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playground player
Member since Oct-01-06 · Last seen May-28-17
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, http://leeduigon.com/

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 amazon.com.

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   playground player has kibitzed 5579 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-27-17 playground player chessforum (replies)
 
playground player: <optimal play> Thanks! I will surely watch that movie if I can find it available.
 
   May-26-17 optimal play chessforum (replies)
 
playground player: <optimal play> Way to go, Margaret Court! Welcome to the increasingly large club of Christians hated for remaining faithful to the truth. Blessed are those who are persecuted for Jesus' sake. <OP>, you'll have to cut me some slack for speaking American English.
 
   Apr-30-17 Alekhine vs NN, 1911 (replies)
 
playground player: This pun is in poor taste.
 
   Apr-29-17 Alekhine vs Nimzowitsch, 1930 (replies)
 
playground player: Big shootout shaping up, and Black is outgunned. If both rooks and the queen aren't a battery, I don't know what is.
 
   Mar-31-17 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
 
playground player: <jessicafischerqueen> Here are the gumboots that you ordered, madam.
 
   Mar-30-17 WannaBe chessforum (replies)
 
playground player: <WannaBe> I've been racking my brain for a week over a new computer problem. Once again, I turn to your wisdom. Somehow my blog got accidentally disconnected from Facebook, resulting in a cessation of referrals from FB. I reconnected, and in two more days, referrals ...
 
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May-20-17
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  cormier: Gospel
"You do not belong to the world, since I have chosen you by taking you out of the world"
May-20-17
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May-21-17
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  cormier: Gospel
"I, will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate"
May-21-17
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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> For your edification and enjoyment, the Japanese giant salamander:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-I...

May-21-17
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May-22-17
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"The Spirit of truth will testify in my favor"
May-22-17
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May-22-17
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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> I happened to visit the ACLU home page today, where there is an exhortation to "become a freedom fighter" and "Take a stand for what you believe in." Provided, of course, that you don't believe in banning abortion or securing America's borders.

Perhaps they should rephrase it: "*You* take a stand for what *we* believe in."

May-23-17
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  diceman: <playground player:

Perhaps they should rephrase it: "*You* take a stand for what *we* believe in.">

Reminds me of those “Make A Difference” days.
Only liberals get to decide what “making a difference” is.

Can I save my old shoes for a homeless man?
“Yes, you are a wonderful human being!”

Can I start a business, and hire a homeless man?

“Greed and capitalism are evil!”

(except for us, of course)

May-23-17
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  cormier: Gospel
"If I do not go, the Defender will not come to you"

But I tell you the truth, it is better for you that I go. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you.

May-23-17
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May-24-17
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But when he comes, the Spirit of truth,
he will guide you to all truth.

May-24-17
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May-25-17
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All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
May-25-17
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May-25-17
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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> What to do?

I found in my spam bucket a nice friendly comment from someone with an Arabic name, with some of the lettering in Arabic. And I have not removed it from my spam bucket. In light of current events, I feel at a loss for a decision.

As I write this, I grow more and more inclined to take his message out of spam so it can be posted on my blog.

If you don't understand why I hesitate to do this--well, then, you don't have much understanding.

May-26-17
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  optimal play: <If you don't understand why I hesitate>

I think we all understand why you hesitate.

<Manchester terror attack>

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/0/m...

There's your Islam!

May-26-17
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"Your joy, no one will take it away"
May-26-17
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May-27-17
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  optimal play: Lee, I watched "3 Acts of Murder" about the murder cases inspired by Arthur Upfield's research into his novel, 'The Sands of Windee'.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1331332...

It's a very good production with excellent acting performances, and held my interest all the way through.

The film gives great insight into the character of Arthur Upfield, his relationship with his wife and son, how the War affected him, and especially the trial to which he gave evidence.

It seems Upfield was reluctant to believe his friend Snowy Rowles had committed three murders and even expressed an opposition to capital punishment, which is an interesting insight into his later novel, Mr. Jelly's Business.

Well worth viewing.

May-27-17
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"The Father himself love's you, because you have loved me and that you have believed"
May-27-17
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May-27-17
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  playground player: <optimal play> Thanks! I will surely watch that movie if I can find it available.
May-28-17
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"Father, glorify your Son"
May-28-17
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