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by John McKenna
Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:33 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Repercussions/Fallout from EU Referendum (Echo Chamber)
Replies: 12
Views: 569

Re: Repercussions/Fallout from EU Referendum (Echo Chamber)

How would I know?

I always avert my gaze...

The lips of Betty Davis and the eyes of Dracula.

https://www.artlyst.com/whats-on-archiv ... s-beetles/
by John McKenna
Fri Dec 14, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Repercussions/Fallout from EU Referendum (Echo Chamber)
Replies: 12
Views: 569

Re: Repercussions/Fallout from EU Referendum (Echo Chamber)

The only thing in want to read is -

The Lady Vanishes

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lady_ ... 1979_film)

How are Charters and Caldicott, by the way, still in or already out??
by John McKenna
Wed Dec 12, 2018 11:38 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Repercussions/Fallout from EU Referendum (Echo Chamber)
Replies: 12
Views: 569

Re: Repercussions/Fallout from EU Referendum (Echo Chamber)

The last trick was the old...

Now you see it... now you don't!

When will the much promised vote rematerialise?
by John McKenna
Wed Dec 12, 2018 1:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Prize Money is Out of Control
Replies: 15
Views: 770

Re: Prize Money is Out of Control

I'd like to read Geoff's take on the Tiger vs. Phil match but suspect it'd be too heavily censored.
by John McKenna
Mon Dec 10, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2917
Views: 118473

Re: The English Language

It simply means - after the given continuation - that "White's advantage would not be much" having been reduced.
by John McKenna
Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2917
Views: 118473

Re: The English Language

An "enviable position" is one that is so much better than yours that you wish you could have for yourself. Next time you are playing a game, and find you are in soon in difficulties, you may notice some other games around you about to end in quick victories. At such a time you may envy the victors t...
by John McKenna
Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2917
Views: 118473

Re: The English Language

Yes, there's a similar difference in "not enviable"/"far from enviable"/"not enviable at all" to bad/worse/worst. It means that it is impossible for all of Black's moves, and subsequent continuations, (presumably from a given position) to be good. Means it is logical that they can't be all good? Mor...
by John McKenna
Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2627
Views: 281911

Re: Media comments on chess

Keith. This is a genuine inquiry, When you reach R+B v R again, is there any interest in it for you? Is it not like K + Q v K in blitz for me? The only interest is in whether I will get to mate before my flag falls. Now K + Q + N v K + R + B + N would interest all of us. Yet it takes more than 200 ...
by John McKenna
Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2627
Views: 281911

Re: Media comments on chess

Incidently, the game (above and below) begins with the same first four moves as one played yesterday in the British KO Ch. Houska,J-Hawkins,J (4.1). [Event "Staffs Open"] [Site "?"] [Date "1991.05.26"] [Round "3"] [White "Arkell, Keith"] [Black "Cooper, Lawrence H"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D20"] [White...
by John McKenna
Sat Dec 08, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2917
Views: 118473

Re: The English Language

Not really any difference.

The first version reads better and the second is less clear.

As a matter of fact, I'd replace 'with' by 'to' in the second version.
by John McKenna
Sat Dec 08, 2018 10:46 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Policy of continuous improvement
Replies: 2
Views: 394

Re: Policy of continuous improvement

Sounds as if we've been overtaken by events.

It was ever so - just more so now than ever.
by John McKenna
Sat Dec 08, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2917
Views: 118473

Re: The English Language

You use the phrase "as a matter of fact" to introduce a statement that gives more details about what has just been said, e.g. - It's not that difficult. "As a matter of fact", it's quite easy. Thanks. What does 'possibly' mean in: Black has a lot of attractive con­tinuations at his disposal, but not...
by John McKenna
Fri Dec 07, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2917
Views: 118473

Re: The English Language

I would have thought "tiny" would normally be smaller than the other two. Right you are, but how about looking at it another way... Elsewhere on the forum there's been talk of 'centipawns'... So, just for the sake of argument, could we say something like - a tiny advantage = 10 centipawns, a slight...
by John McKenna
Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:56 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2917
Views: 118473

Re: The English Language

Very little.

Again, although you are asking in a chess context, the adjectives (tiny, slight and small) mean the same as they do everyday life and therefore any good dictionary will explain the differences and nuances.
by John McKenna
Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF to scrap its grading system
Replies: 75
Views: 2892

Re: ECF to scrap its grading system

I suppose the Swiss and Yorks players never really wanted 'continuous' (live) ratings/gradings and had them thrust upon them. Strange that instead of having to try to calculate their own they could get them officially, immediately, more or less.