Search found 229 matches

by David Williams
Mon Jan 11, 2021 8:44 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 189
Views: 12799

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

At the very least it's insensitive. And ill-advised to have something like that on a public forum under your own name. Alternatively you could take the time to go back through a thread a little and understand the context in which something is written and hence what it actually means instead of just...
by David Williams
Sun Jan 10, 2021 10:34 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 189
Views: 12799

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

At the very least it's insensitive. And ill-advised to have something like that on a public forum under your own name.
by David Williams
Sun Jan 10, 2021 8:08 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 189
Views: 12799

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

Removed. What I should have said is in my later post.
by David Williams
Thu Dec 17, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 278
Views: 12139

Re: Pedants United

Oh, I think we can allow "cheap at half the price" - generally thought to be deliberately humorous. "How are you?" "Not too bad!". That never occurred to me, though Google supports your view. I still think most people who say "cheap at half the price" are just getting it wrong. A similar one that a...
by David Williams
Thu Dec 17, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 278
Views: 12139

Re: Pedants United

Can't think why I didn't mention these two before. Possibly because they aren't actually pedantry, they are just things that are continually used wrongly. 1. Things that would be "cheap at half the price", which is used to mean excellent value, when it actually means they are over-priced. Cheap at t...
by David Williams
Thu Dec 03, 2020 8:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4147
Views: 448653

Re: Media comments on chess

https://www.uefa.com/memberassociations ... /#/yr/2021
There is a well-established rating system.
by David Williams
Wed Dec 02, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Times cryptic chess clue
Replies: 81
Views: 3939

Re: Times cryptic chess clue

Potentially unarm a khaki uniform with artist candidate.
by David Williams
Sat Nov 14, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Queens Gambit and Netflix
Replies: 86
Views: 5447

Re: Queens Gambit and Netflix

I don't have Netflix, never have, but I believe the basic package costs £5.99 a month, and if you subscribe they give you your second month free. You can cancel any time, so you could sign up one day, cancel the next, and you would still be able to watch for the rest of your two months for a total o...
by David Williams
Sun Nov 08, 2020 12:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Times cryptic chess clue
Replies: 81
Views: 3939

Re: Times cryptic chess clue

A clue I remember from the Times a few months ago, which requires knowledge of how to set the board up (and a bit of heraldry). Something like

Where white queen starts, black causes damage. (7)
by David Williams
Fri Nov 06, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 189
Views: 12799

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

I thought the whole idea was that we would get through this by not being together.
by David Williams
Wed Oct 21, 2020 2:20 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 189
Views: 12799

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

Something over one million people worldwide have died of Covid-19. It is estimated up to 50 million died of 'Spanish' flu. There are more than four times as many people on the planet as there were 100 years ago.
by David Williams
Wed Sep 16, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Club Membership & ECF Membership Fees
Replies: 34
Views: 1995

Re: Club Membership & ECF Membership Fees

If I'm expected to wear a mask, I'm not playing chess. There will also be those who say "If my opponent is not wearing a face-covering, I'm not playing chess". There are those who say both of those things, which is a perfectly reasonable position to take. Of course, and any club, league or tourname...
by David Williams
Tue Sep 15, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Club Membership & ECF Membership Fees
Replies: 34
Views: 1995

Re: Club Membership & ECF Membership Fees

Nick Ivell wrote:
Tue Sep 08, 2020 6:06 pm
If I'm expected to wear a mask, I'm not playing chess.
There will also be those who say "If my opponent is not wearing a face-covering, I'm not playing chess". And they may well also say "It makes no difference if he has a medical exemption. That doesn't make him any less infectious".
by David Williams
Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1618
Views: 88459

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

A sudden, unexpected cluster of cases is really common. For example, just yesterday, a hospital in our area which had no Covid cases at all, reported that 15 in-patients for other conditions had tested Covid positive. Probably infected by visitors to the hospital. Presumably in an environment that ...
by David Williams
Sat Sep 05, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 278
Views: 12139

Re: Pedants United

I'm not sure it's pedantry to be irritated by new expressions. The ones that get me are where people use words that actually mean something else. If I hear that someone has refuted an allegation I expect to hear that he has disproved it, not that he simply denies it. If an arbiter appears disinteres...