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by John McKenna
Sun Apr 11, 2021 10:54 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2595
Views: 211472

Re: Cheating in chess

Ever thought that your subject mighf be reading this and toying with you all.
by John McKenna
Sun Apr 11, 2021 10:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2595
Views: 211472

Re: Cheating in chess

I get the increasing impression that the forum has gradually been turning into a league of some kind of gentlemen. One that anyone with any common sense would not wish to be in league with. So, I'm counting myself out. (Which I'm sure will please some greatly but it pleases me more.) Carry on pleasi...
by John McKenna
Sun Apr 11, 2021 10:02 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2595
Views: 211472

Re: Cheating in chess

I've heard of the theory of everything...

This discussion has now begun to plumb the depths of the theory of nothing.

Nothing ventured and nothing gained.
by John McKenna
Sun Apr 11, 2021 9:48 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2595
Views: 211472

Re: Cheating in chess

Breaking news -

The Woodward & Bernstein of chess are back in tandem!! Like a pair of bloodhounds they sniff out where the bones are buried. Unlike other canines they never bury any bones themselves. Funny that.
by John McKenna
Sat Apr 10, 2021 6:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Hansen on Nakamura
Replies: 26
Views: 2607

Re: Hansen on Nakamura

The trouble is - the USA and, to some extent, Canada are more egalitarian societies with less deference and more "attitude".

Some allowance should be made for that by Brits & Europeans.
by John McKenna
Sat Apr 10, 2021 5:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Improving chess?
Replies: 6
Views: 899

Re: Improving chess?

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Sat Apr 10, 2021 5:11 pm
Iranian chess championship final is being held over the board, the first formal OTB event after a year
We envy your improving chess.
by John McKenna
Sat Apr 10, 2021 5:28 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 268
Views: 18945

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

Just finished "Failures of State" by Sunday Times journalists Jonathan Calvert & George Arbuthnott. 400 pages of investigative journalism cataloguing the utter uselessness of Boris Johnson and his government's handling of the pandemic. Essential reading for anyone who still has any doubts whatsoeve...
by John McKenna
Sat Apr 10, 2021 5:15 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3311
Views: 181162

Re: The English Language

According to David Crystal the principle reason why starting sentences with a conjunction because distasteful was playground banter became a great annoyance. Dropping conjunctions at the start of sentences was one of many minor changes. Crystal claims teachers invoked that change for the wrong reas...
by John McKenna
Sat Apr 10, 2021 2:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2595
Views: 211472

Re: Cheating in chess

Can someone explain to me why anyone cares what someone's lichess rating is? The reasons why some people manipulate their OTB and/or CC grades and ratings have been gone into previously on this forum. Online ratings are subject to the same thing but are more visible and can be manipulated at a far ...
by John McKenna
Fri Apr 09, 2021 7:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Improving chess?
Replies: 6
Views: 899

Re: Improving chess?

Iran has recently produced some very high-class young players so must have been doing something right. Here the emphasis has gone from quality to quantity and less high-class juniors have appeared recently. However, due to a project called "Chess in Schools" more youngsters are playing chess here th...
by John McKenna
Fri Apr 09, 2021 6:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Improving chess?
Replies: 6
Views: 899

Re: Improving chess?

You should already have a good idea of that if about to run for that office.
by John McKenna
Fri Apr 09, 2021 6:32 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3311
Views: 181162

Re: The English Language

What does 'And it is' mean in: Iceland feels like a mystical land of stunning beauty. And it is... It is a conjunction that serves to connect the two sentences. The second sentence confirms that "Iceland is a land of stunning beauty". NB: There was a time when school teachers of English in the UK t...
by John McKenna
Fri Apr 09, 2021 5:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 288
Views: 36847

Re: End of an era

An awful lot of it is fluff... According to you "Prince" Kasperski is not even true blue. There have been plenty of high crimes going on elsewhere in real royal circles across the globe rather than minor misdemeanours. Do tell if you ever get a reply to your second missive to Messrs Poole Waterfield.
by John McKenna
Fri Apr 09, 2021 3:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2595
Views: 211472

Re: Cheating in chess

No danger of that, Nick, I am the oldest surviving member of my immediate family.

The building site workers mainly seem to have exempted themselves from masking so it is not without risk.
by John McKenna
Fri Apr 09, 2021 2:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 2595
Views: 211472

Re: Cheating in chess

I'd caution against any belief that all 7- and 8-year-olds are "tyros" at chess - but that doesn't mean they fully understand complicated rules. You are in danger of arguing against yourself there, Roger. Roget, you have pointed out on here a sad lack of parental reponsibility in some cases and at ...