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by Andy Stoker
Mon Nov 26, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3035
Views: 131603

Re: The English Language

up to that time, I thought 'to drum up' meant to g[r]ow, develop. But I can conclude nothing from drumming up a Bishop and druming up a primitive action. Means widening the scope of? If so, what about druming up a primitive action? Similarly, what to make of this definition, considering drumming up...
by Andy Stoker
Sun Nov 25, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3035
Views: 131603

Re: The English Language

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Sun Nov 25, 2018 6:09 pm
Still, it is better to fight with one pawn less than two, even if the result should be the same!

What does 'should' mean here?

Thanks in advance
That the same result is expected in either case. Does not imply anything to do with legality or morality
by Andy Stoker
Fri Nov 23, 2018 5:02 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3035
Views: 131603

Re: The English Language

Yes, I think so - more or less 'drum up' seems to mean differntly in Black needs some primi­tive action, but this is not easy to drum up. right? No - this seems exactly like we had discussed before: " it means to encourage, to bring to greater activity (the idea of people responding to the beat of ...
by Andy Stoker
Wed Nov 21, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3035
Views: 131603

Re: The English Language

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Tue Nov 20, 2018 7:31 pm
nice means very pleasant or just pleasant?
Depends on the context. Normally it means just pleasant and we would qualify it (e.g. that was a a really nice sacrifice") It's a weak word - we try to avoid writing it if there is a suitable alternative
by Andy Stoker
Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3035
Views: 131603

Re: The English Language

"Yes, 3 plans are proposed for each test, But these 2 posts are irrelevant." Sorry my posts are not relevant - I don't understand why not - no need to explain. Wish you well
by Andy Stoker
Sun Nov 18, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3035
Views: 131603

Re: The English Language

This sounds like an exercise where the reader gains points by choosing the best moves. It sounds like the author has envisaged at least 3 possible alternatives in the given position and the reader has been asked to choose between them. The author has outlined Plan A - but said that it is ineffective...
by Andy Stoker
Thu Nov 15, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3035
Views: 131603

Re: The English Language

I would expect a thrust to be an attacking pawn move - at least to the 5th rank
by Andy Stoker
Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3035
Views: 131603

Re: The English Language

Yes, I think so - more or less
by Andy Stoker
Sun Nov 11, 2018 3:10 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3035
Views: 131603

Re: The English Language

"sth" ? - if it means "something" and you are asking about "drum up" - it means to encourage, to bring to greater activity (the idea of people responding to the beat of a drum) - in a chess sense, I suppose it could be used about - for example - drumming up a king side attack by advancing pawns, or ...
by Andy Stoker
Sat Nov 10, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3035
Views: 131603

Re: The English Language

White might be able to hold on as he has no static weaknesses, either in his pawn-structure or in his piece placement. Is he saying that piece placement is an static factor? Apparently - but it seems like an odd thing to say ... he needs to move something, so it cannot be static ... I get the sense...
by Andy Stoker
Sat Nov 10, 2018 6:56 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3035
Views: 131603

Re: The English Language

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:08 am
My advantage looks adequate to claim the full point in this endgame.

What does it mean to 'claim' the full point?
Just means "win the game" - achieve the full point
by Andy Stoker
Tue Oct 30, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3035
Views: 131603

Re: The English Language

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Tue Oct 30, 2018 7:12 am
he had accurately evaluated the resulting endgame as better for him

Accurately means completely correctly?
Yes
by Andy Stoker
Tue Oct 30, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3049
Views: 330181

Re: Media comments on chess

Alistair Campbell wrote:
Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:49 pm
From "the Scotsman"'s Weekend Crossword.

13 ac Fool's mate with pawn (5)
Oh, oh sir - I think I know
by Andy Stoker
Sat Oct 27, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3035
Views: 131603

Re: The English Language

What's a critical mistake? Thanks in advance One that has a profound effect on the game. For example - a non-critical mistake might be winning a pawn when you could have won a piece, failing to see that you could have played a strong move on the move before you actually played it - these might be a...
by Andy Stoker
Sat Oct 27, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3035
Views: 131603

Re: The English Language

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Thu Oct 25, 2018 6:40 pm
Consider
With their home analysis and knowledge of what to do and how to do it, plus some class, the point is ready to fall into their
hands!
What does 'class' mean?
It means ability / strength... being a classy player ("stylish and sophisticated") - Collins Dictionary