The English Language

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Re: The English Language

Post by Mike Gunn » Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:28 am

White wins the game efficiently from an overwhelming position.

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Wed Jul 17, 2019 7:04 am

So he already has an overwhelming position?

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Re: The English Language

Post by John McKenna » Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:46 am

Yes, in order to summarily finish the game off ("roll up Black") the position must be overwhelmingly in White's favour.
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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Sat Jul 20, 2019 7:47 pm

Thanks.
What does it mean that Bf1 hangs b3 after Bc2
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Re: The English Language

Post by Roger de Coverly » Sat Jul 20, 2019 8:24 pm

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Sat Jul 20, 2019 7:47 pm
What does it mean that Bf1 hangs b3 after Bc2?
You should give more context but "hangs" is an American usage generally meaning to leave en prise.

If there is a White pawn on b3 defended by a white Bishop on 4, then White's move Bc4-f1 may allow Black to play Bc2 with a threat to the pawn.

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Re: The English Language

Post by John McKenna » Sun Jul 21, 2019 11:14 am

The scenario Roger envisages, above, with a white pawn on b3, a white bishop on c4 and a black white-square bishop lurking somewhere it can presumably reach c2 in one fell swoop, if the white bishop allows it to, can be more generally pictured as follows -

White pawn on b3, white bishop anywhere on the diagonal f1-a6, except f1, and a black bishop somewhere on b1-h7 diagonal but not on c2.

(The whereabouts of the other white and black pawns and pieces is required in order to know exactly how the white move Bf1 'hangs' the b3 pawn to the black move Bc2.)

The use of the word 'hangs' implies the pawn can, and almost certainly will, be lost.

If the word 'drops' is used instead of 'hangs' then the implication is that the pawn on b3 will certainly be lost.
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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Sat Sep 21, 2019 5:16 am

What is a Grande combination? Is it a complex combination?

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Re: The English Language

Post by John McKenna » Sat Sep 21, 2019 11:51 am

Grande is not an English word and it means "large" or "great" in the Romance languages (Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian and Romanian)

Such combinations are usually called great or brilliant combinations in English unadorned by grandiose foreign words.
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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Wed Oct 16, 2019 12:31 pm

What does 'the odd game' mean?
Anger,[ ...] are common emotions that may help you in the odd game [...]

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Re: The English Language

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Wed Oct 16, 2019 1:02 pm

This means "odd" as in infrequent rather than unusual.
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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:11 pm

What does it mean that "terror is a self-fulfilling prophecy"?

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:12 pm

Matt Mackenzie wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 1:02 pm
This means "odd" as in infrequent rather than unusual.
Thhanks.

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Re: The English Language

Post by IM Jack Rudd » Fri Oct 18, 2019 5:00 pm

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:11 pm
What does it mean that "terror is a self-fulfilling prophecy"?
A self-fulfilling prophecy is one where the existence of the prophecy itself causes the events it prophesies to happen. So in this case it would be that the knowledge of future terror would itself be terrifying.

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Sat Oct 19, 2019 2:56 am

Thanks

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:32 am

What does it mean that "Qf4 g6 leaves the Rook [at f5] hanging out to dry"?

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