Speelman's Agony #75

by Jonathan Speelman
5/6/2018 – Agony and ecstasy from IM John Cox. John takes a look at one of his own games, plus an agonising fragment from Cox's past. Just a reminder — Jon can always use more material from readers which can be sent either to the Dropbox mentioned below or directly to him at jonathan@speelman.demon.co.uk. If your games are selected for the Agony column, not only will you get free detailed commentary of your games by one of chess’s great authors and instructors, and former world no. 4 player, but you also win a free three-month ChessBase Premium Account!

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Jousting with John

I'm writing in the small hours of Friday morning after losing a London League game yesterday evening to John Cox, a lawyer in his mid-fifties rated in the 2300s who also plays a mean game of bridge.

My team Wood Green had already won the league for the nth time in a row before last night's match against Cavendish and despite this loss, we beat them by a large margin. John and I had a very pleasant post-mortem in the pub afterwards and I'm very far from dolorous (so perhaps there's rather an absence of agony or ecstasy surrounding the game). But it was a very  interesting battle and after looking at it he also very kindly showed me his most agonising ever loss with which we start:

 

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Jonathan Speelman, born in 1956, studied mathematics but became a professional chess player in 1977. He was a member of the English Olympic team from 1980–2006 and three times British Champion. He played twice in Candidates Tournaments, reaching the semi-final in 1989. He twice seconded a World Championship challenger: Nigel Short and then Viswanathan Anand against Garry Kasparov in London 1993 and New York 1995.
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macauley macauley 5/20/2018 11:26
You're correct. Fixed.
Peter B Peter B 5/7/2018 01:17
I assume A.Junior - J.Cox is meant to be 1-0, not 0-1
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