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by John McKenna
Tue Jun 25, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Saint Louis Summer Classic
Replies: 20
Views: 1374

Re: Saint Louis Summer Classic

SNIP ... I think the two back markers, Swiercz & Le, will be looking to score better in the 2nd half... SNIP Well, yesterday, the only decisive game was: Le 1-0 Swiercz, and that left the scoreboard of the 6-player double round robin as follows - Howell & Xiong 3.5/6 Jones, Le & Shankland 3/6 Swier...
by John McKenna
Tue Jun 25, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Swiss Pairing Systems
Replies: 15
Views: 429

Re: Swiss Pairing Systems

Swiss pairings have been used in the Olympiad from 1976 on.
by John McKenna
Sun Jun 23, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess in Newspapers
Replies: 24
Views: 2177

Re: Chess in Newspapers

Nick >Kensington, Chelsea & Westminster Today is the only local newspaper serving RBKC and Westminster. A new monthly freebie. It has a chess column.< Who writes it? I don't know, Nick may say, but here's someone who reads it - https://www.filamentpublishing.com/shop/reference/chess-problems-play-p...
by John McKenna
Sun Jun 23, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess in Newspapers
Replies: 24
Views: 2177

Re: Chess in Newspapers

Francis, in amongst all those words mostly written in kalaallisut (Greenlandic - an Eskimo-Aleut language) you might have noticed the word "Hrokurrin" - the name of an Icelandic chess club, I believe. The only language, other than English, that uses a direct transliteration of the Persian/Arabic wor...
by John McKenna
Sun Jun 23, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The word rook and Persia
Replies: 19
Views: 932

Re: The word rook and Persia

Hi Hoosh (hope you don't mind me calling you by that name?) Always good to hear comments "straight from the horse's mouth" (hope you understand that is just a figure of speech and not an implication of anything personal!) Can you tell me the names of all the chess pieces in your native language, ple...
by John McKenna
Sun Jun 23, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Saint Louis Summer Classic
Replies: 20
Views: 1374

Re: Saint Louis Summer Classic

Mick, to paraphrase Staunton, it's better to post in error sometimes than not to post at all. Appreciate all the info. I've been left short of moves at times from the games and you (& Roger) have set me straight. I think the two back markers, Swiercz & Le, will be looking to score better in the 2nd ...
by John McKenna
Fri Jun 21, 2019 9:13 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Draw Croatia
Replies: 5
Views: 505

Re: Grand Chess Draw Croatia

In my estimation the observer effect - triggered by this topic - will reduce the number of draws, but not a lot.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Observe ... _(physics)
by John McKenna
Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Saint Louis Summer Classic
Replies: 20
Views: 1374

Re: Saint Louis Summer Classic

Good save by David Howell - two pawns down in a rook and minor piece each ending. I see that after 72 moves David managed to remove the last remaining white pawn at the cost of his bishop and held on with rook v. R & N until his opponent, Le, conceded a draw on move 110. New Asian Continental Champi...
by John McKenna
Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Saint Louis Summer Classic
Replies: 20
Views: 1374

Re: Saint Louis Summer Classic

at the 40th move According to chessbomb.com it was 85 moves SNIP At move 40, the stockfish at that site thinks White is about a pawn worse. In round 2 GM Q. Le was laid low with his 2nd black in a row. At present I have only 30 moves of Xiong-Le and imagine Le was not long in giving up the ghost. H...
by John McKenna
Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:08 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Saint Louis Summer Classic
Replies: 20
Views: 1374

Re: Saint Louis Summer Classic

NickFaulks wrote:
Wed Jun 19, 2019 11:13 am
Very impressive opening game from Howell, I thought.
Yes, David won a rook for knight, but at the 40th move (the end, it seems) Shankland had two knights for rook and two pawns.

Either Shankland lost on time or his position was worse than it looks?
by John McKenna
Wed Jun 19, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Saint Louis Summer Classic
Replies: 20
Views: 1374

Re: Saint Louis Summer Classic

Vietnamese GM Q. Le - not resting on his laurels - has come hotfoot from China where he just won, outright, the Asian Continental Ch.

https://en.chessbase.com/post/le-quang- ... mpionships
by John McKenna
Wed Jun 19, 2019 11:23 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The word rook and Persia
Replies: 19
Views: 932

Re: The word rook and Persia

I'll just say, in mitigation, that Francis posted this in General Chat.

If it had been posted in Chess History the criticisms would be justified.

Chess Questions might have been a better place for it.
by John McKenna
Mon Jun 17, 2019 10:56 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The word rook and Persia
Replies: 19
Views: 932

Re: The word rook and Persia

John (and Peter), I am not responsible for the contents, or lack thereof, of Dr. J's legendary lexicon. 'Rook', Francis, came into English through Arabic rukh via Persian from the Sanskrit word for a chariot ratha . Thanks for the encouragement, Nick. Tim (and David) may be sticklers for the actual ...
by John McKenna
Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:24 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The word rook and Persia
Replies: 19
Views: 932

Re: The word rook and Persia

Francis may have meant Samuel Johnson's famous dictionary, which he has mentioned before -

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Diction ... h_Language