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by MJMcCready
Fri Sep 18, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Music from the 80s
Replies: 14
Views: 328

Re: Music from the 80s

The sugarcubes were great in the beginning. Remember that stuff you mentioned well.
by MJMcCready
Fri Sep 18, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Music from the 80s
Replies: 14
Views: 328

Re: Music from the 80s

XTC went a bit strange and weren't the only ones. Killing Joke also undertook a rather colourful odyssey.
by MJMcCready
Fri Sep 18, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 142
Views: 2585

Re: Pedants United

The colocations get messed up for sure. The thing I find most irksome is that American English is considered (by them) as being more progressive than British English, and it's often said triumphantly.
by MJMcCready
Thu Sep 17, 2020 3:19 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Music from the 80s
Replies: 14
Views: 328

Re: Music from the 80s

Well the 70s brought us punk...did it give us anything else apart from the beginnings of the new wave of British heavy metal?
by MJMcCready
Thu Sep 17, 2020 3:02 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Some Q's concerning the French Defence.
Replies: 69
Views: 2307

Re: Some Q's concerning the French Defence.

Nick Ivell wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 5:33 pm
Never played it. Might be ok against the Caro, but you can't expect anything with it against the French.
Yes suspect you're right there. Seems very much like the sort of thing I used to see in Nimzowitch's games, all very retro.
by MJMcCready
Thu Sep 17, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Music from the 80s
Replies: 14
Views: 328

Music from the 80s

Was there any band or act that you particularly liked in the 80s. I grew ?p with that stuff and have been told many times over by a friend & musician that there was a lot of good music going around back then, just that much of it wasn't so well known. One of my friends dated a girl from Liverpool fo...
by MJMcCready
Thu Sep 17, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering FM John Littlewood (25-i-1931 16-ix-2009)
Replies: 16
Views: 599

Re: Remembering FM John Littlewood (25-i-1931 16-ix-2009)

That's a much longer list than I realized. But like you said, perhaps that's for a seperate thread.
by MJMcCready
Thu Sep 17, 2020 8:20 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering FM John Littlewood (25-i-1931 16-ix-2009)
Replies: 16
Views: 599

Re: Remembering FM John Littlewood (25-i-1931 16-ix-2009)

Has there ever been a stronger father-son combination in chess than theirs?
by MJMcCready
Thu Sep 17, 2020 4:03 am
Forum: Live Games
Topic: Irish Championship 2020
Replies: 4
Views: 743

Re: Irish Championship 2020

Oops, ty (note to self: check post date before answering). Nonetheless, thanks for the reply, I will have a peek.
by MJMcCready
Thu Sep 17, 2020 3:59 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 142
Views: 2585

Re: Pedants United

Some nouns exist only in plural form, I believe they are called plurale tantums , scissors and trousers are fairly obvious examples of that. Use of "trouser" as a singular noun is not unknown. Some menswear retailers with a pretentious bent used to (may still do) refer to something they showed you ...
by MJMcCready
Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: Live Games
Topic: Irish Championship 2020
Replies: 4
Views: 743

Re: Irish Championship 2020

Where are they being shown Tim?
by MJMcCready
Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: On-line and OTB chess, main differences?
Replies: 11
Views: 471

Re: On-line and OTB chess, main differences?

Yeah its the depersonalization of it all that I am not comfortable with. Like you say, people do things they wouldn't really do in OTB chess. I really don't like it when I play an opening then 2 or 3 moves in my opponent spends about 3-5 mins on a reply. I can tell they've gone on line to check the ...
by MJMcCready
Wed Sep 16, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Some Q's concerning the French Defence.
Replies: 69
Views: 2307

Re: Some Q's concerning the French Defence.

Has anyone ever played the two knight's variation against the French? Is it worth a peak, there appear to be lines, the sort of which you would expect to see in one of Nimzowitch's games.
by MJMcCready
Wed Sep 16, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 142
Views: 2585

Re: Pedants United

Pronunciation is a different tea-pot of fish, as a German ex-colleague of mine once said, but surely both “d”s in Wednesday are pronounced?! (Note how I avoided the use of an apostrophe to denote a plural). Mismatch of plural nouns with singular verbs (and vice versa) provides fertile ground. MPs (...
by MJMcCready
Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: On-line and OTB chess, main differences?
Replies: 11
Views: 471

Re: On-line and OTB chess, main differences?

Nick Ivell wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:27 am
I only mentioned three things to back up my opinion that the online stuff is fundamentally UNSERIOUS.
But is that down to the nature of the beast or is it just that it's not taken seriously by the vast majority?