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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 28879 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-16-17 Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1958
Domdaniel: A great game. Superb flow and rhythm, as Tomlinsky observed.
   Jan-16-17 Domdaniel chessforum (replies)
Domdaniel: <Ohio> - "Ash backwards" is "backwards ash" ass backwards...
   Jan-16-17 Keith Vital
Domdaniel: Indeed. The Vital Statistics don't look so good...
   Jan-16-17 Eljanov vs R Rapport, 2017
Domdaniel: Rapport's 4...g5 is an interesting novelty. I've faced a similar move in the line 1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 d4 3.b4 g5.
   Jan-16-17 Znosko-Borovsky vs Salwe, 1909
Domdaniel: <ChessHigherCat> - < I don't know, al ask'er.> Ouch. "Canada come out to play?" "Alaska."
   Jan-16-17 chessforum (replies)
Domdaniel: I have never *trained* anywhere, in any way, at any time. Not (argh!) physical training, as in running, walking, or jumping. Not (yeuch!) chess training, as in tactical exercises. They sound like masochism. I can do without torture. How did I get so good at chess without trying? ...
   Jan-15-17 User not found chessforum
   Jan-14-17 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
Domdaniel: <Luke W> Au contraire, mon ami. Current tech would allow the divine Carrie to be replicated by an algorithm. The only reason they decline to do so is to increase the profit by 'growing' her market value. Humans are very disposable. Except when they are cheaper than the ...
   Jan-13-17 Kenneth S Rogoff (replies)
Domdaniel: You people have fooked up the world, and no god is gonna bail you out. Think Charlton Heston at the end of the original Planet of the Apes.
   Jan-13-17 O Castro vs Petrosian, 1976
Domdaniel: Incidentally, 2.b3 against the French (The Papa-Ticulat or Reti Gambit) is a well-known line. There may not be many examples in the CG database, but it's a respectable and playable line.
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  Boomie: A brief shout out to "Cabaret", "Amadeus" and "Hair" seems in order.

Just to marvel over Joel Gray's performance in "Cabaret" moves it near the top of the musical scale.

Although "Amadeus" is almost totally devoid of historical fact, the music is by Mozart. There have been many fine composers and arrangers in Hollywood, but none of them approach the level of Mozart. Milos Foreman is one of the best story tellers.

Foreman also directed "Hair", which at first glance seemed to be unfilmable. But there are scenes in "Hair" that have stayed with me. The cops on dancing horses in the park, the soldiers marching into the belly of the plane, these are extraordinary images.

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  Domdaniel: In general, I don't much care for musicals. The songs can be good - one of my favorites is 'Put 'em back the Way they Was' from L'il Abner - but I never really enjoy the whole character-breaks-into-song convention.

Cabaret is good, though.
And musicals are worse in theatre than in films.

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  Domdaniel: And OK, I admit I never met Carrie Fisher. But I always felt I was about to meet her, any day now. And of course she would really like me.

I'm not particularly interested in celebs. But some of the people who died in 2016 were artists, which is different.

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  Domdaniel: Right, then. Off to play in the 2017 Mulcahy Memorial, named after Edmond Noel Mulcahy, a strong player who died in a 1960s plane crash.

The tournament was first held in 1969. I first played in 1975. This year, somebody turned up a 1975 brochure, and the contrast is fascinating. Back then, entry was £2 and 1st prize £80. Now entry is £40 and 1st prize £700.

Not that I'm liable to come first. In the 70s and 80s, a lot of strong players entered, including GMs and IMs -- Flear, Lalic, Hebden, Arkell, et al. Now we get maybe one IM (Alex Lopez) and a few FMs. But it's all one open section, so I'm liable to face an 1100 player in the 1st round and a 2300 in the 2nd. And these things even out, so I tend to wind up on 3-4/6.

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  Domdaniel: I did it again. D'oh.
Lost the first game against a guy rated about 500 pts below me. Turned down a draw offer, too, then over-reached trying to win.

So it goes...

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  Domdaniel: <Jess> You are cool. Andrew Sweeny is undoubtedly cool, even if he insists on living in the Sweeney Thorn Bush. And Annie K. is cool, just because she is.
And I'm cool too, though I see how coolness works.
Jan-06-17  mckmac: <Uncle Dom> ... and this guy is pretty cool too. Happy New Year.

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My dear <Dom>

I hope 2017 finds you well, sir.

I meant to post this days ago but I got distracted by work:

<Er, Singin' in the Rain, I said. Worst movie ever, he replied. >

I laughed long and hard at this, and I admire your brother's conviction. I think "Singin' in the Rain" is delightful and I've watched it more than a few times over the years.

Still, I can't help but side with your brother.

He reminds me of a chap I knew in university. You know how around 99.9999 percent of all pop culture is appalling eh?

But when they get it right, they really get it right.

Nonetheless, when we'd sit around my gaff, hashing over which songs/books/movies we liked, my friend would wait until there was a lull in the discussion of a particular work.

Then he'd simply say, explosively, <AWFUL!>

This gave me no end of pleasure, and even now, whenever I think about it, I smile.

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  Domdaniel: <Jess> Never mind pop culture - 99.9999% of *everything* is appalling, rilly. Sturgeon's law says as much, albeit in sf-speak.

But if (let's be generous) 90% of everything is crap ... then 90% of the supposed non-crap is also crapola, and then 90% of the residue, usw. Which leads us, via the mathematics of series, to the conclusion that everything is Krapp.

Who knew?

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  Domdaniel: This is my great heresy, folks: I'm thinking of *not* playing the French against 1.e4 ... Aaargh, why?

Well, there are certain positions where Black is unlikely to lose - mostly in the Advance French after 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 - but it can be very hard to win. I drew one of these at the weekend against a lower rated player - I even sacked the exchange to create imbalance, but he still drew.

So I found myself wishing I'd played a Sicilian, Caro-Kann, Pirc, Modern, Owen, usw. I have sometimes played Nimzo's 1...Nc6 and the Scandinavian 1...d5 -- anything but 1...e5.

But should I play the Pirc/Modern as a regular alternative to the French? I reckon the French is adequate against stronger opponents - but can be hard to convert to a win.

Any ideas? What's the best way to win as black vs 1.e4? I just know that most people will say Najdorf or Dragon ... but, listen, how does one win without swallowing oceans of theory?

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  OhioChessFan: <Any ideas? What's the best way to win as black vs 1.e4?>

Be Bobby Fischer.

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  OhioChessFan: For you, surely 1. c6 is the answer. The problem with the French is that of the 3 minutes a move you take to think, every single move of the first 30, you have to spend 2 minutes and 30 seconds figuring out if White can play BxP+ this time. For a positional player, c6 is fine. Let White get aggressive and they'll end up overextended. Let them be patient and your LSB problems are solved and your position will be better. 1. Nc6 is okay but club players booked up on it and most 2000+ will have no problems. e5, shudder, and a Petroff, well, okay, would be fine too, methinks. I don't picture a lifelong French player moving to c5, so you are rightly concerned about that. In any case, if you're looking to win, it has to be a Sicilian or expecting to win an endgame 50 moves on.
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  OhioChessFan: Another mathematician

User: Poincare

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  Domdaniel: <In any case, if you're looking to win, it has to be a Sicilian or expecting to win an endgame 50 moves on.> This, unfortunately, may be true.
Jan-13-17  mckmac: <Uncle Dom> Na Zillun? Not even close Dom and you've told the joke* before. Have you ever been here, or did I miss that days edition of the newspaper?
Jan-13-17  mckmac: Moving right along now ... This is a great song by a truly great artist.

And this is still my favourite Leonard Cohen track. Of course he wrote many much more important songs* - but the pull of memory/nostalgia is strong, and this is the first Cohen track I remember hearing.

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  Domdaniel: <mckmacaroonie> I borrowed 'Na Zillun' from some other writer ... Theroux, maybe? And even if it isn't close, hey, it's close enough.

Like, yanno, "Oirland".

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  Domdaniel: Or "Inglan" (is a beach).
Jan-14-17  mckmac: <Dom> Yeah, Paul Theroux sounds about right. I rilly liked one of his earliest books but forget the title. He was a youngish teacher or aid-worker in Africa. Can't remember even what country.

He also said something famously waspish about God's Own Country (Nu Zillun - a bit closer) but can't recall and don't much care what it was.

Hey, Je suis numero uno fan de Bill Bryson. In fact, I would like to be Bill Bryson. Minus 30 pounds.

I am in our Central Library right now and succeeded three burly leprachauns on this computer. Methinks they must be Irish travellers who dress that way to try to pull our pure Kiwi lasses, but I can't be sure. They were both surly and rude. They'll fit in well here, then.

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  Domdaniel: < three burly leprachauns > - They sound more like undercover wannabe rugby players...
Jan-16-17  mckmac: <Uncle Dom> Yeah, they weren't ackshully dressed like the little fellas .... I do like to tell the odd lie, every now and then, yanno. Okay, bellbottom trousers, boots, 70's sized belts with big-assed buckles, white shirts in the 'Aramis' style, and nifty little waistcoats ...

Some sort of guild? I know the Gerries send their carpentry apprentices off travelling in the traditional garb. I put a couple of them up once in my warehouse. Yep, I lived in a frickin warehouse for a couple of years, back in '04. My old mate John Lamour got me in there. Real nice fella, but I wouldn't want to cross him. Crazy about Samuel Beckett, and probably not in a good way. I saw him the other day for the first time in years and we had a darn good bitch about the mad women we both knew/know. I enjoyed it hugely.

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  Domdaniel: <mckmac> Yeah, Beckett fans can be ... unpredictable. One guy I knew bought a car that used to belong to Sam, and then became excited by the fact that there were still ashes in the ashtray. Ashes actually smoked by Beckett.

"You used me like an ashtray heart"
- Don Van Vliet

"It is better to *have known" mad women than to know them now." - Moi.

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  OhioChessFan: He should have DNA tested that ash backwards.
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  Domdaniel: <Ohio> - "Ash backwards" is "backwards ash" ass backwards...
Jan-17-17  mckmac: <Dom> "It is better to *have known" mad women than to know them now." - Moi.

Very good. Personally, I have been sitting too long in the booth to have an opinion on the matter, but there was a time, and oh what a time it was, when I was so unattractive, and so boring, that the only women who would even consider* me were completely certifiable.

Part Two of this story deals with the most profound intimate experience of my life and has just been returned by The Office of The Censor.

It clearly still needs work.

".She XXX her xxxx on my XXXXXXXXXX and I was xxxx. The xxxx began to xxxx. Slowly at first but then XXXXXX. I was in xxxxxx.

There was then the unmistakable xxxxx of a xxx in the door and in walked her xxxxxxxxinxxx..." yawn, etc

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