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by Colin Purdon
Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Worrying times
Replies: 352
Views: 15837

Re: Worrying times

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 8:34 pm
I seem to remember an old disaster movie, where the world was doomed, then it rained and it solved the problem. Maybe an early appearance for Christopher Lee?
Night of the Big Heat which indeed starred Christopher Lee.
by Colin Purdon
Mon Dec 09, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 555
Views: 45944

Re: Chess history trivia

That's interesting - in 1978 the Greeks were still in the final days of the demotic v katharevousa issue (basically whether to use the ordinary everyday modern Greek or to try and "clean" it back to the proper Greek of old). The attempt was officially abandonned in 1976, but still lingered in place...
by Colin Purdon
Sun Dec 08, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 555
Views: 45944

Re: Chess history trivia

My (not very comprehensive) Modern Greek dictionary gives σφυρα as both a feminine word for hammer and neuter plural for ankles (distinguishable by a difference in where the stress is). Rather puzzlingly it does not list the singular form for ankle, that would be σφυρο(ν) [the final ν (n) is now fr...
by Colin Purdon
Fri Nov 08, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 555
Views: 45944

Re: Chess history trivia

That's an interesting article you linked to, John. I must admit that I doubt that I would have got the answer however much time I had. The same newspaper article that contained the quote mentions McDonnell playing 1...Nf6 as Black (perhaps I should say "the second player") and continuing with 1.e4 N...
by Colin Purdon
Mon Nov 04, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 555
Views: 45944

Re: Chess history trivia

I'll try the eponymous player of the other Bishop's pawn then - Henry Bird?
by Colin Purdon
Sun Nov 03, 2019 7:01 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 555
Views: 45944

Re: Chess history trivia

I would guess Howard Staunton, on the grounds that he often began with the Queen's Bishop pawn.
by Colin Purdon
Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Britbase Question
Replies: 18
Views: 2238

Re: Britbase Question

It's slightly weird. As has already been pointed out the piece images are giving 403 errors but if you access them directly in then address bar with https then they work fine (eg https://www.saund.co.uk/pgn4web-3.03/images/merida/36/bk.png ). The first complaint on the https page is about the twitte...
by Colin Purdon
Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:48 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The word rook and Persia
Replies: 30
Views: 2626

Re: The word rook and Persia

For the record, my copy of the OED (published 1979, copyright 1971) has this statement regarding the derivation of the chess sense of rook: "The ultimate source is the Pers. rukh , the original sense of which is doubtful". I don't have access to the 1752 edition, for the good reasons already mention...
by Colin Purdon
Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 555
Views: 45944

Re: Chess history trivia

Did he order Falk beer over the counter?
by Colin Purdon
Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: What are the safeguards ?
Replies: 15
Views: 1808

Re: What are the safeguards ?

The bookmark function on the ECF grading website doesn't seem to work correctly. It is quite annoying not being able to directly copy the url of the page being viewed. For some obscure reason the function was deliberately decommissioned a few years ago. It is indeed annoying. I believe that the boo...
by Colin Purdon
Tue Dec 18, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: ECF Christmas closure annoucement photo
Replies: 7
Views: 930

Re: ECF Christmas closure annoucement photo

I too was bemused by the photo and when I saw your post I thought I'd dig a bit deeper (by which I mean I Googled the photo). Apparently the photo contains a Star Wars reference (I assume the big thing that looks vaguely like a knight's head, though I could be wrong). This link has more details: htt...
by Colin Purdon
Wed Sep 26, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Rudiger von Saldern 15/4/1933 - 18/9.2018
Replies: 7
Views: 1512

Re: Rudiger von Saldern 15/4/1933 - 18/9.2018

This is very sad news. Rudiger was always very friendly and he will be greatly missed by all the Guernsey regulars. RIP Rudi.
by Colin Purdon
Sat Nov 11, 2017 7:43 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3177
Views: 143566

Re: The English Language

These memorials are observed by some Christian communities, as I know from Orthodox friends. I have only heard them described by the time period, for example "40 day service (or memorial)". If there is a technical word in English, l haven't heard it .
by Colin Purdon
Sun Sep 18, 2016 4:55 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 4NCL Team and Individual Rapidplay Championships Wokefield Park 1-2 October
Replies: 3
Views: 804

Re: 4NCL Team and Individual Rapidplay Championships Wokefield Park 1-2 October

Thank you for the information, Chris. That must have been a real headache for Mike, I hope the events go well.
by Colin Purdon
Sun Sep 18, 2016 4:39 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 4NCL Team and Individual Rapidplay Championships Wokefield Park 1-2 October
Replies: 3
Views: 804

Re: 4NCL Team and Individual Rapidplay Championships Wokefield Park 1-2 October

The 4NCL web site gives Harben House as the venue for this event - I assume that the venue has changed since the original announcement?