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by John McKenna
Fri Jun 16, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: "SavetheUKCC" petition
Replies: 584
Views: 39708

Re: "SavetheUKCC" petition

If it should eventually transpire that VAT is not payable on entry fees to chess tournaments and is all refunded does that leave IM Michael Basman up a creek having been thrown a paddle after the tide has gone out?
by John McKenna
Wed Jun 14, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 1934
Views: 79900

Re: The English Language

You used it yourself -

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:"I'll snap off his pawn", means his pawn is bittle?


Well, not quite....
by John McKenna
Wed Jun 14, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: A British Macron?
Replies: 4
Views: 257

Re: A British Macron?

You might think so, however, my comment would then be that Blair made use of the nest of a long-established party to hatch his monstrous New Labour and other cuckoos (and that is the only sense in which those like Yvette Cooper & Chuka Umunna are big beasts). Macron has established his new party...
by John McKenna
Wed Jun 14, 2017 12:14 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: General Election 2017
Replies: 217
Views: 5621

Re: General Election 2017

Polarisation is the name of the game now. It has been pointed out that after a period of political diversification - with the increased vote share of UKIP, SNP and to a lesser extent the Greens, etc. - there is now a reconsolidation back to the two-party race. In N Ireland the reconsolidation/polari...
by John McKenna
Wed Jun 14, 2017 11:46 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: A British Macron?
Replies: 4
Views: 257

Re: A British Macron?

If you are looking for an English political parallel to Macron and finding it hard to find one it's because there isn't one. Corbyn is poles apart from the French quick upstart and Nigel Farage the nearest but still miles away as he has as much in common with Le Pen as he does with Macron. You could...
by John McKenna
Wed Jun 14, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 1934
Views: 79900

Re: The English Language

And, to "snap up" (a pawn) is a common expression, but because "brittle pawn" has been used "snap off" is appropriate since we break off brittle things if they are attached to something. (That something being the chessboard in this case.)
by John McKenna
Fri Jun 09, 2017 11:18 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 1934
Views: 79900

Re: The English Language

In chess parlance "chopping wood" means capturing material - the chessmen used to be made of wood in the old days hence that expression. It has been mentiioned here before - http://www.ecforum.org.uk/search.php?keywords=chopping+wood&t=6627&sf=msgonly Perhaps we should start using ...
by John McKenna
Fri Jun 09, 2017 11:38 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: General Election 2017
Replies: 217
Views: 5621

Re: General Election 2017

Amber Rudd and Tim Farron barely made it. They should go into retreat and take a vow of silence while reflecting upon what has happened... The Britsh Conservatives & the Northern Ireland Unionists are going to try to steal power when they have not got a democratic mandate. The people of Northern...
by John McKenna
Wed Jun 07, 2017 11:57 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: General Election 2017
Replies: 217
Views: 5621

Re: General Election 2017

A 'poll of polls' taking in 11 results from the past week has Con 44%, Lab 37%, L-D 8%. If those figures are correct the result would be -

Con 347 seats (+17), Lab 223 (-6), L-D 10 (+1)

Will that satisfy anyone?
by John McKenna
Wed Jun 07, 2017 11:34 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: General Election 2017
Replies: 217
Views: 5621

Re: General Election 2017

This GE has been said to be about Brexit, yet not a lot has been said about it in the campaign. It is what kind of Brexit that emerges after this election that will set the scenario for British Isles and Europe for the next 50-100 years. For those interested in historical parallels the current situa...
by John McKenna
Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:17 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Why is this position evaluated so?
Replies: 140
Views: 7207

Re: Why is this position evaluated so?

If W to move then W's advantage is clear since after 1.Bd3 Q moves, 2.Be4, the bishop is superior, to B's N, as it can support the advance of W's pawn majority on the Q-side while helping to block the advance of B's central pawn pair. Also, B's a-pawn is weak, fixed and probably lost. If B to move t...
by John McKenna
Sun Jun 04, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 European Ind Ch 29 May - 11 June (Minsk)
Replies: 155
Views: 6274

Re: 2017 European Ind Ch 29 May - 11 June (Minsk)

David's next opponent, Onischuk, defeated the talented Mr. Moroni by playing the KID and using a double exchange sac (he soon won one exchange back) on the c-file, followed by a k-side attack with q,kb, n & p v. K, Q, R, KB & P, which seem to win due to the opposite colour bishops, in the bo...
by John McKenna
Sat Jun 03, 2017 1:17 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Why did he did so?
Replies: 125
Views: 4087

Re: Why did he did so?

Pleased to hear that it's me, and not you, barking up the wrong tree.
by John McKenna
Sat Jun 03, 2017 12:45 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 European Ind Ch 29 May - 11 June (Minsk)
Replies: 155
Views: 6274

Re: 2017 European Ind Ch 29 May - 11 June (Minsk)

More towards the other end of the age scale to IM Luca Moroni (2448), with a surprisingly low rating of 2480, there's Armenian GM Artashes Minasian (b. 1967 Jan.) He's 3/3 and has W versus Kuzubov (2637) on 4th bd. For me it's one to watch. On his 40th move Minasian had equal material but failed to...
by John McKenna
Sat Jun 03, 2017 12:24 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 1934
Views: 79900

Re: The English Language

To "stop (something) in its tracks" means to bring (something) in motion to a sudden halt. In the case of the f-pawn simply "stopping" it does not imply if it has been moving, or not. "Stopping it in its tracks" specifies that it is, or has been, moving but that its mot...

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