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by John Cox
Sat Aug 18, 2012 1:36 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Telegraph report about Austria
Replies: 191
Views: 25394

Re: Telegraph report about Austria

There's some kind of principle in law, isn't there, that an attack is deemed to be racially motivated if the victim thinks it was? One of the finer products of the race relations industry.
by John Cox
Sat Aug 18, 2012 1:01 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Telegraph report about Austria
Replies: 191
Views: 25394

Re: Telegraph report about Austria

Moreover, while this stuff is of course diverting, I'd be more interested in knowing why it is that our juniors have performed so abysmally in these events. I can't say I've paid much attention to our results in them since about thirty years ago, but at that time one was not expected to return with ...
by John Cox
Sat Aug 18, 2012 12:58 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Telegraph report about Austria
Replies: 191
Views: 25394

Re: Telegraph report about Austria

It seems to me that it's taken you ten pages to skirt round rather a lot of obvious elephants in the corner of the room, and that Mr Rahman is being paid a great deal too much respect. Of course we don't know the full events in Austria, but we do have what (I assume, anyway) is Mr Rahman's own accou...
by John Cox
Thu Apr 19, 2012 11:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Anand v Gelfand
Replies: 500
Views: 27804

Re: Anand v Gelfand

I think what Gazza meant was that the match wasn't between two reasonable contenders; I don't think he meant to say that Anand isn't the world number one. It seems to me he pretty clearly is, in the sense that he'd be at the very least even money against anyone in a match. Gelfand might indeed be wo...
by John Cox
Wed Apr 04, 2012 12:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 2 teams from the same club in the same league!
Replies: 63
Views: 7592

Re: 2 teams from the same club in the same league!

>The rules for the Wolverhampton League are as follows:

>Division 3 has 5 broads.

Sounds like fun. Could you elaborate?
by John Cox
Mon Apr 02, 2012 5:16 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The King's gambit is solved...
Replies: 43
Views: 9117

Re: The King's gambit is solved...

It's hard to see why the Najdorf Poisoned Pawn should take a thousand times more computer power. I seriously doubt whether both sides have a thousand times more valid moves in the NPP than the KG.
by John Cox
Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The King's gambit is solved...
Replies: 43
Views: 9117

Re: The King's gambit is solved...

Thanks, Richard. Probably that's what I'd seen before and that's where my memory came from.

Still not buying Rajlich though!
by John Cox
Mon Apr 02, 2012 2:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The King's gambit is solved...
Replies: 43
Views: 9117

Re: The King's gambit is solved...

I'd guess the Capa story is the true one - I have an idea he was interested in billiards, and certainly in games generally.

As to the present effort, it's a bit unethical dating April Fools 2nd April, surely? Still more likely than the alternative, though.
by John Cox
Thu Mar 29, 2012 6:38 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Individual 19th March - 1st April 2012
Replies: 90
Views: 15364

Re: European Individual 19th March - 1st April 2012

Blimey - I venture to predict that Volokitin will not be very pleased with his endgame technique against Gawain. Probably it was harder than it looked. As to Mamedyarov being defaulted, I believe I read in Kingpin the suggestion that this problem will not go away until players get themselves organis...
by John Cox
Fri Mar 09, 2012 1:34 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 130th Varsity Match, Saturday 3rd March 2012.
Replies: 75
Views: 7830

Re: 130th Varsity Match, Saturday 3rd March 2012.

Well going back to the picture earlier, it's from the 1980-81 academic year. I can't make it big enough to recognise everyone, but I see Dugald Macpherson, Mike Pagden, Jonathan Friedland, David Goodman, Tim Upton, Willie Watson, John Nunn and Bill Hartston (distinguished visitors I assume). Where a...
by John Cox
Fri Dec 30, 2011 2:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: November BCM - A Review
Replies: 32
Views: 4061

Re: November BCM - A Review

Yes, sorry, Richard, I didn't read what you said in the first place properly. It occurs to me of course that for FIDE to take advice on norms from a body representing professional GMs was, shall we say, charmingly naive? It can hardly have surprised them that such a body wished to restrict the avail...
by John Cox
Thu Dec 29, 2011 6:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: November BCM - A Review
Replies: 32
Views: 4061

Re: November BCM - A Review

Oh, Richard, there probably wasn't one. I thought you said that only tournaments with increments could be valid for FIDE norms. Perhaps you said something else and I misread it. In reply to AH: I don't suppose it's impossible a non-GM could be invited to the Classic - doubtless for the same reason t...
by John Cox
Thu Dec 29, 2011 1:13 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: November BCM - A Review
Replies: 32
Views: 4061

Re: November BCM - A Review

Well, to be fair, if I understand correctly, Richard's original proposition wasn't actually true. Still, it'd bad enough. So, should an untitled player be invited to the London Classic, for example, he wouldn't be able to score a GM norm? Splendid. That's one threat to the game eliminated, anyway. I...
by John Cox
Wed Dec 28, 2011 9:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: November BCM - A Review
Replies: 32
Views: 4061

Re: November BCM - A Review

>I think that the vast majority of players see increments for the final time period as in principle a "good thing", they can put up with the occasional game going on all night, opinion on increments for the whole game is more mixed. However FIDE norm regulations only allow increments under the latte...
by John Cox
Tue Nov 15, 2011 1:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: D.1 - Two Rulings
Replies: 90
Views: 7141

Re: D.1 - Two Rulings

Well, you still have the problem of being tortured for ever and ever in R and P -v- R or the like, or R and B -v- R for that matter unless and until someone else starts counting off the moves (at least I assume this is allowed). At least my way there is a finite time period involved, which I think i...