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Note: this absurdly over-written (in both the literary and programming sense) chunk of text has seemingly won a Caissar for Best Profile. I shall try not to burst into tears and throw my shoes at Meryl Streep.

My favourite player is Tony Miles. He is greatly missed. My 1976 simul game with him (I was black) began 1.d4 e6 2.e4 d5 3.Nd2 b6 ... unfortunately, I've lost the score: but it was a draw after White's Queen was exchanged for 3 pieces.

Some other favourites? OK. Viktor Korchnoi, for all the obvious reasons. Tal, Botvinnik, Petrosian and Smyslov. From the later days of the Soviet school: Romanishin, Vaganian, Lputian, Psakhis and Ehlvest. From the British new wave: Short, Speelman, Williams. From the Russian-Irish wave: Baburin.

From the Irish wave ... those who have written about the French Defence (Heidenfeld, Moles, Harding, Collins, O'Connor, Coffey), and those who played it (J.J. Walsh, J. Ryan, P. Short, S. Jessel, R. Beatty, et al).

A distinct aroma of burning prevails*. Fire and brimstone, probably, or one of the charred and singed chess sets in my possession.

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A Czech haiku, by Jan 'Honza' Cervenka:

Chceš-li remízu,
musíš hráti na výhru,
cíle tak dojdeš.

* "Why, this is Hell, nor am I out of it."
- Christopher Marlowe

"Down these mean streets ..."
- Phillip Marlowe

"This, too, was one of the dark places ..."
- Marlow (Joseph Conrad)

I am deeply suspicious of 'social media'. I don't want my computer to think it knows my 'preferences', and I don't want my personal details passed from hand to invisible hand, or soul to poison soul. But I'm sufficiently open-minded -- or innocent -- to trust in the integrity of, and the good people who run it.

Note: some folk may be more familiar with the kind of bio/profile that goes "Muh name is Peregrine Ng and ah play Bullet at and ah come to CG for thuh crab sandwiches..." ... sort of thing.

This isn't one of those. In fact, it was never really *written* at all ... more like 'left behind' after repeated moves. The fragments that remain intact have withstood years of deletions. Quite like me, really.

"A medium amputates the organ it extends".
- Marshall McLuhan

"I go without saying".
- Me, or somebody like me.

<The Game and Playe of Cheffe ...>

"Chess is a sea in which a shark can persuade a seagull to eat its skin parasites..."

"Chess is the art of cartesian coordinates with obsessive compulsive disorder..."

"Chess is the science of naughty molecules."

"Chess is sport for the disembodied."

"It is what it is."

"Except when it isn't."

<'His calmness, his authority in all circumstances! In a chess game he would win everything, merely by his nerves.' 'But he was not playing chess,' Smiley objected drily.>

(John Le Carré)

I'll say it again, though I can't recall saying it before: < Empathy is essential to any kind of intelligence worth having.> Although I seem to have some kind of attention surplus disorder.

On planet Earth (where most chess games so far are believed to have been played - Science Officer Chamitoff vs NASA Ground Control, 2008 and Soyuz 9 Cosmonauts vs Ground Control, 1970 are among the exceptions):

1. Brian Eno:

"Another green world."

2. William Burroughs:

"I don't want love - I don't want forgiveness - all I want is *outta here* --"

<A Phormer Phrontistery ... Frogspawn ... 20,000 Lashes ... A Phrontistery ... Phrogspawn ... Philoxenia ... Antarctica Starts Here ... Epigamic Ephebes ... Waxwing's Wah-wah Rabbits ... Opposition & Sister Squares ... Cosy Moments will not be Muzzled ...>

A dictionary helps. As does Modern Chess Openings or Fundamental Chess Openings (by Van der Sterren -- good on transpositions). Encyclopedias, whether wiki, text-based or fictional, have their place. But for a good knight's sleep try a bed, futon, hammock or some of my writing. Avoid Gerry McCarthy

"Brutality is out of date."
- Aron Nimzowitsch

"Keep violence in the mind where it belongs."
- B.W. Aldiss

"Combinations and chemistry are your only men."
- Er, <me>?

<"I used to be somebody else, but I traded him in."> M. Antonioni

"Chess is a marvelous piece of Cartesianism, and so imaginative that it doesn't even look Cartesian." - Marcel Duchamp

[reconstruction always in progress, please excuse noise, no refunds, no discounts, no hawkers, no spitting]

So what am I doing here? Simple: I like to play *with* chess...

<Writing, unlike chess, is a victimless crime.>

"J'ai une maladie: je vois le langage."
- Roland Barthes

<More First Person Gibberish>:

Fischer-Dylan Syndrome: <"You can always come back, but you can't come back all the way">.

Favorite Opening: The French, naturellement. After 30-odd years, I think I'm starting to understand its benthic deeps. Well, I had it for a moment ... seems to be gone again.

Basta. Enough chess, it makes my head spin. Anyone who has lingered in my forum (Frogspawn, Philoxenia, 20,000 Lashes, Antarctica Starts Here, usw) knows that much of the conversation isn't about chess at all, or even lingerie. I'm interested in *stuff* -- arts and sciences, shoos and sheeps and ceiling wicks, kibitzers and King Kong vs Gojiro in Dronning Maud Land. I like to make connections. I like people who make connections.

Bad puns, bad languages, bad breathing, bad breeding, psychological insights, literary allusions, surrealist manifestos, or the sound of one hand stentorating. I'm not going to name any of the people who make CG so much fun. You know who you are, O my droogs and Zapkinder.

One last chess snippet. I have never, in my entire life, played either side of a Spanish/Ruy Lopez in a serious game. I'm a Spanish Virgin. There, you knew I was a pervert, didn't you?

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<From <Gravity's Rainbow> by Thomas Pynchon:

"Queen, Bishop and King are only splendid cripples, and pawns, even those that reach the final row, are condemned to creep in two dimensions, and no Tower will ever rise or descend -- no: flight has been given only to the Springer!">

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Whatever you find in books, leave it there.
- John Cale

Know anything about chess? It can be a virtual life work, and what is it to absorb all a man's thought and energy? - William Burroughs

I am not the only one who writes in order to have no face. - Michel Foucault Statistics Page

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A statistical analysis by Jeff Sonas (thanks to <BadKnight> for bringing it to my attention):

Game Collection: The Even More Flexible French

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Domdaniel: Maurice Kennefick died over the new year, 2018-2019. RIP. It was many years since I spoke to him. He gave up chess, I reckon, towards the end of the 80s, though even after that he was sometimes lured out for club games. I still regard this game, even after so many years, as the ...
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Domdaniel: <HMM> - Heh, well, yes. I also remembered that Chuck Berry had a hit with 'My Ding-a-ling' in the 1970s. I'm not sure which is saddest -- that the author of Johnny B. Goode and Memphis Tennessee and Teenage Wedding - among other short masterpieces - should sink to such ...
   Dec-30-18 T Gelashvili vs T Khmiadashvili, 2001 (replies)
Domdaniel: This is the game I mean: Bogoljubov vs Alekhine, 1922
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May-12-19  Boomie: ->

Klickitat, WA

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  mckmac: The Spencer Davis Group live in Finland 1967

Gimme Some Lovin':

This is not as dense as the released version, maybe not as good, but when that organ lifts - one of the great songs.

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<Tim> Syd the Kyd at his best indeed.

I can't help but weep whenever I see that video because Syd's not in it. He's already out of the band, embarking on a downward spiral that Roger Waters is convinced was the onset of schizophrenia.

Who will say a kind word for old Syd?

This is one of his best from those terrible years ahead:

"Won't you miss me? Wouldn't you miss me at all..."

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*The Puyallup Screamer*

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  mckmac: Pin Ups is one of my favorites. The choice of songs was faultless. An education really.

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<Matt> That's a great find and it is *actually* live, which is rare for such period performances.

<Little Stevie> is much, much better live.

Good heavens what a ridiculously attractive man as well...

Here is more live <Stevie> with his heart on his sleeve, as always back in the day.

"In the color, of the Lord..."

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*White hart lane*

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  mckmac: <Jess> That Blind Faith video is outstanding. Had no idea Winwood could sing like that or even attempt a song of that kind. What a performance.
May-12-19  Boomie: While we are waxing poetic about Bowie, a big shout out is due to Mick Ronson. I was impressed with his tendency to play within the song. He never shows off like most other ax men of his generation. His arrangements of Bowie songs is a major factor in their wonderfulness.

This is from Ronson's first album after leaving the Spiders. The piano is Mike Garson, who arguably played the finest R&R piano ever on Aladdin Sane.

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  mckmac: Aladdin Sane was one of the first records I owned. Didn't know what to make of the piano on 'Lady Grinning Soul', or the title track, but it surely was a new sound to two green ears. A Wiki quote:

<"I had told Bowie about the avant-garde thing. When I was recording the "Aladdin Sane" track for Bowie, it was just two chords, an A and a G chord, and the band was playing very simple English rock and roll. And Bowie said: 'play a solo on this.' I had just met him, so I played a blues solo, but then he said: 'No, that's not what I want.' And then I played a Latin solo. Again, Bowie said: 'No no, that's not what I want.' He then continued: 'You told me you play that avant-garde music. Play that stuff!' And I said: 'Are you sure? 'Cause you might not be working anymore!'. So I did the solo that everybody knows today, in one take. And to this day, I still receive emails about it. Every day. I always tell people that Bowie is the best producer I ever met, because he lets me do my thing.">

Garson was only recently interviewed on our excellent local public radio. It's well worth a listen.

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  mckmac: <Boomie> Can't believe just how "out there" Bowie really was in the early seventies. At the time we would get to see photos in fanzines of him all made-up and looking mysterious in his one-legged jumpsuit, but that wasn't live footage. Seeing that now, you can see the dude was absolutely freaking outrageous.
May-12-19  Boomie: ->

Aladdin Sane tells the story of Bowie's tour of the US. Each song represents a city. Bowie described it as "Ziggy goes to America". "Drive In Saturday" is my home town Seattle. No, I wasn't Buddy...heh. It's nostalgia squared as I enjoyed the drive in movies and took the munchkin Yaz to a couple of them.

I did go to a later "tall white duke" concert.

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  mckmac: We had him down here on the Serious Moonlight tour. That came after Station to Station. Not exactly the warmest of shows and I remember endless "thin white Duke" numbers. Guess the coke messed Bowie up a bit. I think he spoke about that in later life.
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  mckmac: <I took munchkin Yaz with me...> Yasser Seirawan?
May-13-19  Boomie: Yes. We all called Yasser "Yaz". He was every bit as charming then as he is now. That kind, well humored man you see commenting on chess is the real Yaz.

I think Bowie missed Ronson's polishing and accompaniment. However he still produced some great songs like "Young American" and "Ashes to Ashes".

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"Ashes to Ashes" is a masterpiece, and in my view deserves consideration to be perhaps his greatest work of art, among many.

Particularly the effect of the video production here:

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<Tim> why not link that vid with your recent "phone in" to Yaz on that show? Worth the price of admission to see Yaz's face light up when he recognizes your voice.

I tried to find the link at, but apparently I am useless at finding old Kibbutzes.

I even tried some out of the box search terms such as "Old Geller," but no go...

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Steve Winwood // Blind Faith - "Can't Find My Way Home"

May-13-19  Boomie: <jessicafischerqueen: "Ashes to Ashes" is a masterpiece>

Totally agree. Unique sound.

I'm happy. Hope you're happy, too.

Wonderful stuff.

May-13-19  Boomie: <jessicafischerqueen: why not link that vid with your recent "phone in" to Yaz...>

Sadly, I don't remember which tournament or round that happened. This is a bit typical of me. I tend to discount myself. If something momentous happens, chances are I will never mention it unless it's funny. Spent a night at Pete Seeger's house? I never mentioned it until many years later. Met Jesse Jackson? Same deal. Palled around with Yaz? No big deal. It's like I don't really exist in a way. Bizarre.

Anywho, I left a message about the phone in and probably used his nickname "Yaz". You might find it searching on that. I think I'm the only one here who uses it. Of course, seeing Yaz laugh is not a rare occurrence. He is the jolliest commentator in the blogosphere.

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  mckmac: Not very well known is how in '75 Bowie provided vital impetus to the career of one Luther Ronzoni Vandross.

The story goes that it was Carlos Alomar who invited Luther down when they were recording the title track of 'Young Americans'. Bowie overheard Luther improvising the chorus refrain ("Young American,Young American, She wants the Young American") in the corridor, and leapt on it - asking Luther to get on the mic straight away.

Luther was contacted for the remaining sessions. It is said that the song 'Fascination' was a development of a song of Luther's called 'Funky Music'.

When it came time to tour the 'Young Americans' album Bowie took Vandross along as a backing singer and also as his opening act. Opening for Bowie proved to be a challenging gig for Vandross. He was stepping out in front of all white crowds who had come to see Ziggy Stardust or the Diamond Dog, not some unknown overweight black soul singer from Brooklyn.

Vandross later recalled Bowie's encouraging words after a particularly difficult show, "Ignore those people, just go out there and work on your art"

May-13-19  Boomie: <Vandross later recalled Bowie's encouraging words after a particularly difficult show, "Ignore those people, just go out there and work on your art">

Reminds me of a story about Lawrence Fishburne when he was working on Othello. He was a bit depressed one day. Kenneth Branagh cheered him up by telling him "I'm just a gob from the docks of Dublin. I'm not supposed to be doing this either." Heh.

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  mckmac: Kenneth Branagh strikes me as someone who is concentrated on his craft, and his career is built on that. The range of roles he has had success with is impressive. He has also been the instigator behind a number of notable productions; 'Much Ado About Nothing' and 'Henry the Fifth' were also very popular.
May-14-19  Boomie: As a rule, the one who devotes more hours to a craft will master it. Some examples that come to mind are Yaz and Jimi Hendrix. They worked way more hours on their art than just about anyone else. Hard to imagine anyone playing the guitar more than Jimi. His friends said they almost never saw him without a guitar. In my bio I quote Newton "If I have made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention than to any other talent." Intelligence is over rated. Diligence breeds excellence.
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  mckmac: Carla Thomas, daughter of Rufus Thomas:

Looking for that sent me on to this one. Hard to beat:

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