess> Yanno, I'm not quite sure what a dander is either ... but if it's listed among the things that people get 'up', then it may be improper to talk about here. In case the Freeman Dander makes one of its rare vertical excursions.

Jejune, on the other hand, is French for the act of being born in June. Not to be confused with Dismay.

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  Domdaniel: Wasn't it Myles na Gopaleen who told a story about two Greek fellows, Timeo Danaos and Dona Ferentes ... ?
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  Domdaniel: <Jess> In Dublin slang, 'mot' means a young woman. So you're the original bon mot...
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  OhioChessFan: Dander torpedos.
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  WannaBe: Discovered a new song by my fav. Weird Al, that may be up your alley:

I am gonna cross post this on OCF, too.

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  Domdaniel: <WannaBe> Weird Al Jankovich? A Mensch of the highest order ... a GrandMensch. Though I have some doubts about anyone who prefaces their name with 'Weird' ... where would we be with Weird Bob Dylan or Weird Paul Simon ... or even Weird Captain Beefheart, though it wouldn't be far wrong. Weird Frank Zappa, anyone?
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  Domdaniel: "An aircraftman flying to Gander
Found his chocks out of synch with his lander
So he turned on his tail
And rather than fail
Flipped his ailerons up to his dander."
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  Domdaniel: <Annie> Thanks again. I'll get round to appointing you my procrastinatory ambassador on matters defunct, one of these daze.


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  OhioChessFan: <A suburban Philadelphia county was victim to an embarrassing misspelling on signage posted around the local community: the word "commissioners" with only one "m" on 26 signs.

Montgomery County officials say it will take about 10 days and $4,000 to correct the error with adhesive labels.>

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  Domdaniel: <Ohio> One of my favourite signage errors was a notice erected on a nearby seafront wall, advising the public that parking would no longer be possible "ass bollards are being erected..."

My mother pointed this one out to me. And when the things were built - and, naturally, sat upon - she took great pleasure in referring to them as the "ass bollards".

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  Domdaniel: <Jessica> -- < You know I often think of something you said once>

Ain't no such animal. At my advanced age, I've said everything at least twice.

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  OhioChessFan: <A woman in Ohio avoided a parking ticket when she pointed out a missing comma that she claims made the law too confusing to follow. >

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  Domdaniel: <Ohio> Heh. Interesting, and a victory for the little guy-ess. For what it's worth, I think the Ohio woman's argument was sound ... but there's something dubious about the idea that failure to understand the law is a valid defense. OTOH, the law was badly worded.

Didn't they used to say "Ignorance is no excuse" ... ? Or am I thinking of "He that killeth a man while drunk, sober shall he hang" ...? It's been a while since I studied law.

No, I don't mean it was the 18th century.

Oh, never mind, happy 4th July.

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  Annie K.: <Dom: <At my advanced age, I've said everything at least twice.>>

You can say *that* again... ;)

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  Domdaniel: <Annie> Heh ... but, uh, if I *did* say it again, wouldn't that be four times?

Leading us to an equation like

Vox = 2^n + h

(add variable h because original definition said 'at least' twice...)

Now, this can be differentiated, giving us the rate of change of saying...

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  Domdaniel: Innaresting chess item, also, somehow, vaguely depressing.

The 2015 Irish Championship ended in a tie between two FMs, Phillip Short and Stephen Brady - both in their 50s. Where are the young players? Where are the IMs?

I beat Brady last time I played him, in the 1980s. And I drew with Short back in the late 70s, then lost a couple.

While I'm pleased to see my generation still doing well, it's sad that no younger players are coming through. Either Short or Brady now qualifies for an Olympiad place - Short last played in 1986, Brady in 1996.

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  Domdaniel: According to the Irish Chess Union website:

<Phillip wins the automatic reserved place for the Irish champion on the Irish men’s team for the 2016 Olympiad with a better tiebreak. It has been 19 years since Stephen has played in an Olympiad anyway (Yerevan, Armenia 1996 being the last time) with Phillip last playing in the Dubai Olympiad 1986.>

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  Domdaniel: I played in a rapidplay one-day event last Saturday, despite being, by my own admission, a weakie at rapid rates of play: this was 15 mins with a 30 sec increment, I think.

It was also a fundraiser for the Irish junior due to play in the world juniors. I won't mention any names, as I beat him in our game. After 5 rounds I had just one loss, to IM Alex Lopez, and was well in line for a prize ... but I tired and lost the final two games. Not so bad, though, and thanks to that good start all my opponents were pretty strong. Must try this rapido stuff again sometime: I'm hopeless at blitz, but rapid is different.

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  Domdaniel: I was also experimenting with new openings, which I don't usually do in a rated event. But it seems to have worked. Something else to consider in future...
Sep-15-15  thegoodanarchist: <Domdaniel: I played in a rapidplay one-day event last Saturday.... After 5 rounds I had just one loss, to IM Alex Lopez>

You must be a master-strength player!

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  Domdaniel: <thegoodanarchist> Far from it, I'm afraid. I had a rating of 2000+ some years ago, but now it has sunk to the 1800s.
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