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by Paul Cooksey
Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:05 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 7
Views: 657

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

Grischuk probably needs to win the final to be absolutely certain. But even if he loses, it would probably require 2 of the other 3 contenders to reach the final in Jerusalem. I will be glad to see him in the candidates. A long shot to win, but certain to play interesting chess. I think MVL goes int...
by Paul Cooksey
Sat Nov 09, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 3rd Grand Prix Series KO 4 - 18 Nov 2019, Hamburg
Replies: 29
Views: 1926

Re: 3rd Grand Prix Series KO 4 - 18 Nov 2019, Hamburg

Difficult to predict all the possibilities, but looks like the winner of the MVL-Grischuk semi will get one of the candidates slots, with the loser, Shak and Nepo the contenders for the other one in the last leg in Jerusalem
by Paul Cooksey
Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Women's Recruitment Officer
Replies: 17
Views: 2369

Re: Women's Recruitment Officer

No need! There is a Bramley available near Leeds.

I believe the old english origin is something close to a clearing in the woods, which I suppose is a common enough place for a village. So a similar root to Coxley and all the place and family names that derive from it.
by Paul Cooksey
Wed Nov 06, 2019 11:46 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: 3rd Grand Prix Series KO 4 - 18 Nov 2019, Hamburg
Replies: 29
Views: 1926

Re: 3rd Grand Prix Series KO 4 - 18 Nov 2019, Hamburg

Chess-News.ru has a reports poor lighting again, and Sosonko comparing the venue to a bomb shelter.
by Paul Cooksey
Wed Nov 06, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess.Com getting sued.
Replies: 110
Views: 12574

Re: Chess.Com getting sued.

Anyway, I believe Justin has broken one of their fair play rules - "Do not ... do any analysis of your games in progress", on the grounds that his moves do not look entirely random. :? I was tempted to pull on a similar thread in the anti-cheating forum by recommending all first moves except 1.g4, ...
by Paul Cooksey
Mon Nov 04, 2019 12:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 143
Views: 10743

Re: End of an era

Yes, that one. The paper note to move 27 is "The introduction of the decisive attack. The first link in the chain is the restriction of Black's defensive knight on g7" compared to "The prelude to the decisive attack, in which Staunton’s pieces stream across to menace the black king. Firstly, Staunto...
by Paul Cooksey
Mon Nov 04, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 143
Views: 10743

Re: End of an era

Today is Staunton-Horowitz 1851 (the double fianchetto Dutch with a nice attack). The Times is at work and my books at home, so I can't tell you how closely the notes match MGP1 or Flank Openings... The ending to the Immortal Game is the puzzle. This sort of column doesn't bother me in itself if it ...
by Paul Cooksey
Mon Nov 04, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess.Com getting sued.
Replies: 110
Views: 12574

Re: Chess.Com getting sued.

I have been following the thread on chess.com. The posters aren't quite as naive about correspondence chess as Roger suggested here. But still, I don't think they get it entirely. Some of the posts by the amateur cheat detectors are very unconvincing. Often a very weak player talking about the corre...
by Paul Cooksey
Sat Nov 02, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: End of an era
Replies: 143
Views: 10743

Re: End of an era

I don't think we can take for granted the daily column will be replaced like for like.
by Paul Cooksey
Fri Nov 01, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Council Papers are out
Replies: 96
Views: 6248

Re: Council Papers are out

Draft (I assume) minutes have been published. At a glance they look fair and accurate to me though others who attended may like to confirm. A few comments attributed to PC incorrectly. Only the question about membership fees asked by me. PS commented on grading, not sure if all the other comments b...
by Paul Cooksey
Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess.Com getting sued.
Replies: 110
Views: 12574

Re: Chess.Com getting sued.

I registered for the anti-cheating forum on Chess.com and there is indeed a thread on Justin's case. I suppose someone is updating him. Interesting that the person who reported him did so on the basis of a statistical analysis, and from context I think there are people actively searching for statist...
by Paul Cooksey
Wed Oct 30, 2019 12:45 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Players required for Windsor/Maidenhead
Replies: 6
Views: 720

Re: Players required for Windsor/Maidenhead

Just as an aside, since I'm a local. I suppose the hotel is called Windsor/ Maidenhead on the basis a lot of people visit Windsor and the hotel chain hope some of them will stay in their hotel in outskirts of Maidenhead. It is only a short trip from Maidenhead to Windsor. But the parking is a nightm...
by Paul Cooksey
Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:21 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 297
Views: 14034

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

Hmm. Was distracted by work for a couple of hours, and seems my predictions have fallen apart completely. This is why I don't gamble...

I guess, as a young Russian, Alekseenko will have a more than decent chance of a wildcard if he finishes =1 but loses on tiebreak.
by Paul Cooksey
Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:26 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man
Replies: 297
Views: 14034

Re: FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019 - Isle of Man

true Richard, but if you want to maximise your earnings some risk justified. The implied odds of a candidate's place and the invitations that come with a raised profile against the loss of earnings here must be very favourable.