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by soheil_hooshdaran
Sat May 17, 2014 4:24 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3050
Views: 136531

Re: commodity

Well at least I know why my sacrifices keep on back-firing. Not done the Marxist analysis properly. The "profit motive" comes into chess -- what will my return on investment be if I sac a pawn/piece/the exchange? If I exchange pawns and/or pieces, do I come out ahead? Transactions abound in chess. ...
by soheil_hooshdaran
Fri May 16, 2014 8:14 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3050
Views: 136531

Re: commodity

What does it mean that 'Unlike a combination, a sacrifice is not always a calculable commodity...' It is the reification of abstract exchanges that constitutes one of the defining characteristics of late capitalism (or as some term it, neoliberalism). More and more aspects of life get commoditised ...
by soheil_hooshdaran
Wed May 14, 2014 12:07 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3050
Views: 136531

Re: commodity

Hi. What does it mean that 'Unlike a combination, a sacrifice is not always a calculable commodity...' It is poor English. I think the author is trying to say "the value of a sacrifice is not always immediately obvious or readily quantifiable". I would suggest that you avoid slavishly translating t...
by soheil_hooshdaran
Tue May 13, 2014 10:12 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3050
Views: 136531

commodity

Hi.

What does it mean that

'Unlike a combination, a sacrifice is not always a calculable commodity...'

?Thanks in advance
by soheil_hooshdaran
Mon May 12, 2014 12:05 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3050
Views: 136531

Re: forfeit

GM Seirawan explained forfeit thus in the Glossary: Time Control: The amount of time in which each player must play a specified number of moves. In international competition, the typical time control is 40 moves in 2 hours for each player .After each player has made 40 moves, each is given an addit...
by soheil_hooshdaran
Mon May 12, 2014 10:59 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3050
Views: 136531

Re: forfeit

1) as with any specialised discipline the usage of words in chess does not always coincide perfectly with "dictionary" definitions, and/or their usage in everyday speak. 2) this is clearly an American book written by an American author. This is an English forum populated mainly by English people. T...
by soheil_hooshdaran
Mon May 12, 2014 3:58 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3050
Views: 136531

Re: forfeit

The word "forfeit" is often used incorrectly by ENG arbiters. For example Stewart Reuben has on this forum spoken of "Forfeiting a Player" . The arbiter may direct a point is lost due to the players action or lack of action but that is not forfeiting a player. If you search this forum for use of th...
by soheil_hooshdaran
Sun May 11, 2014 8:38 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3050
Views: 136531

Re: forfeit

GM Seirawan explained forfeit thus in the Glossary: Forfeit:See time Control. A less common way to forfeit is to arrive for a game more than an hour after it was scheduled to start. Time Control: The amount of time in which each player must play a specified number of moves. In international competit...
by soheil_hooshdaran
Sun May 11, 2014 6:57 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3050
Views: 136531

Re: forfeit

forfeiting a game, losing on time, flagging, falling the clock, etc. "Forfeiting a game"usually means not showing up at all, or at least not before the default time. So no game is played, but for a competition it counts as a win for the opponent and a loss for you. "Losing on time" is where the fla...
by soheil_hooshdaran
Sun May 11, 2014 5:20 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3050
Views: 136531

forfeit

Hi.
There are some confusing terms for me.Would you please clearly differentiate them for me?
forfeiting a game, losing on time, flagging, falling the clock, etc.

Thanks in advance
by soheil_hooshdaran
Sat May 10, 2014 6:32 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3050
Views: 136531

Re: Piece

Hi, Not too sure what you mean so I will split my explanation. Pawns are always pawns. They are not pieces. "White is a piece up." means that White has won a Knight or Bishop. If the material balance is a Queen, Rook or a pawn (or pawns) then you say. "White is a Queen up.", "White is a Rook up." o...
by soheil_hooshdaran
Sat May 10, 2014 4:33 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3050
Views: 136531

Re: Piece

No - but when talking about moves in a game, using the word 'piece' specifically excludes the pawns. And you can split the pieces into major pieces (Rook and Queen), minor pieces (Bishop and Knight) and King. This link may help: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chess_piece#Terminology I thought that th...
by soheil_hooshdaran
Sat May 10, 2014 4:14 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3050
Views: 136531

Piece

Hi.
Is there any word in English that refers specifically to the pieces other than pawns?

Thanks in advance
by soheil_hooshdaran
Sat May 10, 2014 1:06 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3050
Views: 136531

Re: Worthwhile

It's a common enough word in standard English, but it wasn't easy to think of a definition off the top of my head; the definition I found on http://www.dictionary.com was "sufficiently important, rewarding, or valuable to justify time or effort spent". In the context of this passage of text, it als...
by soheil_hooshdaran
Sat May 10, 2014 12:41 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3050
Views: 136531

Worthwhile

Hi.
What does 'worthwhile mean in:


1. e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qe5+? 4.Be2 Nc6 5.Nf3 Qc5? 6.d4

White gains more time by another attack on the poor Black Queen! Moreover. the pawn move is worthwhile because it helps to control the e5 central square and frees the c1-Bishop.

Thanks in advance