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by MJMcCready
Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Arafat Gambit
Replies: 33
Views: 2571

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: 2571

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: 3035
Views: 130592

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: 3035
Views: 130592

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: 3035
Views: 130592

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: 1066

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: 3035
Views: 130592

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: 3035
Views: 130592

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: 2704

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: 2048

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: 38
Views: 6873

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...
by MJMcCready
Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:15 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Alpha Zero (redux)
Replies: 38
Views: 6873

Re: Alpha Zero (redux)

Understood as a cultural phenomenon, chess has lots to offer on many levels. What computers do and don't do is of little consequence to all below the upper echelon of our game.
by MJMcCready
Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Alpha Zero (redux)
Replies: 38
Views: 6873

Re: Alpha Zero (redux)

No he isn't, he's just regurgitating some woeful journalism without thinking about what he's said.
by MJMcCready
Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Alpha Zero (redux)
Replies: 38
Views: 6873

Re: Alpha Zero (redux)

The whole thing has been over-hyped. People will continue to enjoy chess for hundreds of years. The fact that a new computer has suddenly got better than the existing computers is of no consequence for most people.
by MJMcCready
Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: World class time-trouble addicts
Replies: 18
Views: 1865

Re: World class time-trouble addicts

I think you need to be able to define what something is before you go forming opinions about whether players are of a certain type. Can you define what time-trouble is, where the threshold lies and to what extent the complexity of the position comes into play? I've seen many instances where a 2700+ ...