The English Language

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:26 pm

What does the comment
also forced
mean?
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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:30 am

"Plan B is OK" means "Plan B is is problem-free"?

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:00 pm

The author wrote
All these plans are at least quite good for Black,
but some are better than others !
What does 'quite good' mean?

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Re: The English Language

Post by Michael Farthing » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:21 pm

Umm.

"Plan B is OK" means (more or less) "Plan B is quite good"
"quite good" means (more or less) "OK".

Often, (but unfortunately not always), it is a way of saying the plan is not a bad one, but is also not really a good one. It's a way of saying something is not good without rudely saying it is bad. Other ways of doing the same thing include using the words "mediocre", "average", "satisfactory" and many more.

Oddly, the phrase "not bad" is used to mean "pretty good" which means (usually) "good to very good".

We have far too many ways of saying things in English! (But I imagine Farsi is just as difficult).

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:53 pm

What does it mean that
Black needs some primitive action?

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:43 pm

What does mistaken mean in:
A good chess-player refuses to act without any plan, even if this plan sometimes turns out to be mistaken in the long run.

Deriven at by wrong judgement, or erroneous?

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:02 pm

What does it mean to 'drum up' initiative/counterplay/primitive action?

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:50 am

Having "there is also a threat to Black's centre involving an eventual Bc2-b3 followed by gS." , how can an eventual move be followed by something else?

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Re: The English Language

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:40 pm

Why shouldn't it be? The plan is to play such and such a manoeuvre and then follow it up with another move.
"Set up your attacks so that when the fire is out, it isn't out!" (H N Pillsbury)

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