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by John McKenna
Fri Feb 19, 2021 6:15 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3310
Views: 180325

Re: The English Language

Farboud not only played postal (correspondence) chess he also played for Iran in FIDE Olympiads in the early 1960s. Did he? olimpbase has a Farboud, Mohammad Hossein playing for Iran in 1962 and 1964 which it says were the only two Olympiads that Iran took part in in the 1960s. Thanks for pointing ...
by John McKenna
Fri Feb 19, 2021 2:31 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3310
Views: 180325

Re: The English Language

SNIP In return a quick question for you... Have you ever heard of either of the following Iranian correspondence (postal) chess players? Pakdaman, Mehdi (active in the 1970s & 1980s) Farboud, M. Ali (active in the 1960s) No, but I can ask around for you Thanks, but no need to go out of your way to ...
by John McKenna
Fri Feb 19, 2021 9:46 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3310
Views: 180325

Re: The English Language

soheil_hooshdaran wrote:
Fri Feb 19, 2021 3:10 am
Thanks
Don't mention it.

In return a quick question for you...

Have you ever heard of either of the following Iranian correspondence (postal) chess players?

Pakdaman, Mehdi (active in the 1970s & 1980s)

Farboud, M. Ali (active in the 1960s)
by John McKenna
Thu Feb 18, 2021 8:56 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Remembering IM Hugh Alexander CMG CBE (19-iv-1909 15-ii-1974)
Replies: 29
Views: 1561

Re: Remembering IM Hugh Alexander CMG CBE (19-iv-1909 15-ii-1974)

I think that the details of WRH not getting that title have been discussed on here before ;) The link below is from 2014 (see Jonathan Bryant's post in there for details) there may have been other such discussions on the forum. https://www.ecforum.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=7079&p=150470&hilit=Hart...
by John McKenna
Thu Feb 18, 2021 1:15 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Opera Euro Rapid Sat 6th Feb to Sun 14th Feb 2021
Replies: 20
Views: 1879

Re: Opera Euro Rapid Sat 6th Feb to Sun 14th Feb 2021

From another (linked) thread - I noticed that someone at ChessBomb was trying to defend MVL by saying it was a mouse slip. Of course these things must always be considered in an online game but in this case that is not really an option. 8/8/5pk1/6r1/6R1/6K1/8/8 w - - 0 1 You cannot 'mouse slip' the ...
by John McKenna
Wed Feb 17, 2021 2:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: H.E.Atkins
Replies: 100
Views: 9924

Re: H.E.Atkins

Thank you, David. Thank you for the diagrams, John. OK, might as well include what GM Matt Turner had to say about them in the thread "Re: Opera Euro Rapid..." Whilst these look similar, I think the Karlsbad mistake is much more understandable. Spielmann (the player a pawn down) initiated an exchan...
by John McKenna
Wed Feb 17, 2021 12:08 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Opera Euro Rapid Sat 6th Feb to Sun 14th Feb 2021
Replies: 20
Views: 1879

Re: Opera Euro Rapid Sat 6th Feb to Sun 14th Feb 2021

SNIP Compare and contrast the following two blunders: [Event "Opera Euro Rapid"] [Site "?"] [Date "2021.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "Vachier-Lagrave,M."] [Black "Radjabov,T."] [Result "0-1"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "8/8/5pk1/6r1/6R1/6K1/8/8 w - - 0 1"] [PlyCount "6"] 1. Rxg5+ $4 (1 Kf3 $11) 1... Kxg5 $19 2...
by John McKenna
Tue Feb 16, 2021 11:58 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: H.E.Atkins
Replies: 100
Views: 9924

Re: H.E.Atkins

"It is quite clear that the Karlsbad [1911] players were far more prone to severe errors than contemporary players." Compare and contrast the following two blunders: W: Kf3, Ra4; B: Kg6, Rf5, Pf6: 1. Rf4??, Kg5; 0-1 Spielmann v Duras, Karlsbad 1907 W: Kg3, Rg4: B: Kg6, Rg5, Pf6: 1.Rxg5??, Kxg5; 2. ...
by John McKenna
Tue Feb 16, 2021 3:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Queens Gambit and Netflix
Replies: 124
Views: 9639

Re: Queens Gambit and Netflix

Thank you for your measured reply.

And in the spirit of "measure for measure"...

I admit that my spelling is far from exemplary and that my "Shakespere" was, at best, a palpable near miss that I was correctly hauled up for by Justice Horton.
by John McKenna
Tue Feb 16, 2021 3:23 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Opera Euro Rapid Sat 6th Feb to Sun 14th Feb 2021
Replies: 20
Views: 1879

Re: Opera Euro Rapid Sat 6th Feb to Sun 14th Feb 2021

David S's above post is apropos of a statement (in the thread he now links to, below) - "It is quite clear that the Karlsbad [1911] players were far more prone to severe errors than contemporary players." And I tend to agree with David's explanation, further above, in this thread despite GM Matt Tur...
by John McKenna
Tue Feb 16, 2021 2:49 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: The English Language
Replies: 3310
Views: 180325

Re: The English Language

What do you call babies who still drink milk? I think it cannot be 'infant', as infant covers only1 year of age. Suckling. (assuming you mean they drink only milk). It's a bit archaic though, and is more commonly used with reference to animals, e.g. 'suckling pig'. The adjective 'sucking' is also d...
by John McKenna
Tue Feb 16, 2021 2:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Queens Gambit and Netflix
Replies: 124
Views: 9639

Re: Queens Gambit and Netflix

"I do recall posts which you have amended as many as half a dozen times. Obviously I cannot refer to any substantive changes as the earlier versions of the posts are not available." There's a simple bit of best practice to remedy that shortcoming, JT. Preserve the specimens in amber, e.g. - I expect...
by John McKenna
Mon Feb 15, 2021 6:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Queens Gambit and Netflix
Replies: 124
Views: 9639

Re: Queens Gambit and Netflix

I'll engage with that, JT, since I think you may have some of my posts in mind(?) If so why not be more specific - not a strong point of many posters here about. It is true that I have edited some posts - usually it is to correct spelling (I do not use a spell checker nor predictive text.) If you ca...
by John McKenna
Mon Feb 15, 2021 12:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Queens Gambit and Netflix
Replies: 124
Views: 9639

Re: Queens Gambit and Netflix

... And are not "Jim" & Othello "crude racial stereotypes? (Perhaps this thread now not going in the direction of travel you hoped it would. You asked a question - maybe you expected a different answer.) Edit - I knew the correct crusader's sidekick would probably be along... (see next post). If the...
by John McKenna
Mon Feb 15, 2021 12:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Queens Gambit and Netflix
Replies: 124
Views: 9639

Re: Queens Gambit and Netflix

Why so? (And why did you not quote the whole sentence?) Did not a 'Voodoo' Macbeth happen - "... The 150-strong cast were all black and the majority had little previous acting experience. The production was part of a government programme called the Federal Theatre Project which was aimed at boosting...