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"There Would be No Game"


As he got to know him, Joseph and Mary regarded Doc with something akin to love---for love feeds on the unknown and unknowable. Doc's honesty was exotic to Joseph and Mary. He found it strange. It attracted him in spite of the fact that he could not understand it. He felt that there was something he had missed, though he could not figure what it was.

One day, sitting in Western Biological, Joseph and Mary saw a chessboard and, finding that it was a game and being good at games, he asked Doc to teach him. J and M easily absorbed the characters and qualities of castles and bishops and knights and royalty and pawns. During the first game Doc was called to the phone, and when he returned he said, "You have moved a pawn of mine and your queen and knight."

"How'd you know?" the Patron asked.

"I know the game," said Doc. "Look,, Joseph and Mary, chess is possibly the only game in the world in which it is impossible to cheat."

Joseph and Mary inspected this statement with amazement. "Why not?" he demanded.

"If it were possible to cheat there would be no game," said Doc.

J and M carried this with him. It bothered him at night. He looked at it from all angles. And he went back to ask more questions about it. He was charmed with the idea, but he couldn't understand it.

Doc explained patiently, "Both players know exactly the same thing. The game is played in the mind."

"I don't get it."

"Well, look! You can't cheat in mathematics or poetry or music because they're based on truth. Untruth or cheating is just foreign, it has no place. You can't cheat in arithmetic."

Joseph and Mary shook his head. "I don't get it," he said.

It was a shocking conception and he was drawn to it because, in a way, its outrageousness seemed to him like a new strange way of cheating. In the back of his mind an idea stirred. Suppose you took honesty and made a new racket of it---it might be the toughest of all to break. It was so new to him that his mind recoiled from it, but still it wouldn't let him alone. His eyes narrowed. "Maybe he's worked out a system," he said to himself.

John Steinbeck, "Sweet Thursday"


Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.

All men can see these tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved.

general Sun Tze: "The Art of War"

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   Gypsy has kibitzed 10161 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-30-20 Gypsy chessforum (replies)
Gypsy: Developments in Tx, Az, Fl
   Jun-17-20 Bogoljubov vs Duras, 1914
Gypsy: <35.Bd2 f4 36.b4 Bd6 ....> would apparently been about even
   May-03-20 Magnus Carlsen Invitational (2020) (replies)
Gypsy: <I would prefer Trent and Gustafsson were gone. Svidler is a good commentator, but many of these other guys are simply clowns.> The problem with that idea is that somebody like Swidler needs those other guys around so that he has a pretty competent in-place response. Its like a ...
   Feb-20-20 Prague Chess Festival (Masters) (2020) (replies)
Gypsy: < LameJokes: ... One of these days, I gonna crack a good one though. > For whatever it is worth, I, for one, really appreciate you trying!
   Feb-15-20 Navara vs D Anton Guijarro, 2020
Gypsy: <33.h4? ...> is too optimistic. <37.Qe3? ...> is the losing tactical error.
   Feb-04-20 Tata Steel Masters (2020) (replies)
Gypsy: <... Do we agree that Russian x is pronounced like ch in Bach, more or less? ...> Correct.
   Jan-26-20 W So vs Carlsen, 2020 (replies)
Gypsy: <We voted for this game to be shown instead of Artemiev-Caruana (Tata Steel Masters (2020), so don't blame <CG>> Back in the days -- some 15+ years ago -- <CG> made an informal experiment (carried an experiment and a debate, really) how to chose the game of the day: ...
   Jan-22-20 Caruana vs A Firouzja, 2020 (replies)
Gypsy: <Except for the small detail that it might be truly unsound after 19...gxf4; 20.Bxf4,Qf6.> It is the retake, 20.Bxf4??, that is unsound in this lane. (Presumably, White sees that?)
   Jan-20-20 Caruana vs Anand, 2020 (replies)
Gypsy: <An Englishman: Good Evening: Sorry for the (recurring) chess blindness, but not 49...Kxf7?> No particular reason, I think: <49...Kxf7> draws as well as the game move. Black advantage is gone by this time. Perhaps chagrined Black was still trying for a win and chose the ...
   Jan-18-20 A Firouzja vs J Xiong, 2020 (replies)
Gypsy: There is a quality and energy in this "kid"!
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  Gypsy: <notyetagm> Makes me shiver just to read about this. It may sound corny, but you showed great spirit just to survive it all. Going forth, I wish for you all intellectual pleasure of chess. And the sporting success OTB, of course! (Will root for you as you climb the ladder of chess titles.)
Sep-13-16  notyetagm: Thanks.


Sep-13-16  notyetagm: If you search for my kibitzes in the time frame April-June 2013, you will find that almost none exist.

Now you know why.

Sep-13-16  User not found: Wow! That's crazy. Glad you're okay now notyetagm, that sounds awful. When it's our time to go its our time to go, sounds like you beat the odds, I'm glad you pulled through :)
Sep-13-16  notyetagm: <User not found:>



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  Tiggler: Hello Gypsy, I hope this finds you well. I wanted to direct your attention to a new discussion on ratings distributions, Wiener, Ornstein-Uhlenbeck, and a new wrinkle that I am pleased to have found: Martingales!

If interested, please go here AylerKupp chessforum . I'm sure <AylerKupp> will be hospitable if you should join in, and I shall be delighted.

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  Gypsy: <Tiggler> Thx. Will join in, as time permits.
Jun-09-17  Octavia: I like the words Gypsy and Zigeuner, much better than the new Roma!

Did you know that the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture was opened in Berlin yesterday? Good news

Delaney Le Bas refers to herself as Gypsy.

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  Tiggler: Hi there <Gypsy>. Enjoyed your brief comment here:Altibox Norway (2018)

I see your forum, like mine, is not full of crap, or much of anything for long periods.

Your last message to me of Nov-20-16 tells the tale. Whenever you next happen to check your forum, come say hello at my page, and perhaps I'll talk you into a chat about our complementary (yes, with an two ees, not an i, though that would also apply) ideas.

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  Penguincw: Happy New Year <Gypsy>.
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  Gypsy: <Penguincw> Happy New Year guys!

(Have been a great fun to spend time here with you all!)

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  Penguincw: Happy Holidays to you, dancing rook.
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  Gypsy: In case people are interested in an unbiased analysis of the Covid19 epidemics in various Regions, Countries, and States.

(My wife has been self-medicating by these computations, I think)

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  WannaBe: Man, those countries, which does not "Flatten" but yet "Explodes" scares me...
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  Gypsy: Virus curves updated to end-of-April
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  OhioChessFan: I have checked the graphs out. I want to ignore it, but can't resist looking.
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New assessments of regional situations as of May 17.

The usual prediction-curves re-computed and updated as well.

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Developments in Tx, Az, Fl

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  Tiggler: Thanks for that post <Gypsy>. I have known for a long time that you are the smartest person on (apart from me).

Perhaps you recall, or maybe you don't know, that I live in Tucson AZ. It is exciting to know that the whole epidemiological world is looking at Arizona as we make the first, first world, experiment in uncontrolled Covid-19 spread.

Our Governor won't shut down the state, so it is up to each of us to make our own decisions. We like being responsible for ourselves out here on the frontier.

I am sheltering in place. I have cancelled all medical and dental appointments. No one enters my home, except my daughter, and my wife and I don't leave. Essential supplies are ordered online, and after delivery are left outside for 48 hours. Do not reveal my address, because I don't want others to raid my from porch for goodies.

I am in a vulnerable group, age 75. I am hoping to see the death toll rise among the 15-30 age group since those are ones driving the spread of the virus.

Everyone wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.

Everybody wants to hear the truth, but still they all want to lie.

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  technical draw: <Gypsy> You have been a member on this site for almost as l long as I have. And we both know who the smartest person on is. And you and I know that this month we will sacrifice the 75 year olds to stop covid-19. You don't happen to know any 75 year old, do you?
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  Tiggler: <td> Trump and Biden, for instance, are both surplus to requirements.
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  technical draw: <Tiggler: <td> Trump and Biden, for instance, are both surplus to requirements.>

And one of them is going to star in the next "No Country for Old Men".

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  Tiggler: That's all we need these days: generational warfare.

Makes one nostalgic for the Cold War. So much simpler.

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  Tiggler: Breaking news: Trump has pulled the USA out of WHO. Clearly he is mad as a hatter.
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  chancho: Tiggler <Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN secretary-general, confirmed the US had notified it of its withdrawal, effective as of 6 July 2021.>

Hopefully the Mad Hatter will be wearing a strait-jacket after November 3...

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