News Is Changing...

  • SonofPearl
  • on 6/4/13, 9:49 PM.


They say a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Well, my journey of a thousand news reports* started with a story in March 2008 about plans for the official website coverage of Vishy Anand’s world title defence against Vladimir Kramnik.

I ended up writing live news reports of every game from that match, which probably still ranks as one of the most exhilarating and exhausting things I’ve ever done! These days, thankfully, we have TV for live coverage of major events!

Now, more than 5 years after my first news report, this is my last. I’ve decided to make time to pursue other interests. I'm sad to finish, but I think the time is right.

Many thanks to Erik for giving me the opportunity to write news reports at, and thanks to all the staff who have, without exception, been incredibly kind and helpful.

Finally, many thanks to all those members who have read my news reports and taken the time to comment over the years. I'll still be around as a member at, but in the future I look forward to reading the chess news instead of writing it!

*actually, it's probably nearly 2,000 but I'm not going to try to count them all!

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  • 2 years ago


          Thanks so much for all your postings

             and the contributions you made to my postings!


                                    I am glad you decided to stay!

  • 3 years ago


    Well, dang.  I'm just now reading this sad news.  Sure we have live tv reports but enjoyed your articles much more.

    Anyway, many thanks and good luck wherever the road takes you!

  • 3 years ago


    I'll miss your writing.

  • 3 years ago


    I will miss your creative compositions Sonofpearl....

  • 3 years ago


    Thank you for years of writing- even as I moved away from online play to more in person games, I kept coming back to to read your articles. Many thanks!

  • 3 years ago


    Thank you SonOfPearl! 

  • 3 years ago


    I always appreciated your reports.  You're leaving big shoes to fill.

  • 3 years ago


    thanks sonofPearl for all your great articles!

  • 3 years ago


    This has been wonderful - the really top stories without surfing the entire chess communities on web. Well done. It is part of my day and I will miss your writing.

  • 3 years ago


    Great Work! All the best for you in the future

  • 3 years ago


    LOL forget about you?!? I don't think so. You provide the best chess news coverage anywhere!

    Thank you very much. Your successor will have to put in a lot of effort to equal your service to the chess community.

  • 3 years ago


    Thanks again to everyone!  I'll still be around on the site as a member and, yes, there will still be chess news - including tournament coverage - at in the future.

    Pretty soon you'll have forgotten all about me... Wink

  • 3 years ago


    Thank you Ryan for all your hard work, I wish you best of luck in the future!

  • 3 years ago


    I've always enjoyed reading your news coverage and articles Mr.Emmett. Thank you for your contribution and hard work to make this site better for all those years.You'll be missed. I will probably visit more often from now on. Cheers mate and best regards to you and your Mom Pearl!

    Agentkuyan a.k.a. Snakehandler a.k.a.Rustyknife a.k.a. Conanbarbarian

  • 3 years ago


    First of all, thank you for your excellent articles. Second, does this mean that won't be doing news coverage of tournaments and whatnot for free members anymore? (I don't know if TV is restricted for free members or not.)

  • 3 years ago


    Ryan, sir:

    Your news reports were among the better things in for me, I will miss them very much! I hope you still participate in the making of Holiday's Puzzler.

    Thank you, and good luck!

  • 3 years ago


    will miss u buddyyyy

  • 3 years ago

    FM MikeKlein

    Thanks Ryan for the years of hard work. You'll be missed and good luck in your other endeavors.

  • 3 years ago

    FM VPA

    Congrats & keep it upKiss

  • 3 years ago


    thanks you for all your hard work :) wish you the best ^_^!

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