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by Paul Cooksey
Wed Feb 26, 2020 7:32 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Most losses to the same player in a season
Replies: 5
Views: 385

Most losses to the same player in a season

I lost to Nick Pert for the third time this season on Monday, admittedly in two different leagues. It would be nice to be putting up more resistance, but the results in line with expectations. Still, this is the most times I have lost or won against a single person in a season. But I am hopeful the ...
by Paul Cooksey
Mon Feb 24, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3283
Views: 357933

Re: Media comments on chess

I can't speak for everybody, but a lot of people, yes. We live in a golden age of internet chess broadcasts.
by Paul Cooksey
Wed Feb 19, 2020 7:07 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Knock out 2019
Replies: 82
Views: 5317

Re: British Knock out 2019

To repeatedly falsely name tournaments in this way comes across as arrogant and entitled - this is the crux of the matter. This doses seem the important point. I consider whether the best British players are invited a bigger factor than whether all nations represented. But possibly because I am arr...
by Paul Cooksey
Sun Feb 16, 2020 1:36 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Katarzyna Toma first Board 1 in county first team chess
Replies: 20
Views: 1124

Re: Katarzyna Toma first Board 1 in county first team chess

With apologies, Jovanka was playing on board 1 for Berkshire in the late 90s.
by Paul Cooksey
Sun Feb 16, 2020 7:48 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 37
Views: 3488

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

I imagine Fabi will be pleased to start with white vs Alekseenko. If you are a favourite, a good start puts pressure on everyone else. There is some speculation that Mickey Adams is on Fabi's team, since he was seen in the background of an online event he was streaming. So other than me getting the...
by Paul Cooksey
Sat Feb 15, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 37
Views: 3488

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

I imagine Fabi will be pleased to start with white vs Alekseenko. If you are a favourite, a good start puts pressure on everyone else.

There is some speculation that Mickey Adams is on Fabi's team, since he was seen in the background of an online event he was streaming.
by Paul Cooksey
Sat Feb 15, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 320
Views: 21386

Re: World Youth Championships

I agree
by Paul Cooksey
Thu Feb 13, 2020 6:53 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Knock out 2019
Replies: 82
Views: 5317

Re: British Knock out 2019

Alan Tate wrote:
Thu Feb 13, 2020 12:48 am
In what way is this a British knockout?
All the players were British.

I assume the point is they were also all English. I suppose the sponsor could make it an English only event without reducing the strength. But seems good to me that open to all home nations.
by Paul Cooksey
Wed Feb 12, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Board Minutes
Replies: 10
Views: 1374

Re: Board Minutes

I see these were published. Some interesting content.
by Paul Cooksey
Fri Feb 07, 2020 3:14 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 37
Views: 3488

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Peter Doggers on the disruption to the Chinese player's preparation: https://www.chess.com/news/view/coronav ... candidates
by Paul Cooksey
Fri Feb 07, 2020 3:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Knight Pair
Replies: 22
Views: 1417

Re: Knight Pair

That game is remarkable. It might be the most moves Liam has ever played without losing on time.
by Paul Cooksey
Fri Feb 07, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: For Sale
Topic: Dvoretsky books
Replies: 11
Views: 705

Re: Dvoretsky books

He did also win the Soviet Championship the following year. Mediocre more than harsh. Certainly trash talking on both sides, in the best tradition of rivalry between Soviet coaches. Dvoretsky accused Dorfman of trying to trick his readers by pretending that chess could be explained with a grand theo...
by Paul Cooksey
Sun Feb 02, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 320
Views: 21386

Re: World Youth Championships

But again, how robust a procedure would a layperson perceive that to be? I'm not sure I have a good answer yet. I have been thinking about Jonathan Rogers' posts and I hope I can work out an answer that at least I am comfortable with. I am pretty sure I cannot build an ECF process that is so good i...
by Paul Cooksey
Sun Feb 02, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 783
Views: 90955

Re: Cheating in chess

I suspect that in many leagues, no matter how suspicious a player's behaviour, it would be considered insufferably rude to ask them whether they had a phone in their pocket. Were a player suspected of this behaviour where I play I think several opposition captains would complain. Chess players bein...
by Paul Cooksey
Sun Feb 02, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 320
Views: 21386

Re: World Youth Championships

I do not think we have much risk of banning innocent players. Haven't chess.com made us wary of such general comments? Not really. I think chess.com demonstrated you cannot make an arbitrary decision and refuse to hear any evidence and still hope to make good decisions. We would need to do better t...