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by Keith Arkell
Fri Jun 12, 2020 4:12 am
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: 4NCL Online
Replies: 771
Views: 31895

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: 771
Views: 31895

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: 5594

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: 4850

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: 4850

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: 4850

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: 6758

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: 3700

Re: Tim Crouch

Very sad. I really liked Tim - an easy, likeable chap to sit and have a pint with.
by Keith Arkell
Wed Apr 15, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: what happens when you pass away as a chess player??
Replies: 30
Views: 3282

Re: what happens when you pass away as a chess player??

Kevin Thurlow wrote:
Thu Apr 09, 2020 9:50 am
You can still join some committees though.
And you could probably get away with sitting in the spectator seats at Hastings unnoticed.
by Keith Arkell
Sun Apr 12, 2020 12:42 am
Forum: Book Reviews
Topic: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson
Replies: 77
Views: 6758

Re: The Moves That Matter by Jonathan Rowson

To begin with my apologies that I've somewhat jumped in at the end , before reading what others have to say on this thread. I think Jonathan is unlucky that his writing can come across as pretentious, whereas in reality I know for near certain that he is simply doing his utmost to express himself. B...
by Keith Arkell
Fri Apr 10, 2020 11:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: how to make a $ (living) from chess, the internet, or gaming, or govt. compensation?
Replies: 2
Views: 1206

Re: how to make a $ (living) from chess, the internet, or gaming, or govt. compensation?

Hi Charles, my earnings are reduced, but so are my living expenses, so no problem here. Creativity on the internet provides me with enough to get by on until life goes back to normal.
by Keith Arkell
Fri Apr 10, 2020 10:47 pm
Forum: Not Chess!
Topic: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?
Replies: 86
Views: 4062

Re: COVid19-What's wrong with UK?

Putting aside for a moment the serious issues which concern us all,  this thread has become an amusing study in human psychology: 1) Soheil, very reasonably, asks why the virus has become so widespread in the UK ( Despite being a late-starter, out of some 180 countries the UK appears to  already be ...
by Keith Arkell
Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Adrian Dawson
Replies: 4
Views: 1186

Re: Adrian Dawson

My personal memory was of giving a Simultaneous Chess Exhibition at Ranby Prison, Sheffield, against Category 1 prisoners - organised by...Adrian Dawson, of course!

RIP Adrian, a moral guy, one of the good guys - it was a privilege to know you
by Keith Arkell
Fri Mar 13, 2020 2:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately
Replies: 340
Views: 17374

Re: Covid-19 - Suspend Chess Immediately

The last 2 rounds of the World Senior Team in Czechia were cancelled because the Govt here has reduced the permitted maximum number of people gathered together from 100 to 10.
by Keith Arkell
Sat Mar 07, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships, Prague, March 2020
Replies: 45
Views: 4387

Re: World Senior Team Championships, Prague, March 2020

One phenomenon stands out above all others here: Unusually for a chess event hardly anybody is coughing!