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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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Possibly the first chess Czech haiku ever, 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)

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

I am not the only one who writes in order to have no face. - Michel Foucault Statistics Page

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FIN de Partie

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   Domdaniel has kibitzed 27974 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-30-16 A Giri vs I Nepomniachtchi, 2016 (replies)
Domdaniel: This could well be the most interesting game of the tournament. On the other hand, both know how to draw...
   Sep-30-16 Tal Memorial (2016) (replies)
Domdaniel: <dumbgai> -- <this person named "Girl"...> I've been misreading Giri as 'Girl' for ages. As the song goes, "Hey Girl don't Bother Me" -- or, for philosophers, "Hegel Don't Bother Me".
   Sep-30-16 Svidler vs A Giri, 2016 (replies)
Domdaniel: Specifically: 60.Re7?? Qf4+ mates.
   Sep-30-16 I Nepomniachtchi vs Kramnik, 2016
Domdaniel: <Eyal> Thanks for that. I was familiar with 11.Qf4 and perhaps a few subsequent moves - though more in the sense of familiar patterns rather than concrete variations. So I was really interested to know just how far both players had prepared. A very beautiful game by Nepo -- ...
   Sep-30-16 Domdaniel chessforum
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.
   Sep-27-16 Kramnik vs Li Chao, 2016 (replies)
Domdaniel: If 60...Ne4 then 61.c4. This is awkward for Black.
   Sep-27-16 Anand vs Mamedyarov, 2016 (replies)
Domdaniel: <Marmot> OK, thanks.
   Sep-25-16 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
Domdaniel: <ljfyffe> "At least you thought you wanted it..."
   Sep-24-16 Carlsen vs Isaac Wiebe, 2016
Domdaniel: This transposes to the Classical Dutch on move 6, when White plays d4. So it is better classified as a Dutch than as a Reti.
   Sep-19-16 Annie K. chessforum (replies)
Domdaniel: <visayan brain doc> Never mind a thousand years ago -- think of the last 100,000 years. Somehow us myopics demonstrated survival value in the face of ruthless natural selection. We might have blurry vision, but we kept breeding... Hmmm. Maybe we kept breeding *because* we ...
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  jessicafischerqueen: Happy Birthday <Dom>!!

You are truly a rare friend- generous, kind, and full of "interestingnessositiousity"...

A very high achievement indeed!!

Your pal Jess

May-06-08  Open Defence: HAPPY BIRTHDAY DOM!!!

have a big drink on me!

May-06-08  achieve: I'll second them three preceding wishes, <Dom>...

Hope you like this one... "Oh yeah, it's boozin' time, baby!"

I'll shut up now and leave the stage to the "Chairman"

Angel Eyes --

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  twinlark: Geez Dom, you were so young when I met you. An idealistic young reporter freelancing for Darth Vader, treading lightly around the wondrous world of Nickelodeon nirvana.

I remember our first bender together in the Beer Tavern.

Have a Cooper's Sparkling Ale or three (Guinness if you will) on me, my syntactically enhanced punned it and I hope you enjoy the next 50 revolutions of this ball of mud as much as you enjoyed the last fifty.


May-06-08  mack: This is all a bit premature isn't it? The poor bastard's not fifty yet!
May-06-08  achieve: Yeah, it's a few hours early -- the poor bastard will need to adapt...

The Wheel has been set in motion ;-)

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  Domdaniel: Exactly 24 hours premature, actually _ I was born this time tomorrow. Um ...

Just another three hours or so and it woulda been Pynchon's 21st. But did that matter to the medical-industrial-maternal complex in the 1950s?

<maternal complex> ... and <Oedipus Schmoedipus> ... what does it matter as long as he's a good boy and loves his Momma?

Taliped Decanus.

May-06-08  Open Defence: you do know that there is a new Tax from now on, the Tax Dominus
Premium Chessgames Member

And then there's back to the future with Dominus Vobiscum.

May-06-08  JoeWms: vidi vici veni

May-07-08  JoeWms: Good morning, good Dom. You are now a <half century> old. As I see it, that is very very old.

By the power vested in me, I hereby declare you to be only 50 years old. Feel better now?

Happy birthday, kid.

May-07-08  achieve: Here's to many, many more, kid...

This is a part of a song lyric (from a contemporary, young American rock band) I ran into through geurgling...

the wolves wear the wool
of the sheep they have fooled
and preach their code of conduct:
"You've gotta push that, push that product"
we'll live in fear, for coats they may sheer
the fleecing of a fleeting flock
you may have my wool, you may have my locks
but my voice you have not
my voice you have not

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  brankat: Wishing You all the best for Your Birthday, Dom!

These first 50 years have been just the Opening.

Now a long Middle-game is about to start. May it be filled with fertile imaginative play, based on sound positional foundations.

Happy Birthday!

May-07-08  Open Defence: <based on sound positional foundations. > and lots of positional maneuvering :)
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  brankat: <Open Defence> I thought You'd show up :-)

But, Dom is a chess player, and a linguistic acrobat to boot, so he'll fathom the importance of positional maneuvering :-)

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  Domdaniel: Thanks, all.

As for <the importance of positional maneuvering > yes, well ... and where has that got me? Maybe it's time I tried tactics.

May-07-08  euripides: <dom> compliments on your natalities.

You quote sounds stranded somwhere between Betjeman -

The modern style, sir, with respect, has really come to stay -

and Spender's Pylons -

There runs the quick perspective of the future.

Of course, the first is satirical and the second approving. And Betjeman in the 1930s can easily be seen as the conservative among a malstrom of radicals, but things are not so simple. Auden and Spender both later renounced or mocked their own poems in praise of modernity, though I think Spender was wrong to do so. 'Pylons' is a small masterpiece. And read among the other poets of the 1930s, Betjeman's often macabre vision of decay looks very much of his time (though his eye for the pathos of obsolescent innocence is entirely his own).

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  Domdaniel: <Brankat> Opening, Middle-game ... great. And thanks for not mentioning Endings...
May-07-08  mack: Aaaaaand please welcome to the stage the man of the hour, he who needs no introduction: he's a polymath, a poet, a part-time peacemaker, a full-time troublemaker, a frog king, a changeling, a cokehead, a zapkind, a kinda Zappa, a Zen Surrealist, a discoloured spoon bender, an equal opportunities offender, a man with a silver cane but not a hair in place, both a national institution and a national disgrace, a mere pseud mag ed and the world's foremost John Cooper Clarke lookalike. So much for 'no introduction', eh.

Happy fiftieth, chum.

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  Domdaniel: <Euripides> I don't know how I got Spender and those Pylons into it. It's Betjeman, of course: <The Planster's Vision> which appears to be a sonnet. The first eight lines are about levelling mouldy old stuff that's been lived in too much, then we cut to the sestet:

I have a vision of the future, chum.
The workers' flats in fields of soya beans
Tower up like silver pencils, score on score.

That *chum* is so snobbish and patronising -- who else but Betjeman could have managed it?

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  Domdaniel: I thought 'natalities' were drownings ... fatalities during natation. One learns something new every half century (or so).
May-07-08  Red October: and now cometh the Age of Dom
May-07-08  euripides: <Dom> It is possibly 'natalities' was a hapax legomenon as 'malstrom' was a typo, but I assure you I had no watery deaths in mind.

Found it. Yes, it's a very good line - as is 'Too many babies have been born in there' (natality indeed run riot) - though the rest of the sonnet is, I think, more straightforwardly satirical than Betjeman's best.

Or as I might have put it in one of my plays:
ta gar
mellonta kai thaumasta mantis on horo.

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  Domdaniel: <mack> Thanks, thanks ... but *world's foremost JCC lookalike*? Not any more, I fear. When the kids bother to yell anything at all at me in the streets these days, they seem to think I'm Russell Brand's Granddad.
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  Domdaniel: <Euripides> -- <"thaumasta mantis on horo">

- Yo, Master, there's a big bug on the clock?

[my Greek is wobbly]

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