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by Andy Stoker
Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3122
Views: 140569

Re: The English Language

Ah ha!

Post by Andy Stoker » Mon Jan 20, 2020 5:20 am

"Grist for the mill" is similar to "Fuel for the fire" .... something that keeps the entity going. It doesn't mean "excuse"
by Andy Stoker
Thu Jan 30, 2020 5:15 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3122
Views: 140569

Re: The English Language

It's something that can be used in a positive way
by Andy Stoker
Fri Jan 24, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF Online Chess
Replies: 27
Views: 2629

Re: ECF Online Chess

FWIW, I recently received a chess.com snotagram with the news that I had misbehaved and wasn't allowed to make any comments for 24 hours. I am (generally) very well-behaved and couldn't understand this, so I queried it and soon received a message that one of their algorithms had incorrectly fingered...
by Andy Stoker
Mon Jan 20, 2020 5:20 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3122
Views: 140569

Re: The English Language

"Grist for the mill" is similar to "Fuel for the fire" .... something that keeps the entity going. It doesn't mean "excuse"
by Andy Stoker
Thu Jan 16, 2020 5:18 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Robert Richmond
Replies: 3
Views: 920

Re: Robert Richmond

Very sorry to read this. Rob and I overlapped at Pembroke College - he was a couple of years younger and a much stronger player. A nice person.
by Andy Stoker
Fri Jan 10, 2020 6:42 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3122
Views: 140569

Re: The English Language

Please look again - 5 lines down in the first paragraph
by Andy Stoker
Thu Jan 09, 2020 6:57 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3122
Views: 140569

Re: The English Language

My apologies - I misunderstood your post. "Grist to the mill" means something that it is useful for a particular purpose or helps support someone's point of view.- https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/grist-to-the-mill So the tabloid newspapers print celebrity gossip (the grist to th...
by Andy Stoker
Wed Jan 08, 2020 1:41 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: New Year Honours List
Replies: 77
Views: 15949

Re: New Year Honours List

Look, it doesn't need ECF or any official body to make a nomination - an individual can make the application - perhaps supported by a letter from ECF or similar, but this is not essential. I did it for my mum and she had a great day out at the Palace and felt the award validated how she had lived he...
by Andy Stoker
Mon Jan 06, 2020 5:54 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3122
Views: 140569

Re: The English Language

Sac = Sacrifice

Exchange Sacrifice mean giving up Rook for Knight or Bishop

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_exchange_(chess)

Were you not able to look this up yourself?
by Andy Stoker
Mon Dec 30, 2019 1:39 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3238
Views: 354411

Re: Media comments on chess

Just taken the opportunity to hear the Josie Long programme - intelligent, gentle, effervescent - if she really is as enthusiastic as she sounds, then hope she gets more involved with a higher profile. She made the first move for Adams at the recent London tournament - unfortunately d4, not the move...
by Andy Stoker
Sun Dec 15, 2019 11:23 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 162
Views: 8341

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

Sorry to be tedious but I still think it is wrong to discuss a child by name, draw attention to his results on chess.com etc. Simple basic child protection. Smacks of Trump vs Thunberg.
by Andy Stoker
Sat Dec 14, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 162
Views: 8341

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

I think there is a significant safeguarding issue naming and discussing in this way someone who is under 16. Whilst I recognise that individual comments have been proscribed, I wonder if the whole thread should be taken down. I recognise that the comments on this thread do not seem to be addressed b...
by Andy Stoker
Sun Dec 01, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3122
Views: 140569

Re: The English Language

This is an important English idiom to master. "Quite" has two meanings - as a comparative and an absolute and I don't know how to distinguish the two uses for you. Here are two examples which mean different things: "The reserves of fuel were quite exhausted" - means they were completely used up "The...
by Andy Stoker
Sat Nov 30, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3238
Views: 354411

Re: Media comments on chess

I might never have become a chess grandmaster if I’d stuck to women-only tournaments says Judit Polgár

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... t-play-men

Guardian 30 Nov 2019
by Andy Stoker
Wed Nov 13, 2019 11:41 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Malcolm Barker.
Replies: 73
Views: 3697

Re: Malcolm Barker.

Oh! Astonishing - will watch carefully for more news from you