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by Michael Farthing
Wed Oct 31, 2018 7:26 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2917
Views: 118468

Re: The English Language

Well in this the word possibility is not used, so he is no making any distinction. In answer to your original question I think option is used because each of the 'options' are good moves. A 'possibility' would suggest it might be good but probably needs more analysis to be sure.
by Michael Farthing
Tue Oct 30, 2018 9:04 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2917
Views: 118468

Re: The English Language

Yes. But as always some more details would help. Options are often about what we would like. For example, if you have the option of a closed game or an open game you would not be thinking about which is better but rather about which sort of game you enjoy playing. Possibilities are more likely to be...
by Michael Farthing
Tue Oct 30, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: White to play...
Replies: 17
Views: 791

Re: White to play...

[I want to know what Michael Farthing had in mind! :D ] OK then, but don't be too nasty. My idea was Qb2, which blunts blacks threats but which admittedly does not give much immediate penetration. Black, however, is a bit short of moves that don't weaken him. eg a6 and the queen returns to f2 now w...
by Michael Farthing
Tue Oct 30, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: White to play...
Replies: 17
Views: 791

Re: White to play...

Oh dear! I thought it looked obvious - so I've clearly missed something. Too scared to put my move :oops:
by Michael Farthing
Fri Oct 26, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Australian format weekend chess
Replies: 29
Views: 1758

Re: Australian format weekend chess

That was speedy Jack! I've never had such a fast endorsement!
by Michael Farthing
Fri Oct 26, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Australian format weekend chess
Replies: 29
Views: 1758

Re: Australian format weekend chess

In the North we still start our congresses on a Friday (mostly)
by Michael Farthing
Fri Oct 26, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Australian format weekend chess
Replies: 29
Views: 1758

Re: Australian format weekend chess

But as I understand it, they need not be excluded - just that their games will not be rated. From their point of view that is actually advantageous as they have little to gain and more to lose. The weaker players in the tournament might be disgruntled at having an unrated game, but then again they m...
by Michael Farthing
Thu Oct 25, 2018 10:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Illegal Castling into Legal Castling.
Replies: 39
Views: 2636

Re: Illegal Castling into Legal Castling.

As 3.8.2 (thanks, Michael) in fact already actually defines castling as a king and rook move (albeit 'requiring' the king to be moved before the rook), I guess that all I'd suggest is that 4.4 c (quoted very early in this thread) requires some further amplification. Craig, you have missed the essen...
by Michael Farthing
Wed Oct 24, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Illegal Castling into Legal Castling.
Replies: 39
Views: 2636

Re: Illegal Castling into Legal Castling.

Laws of Chess 3.8 There are two different ways of moving the king: 3.8.1 by moving to an adjoining square 3.8.2 by ‘castling’. This is a move of the king and either rook of the same colour along the player’s first rank, counting as a single move of the king and executed as follows: the king is trans...
by Michael Farthing
Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 2917
Views: 118468

Re: The English Language

Penetration means entry but with the added suggestion of going in a long way or that there is some resistance or difficulty. So, you would normally say "the man entered the building" (a perfectly ordinary activity) but "the sword penetrated his heart" (which involves a lot more effort and probably w...
by Michael Farthing
Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Irritating habits of juniors -a brief list
Replies: 58
Views: 4188

Re: Irritating habits of juniors -a brief list

Matt's daughter has no bad habits and reading this thread I have felt embarrassed that she might be reading it. Similarly I could name (and will) Sam Parry of Leek and Cheddleton who gave me a splendid game recently and after it was all over (he won) he apologised to me that his beating heart might ...
by Michael Farthing
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Development Officer Proposal Paper - Discuss
Replies: 28
Views: 2793

Re: Development Officer Proposal Paper - Discuss

Ah! Of course there is a flaw from the England viewpoint (and I suppose others too - the US?). Don't some (maybe most?) countries do all their grading through FIDE while in England most grading is done through the national system. Likely to introduce a bias? (Don't know which way though!) [I'm talki...
by Michael Farthing
Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Development Officer Proposal Paper - Discuss
Replies: 28
Views: 2793

Re: Development Officer Proposal Paper - Discuss

Rather interesting that the Islamic countries hold their own pretty well.
by Michael Farthing
Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is a mutual flag fall a draw?
Replies: 28
Views: 2003

Re: Is a mutual flag fall a draw?

Because the flag has not fallen until a player claims. (The flags are all Schrodinger flags).
by Michael Farthing
Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 2018
Replies: 86
Views: 3866

Re: ECF AGM 2018

Thanks Mike. I think a peace treaty is in order on that basis! I think Kevin's point about "motions the Board didn't like were put at the end of the agenda" is something I do remember, but it was a different Board and though the effect was as Kevin describes I would not be prepared to accuse them of...