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Member since Oct-01-06 · Last seen Apr-15-14
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. Full Member

   playground player has kibitzed 4037 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-15-14 playground player chessforum (replies)
playground player: <hms123> Well, that settles it! You is a wiz. BTW, I once interviewed Rip Torn in my office, many years ago, when he was making a movie in the town of Keyport, NJ (and I was editor of the local paper). He was polite and reasonably patient. But after he left, the ...
   Apr-10-14 hms123 chessforum (replies)
playground player: <hms123> A special heads-up to you, my friend: I've begun work on <The Temple>, a new book (No. 8) in my Bell Mountain series. I don't know how to tell you how happy that makes me. I'm very curious about my sales figures for the first quarter of this year, ...
   Apr-10-14 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
playground player: <jessicafischerqueen> Dear Jess, I want to give you a special heads-up: I have just started writing my next book, <The Temple>, Book No. 8 in my Bell Mountain series. It's good to be back in Obann! <Mrs. PGP> pointed out yesterday that <The Palace>
   Apr-09-14 Book vs Ingerslev, 1929 (replies)
playground player: Shades of Adolph Anderssen...
   Apr-09-14 optimal play chessforum (replies)
playground player: <optimal play> Boy, I thought I painted with a broad brush, but you're way ahead of me in that department. I went to bed last night preparing to admit, this morning, that I shot from the hip again, responding to your parable. I'd been thinking about it, on and off, ...
   Mar-23-14 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
playground player: <Jim Bartle> Marichal and Spahn it is. Most wins in the 70s is a lot tougher because so many pitchers are bunched up near the top. I plumped for Catfish Hunter, but no dice. The top guy in wins for the 1970s was Jim "Jockey Shorts" Palmer. Circa 1977, there was ...
   Mar-23-14 Winkel vs Alkmaar, 1856 (replies)
playground player: Are these cities in a fantasy story by Lord Dunsany or Fritz Leiber?
   Mar-18-14 Ulhumbrus chessforum (replies)
playground player: <Ulhumbrus> Dunsany also wrote probably the best chess story ever, <The Three Sailors Gambit>.
   Mar-15-14 NN vs A Schwarz, 1873 (replies)
playground player: <offramp> "What did Della wear, boy? She wore a brand new jersey!" Thank you, Perry Como.
   Mar-09-14 J Gallagher vs Conquest, 1988 (replies)
playground player: King's Gambit Accepted--the saloon's batwing doors fly open with a crash, and in comes Lee Van Cleef with fire in his eyes....
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  cormier: <<<<<<<<<<<<<<< >> At the Procession with palms -> gospel> mt 21:1-11> When Jesus and the disciples drew near Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them,
“Go into the village opposite you,
and immediately you will find an ass tethered,
and a colt with her.>

Untie them and bring them here to me.>

And if anyone should say anything to you, reply,
‘The master has need of them.’
Then he will send them at once.”>

This happened so that what had been spoken through the prophet might be fulfilled: Say to daughter Zion,
“Behold, your king comes to you,
meek and riding on an ass,
and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.”>
The disciples went and did as Jesus had ordered them.>
They brought the ass and the colt and laid their cloaks over them, and he sat upon them.>
The very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and strewed them on the road.>

The crowds preceding him and those following
kept crying out and saying:
“Hosanna to the Son of David;
blessed is the he who comes in the name of the Lord; hosanna in the highest.”>

And when he entered Jerusalem
the whole city was shaken and asked, “Who is this?”>
And the crowds replied, “This is Jesus the prophet, from Nazareth in Galilee.”>
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  cormier: a human being is worth more than(over) the law ...
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  cormier: <<<<example:> ◄ Mark 2:27 ►>

New International Version>
Then he said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.>

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  playground player: <Jim Bartle> It was Ron Fairly, who was the cleanup hitter by default for the Dodgers in the 1960s. It took him over 20 years to hit his 200 homers. Persistence pays.

<Esteemed Colleagues> I think we can all be thankful no one was killed in that Nevada standoff. We're a long way from knowing the truth about the incident. Who knows if it'll ever come out? Meanwhile, there are questions.

1. If the rancher and the BLM have been wrangling over that land for 20 years, why, suddenly, did the BLM sharply raise the ante? Whose idea was that--some eager beaver who wanted to make a name for himself by resolving this old problem, or did the word come down from higher up?

2. Is there any truth at all to reports that Sen. Harry Reid and his lobbyist son wanted the land for a "solar farm" set up by a Red Chinese company?

3. Once the situation got ugly, how was the decision made to cool it down, and who made it?

Unhappily, our nooze media isn't too good anymore at getting at the stories behind current events. And really, there's no quality control on the Internet, which makes it hard to believe what you read there.

It'll be a long time before we know what really happened, and why.

I happened to see a front page of The New York Times from May 10, 1940, the day Hitler launched his attack on the West. It featured stories of the Belgians stopping the Wehrmacht in its tracks, the Dutch wiping out the Luftwaffe, etc.

I don't say the Times purposely lied to its readers--but those stories were a long, long way from being true.

<hms123> This morning my fifth book, <The Fugitive Prince>, made Amazon's Top 100 Christian Fantasy list... for the first time, finally. I couldn't understand why Book No. 6 in the series should do better than Book No. 5, unless people just don't mind reading them out of order. I wanted to write these to be stand-alone stories, but the Lord wouldn't let me.

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  Jim Bartle: <I happened to see a front page of The New York Times from May 10, 1940, the day Hitler launched his attack on the West. It featured stories of the Belgians stopping the Wehrmacht in its tracks, the Dutch wiping out the Luftwaffe, etc.>

Reminds me of the Peruvian papers during the Falklands War. You would have thought the Argentine army was about to march into London, and then Argentina surrendered about two days later.

Same thing with a Peru-Ecuador spat over a few square miles in 1995. All the papers reported Peru smashing the "Monos," but later it became clear the opposite had happened.

Or look at the way the US press gobbled up the official line during the Westmoreland years in Vietnam.

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  Jim Bartle: Fairly was an announcer for the Giants for several years, and a good one. Guess the Dodgers already had it covered.

Fairly's prime years were played in a pitcher's park with the most pitcher-friendly rules since the desd ball. Otherwise he, Willie Davis, Wes Parker, Jim Lefebvre, etc. would have shown more power.

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  playground player: P.S.--Why did Columbo wear a raincoat? See my blog for an answer.

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  perfidious: <pgp: I happened to see a front page of The New York Times from May 10, 1940, the day Hitler launched his attack on the West. It featured stories of the Belgians stopping the Wehrmacht in its tracks, the Dutch wiping out the Luftwaffe, etc.>

On seeing this cited by <Jim>, thought it was some sort of belated April Fools' Day prank. Talk about something made of whole cloth.

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  cormier: <<<<<<< >> is 50:4-7> The Lord GOD has given me
a well-trained tongue,
that I might know how to speak to the weary
a word that will rouse them.>

Morning after morning
he opens my ear that I may hear;
and I have not rebelled,
have not turned back.>

I gave my back to those who beat me,
my cheeks to those who plucked my beard;
my face I did not shield
from buffets and spitting.>

The Lord GOD is my help,
therefore I am not disgraced;
I have set my face like flint,
knowing that I shall not be put to shame.>

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  cormier: <<<<<<< > ps 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24> <R/ (2a) My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?> All who see me scoff at me;
they mock me with parted lips, they wag their heads: “He relied on the LORD; let him deliver him,
let him rescue him, if he loves him.”>

<R/ My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?>

Indeed, many dogs surround me,
a pack of evildoers closes in upon me;
They have pierced my hands and my feet;
I can count all my bones.>

<R/ My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?>

They divide my garments among them,
and for my vesture they cast lots.>

But you, O LORD, be not far from me;
O my help, hasten to aid me.>

<R/ My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?>

I will proclaim your name to my brethren;
in the midst of the assembly I will praise you:
“You who fear the LORD, praise him;
all you descendants of Jacob, give glory to him;
revere him, all you descendants of Israel!”>
<R/ My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?>

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  optimal play: <playground player> What about Columbo's car?

That looked like it would've failed every statutory emissions test along with just about every road safety and mechanical requirement! ;)

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  cormier: <<<<is 42:1-7> Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one with whom I am pleased,
Upon whom I have put my Spirit;
he shall bring forth justice to the nations,
Not crying out, not shouting,
not making his voice heard in the street.>

A bruised reed he shall not break,
and a smoldering wick he shall not quench,
Until he establishes justice on the earth;
the coastlands will wait for his teaching.>

Thus says God, the LORD,
who created the heavens and stretched them out,
who spreads out the earth with its crops,
Who gives breath to its people
and spirit to those who walk on it:
I, the LORD, have called you for the victory of justice, I have grasped you by the hand;
I formed you, and set you
as a covenant of the people,
a light for the nations,
To open the eyes of the blind,
to bring out prisoners from confinement,
and from the dungeon, those who live in darkness.>

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  technical draw: I think it was a Columbo episode but I'm not sure.. They had a suspect but the only evidence tying the suspect to the crime was a hat but they couldn't prove it was the suspects hat.

So in the interrogation room Columbo pretended he had a cold and kept sneezing. At one point he grabbed the hat and sneezed into it and threw in the garbage bin,

The suspect yelled, "Hey, that's my hat!" And Columbo just smiled.

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  hms123: <pgp> Slow but steady wins the race.

<TD> Columbo was always a favorite show of ours.

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  hms123: <pgp>
What's the matter with Kansas?

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  playground player: <optimal play> Columbo's car is further proof that I'm right. Who but someone more than human could drive that car for all those years without it falling apart on him?

<hms123> I'm sure Kansas isn't the only state that's home to a few homicidal maniacs. A 73-year-old man who goes around saying "Heil Hitler!" is very likely off his rocker.

Last week in Pennsylvania it was a teenager who stabbed a whole bunch of his high school classmates with an ordinary kitchen knife.

I don't think our post-Christian age has much going for it.

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  hms123: <pgp> I find it all very depressing.
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  technical draw: It's going to get worse, much worse.
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  cormier: <<<<<<<<<<<<Gospel> jn 12:1-11> Six days before Passover Jesus came to Bethany,
where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.>
They gave a dinner for him there, and Martha served,
while Lazarus was one of those reclining at table with him.>
Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil
made from genuine aromatic nard
and anointed the feet of Jesus and dried them with her hair; the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.>
Then Judas the Iscariot, one of his disciples,
and the one who would betray him, said,
“Why was this oil not sold for three hundred days’ wages and given to the poor?”>

He said this not because he cared about the poor
but because he was a thief and held the money bag
and used to steal the contributions.>

So Jesus said, “Leave her alone.>

Let her keep this for the day of my burial.>
You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”>

The large crowd of the Jews found out that he was there and came, not only because of him, but also to see Lazarus,
whom he had raised from the dead.>

And the chief priests plotted to kill Lazarus too,
because many of the Jews were turning away
and believing in Jesus because of him.>

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  OhioChessFan: Columbo was great. I recently got a compilation CD of the later movies. One involved a fax machine, and Columbo's astonishment at the incredible high tech gadgetry reminded me how far we've come in 25 years.
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  cormier: <<<<<<<<<is 49:1-6> Hear me, O islands, listen, O distant peoples.>
The LORD called me from birth,
from my mother’s womb he gave me my name.>

He made of me a sharp-edged sword
and concealed me in the shadow of his arm.>
He made me a polished arrow,
in his quiver he hid me.>

You are my servant, he said to me,
Israel, through whom I show my glory.>

Though I thought I had toiled in vain,
and for nothing, uselessly, spent my strength,
Yet my reward is with the LORD,
my recompense is with my God.>

For now the LORD has spoken
who formed me as his servant from the womb,
That Jacob may be brought back to him
and Israel gathered to him;
And I am made glorious in the sight of the LORD,
and my God is now my strength!>

It is too little, he says, for you to be my servant,
to raise up the tribes of Jacob,
and restore the survivors of Israel;
I will make you a light to the nations,
that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.>

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  playground player: For a report of my trip to the eye doctor today, see my blog.

<OCF> Columbo solved a lot of crimes without a fax machine. But one thing we can't solve is the mystery of his first name. What was it? Anybody know?

<Jim Bartle> trivia material:

On July 13, 1896, Hall of Famer Ed Delahanty hit four home runs in one game. Others have done that; but two of Big Ed's homers were inside-the-park, making his feat unique.

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  hms123: <pgp>

Yes, "Frank"

<Columbo's first name is never explicitly mentioned during the series. Even the opening credits just simply read, "Peter Falk as Columbo". When asked, Columbo always emphatically answers "Lieutenant". In the episode "By Dawn's Early Light", when he is asked if he has a first name, he replies that the only person who "calls" him "that" is his wife.

However, the name "Frank" is often seen relatively clearly on his police ID. In the 1971 episode "Dead Weight", when Columbo introduces himself to General Hollister, the audience is shown a brief close-up of Columbo's badge and police ID; the signature reads "Frank Columbo". The signature "Frank Columbo" is most clearly visible in the episode "A Matter of Honor", in which it is also seen that Columbo's badge number is 416. This later appears on the address of a neighbor of the local police comisario (played by Pedro Armendáriz Jr.). Universal Studios, in the box set of seasons 1–4 under their Playback label, included a picture of Columbo's police badge on the back of the box, with signature "Frank Columbo" and "Lt. Frank Columbo" in type. This appears to be a different badge from the one seen in "Dead Weight", with a different signature (a common occurrence with props). The name "Frank" is also clearly seen in the episode from 1991 called "Death Hits The Jackpot" when Lt. Columbo shows how shiny his badge is when explaining to Rip Torn's character how he was able to figure out how he was in the victim's apartment at the time of the murder. When Columbo holds his badge up, the name Frank is clearly typed on his LAPD I.D. card at the top.>

Here is an interesting article about a $300 million law suit involving Columbo's first name.

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  playground player: <hms123> Well, that settles it! You is a wiz.

BTW, I once interviewed Rip Torn in my office, many years ago, when he was making a movie in the town of Keyport, NJ (and I was editor of the local paper). He was polite and reasonably patient. But after he left, the script girl and the makeup artist came in and ran him down, big-time. My conscience wouldn't let me use their material.

Script girl: "If this horse-**** movie ever gets finished, it'll be a miracle!"

The miracle was not forthcoming.

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  cormier: <<<<<<<<Gospel> jn 13:21-33, 36-38> Reclining at table with his disciples, Jesus was deeply troubled and testified, “Amen, amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.”> The disciples looked at one another, at a loss as to whom he meant.> One of his disciples, the one whom Jesus loved,
was reclining at Jesus’ side.>

So Simon Peter nodded to him to find out whom he meant.>
He leaned back against Jesus’ chest and said to him,
“Master, who is it?”>

Jesus answered,
“It is the one to whom I hand the morsel after I have dipped it.”>
<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<So he dipped the morsel and took it and handed it to Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot.>
After Judas took the morsel, Satan entered him.>
So Jesus said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly.”>
Now none of those reclining at table realized why he said this to him.>
Some thought that since Judas kept the money bag, Jesus had told him, “Buy what we need for the feast,”
or to give something to the poor.
So Judas took the morsel and left at once. And it was night.>

When he had left, Jesus said,
“Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him.>
If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and he will glorify him at once.>

My children, I will be with you only a little while longer.>
You will look for me, and as I told the Jews,
‘Where I go you cannot come,’ so now I say it to you.”>

Simon Peter said to him, “Master, where are you going?”> Jesus answered him,
“Where I am going, you cannot follow me now,
though you will follow later.”>

Peter said to him,
“Master, why can I not follow you now?>

I will lay down my life for you.”>

Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me?>
Amen, amen, I say to you, the cock will not crow
before you deny me three times.”>

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