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by John McKenna
Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Repercussions/Fallout from EU Referendum (Echo Chamber)
Replies: 19
Views: 1154

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

Hi Michael, good to see you, and Nick, engaging in civilised debate in this star chamber. I can see both sides of the argument when it comes to the UK-EU relationship. But, as I've said before, as far as I was concerned, it had to be all-in or all-out. The EU could not continue to allow the UK to ke...
by John McKenna
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Repercussions/Fallout from EU Referendum (Echo Chamber)
Replies: 19
Views: 1154

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

Ps I think one of the stars may be falling from your flag - despite desperate attempts to hold it in place. Venus, the Morning Star, shines at magnitude greater than -4.0 and this sets the standard for the days ahead. Things are brighter than any day since July 2016 Venus is also the Evening Star. ...
by John McKenna
Tue Jan 15, 2019 12:09 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Repercussions/Fallout from EU Referendum (Echo Chamber)
Replies: 19
Views: 1154

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

The meaningful/less (delete one suffix if you care to hazard a guess) vote is upon them. A plague on all their houses.
by John McKenna
Wed Dec 19, 2018 1:31 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Milunka Lazarevic
Replies: 6
Views: 743

Re: Milunka Lazarevic

Can't help with that distraction. A bit more background - Markovic, Milunka (nee Lazarevic) was born 1932/12/01 in Santarovac - WIM 1954, WGM 1976, Yugoslav women's champion 1952 (joint), 1954, 1956, 1957, 1960, 1962, 1963, 1975, 1976, 1972,1979,1982 (all as Lazarevic) She played very few British pl...
by John McKenna
Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:33 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Repercussions/Fallout from EU Referendum (Echo Chamber)
Replies: 19
Views: 1154

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: 19
Views: 1154

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

The only thing I 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: 19
Views: 1154

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: 83
Views: 4773

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: 2985
Views: 123350

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: 2985
Views: 123350

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: 2985
Views: 123350

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: 2716
Views: 292548

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: 2716
Views: 292548

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: 2985
Views: 123350

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: 527

Re: Policy of continuous improvement

Sounds as if we've been overtaken by events.

It was ever so - just more so now than ever.