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by Reg Clucas
Tue Feb 16, 2021 2:28 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3289
Views: 175818

Re: The English Language

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Tue Feb 16, 2021 9:29 am
What do you call babies who still drink milk? I think it cannot be 'infant', as infant covers only1 year of age.
Suckling. (assuming you mean they drink only milk). It's a bit archaic though, and is more commonly used with reference to animals, e.g. 'suckling pig'.
by Reg Clucas
Sat Feb 06, 2021 1:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4213
Views: 457896

Re: Media comments on chess

Barrow AFC chairman Paul Hornby, writing in today's match programme on the frustrations of trying to sign players during the transfer window - "At times it’s almost like playing chess and waiting for teams higher up to make their move. "
by Reg Clucas
Sun Jan 31, 2021 9:47 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: UK Citizenship Test
Replies: 39
Views: 2007

Re: UK Citizenship Test

"What does it mean by 'valid' in no 7?" I took it to mean that you could use them in shops and nobody would complain. "Valid" might mean that shops should accept them... Well, they are not legal tender (not even in Scotland) so no shop is obliged to accept them. However, if any shopkeeper refused t...
by Reg Clucas
Sun Jan 31, 2021 9:10 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: UK Citizenship Test
Replies: 39
Views: 2007

Re: UK Citizenship Test

"What does it mean by 'valid' in no 7?" I took it to mean that you could use them in shops and nobody would complain. "Valid" might mean that shops should accept them... Well, they are not legal tender (not even in Scotland) so no shop is obliged to accept them. However, if any shopkeeper refused t...
by Reg Clucas
Sun Jan 31, 2021 7:18 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: UK Citizenship Test
Replies: 39
Views: 2007

Re: UK Citizenship Test

What does it mean by 'valid' in no 7?
by Reg Clucas
Sun Jan 17, 2021 8:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Putting pieces back on their starting squares in the opening
Replies: 19
Views: 1322

Re: Putting pieces back on their starting squares in the opening

Not quite the same thing - undeveloping a knight to the other knight's starting square. This appeared in the December issue of Chess magazine. [Event "Chicago"] [Site "?"] [Date "1989.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "Rachels, S"] [Black "Gaillard, E"] [Result "*"] [Annotator "Sean Marsh"] [ECO "B00"] [Ev...
by Reg Clucas
Sun Jan 17, 2021 8:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 4213
Views: 457896

Re: Media comments on chess

I wish pundits would stop the .."it's like a game of chess." every time a game gets a bit turgid it's thoughtless, lazy and makes my blood boil!! Rant over. It's used so often these days in football commentaries that it's hardly worth reporting any more. Even Barrow v Scunthorpe was a game of chess...
by Reg Clucas
Fri Jan 15, 2021 8:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Putting pieces back on their starting squares in the opening
Replies: 19
Views: 1322

Re: Putting pieces back on their starting squares in the opening

John Upham wrote:
Fri Jan 15, 2021 4:27 pm
One of the more extreme examples of this is the Brooklyn Variation of the Alekhine Defence. Not to everyone's taste.
I'd never heard of this before, but as soon as I read your post I thought it must be 2...Ng8. Has been played in Blitz by quite a few top GMs.
by Reg Clucas
Wed Jan 13, 2021 3:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1708
Views: 97874

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Wed Jan 13, 2021 2:37 pm
I think that one "of" at the end of that quote should be something else?
'and' would make sense.
by Reg Clucas
Fri Jan 08, 2021 3:49 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering GM Harry Golombek OBE (01-iii-1911 07-i-1995)
Replies: 6
Views: 741

Re: Remembering GM Harry Golombek OBE (01-iii-1911 07-i-1995)

I was wondering who the two female players were in the picture of the 1985 Varsity match. John Saunders' Britbase site has a picture of two different players, Laura Cohen (Cambridge) vs Anita Rakshit (Oxford). One of the pictures must have the wrong date? Perhaps Leonard Barden can enlighten us, as ...
by Reg Clucas
Fri Jan 08, 2021 2:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Closing Gambit
Replies: 100
Views: 5068

Re: Closing Gambit

I thought it was decent. I knew about quite a lot of the goings on already, but there was quite a lot more that I didn't know. Interesting to hear the views of some of the other players, including from those who were probably too young to have known much about it at the time, e.g. Anand, Adams, Svid...
by Reg Clucas
Tue Jan 05, 2021 2:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Question about arbiters
Replies: 19
Views: 1344

Re: Question about arbiters

Apologies if I'm opening a can of worms with this one but it is possible to construct a checkmate with K+B vs K+B (provided the bishops are on opposite coloured squares) and two inexperienced juniors might conceivably arrive at such a position. Naturally it's a helpmate but put a black king on h8 a...
by Reg Clucas
Mon Jan 04, 2021 3:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Same position, different assessment
Replies: 10
Views: 911

Re: Same position, different assessment

This is pure speculation, but I wonder if, when several threads are being analysed simultaneously, they are for some reason allocated different amounts of system resources (e.g. RAM, CPU share) which makes them perform differently. I don't have Stockfish but I've noticed the version used by Chessbom...
by Reg Clucas
Tue Dec 29, 2020 2:08 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3289
Views: 175818

Re: The English Language

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Tue Dec 29, 2020 7:52 am
What's the difference between 'toward' and 'towards'?
https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-a ... ards-usage
by Reg Clucas
Sat Dec 26, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: Birthdays & Anniversaries
Topic: Happy Birthday IM Vaidyanathan Ravikumar (26-xii-1959)
Replies: 2
Views: 304

Re: Happy Birthday IM Vaidyanathan Ravikumar (26-xii-1959)

I remember his 'double act' with Andrew Martin at the British, it was very entertaining.