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by Keith Arkell
Fri Mar 27, 2020 8:22 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Adrian Dawson
Replies: 4
Views: 673

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: 14202

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: 3589

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!
by Keith Arkell
Mon Feb 17, 2020 7:12 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Knock out 2019
Replies: 82
Views: 5566

Re: British Knock out 2019

Alan Tate wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:23 am


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Err, that the organisers can call it whatever they like as it's not an 'official event. And anyway, hasn't Jonathan Rowson ( Sco) played a few times?
by Keith Arkell
Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:02 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Knock out 2019
Replies: 82
Views: 5566

Re: British Knock out 2019

Furthermore, I believe that not only the playoffs but one of the rounds consisted entirely of rapid chess and blitz, ... That is true, but it was not the intention. It was forced on the organisers (and the arbiters) by circumstances beyond their control. That reminds me of an occasion when, in 2008...
by Keith Arkell
Thu Feb 13, 2020 10:33 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: British Knock out 2019
Replies: 82
Views: 5566

Re: British Knock out 2019

It clearly was an English event seeing as only English players were invited. The name needs to be changed. It's not an ECF official event, Alan. It's a private event so they can call it whatever they like. Were it an official Championship then the ECF presumably would question players over 2500 bei...
by Keith Arkell
Fri Jan 31, 2020 9:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: The difference between extrovert and introvert chess players.
Replies: 17
Views: 1946

Re: The difference between extrovert and introvert chess players.

I was thinking earlier about the difference between an extrovert chess player and a chess player who is an introvert. I guess an extrovert player is fundamentally optimistic, always thinks he's winning, etc. An introvert is more analytical, and objective, and possibly pessimistic. Obviously it's ha...
by Keith Arkell
Sat Dec 28, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is rating deflation a thing?
Replies: 74
Views: 5596

Re: Is rating deflation a thing?

Chess isn't like, say, diving, where you get marks for style. It is solely about beating the guy sitting opposite you. In an actual game, particularly if it gets chaotic, playing a move that the engine says is -0.4 instead of +0.4 ( whatever those mean ) is neither here nor there. My observation is...
by Keith Arkell
Sat Dec 28, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is rating deflation a thing?
Replies: 74
Views: 5596

Re: Is rating deflation a thing?

NickFaulks wrote:
Sat Dec 28, 2019 12:42 pm
If the Earth went though a meteor shower or something and everyone woke up much better at chess, their ratings would not be affected one jot.


This is my point. Ratings cannot reflect that standards worldwide improve constantly.
by Keith Arkell
Sat Dec 28, 2019 11:44 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is rating deflation a thing?
Replies: 74
Views: 5596

Re: Is rating deflation a thing?

Well, I'm looking forward to proving you wrong, when my games are examined :P Remember that although a part of my claim is personal to my own development, it is mainly because of increasing standards worldwide, so that to maintain your level is by definition to improve. This is why Tal rightly said,...
by Keith Arkell
Sat Dec 28, 2019 2:27 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is rating deflation a thing?
Replies: 74
Views: 5596

Re: Is rating deflation a thing?

It really takes the best, most obsessive of individuals to be able to pull the trick off well. Probably this fits the profile of a number of chess players to a large degree, where family life and jobs outside of chess have never slowed them down. I probably wouldn't go as far as describing my assoc...
by Keith Arkell
Fri Dec 27, 2019 12:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is rating deflation a thing?
Replies: 74
Views: 5596

Re: Is rating deflation a thing?

According to my limited research you had 2545 in 1997, not 1999. Is this directly comparing strength? so if you do so I suggest comparing all your games played in 1997 to the ones played in 2019. So it's quality of play index right? And how do you actually measure that? My playing strength hasn't w...
by Keith Arkell
Wed Dec 25, 2019 3:19 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is rating deflation a thing?
Replies: 74
Views: 5596

Re: Is rating deflation a thing?

Hopefully we will put this to bed soon. Alex Holowczak and me have agreed on the start of Hastings 1999 to end of year, and ditto re 2019. It will be the shock of my life if it is not demonstrated that I am a stronger player now than 20 years ago.We have agreed on including all games in the public d...
by Keith Arkell
Tue Dec 24, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is rating deflation a thing?
Replies: 74
Views: 5596

Re: Is rating deflation a thing?

Daniel Gormally wrote:
Tue Dec 24, 2019 9:07 am
"To argue that my higher level of accuracy today reduces my need to be resourceful in dubious positions,"

You're clearly ignoring your games in the Benoni then :D
It wasn't me presenting the argument!
by Keith Arkell
Tue Dec 24, 2019 1:35 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is rating deflation a thing?
Replies: 74
Views: 5596

Re: Is rating deflation a thing?

The site Chessdb does a weaker form of this, by taking a, presumably, random sample of all of our games and putting a percentage on our level of accuracy. I have a 'quality of play' rating of 87.83, so we can probably bin Chessdb as a reliable source... From only 5 games though, which would be unre...