The English Language

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soheil_hooshdaran
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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:49 am

What does it mean that "after 29 ... Bf8 I should feel OK"?

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Re: The English Language

Post by Roger de Coverly » Thu Jul 26, 2018 11:07 am

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:49 am
What does it mean that "after 29 ... Bf8 I should feel OK"?
"Feel OK" is another metaphor with a usual meaning of happiness or contentment. In a chess context the author is assessing the position as equal or better for the Black pieces.

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Thu Jul 26, 2018 5:48 pm

Any difference between
approximately equal chances
and
roughly equal chances?

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Re: The English Language

Post by Barry Sandercock » Thu Jul 26, 2018 6:52 pm

No difference.

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Fri Jul 27, 2018 3:43 am

What does bread and butter mean in:
An equal position is bread and butter for the stronger player, as he can go on testing his opponent without too much risk.

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Re: The English Language

Post by Andy Stoker » Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:38 am

"bread and butter" - is easily looked up - eg https://www.dictionary.com/browse/bread-and-butter

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Fri Jul 27, 2018 7:59 am

What does fair mean in:
That's a fair achievement in a game against a much stronger opponent

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Fri Jul 27, 2018 8:03 am

Andy Stoker wrote:
Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:38 am
"bread and butter" - is easily looked up - eg https://www.dictionary.com/browse/bread-and-butter
Yes sir, I had looked it up, but I can't fit it in that context

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Fri Jul 27, 2018 8:07 am

What'ss the difference between developing plans and drawing/creating plans?

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Fri Jul 27, 2018 8:39 am

I think it is better to advance my e-pawn to e5, setting up a powerful centre.
means
I think it is better to advance my e-pawn to e5 and set up a powerful centre.
or
I think it is better to advance my e-pawn to e5 which sets up a powerful centre.

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Re: The English Language

Post by Andy Stoker » Fri Jul 27, 2018 11:35 am

bread and butter is a standard part of British cuisine - we eat it with many meals and are very used to it ... so the chess context is that something which is "bread and butter" should be a standard thing to do, easily achieved because done many times before ... perhaps like a minority attack in a QGD, or prising open the king behind a fiancetto by some combination of Bh6 x g7, h4, h5, hxg6 etc

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Re: The English Language

Post by Andy Stoker » Fri Jul 27, 2018 11:38 am

I think best is "I think it is better to advance my e-pawn to e5 which sets up a powerful centre." - the pawn on e5 is part of this powerful centre and the act of moving pawn to e5 is a crucial part of forming the centre - not something that comes later

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:54 pm

then I can play 19 􀁓h3 with various threats, such as Qc4+ and Qf7, or Qd3/d2, or just the thematic advance e5.

means e5 after Bh3, or without it?

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Fri Jul 27, 2018 7:15 pm

What does plunder mean in:
Black will get rid of one of his headaches, the d6-pawn, but this would hardly be an achievement,
as my pieces could then plunder his suspicious position.?

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Re: The English Language

Post by Andy Stoker » Fri Jul 27, 2018 8:32 pm

As others have discovered long ago, I see this is a one way street! I'm just told when my answers don't satisfy. And still I continue!

e5 / Bh3 can't be sure from the snippet - I'd guess Bh3 is an alternative to e5 .... not Bh3 and then e5. But you play chess - what do you think?

https://www.google.co.uk/search?rlz=1C1 ... bs=plunder. White thinks that his pieces could enter the black position and take material

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