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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 29145 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-17-17 St. Louis Rapid & Blitz (Blitz) (2017) (replies)
Domdaniel: Nice win for Navara. Will he overtake Kasparov?
   Aug-17-17 Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz (Rapid) (2017) (replies)
Domdaniel: Just for the record, I think Maurice Ashley is a superb commentator, a great analyst of high-speed games, and a strong GM in his day. Some of those - not all - who criticise him seem to carry a racist undertone.
   Aug-14-17 Aronian vs Navara, 2017 (replies)
Domdaniel: Rapid game of the century? Well, OK, of the year...
   Aug-13-17 T Harding vs J Penrose, 1972
Domdaniel: Analyzed by Harding in 'Why You Lose at Chess'.
   Aug-13-17 Blackburne vs Paulsen, 1870
Domdaniel: (13 years later - where does the time go?) <Honza> - Yes, I agree completely. A very fine game from Paulsen. Among other things, it shows his courage and his tactical skill - not always apparent compared to some of his more romantically inclined contemporaries.
   Aug-13-17 Taran Jina vs D Fitzsimons, 2017
Domdaniel: Jina falls for a series of tactical tricks, losing a pawn, another pawn, and eventually the game.
   Aug-13-17 S Williams vs A Longson, 2017
Domdaniel: Even by Simon's standards, the early attack is remarkably caveman-like. You expect it to be driven back, and it is. Then, somehow, he emerges into a won Rook ending.
   Aug-13-17 E Paoli vs C Kottnauer, 1949 (replies)
Domdaniel: <RV> - <when this happens it is not surprising when you lose the game...> Surely this is only true when the best or first-choice move is also an only move? Otherwise - when the evaluations for the first, 2nd and perhaps subsequent moves are bunched close together - it ...
   Aug-13-17 Domdaniel chessforum (replies)
Domdaniel: <Boomie> Just recently, I wrote a review of a reissue of Truffaut's great book on Hitchcock. I had forgotten that, until the Cahiers crowd in France proclaimed him to be a great filmmaker, Hitch wasn't taken very seriously in the Anglo-American world. He was seen as a sort ...
   Aug-11-17 Carlsen vs Aronian, 2017 (replies)
Domdaniel: OK, Carlsen wins... how do the other games go?
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  whiteshark: Dom, here are <5 Bunratty shorts> for your amusement

German cb report with some fine b/w photos:

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  Domdaniel: "Painting is strategy, and not tactics."
- Jack Yeats.
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  Domdaniel: <whiteshark> Danke. It's a very fine tournament. I don't know exactly why I didn't play Bunratty in recent years, but I will return.

The 'Short family' is amusing. Last year somebody even persuaded Nigel to wear a false beard, so there were five hairy Shorts. And this year he threatened to return with some of his own family members, so there could be seven Shorts.

I watched the Speelman-Bates game live. Incredible stuff.

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  OhioChessFan: < Last year somebody even persuaded Nigel to wear a false beard, so there were five hairy Shorts. >

That's really awesome.

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  Domdaniel: <Ohio> You should see the photos. I must try to find a link. 'Awesome' doesn't really do justice to the spectacle.
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  Alien Math: Hello <Domdaniel> hope you are doing well

i thought you would like this exploration of fonts in 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

it goes on through the movie in an interesting way using both the fonts and the movie parts with pictures to explore or compare

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  Domdaniel: <Alien Math> Thanks. If HAL had used Comic Sans he'd never have gone psycho.
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  Alien Math: Found an article that shows
"1,000-Year-Old Manuscript of Beowulf Digitized and Now Online" and the link is clickable in the third paragraph
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  Domdaniel: <Alien Math> Interesting, thank you yet again for your discoveries.

Once upon a time I could (roughly) read Beowulf in the original Anglo-Saxon, but most of it seems to be gone now.

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  Domdaniel: OK, I'm back. Had to disappear into hospital for a week or two, so they could try (yet again) to persuade me to eat regularly, put on some weight, take more care of my liver, watch my fragile bones, usw.

But life gets boring quite soon when you start to look after yourself.

Anyhoo, on the general balance of probabilities... I'm alive.

More or less...

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  Alien Math: bet its nice to be home ^.^,
guessing i'm fortunate or unfortunate to have someone to remind me until i actually eat since i tend to forget things like looking at the time,

hoping to see the planet of the apes movie before it exits from the theaters

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  Domdaniel: <Alien> Thanks. Yes, it's good to regain my freedom. I haven't yet seen the new Planet of the Apes movie either - it sounds good.

I was a fan of the original Apes movies when I was about ten years old. So much so that whenever my mother saw me watching SF on TV she'd say "Are you looking at the monkeys again?"

Jul-18-17  cohare: Oh, maybe just nibble.” .....“You know how to nibble, don't you Gerry? You just open your lips , and swallow.”

Keep Well

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  Alien Math: various tech giants have united to ensure ai is being developed in a responsible way via <Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society> maybe to prevent HAL from the 2001 movie from happening

on fooding if that's even a word, i encountered troubles before and went down to around 36-37 kg weight, the path to return to 41kg took a while,

they kept various high energy type snacks near me and a number of fruit mixes or other drinks, granola bars crackers or a gorp, a type of trail mix found in america,

between munching on a grape and a saltine cracker i would sometimes have an icecream or something just so they would know i would at least snack.

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  Domdaniel: <alien> And I thought 'gorp' was prog rock played backwards...
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  Domdaniel: 'Drinking' is a word, so 'fooding' *should* be a word too. Hardened fooders may scoff.
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  Domdaniel: "He could probably have made an ass of me at draughts but he would not have attempted to learn chess, for he knew his station in life. This is the art of dealing with the lower orders: praise their mastery of the craft to which they are born but keep the chess-board locked up as you would your wine-cellar."

Kyril Bonfiglioli, All the Tea in China

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  Domdaniel: <cohare> It is very good to hear from you again, BTW. Please accept my apologies for vanishing last time - it's a long story and I'm not sure I understand it myself. But I hope to send you an email once I can dig up the address...
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  Domdaniel: Has anyone seen the new Fischer movie, Pawn Sacrifice? It opens this week in the UK and Ireland. Reviews aren't great, but film reviewers - I speak as a formerly paid-up member of that tribe - tend not to understand chess.
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  Boomie: <Reviews aren't great, but film reviewers - I speak as a formerly paid-up member of that tribe - tend not to understand chess.>

Or films for the most part, I would add. But it's a great way to make your doss, eh?

I was wandering aimlessly in Wiki yesterday and stumbled on a Luis Buñuel story. He was in Hollywood promoting his wonderful "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie" and his friend, George Cukor, organized a luncheon in his honor. The attendees included a murderer's row of directors:

Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, George Stevens, Rouben Mamoulian, John Ford, William Wyler, Robert Mulligan and Robert Wise. Fritz Lang was unable to attend, but Buñuel visited him the following day and received an autographed photo from Lang, one of his favorite directors.

Buñuel was a one off, eh? Has there ever been a director like him before or since?

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  Domdaniel: <Boomie> - < Has there ever been a director like him before or since?>

David Lynch, possibly, but with transcendental meditation instead of communism. And Neil Jordan at his best (The Crying Game) has a certain Bunuelesque flair.

But nobody has made anything quite like L'Age D'Or or The Exterminating Angel. Or 'un Chien Andalou' (aka 'A Dog and a toilet')...

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  Boomie: <Or 'un Chien Andalou' (aka 'A Dog and a toilet')>

Heh. I wonder if Buñuel also directed Prêt-à-Potty (aka Ready to Go).

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  Boomie: On a rare serious note, Buñuel worked much like Hitchcock. They completely planned the movie and rarely deviated from their plans. They both hated the actual shooting. Heh.
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  Domdaniel: <Boomie> Just recently, I wrote a review of a reissue of Truffaut's great book on Hitchcock. I had forgotten that, until the Cahiers crowd in France proclaimed him to be a great filmmaker, Hitch wasn't taken very seriously in the Anglo-American world. He was seen as a sort of proto-Tarantino - populist and popular, but lacking depth, a purveyor of effects and cheap thrills. As Hitchcock himself pointed out, he never won an Oscar. And the only time one of his films won, it was producer Selznick who got the statuette. It was only after Truffaut wrote about him that his great originality, willingness to experiment with cinematic form, and incredible technical ability were widely recognized. I'm a Hitchcock fan, as you can perhaps tell.
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  Boomie: In my unschooled and unwashed mind, the most important rule of good film making is "Show it. Don't say it." Whenever there is some explanatory speech, I wonder why they didn't just show that. People go to movies to watch, not to listen. Hitchcock never relied on dialogue unless necessary. That scene in "The Birds" where the moron blows up the gas station is a brilliant example.

I think the directors that had experience with silent film learned this. In fact, most of what works in movies was learned before sound appeared. Mary Pickford and Lon Chaney discovered almost everything that works and a lot that doesn't in movie acting. When this skill of telling a story with the camera is combined with great writing, as in Billy Wilder for example, wonderful things happen.

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