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playground player
Member since Oct-01-06 · Last seen Dec-13-19
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 6425 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-13-19 playground player chessforum
playground player: <thegoodanarchist> Somehow I don't see President Trump, the Senate, the Supreme Court, the NRA, and the majority of the American people just sitting there counting their change while Democrat governors carry out unconstitutional gun grabs in one state after another.
   Dec-12-19 H Herraiz Hidalgo vs T Upton, 2001 (replies)
playground player: Where is everybody?
   Oct-26-19 Wang Hao vs D Howell, 2019 (replies)
playground player: <"Hao well do you handle Howell?"> is a crepuscularity.
   Oct-26-19 Count Wedgemore chessforum (replies)
playground player: <OCF> has established himself as the go-to guy for crepuscularities.
   Oct-17-19 WannaBe chessforum (replies)
playground player: <WannaBe> I must appeal again to your expertise,if you don't mind. One of my regular blog readers says she suddenly can't comment there, she says "everything has changed," including her Wordpress avatar. I checked to see if she wound up in my spam folder, but it's ...
   Oct-14-19 Lombardy vs N Spiridonov, 1964 (replies)
playground player: The right Rook wins, the wrong Rook doesn't.
   Oct-11-19 V Gashimov vs Korchnoi, 2008 (replies)
playground player: Aren't you supposed to lose if you have tripled pawns?
   Sep-10-19 Polugaevsky vs Gulko, 1975 (replies)
playground player: I thought Ng5 worked. What was I missing?
   Sep-09-19 Koltanowski vs H Walpole, 1937 (replies)
playground player: <Lighthorse> I remember that show! Loved it! But I can't find any old episodes, or even clips, on Youtube. I suspect they must have recorded over the videotape to save money. That's how a lot of shows from the 50s and 60s got lost forever.
   Aug-30-19 Capablanca vs Kevitz, 1924 (replies)
playground player: Funny! Capablanca tries "the orang-utan" and gets burned.
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  diceman: <playground player:

Why do so many corporations cross over to the dark side? Why do they behave as if they detest the majority and wish to serve only micro-minorities?>

The squeaky hinge gets the oil.

A survey came out in the last few weeks
that showed high school/college kids don't know who Stalin/Mao Zedong were.

Rush Limbaugh was discussing it on his show. He was going to a charity event the next day, and decided he would ask any kids he came across.

None knew who Stalin was.
When he asked about Mao one said, "the guy who stood in front of the tanks in Tiananmen Square?"

We've surrendered our politicians for decades.
We've surrendered truth for decades.
We've surrendered media for decades.
We've surrendered education for decades.

Yyyyyyyyyyyeah, Chick-fil-A is the problem.

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  thegoodanarchist: <We've surrendered our politicians for decades. We've surrendered truth for decades.
We've surrendered media for decades.
We've surrendered education for decades. >

As the Z Man says, Conservatives are best known for the fact that they conserved nothing.

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<Lee> Merry Christmas to you and the good <Mrs. pgp>!

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  playground player: <jessicafischerqueen> Thanks for the beautiful video.

Yes, Esteemed Colleagues--mainstream "conservatives" never seem to conserve anything. That's why Donald Trump is president.

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  playground player: I seem to have run out of crepuscularities...
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  Count Wedgemore: <pgp> I'm sure that <OCF> has some if you ask nicely :)
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  diceman: <diceman:

Like everything else in "education" its
been lied about, and completely rewritten.>

Stossel: Happy Thanksgiving!

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  playground player: <Steamed Colleagues> While you're watching your brand-new "smart" TV, others are using it to watch you--who's doing it, and what they expect to get out of it... well, you have no way of knowing.

Steer well clear of anything that's pitched to you as "smart."

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  diceman: This is hilarious.

"Socialism" just got real!

<With the recent rise of politicians like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, more people than ever support socialist policies. But would they support socialist policies when it came to their GPA? Campus Reform went to Florida International University to find out.>

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  playground player: <diceman> Socialism is always such a great idea for other people. That's why Bernie Sanders has four houses. And Obama has a palace on Martha's Vineyard.
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  perfidious: <pgp>, I've been to one of Bernie's four places, though never met the great man himself. Remember him bringing his son to the chess club in town back in summer 1978, but never afterwards.
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  thegoodanarchist: I just assumed he got his mansion because he bailed out Wall Street with taxpayers' money.
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  playground player: <thegoodanarchist> No one goes home poor from Capitol Hill.

<Esteemed Colleagues> One of my blog readers came up with a solution to the problem of embarrassingly low graduation rates at our colleges and looniversities:

Multiple-choice tests with only one choice for an answer. No more flunking!

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  diceman: I like the phrase Friedman uses,
the "seen and unseen"

When you think of this:


As the Z Man says, Conservatives are best known for the fact that they conserved nothing.>

<playground player:

Yes, Esteemed Colleagues--mainstream "conservatives" never seem to conserve anything.>

You must realize, it's the plan!

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  playground player: <Steamed Colleagues> Articles of impeachment: "obstruction of Congress." That is, breaking a law that does not exist with an action that has never been defined.

Isn't it "obstruction of Congress" every time the president vetoes a bill? What could be more obstructive than that?

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  thegoodanarchist: America is breaking down with breathtaking rapidity that is accelerating.
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  diceman: <playground player:

What could be more obstructive than that?>

Not needing Government for your paycheck.

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  playground player: <thegoodanarchist> One thing that encourages me is that the culture-killers on the Left, instead of acting like they're about to swallow us up forever, seem like they're on the edge of panic. Something is scaring them. What could it possibly be?
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  diceman: <Oracle, a major Silicon Valley tech company, will move its annual OpenWorld conference to Las Vegas next year due to San Francisco’s expensive hotel rates and the city’s “poor street conditions,” according to reports.

The loss of OpenWorld, which has been held in San Francisco for about 20 years, is raising new concerns about whether the city’s struggles with homelessness, open drug use and street violence may be scaring off tourism and other business, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.>

Heh, heh, who knew there was an upper limit to hotel rates, homeless people on your streets, drug needles, crime, defecation, violence?

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<diceman> It's problem that won't go away any time soon, since it's directly related to nanny state policies that have been hatching for years in American "universities."

Instead of policing illegal drug use, give them safe injection sites where you provide them clean needles, and where they need not fear being arrested.

It's much worse than that in Vancouver though. They now provide illegal drug users IN PRISON with not only a clean injection facility, they also provide them the heroin. This is to "safeguard" them from tainted product being smuggled in to the prisons.

Law enforcement do not welcome this, incidentally. Actual prison administrators are aghast by it. In addition, the RCMP and city of Vancouver police have spoken with one voice on the need to close down the festering, drug soaked, violent tent cities. "But where will they go" remains the only response from government, who continue to do...


Meanwhile, the silent majority might wonder hmm.. instead of gadding about and taking drugs and partying, I studied hard and got a good job. Now I must give a large portion of my hard-earned income to people who took zero responsibility for themselves.

Now they are "my" responsibility.

The irony is that when the neo-Stalinists get their *actual Stalinist state* in America, they will understand why drug abuse and the homeless were not really a problem under Stalin.

Guess how Stalin solved this kind of problem.

SJWs will never know ahead of time because they don't want to know. This is why they currently suggest that "World War II" is an irrelevant subject for history classes.

Coming soon- "history" is abolished altogether in Western schools.

All totalitarian states have a "year zero" approach to history. Nothing ever happened before them, and you get to start over!

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Meanwhile, until they are eradicated altogether, let's enjoy Christmas carols while we still can:

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  playground player: <jessicafischerqueen> Thanks, I needed that!

I've been wondering: Can it be that countries like the USA, Canada, and Britain got to be as good as they were going to get, and then began to decline, as their ruling classes came to occupy themselves with imaginary (and therefor unsolvable) problems (like "hate" and "systemic racism" and "microaggression") or, in Britain's case, set about creating whole new problems by means of crazy policies--like unlimited immigration from culturally incompatible Third World countries?

Fallible human beings can't create perfect societies. There will always be flaws. But progress can be made and things can get better than they were. Which seems to create a revolution of rising expectations, fed and nourished by competing politicians.

Maybe I've been spending too much time with Polybius lately--who accurately predicted how the Roman republic would deteriorate and collapse into a dictatorship.

Christmas reminds us that God has a better way. But first our leaders have to stop playing God.

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  diceman: <playground player:

instead of acting like they're about to swallow us up forever, seem like they're on the edge of panic. Something is scaring them.>

Over what time period?

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  thegoodanarchist: <playground player: .... the Left, instead of acting like they're about to swallow us up forever, seem like they're on the edge of panic. Something is scaring them. What could it possibly be?>

Or maybe that is just their natural "end state", namely, being on the edge of panic all the time.

They've been brainwashed to believe there is racism everywhere in America, that it's pervasive. And nothing triggers panic in them like racism triggers it.

After all, one of the Leftids reported a KKK hood in a college campus building a few years ago. (I forget which college).

Rushing to investigate, authorities found a dust cover over a microscope in one of the labs.

The useful idiots imagine everything bad is caused by evil racists. Literally, it is the "monsters under the bed" mentality of elementary school children.

Or let's suppose you're right, and something is different now. I can't really think of what it might be, other than the possibility of Trump winning a second term next year.

Anyway, I don't pay much attention to that stuff (emotional states of the useful idiots). It was a curiosity in 2017 (for example, the snowflake who started screaming at the sight of a MAGA hat). I mainly pay attention to policy.

In hindsight, I think HRC probably would have moved against the 2nd amendment if she had won. That would have been on the national level, but would have been killed in the Senate. But since Trump won, looks like they changed tactics and are going after guns on the state level, cf. Virginia.

And it looks like they will have success in legislating a gun grab. Remains to be seen if they will enforce it. Could get ugly. If it doesn't get ugly, then watch for gun grabbing in a state near you.

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  playground player: <thegoodanarchist> Somehow I don't see President Trump, the Senate, the Supreme Court, the NRA, and the majority of the American people just sitting there counting their change while Democrat governors carry out unconstitutional gun grabs in one state after another.
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