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playground player
Member since Oct-01-06 · Last seen May-26-16
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 5175 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-26-16 playground player chessforum
playground player: <WannaBe> Sure, that's a famous story, and it illustrates a truth. No government knows how to raise people up, unless those people are willing to work hard--and then they don't need the government. But any government is really great at dragging people down. This is ...
   May-25-16 Weenink vs L Gans, 1930
playground player: I love those victorious King marches! Wish I could make one myself.
   May-18-16 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
playground player: Given Ty Cobb's career stolen base totals, 892 of them, a lot of his singles might as well have been doubles.
   Apr-22-16 D Will vs S Robinson, 2012 (replies)
playground player: That robot from <Lost in Space>--I'd like to know how many science fiction movies and TV shows it appeared in.
   Apr-03-16 technical draw chessforum (replies)
playground player: <technical draw> <fear of impending doom> You, too?
   Mar-13-16 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
playground player: <jessicafischerqueen> Here, if I can get the technology to work, is the whole interview. Now isn't that strange? When I put this in an email, it refused to provide a link that you could use.
   Feb-26-16 WannaBe chessforum (replies)
playground player: <WannaBe> A present for you!
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  perfidious: That piece on Target reads rather like an article from <Onion>.
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  playground player: And here it is: New York City's tough new law against the very recently invented crime of "misgendering."

Notice how, when leftids take charge, "law" goes from telling you what you can't do to telling you what you must do, or else.

(Link to news story won't work, but it should be accessible through my blog piece.)

Now it works.

May-20-16  cormier: Gospel: " What God has joined , let no asunder "
May-20-16  cormier:
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  playground player: And if that weren't bad enough now we are told our national parks are racist.

I guess it's the "semite" in Yosemite that sets them off.

May-21-16  cormier: Gospel: " Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it "
May-21-16  cormier:
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  playground player: <Sugar Dom> It's distressing to see "modern" Christians dismissing the Old Testament as a most irrelevant collection of fables about people who never existed and events that never happened. Certainly Jesus and His apostles spoke of these people and events as real. Take away from the New Testament all the quotations from the Old, and there wouldn't be much left.

I believe Christians who do that, do it because they seek the approval of this world.

I suppose we ought to pray for them.

May-22-16  cormier: Gospel: " All that the Father has is mine; the Spirit receives what is mine and make it known to you "
May-22-16  cormier:
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  tpstar: "On a College Campus? Donít Try to Tell a Joke"

May-23-16  cormier: Gospel: " Go, sell what you have . Then come, follow me "
May-23-16  cormier:
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  playground player: <tpstar> Bias Response Team?

All this tells us is that the universities have way, way, way too much money, that they can afford toys like this.

The whole university system is many times bigger than it needs to be, and it would be very good for the country if that system were reduced by several orders of magnitude.

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  WannaBe: From <tpstar>'s link:

<In another case, ďa student reported that a sign encouraging cleaning up after oneself was sexist. A BRT Manager followed up to ensure the sign was removed.Ē>

You've got to be freakin' kidding me! One of the very first office job I had, there's a sign in the break/kitchen area.

"Your mother doesn't work here, clean your own mess."

Wonder how that sign would go over at a campus today...

May-24-16  cormier:
May-24-16  cormier: Gospel: " You will receive in this time a hundredfold now , with persecutions , and in the world to come eternal life"
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  playground player: <Steamed Colleagues> I couldn't help blogging about those "Bias Response Teams."

Really--how are persons trained in such a totalitarian environment ever going to appreciate free, republican institutions--let alone maintain them?

College is destroying our culture.

May-25-16  cormier: Gospel : "Behold, we go up to Jerusalem. The Son of Man will be delivered "
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  playground player: I don't think most people appreciate how deadly serious the Left is about overthrowing America's social and political institutions, and our whole culture. It looks silly, but it's dangerous.
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  WannaBe: Ever heard/read "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut? (PDF, Require Acrobat Reader)

May-26-16  cormier: Gospel: " Rabboni , that I find the view! "
May-26-16  cormier:
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  playground player: <WannaBe> Sure, that's a famous story, and it illustrates a truth.

No government knows how to raise people up, unless those people are willing to work hard--and then they don't need the government.

But any government is really great at dragging people down.

This is why envy is a deadly sin. It never stops at simply wanting what the other guy has. It always moves on to wanting the other guy's stuff to be taken away from him.

When will people understand that government does not create wealth? It can destroy wealth, retard its creation, or even stop its creation altogether.

"Thou shalt not covet" is not one of the Ten Commandments for nothing.

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