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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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* "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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   Mar-18-15 chessforum (replies)
Domdaniel: < Ah, but note the Homer quote, while attributed, isn't properly sourced. > Even Homer nods. Incidentally, a few years ago <mack> and I put together a set of chess quotes from unusual sources -- novels, etc, rather than chess books. I remember that William Burroughs ...
   Mar-15-15 R Weisshaupt vs Speelman, 2015
Domdaniel: A nice win by Speelman, greatly helped by White's blunder on move 27. The opening 1.d4 e6 2.c4 b6 is, of course, the English Defence, popularized by Miles and Speelman himself almost 40 years ago. Calling it a "Queen's Pawn Game" is both insipid and hopelessly old-fashioned.
   Mar-11-15 Jonathan Speelman
Domdaniel: Speelman still writes a weekly column for the Observer newspaper, part of the Guardian group. It's perhaps my favourite chess column in the print media: he usually provides in-depth analysis of one or two recent GM games. Speelman is a superb analyst, whether of openings, ...
   Mar-08-15 G McCarthy vs J Joyce, 2010
Domdaniel: <perf> By and large, I agree with you. I reckon Joyce erred slightly by playing to win a pawn, allowing me to come up with a gambit, 9.Ng5, which gave me some activity and reasonable compensation.
   Mar-07-15 Karpov vs Topalov, 1994 (replies)
Domdaniel: A truly beautiful game by Karpov. Like many people here, I'd seen it before, but it's nice to be reminded. On another issue, doesn't the homepage say something to the effect that one purpose of CG is to be a place where weaker players can learn from stronger ones, and the strong ...
   Mar-03-15 V Laznicka vs O Kobo, 2015
Domdaniel: <morfishine> Very true. I've noticed this phenomenon many times -- a game has one opening designation on the tournament page, and a different one on the game page. This is called a Reti in one place and the strange Zukertort Symmetrical in the other. Black plays badly all ...
   Mar-02-15 Domdaniel chessforum (replies)
Domdaniel: <A> I'm looking into all sorts of different plans - levitation, anti-gravity belts, non-addictive painkillers... I've even considered being sensible in my old age, but that might be a stretch.
   Mar-02-15 C Portela vs Alekhine, 1926
Domdaniel: One of those games where Alekhine makes it look easy. Some fine defensive play covers the risky side of the Dutch. Then a neat mini-combination nabs a pawn, and another exchanges down to a pawn ending - and precise play brings home the point.
   Mar-02-15 G Ustinov vs Bronstein, 1970
Domdaniel: <tranquilsimplicity> I agree with you, although I've also had games where Black's LSB becomes active eventually. But exchanging is also a good plan, and there are a few ways of doing it. The ...b6/...Ba6 plan has the advantage that it can be used in different variations: ...
   Feb-27-15 Shams chessforum (replies)
Domdaniel: <moronovich> Heh. Did you ever see a trick sometimes used by juniors? In this age of engine implants and Bigfoot Ivanov it's hard to call what those kids do 'cheating'... Basically, it happens when an a- or h- pawn is in a pawn race. The opposing King is far away, but not so
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Mar-11-12  brankat: Best of luck to both of You guys!
Mar-11-12  brankat: "If a man could fulfill half of his wishes he would double his troubles." :-)

-- Benjamin Franklin

Mar-11-12  frogbert: <I am also playing a coupla games today.>

ah, that's only for youngsters like you, dom! but i played one game yesterday as well - it was the last weekend of play in the "regional league", divisions 1-4, and i played the last 3 rounds for my club's "team 2" - or "the academic chess club oslo 2", translated word for word. (i played 2 games for our team 1 in the national league before christmas.)

match points count first (over individual points), and unfortunately we didn't distribute our points wisely enough over the last two days, winning 3,5-0,5 yesterday and losing 1,5-2,5 today. by doing that we ended up on the same number of match and individual points as another team, in shared 6-7th place of 8 - but we placed 7th due to having lost the match against that team. which means relegation. we might be saved by the bell, as the regional league will be restructured next year; otherwise it will be only modestly intersting to play league games for our team 2 next season.

my own games went pretty well both days, although yesterday's game became too complicated for me at some point, making me slightly lose control towards the time control (and then *he* blundered, with *me* short on time). today my opponent simply dropped a pawn in the early middle game in a grünfeld sideline, and then he helped me trade down to an ending which he didn't play very well. the young fellow is talented, though, and he's gained around 300 rating points over the past year; in round 5 he actually beat carlsen's dad henrik, who is rated 1927 in norway and 2058 fide. (this weekend was round 6 and 7.)

Mar-11-12  frogbert: and thanks for all the good wishes, of course - maybe it made the difference!
Mar-11-12  frogbert: from yesterday's game - black (me) to move - and bengt larsen might have said: find the plan!

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while i probably chose the right plan in the above diagram, i soon enough drifted and we got here, again black to play, and it takes some courage to keep the dynamic balance:

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with the clock closing in on the deadline (no increments) i decided that 34... Ne5 was playable - and that i could meet Nd5? with Qh5! sacrificing the bishop on e7. and the cliffhanger could continue ... :o)

today's game started out rather peacefully, as i had decided to *refrain* from playing e4 against his grünfeld. when we entered the middle game i felt that i had reason to be happy with the opening as white:

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it's his (black's) move, but it's hard to find plans for him, and i think white has good prospects here: better development, central control and easier piece play.

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  twinlark: Apropos to an earlier rant, fyi: http://www.informationclearinghouse...
Mar-12-12  frogbert: <Wish me ... a brilliant combination or two.>

so, did anything materialize, dom?

Mar-12-12  Nemesistic: Well i hope you won your games Dom, and i don't know what else to say right now apart from.. Pheww! Has <tpstar> been acting like he does for the last 8yr or so, or has he only recently switched genders ??

I understand if you delete this, but boy is he an idiot!

Time to relax with a DVD, peace out Dom..

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  Domdaniel: Well, that seems to have worked. Two games as Black, two French Defences, two wins.

Maybe no brilliant combinations, but I finished both off with the same move: ...g3

Game #1, vs 2100 guy:

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OK, I'm about four pawns up, and it's completely won. But he's been trying hard to mate me while I gobbled up his queenside, and it's only in the last couple of moves that I've begun to hit his King as well. Obviously I can't let him play Qxf7+, so:

43...g3+ 44.Kxg3 Rg8+ 45.Kh4 Qh1#

Game #2, in which my 16-1700-ish opponent launched a dangerous-looking but unsound attack in a roughly equal position:

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He has just played h5 instead of taking my g-pawn. Bad idea.

28...g3 29.f3? Qc5+ 0-1.

The incredible Black Run goes on...

Mar-12-12  Nemesistic: Thats why i hate e6 once iv'e played e4! I just cant beat you french players.. Well the ones who know what they're doing anyway.. Its my most dreaded opening as white, i should brush up on my french but iv'e been "busy" looking through Kings Gambit games at the moment.. I love Morphy's old games, even if they are 150yrs old.
Mar-12-12  frogbert: <Game #1, vs 2100 guy:>

nice finish! (in a completely won position, as you say, but still.)

2100 - is that fide or irish rating?

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  hms123: <Dom> Good play. I have just the opening for you. It will solve all your problems with White.

Opening Explorer

Mar-12-12  frogbert: with some mirroring practice dom might simply throw out 1. a3 as white. there are few openings where it's a disadvantage for black to have played a6 before the game begins, and people might even forget what they like to play with white. after some practice, dom might score even better with white-black than with black!
Mar-12-12  Nemesistic: Hey <frogbert>, i totally agree with what you posted on the homepage, and sorry if i snapped the other day at you, but you did kind of rip my game apart lol.. I can't help what an engine plays so im still having it as my "Immortal" :)
Mar-12-12  frogbert: <you did kind of rip my game apart>

sorry, neme - i was only curious about the engine (which version) and the kind of hardware it run on. i understood that you considered this a slight or a belittlement of your game/achievement, but i forgot to take that plausible reaction of yours into account before i posted.

as i pointed out afterwards, not wanting/bothering to enter a discussion/fight with you, i did *not* specifically make any comments about the game as such or about your play. and i still haven't, mostly because i 1) don't know how strong a player you are, and 2) because i'm not the type of guy who goes "wow, great game" only because someone wants to hear that. [i probably should, more often, but i find that hard to do. honestly.]

in other words, <if> i were to comment on that game, it would've been based on

a) what i would consider relevant comments based on the player(s) involved - different comments are "right" for a game by patzers like me and others are right for games by carlsen & co.

b) what i really, honestly and sincerely thought about the game, without much emphasis on pc-ness.

and that's how easy and how complicated it is. most people on this site can make "obvious" comments like 'black really was punished for moving his queen around like that' or 'black totally neglected king-safety and white took full advantage of it'. fewer people are able to analyze games thoroughly or to give comments adapted to their audience. :o)

Mar-12-12  Nemesistic: I understand, but i really didn't expect people to tell me how great i am, because im not! Im only a 1700+ and have only been playing again for the past few year after a 20+ yr break.. What shocked me is how many people told me shredder played so bad, and after trying to beat it on that setting for so long i thought i must have played/stumbled across a brilliancy lol.. Well you hear how engines play at a 3000+ level, so i got a bit carried away but even so i still think its a neat little game? I forced shredder into making, say 8 out of its 11 queen moves, so apart from 3...Qg5? im having this as my greatest victory (lol ;))

iv'e played an beat an ex British champ in a simul, iv'e played GM Short too, also played for my county age 10-11 in adult competitions so i used to be able to play a bit..

Mar-12-12  frogbert: i don't know why people were so hung up on 3... Qg5 which appears completely playable for black - only slightly inaccurate. after your response 4. Kf1 the position is basically equivalent to after 3... Qh4+ 4. Kf1. however, black had at least equality in the late opening/early middlegame, right before the Qc1+ and Qxb2 escapade that was horrible. anyway. :o)
Mar-12-12  brankat: Congratulations Dom!
Mar-12-12  frogbert: dom, i could've played a brilliant move (line/combination) in my saturday game, but even though i briefly considered the first few moves, it turned out to be way too complicated with the time i had left - and maybe regardless - so i chose something a little less committal.

in terms of's potd it would probably be a saturday or sunday:

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(black to move)

35... ?

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  Domdaniel: <Neme> A lot of 1.e4 people seem to feel that way about the French. Some even call it 'creepy', 'weird' and 'unnatural' ... heh. I jest lurv it, especially when I'm on a winning streak.

<Frogb> 2100-ish in both systems. He was 2150 a couple of years ago, but I seem to be his, uh, nemesis. That was my 3rd win against him.

I've managed to work out my <projected virtual fide rating>: it's now 2003, but that's only five games. I'll probably get one more out of the two remaining league matches ... so I'll need 3 from elsewhere. Decisions ...

<Wot Else?> Neme ... sorry, didn't get a chance to look at your game yet. I have to do some 'work' for 'money' this week - the roof on Chateau Domdaniel is in a shocking state, with those guttersnipes stealing the lead and inhaling it.

Eh, right. <Dak>, if you're around, no offence intended to gutters. Dutch ones are nice.

Back when I get a chance. Thanks again, all.

Mar-13-12  mworld: Congratulations on your nice victories.

When I'm white I have the opposite tendencies - more comfortable with the french and caro than I am with the sicilian.

Mar-13-12  Nemesistic: I feel really comfortable playing whites side of the Caro, especially the 3.Nc3 ..dxe variation
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  Domdaniel: <twinlark> Thanks for the Pilger link. I haven't always agreed with the old boy, but he's invariably worth reading. And I quite often *do* agree.

A closely related topic was covered in today's Guardian ... the psyche-war methods that armies now use to turn their troops into affectless killers. It seems too many soldiers in the past had scruples, or had been conditioned by religious maniacs telling them frankly unAmerican stuff like 'thou shalt not kill'. Can't have that, obviously. So they reprogram 'em.

And when some unfortunate reconditioned killing machine shoots some of the 'wrong' people, they say he must be 'crazy'.

As are they all.

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  twinlark: <Dom>

I've sometimes felt Pilger's too apocalyptic and pessimistic and the first to see a downside when others are seeing the upside, but events and situations usually turn out to be worse than even he describes or expects (publicly anyway - I suspect even he feels the need not to express his deepest private opinions about what he sees in his travels).

He makes no attempt to be unbiased, which is simple honesty. He tends to get his facts right, and then interprets them in historical context and through the filter of his humanitarian values.

Can more be expected of an investigative journalist than that?

Mar-13-12  frogbert: apropos reading: i'm currently enjoying kahneman's 'thinking, fast and slow', which i recommend if you haven't already picked it up.
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