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playground player
Member since Oct-01-06 · Last seen May-25-15
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 4702 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-25-15 playground player chessforum
playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> From Science we now turn to Pseudo-Science (as hard as it may be to tell the difference, anymore)... Did you know that if you stare at the sun for 44 minutes a day, you won't need food anymore? Can I wake
   May-22-15 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
playground player: <WannaBe> They want to ban shifts? Well, I knew baseball was headed down the drain when they started naming ballparks after corporations who paid for the privilege.
   May-21-15 Keene vs D B Pennycuick, 1964 (replies)
playground player: <ray keene> Lestrade managed to drop the ball? Too bad. But I can't wait to see the movie! Please keep us posted.
   May-17-15 Sutovsky vs R Bates, 2013 (replies)
playground player: Best pun ever? Certainly the running for it.
   May-15-15 YouRang chessforum (replies)
playground player: Jeb Bush--the quintessence of what's wrong with the Republican Party. I've worked very hard in politics, but I'm beginning to think I've wasted my time and effort.
   May-01-15 K Spraggett vs M Campbell, 1974 (replies)
playground player: <Mrs. PGP> got this one right away. She doesn't much like to play chess, but has come to enjoy these puzzles. She's a lot better at puzzles than OTB--I think because she so quickly runs out of patience when she plays. I wonder how many chess buffs are good with ...
   Apr-21-15 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
playground player: <Jessicafischerqueen> I didn't get where I am today without treating you to one of the very worse moments, ever, in the history of American public speaking, courtesy of Hillary Clinton: You know, if this had been anyone else, ...
   Apr-02-15 optimal play chessforum (replies)
playground player: <optimal play> Quoting the Old Testament to get into the New--I like it. Happy Easter to you, too, kimosabe.
   Apr-02-15 Mieses vs J V Ohquist, 1895 (replies)
playground player: "Fie, fie upon a conquered king!"--Henry II
   Mar-26-15 technical draw chessforum (replies)
playground player: <Jim Bartle> I don't think it's right for us to have this argument on <TD's> forum. And what's the point? I don't watch TV, I don't have it in my home, and for years I've considered O'Reilly a phony, and I pay no attention to him. Now the knives are out for Ted
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May-19-15  cormier:
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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> Ask me how much I like "progress."

May-19-15  Jim Bartle: Hated to read that.
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  playground player: <Jim Bartle> My town, my county, and my state are grand masters when it comes to tearing down landmarks and paving over greenery. I'm always getting lost because the familiar scenery is all gone. And those responsible for it really shine at paying lip service to The Environment and Sustainability, when all the time they'd root up their mothers' graves if it put an extra nickel in their pockets.

Thanks for your sympathy. I needed it.

May-19-15  Jim Bartle: That is just not right.

There is a town called San Marcos east of the Cordillera Blanca mountain range, where I live and work most of the time. A beautiful little town, harmonious, with streets made of stone bricks, a lovely central plaza.

This huge mine called Antamina was opening to the east, above the town, and promised to bring in a lot of money. It's run responsibly and tries to do the right thing.

I was hired to do a tourism analysis and plan by the mining company in 2004. One of my recommendations was to take steps to keep San Marcos the same, or at least maintain the same general style.

I went back last year, and what a terrible change. Modern city-style buildings everywhere, the plaza overwhelmed, truck traffic everywhere, the little restaurant where everybody knew everybody and the news was spread around--gone.

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  playground player: *sigh* Sounds just like New Jersey.
May-19-15  Jim Bartle: Here's a more positive story.

The city of Cusco was the capital of the Inca Empire and is filled with Inca constructions in excellent state. It's a huge tourist center with seemingly thousands of businesses devoted to tourism.

Probably 40-50 years city leaders recognized what made the city special and attractive. They instituted some rules still in force today: --No modifications of Inca constructions.
--No signs on Inca stonework.
--No signs sticking out, only flat against the wall.
--No lighted signs.

It's made all the difference. Despite tremendous growth the city looks much the same as decades ago.

Recently the traditional, iconic Cafe Ayllu, which had been located beside the cathedral for at least 40 years, was forced to move when the landlord got a better offer.

It was replaced by a Kentucky Fried Chicken! Inside it looked much like any KFC, with the garish lighting and plastic tables. But outside, even KFC couldn't break the rules. So there are just Inca stones and a small unlit sign saying 'Kentucky Fried Chicken.'

May-19-15  Jim Bartle: Here's a photo. That`s a KFC on the right.

May-20-15  cormier: Gospel: " May they be one as ourselves "
May-20-15  cormier:
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  playground player: <Jim Bartle> Of course Cuzco without the Inca wouldn't be much of anything; but it's surprising to find civic leaders who have even enough sense to realize that. The Cuzco KFC looks just fine on the outside. Then again, if Cuzco was in New Jersey, God only knows what it'd look like now.

Looking back on my life, I think the only things that are better now than they were when I started are dentistry and chess notation.

May-21-15  cormier: Gospel: " That they become perfectly one"
May-21-15  cormier:
May-22-15  cormier: Gospel: " Be the shepherd of my sheep . Be the shepherd of my sheep "
May-22-15  cormier:
May-23-15  cormier: Gospel: " This is the disciple who has written these things ; his testimony is true "
May-23-15  cormier:
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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> Once again, "scientists" are caught lying to advance their favorite political agenda--this time, same-sex pseudomarriage.

"But it's okay to lie and falsify data if it's for a good cause..."

The epitaph of our modern age.

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  OhioChessFan: It is amazing that such stuff <works> I've spent 16 years online in various forums and the insistent appeal that "Someone close to you, probably in your family, is gay." is really puzzling. As you said a while back, something to the effect that "so long as a family member engages in a sexual sin, it's okay" doesn't strike me as a real strong intellectual basis to overturn all of recorded history's verdict on the matter. My minister mentioned to me a year ago that the alleged studies would come flying out about how well the adopted children of such unions are doing. I'm sure he's correct.

Rather shocking what just happened in Ireland, apparently the Agenda is successful, so far as that goes. I realize temporal political victories are fairly unimportant in the big picture, but still depressing.

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  playground player: <OhioChessFan> Well, why shouldn't that stuff work? In our culture, we're brought up to believe that Science is always true. So when "scientists" tell us "gay marriage is good for us," or "we're all gonna die from Global Warming unless fantastic new powers are given to corrupt and evil politicians," most people are inclined to believe it. Because Science says so.

As for the "scientific studies" of children adopted by pairs of homosexuals or lesbians: the way that goes, "See? It's been six weeks already, and the kid hasn't turned into an axe murderer!"

Lies, lies, and more lies.

May-24-15  cormier: Gospel: " The Spirit of truth will guide you into all truth "
May-24-15  cormier:
May-25-15  cormier: Gospel: " Go, sell what you have . Then come, follow me "
May-25-15  cormier:
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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> From Science we now turn to Pseudo-Science (as hard as it may be to tell the difference, anymore)... Did you know that if you stare at the sun for 44 minutes a day, you won't need food anymore?

Can I wake up now please?

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