A complimentary email from Mark Hooper (these are always welcome):
I agree with you on not talking matches down too much – sure, be honest, but witness Alan Green who seems to revel in telling the listener how awful every match is (with its unsaid sense of superiority), which has made me turn off countless games on the radio. The Guardian MBM approach is far more entertaining.
Firstly, thank you. The real king of turn-off talking was late era Mark Lawrenson at a major tournament. I have never hard a man so miserable…