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by MJMcCready
Fri Dec 29, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 482
Views: 39561

Re: Chess history trivia

Neither of the above. He was born when Andrew Jackson was the president of America.
by MJMcCready
Fri Dec 29, 2017 6:34 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 482
Views: 39561

Re: Chess history trivia

Not him, no.
by MJMcCready
Thu Dec 28, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3035
Views: 130618

Re: The English Language

The first documented etymological root comes from Cædmon, it is -in modern English- spelt as 'Hlafwayord' . This was truncated to 'hlaford' . When the hl consonant cluster dropped out of olde English, it was reduced to 'laford' . laf is what we now call loaf and ord is what we now call warden . So b...
by MJMcCready
Thu Dec 28, 2017 12:20 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3035
Views: 130618

Re: The English Language

Would someone to have a guess at the word 'lord' not in the religious sense but in terms of the owner of property or land, and have a guess at its etymological roots and what it originally meant? On one level its quite surprising and on another quite predictable.
by MJMcCready
Wed Dec 27, 2017 11:09 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 482
Views: 39561

Re: Chess history trivia

Who once wrote this and where was it published? [no googling please] 'Cherished chess! The charms of thy checkered chambers chain me changelessly. Chaplains have chanted thy charming choiceness; chieftains have changed the chariot and the chase for the chaster chivalry of the chess-board, and the ch...
by MJMcCready
Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:24 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 482
Views: 39561

Re: Chess history trivia

Yes that's correct.
by MJMcCready
Wed Dec 27, 2017 9:24 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017
Replies: 338
Views: 21086

Re: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017

Beyond money, there is no desire for them to go to Saudi Perhaps it is to compete in the FIDE sanctioned World Rapid and Blitz Champs, these players (six I believe) and met the qualification criteria and applied in good time for a visa expecting to be able to participate, they didn't receive one; y...
by MJMcCready
Wed Dec 27, 2017 8:05 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017
Replies: 338
Views: 21086

Re: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017

How many of all those the voiced the complaints over chess being banned in Saudi not so long ago are now there? Why are they there I wonder?
by MJMcCready
Wed Dec 27, 2017 7:55 am
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017
Replies: 338
Views: 21086

Re: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017

Would he have done that if the financial incentives were negligible? This is all very naive and only confirms how desperate and dim the majority of professional players are. Beyond money, there is no desire for them to go to Saudi, and the politicised visa issues mentioned at the bottom of the artic...
by MJMcCready
Wed Dec 27, 2017 12:15 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3035
Views: 130618

Re: The English Language

I've certainly seen plenty of questions being asked on this thread. Are donations being given to this site for all the help someone is getting and all the money they have saved from hiring a tutor themselves I wonder? There's a lot more to enjoy about the English Language than this, that's for sure....
by MJMcCready
Wed Dec 27, 2017 12:02 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 482
Views: 39561

Re: Chess history trivia

'Well' sounds more British than 'So', apologies if I sounded awfully American there. Some clues over the puzzle. 1. He was born in Philidelphia when Martin Van Buren was the President of America. He was a mathematician and came up with some very difficult puzzles indeed. 2. The man who claimed it wa...
by MJMcCready
Tue Dec 26, 2017 11:37 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017
Replies: 338
Views: 21086

Re: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017

Point 3 seems rather naive. Given the amount of money involved and an increase in potential source of revenue, how could they not expect a repeat. So under this; if a very rich person in the UK wants to sponsor the British Championships with a vast amount of money for the next 10 years and want it ...
by MJMcCready
Tue Dec 26, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017
Replies: 338
Views: 21086

Re: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017

Point 3 seems rather naive. Given the amount of money involved and an increase in potential source of revenue, how could they not expect a repeat.
by MJMcCready
Sat Dec 23, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 482
Views: 39561

Re: Chess history trivia

So I have three questions here:

1. Who designed the problem below?
2. Who claimed it was one of his favourite puzzles?
3. How does white checkmate in two moves?
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by MJMcCready
Sat Dec 23, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017
Replies: 338
Views: 21086

Re: 2017 King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26-30 December 2017

Well they aren't going to shirk responsibilities towards a long-standing political agenda over a board game few of them have any real interest in for a tournament many chess players around the world aren't particularly bothered by. The event itself is far too insignificant.