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Domdaniel
Member since Aug-11-06 · Last seen Jul-13-14
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.

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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* "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 Chessgames.com, 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 PhyringRange.com 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

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FEN reverser (courtesy of <ajile>): http://www.zbestvalue.com/ChessFENR...

OlimpBase (courtesy of Wojtek Bartelski, aka User: OlimpBase): http://www.olimpbase.org/

Some *other* databases include:
http://www.365chess.com/
http://www.chesslab.com/PositionSea...
http://www.newinchess.com/NicBase/D...

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FIN de Partie

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   Domdaniel has kibitzed 25254 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-13-14 D Baramidze vs Caruana, 2014 (replies)
 
Domdaniel: White must have thought he had a draw when the Queens came off, but Caruana played the ending beautifully. The final pawn sac to allow his King to penetrate is superb.
 
   Jul-13-14 Domdaniel chessforum (replies)
 
Domdaniel: <Jess> I met that John 'gravel voice' Hurt, of course. A brilliant, brilliant man. He was complaining vociferously about the crap abstract art decorating his hotel suite. I suggested, mildly, that some of it wasn't so bad, really, all things considered. Anyone else would ...
 
   Jul-13-14 Caruana vs Ponomariov, 2014 (replies)
 
Domdaniel: Caruana's 39.Re7 followed by 40.Ba6 is an unusual tactic -- obvious, but crushing. Many such tactics recur regularly, but I can't recall seeing this precise idea in practice before. A key idea, obviously, is to lure the Black Queen away from the 8th rank, so that White can mate ...
 
   Jul-12-14 J Alfred vs P Walsh, 2005
 
Domdaniel: I've played both of these guys. I don't think that either of them is particularly insane.
 
   Jul-12-14 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
 
Domdaniel: <Boxermam> -- < I keep going to this chess site thinking you guys are going to be talking about chess. Wow, am I mistaken!> No. You keep dropping into a café without bothering to familiarize yourself with how things are done here. The site - aka CG - has plenty of ...
 
   Jul-03-14 E Kengis vs Sveshnikov, 2005 (replies)
 
Domdaniel: In a Spoonerism, the initial consonants of two adjacent words change places, creating a new phrase -- 'town drain' for 'down train', or 'queer dean' for 'dear queen'. Is there a chess equivalent? Perhaps certain opening transpositions, where an unusual move order leads to a ...
 
   Jul-03-14 T van de Berkmortel vs Bronstein, 1993 (replies)
 
Domdaniel: < he allows all of his pawns to be captured > I've seen another game, from years ago, where the winner sacrificed all eight of his pawns. I can't recall who the players were -- but I have a vague idea that the winner was a doctor, not a very well known chessplayer, and from ...
 
   Jun-30-14 J P Morgan vs W P Shipley, 1890 (replies)
 
Domdaniel: I wouldn't play the Steinitz Gambit in a million years, but I must admit that it has led to some wonderful games -- quite a few of them won by White. As <Phony> says, R Steel vs NN, 1886 is the epitome.
 
   Jun-29-14 Svidler vs Dreev, 1993
 
Domdaniel: A convoluted Queen exchange ... after which Black's c+d pawns are too strong.
 
   Jun-29-14 S Sulskis vs A A Lopez, 2008
 
Domdaniel: White has a definite advantage after 14.Nf5, but the reply 14...Bxf3? loses.
 
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May-06-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  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 -- http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=bOufh...

May-06-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

Salut!

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 ;-)

May-06-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
May-06-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark:

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

May-07-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  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 :)
May-07-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  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 :-)

May-07-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  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).

May-07-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

May-07-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  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?

May-07-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

May-07-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
May-07-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Domdaniel: <Euripides> -- <"thaumasta mantis on horo">

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

[my Greek is wobbly]

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