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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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Game Collection: The Even More Flexible French

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   Domdaniel has kibitzed 30847 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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  OhioChessFan: Just picked up my copy of The Consolation of Philosophy. ACOD is also a treatment of philosophy and psychology. Still wrapped in comedy.
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<The Reading Anteater>

Easily the funniest book I ever read, and certainly the most enjoyable. Per <Honorable Member from Ohio> it goes down richest with a generous helping of Boethius' <Consolation of Philosophy>.

The subject matter is serious. Only the greatest satirists can render grave issues humorously without denuding them of their moral weight.

I count John Kennedy Toole among such as Oscar Wilde, Samuel Clemens, and Hunter S. Thompson.

Despondent over his inability to get <Dunces> published, Toole killed himself. His book was published posthumously.

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  thegoodanarchist: <Only the greatest satirists can render grave issues humorously without denuding them of their moral weight.>

How would I even know that happened (or didn't happen)?

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<The Grand Guignol Anteater>

I can only answer for myself really, but this is what I do.

After I get out of the bathtub, I put on my clothes. Then (and this is the crucial part) I look at myself in the mirror. Only at this point can I be sure the "denuding" process has been successful.

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  OhioChessFan: ACOD also pulls off the difficult task of a funny Black character, street-wise but not a caricature, self aware but not a token Black philosopher, street dialect but not out of place in the city of the setting. I am reminded of the Andy Griffith Show producers explaining away their avoidance of Black characters by explaining their fear of creating a dumb yokel in the image of Stepin Fetchit.
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  OhioChessFan: As <JessicaFlasherQueen> alluded to, Mark Twain is a definite literary antecedent.
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  thegoodanarchist: <jessica fissure queen:

After I get out of the bathtub, I put on my clothes. Then (and this is the crucial part) I look at myself in the mirror. Only at this point can I be sure the "denuding" process has been successful.>

<OhioPresleyFan: As <JessicaFlasherQueen> alluded to, Mark Twain is a definite literary antecedent.>

Splendid! Everything is crystal clear now:

We must apply our antecedent/deodorant before "denuding"!

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  OhioChessFan: My favorite scene, rather disturbing, I suspect purposely so by the author, is when Mr. Robichaux holds Mrs. Reilly's hand in the theater. Her reaction/thoughts are a strange nod to Oedipus.
Jun-08-20  mckmac: “In addition, I am at the moment writing a lengthy indictment against our century. When my brain begins to reel from my literary labors, I make an occasional cheese dip.”

Ignatius J. Reilly

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  OhioChessFan: So, to further my intellectual development, I thought I should read Catch-22. For several chapters, I was greatly amused as the madhouse military characters zoomed in and out of the pages. I felt like I was reading MASH on steroids.

But now, 20 chapters in, I'm bored. I'm probably going to stop reading. Too many characters, too few notes(one), too repetitive, too preachy-yes, preachy-whilst pretending to be mere satire, too insulting to the military members who did in fact die....

Perhaps Mr. Heller would have preferred allowing Hitler to take over Europe without opposition. Hey, there'd have been no war. Of course, there'd have also been no dissenting novels, which point the war protesters conveniently forget.

MASH at least recognized the surgeons as skilled, the enlisted men as proficient, not everyone as totally and insanely self-serving.

Heller has a wonderful way with words, and is truly hilarious as he skewers his characters. But it's already gotten massively old 1/3 of the way in. I am greatly disappointed to give Catch-22 a thumbs down.

Sep-22-20  Cheshire Matt: <Dom> You are sorely missed 'round this place on days like these. Todays Quote of the Day is by Petrosian, and says, "One must beware of unnecessary excitement"

Fair play, but didn't you once put it better when chatting with Jess?

"It's always too soon to get excited"

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  OhioChessFan: I don't remember that quote as thoroughly as I should....

A book review: 13 1/2 by Nevada Barr, she of Anna Pigeon fame. 4 1/2 stars out of 5. New Orleans dominates, the sense of place palpable throughout. A girl escaping an awful childhood spent in dreary trailer parks, a convicted 11 year old murderer of his family, meet and marry years later in New Orleans. A strange pastiche of psychological battles, with self, with others, with life. Well written characters, all damaged and flawed, ergo, true to life. Loses half a star for the predictable resolution of the central mystery, a bit disturbing in its portrayal of violence, but overall a compelling read I am happy to recommend.

Nov-22-20  mckmac: <Domdaniel> Gerry, I am dropping this gem here because I totally believe you would have absolutely, unconditionally, nay, fundamentally, dug it.

'The Caitlin Smith Quartet'

"Suzanne" by Leonard Cohen

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  OhioChessFan: I just finished Fahrenheit 451. Absolutely astounding. It's one of those books you know you should read, but I'd never gotten around to it. Fabulous premise, interesting self conversations, not the greatest payoff(rather preachy, but okay) after an escape you knew had to succeed, but a quick read that makes you wish there was more.

The dreary descriptions of people mindlessly obsessed with TV and entertainment are painfully spot on. The encouragement to tell on your neighbor is both an ugly nod to history and a probably never to be heeded warning to the future. Two thumbs up, 5 stars, life changing, an easy addition to the top 10 books I've read list. Wish I could talk with <Dom> about it.

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  OhioChessFan: I think a nice set of French Defense games from the past year and posted here would be in order. Here's one I really like:

V Bernadskiy vs Vitiugov, 2020

That tension early on with the Queens claustrophobic on the Queenside is an interesting start. A materially unbalanced middlegame follows. Then Black carefully and patiently converts a King and Pawn endgame. It isn't perfect. 59...Kb3 screams to be played but I'll attribute that to time trouble.

So, what 2020 French got your attention?

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  OhioChessFan: Just finished A Prayer for Owen Meany. A real winner. My top 10 list of all time list might be getting too crowded. In any case, it's a must read.
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  OhioChessFan: Just finished The Book Thief. Fantastic. I will wait a while before declaring it the best book I've ever read. Maybe in a week my initial exuberance will wane. But I doubt it.
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  OhioChessFan: Well, I'll put The Book Thief in my top 10. Not sure about best ever.

I just finished Watership Down. Very good, thumbs up. But not essential, not top 100 good, not one you need to read before you die.

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  OhioChessFan: About 60 pages into The Help. I like it so far, although I'm not crazy about multiple narrator books.
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  OhioChessFan: The Help is very good, maybe essential.

Just finished Jamaica Inn. I rarely say this, but I expect the movie is better. In any event, it's excellent, but I can't put it on a top 100 list.

Gave up on On the Road. Halfway through, it proved too boring and repetitive to finish. Oddly reminiscent of Catch 22 in that regard. And I understand the world of literature, but mercy sakes, the characters in the book are so persistently and unapologetically immoral...whew. Is there anyone in Kerouac's America who's entire life isn't predicated on drugs, adultery and theft?

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  perfidious: Had forgotten--or quite possibly did not realise--<Dom>'s forum was still open.

While never having been much of a drinker, this day, I raise an imaginary pint to honour his memory. Gone, but certainly not forgotten.

May-08-21  SugarDom: I will vote him Caissar for best last words, without knowing they were his last words.
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  OhioChessFan: My review of Grisham's latest, Sooley.

Read it in 2 sittings, a real page turner, but ultimately unfulfillng. If you don't like basketball, it'll be boring, as some of the game descriptions are overly detailed. Some of the basketball factual errors are stunning(30 foot shots from the corner, no 16 over 1 upsets, a 10 seed beating a 4 seed) and seem pretty damaging in a book clearly aimed at pretty serious basketball fans.

There are repeated hints at a romance blooming between Sooley and an older woman, which is dropped without comment. The detachment of the head coach as the expected problems crop up is so extreme it isn't even remotely believable. The newly hired agent asks his second in command to watch out for a femme fatale, who promptly leaves with Sooley on an obviously bad idea of a trip, with the second in command's blessing. Huh? The most dramatic moment in the book comes out of the blue and is totally out of character for the person involved. I have to give Sooley a thumbs down.

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  OhioChessFan: Finished The Assistant, Bernard Malamud. I pick random top 100 Book Lists, and grab some off there I'm not familiar with, and ended up with this one. I liked this book, but definitely not a top 100 for me. Maybe top 1000.

Very spare, blunt language, painfully depressing. I read one reviewer mention his desperate childhood and how he could relate far too well with the characters here. Malamud so casually but desperately describes well meaning people always worried if they're going to starve to death. If the main story line was about anything but a Jewish family, I doubt most reviewers would rate it so highly. That's probably true of me also. But somehow that does make it important. Thumbs up, 4 1/2 stars, maybe 5 if I'm feeling generous, a bit overrated to be on anyone's top 100 list.

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  OhioChessFan: John Steinbeck, East of Eden. 2 thumbs up, 5 stars, maybe just outside the top 100 of all time. Beyond the typical points people raise about the book, I'll note the overbearing and obvious symbolism. It's a bit like Peter and the Wolf in that regard. And the distracting diversions into philosophical musings is a bit tiresome. Huckleberry Finn got its points across through typical character dialogue and trusted its readers to figure out the details.
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