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playground player
Member since Oct-01-06 · Last seen Nov-26-14
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 4405 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-26-14 playground player chessforum
playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> If France is trying to reclaim its old status as the cultural and scientific capital of the world, this is probably not the way to do it. Yes, a pill guaranteed to make your, er, gas eruptions smell like ...
   Nov-15-14 optimal play chessforum (replies)
playground player: <optimal play> This is not going to be easy for me to say. I've been very hard on you for being condescending and superior. Imagine my chagrin at finding the same fault in myself. Yesterday I was conversing with a friend about the efforts of certain Christian women ...
   Nov-15-14 hms123 chessforum (replies)
playground player: <hms123> In your connoisseurship (?) of young people's literature, I hope you haven't overlooked the <Freddy the Pig> series by Walter R. Brooks. For a brief review of one of them, Brooks wrote dozens of these, over almost
   Nov-14-14 Morphy vs A Bottin, 1858 (replies)
playground player: Funny how Morphy's reputation seems to suffer because he beat everybody else who was around at the time. What more could he have done? And maybe some of these guys looked bad because they were playing against Morphy. Certainly Bird didn't look so bad against Steinitz. I ...
   Nov-07-14 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
playground player: <jessicafischerqueen> I didn't get where I am today by mystifying my readers. In light of my latest quarterly sales figures, though, I might as well try it.
   Nov-01-14 M Cebalo vs Vasiukov, 2014 (replies)
playground player: <Phony Benoni> Then there are the times when you experience all of those emotions--right up to the point where you triumphally make the move and your opponent looks at it quizzically, like Godzilla preparing to crush a pagoda... and then makes his own move that you ...
   Oct-26-14 Shabalov vs Aronian, 2004 (replies)
playground player: When you see the enemy King cowering behind a screen of Pawns, tear it away.
   Oct-19-14 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
playground player: I think I'd take the $10,000. My idol is Davy Crockett, and it'd be kind of unnerving to meet him.
   Oct-14-14 J Saradjen vs M Perunovic, 2004 (replies)
playground player: When I come to grief in the Polish Opening, it's very often because I've allowed Black to establish a Knight on the fourth rank. I have had to learn not to allow that.
   Oct-08-14 K Bischoff vs K Mueller, 2004 (replies)
playground player: What Black really needs here is just one extra move. Just one.
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  playground player: <Jim Bartle> Both Reagan and Bush did "virtually the same thing" in accordance with a statute passed by Congress. They did not unilaterally impose their will on the nation.

But this "president" is famous for ignoring statutes.

Nov-21-14  cormier:
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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> This morning on my blog, I likened our new king, Ogama I, to Captain Ahab of <Moby Dick.>

Imagine my surprise, a few minutes ago, when I discovered that quite a few writers have already seen this parallel, going back to 2011. I didn't know that till I looked it up.

Which can only mean the parallel is flaming obvious.

Nov-22-14  cormier: Gospel: Facing the Sadducees, Jesus affirms the resurrection of the dead
Nov-22-14  cormier:
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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> Leaving politics behind for the nonce, I've devoted this weekend's blogs to literary criticism. For your edification and enjoyment,

Where do they get the idea that fantasy is an excuse to heap up cliches? "Imaginative fiction"--that's a laugh!

No wonder people can't take this genre seriously.

Nov-23-14  cormier: 1st reading : God, King and Shepherd of Israel, shall judge his people
Nov-23-14  cormier: 2nd reading : The universal kingship of the Son
Nov-23-14  cormier: Gospel: The coming of the Son of man , pastor, King and Judge of the universe
Nov-24-14  cormier: Gospel: Jesus magnifies the poor widow who gives everything
Nov-24-14  cormier:
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  optimal play: <cormier: Gospel: Jesus magnifies the poor widow who gives everything> No, he castigates the rich establishment who have everything!

The widow is not being generous in giving a donation to the poor, she is being oppressed in paying a tax to the temple (cf Matt 17:24-27)

Despite the apparently progressive nature of the payment, Jesus sees through the facade and exposes the inherent exploitation of the system!

He then goes on to reveal the inevitable consequences of such a corrupt and unfair regime (Luke 21:6)

Nov-25-14  cormier: Gospel Sermon on the coming of the Son of man : the warning signs
Nov-25-14  cormier:
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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> Now that I understand the whole New Testament is about socialism and Social Justice, and never mind that stuff about salvation and righteousness, etc., I can easily accept this new interpretation of the Parable of the Good Samaritan. It's from Rev. J. Fred Dipstick of The People's Church of the Workers in East Lenin, New York.

It seems the real hero of the parable, according to Rev. Dipstick, is the unidentified person or persons who robbed and beat that guy and left him for dead. Obviously the only reason they would rob him is because he had money, and that made him a no-good capitalist oppressor. The robber or robbers were only doing their duty, and redistributing this man's ill-gotten wealth.

And the real villain of the story is, of course, that meddling Samaritan, who tries to undo the social justice administered by the robbers. People in those days loathed Samaritans, Mr. Dipstick points out, so it's only natural for a Samaritan to be the villain.

The priest and the Levite who walk right past the wounded man lying by the road, "because they are godly men who know how wrong and exploitive it is to make a profit, unless you are a movie star or a leader of the Democratic Party, they know well enough to leave the capitalist enemy of the people wallowing in his blood as he deserves," says Mr. Dipstick.

In the future, Mr. Dipstick promises to explain why Judas Iscariot is the hero of the whole New Testament.

Nov-25-14  SugarDom: <The widow is not being generous in giving a donation to the poor, she is being oppressed in paying a tax to the temple (cf Matt 17:24-27)>

Do Catholics (no, it's just <optimal play>, <cormier> got it right) always get the parables wrong?

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  optimal play: <playground player> ROFLMAO!

That is almost as hilarious as your spoof on Jonah and the whale!

You remember, the one about the sharks eating sacks of potatoes and henhouses...

<Nov-23-13 playground player: The people in Nineveh wouldn't have seen the fish spit Jonah onto the land--unless someone did see that, and the story got to the city before Jonah did. If you had a tiger shark big enough to swallow a man whole (they swallow most things whole, without chewing), is it possible the man could survive 24 hours and 2 seconds inside the shark, and come out alive? I have no examples to cite, except that a tiger shark swallowed a sack of potatoes, and some of the potatoes sprouted while inside the shark; and another tiger shark swallowed a small henhouse, and a couple of the chickens' eggs hatched after the shark was caught and cut up.> LOL!

That still cracks me up! :D)

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  playground player: <optimal play> Here's a bonus for you, from your own home country--the infamous "Shark Arm Murders" from 1935.

The tiger shark had been confined in Sydney Aquarium for a week when it suddenly barfed up a severed arm. The arm was so little digested--after at least a full week inside the shark--that police were able to identify the fingerprints and the widow identified a tattoo. The arm belonged to a missing man who was, shall we say, a person of interest...

A true story, as far as I can tell!

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  optimal play: <playground player> <A true story, as far as I can tell!> A true story indeed!

<EVEN a one-tonne shark can bite off more than it can chew. Or so it seemed to the horrified crowd that had gathered to see Coogee Aquarium’s newest attraction on Anzac Day, 1935. As the spectators watched on, the frenzied 3.5m Tiger shark began to whip up and down its pool. Suddenly the creature regurgitated a human arm.>

If the crowd at Coogee were horrified to see a shark regurgitate a human arm, imagine the reaction upon seeing a whale vomit out a grown man who then starts proclaiming “In forty days Nineveh will be destroyed!”

No wonder they all put on sackcloth and ashes! ;)

<SugarDom: <The widow is not being generous in giving a donation to the poor, she is being oppressed in paying a tax to the temple (cf Matt 17:24-27)> Do Catholics (no, it's just <optimal play>, <cormier> got it right) always get the parables wrong?>

The widow herself is poor, so why would she be donating her last two copper coins into a poor fund, when she herself would be the recipient of any poor fund?

That makes no sense!

Remember what the king said...

"I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what they have will be taken away." (Luke 19:26)

That's why every stone was thrown down (Luke 21:6)

Nov-25-14  SugarDom: tsk tsk tsk shakes head...
Nov-26-14  Alien Math: Despite or because of our upbringing,

even all our learning's bring contrast to encounters that appear to own eyes as startle moments or stress moments,

some situations appear when her only hope are to pray or read more about balance, or listen to one the huang si ting songs,

other times find helpful for a readings from your pages here and on your blog, thanks offered

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  playground player: <Alien Math> I do appreciate it very much!
Nov-26-14  cormier: Gospel Sermon on the coming of the Son of man : the sign of persecution
Nov-26-14  cormier:
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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> If France is trying to reclaim its old status as the cultural and scientific capital of the world, this is probably not the way to do it.

Yes, a pill guaranteed to make your, er, gas eruptions smell like chocolate or roses or whatever... Why didn't Baron Cuvier ever think of that?

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