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by John McKenna
Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2105
Views: 87042

Re: The English Language

Well that's alright then, Martin.

The major branch of Islam that is mainly practised in Iran believes in saints. The other major one does not.
by John McKenna
Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Is it copyright infringement?
Replies: 58
Views: 2702

Re: Is it copyright infringement?

I understand the particular problem you have regarding copyright. It arises from the global isolation, both imposed and self-imposed, of your homeland. However, after all that has been said here, the question in the title you gave to this thread - Re: Is it copyright infringement? - has already been...
by John McKenna
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What do I do?
Replies: 63
Views: 3833

Re: What do I do?

The seemingly random page turning on here can have a detrimental psychological effect on posters.
by John McKenna
Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:05 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Is it copyright infringement?
Replies: 58
Views: 2702

Re: Is it copyright infringement?

One Iranian IM aaid there are PDF of iriginal books available for free and that he doesn't think that "book authors expect eanings from a country nost of whose population live below the poverty line. My response to that is - just because there are two financially and legally separate(d) market...
by John McKenna
Tue Oct 17, 2017 1:20 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: What do I do?
Replies: 63
Views: 3833

Re: What do I do?

Do I need a whole comuter system for my chess club? I'm assuming you've dropped the 'p' from computer. The club secretary (think of the preceding word in terms of Stalin & Mao - who were party secretaries) may have a laptop that is brought to the club to do the pairings , etc. of internal rapid...
by John McKenna
Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:33 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Is it copyright infringement?
Replies: 58
Views: 2702

Re: Is it copyright infringement?

By the way,

… The man (GM?) said (that) he himself is (was) aware of the fact.


I now suspect "the man" in question was not the visiting GM, but was the "young man" who asked the GM to sign his homemade copy of the GM's chess book. Am I right about that?
by John McKenna
Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:23 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Is it copyright infringement?
Replies: 58
Views: 2702

Re: Is it copyright infringement?

I couldn't resist my little joke - I hope that Soheil gets the gist of it.

It should be said that 'Borat' revealed the Americans he encountered to be somewhat lacking in knowledge of the outside world and quite willing to demonstrate the limitations of the internal workings of their own country.
by John McKenna
Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:48 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Agm 2017
Replies: 26
Views: 1556

Re: ECF Agm 2017

The anecdotal last part of your report (thanks for posting the report) makes for an interesting comparison with another infinitely bigger rift.. G. Man. leaving Lancs. all those years ago was a like a mini-Brexit - a 'chexit' (chess org. exit) obviously the Lancs. equivalent of J.C.Junker & Co. ...
by John McKenna
Mon Oct 16, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Is it copyright infringement?
Replies: 58
Views: 2702

Re: Is it copyright infringement?

A British GM once came to Iran... After the (book) signing, WGM P... reprimanded the young man... the GM will be saddened (seeing his book printed and bined? [bound].. in Iran... ) The man (GM?) said (that) he himself is (was) aware of the fact. Also some people (in the West?) say (-) the reason th...
by John McKenna
Sun Oct 15, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2105
Views: 87042

Re: The English Language

Not exactly sure myself. Other topics - such board and mind games - that chessplayers have an interest in, for instance? Or, topics that someone is interested in finding out what chessplayers views are. Surely not for anything and everything - there are certainly other much more suitable and fruitfu...
by John McKenna
Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:36 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Gold Member Rep.
Replies: 53
Views: 2602

Re: Gold Member Rep.

Tidings of comfort and joy - from Ben - two such reps with fistfuls of golden votes would make for a very welcome early Christmas present from the ECF to the membership category that I happen to belong to.
by John McKenna
Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2105
Views: 87042

Re: The English Language

I'd be grateful if Soheil, too, would move on, away from anthropological topics, to subjects more suitable for the English Chess Forum - that is so kindly provided by our benefactor, Carl. I didn't know you were annoyed by these questions. I didn't mean that I was not annoyed by your questions. The...
by John McKenna
Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Executive Board
Replies: 25
Views: 1196

Re: FIDE Executive Board

It couldn't possibly be -

Mr. K + Mr. K = http://uk.businessinsider.com/photos-no ... oom-2017-8

Nah, not even in your dreams.
by John McKenna
Sat Oct 14, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2105
Views: 87042

Re: The English Language

"Not chess" does not mean "anything goes".
by John McKenna
Sat Oct 14, 2017 12:28 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Gold Member Rep.
Replies: 53
Views: 2602

Re: Gold Member Rep.

Honestly, I have given up. I do not agree with the strategy - I believe in a small rather than a large ECF. But I'm fairly sure nothing I write to Ben will make any difference. I think the ECF has reverted to its default position - only organisers get a vote and players should shut up and pay up. W...

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