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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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   Domdaniel has kibitzed 26260 times to chessgames   [more...]
   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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  dakgootje: If he were to spend 40 days in the desert, he should get out any day now ;)
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  perfidious: Hope all is well <Domdaniel>!
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  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 ;) )
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  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!!

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  moronovich: Still breathing <Dom> ?

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

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  waustad: Maybe he's playing with malthrope.
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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  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 NB - first one should subscribe, then put the e-mail and click on FIRMA
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  waustad: One of the missing at least still reads stuff here occasionally, viz. Mateo. "Last seen Aug-12-12."
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  Check It Out: Dom Dom Dom Dom...DOM!!!

Hope all is well...

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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.


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  dakgootje: Dom! Welcome back! :)
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  hms123: Ok--its about time--hms
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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.

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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.

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

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  Annie K.: <Dom> how nice to see you... errm, back, or not back, as the case may be. ;p
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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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  Annie K.: The site has been as well-behaved as I've ever seen it. It doesn't necessarily follow that everything was all your fault, but you never know... ;)
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  Domdaniel: <dak> You're so philosophical. As the apterosophists used to say, "You can't step into the same chicken once".

Or maybe that was Heraclitus. You can make a fine char-broiled chicken with earth, air, fire and water, plus a few spices. And first catch your birdie.

<Annie> Yes, quite. Mustn't mistake correlation for causality, after all. That'd be, well, paranoid.

Gotta go back to the woods for a while now. The void is calling.

Sep-25-12  brankat: You'll never know how much You have not missed around here :-)
Sep-26-12  Thanh Phan: Glad to see you have found the internet again <Domdaniel>

I hope to be online a bit more often also, take care out there and have fun :)

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Sep-27-12  mckmac: < Domdaniel > Great to see you are live and well. I am no longer an active member of this fine community,but that does not mean I do not look in from time to time. I usually come here and read a page or two. To read any more feels too much like snooping. I would like to take this opportunity to thank afew members for their friendship and forbearace. Paricularly < Eyal > < Benzol > < Niels > < Bill > < Tim > and < Howard > come to mind. I would also like to send my best wihes to < JFQ > < Brankat > < The Alchemist > < Richard > < Marco65 > < Open Defence, Annie And Mack > I could fill the page, but the cafe is closing. Cheers Dom.
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