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by Keith Arkell
Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?
Replies: 41
Views: 1982

Re: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?

These figures are totally misleading to anyone glancing casually at them. Prize money is only a tiny fraction of the income of most GMs. To get a better idea, you can add appearance money, simul fees, team chess, books and articles, broadcasting, private sponsorship, coaching and a whole load of ot...
by Keith Arkell
Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:49 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?
Replies: 41
Views: 1982

Re: State of Chess: How much money is in the sport?

My experience of low-level pros (the likes of Hebden, Arkell etc) is that they tend to be loss-averse when it comes to tournament chess, and you can get them far cheaper by putting money into a conditions fund than you can by putting it into a prize fund. If that dynamic repeats itself at higher le...
by Keith Arkell
Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:52 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Steve Berry
Replies: 30
Views: 3272

Re: Steve Berry

I am impressed by the many comments made about Steve Berry. One of the very best ways to commemorate a player is to hold a Celebration tournament as with Colin Crouch or, annually, Andrew Whiteley. Perhaps one of Steve's clubs could put such an event together as a fitting tribute. There certainly s...
by Keith Arkell
Sun Jan 06, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: Steve Berry
Replies: 30
Views: 3272

Re: Steve Berry

This very sad news is hard to take in. Steve was only 67, and always seemed well and in good spirits. Because we shared similar tastes in tournaments, I spent many many evenings simply chatting with Steve over a pint, and on each and every occasion I found his company very agreeable. He nearly alway...
by Keith Arkell
Tue Jan 01, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 6855

Re: Hastings

I wonder whether Jonathan Hawkins broke the world record today for maintaining an 'Irish Pawn Centre' ( to use it's politically incorrect name) intact? He established pawns on d3,d4 and d5 on his 14th move, and they were still there in the final position, after his 52nd move! https://www.chessbomb.c...
by Keith Arkell
Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 6855

Re: Hastings

The only time I ever played in the round-robin, in 2002/3, we had a pretty decent set of players ( at least measured by whom they are today!): Karjakin, Heine-Nielsen, McShane, Harikrishna, Sashikiran, Barsov, Kosteniuk (the Women's World Champ) and bringing up the rear, Tseshkovsky. That was a goo...
by Keith Arkell
Sat Dec 29, 2018 4:01 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Unexpected move in the QGD.
Replies: 70
Views: 4374

Re: Unexpected move in the QGD.

Just returned from my Crhistmas ( sic) holidays and saw the new replies to this thread. Hi Ian! :wink: Although I did defend my ideas vehemently, at no point was I desrespectful towards anyone. There's a huge difference between "attacking" an idea and being desrespectful (sic) towards someone. I ca...
by Keith Arkell
Fri Dec 28, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: Hastings
Replies: 89
Views: 6855

Re: Hastings

No disrespect to anyone involved - for example, I always enjoy following Gormally's games - but whatever happened to Hastings? I only went once. On that occasion, Petrosian was playing. I think the last invitation only round-robin event was in 2003-4 and you'd have to go back to 1988-89 to find the...
by Keith Arkell
Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:59 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Unexpected move in the QGD.
Replies: 70
Views: 4374

Re: Unexpected move in the QGD.

By the way, here's one of Keith's rare victories (if we are to judge from Mega Database 2018, the only one!) in the D36 variation. It seems that he too is now (2017) wasting time getting rid of his "good" bishop! [Event "BCF-chT 1718 (4NCL)"] [Site "England"] [Date "2017.11.11"] [Round "1.54"] [Whi...
by Keith Arkell
Thu Dec 27, 2018 7:44 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Unexpected move in the QGD.
Replies: 70
Views: 4374

Re: Unexpected move in the QGD.

With nothing dynamic happening elsewhere this is indeed a pure case of good N v bad B. I guess as kids we all feasted on books by Reinfeld and Chernev which demonstrated games where , eg, a N on d5 dominated a Black squared Bishop in the Sicilian Pelikan. I think it was a game by Anand, in which his...
by Keith Arkell
Thu Dec 27, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Unexpected move in the QGD.
Replies: 70
Views: 4374

Re: Unexpected move in the QGD.

I might add that if White chooses any system involving a Kingside attack himself, such as those involving the moves f3 and e4, then it would be abhorrent to swap of his Kings Bishop!
by Keith Arkell
Thu Dec 27, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Unexpected move in the QGD.
Replies: 70
Views: 4374

Re: Unexpected move in the QGD.

Thanks, indeed, for sharing your wisdom with me, Jon. You're very welcome :wink: Can I presume it also follows that If I am writing about a gender neutral person called, let's say, Ashley, I can write: 'Simon threw the ball to Ashley, and they threw it back'? That would be correct, yes. It's very c...
by Keith Arkell
Wed Dec 26, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Unexpected move in the QGD.
Replies: 70
Views: 4374

Re: Unexpected move in the QGD.

Certainly Javier used, probably overused, sarcasm, but he also continuously presented serious evidence to support his position and was clearly frustrated when that evidence was not being addressed. Keith offered a number of ideas (many via Jack) but when he started debating for himself he kept appe...
by Keith Arkell
Wed Dec 26, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Unexpected move in the QGD.
Replies: 70
Views: 4374

Re: Unexpected move in the QGD.

Cheers Jonathan :) Appreciated, especially given the two ( or perhaps 1.5) attacks, on this thread, of my thoughts. I've spent 35 years developing the systems, basically through trial and error, and it's been a source of delight to observe that the worlds top players seem to agree with my conclusion...
by Keith Arkell
Wed Dec 26, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Unexpected move in the QGD.
Replies: 70
Views: 4374

Re: Unexpected move in the QGD.

Thanks, indeed, for sharing your wisdom with me, Jon.

Can I presume it also follows that If I am writing about a gender neutral person called, let's say, Ashley, I can write: 'Simon threw the ball to Ashley, and they threw it back'?

Thanks in advance.