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by MJMcCready
Sat Feb 17, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Are finals different?
Replies: 14
Views: 1150

Re: Are finals different?

Well its true that the complaints were mostly aimed at the earlier rounds against players low down in the rankings.
by MJMcCready
Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:03 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media Chess Comment Blunders
Replies: 7
Views: 316

Re: Media Chess Comment Blunders

'if the board is set up incorretly' is this the blunder you are referring to?
by MJMcCready
Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Post Brexit Openings
Replies: 33
Views: 1425

Re: Post Brexit Openings

So should we treat foreigners, like GM Aronian for example, who promote the English Opening with suspicion? What's he up to, trying to steal our openings off from us and do what exactly?
by MJMcCready
Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE account closed
Replies: 57
Views: 1993

Re: FIDE account closed

It's not a good advert for chess.
by MJMcCready
Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE account closed
Replies: 57
Views: 1993

Re: FIDE account closed

Why do so few of the top players say nothing publicly about all this. If they refused on participate, wouldn't that be enough to remove him or do they just think about the money.
by MJMcCready
Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2183
Views: 91210

Re: The English Language

Fowler the grammarian has been derided by a great many for obvious reasons. He fits into the category of writing to show why someone is wrong rather than expressing a genuine interest in language itself. Things have moved on quite a bit since then, syntactic drift is accepted as a recurring theme of...
by MJMcCready
Wed Feb 14, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE account closed
Replies: 57
Views: 1993

Re: FIDE account closed

How will the world championship be paid for later in the year?
by MJMcCready
Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE account closed
Replies: 57
Views: 1993

FIDE account closed

As you may or may not have noticed FIDE is in the news for the wrong reason once again.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-43053626
by MJMcCready
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arafat Gambit
Replies: 24
Views: 743

Re: Arafat Gambit

The Halloween Gambit is the only one I ever play, and only sometimes.
by MJMcCready
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arafat Gambit
Replies: 24
Views: 743

Re: Arafat Gambit

He has a point though, some 'so-called' gambits do look downright stupid. I played in the Nottingham tournament in 1993 and some guy played 'The Paris Gambit' which was just downright daft.
by MJMcCready
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2183
Views: 91210

Re: The English Language

Well gerundive is an outdated term, you need to clarify what you mean. -ing is added to a verb which may then change to either a noun, or gerund as its called, or an adjective. The base form of the verb is a participle but yes it does change and naturally there are exceptions such as morning and cei...
by MJMcCready
Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arafat Gambit
Replies: 24
Views: 743

Re: Arafat Gambit

If I recall, in 'The Complete Chess Addict' the rather pejoratively titled 'Irish Gambit' makes an appearance.
by MJMcCready
Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arafat Gambit
Replies: 24
Views: 743

Re: Arafat Gambit

Well I always thought a gambit must have some perceived benefit at the time of discovery otherwise it shouldn't be a gambit. 1. e4 f5 2. exf5 g5 is not a gambit. Nor would 1.e4 d5 2. exd5 c6 3. bxc6 Nf6 4. cxb7 e6 5. bxa8=Q Bc5, be classified as a gambit either. Has there been an instance of a so-ca...
by MJMcCready
Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arafat Gambit
Replies: 24
Views: 743

Re: Arafat Gambit

I mean the Arafat Gambit. A gambit should have some benefit, usually a lead in development, however short-lived that may be. If you are just dropping a pawn for nothing in return, I don't think the term gambit is the best. 1. e4 f5 isn't a gambit as far as I know.
by MJMcCready
Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arafat Gambit
Replies: 24
Views: 743

Re: Arafat Gambit

I think its pushing it a bit to call that a gambit.