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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 30437 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-11-18 Shirov vs M Gurevich, 2005 (replies)
Domdaniel: Oops.
   May-11-18 Domdaniel chessforum (replies)
Domdaniel: Don is POTUS and I'm not. Nor, unlike Don, would I want to be. There's also Don Corleone, of course. I don't want to be like him either. Don McClean isn't too bad, I guess.
   May-10-18 US Championship (2018) (replies)
Domdaniel: <john barleycorn> ... as a former dog, I feel I should say something. Bow wow. Arf arf. Grf.
   May-08-18 Piket vs Korchnoi, 1993
Domdaniel: Great ending by Korchnoi. A very neat win.
   May-08-18 Tan Zhongyi vs Ju Wenjun, 2018
Domdaniel: An exquisite ending ... reminiscent of games 100 years ago, such as Capablanca vs Rubinstein.
   May-06-18 Women's World Championship (2018) (replies)
Domdaniel: <Absentee> - Eh, I happen to think that Canada is about as good as countries get. Some of my best friends are Canadians.
   May-05-18 Morphy vs Anderssen, 1858 (replies)
Domdaniel: How long is a piece of string?
   Apr-27-18 Gashimov Memorial (2018) (replies)
Domdaniel: I knew Topalov couldn't keep going.
   Apr-19-18 Navara vs R Mamedov, 2018 (replies)
Domdaniel: A draw? OK, it was pretty equal, but it was also getting interesting. I admit that I agreed a draw in a club match, in a similar position, last weekend. There are always many factors to take into account.
   Apr-14-18 Keith Henry Burton Allen
Domdaniel: Keith Allen, originally from Bangor in Northern Ireland, has lived in the Isle of Man for years - where he is involved on the organizational side of the annual tournament, one of the world's leading opens. I remember drawing with him in a Dublin event in the late 1970s. I also ...
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  Domdaniel: <Shams> I don't *think* so, unless it was either Richard Farina (singer, writer of a novel 'Been Down So Long It Seems Like Up', old friend of TP, killed in bike accident) or the guy (Jules Siegel?) who wrote an article for Playboy ('Who is Thomas Pynchon and Why Did He run off with my Wife?').

I remember causing a minor kerfuffle when I ordered the latter through the university inter-library loan system, around 1980. Playboy was actually still banned in Ireland at the time, an accidental relic of a vanishing censorship system - but they still weren't used to getting academic requests for it.

I got a photocopy in due course, however. No grainy xeroxes of scantily clad females, though.

Is there a third guy? I've consciously avoided knowing Pynchon trivia, as I reckon he's worth his invisibility. I'd just love to know how he had the foresight to vanish so early and so comprehensively.

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  Shams: Yes, it was Farina I'm referring to. David Hajdu's "Positively Fourth Street" tells the story of Dylan, Joan Baez, Mimi Baez (Farina) and Richard Farina. Really good stuff. Farina died within days of his novel being published...I've heard it's not bad, but I'll never read it. He's a fascinating figure though.
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  OhioChessFan: <dom: I remember causing a minor kerfuffle when I ordered the latter through the university inter-library loan system, around 1980. >

So <you're> the one person in the World who reads Playboy for the articles.

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  Domdaniel: Found it. The line "Cocaine-- or cards?" is from *both* Dr Mabuse and Pynchon. A character uses it in Gravity's Rainbow - set in 1940s Germany, mostly - and it is glossed as 'an old movie line'.

< ("'Cocaine—or cards?' (an old movie line the gunsels loved to use that summer)" — "Cocaine—or cards?" is an intertitle card from Fritz Lang's 1922 film "Mabuse, der Spieler". The question was posed to Wenk (in disguise) as he enters a secret nightclub to face "the great Unknown" in a showdown across a poker table.)>

... as some Pynchon wiki puts it.

Next: who said "Heroin-- or chess?" and "Ganja, or, or Scrab, Scrimmel, Scrimbo, hyeugh, hyeugh, you know, mon, that word game, hyeugh?

Sep-21-11  mworld: DD = Pynchon???

Could it be...

I'm on to you and will be sending Paris Hilton your way soon.

Sep-21-11  mworld: like the Great Goldsby, my investigative powers were honed by years of sniffing out my own socks; I know when somethings dirty.
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  Domdaniel: We'll always have Paris.
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  Domdaniel: A little cryptic clue?

1. Lifemaster jabs godly, badly. (1,1,7)

Sep-21-11  mworld: I've got it!!

So we are obviously talking about Saturday (the sabbath) Jan 1st, triple 0 7.

With Herod being Dismissed by Augustus I am guessing the previous incarnation of the Lifemaster is Herod as nuanced by the choice of saturday for the clue.

Being that he is indirectly responsible for the jabbing of christ, one could say that although his opening was weak and his middle game ok, it was the endgame that really went badly.


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  Domdaniel: <warm?> Better than Luke. And on the Mark.
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  Domdaniel: <mworld> If Alfred Jarry could write 'The Crucifixion Considered as an Uphill Bicycle Race' -- and JG Ballard chip in with 'The Assassination of JFK as a Downhill Motor Race' -- no reason why you can't complete the set with a chess game.
Sep-21-11  mworld: brilliant.

1 The beginning of the gospel about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 2 It is written in Isaiah the prophet: "I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way"-- 3 "a voice of one calling in the desert, 'Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.' " 4 And so John came, baptizing in the desert region and preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. 6 John wore clothing made of camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And this was his message: "After me will come one more powerful than I, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. Mark 1:1-7.

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  Domdaniel: < John wore clothing made of camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist>

Sounds like a Russian oligarch with more money than taste. Blingski. With a dash of English Retro and a nod to the Arab Spring.

I'm fond of leather m'self - you need to be, in this weather - but it should be combined with something conservative, like tweed.

Leather trousers, grey silk shirt, tweed jacket -- the Sado-Squireen look. It helps if you own a castle, though.

I have some Rooks. And no wish to live in one.

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  Domdaniel: AJ addressed me as <DomIdiot> in a post that CG have deleted, along with my response.

I really found this hilarious. As a piece of wit, it's nowhere near DanielPi's anagram "Die, old man". But, considering the source, it's a hoot.

I enjoy the way he blunders into things beyond his comprehension. A recent exchange with CG included this:

<LMAJ> -- <Now here is a serious question, and I am NOT trying to be a smart guy.>

If he was, how could anyone tell? And...

<I am no math expert, but if there are 52 weeks in a year, then that is about <175,000 to 200,000> (or more!) games per year.

A.) Does this change your assessment of the number of games?

B.) How many games does CG currently have?

C.) Do you use TWIC as regular resource, and if so, why not? >

The answer to B is permanently visible on both the homepage and the stats page. Can he really not know? Does it not occur to him to *look*? Could he possibly be so egotistically self-centred as to think CG weren't aware of TWIC?

<and if so, why not? >


Funniest thing since a house fell on Buster Keaton.

Sorry, folks, but he's just irresistible. But I'll try not to tell him how much I love him. He might get ideas.

Then again, that's unlikely. Ideas, I mean.

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  Domdaniel: <Shams> I haven't read the Farina novel either. I did once have a copy, but some book-pilfering lowlife nicked it before I could read it, and I never got round to finding a replacement.

I had a vague impression that it was more Kerouac-ish than Pynchonesque, though they seem to have shared a goofy sense of humour. The kind of sensa yuma you really shouldn't ride a motorbike under the influence of. But, hey, it was the 1960s. The nanny state was still at nanny state school, and Reagan was a failed actor.

TP was best man at his (Farina's, not Reagan's!) wedding to Mimi Baez, wasn't he? One wedding video I hope never to see on YewChoob.

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  perfidious: <dom> From television, there was I Love Lucy, in which the actors were forbidden to utter that dreaded word 'pregnant', eventually settling for 'enceinte'.
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  Thanh Phan: Hello <Domdaniel>! Informal names most times I are used to Thanh now, Many sorry for the real late respond, was a bit busy ~ Take care
Sep-22-11  mworld: Ever since Bush left office, AJ has been doing a good job of taking his place for my morning laugh. I'm just sorry I missed this one.
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  WBP: <Dom>, I note that you and <Shams> are having a discussion about Pynchon's roommate(s) at Cornell, and have centered the discussion around Richard Farina. I seem to recall reading somewhere that Pynchon also shared quarters (and perhaps dimes and nickels as well) with Jules Feiffer, who said that Pynchon never missed going to mass. Is this true, to your knowledge?
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  Domdaniel: <Bill> That rings a bell. Unlike other known TP experiences and interests, though, there's little evidence of it in the books.

We should factor in that any former friend revealing personal info becomes, almost by definition, an ex-friend. And as such might be a tad bitchy.

Gravity's Rainbow has: the beautiful bass voice of a black American GI singing at a service in an English church; the birth of Christ as seen from the POV of cockroaches in the hay; a Bishop running, vestments flying (a pun on German 'Laufer', or chess ♗, literally 'runner') and, um, some *transectites*, who dress up as members of other religions.

There's also a brief mention of teenage boys who get obsessed with Catholic priests, and hang around them, inhaling incense, looking longingly at their vestments and ... I suppose we'd call it 'grooming' now.

I could probably construct a textual case, using passages from GR, to demonstrate that TP went through such a grooming process as a child. But then I could prove *anything* using that book - which is why it's up there with other great American fictions such as Moby Dick and The Book of Mormon.

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  Domdaniel: <Thanh Phan> Thank you, Thanh.

That wasn't 'real late' - by my standard, that was quick. I sometimes take *years* to reply to my friends.

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  Domdaniel: <WBP> All this Farinaceous talk made me feel like getting back into the game, so I've registered at a Pynchon wiki.

I suppose I could live there if this place got too stupid, but we're not there yet.

As you know, there are three types of mathematician: those who can do arithmetic and those who can't.

I'm increasingly led to see a fundamental divide - here on CG - between those who *know stuff* unrelated to chess, or know how to find it, or who have good vocabularies and broad interests ... actually there are no fixed rules. But you know who you are. And thanks.

In the old days, there was a 'live and let live' convention between the polymathic and the chess puritans. Not any more.

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  Annie K.: Eh, it's just flare-ups, sweet. As Jack Beauregard (the Old Western character played by the highly classy Henry Fonda in my fave movie) said, 'there were never any good old days'. ;)
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  Domdaniel: True. But I never ackshly said they were 'good', did I?

Just old, like me.

As Mr Burroughs wrote somewhere, "America is not a new land. The evil was there waiting."

BTW, if Beauregard is your fave character, you might be innarested in an old John Prine song, "Come Back to us, Barbara Lewis Hare Krishna Beauregard".

There's a mini-soap opera in the title alone.

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  Annie K.: Sorry, you're still not old. :p

Heh, it's not exactly that Beauregard is my fave character - nor would it be exactly correct to say that "Nobody", the other leading character in the movie is, either - it's the <duo>, the interaction between them, that I really like.

I've noticed a long time ago that my greatest favorites (books, movies), feature duos, whether couples or friends, doesn't matter which. Beauregard and "Nobody" as mentioned, Winnetou and Charlie in the Karl May books, Natty Bumppo and Chingachgook in J.F. Cooper's, two couples in my favorite Heinlein book (The Number of the Beast)... but it's invariably the 'two equal main characters' type of duo that ends up in my favorites list, not the hero-and-sidekick type.

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