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playground player
Member since Oct-01-06 · Last seen Jul-24-14
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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   Jul-24-14 playground player chessforum
playground player: <Steamed Colleagues> Ignorance and superstition in my own hometown, which calls itself "the Brainy Borough" (LOL). I don't know which is sillier--animal spirit guides, or the Climate Change boogie-man.
   Jul-19-14 PinnedPiece chessforum (replies)
playground player: Global Warming makes it cold, Global Warming makes it hot. Global Warming makes what is, And also causes what is not.
   Jul-17-14 C Ward vs Anand, 1990 (replies)
playground player: Long live Narnia! To all those kind persons who have compared my books to C.S. Lewis'-- Thanks and thanks again: but you must be crazy.
   Jul-16-14 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
playground player: <Esteemed Baseball Connoisseurs> Did you hear about the fan who's suing ESPN and the Yankees for "defaming" him while he was snoozing in the stands? My blog post contains a link that includes the audio/video of the actual telecast. This bozo ...
   Jul-13-14 hms123 chessforum (replies)
playground player: <hms123> I know you are a connoisseur of vintage young readers' fiction. Ergo, you gotta read <The Golden Skull>, my favorite entry in the Rick Brant series, copyright 1954. Great stuff! For those who have read this and don't know what we're talking about, ...
   Jun-28-14 H Zollner vs W Elm, 1934 (replies)
playground player: OK--who didn't see this pun coming?
   Jun-27-14 Keres vs Reshevsky, 1953 (replies)
playground player: Reshevsky could've changed his name to Houdini after this one.
   Jun-15-14 Morphy vs A Morphy, 1848 (replies)
playground player: Morphy overrated? Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!
   Jun-13-14 G Lane vs J Flesch, 1983 (replies)
playground player: <Once> I stared at the final position for a long moment, trying to see how it was all part of Black's cunning plan.
   Jun-08-14 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
playground player: <jessica> <Mrs. PGP> found an old black-and-white French horror movie for us yesterday, <Eyes Without a Face>. Quite an effective mood piece--even though we had to watch it on youtube on something called <Dumpsterpiece Theater>. <Boomie> ...
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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> For a limited time only--how limited, don't ask: nobody tells me anything--you can get my book, <Bell Mountain> free of charge: provided you're into's "kindleUnlimited" program.

Read the corking fantasy/adventure novel that dozens of people are talking about! You won't be the first from to enjoy it.

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Jul-20-14  SugarDom: Remember what i told you about "possession" that happens all the time in the Philippines.

Check this out. Reported by the major TV network and Yahoo.

Google Translate for the tagalog words.

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  cormier: ◄ Numbers 6 ►
New International Version

<<<The Priestly Blessing>

22The Lord said to Moses, 23“Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites.> Say to them:

24“ ‘ “The Lord bless you
and keep you;
25the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
26the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.” ’
27“So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.”>

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  playground player: <SugarDom> How come this doesn't seem to happen here or elsewhere in the Western world? Or do we just call it something else?
Jul-20-14  SugarDom: When you google it, a lot of paranormal activities also happens in the USA.
Jul-20-14  SugarDom: http://www.nightwatchmanchronicles....

What these all paranormal societies in the US? I thought you don't believe in ghosts?

Jul-20-14  SugarDom:

Between talking with Christian leaders, authors of texts on exorcism, and an Internet posting, Royal was able to reach out to 316 (!) American exorcists. Some 170 answered his survey. Fifteen of these 170 took part in an additional personal interview. Most of the larger set were men, most were Protestant (all the big denominations, including the so-called mainline ones, were represented), and most had “set demonized people free” between 11 and 1,000 times.

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  OhioChessFan: It seems to me if the clock said am and not pm, you were 12 hours behind reality. Unless the date had flipped to the next day which strikes me as of more importance than the am/pm issue.
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  cormier: <<<<◄ Romans 8:25-27 ►>

New International Version

Future Glory>
…25 But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it.>
26 In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; 27 and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.>

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  optimal play: <playground player> Further to the belief that all Scripture is "God-breathed" it raises the question as to whether the author of the Second Letter to Timothy knew his letter was also "Inspired" when he wrote it? Did subsequent Church Councils declare or simply recognise its "Inspiration"?

And what about Paul's "lost letters"? e.g. 1 Corinthians 5:9 & Colossians 4:16

Weren't they "God-breathed", or if they were, why haven't they been preserved?

Also, regarding Jesus at the tomb of Lazarus, it was obviously an extremely emotional experience, as underlined by Martha's acrimonious and accusatory "If you had been here, my brother would not had died"!

However confident Jesus was when he first heard the news (verses 1-14), he seemed unprepared by how confrontational the situation actually was when he arrived at the tomb (verse 33).

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  optimal play: <SugarDom> <Between talking with Christian leaders, authors of texts on exorcism, and an Internet posting, Royal was able to reach out to 316 (!) American exorcists.> Did that include the Ghostbusters?

Venkman's ghost-busting ray gun will get ‘em every time! :D

If there's something strange / in your neighborhood / Who ya gonna call? / GHOSTBUSTERS!

If there's something weird / and it don't look good / Who ya gonna call? / GHOSTBUSTERS!


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  Alien Math: Troubles appear following,
Convert, pay tax, or die, Islamic State warns Christians

Ancient Christian population of Mosul flees Islamic State

(Reuters) - The ancient Christian community of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul had all but fled by Saturday, ending a presence stretching back nearly two millennia after radical Islamists set them a midday deadline to submit to Islamic rule or leave.

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  playground player: <optimal play> Paul said, in I Corinthians 7:40, "and I think also that I have the Spirit of God." And the other apostles, including epistle-writers Peter and John, were endowed with the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.

But not everything they said or wrote turned out to be Scripture, did it? If you or I ever thought we were writing holy scripture, it would be presumptuous. It would be equally presumptuous to compare ourselves, or anyone else, to the Apostles.

<Alien Math> I very much doubt this administration would ever lift a finger to protect Christians anywhere in the world.

<SugarDom> Because the New Testament contains so many examples of possession and exorcism, I would be a fool to disbelieve in it. But news reporting is so unreliable, these days, so I try to keep an open mind.

Jul-21-14  SugarDom: <Most of the larger set were men, most were Protestant (all the big denominations, including the so-called mainline ones, were represented), and most had “set demonized people free” between 11 and 1,000 times.>

Then all these American Protestants pastors are either lying or hallucinating, like the pastors here in the Philippines?

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  Travis Bickle: <playground player> I think you hit the nail on the head months ago when you said the homosexual, (gay), agenda would start taking over American free speech, morals & more...

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  OhioChessFan: In a strange coincidence, I had just read an article about Tony Dungy's comments immediately before coming to this page. Of course, they tried to equate it to racial integration of baseball.

Jul-22-14  chessmoron: I love this comment from an user:

For a coach trying to keep his team focused, it's a huge distraction for him and his players to be asked week after week about a player with marginal talent that fans (for whatever reason) and the media demand to see on the field.

If the coach cuts Sam, he will hear about that for ages. If he keeps Sam and he doesn't play much (and he may not have the talent to get on the field as a regular DE) he will be asked about why he's not getting more playing time. If he plays and plays poorly, there will be questions about whether he is really being given a fair shot because the team is not trying to help him succeed. TV stations and reporters will make Sam a BIG FEATURE every week, creating dissention in the locker room that has nothing to do with the fact that Sam is gay, but has to do with the fact that the media is obsessed with celebrating the fact that Sam is gay.

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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> It happened right before our eyes; but I don't know how to explain the Western world's obsessive veneration of homosexuality. It has become a religious phenomenon--as if "gays" could grant eternal life.

So now we are in a time when "gay" trumps anything and everything. I will be pleasantly surprised if Tony Dungy keeps his job. In Colorado or Oregon they'd be already taking legal action against him.

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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> You know how rarely I try to post a link to any kind of music. For one thing, the links are very complicated and I always botch the job.

But just this once, on my blog, I've succeeded.

Here is a hymn that will raise any Christian's spirits, with original lyrics by John Bunyan. The gentrified version, from about 100 years ago, is known as <He Who Would Valiant Be> and is very popular in the UK, although not well known here in the US.

But the original lyrics, plus the traditional tune performed in the traditional way--wow! Inspiring!

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  cormier: <<<<<<<<Gospel MT 13:10-17

The disciples approached Jesus and said,
“Why do you speak to the crowd in parables?”>
He said to them in reply,
“Because knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of heaven has been granted to you, but to them it has not been granted.>
To anyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; from anyone who has not, even what he has will be taken away.>
This is why I speak to them in parables, because
they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand.>
Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says:

You shall indeed hear but not understand,
you shall indeed look but never see.>

Gross is the heart of this people,
they will hardly hear with their ears,
they have closed their eyes,
lest they see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their hearts and be converted
and I heal them.>

“But blessed are your eyes, because they see,
and your ears, because they hear.>

Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it,
and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”>

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  playground player: <Steamed Colleagues> Ignorance and superstition in my own hometown, which calls itself "the Brainy Borough" (LOL).

I don't know which is sillier--animal spirit guides, or the Climate Change boogie-man.

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