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playground player
Member since Oct-01-06 · Last seen Sep-23-23
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 7211 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-23-23 playground player chessforum
playground player: My wife has made peanut butter cookies! Just the ticket for a rainy day like this.
   Aug-22-23 D Monokroussos vs L Barcarola, 1999
playground player: Whenever I see a stalemate, I look for a serious error.
   Aug-15-23 A Passov vs J Sammour-Hasbun, 1991
playground player: Whoa! It leaves me in awe.
   Jul-28-23 Jobava vs R Svane, 2020 (replies)
playground player: Black has no room for error here!
   Jul-19-23 Azmaiparashvili vs Shirov, 1990 (replies)
playground player: Sweet!
   Jul-15-23 gezafan chessforum (replies)
playground player: Is this the most evil and self-destructive thing the human race has ever done?
   Jun-23-23 LIFE Master AJ chessforum (replies)
playground player: <Life Master AJ> Welcome back--I hadn't realized you'd returned. I hope things are going well for you.
   Jun-14-23 C Rice vs I Snape, 2017 (replies)
playground player: I can't help wondering why White, in effect, took his Knight out of the game.
   Jun-11-23 M Notkin vs A Rychagov, 1996 (replies)
playground player: Now that's a pun!
   Jun-05-23 O Pollack vs R Cumming, 2019
playground player: <PB>--Gone but not forgotten.
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  OhioChessFan: I hadn't heard of it. Had to take a look:

I'm at the library now and am reserving a copy of The Chessmen of Mars.

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  playground player: <ODF> <Chessmen> is my favorite book of the series, and Ghek the Kaldane my favorite character.

I brought a jetan game to Chess Club one night and we had quite a bit of fun with it.

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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> I have never seen an adult throw a tantrum... until now.

Did I mention she's a "mental health counselor"?

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  Troller: < I have never seen an adult throw a tantrum... until now.> What a complete weirdo.

I did not witness this myself but I heard a story of a mother in a supermarket whose child was behaving horribly. In the end the mother put herself down on the floor and imitated the child which apparently did the trick; this was too embarrassing even for the kid.

The story goes to tell even a child can recognize appropriate behaviour in public places. I wonder if the woman in the video feels embarrassed when watching it? Takes some self-deceit not to.

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  moronovich: She certainly need som councelling ):..... ;)
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  playground player: <Troller> Great story... even if it sounds like it just might be an urban legend.
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  playground player: Has anybody heard from <Jessicafischerqueen>?
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  playground player: Check out these crazy blue jays.

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  OhioChessFan: Interesting article I expect you'd agree with.

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  OhioChessFan: The bluejays are the avian version of the purple haired lady.
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  playground player: <OCF> We have reached a point where the only meaningful response is to pull our children out of the public schools. The system is broken and cannot be repaired.
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  playground player: Our refrigerator has up and died. This is very distracting.
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  Messiah: <playground player: Our refrigerator has up and died. This is very distracting.>

My phone also died, now I am using the backup phone that is a terrible phone to use. Hard times.

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  playground player: <Messiah> Our summer so far: computer hutch collapses, computer was to be replaced; wife's car needs new transmission; refrigerator dies.

"Normal" seems very far away just now.

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  playground player: We have successfully replaced the refrigerator (I was so sure we couldn't)... and now it's the stove: it has to be reconnected and put back into place.

This kind of business makes it really hard to continue writing a novel.

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  playground player: Good grief! September 15 already?
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  OhioChessFan: My summer malaise: $5000 worth of plumbing work and it might not fix the original problem....
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  playground player: <OhioChessFan> Oh s***. Our next hurdle is new transmission and body work for my wife's car.
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  ketchuplover: Dear P.P...Ever play chess on a playground? tyia
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  playground player: <ketchuplover> Maybe thousands of times! An older kid across the street taught his sister and me the basics, and chess was very popular at our local playground. We played there, we played on assorted back porches--anywhere we could.

Gee, I miss that!

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  technical draw: <pp> Ever play balancing a board on you knees? Did that a lot of times with a friend and always careful not to make any sudden moves!
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  playground player: <TD> No--but we did try with a wooden chessboard in a swimming pool. Didn't work too well, but at least the pieces floated.
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  diceman: <playground player: <TD> No--but we did try with a wooden chessboard in a swimming pool. Didn't work too well, but at least the pieces floated.>

We did a plastic magnetic set in a pool.
Put it on the bottom of the deep end.

You had to swim down and figure out what your opponents last move was. Thinking time was how long you could hold your breath.

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  playground player: <Diceman> Now that's what I call creative!
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  playground player: My wife has made peanut butter cookies! Just the ticket for a rainy day like this.
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