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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:

Chce-li remzu,
mus hrti na vhru,
cle tak dojde.

* "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 Carr)

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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"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

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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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  twinlark: Dayam, Dom!
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  Domdaniel: <hms> Heh, very helpful. Any idea where I might find "domitsdope"?

As for my latest games, I don't think any are worth posting. The most radical thing I did was to play 1.d4 in one game -- paradoxically, as a way of getting *out* of regular QP openings. My opponent plays for the same team, has a slightly lower rating, but is tough and good at blitz -- he beat me twice before when I opened 1.Nf3 and transposed into a regular King's Indian. So I planned either of two ideas: one was 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.Bf4 d6, with a sort of London System vs KID. But our last game had started 1.Nf3 c5 2.g3 Nf6 before going into the KID, so I prepared an Anti-Benoni line too: 1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 c5 3.d5, where White doesn't play c4, and that's how it went.

It continued 3...d6 4.Bg5 (this is usually only played after 3...b5, the Pseudo-Benko -- the usual non-c4 move after 3...d6 is 4.Nc3 ... but I'd had a look at some games in this line and knew the basic ideas) 4...Ne4 5.Bh4 Qb6 6.Qc1 g6 7.Nbd2

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And I was happy here. White will play c3 and e3, probably exchange a pair of knights, continue with Be2 and 0-0, then e4. Black will have to retreat the Queen to c7 to protect e7 in order to castle, and his development is slow.

In fact, his Nb8 never moved at all. I let him off the hook in the centre trying to open it up for my bishops, and after 30 moves we reached this position:

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I should exchange Queens, with a workable ending advantage. I kept them on, and let him get a perpetual.

Then, White again in the last round, I switched to the English, again vs King's Indian, and got into this mayhem with 3 mins left on my clock:

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Here I played 40.Qxf5, after spending too much time looking for a win with 40.Re7+ Kxe7 41.Qg7+, which doesn't work. It eventually became a draw too.

Genuine GM draws as played by GM.

Mar-26-12  MarkFinan: Dom... Annie bought it, bless her.. As im *guessing* you may have known, but what a sweet thing to do, ey??

I really do appreciate it, so so kind of her..

I always figured i'd be refused premium membership, on the grounds of LMAJ's crazy accusations last year!!

Maybe i have just been paranoid, but either way i did not expect that, and im more than pleasantly surprised..

"Big up the frogspawn massive", lol :)

I really need to stop all this 'Lolery', and hunt down that bloke with John Lennon's face as an avatar, and bribe him somehow ha..

Well iv'e got what looks like a Beetle car, decked in black and white squares for the moment.. Thats good ;)

Mar-27-12  frogbert: unfair. technical draw gets to be TD in any event, and dom plays GM draws whenever he likes. people only laugh when they use my initials ...
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  Domdaniel: <frogbert> Har har. I should probably *not* add that MF can be a real MF, or speculate as to what Annie might be like in the distant future when she reaches 47.

When did you turn into a pile of money? I just noticed the avatar. A brick of greenbacks ... that'll put the green back in your cheeks.

Mar-28-12  frogbert: <When did you turn into a pile of money?>

recently, and it won't last. i only use plastic these days anyway.

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  Domdaniel: The new stuff by Mr Leonard Cohen -- 'Old Songs' -- is absolutely brilliant. Some of the best words he's ever written, and a voice so gravelly he makes Tom Waits sound like a choirboy.

<"Had to go crazy to love you
Had to go down in the pit
Had to do time in the tower
Begging my crazy to quit

Sometimes I'd head for the highway
I'm old, and the mirrors don't lie
But crazy has places to hide in
That are deeper than any goodbye.">

As he wrote in a book about 50 years ago: <I am an old scholar, better-looking now than when I was young. That's what twenty years sitting on your ass does to your face>.

It seems that Leonard now reckons he was unduly optimistic about old age:

<The present's not that pleasant Just a lot of things to do
I thought the past would last me
But the darkness took that too.>


Mar-31-12  MarkFinan: Dom, on that game diagram you posted above 7...Bh6 looks pretty good for Black to me??
Mar-31-12  frogbert: is there anything i'm missing? 8. e3 looks very natural for white as a response - what do you intend with the bishop on h6? now the e4 knight hangs, btw and i don't quite believe in 8... f5. 8... Nxd2 9. Nxd2 looks better for white, right?
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  Domdaniel: <Mark> I was concerned about ...Bh6 too -- it was my first time playing that opening, and it's quite trappy. I also remembered the result - but not the precise moves - of Wells vs Shirov, Gibraltar 2006, where a 2500 English GM beat a 2700 player in 14 moves after ...Bh6. White won, taking the Bishop with his Queen and letting black play ...Qxb2.

In my game, I always have e3 to block the bishop out.

I'm playing another tournament in Dublin next weekend. As entries stand, I could be playing the same guy in the first round. Despite the fact that a majority of entries so far are from players from Norway, Lithuania, Congo, etc, I could still find myself playing a guy who plays for the same club team.

Which at least means I know his openings...

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  Domdaniel: <frogbert> Yeah, e3 deals with it.

I see you've ... *changed*. I can remember when somebody else had that man-in-the-moon thing. Makes you look, ehhh, wise. And old.

Apr-01-12  mack: As a devoted 1...g6 player I have to admit that the idea of putting the bish on h6 rather than g7 makes me cringe; h6 is for knights, not bishops.


Apr-01-12  MarkFinan: Well yeh, 8.e3 stops any threat from the Bishop, i just took a glance thats all, didn't have a good look..

<h6 is for Knights, not Bishops.>? You are joking right? If your not iv'e really been out of this game too long lol.

Apr-01-12  frogbert: <I can remember when somebody else had that man-in-the-moon thing.>

that's a little problem, innit? i was wondering if i should create a custom avatar and get it uploaded to avoid such perceptional crashes.

i don't remember who the former owner was. can you help me out?

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  Domdaniel: <Mark>, meet <mack>. He really *does* play those openings, with ...g6 and ...Nh6. Or Nh3, if White.

I've seen him do it in real life, with good results against some pretty strong players. His chess hero is a guy named Duncan Suttles, whom everybody should be more aware of. Especially if they like to walk on the wild side.

<mack> You old daredevil, you.

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  Domdaniel: <frogbert> I *think* that User: Nightranger was the previous user of that avatar, though possibly not the only one.
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  Domdaniel: Knights belong on h6 or do they?

Sometimes its not the best place to be. Heres an example: Kramnik vs Beliavsky, 1995

Of course, thats a Stonewall Dutch, not a Rat, Modern, Leningrad Dutch or any other line with g6. In the Basman Variation of the Dutch, the Black Knights go to a6 and h6, usually heading for c7 and f7 next.

Its also now fashionable for Black to play Nh6 in the Advance Variation of the French, eg after the moves 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Nh6 the knight is heading for f5, which it can also reach via e7. But Nh6 tries to tempt White into playing Bxh6, when Black has plenty of compensation for the damaged kingside. Ive played this a couple of times, but nobody has bitten.

Again though, the French is quite different to the kind of opening systems <mack> is talking about.

As for Bh6 in the Tromp, the game I had in mind was P Wells vs Shirov, 2006. Different from mine, in that Bxf6 gxf6 was played, not just the fianchetto g6. My computer took a long time to see that black is in trouble after Qxb2 and Qxa1. But in trouble he is, as Wells knew and Shirov apparently forgot the line had previously been played in a couple of Julian Hodgsons Tromp games.

As White, I usually stick a bishop on g2 in the opening, and it often goes to h3 later if, say, e6 needs to be attacked. But I wouldnt normally play either Nh3 or Bh3 early on.

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  Domdaniel: April 1st -- "the day of lie", as they call it in Ruritania -- already, eh.

I remember a rather good chessplayer whose first name was April. Of whom other chessplayers -- in a homage to the poet Robert Browning -- would recite "Oh, to be in April/ Now that England's here".

I can be sued for defamation at the usual address.

Apr-01-12  Memethecat: <Domdaniel> Kindred spirit indeed! In ideology & the sweet scented lyrics of Prof Harper:

Where slot machine confusions

And the plastic universe

Are objects of amusement

In the fiction of their curse.

"Pity" to answer & keep it light........I mean, this the digital equivalent of a handshake/ don't say hello to someone & immediately bite there ear off on a subject that's had so much bearing on "who you are" that it could be part of your DNA.......come to think of it I HAVE done that before, quite a lot, tut tut.

I might of have felt pity at one time, now I don't know what I feel. On good days its sympathy, even if someone does see what's going on & hates it, how do they get out of it? It cant be easy if everyone you know is going that way ⇩ & you wanna go this way ⇧. I feel empathy as well, I've chased after crap & accepted as truth all the little lies & the big enormous ones too. But mostly I feel numb. numbnumbnumbnumbnub.

Damn, I aimed for light, but hit honest.

Apr-01-12  MarkFinan: I think its just me, but if i'm ever playing on FICS and *really* in the mood, you know them days when you *think* you can beat anyone, and someone opens with Na3, Nh3, a3 or h3, i just presume i'm playing someone who doesn't know how to play and is just messing. So i just send them a polite message saying im not in the mood for those type of games and resign..

If i'm just playing my first game on there in weeks and feel really rusty, i'll wait till they've moved twice, and if its another "daft" move, il just resign without saying a thing!

When i think about it, it's not a very nice thing to do in case its actually a child, but i need to learn myself, and don't have the time to play tutor to them.. Either way, with names like <Male and single> i'm doubting im playing a child!!

I do have a nice story about playing a kid one day on that site though, but i'll tell you that little tale another time, maybe..

So Dom, you're actively playing in tourneys still, whats your BCF rating? If you have one..

I'll have to spend some time and look at some of your games, because i know you as a kind of "French master", and thats one opening i really want to learn about..

I *hate* playing against it as white, and always go for the exchange variation, bottling out of getting deep into theory..

At the moment i can't seem to make up my mind whether im best opening with e4 or d4, but i once noticed some advice you gave LMAJ, "Try opening with Nf3 for a change", so i tried it myself with some pretty good results too, as 1.Nf3 can transpose into many different openings, in particular i like playing a QID (as white), but i understand thats a bit "old hat" now??

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  Domdaniel: <Meme> Heh. An old crease just left this cricketer.

Aiming for light is good, but those photons are tricky to hit.

Some people have to take serious amounts of drugs to feel numb. Anyone who can generate numbness spontaneously is a step ahead.

The trick, as always, is switching it on and off. If only humans came with a remote control and an attitude adjuster ...

Hats off to Harper, though. For 'McGoohan's Blues' and 'I hate the white man' and a whole lot of other things, including the cricketer and the crease.

Welcome to <Frogspawn>, where any money raised will be sunk again, and the proceeds donated to clarity.

Apr-01-12  frogbert: <Ive played this a couple of times, but nobody has bitten.>

but aren't you happy anyway, since you get to f5 without blocking the bishop, thereby adding a little flexibility? or don't you have any plan to or interest in using that extra flexibility (after Nh6 instead of Ne7)? or doesn't it really give any extra options?

(i've stopped playing these positions, but there are quite a few "french experts" in norway - a friend of mine even contributed an entire chapter to watson's 3rd edition of play the french.)

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  Domdaniel: <frogbert> Useful to know that about Norwegians and the French, as I expect to be playing some of them soon. But I have total confidence in the French, except maybe playing sharp lines against a GM.

I've just checked my results. I lost eight out of 40 games with the French in the past few years (I won 20, drew the rest) -- and six of those losses were against IMs or GMs. In the other two, I blundered in the *bloody* exchange variation, out of boredom.

The Exchange French is actually a disguised Petrov -- identical pawn structure, with nothing on the e-file. It's quite possible to play for a win with black, but it doesn't seem to suit my style.

<Mark> Hmmm. There are actual Grandmasters who play 1.a3 -- Kallio, from Finland, does it regularly. So be careful who you hang up on -- they're not always children, beginners, mentally deficient or half daft.

I sometimes used to open 1.e3, but I wouldn't reccommend it.

Ratings are unreliable -- especially now, with different varsions around. I don't play online, so I don't have an internet rating. I'm in the process of playing enough games to get a FIDE rating, currently on course to be over 2000. But my current Irish rating is only 1754 -- I was 2000 in the 1980s, but after my 'comeback' I lost a few games to 1100s. Easily done. I'm trying to break the habit, by actually *concentrating* when playing people with much lower ratings. And bearing in mind that *everyone* who plays in tournaments can actually play a bit. And will be happy to show you, if you give them the chance.

Knowledge of openings can be useful, but too many people put too much faith in it. I've played the Grunfeld (and won) as both black and white, without ever consulting a book on the subject. Just general knowledge of ideas, and games I'd seen.

Most games - most of mine, anyway - are decided in tense, complex middlegames. The opening is just a way of getting there, which is why I like 1.Nf3. It's flexible.

Apr-01-12  frogbert: <Useful to know that about Norwegians and the French, as I expect to be playing some of them soon.>

actually, gm berge stenstad, the player with the most norwegian championships (8, one more than agdestein), is extremely faithful to his french. i think one of his favourites is the Kf8 line in the winawer. here he beats my friend rune (also an experienced french player) with it: R Djurhuus vs B Ostenstad, 2004

Apr-01-12  MarkFinan: <frogbert> Fancy a game on FICS?
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