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by IM Jack Rudd
Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Why did he did so?
Replies: 134
Views: 4409

Re: Why did he did so?

White's pawn structure is fine. What would be wrong with it?
by IM Jack Rudd
Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: I wanna become a GM
Replies: 40
Views: 2526

Re: I wanna become a GM

No.
by IM Jack Rudd
Fri Jun 23, 2017 4:35 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Why did he did so?
Replies: 134
Views: 4409

Re: Why did he did so?

Because it gives black the unenviable choice between (a) letting white play fxe5 and responding with fxe5, leaving him with a weak pawn on e5, or (b) letting white play fxe5 and responding with {piece}xe5, or playing exf4 himself, leaving white with control of the centre.
by IM Jack Rudd
Wed Jun 21, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 1942
Views: 80148

Re: The English Language

Yes, that would be a reasonable synonym.
by IM Jack Rudd
Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:10 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2017
Replies: 48
Views: 3195

Re: PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2017

David Howell, Gawain Jones and Jovanka Houska were the other three.
by IM Jack Rudd
Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:21 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 1942
Views: 80148

Re: The English Language

All blunders are mistakes, but not all mistakes are blunders. A blunder is a particularly bad mistake.
by IM Jack Rudd
Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:28 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Why did he did so?
Replies: 134
Views: 4409

Re: Why did he did so?

I don't like the look of f5 because black will respond with ...e5, and he has a solid line of protected passed pawns in the centre. If you leave the pawn on f4, black's d4 pawn is much more vulnerable to attack.
by IM Jack Rudd
Mon Jun 12, 2017 5:55 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 1942
Views: 80148

Re: The English Language

Because the term has some rather unfortunate connotations.
by IM Jack Rudd
Mon Jun 12, 2017 5:54 am
Forum: County Championships
Topic: Semi-Final Draw
Replies: 59
Views: 2592

Re: Semi-Final Draw

Christopher Kreuzer wrote:I have a suspicion, that if you remove the b5 pawn from the board, there are some stalemate possibilities that mean White may be able to draw the game!


Lomonosov says no - the ending without the b5 pawn is a win, and sacrificing the bishop just makes the win quicker.
by IM Jack Rudd
Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:40 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 1942
Views: 80148

Re: The English Language

"Once and for all" = permanently.
by IM Jack Rudd
Sat Jun 10, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: General Election 2017
Replies: 217
Views: 5665

Re: General Election 2017

Although interestingly, despite the collapse of third-party votes and the polarization, the number of seats won by Labour and the Conservatives combined in this election was the same as that in 2001.
by IM Jack Rudd
Sat Jun 10, 2017 12:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: English Chess Forum Player of the Year 2017
Replies: 5
Views: 606

English Chess Forum Player of the Year 2017

Seeing as the ECF's award has fallen flat on its face, I'll do one on here. Nominations to be placed in this thread, preferably accompanied by some explanation for your choice. Nominations close at the end of June. Polling will be done by Approval Voting in another thread; voting closes at the end o...
by IM Jack Rudd
Sat Jun 10, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2017
Replies: 48
Views: 3195

Re: PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2017

Someone please tell me I'm wrong but I've always thought that, if for example a moderately-sized club or other organisation could persuade say 60 of its members to vote for one candidate, that should be enough to swing it. I surely can't be the only person to have had that thought and, in all likel...
by IM Jack Rudd
Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:22 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: General Election 2017
Replies: 217
Views: 5665

Re: General Election 2017

Why is Merkel (to switch to Europe) saying that all is still OK for Brexit negotiations to go ahead? Are the EU negotiators playing a game here as well, or are they trying to keep things stable there. Mainland European governments are used to coalitions and negotiating with coalitions. From a Germa...
by IM Jack Rudd
Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Why did he did so?
Replies: 134
Views: 4409

Re: Why did he did so?

Removal of defender. The c2 pawn is overloaded, needing to guard both b3 and d3.

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