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by Paul Cooksey
Mon Nov 26, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 39931

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

"After the game Topalov said he feared playing tiebreaks on Friday the 13th as he had lost them v Kramnik in 2006 on Friday the 13th." Which is a nice line, but Topalov was a much bigger underdog in rapid against Anand at that time than Caruana is now. So I would be surprised by a repeat. So far th...
by Paul Cooksey
Fri Nov 23, 2018 8:25 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: English victories against reigning World Champions
Replies: 49
Views: 2126

Re: English victories against World Champions

I should have included Adams-Kramnik Wijk 2004 Adams- Kramnik, Sofia 2005 since I agree Kramnik was world champion, even if others would dispute it. I missed Adams-Anand, London 2012 Adams-Anand, Paris 2013 becasue I thought Carlsen won the world title in 2012. doh so up to 10, although I think we h...
by Paul Cooksey
Fri Nov 23, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: English victories against reigning World Champions
Replies: 49
Views: 2126

Re: English victories against World Champions

If we apply the toughest criteria - a win at classical time control against a reigning world champion I think I have six:
Lasker-Blackburne, Hastings 1895
Lasker-Blackburne, London 1899
Penrose-Tal, Liepzig 1960
Karpov-Miles Skara 1980
Short-Kasparov Brussels 1984
Short-Kasparov London 1993
by Paul Cooksey
Thu Nov 22, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 39931

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

The clearly expressed desires of fans seem to be for a longer match. I don't think that would solve the problem that people have expressed with this match. The fans seem desperate for the tournament to be run in the same way the World Championships were run in the 1970s; which was old-fashioned com...
by Paul Cooksey
Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:43 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 39931

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

1 or 2 excellent games out of 5 doesn't sound brilliant to me, but each to their own. Actually I meant 1 or 2 including tiebreaks. Depending on the definition of excellent, it is still a better ratio than most events in my opinion. But yes, we have different perspectives. I am hoping for great ches...
by Paul Cooksey
Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 2018 World Championship in London
Replies: 709
Views: 39931

Re: 2018 World Championship in London

Alex Holowczak wrote:
Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:17 pm
I'm wondering if the Candidates Tournament format should actually be the World Championship format. That seems to generate what we want in terms of excitement.
I enjoy the matches. I'm expecting 1 or 2 more excellent games from this one.
by Paul Cooksey
Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: 300 ECF Grade
Replies: 8
Views: 1071

Re: 300 ECF Grade

if Carlsen (295) - Caruana (290) is ECF graded one of them has an excellent chance to get to 300

Also, I am offering £100 to the charity of choice of anyone who asks Magnus about being number 2 on the ECF grading list in a World Championship press conference :-)
by Paul Cooksey
Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:39 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF and the World Championship Match ?
Replies: 16
Views: 1513

Re: ECF and the World Championship Match ?

you can tell it is not an ECF event because no-one has objected to it being in London :-)
by Paul Cooksey
Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: World Championship Schedule
Replies: 23
Views: 1652

Re: world championship schedule

Kevin O'Rourke wrote:
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:52 pm
bring back 1993 type of coverage please :-)
grrr! we live in a golden age when Grischuk and Girr do live commentary and people are longing for the days when Carol Vorderman interrupted Spess whenever he started to analyse!
by Paul Cooksey
Sat Oct 27, 2018 8:22 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018
Replies: 150
Views: 10469

Re: Chess.com Isle Of Man Tournament 20 to 28 October 2018

Keymar 1-0 Gelfand a remarkable result. I think that will qualify him as a gm just before his 14th birthday. Another great talent
by Paul Cooksey
Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 2018
Replies: 86
Views: 4338

Re: ECF AGM 2018

my apologies for causing this confusion - at least David now knows when someone says "the arbiter" people think of him!
by Paul Cooksey
Sun Oct 14, 2018 4:22 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Development Officer Proposal Paper - Discuss
Replies: 28
Views: 3023

Re: Development Officer Proposal Paper - Discuss

The way I think this should have been done is that the Home Director should have put a specific proposal to the Council that he wanted to appoint a Development Officer and would be asking for a budget of 10k gbp. That person would be responsible for working with grassroots organisations to develop c...
by Paul Cooksey
Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 2018
Replies: 86
Views: 4338

Re: ECF AGM 2018

The question was asked to the incoming Home Director, He needed to think about it and to discuss with Championship manager. But did note he faced the decision whether to enter the British or major open himself recently. A good answer I thought, but not on something I view as critical. No discussion ...
by Paul Cooksey
Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: ECF AGM 2018
Replies: 86
Views: 4338

Re: ECF AGM 2018

Thanks to all those volunteers who gave up their time to attend the meeting today. It doesn't sound like there was much drama and I'm looking forward to hearing how the chess development strategy is going to work in real terms. Very kind of you to say so Andrew. Nick and I had a discussion about wh...
by Paul Cooksey
Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:39 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Election Addresses for 2018 AGM
Replies: 58
Views: 4259

Re: Election Addresses for 2018 AGM

benefit/ cost quadrant analysis is still quite fashionable, but I don't think the ECF strategy in formulated in that way. The statement reads a bit more like a manifesto than a strategy document.