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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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A statistical analysis by Jeff Sonas (thanks to <BadKnight> for bringing it to my attention): http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp...

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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Jun-21-12
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  dakgootje: Denmark? Why would anyone ever want to go to Denmark?

Not only is the country exactly as flat as the Netherlands - they also beat us with ballkicking just the other day. Which, admittedly, isn't saying much - but apparently We should hate Them for some undefined amount of time.

Jun-21-12
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  Annie K.: ... Domdaniel chessforum ;)
Jun-21-12
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  dakgootje: You aren't by any chance related to SQ, are you?

Same apparent knowledge of every post that has ever been posted - and the ability to retrieve that kibitz. :P

Jun-21-12
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  Annie K.: <dakkie> I think I'll let <Switch> field that one... ;)
Jun-21-12
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  dakgootje: By Jove, if you would be related to Switch - then you are both a cat <AND> a reindeer!

How does that even work?!

Perhaps one to skip as well.

--

In other news: apparently I completely missed my 7000th birthpost. So here's to my 7000-and-some'th!

Jun-25-12
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  OhioChessFan: Anyone seen Dom ?
Jul-11-12
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  dakgootje: If he were to spend 40 days in the desert, he should get out any day now ;)
Jul-13-12
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  perfidious: Hope all is well <Domdaniel>!
Jul-13-12  MarkFinan: Well... I haven't visited Dom's forum In a long time, but he appears to have dissapeared so I hope you're OK wherever you are mate... I hope you're working on the English oppening, as opposed to le Francais (?? Lol ;) )
Jul-22-12  MarkFinan: Hey Dom??? Where you at???

I really hope you're OK mate, I don't look or post In people's forums much now, but I have noticed you've vanished !!

Well.... I hope you're healthy and well, and just taking a break from here??

I'm about to start asking around CG's forums for DD sightings now! Well It's strange you haven't posted for this long mate..

Hope you're reading this (get your head out of that Latin dictionary ;) lol ), and take care....

Really strange how you've just vanished though now I think about It!!

Jul-23-12
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  moronovich: Still breathing <Dom> ?

Perhaps just a little word to say you are alive,please ?

Jul-25-12
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  waustad: Maybe he's playing with malthrope.
Aug-12-12
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  dakgootje: This is turning into one of those forgotten dark and dusty temples or libraries, with planks covering mile-high windows and sheets over old discarded desks and seats.

A few hundred years from now, an e-archaeologist will break his way through piled up rubble and find an ancient internet civilization. He will extract all data, every single post, and show it in the National Museum of Internet History - and say: 'look, this is how these people lived'.

And many schoolclasses will scroll through the online exhibits and wonder - wonder when they can leave.

--

Has dom ever had such long absences? I'm starting to get a bit worried, which doesn't really suit me. When you are my age, you ought to be cool, cold, collected and careless.

At least, that's what the media tells me.

Aug-19-12
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  brankat: Dom haws been very, very active around here (and elsewhere) for years.

I think he just needs a break, and will be back in due time. Re-energized, and ready to rock 'n roll again.

Aug-29-12  theodor: hi Dom, I created this petition 4 days ago, and there are all in aii 5 signatures, included mine! I've posted it in several places in CG - nothing! I am suspecting some filtering or censure (not in CG!). I'm sure you'll support the petition and forward it! Garry Kasparov deserve it. THANK YOU http://www.avaaz.org/it/petition/mo... NB - first one should subscribe, then put the e-mail and click on FIRMA
Sep-05-12
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  waustad: One of the missing at least still reads stuff here occasionally, viz. Mateo. "Last seen Aug-12-12."
Sep-08-12
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  Check It Out: Dom Dom Dom Dom...DOM!!!

Hope all is well...

Sep-23-12
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  Domdaniel: <Brankat> (Aug 19) was right. But thank you, everyone who enquired, guessed, expresssed goodwill, etc.

I've been totally offline for a few months and have found that life goes on. Strange but true. But no doubt my internal exile will self-terminate before much longer. I also gave up chess for a while, but that old addiction will resurface soon too.

Be good.

G/D

Sep-23-12
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  dakgootje: Dom! Welcome back! :)
Sep-23-12
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  hms123: Ok--its about time--hms
Sep-23-12
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  Domdaniel: <dak + hms> Thank you. It is, isn't it? Though I'm not actually *back* yet -- more like a sort of day release thingy.

I just wanted to reassure folks that my lease on life had not expired.

I'll be back.

Sep-23-12
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  dakgootje: Although you'll never really be back obviously, as back is ever changing. It's that age old 'When the chicken crossed the river, was it the same chicken?'-question.

So you'll rather befor.

Sep-23-12
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  OhioChessFan: <Though I'm not actually *back* yet -- more like a sort of day release thingy.>

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Lywd3HRb7...

Sep-23-12
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  Annie K.: <Dom> how nice to see you... errm, back, or not back, as the case may be. ;p
Sep-24-12
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  Domdaniel: <A> Thanks. Back-ish, it seems, though I'll be offline again from tonight. My machineries degraded during the months I wasn't using them - so when I got a new wifi installation I found my computer wasn't working properly. I haven't gone this long without the web since they invented it.

This site seems to have been fairly civilized while I was away - I see no obvious evidence of flame wars, LIFE-bombing, vitreous humors, usw. Maybe it was all my fault after all.

Or else I'm doing my zen thing on Mount Baldy.

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