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playground player
Member since Oct-01-06 · Last seen Jul-27-14
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 4215 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-27-14 Pachman vs Bronstein, 1946 (replies)
playground player: The Focus> <"Not the way I'm teaching you."> LOL!
   Jul-27-14 playground player chessforum (replies)
playground player: <WannaBe> You know, I think I will blog about that tomorrow. (Already put up one post today, and don't want to burn myself out.) Of course, the first thing I thought of, upon encountering the stereotypical and absurdly false claim that atheists are smarter than ...
   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.
   Jul-16-14 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
playground player: <Esteemed Baseball Connoisseurs> Did you hear about the fan who's suing ESPN and the Yankees for "defaming" him while he was snoozing in the stands? My blog post contains a link that includes the audio/video of the actual telecast. This bozo ...
   Jul-13-14 hms123 chessforum (replies)
playground player: <hms123> I know you are a connoisseur of vintage young readers' fiction. Ergo, you gotta read <The Golden Skull>, my favorite entry in the Rick Brant series, copyright 1954. Great stuff! For those who have read this and don't know what we're talking about, ...
   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.
   Jun-15-14 Morphy vs A Morphy, 1848 (replies)
playground player: Morphy overrated? Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!
   Jun-13-14 G Lane vs J Flesch, 1983 (replies)
playground player: <Once> I stared at the final position for a long moment, trying to see how it was all part of Black's cunning plan.
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  playground player: <optimal play> Paul said, in I Corinthians 7:40, "and I think also that I have the Spirit of God." And the other apostles, including epistle-writers Peter and John, were endowed with the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.

But not everything they said or wrote turned out to be Scripture, did it? If you or I ever thought we were writing holy scripture, it would be presumptuous. It would be equally presumptuous to compare ourselves, or anyone else, to the Apostles.

<Alien Math> I very much doubt this administration would ever lift a finger to protect Christians anywhere in the world.

<SugarDom> Because the New Testament contains so many examples of possession and exorcism, I would be a fool to disbelieve in it. But news reporting is so unreliable, these days, so I try to keep an open mind.

Jul-21-14  SugarDom: <Most of the larger set were men, most were Protestant (all the big denominations, including the so-called mainline ones, were represented), and most had “set demonized people free” between 11 and 1,000 times.>

Then all these American Protestants pastors are either lying or hallucinating, like the pastors here in the Philippines?

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  Travis Bickle: <playground player> I think you hit the nail on the head months ago when you said the homosexual, (gay), agenda would start taking over American free speech, morals & more...

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  OhioChessFan: In a strange coincidence, I had just read an article about Tony Dungy's comments immediately before coming to this page. Of course, they tried to equate it to racial integration of baseball.

Jul-22-14  chessmoron: I love this comment from an user:

For a coach trying to keep his team focused, it's a huge distraction for him and his players to be asked week after week about a player with marginal talent that fans (for whatever reason) and the media demand to see on the field.

If the coach cuts Sam, he will hear about that for ages. If he keeps Sam and he doesn't play much (and he may not have the talent to get on the field as a regular DE) he will be asked about why he's not getting more playing time. If he plays and plays poorly, there will be questions about whether he is really being given a fair shot because the team is not trying to help him succeed. TV stations and reporters will make Sam a BIG FEATURE every week, creating dissention in the locker room that has nothing to do with the fact that Sam is gay, but has to do with the fact that the media is obsessed with celebrating the fact that Sam is gay.

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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> It happened right before our eyes; but I don't know how to explain the Western world's obsessive veneration of homosexuality. It has become a religious phenomenon--as if "gays" could grant eternal life.

So now we are in a time when "gay" trumps anything and everything. I will be pleasantly surprised if Tony Dungy keeps his job. In Colorado or Oregon they'd be already taking legal action against him.

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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> You know how rarely I try to post a link to any kind of music. For one thing, the links are very complicated and I always botch the job.

But just this once, on my blog, I've succeeded.

Here is a hymn that will raise any Christian's spirits, with original lyrics by John Bunyan. The gentrified version, from about 100 years ago, is known as <He Who Would Valiant Be> and is very popular in the UK, although not well known here in the US.

But the original lyrics, plus the traditional tune performed in the traditional way--wow! Inspiring!

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  cormier: <<<<<<<<Gospel MT 13:10-17

The disciples approached Jesus and said,
“Why do you speak to the crowd in parables?”>
He said to them in reply,
“Because knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of heaven has been granted to you, but to them it has not been granted.>
To anyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; from anyone who has not, even what he has will be taken away.>
This is why I speak to them in parables, because
they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand.>
Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says:

You shall indeed hear but not understand,
you shall indeed look but never see.>

Gross is the heart of this people,
they will hardly hear with their ears,
they have closed their eyes,
lest they see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their hearts and be converted
and I heal them.>

“But blessed are your eyes, because they see,
and your ears, because they hear.>

Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it,
and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”>

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  playground player: <Steamed Colleagues> Ignorance and superstition in my own hometown, which calls itself "the Brainy Borough" (LOL).

I don't know which is sillier--animal spirit guides, or the Climate Change boogie-man.

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  playground player: <Steamed Colleagues> In case you missed the Presbyterian Church USA's General Assembly last month, and the self-transformation of a historic Christian denomination into a parody of itself...

Note to <SugarDom>: Where are exorcists when we really need them? It's not hard to believe, in this case, that a whole church denomination has become a "demonimation."

Jul-25-14  SugarDom: Every true Christian is an exorcist. I'm too lazy to post the bible verse...
Jul-25-14  SugarDom: Presbyterian Church gone to hell...
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  playground player: <Steamed Colleagues> They may not be able to secure our country's borders (in fact, they don't want to), but one thing our swell government is ready, willing, and able to do is... crack down on school bake sales???

Tragic but true.

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  WannaBe: I am not religious, if I have to pick one as my 'favourite', it would be Lutheranism.

But sometimes I look at the current state of our (great) country, and look at the products of our higher education systems, I ask meself and more often then not, I go "HUH"????

This is for you and <OhioChessFan>

If you do blog about it, post a link, love to read what your ideas are!

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  optimal play: Does Balaam's donkey count as an animal spirit guide?
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  cormier: <<<<<<<<1 KGS 3:5, 7-12

The LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream at night.> God said, “Ask something of me and I will give it to you.”> Solomon answered:
“O LORD, my God, you have made me, your servant, king to succeed my father David;
but I am a mere youth, not knowing at all how to act.>
I serve you in the midst of the people whom you have chosen, a people so vast that it cannot be numbered or counted.>
Give your servant, therefore, an understanding heart
to judge your people and to distinguish right from wrong. For who is able to govern this vast people of yours?”>

The LORD was pleased that Solomon made this request.> So God said to him:
“Because you have asked for this—
not for a long life for yourself,
nor for riches,
nor for the life of your enemies,
but for understanding so that you may know what is right— I do as you requested.>

I give you a heart so wise and understanding
that there has never been anyone like you up to now, and after you there will come no one to equal you.”>

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  playground player: <WannaBe> You know, I think I will blog about that tomorrow. (Already put up one post today, and don't want to burn myself out.)

Of course, the first thing I thought of, upon encountering the stereotypical and absurdly false claim that atheists are smarter than Christians, was a scene from the movie <Expelled>, in which Ben Stine makes a total monkey out of self-described "bright" and world-famous atheist Richard Dawkins--with plenty of help from Dawkins.

After he saw the results onscreen, Dawkins went all crybaby and accused Stine of tricking him. Uh... How would it be possible for one of us poor dumb religious folks to trick ye brainy atheist?

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  OhioChessFan: My first thought is "whatever".
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  cormier: <<<<ROM 8:28-30>

Brothers and sisters:
We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.>

For those he foreknew he also predestined
to be conformed to the image of his Son,
so that he might be the firstborn
among many brothers and sisters.>

And those he predestined he also called;
and those he called he also justified;
and those he justified he also glorified.>

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  optimal play: <WannaBe> <Theo has an IQ of 100 and Aine has an IQ of 125. Which of the following statements would you expect to be true?

• Aine is an atheist, while Theo is a Christian.> ??? lol

I agree with <OhioChessFan> ... "whatever".

<<For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

For it is written:

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”

Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age?

Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?

For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.

Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.>

1 Corinthians 1:18-25 (NIV)>

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  cormier: <<<<<<<<<<<<Gospel> MT 13:44-52>

Jesus said to his disciples:
“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again,
and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.>
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant
searching for fine pearls.>

When he finds a pearl of great price,
he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.>
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind.>

When it is full they haul it ashore
and sit down to put what is good into buckets.>
What is bad they throw away.>

Thus it will be at the end of the age.>

The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.>

“Do you understand all these things?”
They answered, “Yes.”>

And he replied,
“Then every scribe who has been instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household
who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old.”>

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