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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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Game Collection: The Even More Flexible French

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   Domdaniel has kibitzed 28536 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-09-16 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
Domdaniel: <Jeff> They call 'em Scousers because traditionally they ate a stew called scouse. The accent is like a semi-rhotic Dublin accent, quite different to others in the north of England.
   Dec-09-16 Timothy Nylund vs M Schmitz, 2015 (replies)
Domdaniel: Manuela Schmitz beat both Micah and Timothy Nylund in this event, each in 18 moves or less.
   Dec-09-16 London Chess Classic (2016) (replies)
Domdaniel: <diceman> Yeah, Sachdev and Seirawan are the anchors, but Ramirez is doing analysis. I have a DVD by him on the Reti - I like his style. They have Maurice Ashley too. Interesting that the London commentariat is so Americacentric.
   Dec-07-16 William James Lombardy (replies)
Domdaniel: < If someone with an off the rails IQ can't pull any of those things off, how does the rest of the world get by?> The logical answer is that an "off the rails IQ" is in some way detrimental to pulling those things off, while the rest of the world - lacking the confusion, ...
   Dec-05-16 Jakovenko vs S Williams, 2016
Domdaniel: Nobody can fault Simon Williams for courage. He goes all out for a win, even against stronger GMs. I recall seeing his Classical Dutch chewed up by Svidler a few years ago. But when you go four pawns down in a chaotic game against an elite GM, chances are they've seen more than ...
   Dec-05-16 Horwitz vs Harrwitz, 1849
Domdaniel: Quite a modern opening in some ways. It's remarkable that Black's Knight on g2 should survive so long.
   Dec-05-16 Carlsen - Karjakin World Championship (2016) (replies)
Domdaniel: Einstein *was* this, Einstein *was* that ... sigh. Here's a piece of something I posted about five years ago: <That said, it's better not to accuse people of 'being' something nasty. Say that they have *acted* badly instead. A Polish count, Korzybski, wrote an influential book ...
   Dec-05-16 Laaman vs Keres, 1935 (replies)
Domdaniel: Earliest game with the Keres System (...e5 and ...c6) against the English. Keres' 4...exd4 is playable, but I prefer 4...e4.
   Dec-04-16 chessforum (replies)
Domdaniel: <CG> Does the annual Klu Hunt start on Dec 10th? I've got to get in shape for it...
   Dec-04-16 P Cafolla vs I Gelip, 2016
Domdaniel: Very nice win by Ioana Gelip in the Advance French. I'm not sure if her 7...b5!? is a novelty, but I don't recall seeing it before. I've played Cafolla a few times - all draws - but I've never played Gelip.
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Oct-28-16  Open Defence: those Soviets know their end games
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  Domdaniel: <Deffi> Hey, good to hear from you. Yeah. those sovietskis know every part of their games.
Nov-02-16  mckmac: < Open Defence > Keep on truckin' Deffi. Awesome!!!

< Brother Dom Phineas > I've come here to say Goodbye -- my handle <mckmac> has unfortunately fallen prey to the forces of the hostile takeover. And to think I never really showed you my best work ...


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  Domdaniel: <Matt> They're eating *handles* now? My god. I thought it was just those Vandals who wanted to foul the Nobel pumps...
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  Domdaniel: I made a few posts recently about the Christmas Tree Variation of the Dutch. As far as I know, the name was first used in the 1970s in CHESS (UK) Magazine, for a Bird's Opening played by Rumens with a d2/e3/f4/g3/h3 pawn structure (the tree) and pieces on g2, f3, e2 etc (decorations).

Here's a position I reached last weekend as white - the super-mega xmas tree...

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Note the fairy at the top of the tree, a knight at d6. And at b2 and g2 we have crossed lasers...

Yes, of course White won quickly. But not before something strange happened...

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Black - an 1800 player - has just played ...Kg7. You may notice that White now has the option of Ne8+ picking up the queen.

This was beneath my dignity. I had a winning plan, and I stuck to it. I played Kh2, then Rg1, g4 etc, and won in 5 or 6 moves.

Whaddaya mean, I missed it? Everyone knows a Nd6 is worth a Queen. In a sense.

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  Domdaniel: Great Predictions of Our Time, #1:

<JessicaFischerQueen, Sep 2007>: " Are the games on yet?
I predict Jan Timman wins."

Nine years pass. Then, in Murmansk 2016, Jan Timman wins a short match vs Anatoly Karpov.

Spooky, huh?

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  OhioChessFan: Ne8+ meh. I'd rather resign. You did the right thing. Just don't let cg.c use it as a POTD.
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  OhioChessFan: Upon further musing, Black may have been trying to hasten his demise and you had to torture him through slow death instead of allowing him to gallantly tip his King over and say, "Oh, how did I miss that?".
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  Domdaniel: <Ohio> The sad truth is that we both missed it. I found myself looking at the board and at my scoresheet, thinking "I couldn't have missed that, could I?"

Of course I *did* have a winning plan. And I'd already decided that moves like Ne8 were pointless...

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  OhioChessFan: Well, the WCC and challenger both missed a similar Knight move, so you're in good company.
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  Domdaniel: <Ohio> Remind me, please - when did that happen?
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  Domdaniel: Of course, I remember it now. Thanks.

I played two team games at the weekend. In the first, against a much lower-rated opponent, I expected to win. And duly lost, after pushing too hard in a level position.

In the second game, playing someone of roughly equivalent rating, I had a won position as black after 8 moves. He blundered a piece and this time I saw the right response.

Sometimes, if you're not expecting your opponent to make an error, you fail to notice when they do. And conversely, if you're arrogantly sure that the other guy will blunder any minute now, you deserve to lose.

Is it even possible to play the board, rather than the man/woman/engine/rating?

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  Domdaniel: What do you get if you cross Dr No and The Donald?

One No Trump.

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  Domdaniel: "I used to be disgusted
But now I try to be amused..."

- Elvis Costello

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  Travis Bickle: Hey Dom, that Costello quote reminded me of this song. ; P

Nirvana - Dumb

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  twinlark: Hi Dom

I'm sorry I was such a bitch to you a few months ago.

Having this apology as a virtual afterword to another topic on my forum seemed inadequate.

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  Domdaniel: <twinlark> Thanks, but no problemo.

I tend, literally, not to remember that kind of thing. I had a vague idea that I should maybe avoid your forum for a while, without really knowing why.

It makes bearing a grudge difficult, as you can imagine.

La vita e una spiaggia, as they say in Italy.

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  Domdaniel: Round #1 of Kilkenny Open: 14-yr-old Henry Li (2100 and rising fast) beats GM Mark Hebden in the 1st round.

I lost a tournament game to Henry a few months ago - I had an advantage as black in a French, but blundered. He said he was lucky.

Since then his rise has been dramatic. Last week in the European Club Cup he started with wins against a GM and IM, and finished just short of an IM norm.

Nov-26-16  Alien Math: <Domdaniel> Thought you might like this,

Everybody Eats Everybody on Sunday's Planet, by Jeff Swycaffer

has the pdf page where you can read the story if you scroll down a bit

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  Domdaniel: <Alien Math> Thank you. I'm too busy to read it now but will get to it later.
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  OhioChessFan: "A bad business, opening dictionaries; a thing that I very rarely do. I try to make it a rule never to open my mouth, dictionaries, or hucksters' shops."-Flann O'Brien
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Howay <Dom>! I'm delighted to see you in my forum again, believe me.

I've been on a hiking vacation and I just got back, so I'll be responding anon.

This can't wait though- At first I thought you were just joking with <Harry>, bantering back and forth with some good natured barbs.

But this here doesn't seem so good natured to me, and it has to go:

<Domdaniel: <Childe Harold> Yes, you sometimes seem to be impersonating an idiot. And the idiot you're impersonating is ... you.

A metaphysical conundrum, nesspah?>

Somewhat off-topic= When I type "natured" the auto spell robot tells me it's an error.


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  OhioChessFan: I suppose it's looking for "good-natured".
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