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by John Cox
Sat Jan 30, 2021 11:56 pm
Forum: News and Support
Topic: Unwritten rules on epitaphs!?
Replies: 31
Views: 2790

Re: Unwritten rules on epitaphs!?

Good grief. It seems extraordinarily mean-spirited to me to complain about obituaries of foreign GMs and well-known players. In my opinion they add to the forum.
by John Cox
Thu Jan 28, 2021 4:33 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: GM Yrjo Aukusti Rantanen 1950-2021
Replies: 2
Views: 636

Re: GM Yrjo Aukusti Rantanen 1950-2021

Sorry to hear this. I played Yrjo in a Norwegian tournament in about 1982. He met my English with a kind of reversed Wing Gambit a tempo down, and slaughtered me very quickly. He struck me on that evidence as a player with a fine sense of dynamics, and a civil and polite chap in the post-mortem. RIP.
by John Cox
Thu Jan 28, 2021 3:49 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: David Everington 1946-2020
Replies: 5
Views: 1259

Re: David Everington 1946-2020

Really sad to hear. My oldest chess friend. David was the strongest Shropshire chess player when I first went to Shrewsbury Chess Club aged four or five in 1967. I am sure I was intolerable, and looking back on it some of the other players obviously thought so, but David's kindness and encouragement...
by John Cox
Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:48 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Jeff and Nancy Cox (1935 to 2019 and 1932-2019)
Replies: 3
Views: 2441

Jeff and Nancy Cox (1935 to 2019 and 1932-2019)

Chessers of a certain vintage may remember Jeff as a formidable Midlands organiser of the 1970s and 1980s, and in particular as the founder of the Shropshire congress. Many juniors of the time stayed at their farmhouse in Shropshire during both this event and others (including the Forrest Cup and th...
by John Cox
Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:01 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Dave Rumens
Replies: 98
Views: 18310

Re: Dave Rumens

Sad news. RIP, Dave. I can't believe he wasn't an IM; of course the title was much harder to get then. What I will remember is the twinkle he always had in his eye; it was always an event to play him. I didn't know he was still playing bridge; I used to see him sometimes at the Young Chelsea in the ...
by John Cox
Thu Mar 31, 2016 3:39 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL records/stats
Replies: 3
Views: 1320

4NCL records/stats

There used to be some sort of statistical records on the site - most draws, etc - indeed you could even look up the all-time record of nonentities like me.

Did I dream it? Or has it gone having previously existed? I can't find it any more.
by John Cox
Tue Mar 29, 2016 1:10 am
Forum: International News
Topic: How Can AGON/Worldchess Improve Their Coverage For November?
Replies: 10
Views: 1630

Re: How Can AGON/Worldchess Improve Their Coverage For November?

1. Sack Dylan Maclean, or whatever his name is. He's absolutely appalling. 2. Stop with this stupid whining about draws. 3. Respect the game and the players (see 1. here). That's about it, really. If it were me I'd like a live video for each board, but then I expect that costs money, and it would on...
by John Cox
Mon Mar 28, 2016 4:57 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2016 Candidates Moscow 10-29 March
Replies: 949
Views: 38877

Re: 2016 Candidates Moscow 10-29 March

My God, the man is an utter moron. Talking about how at least the tie-break system hasn't been decisive.

So why are we being subjected to FM Dylan Maclain from the USA? It's not like there aren't people who can do this job competently.
by John Cox
Mon Mar 28, 2016 4:28 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2016 Candidates Moscow 10-29 March
Replies: 949
Views: 38877

Re: 2016 Candidates Moscow 10-29 March

Who on earth is this hateful twerp running the press conferences and co-commenting with Ian?
by John Cox
Fri Nov 20, 2015 12:10 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Pronunciation
Replies: 7
Views: 1415

Re: Pronunciation

Chook-shee-teh, I believe. That's what a Lithuanian friend told me, anyway.
by John Cox
Sun Nov 09, 2014 8:58 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Carlsen - Anand 2014
Replies: 414
Views: 40546

Re: Carlsen - Anand 2014

That's the end of that, then. Bring on Caruana.
by John Cox
Tue Nov 04, 2014 1:01 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Chess Championship S50
Replies: 205
Views: 29209

Re: World Senior Chess Championship S50

Greatest number of wins is the worst of all tie-breaks, as you'd expect from something used by FIDE to determine the challenger from the world championship, of course. Fewest number of wins would be better (as would tossing a coin, an eating contest or an Elvis Presley lookalike competition, to name...
by John Cox
Tue May 20, 2014 1:09 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Aronian: now I’m no longer at an age when I need to train
Replies: 8
Views: 2038

Re: Aronian: now I’m no longer at an age when I need to trai

I don't think Aronian means he doesn't need to work on his game. He means that he doesn't need to work with a trainer. You can see that from his other interview which is linked to.
by John Cox
Fri Feb 07, 2014 12:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Entombed pieces
Replies: 10
Views: 1622

Re: Entombed pieces

I would have thought g4 would have been a rather more tenacious effort than g3, although spoiling the aesthetic effect, as you say.
by John Cox
Mon Jan 13, 2014 12:24 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Nice Combination
Replies: 6
Views: 1400

Re: Nice Combination

Better to win a piece than to give mate, as Botvinnik apparently said.