The English Language

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soheil_hooshdaran
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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Sun Jan 06, 2019 6:54 am

Any difference betwewen 'play into White's hands' and 'work in White's favour'?

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Sun Jan 06, 2019 8:48 pm

Any difference betwewen 'play into White's hands' and 'work in White's favour'?

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Re: The English Language

Post by Andy Stoker » Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:07 pm

Former suggests error by black - latter is more of a sense that this is just how things worked out without a particular (further) mistake or weak play by black

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Re: The English Language

Post by Andy Stoker » Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:09 pm

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:26 pm
He commented:
Forced, as otherwise the rook transfer Ra2-a5 is immediately decisive.


What is 'rook transfer'?
Just a rook manoeuvre - suggests that the rook was elsewhere on the second rank than moved first to a2 and then shortly afterwards (or next move) to a5

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:12 pm

Thanks.
A modest move is a mild move?

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Re: The English Language

Post by Andy Stoker » Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:37 am

Probably - I don't think "mild move" is a common term. "Modest" is the sort of word one might use when - for example - a player decides to reinforce his defences rather than play a somewhat risky attack

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Thu Jan 10, 2019 6:36 pm

Thanks. Stopping something means making prophylaxis against it?

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Re: The English Language

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:01 pm

That can be one way of stopping it (though far from the only one)
"Set up your attacks so that when the fire is out, it isn't out!" (H N Pillsbury)

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:28 pm

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:01 pm
That can be one way of stopping it (though far from the only one)
What's the difference? and it what other way you can stop something?

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Tue Jan 22, 2019 9:49 am

What's the difference3 between softening up and weakening something?

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Re: The English Language

Post by Barry Sandercock » Tue Jan 22, 2019 4:04 pm

No difference in the chess sense.

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Re: The English Language

Post by Andy Stoker » Fri Jan 25, 2019 7:55 am

Of all English language (apparent) errors, the misuse of "refute" must grate highly with chess players ... on the "Today" programme today, we heard of a politician "refuting" charges against him ... to our mind he has done nothing more than assert that they are false

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Fri Jan 25, 2019 12:38 pm

Thanks.
What's the difference between 'stopping' and 'preventing' counterplay?

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Re: The English Language

Post by Barry Sandercock » Fri Jan 25, 2019 3:35 pm

No real difference.

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:45 am

Stopping counterplay means counterplay is in execution?

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