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by MJMcCready
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arafat Gambit
Replies: 33
Views: 1991

Re: Arafat Gambit

He has a point though, some 'so-called' gambits do look downright stupid. I played in the Nottingham tournament in 1993 and some guy played 'The Paris Gambit' which was just downright daft.
by MJMcCready
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2985
Views: 123297

Re: The English Language

Well gerundive is an outdated term, you need to clarify what you mean. -ing is added to a verb which may then change to either a noun, or gerund as its called, or an adjective. The base form of the verb is a participle but yes it does change and naturally there are exceptions such as morning and cei...
by MJMcCready
Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arafat Gambit
Replies: 33
Views: 1991

Re: Arafat Gambit

If I recall, in 'The Complete Chess Addict' the rather pejoratively titled 'Irish Gambit' makes an appearance.
by MJMcCready
Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arafat Gambit
Replies: 33
Views: 1991

Re: Arafat Gambit

Well I always thought a gambit must have some perceived benefit at the time of discovery otherwise it shouldn't be a gambit. 1. e4 f5 2. exf5 g5 is not a gambit. Nor would 1.e4 d5 2. exd5 c6 3. bxc6 Nf6 4. cxb7 e6 5. bxa8=Q Bc5, be classified as a gambit either. Has there been an instance of a so-ca...
by MJMcCready
Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arafat Gambit
Replies: 33
Views: 1991

Re: Arafat Gambit

I mean the Arafat Gambit. A gambit should have some benefit, usually a lead in development, however short-lived that may be. If you are just dropping a pawn for nothing in return, I don't think the term gambit is the best. 1. e4 f5 isn't a gambit as far as I know.
by MJMcCready
Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arafat Gambit
Replies: 33
Views: 1991

Re: Arafat Gambit

I think its pushing it a bit to call that a gambit.
by MJMcCready
Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2985
Views: 123297

Re: The English Language

Technically it is a participle from the verb 'to bore' but it functions as an adjective. English is rather quirky and there are examples where this isn't the case, such as 'balding' as there is no verb 'to bald'. Adjectives should, in principle precede a noun and they shouldn't follow a verb but Eng...
by MJMcCready
Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2985
Views: 123297

Re: The English Language

So read something then.
by MJMcCready
Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:12 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2985
Views: 123297

Re: The English Language

Well, I thought it was a very interesting thread a couple of years back but it seems to have been derailed by very self-centered questions that I certain person can't be bothered to find himself, preferring to take advantage of the kindness of others without any gratitude whatsoever. The complexity ...
by MJMcCready
Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:12 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Suffragette
Replies: 2
Views: 908

Re: Suffragette

Which club was her brother most prominent at? I don't have my resources in my current location so cannot check. I have a feeling I have a game of his against William Ward, who played for either City or Lyceum at the time.
by MJMcCready
Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2985
Views: 123297

Re: The English Language

I certainly hope so, he has been taking advantage of the courtesy shown on this site for far too long. Why others continue to put up with it I don't know.
by MJMcCready
Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2985
Views: 123297

Re: The English Language

Yes look on line and stop bothering people with question after question because you are too lazy to research things yourself.
by MJMcCready
Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Writing a Letter
Replies: 15
Views: 2388

Re: Writing a Letter

Who is Mike?
by MJMcCready
Fri Feb 02, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Are finals different?
Replies: 14
Views: 1747

Re: Are finals different?

I have certainly noticed over the years that many of the complaints levelled against deciders were made for 'financial' reasons and not aesthetic ones.
by MJMcCready
Fri Feb 02, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Alpha Zero (redux)
Replies: 28
Views: 4352

Re: Alpha Zero (redux)

If your rating is below ELO 2700 it will make little or no difference. As soon as you deviate from what it uncovers, mistake after mistake after mistake will inevitably follow. All that will come of it is that you will enjoy your games less because you are tying to follow something rather than adher...