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playground player
Member since Oct-01-06 · Last seen Jul-04-22
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.

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

Update: No. 8, "The Temple," and No.9, "The Throne," are now in print, with No. 10, "The Silver Trumpet,"due for release any day now. Full Member

   playground player has kibitzed 6975 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-02-22 Shabalov vs I M Shliperman, 1995 (replies)
playground player: I'm lost. What happens after Black plays K x h6?
   Jul-01-22 playground player chessforum (replies)
playground player: Oh, well, at least "the border is closed." Except for a couple million more illegals the Democrats want to sneak into our country.
   Jun-27-22 Phony Benoni chessforum (replies)
playground player: This is very sad news! "Blessed are the peacemakers." David was a peacemaker. We'll all miss him.
   Jun-13-22 Blackburne vs Steinitz, 1862 (replies)
playground player: Poor Blackburne! But I love the pun.
   May-06-22 Anderssen vs de Riviere, 1859 (replies)
playground player: Love it! Stand up and cheer!
   Mar-28-22 Szabo vs Pachman, 1954 (replies)
playground player: Gee, it didn't feel easy! But I found the right moves after all.
   Mar-23-22 A Hodges vs J Daniels, 1886
playground player: Reminiscent of the Opera House game, by Morphy
   Feb-20-22 S Dushyant vs Z Harari, 2018
playground player: Super pun!
   Feb-04-22 Benko vs W Hartmann, 1984
playground player: I don't think I've ever seen that checkmate before.
   Dec-29-21 Fischer vs R Byrne, 1965 (replies)
playground player: Best pun of the year!
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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> I kept getting error messages every time I tried to come here yesterday. Anybody else have that problem?
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  diceman: Yes.

It is supposedly being worked on.

Jun-10-22  optimal play: <Well, we never really thought we'd need to react to a usurpation of our government, did we?>

Well, this begs the question: what is the point of your Second Amendment?

"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

Heck, do you even have a well regulated Militia in New Jersey? If not, then your Second Amendment is utterly useless.

Unless each gun owner is part of a well regulated Militia, ready and willing to respond to an assault on their freedom and democracy, just like the Minutemen of old, then your beloved Second Amendment is only good for providing weaponry to anyone who wants to shoot up a school, commit an armed holdup, or pose for a selfie as Rambo.

<There is no way for Democrats to win (or even survive!) in November except by massive cheating. And I see no reason not to expect that.>

And what if the Democrats pull off another election theft? Then what? Face it, nobody will do anything. Even if you're being herded onto trains bound for "re-education" camps.

Just accept the fact that your beloved Second Amendment is an outdated concept which nowadays does a lot of harm without any good. Any American who thinks otherwise is just deluding himself.

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Hmm "Real Clear Politics" is a non-crooked polling outfit eh? <Ben Shapiro> is always quoting it.

This <Tim Pool> video presents some pretty crazy Real Clear Politics stats here:

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  playground player: <optimal play> All right, that's a hard question. As I see it, the problem is that most of us in the USA want to address electoral cheating along the normal legal and courtroom channels--as we have always done. I don't think we realize yet that the Democrat Party will to virtually *anything* to get and keep power. And we don't know what to do about it.
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  playground player: <jessicafischerqueen> I'm afraid this year's elections will be our last chance to keep our republic. As for the various polls, I don't have enough information to evaluate any of them.
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  playground player: <P.S. to jessicafischerqueen> I remember how Hugo Chavez took over Venezuela--incrementally! He didn't stage a coup. He just kept acquiring power bit by bit until he had it all.
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<Lee> There's still Candace Owens to tell it like it be about Woke totalitariansim:

"Don't call me a racist- y'all are the racists"

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<Lee> It's even worse in my case- I don't have enough information OR brain power to evaluate polls. I didn't get where I am today by knowing how to evaluate polls.

That said, the <Real Clear Politics> poll indicates that Americans are currently poised to "unelect" the abolish the police/make drag shows mandatory in kindergarten crowd...

It's looking like a Republican landslide across the board. Elected Democrats are already making up their excuses in advance... just in case the polls are right this time...

Jun-12-22  optimal play: Everyone knows President Trump won in November 2020 and by all accounts the Republicans will win this November, but will the Democrats have the audacity to attempt another massive election fraud?

If they do, and they manage to pull it off again, will the courts continue to reject the evidence?

In any event, it seems to me that your beloved Second Amendment allows a lot of harm without doing any good.

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  playground player: <optimal play> Even in jurisdictions where lawful ownership of a firearm has become a virtual impossibility (like here in New Jersey), somehow criminals and homicidal maniacs always seem to get them.

Of course the Democrats will cheat in this election. They always cheat, and this time it'll be for survival.

But what would you suggest we do, besides scrap a portion of our Bill of Rights?

Jun-13-22  optimal play: <playground player: But what would you suggest we do, besides scrap a portion of our Bill of Rights?>

Americans don't need to be told by foreigners what they should do about their own constitution. I'm simply asking why your Second Amendment isn't working like it's supposed to and what is the purpose of retaining it?

You say that in your own state it has become virtually unlawful to own a firearm yet criminals and homicidal maniacs always seem to get them. I'm sure this isn't what your Founding Fathers intended when they created the Second Amendment. I presume their intention was that ordinary Americans would always have the ability to readily assemble a well regulated Militia to ensure their elections were not stolen.

What I don't understand is that criminals and homicidal maniacs take full advantage of your Second Amendment whilst law abiding citizens remain helpless in the face of blatant election fraud at the highest level.

If Americans love their Second Amendment so much then why aren't you all part of a well regulated Militia who are able to respond like the Minutemen of old to any attack on your freedom and democracy?

I just can't see what your Second Amendment is achieving other than school shootings and general gun violence.

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  playground player: <optimal play> It must not be forgotten that criminals and homicidal maniacs routinely violate existing gun laws and will likewise violate any new ones. But you don't get rid of the laws just because certain people habitually break them. That's why there's so much gun crime in jurisdictions with strict gun laws. Draconian gun laws, we might say.

No one here knows what to do about a stolen election, especially when the courts refuse to hear the evidence. We look to our normal channels of redress and come up empty--because half or more of our political class wants it that way.

Our only chance, as I see it, is an electoral catastrophe for the Democrats this fall. And hopefully a lot of RINOs will be primaried out of the race and replaced by real republicans. I use the lower case to distinguish them from the Republican Party, which has so often failed us.

Again, we don't know what to do! America was caught flat-footed by the stolen election and way too many of us want to believe it never happened.

Jun-14-22  optimal play: <playground player> Of course I agree that you don't get rid of laws just because certain people habitually break them; the answer is to police them better.

Criminals and homicidal maniacs are not likely to be part of a well regulated Militia, so it seems to me if the Second Amendment was applied as the Founding Fathers intended, then only law-abiding patriots would have access to firearms for the purpose of securing freedom and democracy.

The Leftists were able to take full advantage of the contrived Chinese Flu pandemic and pull off the great election fraud using bogus mail-in ballots to win key swing states, but this might not have been possible had there been a well regulated Militia in each state to ensure the democratic process was not circumvented.

Many countries still manage free and fair elections without everyone having guns so America seems to be an anomaly in this sense. You all have guns based on a rather spurious interpretation of your Second Amendment and yet the Leftists still managed to steal the presidential election from right out under your noses.

I can't offer you a solution, but it seems there is no direct link between the prevalence of guns in the populace and the fairness of elections.

Quite honestly, I think the United States is closer to Venezuela than we are, and I don't just mean geographically.

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  playground player: <optimal play> Rob a bank, you go to jail. Rob Fort Knox, and the government will deny it ever happened.

If I knew what to do, I'd say so. All over the Western world, republican institutions of government are being vigorously undermined by Far Left Crazy. They're attacking the family just as energetically, if not more so.

God help us.

Jun-15-22  optimal play: <playground player> The government will deny Fort Knox was ever robbed if it was the government that robbed it. That's why the Democrats will never admit to their election fraud.

The Far Left Crazy are on a Satanic mission and too many ordinary people will continue to remain ignorant and gullible until it's too late.

<Did Bugs Bunny ever take on the Tasmanian Devil?> Yes, but the Warner Bros depiction of the Tasmanian Devil is so far removed from reality as to be utterly preposterous, almost as much as the baby kangaroo being mistaken for a giant mouse by Sylvester.

Anyway, that was a good news story and it will be great to have Tasmanian Devils roaming freely on the mainland again.

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  playground player: <optimal play> I never took "Taz" seriously. Tasmanian devils actually seem to be rather cute and cuddly.

Now if they could just get the thylacine back...

Jun-16-22  optimal play: <playground player: ... Tasmanian devils actually seem to be rather cute and cuddly.> Uh ... no ... they're definitely not cute and cuddly. They're ferocious little buggers. They're not called devils for nothing.

<Now if they could just get the thylacine back.> They're working on it.

<Tasmanian tiger could be de-extinct through major scientific breakthrough>

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  playground player: <optimal play> Meanwhile, there continue to be thylacine sightings on the mainland. I've seen a lot of those videos: none of them show an animal up close. But can the possibility be ruled out altogether?
Jun-25-22  cormier:
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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> Good news--a New York judge has struck down the NY City Council's 2021 grant of voting rights to non-citizens. I hope that's the last we hear of this idiotic and iniquitous proposal.

P.S.--Is there any way we can memorialize our friend Phony Benoni on this site?

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  OhioChessFan: <Good news--a New York judge has struck down the NY City Council's 2021 grant of voting rights to non-citizens. >

It's really sad that a decision so obviously correct is a cause for celebration.

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  perfidious: <pgp>, which should never have been an issue in the first place.
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  playground player: Oh, well, at least "the border is closed." Except for a couple million more illegals the Democrats want to sneak into our country.
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  OhioChessFan: The most unique version of this song I've ever heard.

Jehovah Shalom Acapella-When the Morning Comes

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