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by Paul Cooksey
Fri Mar 27, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 355
Views: 21268

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

And again, labouring the point, when the tournament started some countries had already closed borders.

I'd accept an argument a lot has changed between say, Dec 2019 and now. But I think the position FIDE could not have foreseen this in mid-March is at best disingenuous.
by Paul Cooksey
Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:51 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 355
Views: 21268

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

social distancing probably less of a priority if you have been tested twice a day for the last week. I take Nick's point that predicting exactly what would happen is rarely possible,But given literally everyone of note except FIDE seem to have made a different decision, the argument they assessed th...
by Paul Cooksey
Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:00 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 355
Views: 21268

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

I understand Justin being unhappy, given chess.com's poor handling of his account. But I though Rensch did a reasonable job as interviewer. Of course, not what we are used to seeing from a political interviewer. I was a bit frustrated Dvorkovich not challenged on the "it was a difficult decision, gi...
by Paul Cooksey
Wed Mar 25, 2020 6:56 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Candidates Tournament 2020
Replies: 355
Views: 21268

Re: Candidates Tournament 2020

I feel a bit less sympathetic to Emil Sutovsky than Matt. Maybe because of my own conflicted feelings. Although I am really enjoying the chess, I do not feel the players should not have been put in this position. Anyway, looking at the next three game phase, I am most interested in Caruana's games -...
by Paul Cooksey
Mon Mar 02, 2020 10:56 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: World Youth Championships
Replies: 324
Views: 24883

Re: World Youth Championships

I'd have no problem with Carl locking the thread at this point.
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: 809

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: 3506
Views: 384276

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: 6568

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: 1526

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: 355
Views: 21268

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: 355
Views: 21268

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: 324
Views: 24883

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: 6568

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: 1709

Re: Board Minutes

I see these were published. Some interesting content.