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by Keith Arkell
Fri Feb 12, 2021 1:36 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: H.E.Atkins
Replies: 100
Views: 9304

Re: H.E.Atkins

In terms of natural ability and training a sub 4 mile must to this day be in the same ballpark of difficulty as becoming a GM. Maybe a bit higher than GM even, if we benchmark the best middle distance runner in 1954 to the best chess player, Smyslov. I did not remember this thread and am surprised ...
by Keith Arkell
Thu Dec 24, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1708
Views: 97885

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

None of you seems to mention the First Saturday round robin tournaments in Budapest. They have been proceeding on schedule. There is never any scheduled for January. Quite right, Stewart, and what is more Keith Arkell played in a First Saturday two months or so ago, announcing it advance here and w...
by Keith Arkell
Mon Sep 14, 2020 1:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1708
Views: 97885

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Czech Airlines have just cancelled my flights for Pardubice for covid-19 reasons. (Chess) Life Not Returning To Normal. I'm flying with my friend at 2.30 on Sunday from Luton Airport with Easy Jet, Tim. Someone (apologies but I forget who) said elsewhere that Brits aren't allowed into Hungary. I in...
by Keith Arkell
Mon Sep 14, 2020 12:48 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal
Replies: 1708
Views: 97885

Re: (Chess) Life Returning To Normal

Czech Airlines have just cancelled my flights for Pardubice for covid-19 reasons. (Chess) Life Not Returning To Normal. I'm flying with my friend at 2.30 on Sunday from Luton Airport with Easy Jet, Tim. Someone (apologies but I forget who) said elsewhere that Brits aren't allowed into Hungary. I in...
by Keith Arkell
Fri Aug 28, 2020 12:34 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Arkell's Endings
Replies: 36
Views: 3767

Re: Arkell's Endings

Thanks Mick ☺ and yeah none at all at the monment!
by Keith Arkell
Thu Aug 27, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: Arkell's Endings
Replies: 36
Views: 3767

Re: Arkell's Endings

Hi guys, I guess I should post a few links for anyone who wants to buy the book: So, you can get it from here: https://gingergm.com/shop/arkells-endings; here: https://shop.chess.co.uk here: https://amazon.co.uk/Arkells-Endings-Keith-Ar…/…/ref=sr_1_1… here: https://www.debestezet.nl/catalog/product_...
by Keith Arkell
Thu Jul 16, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: Loz Cooper's 50th Birthday Blitz
Replies: 19
Views: 1742

Re: Loz Cooper's 50th Birthday Blitz

Correct. Peter Svidler was also in the field. It's not very often I can boast playing Mathew Sadler ( loss) Marcus Harvey ( draw), Ameer Ghasi ( draw), Jonah Willow (draw) , Loz Cooper ( win) and Shreyas Royal ( win ) all in a row in online blitz, (and then find that my 6.5/9 is only enough for 4th ...
by Keith Arkell
Fri Jun 12, 2020 4:12 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 908
Views: 51119

Re: 4NCL Online

As many of you don't appear to be on facebook I'm going to copy and paste a valuable piece Kenneth Regan wrote on my wall last night: 'The one thing I'll fix is that there may not be any context in which it is right to say my confidence levels are higher than those of Lichess. What is true is that t...
by Keith Arkell
Tue Jun 09, 2020 2:32 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 908
Views: 51119

Re: 4NCL Online

The technical stuff goes way over my head, but when I speak to experts involved in online cheating detection they sound pretty convincing when they speak of the astronomical odds against players who were flagged as cheats, and who lost a subsequent appeal, being innocent. When you feel very strongly...
by Keith Arkell
Fri Jun 05, 2020 12:51 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Resigning in a Winning Position
Replies: 38
Views: 6190

Re: Resigning in a Winning Position

Also perplexing is when two players shake hands, A thinking he's agreeing a draw and B thinks that A is resigning. I have heard of a case where (if I remember rightly) Keith Arkell was player B; can you comment, Keith? Sorry Tim, I only just saw this. Events were exactly as you described, and after...
by Keith Arkell
Wed May 13, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Blitz Championships
Replies: 86
Views: 5732

Re: British Blitz Championships

Some good news has already come from all of this recent open discussion anyway. Out of laziness I'll just copy and paste from my facebook wall: Thank you, Chess.com! ''Titled Tuesday's expansion means that all competitors in this event are required to have their full legal name in their Chess.com pr...
by Keith Arkell
Tue May 12, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Blitz Championships
Replies: 86
Views: 5732

Re: British Blitz Championships

Here's Keith's game against the banned player. https://www.chess.com/live/game/4832312444?username=topj Keith goes into a Rook and Pawn ending a pawn down and wins. When they reach the 5 man ending, I was quite sure it was a draw, but it's not enough to know the assessment, you also have to find th...
by Keith Arkell
Tue May 12, 2020 1:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Blitz Championships
Replies: 86
Views: 5732

Re: British Blitz Championships

The ECF have so far declined to reveal to me the true identity of two of my opponents. One was 'Istraja' and the other 'Fischerfan230804'. I feel that it is ludicrous to play someone in a national Championship and not be permitted to know who they were. However, in my follow up email I hope to recei...
by Keith Arkell
Thu Apr 16, 2020 12:37 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson
Replies: 77
Views: 8496

Re: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson

Some interesting points in the 'second' (or third?) life of this thread. Keith, is this the John Hawthorne you are referring to? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Hawthorne If you compare that article with the one on Jonathan Rowson (putting aside for the moment any concerns about Wikipedia as a w...
by Keith Arkell
Wed Apr 15, 2020 6:09 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Tim Crouch
Replies: 16
Views: 4395

Re: Tim Crouch

Very sad. I really liked Tim - an easy, likeable chap to sit and have a pint with.