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playground player
Member since Oct-01-06 · Last seen Dec-21-14
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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   Dec-21-14 playground player chessforum
playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> In honor of the Christmas season, I lay down my sword: I will try not to do any culture war for the remainder of the year. Instead, a Christmas present to my readers (silver and gold have I none; but such as I have, give I thee): ...
   Dec-19-14 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
playground player: <PhonyBenoni> So how are you celebrating Al Kaline's birthday, which is today? You don't get involved in Drungo Hazewood's birthday, do you? (Guy with one of the coolest names in baseball history; too bad he couldn't hit.)
   Dec-16-14 Sahlmann vs K Junge, 1941 (replies)
playground player: There is something a touch bizarre about a chess tournament calmly being played nine days after Pearl Harbor, in a country whose dictator had invaded Russia and just recently declared war on the United States.
   Dec-14-14 M L Nicholson vs E Saglione, 2008 (replies)
playground player: <Five Easy Pieces>--one of the world's great slapstick tragedies. Almost as inane as <The Jewel in the Crown>.
   Nov-29-14 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
playground player: Oh, yeah? What about Whatsisname?
   Nov-27-14 Big Pawn chessforum (replies)
playground player: Secularism should never be let out of the faculty lounge.
   Nov-15-14 optimal play chessforum (replies)
playground player: <optimal play> This is not going to be easy for me to say. I've been very hard on you for being condescending and superior. Imagine my chagrin at finding the same fault in myself. Yesterday I was conversing with a friend about the efforts of certain Christian women ...
   Nov-15-14 hms123 chessforum (replies)
playground player: <hms123> In your connoisseurship (?) of young people's literature, I hope you haven't overlooked the <Freddy the Pig> series by Walter R. Brooks. For a brief review of one of them, Brooks wrote dozens of these, over almost
   Nov-14-14 Morphy vs A Bottin, 1858 (replies)
playground player: Funny how Morphy's reputation seems to suffer because he beat everybody else who was around at the time. What more could he have done? And maybe some of these guys looked bad because they were playing against Morphy. Certainly Bird didn't look so bad against Steinitz. I ...
   Nov-01-14 M Cebalo vs Vasiukov, 2014 (replies)
playground player: <Phony Benoni> Then there are the times when you experience all of those emotions--right up to the point where you triumphally make the move and your opponent looks at it quizzically, like Godzilla preparing to crush a pagoda... and then makes his own move that you ...
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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> For a fun movie review (<Red River>, starring John Wayne: 1948):

Man, some of those old movies sure had substance to them! Amazing what you can do, when you don't base your films on comic books or video games.

Dec-15-14  cormier: Gospel: " The baptism of John, from where was it?
Dec-15-14  cormier:
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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> Wacked-out news story of the day: Can a convicted Mafia hit man find peace and happiness as the owner of a pizzaria, paid for and presented to him by the American public under the witness protection program?

Short answer: uh, no.

Dec-16-14  cormier: Gospel: " John came : the publicans and the harlots believed his word "
Dec-16-14  cormier:
Dec-17-14  cormier: Gospel: " Jesus, son of David, son of Abraham"
Dec-17-14  cormier:
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  playground player: So, I tried to deliver a little Christmas tree to my bed-ridden aunt today, and the incredible New Jersey traffic forced me onto the wrong road and I would up driving all over the freakin' county, passing through places I never heard of, on highways that I never knew existed... but after a lot of screaming and some heartfelt prayer, I finally made it.

New Jersey driving: Do you feel lucky today?

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  OhioChessFan: Well, you have found a fawning fan of your books. I tried to put myself in your shoes when reading that review and I think "makes me blush" would be about right.
Dec-18-14  cormier: Gospel: Jesus, conceived in Mary, wife of Joseph , son of David.
Dec-18-14  cormier:
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  playground player: <OCF> "Fawning fan"--isn't that a bit harsh? Should I be embarrassed because a character that I created meant something to a reader? For the most part, I've gotten very positive reader responses to these books. Even from a couple of people on this site. But this was the first time anybody wrote about one character in particular. Shouldn't that please me?
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  OhioChessFan: Is something harsh about "fawning fan"? Of course you should be pleased.
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  playground player: <OCF> Sorry--misread your tone.
Dec-19-14  cormier: Gospel: Announcement of the birth of John the Baptist.
Dec-19-14  cormier:
Dec-20-14  cormier: Gospel: " Behold, you will conceive and bear a son"
Dec-20-14  cormier:
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  playground player: The new atheist TV channel is devoting its Dec. 24-25 programming to "the truth about Christmas."

Yeah, we know what they're going to say. Ain't no Christmas, it never happened, ain't no Jesus, ain't no God, ain't no forgiveness of sins 'cause the only sin is not supporting the growth of the State...

Could anything be more pathetic?

I noticed they've rounded up some "Bible scholars" for this event, to proclaim the Bible isn't true.

But that's what "Bible scholars" always do, isn't it?

Dec-21-14  cormier: 1st Reading: The kingship of David will always be irh(in front of) the Lord
Dec-21-14  cormier: 2nd reading : The mystery that has always been kept in silence is now shown(manifest)
Dec-21-14  cormier:
Dec-21-14  cormier: Gospel: " Behold, you will conceive and bear a son"
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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> In honor of the Christmas season, I lay down my sword: I will try not to do any culture war for the remainder of the year.

Instead, a Christmas present to my readers (silver and gold have I none; but such as I have, give I thee):

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