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by Arshad Ali
Thu Sep 25, 2014 11:57 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3037
Views: 131754

Re: The English Language

What does it mean that the 'health' and 'positioning' of all pawns is called pawn structure? "Health" presumably refers to not having things like doubled isolated pawns or even an isolated pawn that has been successfully blockaded, with no compensating dynamic advantage. Look at Nimzowitsch's littl...
by Arshad Ali
Tue Sep 23, 2014 10:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How Do You Resign
Replies: 72
Views: 6672

Re: How Do You Resign

It's not completely counter-productive. You can use a draw offer to see how confident you think the other person is about winning the position. If done with the proper psychology and some confident (and correct) moves, you may encourage a reciprocal draw offer a few moves later. Probably off-topic ...
by Arshad Ali
Tue Sep 23, 2014 4:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Swindling
Replies: 31
Views: 2549

Re: Swindling

All's fair in love and war. And that includes swindling. Nothing reprehensible about it. And personally I've found a successful swindle in a lost position to be much sweeter than a solidly earnt vistory Swindling exploits psychology -- but a player uses psychology whenever he can. If I know a player...
by Arshad Ali
Tue Sep 23, 2014 4:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Swindling
Replies: 31
Views: 2549

Re: Swindling

The swindle crucially depends on the opponent's psychology. In a winning position, the opponent is often already fantasising about the win, basking himself in glory, and imagining the pint he'll be downing. He thinks that because he has a winning position he deserves to win. That's where the careles...
by Arshad Ali
Tue Sep 23, 2014 3:32 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Learning how to use ChessBase
Replies: 16
Views: 2592

Re: Learning how to use ChessBase

Apologies for, unbeknownst to myself, talking nonsense. I'd be interested in buying Chessbase, but was always put off by all the talk of it being hard to get to grips with and their being no proper manual to help out. I'm curious now, though. If there's a 300-page manual, what the difference betwee...
by Arshad Ali
Sun Sep 21, 2014 8:34 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Learning how to use ChessBase
Replies: 16
Views: 2592

Re: Learning how to use ChessBase

Chessbase are pretty much the reference for chess software and databases, so anyone doing any serious work has to buy their software. Knowing this, they're not going to waste time sitting down and writing a manual for next to zero return. Dunno. They'd probably win over more people if they explaine...
by Arshad Ali
Sun Sep 21, 2014 7:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Learning how to use ChessBase
Replies: 16
Views: 2592

Re: Learning how to use ChessBase

One would think the Chessbase people could come out with a reference manual. The days seem long gone when for the price of packaged software, you also expected user manuals both telling you what the software could do and how you might use it for common tasks. What I've been noticing. If Spengler we...
by Arshad Ali
Sun Sep 21, 2014 5:53 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Learning how to use ChessBase
Replies: 16
Views: 2592

Re: Learning how to use ChessBase

I haven't been able to find a review, other than the link above which may be biased as it's on the Chessbase website. Has any here read this book yet? Or found a review other than the one above? I have the book. It's good if you're an utter novice to the package. But the title's a misnomer -- it's ...
by Arshad Ali
Sat Sep 20, 2014 2:20 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How Do You Resign
Replies: 72
Views: 6672

Re: How Do You Resign

David Blower wrote:I once saw an adult throw a digital clock on the floor!
Such people are a disgrace to the game and unfit to play. One thing one would hope the game teaches is a stoic acceptance of pain and defeat. And the ability to learn from a loss.
by Arshad Ali
Thu Sep 18, 2014 4:56 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Case for Essex independence
Replies: 2
Views: 1427

Re: Case for Essex independence

How bizarre! I wouldn't know about that. The Scottish referendum is arguably symptomatic of deeper problems. A couple of recent articles that argue this way: http://www.counterfire.org/articles/opinion/17430-breaking-the-spell-scotland-s-democratic-revolt https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/09/bring-on...
by Arshad Ali
Thu Sep 18, 2014 2:40 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Case for Essex independence
Replies: 2
Views: 1427

Case for Essex independence

http://www.schpunk.co.uk/forget-scottish-independence-heres-case-essex-independence/ Essex is beginning to raise the flag of independence, and one day it might just manage to break away from the empire. Forget what contemptuous cosmopolitans have told you through their perpetually sneering lips; Ess...
by Arshad Ali
Thu Sep 18, 2014 12:42 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How Do You Resign
Replies: 72
Views: 6672

Re: How Do You Resign

Roger de Coverly wrote:If the budget doesn't run to hiring equipment, does that also apply to score-sheets or result slips?
In the large open U$ tournaments it seems to apply to score sheets but not to result slips.
by Arshad Ali
Wed Sep 17, 2014 3:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How Do You Resign
Replies: 72
Views: 6672

Re: How Do You Resign

Didn't Alekhine hurl his king across the room once?
by Arshad Ali
Wed Sep 17, 2014 1:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How Do You Resign
Replies: 72
Views: 6672

Re: How Do You Resign

I have heard that in America a popular way to resign is to remove the board and clock and go home while your opponent is not looking. Correct. That's because in the land of the free and the home of the brave, tournament players have to bring their own sets and clocks and often it's the loser's set ...
by Arshad Ali
Tue Sep 16, 2014 5:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How Do You Resign
Replies: 72
Views: 6672

Re: How Do You Resign

Stop the clock and tip my king over (gently). I've been mulling over the idea of sobbing and begging for clemency but feel it might not cut much ice with my opponents (chess players are an implacable lot). I do try to win graciously by muttering something about having got lucky.