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by Jon Tait
Wed Oct 21, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 102
Views: 6437

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

would be worse under Kier or Libs. We may all be in tier 2/3 soon. Ah, the hypothetical "someone else might have been at least as bad or even worse" defence. I wonder how that would hold up against a charge of incompetence in absolutely any other field. But just to answer anyway: No, because rather...
by Jon Tait
Tue Oct 13, 2020 8:19 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 102
Views: 6437

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

Jon Tait wrote:
Wed May 06, 2020 8:54 am
because we have a bunch of complete bellends in government, "led" by the most useless fathead ever to occupy no.10
anyone still disagree with this assessment? :roll:
by Jon Tait
Sun Jul 19, 2020 5:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Sexism in chess
Replies: 89
Views: 6253

Re: Sexism in chess

"His" is normal usage as it is a bit clumsy to say "his or her" all the time, and in these modern times, the other associated words. "Their" doesn't sound right as it's plural. Time for this quote again... I still dislike invented pronouns, but now dislike them less than the so-called generic prono...
by Jon Tait
Sat May 16, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance Meeting
Replies: 136
Views: 9650

Re: ECF Finance Meeting

I think rugby league is fairly popular in the constituencies that the Conservatives won for the first time at the last general election. If Jon Tait and the rest of Mansfield Chess Club put forward a submission for a grant to aid Community Chess, They might have a chance :D http://www.subvertcentra...
by Jon Tait
Sat May 16, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Finance Meeting
Replies: 136
Views: 9650

Re: ECF Finance Meeting

They have withdrawn funding from a number of Olympic sports. If they have supported rugby league, then it is because more people follow it (it's on television), and quite possibly more people play it. If so, it seems pretty damn stupid. It's sports that don't have a lot of TV and spectator revenue ...
by Jon Tait
Wed May 06, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 908
Views: 45700

Re: 4NCL Online

However, what makes this different from any normal league or tournament game? I mean, that possibility is present in every game we play, whether online or not. I can think of several players who have been removed from tournaments and leagues for using assistance, but it doesn't mean that I don't pl...
by Jon Tait
Wed May 06, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 102
Views: 6437

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Fri Apr 10, 2020 12:55 am
Hello.
Why has COVid 19 become so wide-spread in UK?
because we have a bunch of complete bellends in government, "led" by the most useless fathead ever to occupy no.10
by Jon Tait
Tue May 05, 2020 7:51 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 908
Views: 45700

Re: 4NCL Online

What if someone is only using an engine for part of the game? In other words, mostly making their own moves but referring to an engine at critical moments or for an ongoing blunder check. Even just the latter would increase a human player's strength considerably. That was in fact the main reason I d...
by Jon Tait
Wed Apr 29, 2020 9:14 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: David Fewkes
Replies: 6
Views: 1967

Re: David Fewkes

I wish there could be a moment's silence for David at Mansfield CC as well as at Crystal Palace CC when the clubs reconvene. I'll ask when we meet up again (whenever that is), but if David was at Mansfield in the 70s I doubt there's anyone still at the club who knows who he was, including me. A mom...
by Jon Tait
Mon Mar 16, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately
Replies: 340
Views: 18786

Re: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately

Jonathan Rogers wrote:
Sat Mar 14, 2020 3:28 pm
I am not sure what else we expected from a politician who, generally in life, is pro-risk ...
Nicely put :lol: . Much more diplomatic than "who couldn't give a toss"...
by Jon Tait
Mon Mar 02, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Similar positions from a different move order
Replies: 8
Views: 1639

Re: Similar positions from a different move order

Not the same thing at all really, but it's reminded me of a blogpost about a direct transposition from the Sicilian to the Ruy Lopez...

https://200opengames.blogspot.com/2018/ ... ilian.html
by Jon Tait
Fri Jan 31, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess.Com getting sued.
Replies: 185
Views: 26007

Re: Chess.Com getting sued.

The funny thing is, because of cheating online this is intrinsically killing online chess and correspondence. Computers have become so strong people are put off from playing them. So people return to playing in clubs and congresses as it is perceived as an environment with the least amount of cheat...
by Jon Tait
Sat Dec 28, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson
Replies: 77
Views: 7686

Re: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson

Take that element out, though, and what's left? For someone whose main interest is chess, not a lot. Perhaps for people whose main interests are thought and philosophy, quite a lot. As to that, personally I've never been interested in philosophy because it's always seemed to me to be about saying v...
by Jon Tait
Wed Dec 25, 2019 1:26 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson
Replies: 77
Views: 7686

Re: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson

I have bought that text and begun reading it. The review, I thought, is rather pedantic since it focuses so much on minor details and inaccuracies, and in doing so bypasses the normative aspects of the text; the richness of the text, the purpose of writing and writing process too. It's unforfunate ...
by Jon Tait
Tue Dec 17, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Brexit tea leaves
Replies: 110
Views: 6945

Re: Brexit tea leaves

So everything that happened over the past year or so in parliament is being rolled back to a "do what you like" model. All that noise about how parliament is sovereign and parliament exists to scrutinise the government and hold it to account only actually means anything if there is a workable oppos...