The English Language

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Wed Apr 11, 2018 8:52 pm

What is a magnificent post?
Black's Knight has a magnificent post.

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Re: The English Language

Post by Michael Farthing » Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:37 am

post means the same as position (or in the case of chess, the square where the knight is placed). In this context the knight is probably on a safe and well defended square (maybe it's defended by a pawn) from which it cannot be easily dislodged (probably no pawn can be moved to attack it) and will be attacking a good range of important other squares, probably inside the enemy's part of the board.

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:24 pm

I mean what does magnificient mean here?

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Re: The English Language

Post by Michael Farthing » Thu Apr 12, 2018 2:36 pm

It means "excellent".

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:19 pm

grab at/for something phrasal verb
to quickly and suddenly put out your hand to try and catch or get something
https://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/grab-at-for

What's the verb for
to put out your hand to try and catch or get something
?

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Re: The English Language

Post by IM Jack Rudd » Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:15 am

There are four verbs in that phrase, but "put out" is the main one.

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Re: The English Language

Post by Mike Truran » Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:50 am

I think Soheil probably means is there a single verb to describe the phrase "to quickly...... something".

"Stretch out" probably does the job.

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:07 pm

No, I mean putting out your hand to try to catch, but just not quick and sudden.

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Re: The English Language

Post by Mike Truran » Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:44 pm

That's what it means.

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:16 am

Why did GM Hawkins say it this way? The square d7 we call a key square of the be pawn on e6

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Re: The English Language

Post by Roger de Coverly » Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:55 am

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:16 am
Why did GM Hawkins say it this way? The square d7 we call a key square of the be pawn on e6
"the be pawn" doesn't make sense. Please check the original quotation.

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Re: The English Language

Post by E Michael White » Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:51 pm

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:07 pm
No, I mean putting out your hand to try to catch, but just not quick and sudden.
to reach for

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:15 am

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:55 am
soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:16 am
Why did GM Hawkins say it this way? The square d7 we call a key square of the be pawn on e6
"the be pawn" doesn't make sense. Please check the original quotation.
Sorry, "the pawn".

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Re: The English Language

Post by Roger de Coverly » Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:51 am

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:16 am
Why did GM Hawkins say it this way? The square d7 we call a key square of the pawn on e6
Is that his book on endings? I expect it makes sense in its context. What would occupy d7?

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:48 am

King.
Yes it is his famous work Amateur to IM.

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