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by MJMcCready
Mon Mar 15, 2021 7:33 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Pedants United
Replies: 320
Views: 18834

Re: Pedants United

What about the use of 'get' and 'be'? I just heard GM David Howell say 'he could get checked by the bishop' which to me sounds like an informal way of saying 'he could be/have been checked by the bishop'.
by MJMcCready
Mon Mar 15, 2021 7:30 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Times Winning Move
Replies: 14
Views: 1293

Re: Times Winning Move

Geoff Chandler wrote:
Mon Mar 15, 2021 6:08 pm
I think Paul is right, this line possibly should have been mentioned. Certainly no harm in showing it.

Agreed, the winning line isn't immediately obvious.
by MJMcCready
Sat Mar 13, 2021 12:22 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Puzzles
Replies: 84
Views: 2579

Re: Puzzles

Yes correct, and I thought that was really hard.
by MJMcCready
Fri Mar 12, 2021 10:31 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Puzzles
Replies: 84
Views: 2579

Re: Puzzles

That puzzle is a bit of a tease because the creator was a professor of pure maths and won a prize for it. If you occasionally struggle against GMs around the ELO 2700 mark, by this I mean you normally can't finish them off in the opening, then it might not be a good idea to attempt to solve this. Yo...
by MJMcCready
Fri Mar 12, 2021 10:06 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Puzzles
Replies: 84
Views: 2579

Re: Puzzles

Each die of a pair of non-identical dice has six faces, but some numbers are missing, others are duplicated, and some faces may have more than six spots.

The dice can roll every number from 2 to 12.

What is the largest possible probability of rolling a 7?
by MJMcCready
Fri Mar 12, 2021 5:30 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Magnus Carlsen Invitational 2021, 13-24 March
Replies: 32
Views: 2548

Re: Magnus Carlsen Invitational 2021, 13-24 March

Looking forwards to it but isn't the candidates supposed to start soon?
by MJMcCready
Fri Mar 12, 2021 5:29 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Chess history trivia
Replies: 736
Views: 65896

Re: Chess history trivia

I'm asking this one because I don't know the answer to this two-part question. Who was the first world champion to have an official rating and what was it? By this I don't mean a rating applied retrospectively, one actually granted at the time.
by MJMcCready
Fri Mar 12, 2021 4:59 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Puzzles
Replies: 84
Views: 2579

Re: Puzzles

Here's a top puzzle that's as tough as chess (sub 2800 ELO rated players need not attempt it): Who hides in the bakery at Christmas?
by MJMcCready
Fri Mar 12, 2021 3:52 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Puzzles
Replies: 84
Views: 2579

Re: Puzzles

MJMcCready wrote:
Thu Mar 11, 2021 2:30 pm
Can't even guess.
Indeed. The very item that The Dancing Outlaw (Jessico White) told his wife in a documentary she would be going to sleep in if she didn't cook his eggs properly...as you would
by MJMcCready
Thu Mar 11, 2021 2:30 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Puzzles
Replies: 84
Views: 2579

Re: Puzzles

Can't even guess.
by MJMcCready
Thu Mar 11, 2021 11:28 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Puzzles
Replies: 84
Views: 2579

Re: Puzzles

The man who invented it doesn't want it. The man who bought it doesn't need it. The man who needs it doesn't know it. What is it?
by MJMcCready
Wed Mar 10, 2021 1:52 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Puzzles
Replies: 84
Views: 2579

Re: Puzzles

Ouch, that is a hard one, possibly French by origin.
by MJMcCready
Wed Mar 10, 2021 1:41 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Puzzles
Replies: 84
Views: 2579

Re: Puzzles

ha ha yes close, I was thinking 'Post Office'.
by MJMcCready
Wed Mar 10, 2021 1:08 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Puzzles
Replies: 84
Views: 2579

Re: Puzzles

Which noun phrase has most letters in it?
by MJMcCready
Wed Mar 10, 2021 11:58 am
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: Puzzles
Replies: 84
Views: 2579

Re: Puzzles

Not sure what that means.