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by Andy Stoker
Sat Mar 14, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3195
Views: 154911

Re: The English Language

Yes it does ... perhaps a sense of the final battle leading up to the mate as well - would have to see the context. But yes, it means checkmating it.
by Andy Stoker
Fri Mar 13, 2020 7:59 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3195
Views: 154911

Re: The English Language

I don't know Soheil - but it's likely that tide seems like a better metaphor for what the writer is describing (you don't give the context) .... it was all going one way then something happened and the other players started to gain the ascendancy. The tide turned. "Ups and downs" suggests to me (a) ...
by Andy Stoker
Thu Mar 12, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3195
Views: 154911

Re: The English Language

I agree with Roger. I tried to explain what this metaphor means in a chess context: "Now imagine you are playing chess - your attack seems to build - gradually you seem to be beating the opponent - perhaps you think that it is only a matter of time before you break through and win. But then... perha...
by Andy Stoker
Wed Mar 11, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3195
Views: 154911

Re: The English Language

Google translate gives the farsi as: جزر و مد

Dictionary meaning: the alternate rising and falling of the sea, usually twice in each lunar day at a particular place, due to the attraction of the moon and sun.
by Andy Stoker
Mon Mar 09, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Live Games
Topic: 2020 Varsity Match, Oxford vs Cambridge
Replies: 11
Views: 2171

Re: 2020 Varsity Match, Oxford vs Cambridge

Fair point, Matthew. As a (visiting) University lecturer, I certainly recognise the advantages of attracting foreign students and academics - and wait with much concern for the impact of Brexit to unwind. I was not saying it was good or bad - we could also note: 8 players (50%) in the match from the...
by Andy Stoker
Mon Mar 09, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Live Games
Topic: 2020 Varsity Match, Oxford vs Cambridge
Replies: 11
Views: 2171

Re: 2020 Varsity Match, Oxford vs Cambridge

A total of 5 English players in the match - a record low?
by Andy Stoker
Mon Mar 09, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3195
Views: 154911

Re: The English Language

I think you would be able to guess that one Soheil... it's about the idea of a sea washing onto a beach. As the "tide comes in" the water goes higher and higher up the beach. If you were attacking from the sea, you might think that eventually the sea would wash completely over the beach and you woul...
by Andy Stoker
Fri Mar 06, 2020 9:44 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3632
Views: 398478

Re: Media comments on chess

Excellent - was she driving the train?
Alva Chandler would have worked
by Andy Stoker
Thu Mar 05, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 601
Views: 54341

Re: Chess history trivia

To get us started, according to Chessgames.com, the following played in 1851: Adolf Anderssen Elijah Williams Marmaduke Wyvill Jozsef Szen Howard Staunton Hugh Alexander Kennedy Bernhard Horwitz James Swain Mucklow Henry Edward Bird Johann Jacob Loewenthal Lionel Adalbert Bagration Felix Kieseritzky...
by Andy Stoker
Thu Mar 05, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Adam Raoof's Chess Tournaments - Corona Virus Update
Replies: 4
Views: 880

Re: Adam Raoof's Chess Tournaments - Corona Virus Update

Spot on - clear, pro-active sensible guidance.
Of course, the national guidance may change - but this seems entirely sensible for now.
Thank you
Each player can and will make her/his own decisions
by Andy Stoker
Sat Feb 22, 2020 8:29 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 25th 4NCL Weekend Congress
Replies: 5
Views: 1078

Re: 25th 4NCL Weekend Congress

Thank you - apologies for any misinformation - but you don't seem to contradict what I've written - one would still have to walk up the drive. I was only going by GoogleMaps, which many will do when determining if they wish to play - perhaps add public transport information on the website?
by Andy Stoker
Sat Feb 22, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: 25th 4NCL Weekend Congress
Replies: 5
Views: 1078

Re: 25th 4NCL Weekend Congress

A bus apparently runs to 1 mile away - service back on Sunday is every two hours. Far from ideal that travel by public transport is so inconvenient
by Andy Stoker
Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:43 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3195
Views: 154911

Re: The English Language

Ah ha!

Post by Andy Stoker » Mon Jan 20, 2020 5:20 am

"Grist for the mill" is similar to "Fuel for the fire" .... something that keeps the entity going. It doesn't mean "excuse"
by Andy Stoker
Thu Jan 30, 2020 5:15 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3195
Views: 154911

Re: The English Language

It's something that can be used in a positive way