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playground player
Member since Oct-01-06 · Last seen May-03-16
NJ--no rating. Favorites, Morphy, Marshall, Anderssen. Played a lot as a teen, then let it go for 40 years. Trying to reconstitute myself as a chess player.

Meanwhile, let this forum serve as a refuge from wild-eyed loony leftism. Here there will be no admiration for Hugo Chavez, Castro, or any of the other tin-pot dictators admired by chess players from the safety of freedom-loving Western democracies. Here will be found a premise that most of the nations of the world today are governed by Godless fools. Ours, too, unfortunately.

I was also going to say some uncomplimentary things about Queen Pawn games, the Sicilian and the French Defenses, Semi-Slav games, and a few other chess matters. But as those are purely questions of personal taste, I have chosen to leave them alone.

Since setting up this forum, I have also had several novels published: "Bell Mountain," "The Cellar Beneath the Cellar," and "The Thunder King." For more information about them (and me), visit my website,

Update, much delayed: my fourth book, "The Last Banquet," came out last year, and my fifth, "The Fugitive Prince," I expect to be published sometime this Spring. For book covers and free sample chapters, visit my blog.

Update again: "The Fugitive Prince" is out now and the next project is "The Palace." Editing is well advanced, but we're still waiting for a cover.

Update: "The Palace" is in print now along with No. 7, "The Glass Bridge," with No. 8, "The Temple," waiting in the wings. The first seven are all available via Full Member

   playground player has kibitzed 5149 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-02-16 playground player chessforum (replies)
playground player: <Steamed Colleagues> ESPN has deleted Curt Schilling's famous "bloody sock game" from its documentary on the 2004 ALCS. The game never happened, and Schilling has been fired from his job as a color commentator on ESPN. He was ...
   Apr-22-16 D Will vs S Robinson, 2012 (replies)
playground player: That robot from <Lost in Space>--I'd like to know how many science fiction movies and TV shows it appeared in.
   Apr-03-16 technical draw chessforum (replies)
playground player: <technical draw> <fear of impending doom> You, too?
   Apr-02-16 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
playground player: <Jim Bartle> Who was it who described Ryan as a "baby-faced killer"?
   Mar-13-16 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
playground player: <jessicafischerqueen> Here, if I can get the technology to work, is the whole interview. Now isn't that strange? When I put this in an email, it refused to provide a link that you could use.
   Feb-26-16 WannaBe chessforum (replies)
playground player: <WannaBe> A present for you!
   Feb-11-16 Navara vs R Wojtaszek, 2015 (replies)
playground player: Here is a King who is most emphatically not leading from behind.
   Feb-10-16 W So vs Nakamura, 2015 (replies)
playground player: White Queen, Rooks, Knight, and Bishop are interested spectators.
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  playground player: <Update> The doctor was very pleased with my progress, prescribed no new medicines, and assured me that everything is coming along very nicely--for which thanks be to God.
Apr-27-16  cormier: Gospel: " Whoever remains in me and I in him , the same beareth much fruit"
Apr-27-16  cormier:
Apr-28-16  cormier: Gospel: " Remain in my love that your joy may be full "
Apr-28-16  cormier:
Apr-29-16  cormier: Gospel: " This is what I command you, that ye love one another "
Apr-29-16  cormier:
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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> Offered as a treat for one and all:

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  optimal play: Instead of a photo from "Lost In Space" perhaps one from "The Stepford Wives" might have been more fitting as the header? ;)

Also, were you aware that <Colonel Mortimer> is an avid reader of your forum?

It's true!

I know this because the Colonel copied and paste my above post to the Rogoff forum!

Even though you've banished him to "Ignore" it seems he has his nose pressed up against the window looking in!

I reckon he's also an avid reader of your online column!

You know what else? I bet he's even bought all your "Bell Mountain" books!

I'm sure you'd be astounded at just how popular your writing is among those whom you'd least expect!

Anyway, keep up the good work!

I know <Colonel Mortimer> for one really appreciates it!


Apr-30-16  cormier: you do not belong to the world,
and I have chosen you out of the world
Apr-30-16  cormier:
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  playground player: <Optimal Play> You utterly amaze me. Did the Colonel tell you that, or are you just speculating? 'Cause if he did tell you that, I'd have to un-ignore him.

I am delighted that you like my books. This week I've just started writing No. 10 in the series. I pray it will be smarter than I am, by a lot, and profitable to Christ's Kingdom.

Gee, you've put me in a good mood! I appreciate it!

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  optimal play: <playground player: ... Did the Colonel tell you that, or are you just speculating?> Just speculating.

He did actually copy and paste my previous comment from your forum, but my supposition as to his fanboyism was purely tongue-in-cheek.

So before taking the leap to un-ignore him, I should warn you that his posts on the Rogoff page are continually hitting new lows, so I'm not sure how much you'd appreciate his anti-American & anti-Christian diatribes splattering all over your forum.

I hope that hasn't dispelled your good mood.

Anyway, I'm delighted to hear you've started writing book No.10 although since I'm only up to book No.4 I'll probably never catch up to you.


Apr-30-16  cormier: Books

Bell Mountain (Bell Mountain, Vol. 1)

The Cellar Beneath the Cellar (Bell Mountain, Vol. 2)

The Thunder King (Bell Mountain, Vol. 3)

The Last Banquet (Bell Mountain, Vol. 4)

The Fugitive Prince (Bell Mountain, Vol. 5)

The Palace (Bell Mountain, Vol. 6)

The Glass Bridge (Bell Mountain, Vol. 7)

The Temple (Bell Mountain, Vol. 8)

The Throne (Bell Mountain, Vol. 9)

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  WannaBe: Brilliant, that is just brilliant,

<Initially, university officials thought the light-up table would allow the dining staff to interact with students and demonstrate healthy cooking techniques.

But word soon got out about the $17,570 price tag on the 16-seat table, which was installed several weeks ago.

The school newspaper wrote about it, and other media outlets picked up on it.>

For 16-people... I guess it's really not for designed or meant for the 'masses', but probably for the selected few...

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  playground player: <optimal play> Discovering that I don't have to un-ignore <Col. Mortimer> is not going to put me in a bad mood. And now I've got to start ignoring the world news for the rest of the day, the ol' blood pressure doesn't need it.
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  playground player: <WannaBe> Whee-hah! Your tuition dollars at work!
May-01-16  cormier: Gospel : "The Holy Spirit will remind you of everything I have told you "
May-01-16  cormier:
May-02-16  cormier: Gospel: " The Spirit of truth will testify on my behalf '
May-02-16  cormier:
May-02-16  cormier: John 16 New International Version (NIV)

16 “All this I have told you so that you will not fall away. 2 <<<<They<(ISIS is doing this)> will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God.> 3 They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me.> 4 I have told you this, so that when their time comes you will remember that I warned you about them.> I did not tell you this from the beginning because I was with you,> 5 but now I am going to him who sent me. None of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’

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  playground player: <Steamed Colleagues> ESPN has deleted Curt Schilling's famous "bloody sock game" from its documentary on the 2004 ALCS.

The game never happened, and Schilling has been fired from his job as a color commentator on ESPN. He was fired for not supporting the glorious transgender movement. Liberals believe you should not be allowed to have a livelihood unless your mind is right on all the issues: and of course you must be punished for having the wrong opinion about anything.

Diversity=Uniformity of thought

May-03-16  cormier: Gospel: " Philip, he that hath seen me hath seen the Father"
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