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Re: little

Post by MSoszynski » Wed Apr 30, 2014 5:23 pm

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:Some people feel intensification is unnecessary and redundant
What? Name them. Show me examples. Explain how it is possible to avoid "intensification" - never to use very or slightly...

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Re: left to one's own devices

Post by Marcus Misson » Wed Apr 30, 2014 6:42 pm

Can someone point me in the direction of the chess forum please?
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Re: left to one's own devices

Post by John Clarke » Wed Apr 30, 2014 8:25 pm

The expression can also have the slightly different meaning (less relevant to chess) of "being left to entertain or occupy himself".
"The chess-board is the world ..... the player on the other side is hidden from us ..... he never overlooks a mistake, or makes the smallest allowance for ignorance."
(He doesn't let you resign and start again, either.)

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Re: left to one's own devices

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Wed Apr 30, 2014 8:47 pm

Thank you guys.

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Re: little

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Wed Apr 30, 2014 8:49 pm

Sorry, but I still have not got my answer.
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Re: little

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Thu May 01, 2014 4:40 am

Sorry, but I still have not got my answer regarding 'little'.

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Re: little

Post by Robert Stokes » Thu May 01, 2014 7:31 am

I thought there was enough in previous posts to answer your query but let me try again.

In the quote given, 'little' is merely emphasising that the pawn is the least of the chess pieces, both physically and in terms of power. However, as the quote goes on to point out, pawns are not unimportant and a lot of chess strategy is about using them to best effect.

Robert

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Re: left to one's own devices

Post by Matt Mackenzie » Thu May 01, 2014 3:23 pm

Marcus Misson wrote:Can someone point me in the direction of the chess forum please?
Nothing stopping you from starting a thread "actually" about chess, of course :wink:
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enjoy superiority?

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Sat May 03, 2014 1:29 pm

Hi
What does 'superiority' mean in:
After 1...Nxe5 2.Rxe5 Bd6 or 2...Bf6 , the White Rook would have to retreat and, the Black Bishop Would enjoy his superiority.
?Thanks in advance

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Re: enjoy superiority?

Post by Michael Farthing » Sat May 03, 2014 3:37 pm

In this position the bishop would be more powerful than the rook. The word 'enjoy' emphasises that this is an unusual thing (for the bishop to be more powerful). By treating the bishop as a real person rather than a bit of wood, the author is imagining the bishop being pleased with his new importance.

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Re: enjoy superiority?

Post by Arshad Ali » Sat May 03, 2014 3:43 pm

And would relish with malice and schadenfreude the inferiority of the rook. And crow about it loudly and incessantly.

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Re: enjoy superiority?

Post by Michael Farthing » Sat May 03, 2014 4:01 pm

Surely that wasn't maliciously and with schadenfreude crowing about the O.P.'s problems in understanding some more obscure English idioms?

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Re: enjoy superiority?

Post by NickFaulks » Sat May 03, 2014 5:52 pm

How is this "Not Chess"?

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Re: enjoy superiority?

Post by Jonathan Bryant » Sat May 03, 2014 8:01 pm

NickFaulks wrote:How is this "Not Chess"?
The OP’s question - as with all the other threads he has started - is about language. Possibly it would have stayed on the main forum had he not asked so many similar questions and started a different thread for every one. This morning the first three threads on the forum were all of the same, "What does [this word] mean?" variety. Presumably the mods finally had enough.

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Re: enjoy superiority?

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Mon May 05, 2014 2:49 am

Michael Farthing wrote:In this position the bishop would be more powerful than the rook.
Really?

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