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playground player
Member since Oct-01-06 · Last seen Dec-09-16
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 5369 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-09-16 Big Pawn chessforum (replies)
 
playground player: I doubt I'm an adequate spokesman for Calvinism, but for the time being, I pose a question to my non-Calvinist brethren: Is there anything over which God is not sovereign? And if there is, then how can He be truly God? Let me admit up front that I don't understand the ...
 
   Dec-09-16 playground player chessforum (replies)
 
playground player: <optimal play> Well, I hardly know what to say to that! Ashrof is still the prester in Ninneburky, but Lord Orth has only just begun his journey. I was more amazed than anybody, when I saw where he was going. To God be the glory: I ask Him to give me the story He ...
 
   Dec-05-16 D Fridman vs H Odeev, 1996 (replies)
 
playground player: Gee, for once the bleeding obvious was right.
 
   Dec-03-16 OhioChessFan chessforum (replies)
 
playground player: I've been to Perth Amboy. It's terrible. Used to be nice, though. But that's what a few decades of Democrat government will do to your city.
 
   Dec-01-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
 
playground player: Zap! Pow!
 
   Nov-24-16 W Fried vs Schlechter, 1897 (replies)
 
playground player: What a hideous defeat for White! Definitely in the "I wake up screaming" category.
 
   Nov-15-16 de Riviere vs H Baucher, 1859 (replies)
 
playground player: They say enlightenment comes when one is at sword's point. Well, if it ain't gonna come then, it ain't gonna come at all.
 
   Nov-06-16 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
 
playground player: <jessicafischerqueen> I've just sent you a private email to ask you about something you've said in my chess forum. I thought you'd rather I kept it just between us. If you want to answer, fine; if not, that's fine, too. As my Aunt Joan used to say, See you in the ...
 
   Nov-04-16 M Ragger vs S Maze, 2016 (replies)
 
playground player: I'm surprised the pun wasn't "Solving the Maze."
 
   Oct-26-16 optimal play chessforum (replies)
 
playground player: <diceman> That's one of the few things we don't disagree on.
 
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Dec-05-16
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  diceman: <playground player:

Looks like flag-burning has become an official sacrament of the secular humanist utopian pseudoreligion, along with abortion and sodomy.>

I hope they aren't using, for profit, fossil fuel accelerants.

Saving the planet is their #2. issue.
(right after #1. Tolerance)

Dec-05-16
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  cormier: Gospel: "We have seen extraordinary things today! "
Dec-05-16
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  cormier: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings...
Dec-06-16
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  jessicafischerqueen:

<Ohio> Oh what sorry times we live in when schools can suspend Santa.

One wonders- how long was he suspended? A week?

My school didn't get where it is today by suspending Santa.

Of course, my school is gone now. Seriously. I was showing a student the house I grew up in on GOOGLE EARTH, and I panned down the block to show him my old school. Imagine my surprise to see it was gone!

It has been replaced by what appears to be either a strip mall or a military base.

Dec-06-16
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  jessicafischerqueen:

Er.. newsflash "Santa" isn't religious imagery.

"Santa" is not a Catholic Saint- well ok he is, but he's not presented as such in Christmas lore. He actually derives as much from Northern European folklore as he does from Catholic history.

QUESTION: Is Oregon stupid, or just the school boards?

Choose your answer carefully- because if it's just the school boards, then why are parents putting up with this? Why isn't there an outraged response to this Stalinism?

Those who do not respond to such outrages will deserve the world they fashion- and they will wake up one day to realize they have inherited a rich culture and rendered it a desert.

Dec-06-16
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  jessicafischerqueen:

Hmm I've actually read the article now, and <Lee's> fine article on the article, which you can read here: https://leeduigon.com/2016/12/03/th...

So there was push back and outraged parents. Thank goodness for that.

But for how long...

The "pushback" against this insidious idiocy has to remain strong or we really will end up in a de facto Stalinist state.

<Lee> Animated snowfall on your website! That's grand. How long until someone reports you to a tribunal and your web page gets yanked, I wonder?

Dec-06-16
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  jessicafischerqueen:

Here is some rare home video footage from <Ohio Chess Fan's> house brahs:

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Nk...

Dec-06-16
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  cormier: Gospel: "God does not want that one of these little ones to be lost"
Dec-06-16
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  cormier: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings...
Dec-06-16
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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> The Hillsboro, Oregon, school officials won't like it, but here's some rousing Christmas music from way back.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rov...

Overcome evil with good--and a big stick, if you have one.

Dec-07-16
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  cormier: Gospel: "Come unto me, all ye that labor"
Dec-07-16
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  cormier: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings...
Dec-07-16
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  playground player: <jessicafischerqueen> I really like the animated snowfall that Wordpress provides without me asking for it.

There's no doubt in my mind that, if I lived and blogged in Canada, sooner or later some "human rights" tribunal would come after me. Hey, if Trudeau Jr. gets his way, people who write the kind of stuff I write could actually be thrown in jail. I also don't doubt for a minute that, here in America, Democrats would just absolutely **love** to be able to do that!

Dec-07-16
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  jessicafischerqueen:

<Lee> Yep this has gone beyond the absurd and is approaching Stalinism at light speed, it seems.

What's next? Wreaths, egg nog, Yule logs, Turkey, Christmas stockings, tinsel, star shaped ornaments, holly, and the colors red and green will all be banned on pain of a Tribunal in which you will lose your job, your business, or, in the final incarnation, jailed. Or worse. Seriously, have they not ever opened an *actual* history book- such as a book about <Stalin>, as opposed to a book about <Transgender Heroes of the Russian Revolution>.

This is why Trump won the election- the push back against this woefully wrongheaded, culturally suicidal idiocy put him over the top on election day.

All the liberals had to do in order to win was stop talking like insane people for a few months.

But noooo....

Dec-08-16
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  playground player: <jessicafischerqueen> As they press on toward Stalinism, they still don't neglect their libido for sheer inanity. For instance:

http://leeduigon.com/2016/12/07/the...

As you can see by this ban on smoking in a graveyard, there is a darker side to what looks like just plain foolishness.

Plutarch tells us that a king of Sparta once ordered all the men in Sparta to shave off their beards. Asked when he issued such a seemingly pointless command, he explained: he wished to train his people into a habit of obedience.

That guy was a left-winger before it was formally invented.

Dec-08-16
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  diceman: <jessicafischerqueen:

All the liberals had to do in order to win was stop talking like insane people for a few months.>

Honesty?
Humility?
Too much of a mountain to climb!

Dec-08-16
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  diceman: <playground player:

As you can see by this ban on smoking in a graveyard, there is a darker side to what looks like just plain foolishness.>

The inner-city.
A pathway to graveyard "equality."

Dec-08-16
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  cormier: Gospel: "I greet you, Grace-in-grace, the Lord is with you"

And coming to her, he said,
“Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”

Dec-08-16
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  cormier: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings...
Dec-08-16
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  jessicafischerqueen:

<Lee> One of your best articles in recent memory, thank you.

Jinx! I was just watching a movie on Korean TV the other day and I thought something was wrong with the TV image- until I realized that they were "blurring out" the images of people smoking. They just blur out the actual cigarette or cigar, so it's hard to notice at first. Apparently it's some new law. The movie was absolutely filled with gratuitous violence and sex, which is not at all blurred out.

That makes sense. If you're an insane person.

I'm also reminded of the Simpson's episode where Homer is lighting up a cigar in the Motor Vehicle Office and Patty, the clerk, hisses at him

<"You're worse than Hitler!">

So at least The Simpsons writers aren't insane. Yet.

Dec-09-16
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  optimal play: Hello Lee,

I've finished "The Last Banquet" and found this fourth instalment to be a most enjoyable read, just as I did the first three! Having now read the first four books, it seems that the first book is self-contained, whereas books two to four make up a three-part series. You continue to come up with fascinating new characters and the further development of your existing characters from the previous books is ingenious.

The obsession of Lord Reesh with the past Empire is an intriguing sub-theme throughout the series.

'“But to be free, we must have power. Power to feed ourselves, regardless of the vagaries of rain and drought and frost. Power to go where we wish to go, when we please, regardless of how far away the destination, regardless of the weather. Power to channel human labor, and direct it. The men of the Empire had such power. So must we.”'

I wonder to what extent the old Empire, and it's demise, is a commentary on our own society?

Orth is an interesting counter-point.

"Folly, Orth thought. You collect bits of rubbish from the ruins of the Empire and treat it like fine jewels, and you delude yourself. If the men of that age were so great, why is there nothing left of their greatness but useless pieces of trash? Why did they perish? You say they flew through the air, and sailed the seas, and spoke to one another over great distances as if they sat across a table from each other—but did any of that save them? Where are they now, First Prester? Why should we try to emulate a civilization that has utterly died out?"

Orth develops into a compelling character. He is pathetic and cowardly, yet retains a residue of conscience, which only emerges when driven by his fear of "the dark angel" with the slaughter weapon. His reaction to the human sacrifice, in contrast to the cynicism of Lord Reesh, is particularly stark.

Your treatment of the various animals thoughout the series is particularly heart-warming. Cavall is so reliable and the addition of Angel was a nice touch for Helki who preferred "the company of hawk and hound", and not forgetting Ham and Dulayl.

Wytt's importance in this book, as in the first three, cannot be overstated. The little hairy fellow becomes more captivating with each book.

'Wytt leaped out of her arms and chattered loudly. He snatched up his little sharp stick and brandished it over his head and started prancing all around. “It’s a war dance — he’s doing a war dance!” Jack said. “He’s all excited, but he isn’t saying why. He’s all keyed up.”'

'He made a squeaking noise that was Omah-laughter.'

You really do bring him to life with your remarkable writing.

The finale of this book, as with all of them, is very dramatic! Of course I won't give anything away, but Chillith's last stand before the Thunder King, "You are delivered into judgment!" was spine-chilling!

I don't have space to talk about the rest of the characters, Jack & Ellayne, Ryons, Obst, the various Heathen chieftains, Jandra, Helki of course, and now Gurun, they're all captivating.

The final chapter as a summary to tie up loose ends was a good idea, but I was a little surprised you omitted any descripion of the reunion between Ellayne and her father. With the reintroduction of Roshay Bault into the story, it looked as though the reader was being setup for a father-daugher reunion. Should we just assume it happened exactly as Ellayne imagined it?

“My mother will cry when I come home. She always does,” Ellayne said. “My father will be furious, but not for long. If my brothers are there, too, they’ll pretend they never noticed I was gone. I might even get a good hiding for running away. And then I’ll tell them why I ran away and what we’ve done!” She couldn’t imagine what they’d say. What do you say when your child turns out to be a hero, a servant of God, like a hero of the Scripture? She could hardly wait to see how they would try to handle it.

Also what happened to Ashrof? The last I recall he had been made acting prester of Ninneburky by Roshay Bault. Along with the rest of Ninneburky, he had survived the Heathen attack due to a fortuitous downfall of snow and freezing rain. Where did he end up?

And also Trapper Tim? I know he was one of the new characters introduced in book four, but he also didn't get a mention in the final wrap up. Did Gurun ever try to get back home to Fogo Island, or is she satisfied being Queen?

Don't take these queries as criticisms, it's just that I was so engrossed by the characters and their individual stories that I couldn't help but be left with these questions.

Anyway Lee, you're a genius, and this fourth book is another triumph! I'm certain that one day they'll make your Bell Mountain books into a series of movies. They have to, they're utterly delightful and would undoubtedly be a huge success!

Congratulations once again!

Dec-09-16
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  playground player: <optimal play> Well, I hardly know what to say to that!

Ashrof is still the prester in Ninneburky, but Lord Orth has only just begun his journey. I was more amazed than anybody, when I saw where he was going.

To God be the glory: I ask Him to give me the story He wants me to write, He gives it, and I write it.

Do you mind if I transfer your comments to my blog? I need all the help I can get!

You have made my day, my friend--gotta get <Mrs. PGP> to read this.

Dec-09-16
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  cormier: Gospel: They do not listen to John or the Son of man.
Dec-09-16
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  cormier: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings...
Dec-09-16
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  optimal play: <playground player> I don't mind at all if you want to transfer my comments to your blog.

I'll get around to posting a review on Amazon (both US & Australia) in the next day or so.

<To God be the glory>

Amen!

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