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by MJMcCready
Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 499
Views: 41538

Re: Chess history trivia

From which text, written in the 1950s, does the passage below come from and any thoughts on who won the game? 'In chess, a pawn may be captured “in passing” — when a pawn advances two squares from its initial position, it may be captured by an adjacent pawn as if it had advanced only one square. Thi...
by MJMcCready
Fri Dec 29, 2017 5:53 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 499
Views: 41538

Re: Chess history trivia

Correct once again Tim.
by MJMcCready
Fri Dec 29, 2017 5:05 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 499
Views: 41538

Re: Chess history trivia

And here he is in action.
by MJMcCready
Fri Dec 29, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 499
Views: 41538

Re: Chess history trivia

Not him. The author in question has a strong literary connection with chess in more than one respect becoming the librarian of Cornell University upon its inception.
by MJMcCready
Fri Dec 29, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Have adults ruined children’s Chess?
Replies: 18
Views: 3213

Re: Have adults ruined children’s Chess?

In all the years I have been playing and all the 'teachers' and 'trainers' of chess I have met and worked with I have noticed a general trend emerge between those who have children themselves and those who don't. A German FM I once taught with had a far greater knowledge of chess than I but no real...
by MJMcCready
Fri Dec 29, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Have adults ruined children’s Chess?
Replies: 18
Views: 3213

Re: Have adults ruined children’s Chess?

In all the years I have been playing and all the 'teachers' and 'trainers' of chess I have met and worked with I have noticed a general trend emerge between those who have children themselves and those who don't. A German FM I once taught with had a far greater knowledge of chess than I but no real ...
by MJMcCready
Fri Dec 29, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 499
Views: 41538

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: 499
Views: 41538

Re: Chess history trivia

Not him, no.
by MJMcCready
Thu Dec 28, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3050
Views: 136507

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: 3050
Views: 136507

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: 499
Views: 41538

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: 499
Views: 41538

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: 21579

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: 21579

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: 21579

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...