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by Andy Stoker
Tue Jun 18, 2019 6:43 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Quit Stallin'
Replies: 18
Views: 1729

Re: Quit Stallin'

Fair point - don't think that was the case here, though - I think equipment was from the local county and similar associations
by Andy Stoker
Mon Jun 17, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Quit Stallin'
Replies: 18
Views: 1729

Re: Quit Stallin'

Played in a tournament at the weekend - 12 months after my first since returning after a 35 year lay-off. Arrived early on the first day, so helped the bookstall guy unload. He had a large stock. He predicted he would take £200 - £300 over the weekend - not profit, just takings. I suggest that's why...
by Andy Stoker
Wed May 15, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3028
Views: 126709

Re: The English Language

Yes, as Roger says, definitely need the context - we would usually say "Executive summary" if referring to a summary - perhaps it means a document that states what must be done / how something must be managed etc
by Andy Stoker
Tue May 14, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: End of season, snapshots of gloom, part four
Replies: 23
Views: 1486

Re: End of season, snapshots of gloom, part four

I haven't a clue about the rights and wrongs - but "poach" rather stood out. Think Korky the Kat and the bailiff with a club to deter poachers.
by Andy Stoker
Sat May 11, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3028
Views: 126709

Re: The English Language

Would need to see the context but I think it has the sense that anyone overlooks something at some time - so anyone might miss - or miscalculate -a tactical idea - and this humbles us - makes us realise that we are not perfect.
by Andy Stoker
Mon May 06, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3028
Views: 126709

Re: The English Language

Just about the same meaning - but "block off" indicates a more enduring blockage. One could use "block" and "block off" like this: "White checked by Ba3 and black blocked the check by playing ....Nb4. White took the knight immediately, putting black in check again" compared to "White developed his b...
by Andy Stoker
Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:24 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3028
Views: 126709

Re: The English Language

The score of the winner was unmatched - eg First player scored 7, the second and third scored 6.5 etc. If two players had the same top score, then (depending on any tie-break arrangements) they might both have "won" the event - but they would not have won outright.
by Andy Stoker
Sat Mar 30, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3028
Views: 126709

Re: The English Language

The latter is less immediate and less conclusive. The defence could be undermined with the goal of destroying it
by Andy Stoker
Sat Mar 30, 2019 11:06 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2882
Views: 309624

Re: Media comments on chess

The Week in Westminster, Radio 4, 30 March - refers to Mrs May offering a queen sacrifice which was declined
by Andy Stoker
Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:02 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3028
Views: 126709

Re: The English Language

"His bearing was sturdy" means his stance was strong or stable - it would be relatively difficult to knock over someone with a sturdy bearing
by Andy Stoker
Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:01 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3028
Views: 126709

Re: The English Language

Please can we see the context - "time line" means the sequence in which things happen ... ideally at which time (which move?) - "line" has the sense of an axis - not a (chess) variation
by Andy Stoker
Sun Mar 24, 2019 3:59 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2882
Views: 309624

Re: Media comments on chess

"Jackie Eales (Letters, 22 March) neglects to mention that the PM is also, in chess terms, in zeitnot – in time pressure as the clock runs down. For those wishing to extend flimsy Brexit-chess metaphors, it’s worth noting that repeating the same position three times is a draw. Sandy Ruxton Oxford" G...
by Andy Stoker
Fri Mar 22, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Happy Norouz
Replies: 12
Views: 522

Re: Happy Norouz

Exodus 4 records signs apparently shown to Moses to demonstrate the healing and restoring power of God: "6 Then the Lord said, “Put your hand inside your cloak.” So Moses put his hand into his cloak, and when he took it out, the skin was leprous[a]—it had become as white as snow. 7 “Now put it back ...
by Andy Stoker
Thu Mar 21, 2019 2:37 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Happy Norouz
Replies: 12
Views: 522

Re: Happy Norouz

Thank you Soheil - I wish you all the best!
by Andy Stoker
Tue Mar 19, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Getting back into playing chess ...
Replies: 4
Views: 925

Re: Getting back into playing chess ...

I am not clear what Tim would find most helpful - I've emailed him, offering to play a couple of games by email with some friendly commentary - waiting to hear.