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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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   Oct-22-16 Domdaniel chessforum
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
   Oct-22-16 Granda Zuniga vs P Ladron de Guevara Pinto, 2012
Domdaniel: 29.Ne4 is a beautiful queen trap.
   Oct-22-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2006 (replies)
Domdaniel: <morf> No worries - that was actually my first thought as well.
   Oct-22-16 Yifan Hou vs Short, 2016 (replies)
Domdaniel: A crushing win for White, despite the dubious move 1.e4?! Neo-meta-hyper-postmodern theory says that 1.a3 is better.
   Oct-22-16 S Kim vs P Husted, 2001
Domdaniel: Did Black really resign after 34.Reb1 ... ? Yes, of course he's worse, but seems far from lost.
   Oct-22-16 Zaw Win Lay vs Khalifman, 2000
Domdaniel: Khalifman also wrote about this game in the Chess Stars review of the year's theoretically important games. Looking at it again, Zaw can't have been *that* weak. At least he knew when to resign.
   Oct-22-16 Zaw Win Lay
Domdaniel: Zaw Win Lay will be remembered for his loss to Khalifman in the Tarrasch/Chistiakov line of the French: Zaw Win Lay vs Khalifman, 2000 . Zaw follows theory all the way to a refutation. In the Chess Stars book reviewing the year's most theoretically important games, Khalifman ...
   Oct-22-16 Evgeny Gik
Domdaniel: Also co-author with Karpov of 'How to Play the English Opening', among other titles.
   Oct-22-16 Yifan Hou vs Short, 2016
Domdaniel: <RookFile> -- <Lame opening by white. A French player like Short has survived a lot worse attacks than this.> White's opening play after move 4 seems designed to avoid the bishop trade after a black ...Bb5, standard in the Wade variation. But it doesn't work very well ...
   Oct-21-16 D Svetushkin vs A Zhigalko, 2012
Domdaniel: With 9...b5 and 15...g5 Black breaks dynamically on both flanks. White struggles to keep up.
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  Domdaniel: <mckmac> That sounds accurate.

Scene. Night. Limerick City Centre, at around midnight. I am walking back to my hotel. This is at a time, a few years ago, when the tabloids have taken to calling Limerick 'Stab City'. It got worse before it got better.

I start to walk across a street. A woman on a bicycle approaches. I accelerate, jumping out of her path...

Woman: "Heh. I'm not going to stab yeh."

Me (thinks): Am I so obviously a scared visitor?

This actually happened. Strange place, Limerick.

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  Domdaniel: I've been reading 'City of Bohane' by Kevin Barry - an amazing novel set in a sort of hyper-Limerick, a fictional Irish city forty years in the future, full of gang warfare, rasta gypsies, Chinese assassins, albino killers, sand-pikeys and Norries... incredible.
Sep-24-16  mckmac: <Domdaniel> What, we ask, is a 'Norrie'? Are they perhaps the followers of Norman or the minions of Norelle? The Urban Dictionary is no help.

Fortunately, there is a chapter from 'City of Bohane' online, and it's a terrific read. Seems that the Norrie's are a gang of bad-ass aggravators who hail from the 'Northside Rises'.

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  Domdaniel: <mckmac> Yeah, Norrie is slang for Northsider. Mainly heard in Cork.
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  posoo: Da man from Junsorio came across da path in da autumntime. Many people were sospicus of him but he had da disposition of a GRAVEDIGOR.

It was my grave.


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  Domdaniel: < a Padre in a book by Umberto Eco> Did I mention that Umberto Eco bought me a whiskey once?

Yawn. I probably did.

Interesting times, though ... around 1990? In the space of ten days I met and/or interviewed Umberto Eco, Peter Greenaway, JG Ballard, and Terry Gilliam.

Oct-03-16  mckmac: <Domdaniel> You did mention once that you had met Umberto Eco. Sounds like a drink to remember. 'The Name of the Rose' is a masterpiece, and I don't think I understood half of it. One of those books to be read again and again.

As for women on bicycles in Limerick, surely you know; a woman on a bicycle is the perfect meeting of form and function, a beautiful sight for all. The correct first step for the sensible visitor is probably a backwards one.

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  Domdaniel: If I may bring up the somewhat arcane topic of chess ... I just saw a nice win by Fressinet in the Isle of Man Open (Nakamura, Caruana, and So are playing, along with Adams, Shirov, and other top GMs).

Meanwhile, I had a win and a draw in team matches this weekend, extending my unbeaten run to ten games.

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  Shams: <Dom> <Meanwhile, I had a win and a draw in team matches this weekend, extending my unbeaten run to ten games.>

Great to hear. Not long ago you were a bit despairing of OTB play. Any French games to share?

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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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