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by Jon Tait
Mon Mar 16, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately
Replies: 340
Views: 14107

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: 5
Views: 785

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: 115
Views: 16342

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: 52
Views: 3387

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: 52
Views: 3387

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: 4938

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...
by Jon Tait
Tue Dec 17, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Brexit tea leaves
Replies: 110
Views: 4938

Re: Brexit tea leaves

Probably sooner than you think. I'm 56 :wink:
by Jon Tait
Mon Dec 16, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Brexit tea leaves
Replies: 110
Views: 4938

Re: Brexit tea leaves

John McKenna wrote:
Mon Dec 16, 2019 1:51 pm
We older ones lived about 40 years in the EU and could see...
sorry, but... :lol: :lol: :lol:
by Jon Tait
Mon Dec 16, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Brexit tea leaves
Replies: 110
Views: 4938

Re: Brexit tea leaves

"We won, you lost, suck it up." Well, yes, that is how democracy works. Not really. There isn't any constitutional procedure for referenda. People can decide to have a new one if they want. That is how democracy works. But they didn't, so there isn't going to be a new one. Not in the foreseeable fu...
by Jon Tait
Mon Dec 16, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Brexit tea leaves
Replies: 110
Views: 4938

Re: Brexit tea leaves

Jon mentions that "people are massively invested in Brexit, which makes them unlikely to admit that they made any mistake". He also says that "the prospect of another referendum was an absolute red line because people generally thought Brexit would lose this time". Do those invested in Brexit think...
by Jon Tait
Mon Dec 16, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Brexit tea leaves
Replies: 110
Views: 4938

Re: Brexit tea leaves

Matthew Turner wrote:
Sat Dec 14, 2019 3:24 pm
The conservative message was much simpler increased spending on health and education.
Which are like Big Brother increasing the chocolate ration :roll:
by Jon Tait
Mon Dec 16, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Brexit tea leaves
Replies: 110
Views: 4938

Re: Brexit tea leaves

I realise Labour are trying to spin the result as being all about Brexit rather than a defeat of the Corbynist ideology, but I do think there might be some truth in that. "Corbynist ideology" doesn't really exist. Corbyn's election just enabled a return to democratic socialism, which is what brough...
by Jon Tait
Mon Dec 16, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Brexit tea leaves
Replies: 110
Views: 4938

Re: Brexit tea leaves

Things have reversed this election 1. Jeremy Corbyn looks old and Boris Johnson appears to have much more energy 2. Labour has made far too many spending pledges to retain financial credibility That has nothing to do with Brexit, so I suspect had Brexit not been an issue the result would have been ...
by Jon Tait
Mon Dec 16, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Premier League Fantasy Football 2019-20
Replies: 58
Views: 4360

Re: Premier League Fantasy Football 2019-20

I'd like to put myself forward for the title of "worst manager ever", having dropped 109 points so far this season solely by leaving the wrong players on the bench.
by Jon Tait
Tue Nov 19, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess.Com getting sued.
Replies: 115
Views: 16342

Re: Chess.Com getting sued.

We are dedicated to combating unfair play on our site and we never close accounts lightly - accounts are closed only when we are 100% certain of unfair play. (...) I fully understand your position and wish that I could grant you a second chance account. But according to chess.com policy, You cannot...