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by Keith Arkell
Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35246

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

I'm not consulting an engine - I never do - but I'm getting worried about Howell's position. My last round encounter with David was very complex. We both found a number of unusual engine first choices, but also threw in a few howlers (excuse the pun). A typical engine move I failed to find was 28.....
by Keith Arkell
Thu Aug 01, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35246

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Who will be the next player who will go above 2600? Hawkins, Pert, Gordon or Someone like Ravi Haria or Daniel Fernandez That question probably deserve a poll creating If he was more active then Jonathan Hawkins would have a very good chance of soon achieving 2600 by normal mathematical fluctuation...
by Keith Arkell
Thu Aug 01, 2019 1:19 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35246

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

But most tournaments that 2400-2550s win are still not GM norms, for want of titled opposition or maybe because 2560 performances do the job. Ask Keith how many Gm norms he has, even after he made the title in the early 90s! I'll bite and answer Jonathan's question , though I'm slightly too inebria...
by Keith Arkell
Thu Jul 25, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 10918

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

It seems to me that we've pretty much flogged this one to death, but as I've been away from the forum for a while I'll just respond to a few comments. To Angus: I think that normally you and me are on the same page, but just to clarify a couple of matters, my enquiring whether Nick is a 'slippery la...
by Keith Arkell
Thu Jul 25, 2019 1:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 10918

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

Here's the correct version, copied and pasted from my own games collection: [Event "e2e4 Int Masters B"] [Site "Sunningdale ENG"] [Date "2011.08.14"] [Round "9"] [White "Rausis, I..."] [Black "Arkell, K..."] [Result "1-0"] [EventDate "2011.08.10"] 1. e4 c6 2. c4 d5 3. cxd5 cxd5 4. exd5 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nx...
by Keith Arkell
Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:19 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 10918

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

Fair enough, but it's all I have to offer, as it didn't occur to me to follow my opponent to the loo. And in any case my phone doesn't have a camera on it, and even if it had it would have been against the rules to take it from my coat pocket. Anyway surely all this is irrelevant given that my oppon...
by Keith Arkell
Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:54 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 10918

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

I've been dragged into this thread three times by Nick - firstly when he suggested, by implication, that a serious GM ought to have calculated the implications of Nxf7, then ( whimsically ) that Paignton is easy rating points and finally when he asserted that Rausis didn't cheat to beat me. I'm goin...
by Keith Arkell
Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:45 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 10918

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

Not at all disputing what Keith is saying - and after all he played him, not me - but if Rausis was already cheating in 2011 you have to wonder why his rating didn't start rising until a few years after that. He just started doing it more often, or got "better" at it? Hi Matt Mackenzie, I suspect h...
by Keith Arkell
Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:08 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 10918

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

When high profile GMs wheel out games where they claim to be certain that cheating took place, but it is easily shown that nothing of the sort happened, this serves only to undermine serious efforts to deal with the problem. Nick you really have no idea. Unfortunately this comment is consistent wit...
by Keith Arkell
Thu Jul 18, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 10918

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

at least I am experienced enough to whif when something isn't right. Keith, Well, yes, but on this occasion you "whiffed" the wrong thing. Your opponent was presumably playing aggressive moves quickly and confidently, so you assume that he was cheating. You ignore the possibility that he had seen t...
by Keith Arkell
Thu Jul 18, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Cheating in chess
Replies: 599
Views: 69946

Re: Cheating in chess

I know I'm going off topic a bit, but at the end of the day surely all these types of threads are here to reduce ( and ideally identify the source of) cheating. So in that context I think it's worth paying attention to levels of activity and choice of events of suspects. So, for example, if a player...
by Keith Arkell
Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:42 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 10918

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

"Keith Arkell I told Danny Gormally 5 days ago that Rausis would be caught very soon. The xxxx got too greedy. Accelerated his BS too rapidly. Typical criminal behaviour. They get greedy. ~ Me and Rausis were always about equal in strength, then suddenly, at a tournament in Sunningdale, England, he...
by Keith Arkell
Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE's 400pt rule
Replies: 205
Views: 10918

Re: FIDE's 400pt rule

I see that the organisers of the recent Lugano Master tournament approved of him playing Of course they did. Are we wondering why Paignton haven't asked Keith to stop playing there, since he's obviously just harvesting cheap rating and grading points? We're not, because the idea is daft. More relev...
by Keith Arkell
Thu Jun 27, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: New National Blitz event
Replies: 54
Views: 5391

Re: New National Blitz event

With a "choice" of dates you would have ever increasing numbers at each event as people more and more desperately pile into the later ones and ruin local players chances. It was suggested that a rule should apply that you can only enter one event. A more stringent version of that rule would say tha...
by Keith Arkell
Thu Jun 27, 2019 10:23 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35246

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Jonathan Rogers wrote:
Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:24 pm
Let's hope so. As things stand, if I were a betting man I would be asking for the odds on David Eggleston.
Eggy has beaten 7 GMs in his last 3 Britishes, and clinched GM norms in 2 of them by getting the required result against me. However, I will return!