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playground player
Member since Oct-01-06 · Last seen Aug-20-14
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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   Aug-20-14 playground player chessforum
playground player: <hms123> I have posted my take on the story of the high-school student who was suspended for saying "Bless you" after one of her classmates sneezed. I don't find my feelings toward teachers' unions and other leftists growing any
   Aug-17-14 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
playground player: Great Scott! Maybe if she removed those two basketballs from under her shirt, she could throw a baseball better.
   Aug-15-14 Judit Polgar (replies)
playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> All right, I stand corrected. But they still would've made a fortune on the match.
   Aug-12-14 Steinitz vs Chigorin, 1892 (replies)
playground player: Morphy vs. Steinitz: more than one way to skin a cat.
   Aug-07-14 hms123 chessforum (replies)
playground player: <Mr. October> You don't mind if I call you that in August, do you?
   Jul-27-14 Pachman vs Bronstein, 1946 (replies)
playground player: The Focus> <"Not the way I'm teaching you."> LOL!
   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.
   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.
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  cormier: <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<Gospel> LK 1:39-56>

Mary set out
and traveled to the hill country in haste
to a town of Judah,
where she entered the house of Zechariah
and greeted Elizabeth.>

When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting,
the infant leaped in her womb,
and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,
cried out in a loud voice and said,
“Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb.>

And how does this happen to me,
that the mother of my Lord should come to me?>
For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.>

Blessed are you who believed
that what was spoken to you by the Lord
would be fulfilled.”>

And Mary said:

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.>
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me
and holy is his Name.>

He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.>

He has shown the strength of his arm,
and has scattered the proud in their conceit.>
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.>

He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.>

He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children forever.”>

Mary remained with her about three months
and then returned to her home.>

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  hms123: <pgp>

Sit down before you open this link. It should make for a nice column though.

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  playground player: <hms123> Someone already told me about "Dating Naked," so I was fortified in advance.

I wonder if, for these alleged people, putting clothes *on* is lust-provoking.

Believe it or not, I've already found something much more bizarre to write a column about; but I'm sure "Dating Naked" is worth a blog post. Perhaps Monday. Thanks for the tip, Mr. October.

"What is this much more bizarre subject?" I hear you ask. Well, OK, I don't actually hear you. I didn't get where I am today, hearing people who haven't yet spoken.

Well, you'll just have to wait till Thursday... If I mention it now, someone is bound to steal my thunder.

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  OhioChessFan: Famous last words of mine: "You wouldn't dare."
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  cormier: <<<IS 56:1, 6-7>

Thus says the LORD:
Observe what is right, do what is just;
for my salvation is about to come,
my justice, about to be revealed.>

The foreigners who join themselves to the LORD,
ministering to him,
loving the name of the LORD,
and becoming his servants—
all who keep the sabbath free from profanation
and hold to my covenant,
them I will bring to my holy mountain
and make joyful in my house of prayer;
their burnt offerings and sacrifices
will be acceptable on my altar,
for my house shall be called
a house of prayer for all peoples.>

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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> I have taken a little break from blogging about the demise of civilization. If you're interested, I've been writing about how to go about writing fantasy novels.

I've been surprised by how many people have been viewing this. There must be a lot of folks out there thinking about trying their hand at fantasy.

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  cormier: <<<<<<<ROM 11:13-15, 29-32>

Brothers and sisters:
I am speaking to you Gentiles.>

Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles,
I glory in my ministry in order to make my race jealous and thus save some of them.>

For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?>

For the gifts and the call of God are irrevocable.> Just as you once disobeyed God
but have now received mercy because of their disobedience, so they have now disobeyed in order that,
by virtue of the mercy shown to you,
they too may now receive mercy.>

For God delivered all to disobedience,
that he might have mercy upon all.>

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  cormier: <<<<<<<<<<<<<<Gospel> MT 15:21-28>

At that time, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon.> And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out, “Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David!>
My daughter is tormented by a demon.”>

But Jesus did not say a word in answer to her.>
Jesus’ disciples came and asked him,
“Send her away, for she keeps calling out after us.”>
He said in reply,
“I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”>
But the woman came and did Jesus homage, saying, “Lord, help me.”>
He said in reply,
“It is not right to take the food of the children
and throw it to the dogs.”>

She said, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters.”>
Then Jesus said to her in reply,
“O woman, great is your faith!>

Let it be done for you as you wish.”>

And the woman’s daughter was healed from that hour.>

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  playground player: <hms123> All right, here are my reflections of "Dating Naked."

I mean, they take all the fun out of being naked, don't they?

Meanwhile, <Esteemed Colleagues>, I have received my first threat from Organized Sodomy, which various sages on this site say does not exist. They tell me they're going to teach me how "expensive" my "religious bigotry" can be.

If I lived in Canada I'd have to flee the country before the "human rights" mob sank their claws into me. I would definitely be in a great deal of trouble for having the "wrong" opinions. By "wrong", of course, they mean opinions held by virtually all of humanity since the beginning of time.

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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> I've just been informed that I've won a Silver Medal for my fantasy novel, <The Cellar Beneath the Cellar>, in the competition for the Global Ebook Awards.

Last year I won a bronze for <Bell Mountain>.

Hey, that's two out of two for me. I don't have a lot of details yet, but I couldn't wait to share this good news.

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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> For a look at some of the grotesqueries achieved by our court system in 2013, see my post of the annual Stella Awards.

And for Bob Knight's review of my book, <The Palace>,

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  hms123: <pgp> Congratulations on the Silver Medal. The review by Knight was really excellent and fun to read. Just keep keepin' on.
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  hms123: <pgp>

I just this minute saw this story on the local news:

I had to find a reference for you. Perfect blog material.

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  perfidious: The second sentence of the excerpt below from the link kindly provided by <hms123> says it all:

< I said “I will defend my religion.” (The teacher) said “You will not in my class because I trump everyone.” Then another student stepped in and said “You don’t over trump God.” So she sent me to the office and the assistants principal said “if I didn’t want to respect my teachers rules then maybe My pastor should teach me because my freedom or speech and religion does not work at their school.>

Ego on parade.

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  playground player: That's just another one of thousands of isolated incidents from all over the country.

How are they able to find so many kooks for the teaching profession? Or do you have to learn how to be abnormal before they'll give you a teaching certificate?

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  perfidious: <pgp> In your post of the Stella Awards, you could readily replace the names of anyone listed on the 'Roll of Honour' with <Moe Rawn>.
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  playground player: <perfidious> Who? What's his claim to fame? He seems to have a number of off-putting pseudoerotic websites, and then there's stuff about him and poker... Did he get some ridiculous lawsuit decided in his favor?
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  perfidious: <pgp> Mr Rawn is annual candidate for the Darwin Awards, based on his capacity for what an old friend would call 'stupidness in motion'.
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  perfidious: English lesson of the day:

<Giving a speech in public, taking an academic examination, or taking your driving test are all examples of tasks that can illicit stress....>

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  optimal play: <playground player> <For a look at some of the grotesqueries achieved by our court system in 2013, see my post of the annual Stella Awards.>

The case of Stella Liebeck and the hot coffee reminds of that Seinfeld episode...

It's a clear violation of your rights as a consumer!

It's an infringement on your constitutional rights!

It's outrageous, egregious, preposterous!

LOL! :-D

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  playground player: <hms123> I have posted my take on the story of the high-school student who was suspended for saying "Bless you" after one of her classmates sneezed.

I don't find my feelings toward teachers' unions and other leftists growing any kindlier.

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