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by Keith Arkell
Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: FIDE Open London Chess Classic
Replies: 55
Views: 4348

Re: FIDE Open London Chess Classic

I did notice in round 1 that we were only 2 Elo points from Flear vs Flear! Malcolm Pein also noticed, or had it drawn to his attention. He mentioned the near miss in his opening remarks. Let me enrich this story further: In 2018 Glenn and Christine were again sitting next to each other in round on...
by Keith Arkell
Sun Dec 01, 2019 1:36 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Knock out 2019
Replies: 59
Views: 2873

Re: British Knock out 2019

Haha! I wonder whether the day will comer when ageism is taken as seriously as sexism? Imagine the furore if an event invited all the best boys but ignored the girls of the same or stronger playing strength! I don't know that this is the answer, but ... Women and UK-based Under 25s get free entry t...
by Keith Arkell
Thu Nov 28, 2019 3:08 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Knock out 2019
Replies: 59
Views: 2873

Re: British Knock out 2019

Haha! I wonder whether the day will comer when ageism is taken as seriously as sexism? Imagine the furore if an event invited all the best boys but ignored the girls of the same or stronger playing strength!
by Keith Arkell
Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:19 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Malta International Open
Replies: 14
Views: 1549

Re: Malta International Open

To give credit where it's due, the Federation's level of reporting on Twitter is fantastic.
by Keith Arkell
Wed Nov 27, 2019 5:58 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Knock out 2019
Replies: 59
Views: 2873

Re: FIDE Open London Chess Classic

Nick Burrows wrote:
Wed Nov 27, 2019 5:43 pm

I've heard that they've invited 8 players who are either young or female. No old gits, of course :wink:
You are old Keith - but only physically :P
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by Keith Arkell
Wed Nov 27, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Malta International Open
Replies: 14
Views: 1549

Re: Malta International Open

I did thanks, Mick. Was well looked after :-) I was wandering whether the Federation had anything like a publicity officer who has a look around the internet for the results of English players abroad. If not I'm happy to continue supplying the basic results of my travels on here. I was about to ment...
by Keith Arkell
Wed Nov 27, 2019 5:07 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Knock out 2019
Replies: 59
Views: 2873

Re: FIDE Open London Chess Classic

Nick Burrows wrote:
Wed Nov 27, 2019 3:43 pm
How will the remaining 3 players in the British KO be chosen?
I've heard that they've invited 8 players who are either young or female. No old gits, of course :wink:
by Keith Arkell
Sat Nov 23, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Malta International Open
Replies: 14
Views: 1549

Re: Malta International Open

Thanks guys for the diags and stuff. And thank goodness for the forum, as the ECF don't seem to report the results of events like Malta and Cyprus on their site ( or at least I can't find where, but my sincerest apologies to them if I'm just not looking in the right places ). Anyway, just as with Cy...
by Keith Arkell
Tue Nov 19, 2019 12:11 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Malta International Open
Replies: 14
Views: 1549

Malta International Open

At Malta today I played quite an interesting combination:

From the diagrammed position I played 32 h6+ Kh6 33 d5! Rxd5 34 Nf6 Kg7 35 Rh1! h6 36 Rxh6! Qd8 37 Rh7+ Kf8 38 Rh8+ Kg7 39 Rg8+ Kh6 40 Qc1! and he resigned as it is forced mate.

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by Keith Arkell
Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:07 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Shortest game
Replies: 60
Views: 3120

Re: Shortest game

Keith: you used to play e4, and sac pawns for fun? I look forward to seeing examples of any punts you have had with the Morra gambit (a way to win quickly with White, or lose slowly)! I found one, Nick! [Event "Spectrum Open"] [Site "?"] [Date "2001.03.24"] [Round "2"] [White "Arkell, Keith"] [Blac...
by Keith Arkell
Sat Nov 16, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: New National Blitz event
Replies: 58
Views: 6684

Re: New National Blitz event

The British Blitz Championship is going from strength to strength. Last year 3 GMs and 5 IMs made it to the final 16. This year 4 GMs and 7 IMs qualified, and the overall level was significantly higher. I think this is partly because some of us successfully argued for multiple qualifying dates. Cong...
by Keith Arkell
Sat Nov 16, 2019 12:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Shortest game
Replies: 60
Views: 3120

Re: Shortest game

My shortest win was mate in 8, in 1979: [Event "Berks and Bucks Junior Invitation"] [Site "?"] [Date "1979.08.25"] [Round "2"] [White "Arkell, K.."] [Black "Barrett, S.."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C44"] [WhiteElo "177"] [BlackElo "153"] [PlyCount "15"] [EventDate "1979.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 ...
by Keith Arkell
Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:02 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Proposal to reduce draw offers
Replies: 17
Views: 1183

Re: Proposal to reduce draw offers

Not easy, as even were you to win his Rook it's still a draw.
by Keith Arkell
Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix
Replies: 68
Views: 6482

Re: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix

I think they made an extra one. I have no problem with that. Yichen was also led to believe that he had won. I have now been promised that for historical records the final leaderboard will be tinkered with to show a tie. I'm not sure how that will be done, but hope that it includes my Paignton result.