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playground player
Member since Oct-01-06 · Last seen Oct-06-15
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 Full Member

   playground player has kibitzed 4874 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-06-15 playground player chessforum
playground player: <Jim Bartle>, <Wanna Be> Is there anybody out there who truly doesn't understand that African slaves did not immigrate to America of their own free will? Textbook errors are almost as persistently long-lived as federal bureaucracies. Just this once, it looks ...
   Oct-06-15 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
playground player: <Dear Marie> I'm afraid you've got your facts wrong. Have you seen the news story about the young woman who had herself blinded, on purpose? Can I wake up now, please?
   Sep-30-15 Big Pawn chessforum (replies)
playground player: Now all we have to do is find a new Speaker of the House who won't turn into a towering blob of jelly on us. And I'm hoping Mitch McConnell is soon cast out as Senate Majority Leader. It won't be an easy search. There are more RINOs in Washington than there are rhinos in ...
   Sep-30-15 Kasparov vs Seirawan, 1988 (replies)
playground player: My brother-in-law pushes pawns and pieces forward with repeated little movements of a fingertip. It is incredibly annoying. It's like watching a big sissy trying to start a swim in really cold water.
   Sep-27-15 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
playground player: <Esteemed Baseball Mavens> As the 2015 regular season winds down, let's go back 85 years to the last day of the American League season, Yankees vs. Red Sox at Boston (using the Boston Braves' field). Working on only nine years' rest, Babe Ruth takes the mound for the
   Sep-05-15 Team White vs Team Black, 2015 (replies)
   Aug-23-15 TheFocus chessforum (replies)
playground player: <The Focus> It's not as bad as the bodies found by fishermen.
   Aug-18-15 Tarjan vs Larsen, 1968 (replies)
playground player: As long as we're striking puns off Edgar Rice Burroughs' immortal ape-man, I suppose it would have been ungenerous to invoke the title of the 8th book in the series... which would give us "Tarjan the Terrible."
   Aug-07-15 R Hardarson vs M Alaguzov, 2007 (replies)
playground player: Hey, there's another Rook where that one came from.
   Jul-31-15 J Garcia Padron vs Suba, 1979 (replies)
playground player: WWPBD? I only throw it out there as a question.
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Sep-28-15  cormier:
Sep-29-15  cormier: Gospel: " You will see the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man "
Sep-29-15  cormier:
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  Big Pawn: Russian, China and Iran formed a military alliance in Syria. China sent a warship to the Syrian coast, Russia is there, Iran too, all to fight ISIS.

What is going on here!? Amazing. Sure, they have filled the vacuum left by Obama when he decided to "lead from behind", but there seems to be more to it than that. A scary alliance taking military action - and they don't care one bit about what the USA thinks.

Israel is not liking Russian troops right there in Syria either. They are preparing for trouble themselves.

Not good.

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  WannaBe: Russia does not want to lose Chechen terrutories, China does not want to lose the Muslim western territories. Iran, not too sure, they just to expand their sphere of influence?
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  playground player: <Big Pawn>, <WannaBe> The US and Europe should have been exterminating ISIS well over a year ago, and didn't have the stomach for it. Now the West has to deal with hundreds of thousands of "refugees," many of whom will be bad guys disguised as refugees, while Russia and its allies clean up the mess in Syria.

Jordan and Egypt begged us to help them do it, but President *Batteries Not Included was on vacation and couldn't be bothered. His ultra-left ideology dictated that he piss away America's leadership role in a dangerous world.

Now the world will pay for his criminal negligence. Not that he is the only self-destructive fool leading the West, these days. In fact, it's hard to think of a Western leader who isn't one.

Sep-30-15  cormier: Gospel: " I ​​will follow you wherever you go "
Sep-30-15  cormier:
Oct-01-15  cormier: Gospel: " Your peace will rest on him"
Oct-01-15  cormier:
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  TheFocus: You are right, Lee. We need a strong leader, but I have yet to see one in our future.

I can only hope that God will touch someone's heart and lead us out of this cesspit.

Anoint us a leader, Lord.

Oct-02-15  cormier: Gospel: " Their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father who is in heaven"
Oct-02-15  cormier:
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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> Are there still some of those post-Christian types who think Americans are not yet as perverted as they ought to be? Maybe this will reassure them.

Yes, here's someone achieving celebrity because she burned out her eyes with Dran-O.

I wonder how much free stuff from the government it has enabled her to get.

Oct-03-15  cormier: Gospel : "Rejoice because your names are written in heaven"
Oct-03-15  cormier:
Oct-04-15  cormier: Gospel: " What God has joined together, let man not separate ! "
Oct-04-15  cormier:
Oct-05-15  cormier: Gospel: " Who is my neighbor ? "
Oct-05-15  cormier:
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  WannaBe: Rewriting history.

Oct-05-15  Jim Bartle: I agree. Referring to slaves from Africa as "immigrants" is rewriting history. Fortunately it's being changed.
Oct-06-15  cormier: Gospel: " A woman named Martha received him . Mary has chosen the better part "
Oct-06-15  cormier:
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  playground player: <Jim Bartle>, <Wanna Be> Is there anybody out there who truly doesn't understand that African slaves did not immigrate to America of their own free will?

Textbook errors are almost as persistently long-lived as federal bureaucracies. Just this once, it looks like the publisher will actually have to correct something.

I think everybody here already knows my views on public education.

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