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playground player
Member since Oct-01-06 · Last seen Jul-23-16
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 5226 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-23-16 playground player chessforum (replies)
playground player: <The Focus> Thanks, I didn't know that. <Steamed Colleagues> Lest you think it's only the USA, Canada, and Britain who are ruled by crackpot tyrants: For the life of me I can't understand how any of these doodlebugs ever ...
   Jul-19-16 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
playground player: <Esteemed Baseball Mavens> Is Harry Hooper the one and only outfielder to make the Hall of Fame without ever leading his league in a single offensive category? I can't find another.
   Jul-17-16 optimal play chessforum (replies)
playground player: <Big Pawn> Ain't you never heard of rock music? A' course the rocks they sung and danced. A scientist he sayed so!
   Jul-02-16 Petrosian vs Pachman, 1961 (replies)
playground player: Something about this position just cried out, "Q x f3!" It doesn't pay to ignore that when you hear it.
   Jun-26-16 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
playground player: <Alien Math> So they'd like to ban "extremist content" and "hate speech" from the Internet? I wonder if that would include any speech at all that they decide that they don't like. Which is more likely to do the most harm--hate, or self-righteous, all-powerful ...
   Jun-04-16 Big Pawn chessforum (replies)
playground player: <optimal play> "Don't take what I wrote the wrong way"? How else could I have taken it? Don't make Science your god.
   May-28-16 V Babula vs A Giri, 2015 (replies)
playground player: I tried so hard (and failed) to understand this arcane pun, I couldn't follow the game.
   May-25-16 Weenink vs L Gans, 1930
playground player: I love those victorious King marches! Wish I could make one myself.
   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?
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  playground player: <diceman> Good point: at least Stalinism can't pose as anybody's friend.
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  OhioChessFan: I don't know. Bernie got some good press.
Jul-16-16  cormier: Gospel: " He strongly forbade them to talk about him. Thus was to fulfill the word of Isaiah "
Jul-16-16  cormier:
Jul-17-16  cormier: Gospel: " Martha received him . Mary has chosen the better part "
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Jul-18-16  cormier: At the judgment the queen of the south will arise with this generation and condemn it
Jul-18-16  cormier:
Jul-19-16  cormier: Gospel , " extending his hand toward his disciples, he said:" Here are my mother and my brothers! ' "
Jul-19-16  cormier:
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  playground player: The Democrats' happy journey toward criminalizing Climate Change Denial has hit a speed bump.

I wonder how many opinions they'd like to make against the law, if they only had the power to do it?

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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> I was surprised to find my blog smoking hot this morning, thanks to a little book review I did last year on <Grandmother Fish>, a Darwinist fairy tale for children. Suddenly it's all over Facebook.

Somehow the "We all came from fish!" theory makes me think of H.P. Lovecraft and his classic horror story, <The Shadow over Innsmouth>. It's the first I've noticed the deep Lovecraftian bent of our Evolution wallahs. Order of Dagon, here we come!

Jul-20-16  cormier: some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit,
a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.
Jul-20-16  cormier:
Jul-21-16  cormier: Gospel: " To you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of Heaven, but it is not given to those "
Jul-21-16  cormier:
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  diceman: <playground player:

Somehow the "We all came from fish!" theory makes me think of H.P. Lovecraft and his classic horror story, <The Shadow over Innsmouth>.>

The Incredible Mr. Limpet:

Jul-22-16  cormier: Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?
Whom are you looking for?”
Jul-22-16  cormier:
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  playground player: <diceman> Wow! Arthur Godfrey! My grandma used to watch him every day. And then in the afternoon she'd watch <Queen for a Day>--perhaps the all-time nadir of television.

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  diceman: <playground player: <diceman> Wow! Arthur Godfrey! My grandma used to watch him every day.>

I seem to remember a Hawaiian shirt, and a ukulele.

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  TheFocus: Godfrey was one of the first to play ukulele on TV.

Uku - flea

lele - jumping

Ukulele translates to "jumping fleas", which describes the movements of the fingers upon the strings.

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  playground player: <The Focus> Thanks, I didn't know that.

<Steamed Colleagues> Lest you think it's only the USA, Canada, and Britain who are ruled by crackpot tyrants:

For the life of me I can't understand how any of these doodlebugs ever get elected.

Jul-23-16  cormier: Gospel: " Let them grow together until the harvest"
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