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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: 1643

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: 82
Views: 13528

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: 1143

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: 1466

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: 31985

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: 31985

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: 1300

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: 36491

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: 24750

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: 1912

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: 1483

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: 1282

Re: Nice Combination

Better to win a piece than to give mate, as Botvinnik apparently said.
by John Cox
Thu Jan 02, 2014 2:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: How about a book review section?
Replies: 46
Views: 4223

Re: How about a book review section?

>First, this isn’t that relevant within the context of the opening (it’s on move 22) and second, much of Giddins’s commentary is based on Uhlmann’s original analysis, so it seems pretty low-level to use the guy’s material, then have a pop at him when the machine finds flaws. Curious observ...
by John Cox
Tue Dec 31, 2013 12:32 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates 2014
Replies: 439
Views: 23636

Re: Candidates 2014

> I can't think of anyone else in particular who really would make a memorable contribution Well, Gelfand, obviously. And of course we should get rid of Andreikin - he qualified in an MM event as a result of a 2700 performance plus winning a few blitz games. Svidler ahead of Grischuk was the obvious...
by John Cox
Tue Dec 17, 2013 2:20 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Title norms held by English players
Replies: 97
Views: 18245

Re: Title norms held by English players

more or less literally every historical English player we've ever heard of was of IM strength or more. I disagree, John. Most English players before the the 1970s were nowhere near the standard of today's IMs. Standards have been vastly higher since the late 1960s, with the arrival of the Hartston ...