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Common Chess terms I CANNOT STAND


  • 19 months ago · Quote · #61

    LegoPirate

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  • 19 months ago · Quote · #62

    Mr_Tarkanian

    David, even your LAST NAME is Plural!!  You have no clout, having that be the case.  :(

  • 19 months ago · Quote · #63

    sapientdust

    The ones that I find the most annoying are "White/black is for choice", "with a long-term (or slight) pull", and "on account of ...".

    I definitely say present-tense "castles", because the past tense would be silly in the contexts I use it in (e.g., "I'm thinking about Nxe4, Nxe4, castles kingside, ...").

  • 19 months ago · Quote · #64

    sapientdust

    Also playable is 29.Nh5!, with a dynamically balanced position ;-)

  • 19 months ago · Quote · #65

    Useless_Eustace

    ther all just tryn to sound a right smarter then you. paym no mind.

  • 19 months ago · Quote · #66

    BigDoggProblem

    Savage wrote:

    The one I hate is when annotators start a note with the awkward "Best is...", as in "Best is 29.Nh5! with a strong attack". Like they can't bring themselves to begin the sentence with the actual move.

    If you take that out, it's not a complete sentence.

  • 19 months ago · Quote · #67

    DaveOakRidges

    "Adjust" ..... why anglicize it?

    Just say "J'adoube" or relax and stop touching everything.

  • 19 months ago · Quote · #68

    chessmicky

    As anyone familiar with chess literature could tell you, many of these slightly foreign-sounding phrases are, in fact foreign. In the old days, many of the most important chess books were written in German or Russian where structures line "best is . . ." or "make a draw," or "short castles" are completely grammatical. English chess writers adopted these phrases and they became common in chess writing. I think they give chess writing a kind of historical charm. Everytime we say "Better is . . ." we are paying a slight verbal hommage to the great Tarrasch.

  • 19 months ago · Quote · #69

    Somebodysson

    Squarology wrote:

    hahaha, I'm going to use all of these from now on ;) maybe all of them in the same sentence.

    I conducted straightforward analysis during the game and said to myself, "if he castles kingside then I'll have ideas of pawnstorming." After conducting further analysis, however, I noticed that I could play castles kingside myself and have ideas of a minority attack. The rest was just a matter of technique.

    hehe. nice. 

  • 19 months ago · Quote · #71

    qinns

    Mr_Tarkanian wrote:
    TheGreatOogieBoogie wrote:

    I honestly don't see how that's annoying though.  Oh well, people will be like that.  If I plan on castling queenside I prefer to wait unless it's a Sicilian where black will usually castle kingside anyway (black castled queenside in the Sicilian during Suhle-Andersson in 1859 ^_^ )  

    When the term "castles" is just used.  For example, pawn to E4, castles, then knight to E6...etc.

    DON'T SAY "CASTLES".  Don't PLURAL IT.  PAST TENSE is grammatically correct. CASTLED.  Important to use proper grammar in chess.

    I have never seen "pawn moved", yet "pawn moves" looks very natural... someone writes on it too - http://goo.gl/o3LWIM and www.uk-cla.org.uk/files/proceedings/Simo.pdf

    However I do agree that term "castles" is hideous and should be immediately replaced with "King does Rook".

  • 19 months ago · Quote · #72

    gundamv

    "Horsey" instead of "Knight".  Sounds like a baby.

  • 19 months ago · Quote · #73

    chesshole

    gundamv wrote:

    "Horsey" instead of "Knight".  Sounds like a baby.

    'pony' is the preferred nomenclature.  IM Daniel Rensch is responsible for the term's revival in popularity

  • 19 months ago · Quote · #74

    TheGreatOogieBoogie

    chesshole wrote:
    gundamv wrote:

    "Horsey" instead of "Knight".  Sounds like a baby.

    'pony' is the preferred nomenclature.  IM Daniel Rensch is responsible for the term's revival in popularity

    I can't, in good coscious, call those abominations "ponies".  Knights can be cool, like when they occupy the sixth or control the center, or they can... annoy you like the other guy having his on the sixth or fifth or fork a couple of pieces at seemingly unrelated squares. 

  • 19 months ago · Quote · #75

    r_k_ting

    Q: What's the shortest sentense in the English language?

    A: 1. e4!

  • 19 months ago · Quote · #76

    Ziryab

    Oh!

  • 19 months ago · Quote · #77

    Irontiger

    r_k_ting wrote:

    Q: What's the shortest sentense in the English language?

    A: 1. e4!

    You mean "1.e4 ??" ?

    </troll>

  • 19 months ago · Quote · #78

    Ziryab

    gundamv wrote:

    "Horsey" instead of "Knight".  Sounds like a baby.

    Steed is the preferred term.

  • 19 months ago · Quote · #79

    r_k_ting

    It's no worse than the phrase "quantumm leap"

    :)

  • 19 months ago · Quote · #80

    sapientdust

    Another one I hate is "go" as a verb meaning "make a move" or "play", as in "is ready to go e4", which I'm copying from an article in this month's New In Chess.


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