The English Language

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Wed Mar 27, 2019 12:49 pm

Thanks.
What does it mean that White wants to hold everything on the kingside and in the center?

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Re: The English Language

Post by John McKenna » Wed Mar 27, 2019 1:42 pm

Sounds like White (W) wants to keep ('hold') all things on the K-side and in the centre as they stand.

That strategy could imply that W is going to try to focus play on the Q-side.
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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Wed Mar 27, 2019 7:04 pm

So hold together = preserve?

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Re: The English Language

Post by John McKenna » Thu Mar 28, 2019 12:28 am

The use of 'hold' can imply that White (W) keeping, or preserving, the status quo on K-side and in the centre in aspic may be difficult in this case.

It may be necessary for W to hold on there and prevent a breakthrough by Black in those two parts of the board.
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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Fri Mar 29, 2019 4:14 pm

Thanks. What's the difference between "all but impossible" and "almost impossible"?

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Re: The English Language

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Fri Mar 29, 2019 6:15 pm

Not a lot.
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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Fri Mar 29, 2019 6:29 pm

I am asking of ANY difference

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Re: The English Language

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:22 pm

Maybe the first is slightly more definite, but there's really not much in it.
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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Sat Mar 30, 2019 6:17 am

Thanks.
What's the difference between "destroying" and "undermining" the defense of c3

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Re: The English Language

Post by Andy Stoker » Sat Mar 30, 2019 11:37 am

The latter is less immediate and less conclusive. The defence could be undermined with the goal of destroying it

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Re: The English Language

Post by John McKenna » Sat Mar 30, 2019 12:13 pm

Adding further details to Andy's basically correct reply -

'Undermining' is the, usually slow, process of preparing to destroy defences.

The verb undermine comes from mining operations in siege warfare - involving digging towards, and eventually under, the walls of a fortress in order to make a section of wall fall so that attackers can enter.

'Destroying' implies immediate, or imminent, destruction of the defences without the need for (further) preparations.
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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Tue Apr 02, 2019 4:38 am

Thanks

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Fri Apr 12, 2019 3:32 am

What does it mean to win an event outright?

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Re: The English Language

Post by Andy Stoker » Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:24 am

The score of the winner was unmatched - eg First player scored 7, the second and third scored 6.5 etc. If two players had the same top score, then (depending on any tie-break arrangements) they might both have "won" the event - but they would not have won outright.

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:11 pm

Thanks

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