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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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FEN reverser (courtesy of <ajile>):

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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 has kibitzed 30821 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-08-19 Domdaniel chessforum (replies)
Domdaniel: Blank Reg: "They said there was no future - well, this is it."
   Jan-06-19 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
Domdaniel: Haaarry Neeeeds a Brutish Empire...
   Jan-06-19 G McCarthy vs M Kennefick, 1977 (replies)
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 ...
   Jan-06-19 Maurice Kennefick (replies)
Domdaniel: Kennefick died over the 2018-19 New Year. Formerly one of the strongest players in Ireland, he was the first winner of the Mulcahy tournament, held in honour of E.N. Mulcahy, a former Irish champion who died in a plane crash. I played Kennefick just once, and had a freakish win, ...
   Jan-06-19 Anand vs Fedorowicz, 1990 (replies)
Domdaniel: <NBZ> -- Thanks, NBZ. Enjoy your chortle. Apropos nothing in particular, did you know that the word 'chortle' was coined by Lewis Carroll, author of 'Alice in Wonderland'? I once edited a magazine called Alice, so I can claim a connection. 'Chortle' requires the jamming ...
   Jan-06-19 chessforum (replies)
Domdaniel: <al wazir> - It's not easy to go back through past Holiday Present Hunts and discover useful information. Very few people have played regularly over the years -- even the players who are acknowledged as best, <SwitchingQuylthulg> and <MostlyAverageJoe> have now ...
   Jan-05-19 Wesley So (replies)
Domdaniel: Wesley is a man of his word. Once again, I am impressed by his willingness to stick to commitments.
   Jan-04-19 G Neave vs B Sadiku, 2013 (replies)
Domdaniel: Moral: if you haven't encountered it before, take it seriously. Remember Miles beating Karpov with 1...a6 at Skara. Many so-called 'irregular' openings are quite playable.
   Dec-30-18 Robert Enders vs S H Langer, 1968
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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<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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  mckmac: "Intelligence is over rated. Diligence breeds excellence". It is said that attention matters above all.
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  mckmac: A fairly recent post from our host:

<Domdaniel: <kingfu> Yep, I totally agree. Vik's treatment of the 3.Nd2 c5 Tarrasch in his 1974 match with Karpov inspired me to play the French in the first place -- if only Korchnoi had avoided the Sicilian and Petrov, and played the French in every game. Who can doubt that he'd have been world champion? Next high point: Viktor's amazing match with Spassky, three years later. An object lesson in the Winawer.

And Korchnoi played *many* other French lines. This is the great thing about the French - a great variety of lines, many of them with distinct and original strategies.

I recently worked my way through several recent books on the French, looking for new ideas, especially in lines like the Classical which I've rarely played. I was quite impressed by the sheer number of French lines of which I knew little.>

Viktor Korchnoi

May-15-19  Boomie: ->

Who can understand the French?

Say La Vie, everybody.

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What aboot the voting?

<Matt> I noticed you have your forum open. Maybe we can carry on with talking over there?

It's been rare and grand fun to be talking so regularly with <you> and <Tim>.

"Teem" (secretly a Mexican-American sasquatch researcher from Puyallup, Washington State) will no longer accept free premium upgrades from his friends, if I remember correctly. He has retired "La Cirque du Soleil", although I long thought this had less to do with withdrawing from than it did with fears of a lawsuit from "La Cirque du Soleil," who just announced their new summer shoe.

Teem relies on old summer shoes, such as the sandals him and Yaz used to wear when they went down the Dog and Ferret to pick up hippie chicks back in the day.

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  mckmac: <Jess> & <Boomie>: I say let's hold the voting here for the 'FOTLY TROPHY' - Jess, is this a good name for it? - as was the plan from the start.

That would mean that voting starts in a week, and we'll have a winner soon after.

I think I'll move the 'BAT CUP' (Best All Time French') over to my forum, and maybe accept entries until this time next year. That way we'll have something to discuss and bicker about when Dom's birthday rolls around again next year. ;)

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Good idea <Matt>.

I'd just like to confirm that FOTLY TOWERS was one of the greatest TV shows ever.

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  mckmac: <Jess> Perfection, your Majesty. The FOTLY TOWERS TROPHY it is then. Now Dom would have liked that! I'm going to make it a yearly event🤗
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  mckmac: 🇮🇪 The Fotly Towers Trophy 🇫🇷

Last Chance To Enter.

Entries Close 23rd May.

Choose The Best Game In The French Defense Over The Last Year (Black Victory).

Win A Years Premium Sub At

All Welcome.

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  OhioChessFan: Meh, I enjoyed looking over some French games, some happy thoughts about <Dom->, all good. I can't seem to bring myself to vote, nor hope to win something. I respectfully abstain.
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  mckmac: 🇮🇪 The Fotly Towers Trophy 2019 🇫🇷

1.<Diademas> K Alekseenko vs B Savchenko, 2018

2.<Count Wedgemore> Yifan Hou vs Mamedyarov, 2018

3.<OhioChessFan> N Nestorovic vs G Meier, 2018

4.<HeMateMe>Z Harari vs N Zhukova, 2018

5.<Check It Out> C Yip vs T Abrahamyan, 2019

6. <JessicaFischerQueen> & <WhiteShark> Gerardo Artola Pola vs J Arnott, 2018

🇮🇪 Scoring 🇫🇷

(i) Only the entrants can vote.

(ii) Voters to rank top three games in order.

(iii) 3 points awarded for best game; 2 points for runner up; 1 point for the bronze medal.

(iv) Each entrant is assumed to have chosen their nominated game as the best game, so everyone *starts* with 3 points.

(v) Therefore, the entrants only vote for two games. 2 points for second best overall, and 1 point for third.

(vi) In the event of a tie, whichever game has more second place votes will be declared the winner.

(vii) If required, voting booth to stay open until midnight 31/5 EST.

Note: <OCF> abstaining.

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  mckmac: 🇮🇪 The Fotly Towers Trophy 2019 🇫🇷

Tied First Place (3pts): <Diademas>, <Count Wedgemore>, <OCF>, <JessicaFischerQueen>, <HeMateMe>, <Check It Out>, <WhiteShark>

Each winner to hold the trophy for 52 days. In view of this extraordinary result, the one year sub prize will be held over for the 2020 contest.

Congratulations to the winners, and thanks for playing!!

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  OhioChessFan: I think Dom would have liked the results.
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I agree with the <Honorable Member from Ohio>.

Thanks for running this shoe, <Matt>. I loved <Dom>, and hanging with some of his good friends for a few weeks was wonderful.

I look forward to the 2020 edition!

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  Check It Out: <Each winner to hold the trophy for 52 days>

Geez, I hope it's not too heavy.

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  Ron: I figure that this forum is a hang out for hypermodernists, so I will post this here:

As far as 21st century chess games go, this recent Aronian win is the most hypermodern I've come across:

Aronian vs Grischuk, 2019

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  OhioChessFan: Heard Come Softly To Me on the radio today. Sort of a mournful tune anyway, seems more so with <Dom> leaving this mortal world.

Come Softly To Me-Fleetwoods

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