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playground player
Member since Oct-01-06 · Last seen Apr-18-21
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 6734 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-18-21 playground player chessforum (replies)
playground player: By the way, there was a time in my life when I didn't have to "imagine no possessions"--it was uncomfortably close to being a reality. Which made Lennon's fat-headed line nearly impossible to bear.
   Mar-15-21 J M Dominguez vs Iturrizaga Bonelli, 2007 (replies)
playground player: How do you spell "relief"? "Monday's chess puzzle"!
   Feb-12-21 WannaBe chessforum (replies)
playground player: Oh, holy cow...
   Feb-04-21 D Gurevich vs Short, 1983 (replies)
playground player: Watson was a great deal smarter than Hastings.
   Jan-19-21 Mecking vs S Mareco, 2011 (replies)
playground player: The hard thing about this puzzle was believing the solution could've been so easy.
   Dec-10-20 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
   Sep-29-20 T Hillarp Persson vs J Kleinert, 2000 (replies)
playground player: Is accepting the Queen's Gambit all that good an idea?
   Sep-14-20 Ganguly vs A Jankovic, 1994 (replies)
playground player: Ging-ganguly! as the old song goes.
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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> For once I have an abundance of hymn requests. I'll post them all, of course.

I hope all of you had a wonderful Easter.

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  playground player: Meanwhile, back in the education industry...

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  OhioChessFan: Racist trees...they're probably worried Jim Crows will roost in them.
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  playground player: How about a wee bit of nostalgia?

They ad-libbed every show. Amazing.

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  playground player: We've been watching videos on YouTube today dealing with scam artists supposedly "recruiting" credulous people for The Illuminati. Who knew you could join The Illuminati just by sending money to some guy in Nigeria?
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  WannaBe: Oh, Dang It!!! I've been sending money to Nicaragua! Explains why I haven't gotten my Illumani ring yet.
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  OhioChessFan: PBS is hilarious today...
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  thegoodanarchist: <WannaBe: Oh, Dang It!!! I've been sending money to Nicaragua! Explains why I haven't gotten my Illumani ring yet.>

On behalf of Nicaraguans everywhere, gracias for the fiesta, Senor!

Your ring is now in the mail :)

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  thegoodanarchist: <OhioChessFan: PBS is hilarious today...>

Isn't it hilarious EVERY day?

No, wait... Sorry. I am thinking of the word "risible".

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  OhioChessFan: I meant to post that on <Wannabe's> forum. And no, not the risible Public Broadcasting System, but Pearls Before Swine.

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  WannaBe: <OCF> Yeah, that was a good one. "Imagine". =))
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  playground player: "Imagine no possessions..."

Silliest line ever written.

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  thegoodanarchist: <playground player: "Imagine no possessions..."

Silliest line ever written.>

The original lyrics were:

"Imagine no possessions...
We're all naked if you try..."

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  gezafan: <playground player: "Imagine no possessions..." Silliest line ever written..>

The song Imagine was based on The Communist Manifesto, by John Lennon's own admission. Really it describes a dystopia but the fans imagine it as something else.

Lennnon sang about "no possessions" but he wasn't giving up any of his. It's the classic "communism for you, capitalism for me."

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  playground player: <gezafan> I once had a housemate who played "Imagine" on his record player several times a day. It was a crime against the quality of life.
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  OhioChessFan: <Silliest line ever written.>

MacArthur Park is good for about 5 worse lines by itself.

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  OhioChessFan: <Imagine>

I always hated it for its rank stupidity, "Imagine no possessions", as well as Lennon's hypocrisy. He sure didn't want to share all his world. He was killed in New York because he didn't want to share all his wealth in England.

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  playground player: Lennon was one of the world's great hypocrites.
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  thegoodanarchist: Thinking about his death makes me think of the words of Jesus in Luke 12:20:

<But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?>

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  thegoodanarchist: <OhioChessFan: <<<Silliest line ever written.>>>

MacArthur Park is good for about 5 worse lines by itself.>

So of course I had to check out the lyrics. The first stanza ends with this idiocy:

<and were pressed
In love's hot, fevered iron
Like a striped pair of pants>

Instead of reading the remaining lyrics, I just decided to immediately agree with <OCF>.

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  diceman: <playground player: "Imagine no possessions..." Silliest line ever written..>

<OhioChessFan: <Silliest line ever written.>

MacArthur Park is good for about 5 worse lines by itself.>

Kid stuff.
Lets see how a pro does it:

Lyndon Baines Johnson:

<The Great Society rests on abundance and liberty for all. It demands an end to poverty and racial injustice, to which we are totally committed in our time. But that is just the beginning.

The Great Society is a place where every child can find knowledge to his mind and to enlarge his talents. It is a place where leisure is a welcome chance to build and reflect, not a feared cause of boredom and restlessness. It is a place where the city of man serves not only the needs of the body and the demands of commerce but the desire for beauty and the hunger for community.>

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  playground player: Uh... it sounds like he's saying they're committed to poverty and racial injustice. Always risky for a Democrat to tell the truth.

And now for something harmless and benign, for a change.

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  playground player: By the way, there was a time in my life when I didn't have to "imagine no possessions"--it was uncomfortably close to being a reality. Which made Lennon's fat-headed line nearly impossible to bear.
Apr-19-21  optimal play: <Satanís Puppet Show>

<Well, weíve had unworthy popes before, and fallen churches in every denomination. The tares grow up with the wheat.>

"It would appear that the shiny, beeping, and mesmerically pulsating spaceship has landed in Vatican Square."

"It's getting increasingly difficult being a loyal Catholic during the Francis papacy. Chelsea Clinton isn't just pro-abort, she's an airhead with no accomplishments other than a couple children's books that were ghost written for her."

"When he invited Joe Perry, he may have been thinking of Aerosmith's lyrics to "hole in my soul"."

"At the beginning of his pontificate, Bergoglio likened his role to rescuing the wounded in a field hospital. Instead he's finishing them off."

"For an American Catholic it is like being in the perfect storm, Biden in the White House, and Francis in the Vatican."

"Sounds like the Vatican's version of the 1960's Woodstock!"

"Wow! This article is a WHOPPER! Get that guy outta there....."

"Really?!! Why Joe Perry? Is Pope Francis an Aerosmith fan? I didnít read anything in the article that explained why he was coming. Or Cindy Crawford. Whatís she going to talk about? But after mentioning Katy Perry was invited a while back, who claims to have sold her soul. Well, itís becoming pretty clear. The popeís in with the worldly crowd. Who seem to be tuned totally into themselves. Nobody invited seems to be coming with a message of salvation."

"This is the celebrity list from hell!!! What the heck does Francis think he's doing??? I hope that the "Catholics" that are taking the jab with murdered baby parts in it (who said it was okay to take this jab because--well, Francis said it was okay--are reading this article)!! There are many things that Francis endorses that are definitely NOT okay (for instance, pachamama being worshiped in the Vatican Gardens)!!!! Just take a look at the list of demon worshipers that he is inviting to this demonic forum!!!"

"The Church is NOT the vatican ... Support and pray for the good bishops. The Church will survive. Catholicism is the right form of worship handed to us by Jesus Christ and the apostles. It is not Bergoglio and the vatican."

"All they need is a halftime show to make it complete. Maybe that's why Katy Perry is there. By the way, where's Oprah?"

"There's a myriad of Catholic speakers you could get for this event, instead you drag out the new age movement and the Buddhist caravan...then you throw in some abortion supporters. What could go wrong? Just another day at the Vatican."

"This party is a perfect script for a horror movie. The psychological type that stay with you long after youíve seen it. Iím missing something here, hmmm, oh, I know. Thereís not one true Catholic in the whole batch. Chelsea ?, youíve got to be kidding me. I see that face, I get nauseous. So a hundred million donation goes a long way. Itís nothing but a summit meeting of devilís. America also gets the world to see first hand, our little court jester. Fauci himself. Perhaps he can play a tune, or tell a great story or offer a riddle to solve. Hope he has a face mask riddle. Thatíll keep em guessing."

"Sounds like a witches' coven-gathering"

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