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by Mark Josse
Mon Jul 02, 2012 11:44 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: e2e4 Buxton Congress : 29 June - 1 July 2012
Replies: 92
Views: 12723

Re: e2e4 Buxton Congress : 29 June - 1 July 2012

Going back to the hotel room debate i am sorry to hear that people had rooms cancelled but as has been posted if you book outside of the e2e4 provisions then there is always a possibility that things could go wrong. I have played in many of the events run by Sean and on each occasion i have booked o...
by Mark Josse
Sun May 13, 2012 12:32 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: THANKS!
Replies: 77
Views: 10398

Re: THANKS!

I think the North League should be scrapped all rounds in the Midlands it took a lot of south players 2-3 hours travel this last weekend and then there can be no complaints about South centric ( whatever that means ) . We all meet in the middle and there is chess for all . I know many South based fr...
by Mark Josse
Sun May 13, 2012 12:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Road to Grandmaster
Replies: 282
Views: 32891

Re: Road to Grandmaster

I think GM Davies went to Israel for a while and studied with GM Lev Psakhis and this work seemed to help him a lot . I think there can be no substitute for a student doing the hard work but i found him useful in that he was quickly able to spot the right opening to play, common errors , technical w...
by Mark Josse
Fri May 11, 2012 12:29 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Round 11 Monday 7th May
Replies: 4
Views: 1679

Re: Round 11 Monday 7th May

Teach them to play and hopefully in a few years they can take over while we retire to the bar !
by Mark Josse
Fri May 11, 2012 12:24 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Road to Grandmaster
Replies: 282
Views: 32891

Re: Road to Grandmaster

Just picked up on this thread and whilst Will may be having a break from his GM journey for exams the subject of coaching is a good one. I have tried a few myself and i have found GM Nigel Davies to be very good . I have worked with stronger players but i think the combination of Nigel being a GM an...
by Mark Josse
Sun Apr 17, 2011 12:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Does money buy success?
Replies: 105
Views: 10571

Re: Does money buy success?

[quote="matt_ward"]In my opinion money buys success in chess. Especially the league I play in, I've now not played in ages and will not change my mind. The money in chess is making the game worse than ever. These days Clubs are having a team of paid outside professionals to win them the title. I per...
by Mark Josse
Sun Apr 17, 2011 12:09 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Has anyone ever given up chess?
Replies: 165
Views: 21780

Re: Has anyone ever given up chess?

If "my era" were 1969-1972, I would cite Adams, Summerscale, Agnos, Mortazavi, Ledger, Hennigan, Morris, Wall, Tozer, Loz, Quillan, Buckley and a string of contemporary FMs (myself, Collinson, Dishman, Piper, Duncan, Laurence Webb, etc). Edited after responses (below) from Alan and Roger I have fon...
by Mark Josse
Thu Jul 15, 2010 8:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Promoting chess for younger players in chess clubs
Replies: 51
Views: 3329

Re: Promoting chess for younger players in chess clubs

Matt I think it fair to say others are dangling the bait for you here and i detect a little nibble :D Your passion for the game is great and long may it continue . Sadly things are not always black and white when it come to paying players although most of the posts here are supportive of the view th...
by Mark Josse
Wed Jul 14, 2010 8:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Chess Championships 2010
Replies: 1565
Views: 123224

Re: British Chess Championships 2010

I think the Championship itself must remain the focal point maybe the Major Open could be replaced by a number of all play alls in rating brackets eg 1800-1900 2000-2100 2100 + as a guide. This would mean norms would not be on offer but on the flip side you might get a few more players wishing to pl...
by Mark Josse
Mon Jul 12, 2010 3:28 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Another Guardian howler
Replies: 13
Views: 1102

Re: Another Guardian howler

Chris Ward must have been gutted to have been surrounded by all those female players in Div 2 then to find they were replaced by a load of males :D
by Mark Josse
Sun Jul 11, 2010 9:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Lack of young(ish) adults playing chess
Replies: 57
Views: 4629

Re: Lack of young(ish) adults playing chess

Alcohol and women :) maybe a little work well at least thats why i gave up aged 20 I found now i am over 40 i fit into the chess scene though I reckon if some of the 18-21 year olds stick with the game though they will get over that 200 barrier towards being a master but the options are far more fun...
by Mark Josse
Tue Jul 06, 2010 10:23 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Chess Championships 2010
Replies: 1565
Views: 123224

Re: British Chess Championships 2010

I agree with Alan and Ernie in that Adams funding if external is totally his business and lets face it from what i am reading if he did not have that he may not be playing at the British . I think he may not be the only GM being funded externally from what i hear there may be 2 others . We may be ga...
by Mark Josse
Thu Jul 01, 2010 3:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Chess Championships 2010
Replies: 1565
Views: 123224

Re: British Chess Championships 2010

Things are starting to shape up a few more GM`s Steve Gordon and Keith Arkell there is still a month to go of course and the field will continue to improve. I agree with the others Adams must be favourite to win on paper by some margin but you never know .
by Mark Josse
Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Chess Championships 2010
Replies: 1565
Views: 123224

Re: British Chess Championships 2010

Lots of interesting views mainly on the negative side few of my own to add I think there were more players playing tournaments back in the late 80`s or early 90`s i myself was one of them rated similar to now maybe a bit stronger . I never qualified for the British back then as it was hard work ther...
by Mark Josse
Wed Jun 23, 2010 10:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Chess Championships 2010
Replies: 1565
Views: 123224

Re: British Chess Championships 2010

Hi all I decided to join the forum as i have been very interested in the different views about this years British. My story is a simple one in that i am playing in my first ever British Championship this year and looking forward to it . I fall into the definition of one of the weaker players under 2...