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by Nick Ivell
Tue Sep 08, 2020 5:07 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 276
Views: 11799

Re: Pedants United

I actually like elisions such as 'haven't - previously alluded to as a house style. It promotes informality. There is a place for formality, but why should our style not be relaxed most of the time? Just like we tend to use forenames here, even though most of us don't know each other. One of the gre...
by Nick Ivell
Mon Sep 07, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 276
Views: 11799

Re: Pedants United

I truly predict a great future for this thread. It has the potential to be more popular than any of the 'chess' stuff.
by Nick Ivell
Sun Sep 06, 2020 7:04 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: In the Zone: The Greatest Winning Streaks in Chess History
Replies: 24
Views: 1344

Re: In the Zone: The Greatest Winning Streaks in Chess History

The Hendriks book isn't very good. True, some nice tactics are on display, but the title is absolute nonsense!
by Nick Ivell
Sun Sep 06, 2020 4:25 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 276
Views: 11799

Re: Pedants United

A dislike of mine is the dialectical youse. Normally I like dialects, but not that particular usage.

Luckily I don't hear it much in the chess world.
by Nick Ivell
Sun Sep 06, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 276
Views: 11799

Re: Pedants United

I used to love French proses. They were a real test of grammatical skill.
by Nick Ivell
Sun Sep 06, 2020 12:58 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 276
Views: 11799

Re: Pedants United

Sorry to be pedantic, even on this thread, but one of those it's I like, and one I don't.
by Nick Ivell
Sun Sep 06, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 276
Views: 11799

Re: Pedants United

I wonder if 'safe pair of hands' comes from cricket? After all, catches win matches.
by Nick Ivell
Sun Sep 06, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 276
Views: 11799

Re: Pedants United

Cricket terms are everywhere. A good innings is a term frequently used in eulogies, to mean a long life.

I suspect that cricket terms cause less offence than baseball ones, as cricket is native to these shores.
by Nick Ivell
Sun Sep 06, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: In the Zone: The Greatest Winning Streaks in Chess History
Replies: 24
Views: 1344

Re: In the Zone: The Greatest Winning Streaks in Chess History

Well, that really does sound like verbal diarrhoea.

Gets me thinking Richard may have been on the kind side in his review.
by Nick Ivell
Sun Sep 06, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 276
Views: 11799

Re: Pedants United

I looked it up.

'A special play in baseball where there is a runner on third base and the batter bunts. With an early start the runner may reach home plate.'

Anyone the wiser? I think we need Alex H to make a grand return!
by Nick Ivell
Sun Sep 06, 2020 9:45 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: In the Zone: The Greatest Winning Streaks in Chess History
Replies: 24
Views: 1344

Re: In the Zone: The Greatest Winning Streaks in Chess History

Incidentally, I don't agree with the lists. In 'strategic understanding and planning', I see Fischer is including along with Karpov.

I don't think Bobby was in Tolya's league when it comes to that aspect.
by Nick Ivell
Sun Sep 06, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: In the Zone: The Greatest Winning Streaks in Chess History
Replies: 24
Views: 1344

Re: In the Zone: The Greatest Winning Streaks in Chess History

I probably won't read the book either, but I come here neither to praise Cyrus nor to bury him.

I do have his book on Fischer. In the introduction, there's an interesting list of the strengths of great players in certain areas.

So I wouldn't write off EVERYTHING Cyrus has written - just most of it.
by Nick Ivell
Sun Sep 06, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: A game I enjoyed
Replies: 6
Views: 1125

Re: A game I enjoyed

It was certainly unwise to castle on the Q-side, and then play those weakening pawn moves.
by Nick Ivell
Sun Sep 06, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 276
Views: 11799

Re: Pedants United

I'm learning about American English all the time. Sorry to bring chess into not chess - I'm inveterate like that, wanting to talk about chess even when there's no chess to talk about - but doesn't Fischer (or Evans) call one of his games 'squeeze play'? And isn't this a baseball term? I know nothing...
by Nick Ivell
Sat Sep 05, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 276
Views: 11799

Re: Pedants United

KasPARov is correct if we are to be faithful to the Russian, and TaiMAnov too, though I hear the latter with stress on the first syllable more often than the former.

With regard to fidelity to the original language, I have a particular aversion to the pronunciation 'fieanshetto'. It makes me shudder.