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playground player
Member since Oct-01-06 · Last seen Dec-07-22
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 7072 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-07-22 playground player chessforum
playground player: Pearl Harbor Day, Dec. 7, 1941 Haven't read any mention of it so far.
   Dec-02-22 WannaBe chessforum (replies)
playground player: Uncle Fester! You have moved me to revisit some of those classic episodes.
   Nov-23-22 jessicafischerqueen chessforum
   Nov-17-22 Naiditsch vs T Sanikidze, 2010 (replies)
playground player: <King.Arthur.Brasil> More than a few of us are praying for Brazil.
   Sep-27-22 E Manet vs N Giffard, 2013 (replies)
playground player: I didn't know the Caro-Kann could lead to such an overwhelming attack by Black.
   Sep-17-22 Georges Koltanowski
playground player: One of my all-time favorite TV shows was <Koltanowski on Chess>, aired by New York City's educational TV channel back in the early Seventies. I do wish I could see it again! But the videotapes seem to have been lost.
   Sep-12-22 S Bengtsson vs N Benmesbah, 2019
playground player: Aesthetically pleasing!
   Aug-25-22 T Bond vs A J Goldsby, 2008 (replies)
playground player: Has anybody heard from AJ lately?
   Jul-22-22 L Coelho vs A Rodriguez Vila, 2011 (replies)
playground player: Rf3 got me, too. Sometimes "consensus" is wrong.
   Jul-02-22 Shabalov vs I Shliperman, 1995 (replies)
playground player: I'm lost. What happens after Black plays K x h6?
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  OhioChessFan: I could never verify it, but there have been claims Semmelweis first considered the hand washing idea from the Scriptures. I have a book somewhere discussing it.
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  playground player: I'll ask my wife, she would know. He's one of her heroes.
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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> Biden quote, which will surely resonate down the corridors of time:

"There's nothing special about America. None of you can define for me what an American is."

Hot dog.

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  playground player: Eric Swalwell quote on public education and the need to keep parents out of it:

"When did we stop trusting the experts?"

When we saw and heard what they were doing.

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  diceman: <"When did we stop trusting the experts?">

When they stopped working for us.

Something you should be very familiar with:

<House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she's not concerned about Rep. Eric Swalwell's ability to serve in Congress despite his past connections with a suspected Chinese spy>

<ability to serve>

The swamp, or the American people?

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  playground player: <diceman> We are governed by idiots who despise us and only want to rip us off.
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  playground player: Mitch McConnell's approval rating, nationwide, is 7%.

How did it get that high?

And is there a prize for bringing it down to zero?

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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> Has anyone seen Norbert lately?
Nov-17-22  King.Arthur.Brazil: Thank you, sincerely. Many people in the world (Colombia, BolĂ­via, Chile, for example) are beginning /trying to go to the streets and ask for freedom, as we are doing right now. However, in places where the reds had already taken all the power (like Cuba), more than 300 went to streets in 2021, but they were sent to jail and now, they were sentenced for 6 to 30y in prison. Yes, this is the communist democracy. God helps our country and people.
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  thegoodanarchist: <playground player: <steamed cauliflowers> Biden quote, which will surely resonate down the corridors of time:

<<<"There's nothing special about America. None of you can define for me what an American is.">>>

Hot dog.>

Apple Pie.

<<<<>>>"There's nothing special about America. None of you can define for me what an American is.">>>>

Exactly what I would expect his handlers to make him say.

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  playground player: <thegoodanarchist> Oh, I don't think they had to make him say it.
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  OhioChessFan: <Drag performance held at Methodist church in Durham>

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  playground player: <OCF> Has "Methodist church" become an oxymoron?
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  playground player: Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!
Far be it from me to mention anything political today.
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  OhioChessFan: <Former Soccer Star May Go to Jail for Making Comments on Gender, 'Our Sex Is Determined By God'>

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  playground player: <OCF> Are things getting a lot worse, a lot faster?
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  OhioChessFan: It's amazing how quickly people can cast aside historically unanimous views.
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  playground player: <OCF> That's the scary thing about it--people who are old and experienced enough to know better so easily cast off values they've held for all their lives.
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  diceman: <Manhattan pharma heiress says her mom had to hire $300-a-day DEPROGRAMMER to help her unlearn crazed woke views after she was brainwashed while attending elite Mount Holyoke college.>

Maybe Holywoke college would be a better name?

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  playground player: <diceman> More proof that college makes you stupid.
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  diceman: <playground player: <diceman>

More proof that college makes you stupid.>

More proof that college makes you Democrat.

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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> My blog's annual Christmas Carol Contest is open to all (visit ).
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  playground player: <Esteemed Colleagues> Are these little frogs adorable or what?

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  playground player: Heroic sheepdog!

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  playground player: Pearl Harbor Day, Dec. 7, 1941

Haven't read any mention of it so far.

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