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playground player
Member since Oct-01-06 · Last seen Apr-22-14
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

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   Apr-22-14 playground player chessforum
playground player: <Alien Math> Thanks for the link--it's nice to hear music that's older than I am. <Esteemed Colleagues> What with several family members already either in the hospital or with a good chance to wind up there, here is the kind of phone call I didn't need last ...
   Apr-20-14 D Fridman vs Naiditsch, 2013 (replies)
playground player: When I try stuff like this, I always seem to run out of pieces to sacrifice before I can bag the enemy King.
   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.
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  cormier: <<<<<<<Gospel> lk 4:16-21> Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had grown up,
and went according to his custom
into the synagogue on the sabbath day.>

He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah.>
He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring glad tidings to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.>

Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down, and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him.> He said to them,
“Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”>

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  playground player: <Steamed Colleagues> I have reported yet another example of a public school "zero tolerance policy"--euphemism for wooden-headed foolishness--being used to criminalize and destroy a student who was no threat to anyone.

Our predatory rulers can't seem to protect us from homicidal maniacs and criminals, but they do a really bang-up job of crushing anyone who inadvertently trespasses against one of their obscure regulations.

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  technical draw: Wow, true equality. The baskets in the NBA and the WNBA are the same height 10'. Does any other sport equalize?
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  Alien Math: Find and recommend The Mummy's Hand (1940)

well receive from all here for stress free old fashion movies

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  jessicafischerqueen: <Lee>

Congratulations on getting back in the seat with <The Temple>.

Do you see an "end" to the series in your mind, or is it kind of "writing itself" and it will let you know when it's done?

I find you to be a very organic writer.

I'm not sure what that means, but it's the closest word I could find.

I think I already posted this before, but just in case, please pass this song to the fine <Mrs. Pgp>:

"Jersey Girl"

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  playground player: <jessicafischerqueen> I'm inclined to agree with those readers who don't want this series ever to end. How long it'll run, I have no idea. I guess it will depend on how big a mess I leave to be cleaned up at the conclusion of <The Temple>.

The other day, for the first time ever, my <Bell Mountain> achieved a rank of under 100,000 in the paperback list. It was only a cameo appearance, but I can dream...

<Esteemed Colleagues> There were too many revolting stories in the news today for me to write about, so today's blog merely suggests some needed reforms in the fantasy genre.

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  playground player: <Alien Math> I love mummy movies! Slight correction, though: your Phantasmagoria Theater displays the cast for the original <The Mummy>, starring Boris Karloff and Zita Johann (1932), rather than the cast for <The Mummy's Hand>, starring Dick Foran and Wallace Ford (1940).

Perpetually Perplexing Mummy Question:

At the end of <The Mummy's Tomb>, Kharis and Ananka sink into quicksand somewhere in New England. At the start of <The Mummy's Curse>, they rise somewhere deep in the Louisiana bayou country.

How did that happen?

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  Thanh Phan: Continuing the news of the wierd school authority series,

Pennsylvania teen suspended for asking Miss America to prom at a school assembly

Patrick Farves, 18, asked Miss America Nina Davuluri to the annual end of the year dance Thursday night — even giving her a flower in an auditorium filled with his peers. But the stunt earned the Central York High School senior a three-day suspension for “deliberately defying” school administrators’ requests that he not pop the question after they learned of the planned stunt.

The class clown was pulled from the assembly and given three days of in-school suspension for defying the officials who asked him not to pull the prank.

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  cormier: Gospel mt 28:1-10
<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.> And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven,
approached, rolled back the stone, and sat upon it.>
His appearance was like lightning and his clothing was white as snow.>

The guards were shaken with fear of him
and became like dead men.>

Then the angel said to the women in reply,
“Do not be afraid!>

I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified.>
He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said.>
Come and see the place where he lay.>
Then go quickly and tell his disciples,
‘He has been raised from the dead,
and he is going before you to Galilee;
there you will see him.’>

Behold, I have told you.”>

Then they went away quickly from the tomb,
fearful yet overjoyed,
and ran to announce this to his disciples.>
And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them.>
They approached, embraced his feet, and did him homage.>
Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid.>
Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”>
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  playground player: <Thanh Phan> I don't know who behaved more doltishly--the teenager who seems to think he's the star of a reality show, or the school administrators who made him even more famous and important by suspending him and helping him get his name in all the newspapers.

Homeschooling beats public schooling every step of the way.

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  playground player: <Thanh Phan> On second thought, that story you posted was too good not to blog about... so I did.

I still have nightmares in which I find myself transported back to high school, with no means of escape. Ugh! :-0

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  Alien Math: Not see The Mummy's Curse yet, are interest to wonder how they transport between areas before next movie,

The name Boris Karloff as cast should have been noted as him are very much easy to recognize, wonder how those make the mistake between movie cast

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  cormier: <<<<<<<<<<col 3:1-4> Brothers and sisters:
If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.>
Think of what is above, not of what is on earth.>
For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.>
When Christ your life appears,
then you too will appear with him in glory.>

1 cor 5:6b-8>
Brothers and sisters:
Do you not know that a little yeast leavens all the dough?>
Clear out the old yeast,
so that you may become a fresh batch of dough,
inasmuch as you are unleavened.>

For our paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed.>
Therefore, let us celebrate the feast,
not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.>

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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> My Easter message is posted on my blog.

Happy Easter, everyone.

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  playground player: <cormier> What is it with English women and funny hats?
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  cormier: <<<<<<<<Gospel jn 20:1-9> On the first day of the week,
Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark,
and saw the stone removed from the tomb.>

So she ran and went to Simon Peter
and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb,
and we don’t know where they put him.”>

So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb.>
They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter and arrived at the tomb first;
he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in.>
When Simon Peter arrived after him,
he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there, and the cloth that had covered his head,
not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place.>
Then the other disciple also went in,
the one who had arrived at the tomb first,
and he saw and believed.>

For they did not yet understand the Scripture
that he had to rise from the dead.>
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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> You would think a guy would get in a lot of trouble for sticking his cell phone camera up women's skirts on the subway, and posting the pictures on the Internet.

But the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts says otherwise. Details on my blog.

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  Alien Math: Finding 1940s era radio online station

The UK 1940s Radio Station plays music and historical news broadcasts from the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, that would have been heard predominantly in England and the USA.

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  playground player: <Alien Math> Thanks for the link--it's nice to hear music that's older than I am.

<Esteemed Colleagues> What with several family members already either in the hospital or with a good chance to wind up there, here is the kind of phone call I didn't need last night.

Yeah, I know, I never talk about chess on this chess site anymore. Well, hardly ever.

A friend is trying to devise a program to play four-player chess online. He has enlisted me for the first game, when that becomes possible.

Anybody here ever play that? How was it?

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