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playground player
Member since Oct-01-06 · Last seen Apr-19-15
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. Full Member

   playground player has kibitzed 4655 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-19-15 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
playground player: <WannaBe> If Jason Kidd had played basketball for the Seton Hall Pirates; if Rudy Arias had pitched for the New York Mets, and Bob Veale for the Nippon Ham Fighters; if Roman Gabriel had played baseball instead of football, and played for the California Angels...
   Apr-18-15 playground player chessforum (replies)
playground player: <Jim Bartle> This is what happens in a fallen world inhabited by sinners. This is why we need a Savior. This is why there is no chance for us, no hope, apart from Jesus Christ. To the charge that Christians used to do things just as bad as what the Muslims are doing ...
   Apr-05-15 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
playground player: <Jessicafischerqueen> Better living through communism!
   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
   Mar-15-15 Botvinnik vs Portisch, 1968 (replies)
playground player: I always run out of men to sacrifice before I can get to a finish like that.
   Feb-21-15 J Dill vs Ravishen Singh, 2008 (replies)
playground player: The pun was virtually inevitable.
   Feb-18-15 WannaBe chessforum (replies)
playground player: <WannaBe> Esteemed colleague <JFQ> recommended I consult you. As you know, I'm a real chump when it comes to computer stuff. Nevertheless, I've been trying to learn how to cut and paste, so as to liven up my blog. Following her instructions, I learned how to ...
   Feb-17-15 hms123 chessforum (replies)
playground player: <Jessicafischerqueen> I didn't get where I am today without using your instructions to embed that video on my website. Honest! I used the very instructions you posted here to put Yosemite Sam on my blog page. Unfortunately, the same procedure did not work when I ...
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Apr-10-15  cormier:
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  playground player: <Jim Bartle> You still haven't explained how other religions get "dominated" when a Christian baker or florist declines to participate in someone else's sin, nor mentioned which religions in particular are thus injured.

I cited two articles from Breitbart in my post, having to do with two different tyranny surges from the "gay" movement. The other one did indeed suggest that all churches perform "gay marriages" or else get taxed out of existence.

If they did not specifically mention the government as the authority that would decide what kind of church doctrine was permitted--well, who but the government imposes taxes?

<Steamed Colleagues) The Loving Left has also tried to take over science fiction's Hugo Awards--and is now howling and wailing because conservative science fiction writers beat them at their own game.

Nothing is safe from these people. They simply will not leave you alone.

Apr-11-15  cormier: Gospel: " Go into all the world. Proclaim the Gospel "
Apr-11-15  cormier:
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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> For Narnia buffs only:

If you don't know C.S.Lewis' <The Chronicles of Narnia>--well, what are you waiting for?

I didn't discover them until I was over 50, and had been in the game long enough to have a lot of my bright paint knocked off. I wonder if that made me love them even more than I would have, if I'd found them earlier in life.

They would've been wasted on me at 21, though.

Apr-12-15  cormier:
Apr-12-15  cormier: Gospel: " Eight days later , Jesus comes "
Apr-13-15  cormier: Gospel: "No one, unless one is born of water and of the Spirit , can not enter the kingdom of God"
Apr-13-15  cormier:
Apr-14-15  cormier: Gospel : "No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man "
Apr-14-15  cormier:
Apr-15-15  cormier: Gospel: " God sent his Son into the world so that through him the world might be saved"
Apr-15-15  cormier:
Premium Chessgames Member
  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> Here is the compelling argument to vote for Hillary Clinton for President.

I can't help it if that's the best argument there is.

Sadly, it's probably enough.

Apr-16-15  cormier: Gospel: " The Father loves the Son and has given all things into his hand "
Apr-16-15  cormier:
Premium Chessgames Member
  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> Take the test they give to NFL draft picks, aka college graduates. I have a link to the whole test.

The college graduates drafted for the NFL had an average score of 40.

Apr-17-15  cormier: > Gospel: " He distributed to the guests as much as they wanted "
Apr-17-15  cormier:
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  playground player: <Steamed Colleagues> In these days of repeated calls for "investigation" and imprisonment of Climate Change/Global Warming Deniers, it's instructive to look back at what was the Settled Science of the 1920s.

Have you had your dose of radium today?

Apr-17-15  Jim Bartle: What is wrong with people? Fanaticism.

Apr-18-15  cormier: Gospel: " They saw Jesus walking on the sea"
Apr-18-15  cormier:
Premium Chessgames Member
  playground player: <Jim Bartle> This is what happens in a fallen world inhabited by sinners. This is why we need a Savior. This is why there is no chance for us, no hope, apart from Jesus Christ.

To the charge that Christians used to do things just as bad as what the Muslims are doing now, there is only one answer:

Christians need their Savior, too.

But at least it's been a few hundred years since Christians did anything this bad.

Apr-18-15  Jim Bartle: There's no excuse. I'm not comparing it to anything.
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