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by MJMcCready
Tue Dec 24, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson
Replies: 41
Views: 2385

Re: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson

Actually, keep them to yourself. To comment any further on this thread is clearly a waste of time. Think I'll go and watch some 1950's B-movies instead...
by MJMcCready
Tue Dec 24, 2019 4:12 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson
Replies: 41
Views: 2385

Re: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson

Imagination is a poorly chosen term, interpretation is better. Some of us have spent a life in acaedmia and have stood before others to defend what we have written. The first question you are usually asked is to define your purpose for writing, followed by a definiton of the terms you employ. If you...
by MJMcCready
Tue Dec 24, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson
Replies: 41
Views: 2385

Re: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson

It means what is says and only that. Did you write it to discourage the public from buying it? Did you write it because the richness of the text itself makes it accessible to so many? Was it you wanted to illustrate how the writer's style has developed over time? So much of the publication is absent...
by MJMcCready
Tue Dec 24, 2019 12:20 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson
Replies: 41
Views: 2385

Re: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson

You were not forced to write it, you chose to write it the way that suited you and you have not identified your purpose for writing a review. Claiming you were contracted to and thus had to is a poor excuse in my opinion. Do you honestly believe what you wrote says more about the publication you rev...
by MJMcCready
Tue Dec 24, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson
Replies: 41
Views: 2385

Re: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson

Jonathan Rowson's The Moves That Matter is reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement by Justin. Well written self-parody is usually enjoyable, above all for the writer. I have bought that text and begun reading it. The review, I thought, is rather pedantic since it focuses so much on minor details ...
by MJMcCready
Thu Dec 19, 2019 6:11 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A Christmas Quiz
Replies: 25
Views: 1449

Re: A Christmas Quiz

Not quite. The king has f4 as an escape square.
by MJMcCready
Thu Dec 12, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A Christmas Quiz
Replies: 25
Views: 1449

Re: A Christmas Quiz

Oh my, that is a rather time-consuming question. May I offer something easier? 2019.png A grid divides the board into 16 large squares, and each move by each side must cross at least one line of the grid. For example, in this position it would be illegal for the black king to move to f3. How can Whi...
by MJMcCready
Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 526
Views: 44126

Re: Chess history trivia

Okay, looks like that was a bit too easy.
by MJMcCready
Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:57 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 526
Views: 44126

Re: Chess history trivia

How do we connect these two words Liddell and Glass?
by MJMcCready
Wed Nov 20, 2019 3:36 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The Anglo-American cable matches, help needed.
Replies: 6
Views: 502

Re: The Anglo-American cable matches, help needed.

Hi Tim, yes take your point. I know you don't live in the uk but you often cite what resources it has and have answered many, many questions before, so I thought you may have cone across something. Thanks for the reference to A.J.Gillam. If all we have is two booklets on the subject there should be ...
by MJMcCready
Tue Nov 19, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: The Anglo-American cable matches, help needed.
Replies: 6
Views: 502

The Anglo-American cable matches, help needed.

Greetings all. Embroiled in a writing project for the last eighteen months, I can thankfully see the light at the end of the tunnel and have begun gathering and collating material for a research project, but am in need of some assistance.The title clearly suggests what it is about, and so I wanted t...
by MJMcCready
Tue Nov 19, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Jeopardy
Replies: 6
Views: 659

Re: Jeopardy

Does the OED state exactly when this term appeared in written texts and mention where it was found? Is there any mention of the form of chess being played?
by MJMcCready
Thu Sep 19, 2019 1:56 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: British Champions in Prison
Replies: 24
Views: 2190

Re: British Champions in Prison

There is an offence of wasting police time, and perhaps there should be one of wasting other posters' time as well If it becomes unbearable, I will let you know. You could dip into The Complete Chess Addict by poster Richard James and his former associate Mike Fox, as well as The Even More Complete...
by MJMcCready
Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: British Champions in Prison
Replies: 24
Views: 2190

Re: British Champions in Prison

Oh they love on line chess gossip. Your chances are much higher than you think. Just finger a few godfathers of the grandmaster underworld and they will come knocking soon.