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Member since Aug-11-06 · Last seen Apr-23-14
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

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 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. 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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FIN de Partie

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   Domdaniel has kibitzed 24592 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-23-14 S Williams vs T Rendle, 2010 (replies)
 
Domdaniel: <Balmo> I've played the Lisitsin gambit many times, and regularly wound up playing such positional grinds. I'm not quite sure why, but the opening seems to lead to such struggles, given reasonable play by both sides.
 
   Apr-23-14 TheFocus chessforum (replies)
 
Domdaniel: <TheFocus> I hope you make your target by May 1st -- though you may also see that all such targets are illusory. In any case, I'm genuinely impressed by your ethical rigor. Seriously.
 
   Apr-23-14 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2014 (replies)
 
Domdaniel: Well played, his Fabbiness.
 
   Apr-22-14 Karjakin vs Radjabov, 2014
 
Domdaniel: <Conrad93> Indeed it is -- and the mainline Tarrasch/Chistyakov even more so.
 
   Apr-22-14 chessgames.com chessforum (replies)
 
Domdaniel: So, perhaps Chuck Berry's "I Want You to Play with my Ding-a-ling" (a hit song!) could apply to, say, Ding Linlin vs R Wang, 2001 ...??
 
   Apr-20-14 Tal vs Benko, 1959 (replies)
 
Domdaniel: <FSR> I agree ... White's d5 is perhaps the clearest defining factor, which points us to a Schmid (or Old) Benoni.
 
   Apr-18-14 Annie K. chessforum (replies)
 
Domdaniel: <Alien Math> Annie's advice on English is very good. I see that you said "I will make mistakes" -- this use of 'I' is excellent ... and, in time, you will learn not to make mistakes. Good luck!
 
   Apr-18-14 Domdaniel chessforum
 
Domdaniel: Twenty-plus years ago, the first time I met Gibson, was a hoot. We looked alike - skinny guys with floppy hair and glasses - and we were dressed alike - black leather jackets, dark clothes. The publisher's PR person had trouble keeping a straight face. WG and I were both amused, ...
 
   Apr-18-14 N Dzagnidze vs Adams, 2013
 
Domdaniel: <perf> Being annihilated by Tal is no shame, of course -- though it may point to the essential soundness, or otherwise, of the opening. I largely gave up on the Benoni after an annihilation by Ray Keene ... not quite in the same league, I admit. Though I'm thinking of trying
 
   Apr-17-14 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
 
Domdaniel: < I would not rate the odds on Putin dying of natural causes as better than 50-50.> This is wishful thinking. In the foreseeable future, a major disturbance in Russia is unlikely.
 
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Mar-26-12
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  Domdaniel: <cro777> -- < Besides, you won with the white pieces against Peter J. Lynch.>

Thanks. Not just that, though: I reversed my usual pattern, by scoring a win and two draws with white. I even varied my openings a bit -- in one game I began with (gasp) 1.d4 ... it's been a very very long time since I last played either 1.e4 or 1.d4 ... but this time I'd prepared something in the Pseudo-Benoni (without c4). An innaresting line, can be like a Trompowsky if White plays an early Bg5, as I did.

Then I reverted to the English in the last round. But I'm starting to feel happier about trying new stuff as White.

I lost twice as Black, though: neither was a French (one Bird and one Kangaroo) and my zoology-killing opponents were rated 2250 and 2150.

I still have an overall plus score against Short people, I think.

Mar-26-12
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  hms123: <Dom>

Please post some of the games when you have a chance.

Mar-26-12
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  MarkFinan: Dom...... My bio now says im a premium member, but i haven't paid a penny!!!

How is that possible??

I'd ask the admins, but.....well we don't really get on, and they wouldn't rush to do me *any* favours!!!

I don't understand, they're hardly going to reward *me*, of all people!!! (multiple exclams!!!)

EH ?

Mar-26-12
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  twinlark: Well done, Dom.
Mar-26-12
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  hms123: <Dom>

FYI, http://shop.dopeitsdom.com/

Mar-26-12
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  twinlark: <MarkFinan>

*psst* there's a clue on Annie's forum.

Mar-26-12
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  Domdaniel: <Mark> Congrats on the premium membership. I haven't a clue how it happened, but my guess is somebody likes you. A few rich eccentric CG members sometimes pay for people they find entertaining.

It happened to me once, actually. I'd won about a year's worth of premiumship in the annual quiz, but then noticed my expiry date was two years away. I thought they'd made a mistake, so I naturally kept very quiet and didn't ask questions.

Much later I discovered it was one of those good angels.

You *could* ask CG, but if the donor wants anonymity, they couldn't tell you.

Enjoy it while it's going. And it *wasn't* me -- I don't even pay for my own. I'm the CG equivalent of a dole scrounger.

Mar-26-12
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  twinlark: Dayam, Dom!
Mar-26-12
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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
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  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 ...
Mar-28-12
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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.

Mar-31-12
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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.>

Exquis.

Mar-31-12
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  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?
Mar-31-12
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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...

Mar-31-12
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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.

RATZ 4 EVA

Apr-01-12
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  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?

Apr-01-12
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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.

Apr-01-12
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  Domdaniel: <frogbert> I *think* that User: Nightranger was the previous user of that avatar, though possibly not the only one.
Apr-01-12
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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.

Apr-01-12
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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.

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