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by Keith Arkell
Fri Oct 04, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?
Replies: 42
Views: 2387

Re: Would You Pay Extra to Win Prize Money?

I remember with affection Dennis Hemsley's wonderful prize-giving ceremonies at the Isle of Man. There was something for (nearly) everyone, and his imagination knew no bounds: one year my special prize was...chalk for a snooker cue! Why? Because I had 3 'century breaks'. And no I didn't play any sno...
by Keith Arkell
Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:13 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix
Replies: 58
Views: 4578

Re: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix

It puzzles me why they even need to investigate ๐’˜๐’‰๐’š they published a Leaderboard in May which falsely led me to believe I was leading. For the time being it is enough that it happened. Or is it too far fetched to imagine that they are considering wiping out my Paignton victory because it was reporte...
by Keith Arkell
Tue Oct 01, 2019 8:31 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix
Replies: 58
Views: 4578

Re: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix

Hi Kevin, and good to see you at the Bristol blitz. Sometimes there can be a bit of a wait when you email, sometimes not. On here you always get an instant reply. And you get to see diverse opinions! And posting on here seems to help immensely, sometimes. For example it helped us get a quick result ...
by Keith Arkell
Tue Oct 01, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix
Replies: 58
Views: 4578

Re: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix

I don't really know how the Grand Prix works, so I may be talking through my hat here, but my long experience in clerical work tells me that when you get errors like this you never really sort them out until you go back and work through the whole thing from the start, or at least from the point, if...
by Keith Arkell
Mon Sep 30, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix
Replies: 58
Views: 4578

Re: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix

For that to be the case would at the very least require another with the same attitude towards me as the 2018 Paignton chief organiser. Ah, this sounds like the real story, but I'm not going to ask. Surely we will only know the 'real story', as you put it, when we receive the explanation for why I ...
by Keith Arkell
Mon Sep 30, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix
Replies: 58
Views: 4578

Re: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix

Spot the logical fallacy: the claim that a 'conspiracy' is unlikely because 'only Keith cares', when were there ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐˜† a conspiracy then the very thought that 'Keith cared' would give the conspirators their satisfaction. My mistake. I was assuming that any such conspiracy would be directed toward...
by Keith Arkell
Mon Sep 30, 2019 2:16 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix
Replies: 58
Views: 4578

Re: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix

In this case a conspiracy does seem unlikely, since the only person who really cares is Keith. Spot the logical fallacy: the claim that a 'conspiracy' is unlikely because 'only Keith cares', when were there ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐˜† a conspiracy then the very thought that 'Keith cared' would give the conspirators t...
by Keith Arkell
Sun Sep 29, 2019 1:54 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix
Replies: 58
Views: 4578

Re: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix

I don't know whether to laugh or cry but the ECF has ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ to remove the egg from its face over this. To recap: At the end of May they published the leading scores as follows: 1. K Arkell 667 2) A.N Other 664 (I have deliberately left out the name because I don't know what the law is regarding namin...
by Keith Arkell
Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:33 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess talent
Replies: 8
Views: 995

Re: Chess talent

You teach all the young boys and girls how to play, and then before long the exceptionally talented ones stand out a mile. Am I right in thinking that in some countries they actually do this? An ex-girlfriend of mine teaches chess on the curriculum to the 7 year olds in her Manhattan school. Does an...
by Keith Arkell
Mon Sep 16, 2019 2:55 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix
Replies: 58
Views: 4578

Re: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix

Remember juniors, female and seniors can, not only win their special category prizes, but also main ones - if they Are good enough. I'm guessing that these categories exist because it is considered inherently difficult for those of us in them to compete with the best males when in their prime. In g...
by Keith Arkell
Sun Sep 15, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix
Replies: 58
Views: 4578

Re: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix

While the ECF does indeed grant Stewart a (perhaps rather limited) budget for International Senior events, there are other issues closer to home which are, I guess, outside of his jurisdiction. For example, while it was most welcome to see a sizeable monetary prize on offer at the 2018 British Champ...
by Keith Arkell
Sat Sep 14, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 12243

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

I believe that it was long thought to be drawn, until 5 man endings were solved by computer in the mid 1980s. Lagarde never reached a position which was winning in less than the remainder of the 50 moves, but he got closer than Yuffa did. Still on the subject of BB v N wasn't there a game - perhaps...
by Keith Arkell
Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 12243

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Great save by Luke, with his lone N v his opponent's 2 Bishops. He used the same method I employed at Hastings v GM Lagarde a few years ago - viz you put the N on g2, g7, b2 or b7 and when he turfs you out of one of those you head for another: https://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2019-fide-world-cup/2-1...
by Keith Arkell
Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 12243

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Great save by Luke, with his lone N v his opponent's 2 Bishops. He used the same method I employed at Hastings v GM Lagarde a few years ago - viz you put the N on g2, g7, b2 or b7 and when he turfs you out of one of those you head for another: https://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2019-fide-world-cup/2-1-...
by Keith Arkell
Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix
Replies: 58
Views: 4578

Re: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix

There is quite a lot of discussion on Facebook about the Grand Prix, especially in the grade-restrictions, with some of the congress regulars being very interested. It seems to be very keenly sought after amongst them, notwithstanding the fact that the prize is a trophy. They certainly don't seem t...