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playground player
Member since Oct-01-06 · Last seen Oct-23-19
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

Update: No. 8, "The Temple," and No.9, "The Throne," are now in print, with No. 10, "The Silver Trumpet,"due for release any day now. Full Member

   playground player has kibitzed 6379 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-23-19 playground player chessforum (replies)
playground player: <diceman> Does anybody know why this is happening?
   Oct-17-19 WannaBe chessforum (replies)
playground player: <WannaBe> I must appeal again to your expertise,if you don't mind. One of my regular blog readers says she suddenly can't comment there, she says "everything has changed," including her Wordpress avatar. I checked to see if she wound up in my spam folder, but it's ...
   Oct-14-19 Lombardy vs N Spiridonov, 1964 (replies)
playground player: The right Rook wins, the wrong Rook doesn't.
   Oct-11-19 V Gashimov vs Korchnoi, 2008 (replies)
playground player: Aren't you supposed to lose if you have tripled pawns?
   Sep-10-19 Polugaevsky vs Gulko, 1975 (replies)
playground player: I thought Ng5 worked. What was I missing?
   Sep-09-19 Koltanowski vs H Walpole, 1937 (replies)
playground player: <Lighthorse> I remember that show! Loved it! But I can't find any old episodes, or even clips, on Youtube. I suspect they must have recorded over the videotape to save money. That's how a lot of shows from the 50s and 60s got lost forever.
   Aug-30-19 Capablanca vs Kevitz, 1924 (replies)
playground player: Funny! Capablanca tries "the orang-utan" and gets burned.
   Jul-26-19 Karpov vs Kasparov, 1975 (replies)
playground player: White wins despite having a tripled pawn! Is that allowed?
   Jul-12-19 O Field vs O Tenner, 1922 (replies)
playground player: Ouch! So much for the fried liver...
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  OhioChessFan: My irony meter spiked when you suggested a historical matter of the 20th century was too old for an archaeological reference.
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  thegoodanarchist: That was not the suggestion, <OCF>.

The suggestion was that RKO is not doing studies of any kind, logical or otherwise.

Or would you find it ironic if I suggested Einstein isn't publishing any physics papers anymore.

(What would be the reason for his lack of productivity these days?)

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  thegoodanarchist: Same reason Kurt Cobain isn't making any new records...
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  OhioChessFan: 60 years ago, the movie reviewer praised the RKO logical study of archaeological study. :p
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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> Strict historical accuracy is not the aim of crepuscularity. <OCF> has emerged as a master of the art. I can only stand in awe of his virtuosity.
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  OhioChessFan: When the electrician found a circuit breaker at the dump, and his boss asked him to rewire it, he confidently stated "I refuse to refuse the refuse."
Oct-15-19  technical draw: < When the electrician found a circuit breaker at the dump, and his boss asked him to rewire it, he confidently stated "I refuse to refuse the refuse.">

Don't worry folks, I'll be back soon.

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  playground player: While awaiting the return of <Technical Draw>, I must visit the tomb of a tomboy.
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  OhioChessFan: Since real men don't read instructions, I bought a copy of Intuit and decided to intuit my way into it.
Oct-15-19  technical draw: A friend of mine died recently. He died peacefully in his sleep, (unlike the passengers in his car). I said I was bringing back the baby if the Yankees win the world series but that's going to take too long. so I now will bring back the baby if the Yankees win the America League pennant. (I can smell the voodoo candles already).
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  playground player: <technical draw> Does that mean he fell asleep behind the wheel?
Oct-16-19  technical draw: <<technical draw> Does that mean he fell asleep behind the wheel?>

Yes, pp. That's the gag. I guess if you have to explain a joke it's not a very good one.

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  playground player: <Steamed Colleagues> When "the narrative" calls for it, our free and independent nooze media resort to lying.

And they wonder why we don't trust them anymore.

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  WannaBe: Message received. Let me take a look.

Wordpress probably screwed something on their end... Again.

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  WannaBe: I was able to post a test comment on the Bronze Age New York article, it is awaiting moderation.
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  playground player: <WannaBe> I found your test post and approved it. So there it is on the blog. Thank you.
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  WannaBe: can your friend post? Or is this still an issue?
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  playground player: <WannaBe> I'm waiting to see if she can. Another reader, a computer expert, recommended a few things she could do that ought to work, and I'm hopeful that one of them will. I wish I could provide you with more details. I'm beginning to wonder if there's something wrong with her computer.
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  playground player: <WannaBe> She just posted a "Like" on one of today's blog posts, so that's a hopeful sign.
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  playground player: <WannaBe> Well, now she's able to post "Likes" but still can't post a comment. This is getting very puzzling.
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  playground player: <WannaBe> Now she's back. I don't know how she did it.

Meanwhile, Chicago teachers are on strike. It would be good if the parents went on strike and stopped sending their kids to schools staffed by Far Left Crazies who pay homage to Nicolas Maduro. Seems he's their kinda guy.

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  diceman: <playground player:

Far Left Crazies who pay homage to Nicolas Maduro. Seems he's their kinda guy.>

"Guy" is so limiting:

<The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) tells primary schoolchildren that there are over 100 genders as part of its “Teach” video series>

"Teach" (Way better than indoctrinate)

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  playground player: <diceman> Does anybody know why this is happening?
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  diceman: <playground player: <diceman>

Does anybody know why this is happening?>

Here's one reason:

<Barack and Michelle Obama bought what is being described as a “mega-mansion” on the coast of Martha’s Vineyard.>

It's simply an attempt to get every
last nutjob vote possible.

(Bestiality/pedophilia should be next)

Liberalism isn't hard.
Obama/Clinton/Pelosi do it.

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  WannaBe: Google: seattle social justice math
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