The English Language

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Sat May 04, 2019 2:16 pm

What does it mean to block off the h3 Bishop

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Re: The English Language

Post by IM Jack Rudd » Sat May 04, 2019 3:46 pm

Usually to put something in the way of its moving to or controlling a square.

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Mon May 06, 2019 10:47 am

What happens if you remove the "off"?

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Re: The English Language

Post by Andy Stoker » Mon May 06, 2019 6:30 pm

Just about the same meaning - but "block off" indicates a more enduring blockage. One could use "block" and "block off" like this:
"White checked by Ba3 and black blocked the check by playing ....Nb4. White took the knight immediately, putting black in check again"
compared to
"White developed his bishop at h3, but it was blocked off when black put pawns on e6, f5 and g4"

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Sat May 11, 2019 2:29 pm

Thanks.
What does it mean to say
Everyone is so humbled by such tactical oversights?

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Re: The English Language

Post by Andy Stoker » Sat May 11, 2019 5:54 pm

Would need to see the context but I think it has the sense that anyone overlooks something at some time - so anyone might miss - or miscalculate -a tactical idea - and this humbles us - makes us realise that we are not perfect.

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Sun May 12, 2019 2:23 pm

Humbled means embarrassed, or means given the sense of being humble or giventhe sense of being nothing?

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Re: The English Language

Post by Ian Thompson » Sun May 12, 2019 2:39 pm

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Sat May 11, 2019 2:29 pm
Thanks.
What does it mean to say
Everyone is so humbled by such tactical oversights?
The context is needed to be sure of the meaning.

It's a comment you might make if a very strong player misses a fairly obvious tactic. Humbled then means brought down to the level of an ordinary player.

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Wed May 15, 2019 12:40 pm

Thanks.
What's an "executive document"?

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Re: The English Language

Post by Roger de Coverly » Wed May 15, 2019 12:49 pm

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 12:40 pm
What's an "executive document"?
You may need to place it in context, but a likely meaning is "Summary"

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Re: The English Language

Post by Andy Stoker » Wed May 15, 2019 1:49 pm

Yes, as Roger says, definitely need the context - we would usually say "Executive summary" if referring to a summary - perhaps it means a document that states what must be done / how something must be managed etc

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Tue May 21, 2019 3:33 pm

" Unit tests are similar to an executive document, which show how you expect the written code to perform under different circumstances."

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:33 am

What does it mean that White kicks black around?

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Re: The English Language

Post by John McKenna » Wed Jun 12, 2019 2:00 pm

Imagine a footballer kicking a football around.

Then think of the footballer as White and the ball as Black.

White (the footballer is in control of Black (the ball) and can make B go where he wants.

In other words Black has lost all control in the position and must reply specifically to whatever moves White chooses to play without much, if any, choice of moves for Black.

White is in full control of the position.
To find a for(u)m that accommodates the mess, that is the task of the artist now. (Samuel Beckett)

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Re: The English Language

Post by soheil_hooshdaran » Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:54 am

Thanks.
What does it mean to roll Black up?

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