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by Keith Arkell
Mon Dec 23, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is rating deflation a thing?
Replies: 74
Views: 5106

Re: Is rating deflation a thing?

I'm guessing, by the way, that with the use of computers we could come to some kind of conclusion about the comparative strengths of players today and x years ago, but it'd involve the input and analysis of a very large number of games. The site Chessdb does a weaker form of this, by taking a, pres...
by Keith Arkell
Mon Dec 23, 2019 1:42 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is rating deflation a thing?
Replies: 74
Views: 5106

Re: Is rating deflation a thing?

In 1999, you were ranked 793 in the world: http://www.olimpbase.org/Elo/Elo199907e.html You are now ranked 1295 in the world: https://ratings.fide.com/profile/400270 The final comment was based on your world ranking rather than your national ranking. Apologies for misunderstanding your argument, Al...
by Keith Arkell
Mon Dec 23, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Is rating deflation a thing?
Replies: 74
Views: 5106

Re: Is rating deflation a thing?

I've had a similar discussion with Keith in the past, and his argument is that he believes he is a better player than he was at his peak rating, but he is now below his peak rating. While 2019 Keith Arkell may be objectively better than 1999 Keith Arkell, lots of people have just gone past Keith in...
by Keith Arkell
Mon Dec 16, 2019 3:09 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 162
Views: 8438

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

In those cases, Roger, detection is obviously more difficult, and we need something more sophisticated, such as the tests done by professor Ken Regan. And obviously such players can also be tested with scans. However, I was specifically suggesting a method of quickly determining the true playing str...
by Keith Arkell
Mon Dec 16, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 162
Views: 8438

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

if you sit a junior in front of an experienced GM such as Danny Gormally or myself, for an hour, we'll be able to give you a good idea of their true playing strength. I'm not sure it would even need an experienced GM. I like to think I could tell 2300 from 1700 after an hour of analysis, having spe...
by Keith Arkell
Sun Dec 15, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: Junior Chess
Topic: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA
Replies: 162
Views: 8438

Re: Statement made by the B&DCL and DCCA

I think the distinction between 'professionals' and Amateurs' in the context of level of play versus potential level of play depends on a large number of variables. For example, if I've taken it easy all day and then play someone who's been at work all day then I have a clear advantage, but what abo...
by Keith Arkell
Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:29 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: FIDE Open London Chess Classic
Replies: 70
Views: 5651

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: 82
Views: 5290

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: 82
Views: 5290

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: 1832

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: 82
Views: 5290

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: 1832

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: 82
Views: 5290

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: 1832

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: 1832

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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