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by John McKenna
Sat Sep 23, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London chess-FIDE open
Replies: 54
Views: 2837

Re: London chess-FIDE open

"I was talking about the French authorities... "

The thought had crossed my mind, Nick.

The Eurocentric expectation is, of course, that all non-European visitors to this region should avail themselves of a Schengen visa first and a UK visa second.
by John McKenna
Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London chess-FIDE open
Replies: 54
Views: 2837

Re: London chess-FIDE open

Yes, other Iranians who have visited the UK fairly recently should be able to offer better advice than this forum. Note that Consulates may no longer process visa applations anymore. The work has been increasingly transferred to new Visa Application Centres (VACs). For a list (by country) from which...
by John McKenna
Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London chess-FIDE open
Replies: 54
Views: 2837

Re: London chess-FIDE open

The advice you quoted me quoting is for Iranians, Nick. It may not apply to citizens of all other countries. . Regarding the above visa application info - it would seem that all nationalities are equal now - "The immigration rules are applied in the same way to all UK visa applications lodged ...
by John McKenna
Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London chess-FIDE open
Replies: 54
Views: 2837

Re: London chess-FIDE open

The advice you quoted me quoting is for Iranians, Nick.

It may not apply to citizens of all other countries.
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by John McKenna
Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:11 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London chess-FIDE open
Replies: 54
Views: 2837

Re: London chess-FIDE open

(continued from above) "Important Information - Appointments to make an application in Tehran are released weekly. If you are unable to secure an appointment at the Tehran Visa Application Centre,you will have the following options: Save your application and return later to see whether an appoi...
by John McKenna
Fri Sep 22, 2017 12:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London chess-FIDE open
Replies: 54
Views: 2837

Re: London chess-FIDE open

I've found an email on a website and emailed that, but I am not sure if I emailed the right person. As Roger said, you need to concentrate on getting the visa- as soon as possible - with it you will be ready be on your way, so to speak. This is the advice to Iranians on the UK Gov. website for visa...
by John McKenna
Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:11 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi
Replies: 891
Views: 23979

Re: 2017 World Cup 2-27 September, Tbilisi

The rating differences between So and Ding at the different time controls may yet be significant. In Classical on the current live ratings not a great deal of difference with So at 2787 and Ding at 2770 so a couple of hard fought draws could be expected. The first two rapid games today would be exp...
by John McKenna
Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2043
Views: 85233

Re: The English Language

Are the underlined used as adjectives? A considerable amount of data on the Kwakiutl, Tsimshian, Haida, Bella Coola , and other potlatches could be used to generate more holistic interpretations E.g. the Haida potlach, perhaps Note that we usually say in English the feast of Eid, not the Eid feast ...
by John McKenna
Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: London chess-FIDE open
Replies: 54
Views: 2837

Re: London chess-FIDE open

Try to pull yourself together, temporally.
by John McKenna
Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2043
Views: 85233

Re: The English Language

'Prestation' seems to be rarely used in English - it is French and means payment to a feudal superior.
by John McKenna
Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 223
Views: 34045

Re: Cheating in chess

Saucers are patently obviously not the shape of things to come... the eyes have it -

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style ... 71766.html
by John McKenna
Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:37 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 223
Views: 34045

Re: Cheating in chess

I'm not so sure that it's all pie-(in-the-sky-)eyed. The man himself (AML) is in the sin bin - having been red-carded for being too effusively abusive? He had some difficulty expressing his ideas clearly saying something like - Fourier analysis is the mathematics of bending light... whereas Fourier ...
by John McKenna
Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:10 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 81
Views: 2284

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

When Karpov became World Champion in April 1975 he vowed to be an active one, unlike his predecessor. True to his word, in July 1974 he (rated 2700) played the following opponents in the Nice Olympiad A-qualifier group - 1. Craig Pritchett (2350, Scotland & sometimes of this parish) 2. N.E. Zalm...
by John McKenna
Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:02 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2043
Views: 85233

Re: The English Language

Solemnity shares with seriousness the complete absence of all levity, hilarity and frivolity.

However, solemnity is often marked by silence, and you can be serious without being solemn - as was demonstrated by the young John McEnroe - but YOU CANNOT BE solemn without being SERIOUS.
by John McKenna
Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:33 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018
Replies: 81
Views: 2284

Re: Candidates Tournament in Berlin March 2018

While World Champion Karpov lost the following games to somewhat lesser lights and as of the 1st July 1984 had not gained his customary revenge, which he always thirsted for - 1979 (w) Ivanov, Igor (Karpov: +3, =3, -1 at the Spartakiad, Moscow) 1982 (w) Garcia Palermo,S. (Karpov: 3rd - 5th; +4, =7, ...

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