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by Keith Arkell
Thu Jun 27, 2019 10:51 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: New National Blitz event
Replies: 54
Views: 5399

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: 35612

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!
by Keith Arkell
Sun Jun 23, 2019 1:05 am
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: New National Blitz event
Replies: 54
Views: 5399

Re: New National Blitz event

Rumour has it that the bureaucratic 'kerfuffle' is on the verge of being defeated and we will soon be offered a choice of qualifying dates :D I don't want to speak too soon, but hopefully we are about to see a victory for common sense and opportunity.
by Keith Arkell
Sun Jun 23, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35612

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Though in itself hardly likely to get numbers up to desired levels, expect a flurry of GM entrants at some point. I'm going to confidently guess 10, with 9 being my hedge :D
by Keith Arkell
Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: New National Blitz event
Replies: 54
Views: 5399

Re: New National Blitz event

Yes, it seems bizarre to me that the only objection to having qualifiers on Saturday and Sunday is in case someone cheats and tries to play both days! Who in their right mind would waste all the costs, and a day of their life, knowing that they are bound to be caught sooner or later? And this far-fe...
by Keith Arkell
Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Congress Diary
Topic: New National Blitz event
Replies: 54
Views: 5399

Re: New National Blitz event

If there is a British Blitz this Year ( and rumour has it that there still may be) pleeease can we not clash the qualifiers with Paignton this year. The Paignton dates are 31 Aug - 7 Sept, and have been known for a long time. Or failing that, please can we at least have 2 different qualifying dates....
by Keith Arkell
Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:46 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 546
Views: 35612

Re: British Championship Congress 2019

Edit: I'm happy to say that I will be sending in my entry shortly :D
by Keith Arkell
Sun Jun 09, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: English Seniors 2019
Replies: 21
Views: 2486

Re: English Seniors 2019

Or putt and putt, in my case! Great to hear from you mate.
by Keith Arkell
Sat Jun 08, 2019 7:58 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Candidates 2019
Replies: 73
Views: 5201

Re: Candidates 2019

Incidentally Tan's defence of that ending looked pretty bad, and the game can be added to the list of those which could not be mistaken for an elite level game. Not that it was a trivial defence. Keith, give away your trade secrets for nothing - how should Black plan to defend from move 28 ? Presum...
by Keith Arkell
Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Women's Chess
Topic: Candidates 2019
Replies: 73
Views: 5201

Re: Candidates 2019

Incidentally Tan's defence of that ending looked pretty bad, and the game can be added to the list of those which could not be mistaken for an elite level game. Not that it was a trivial defence. Keith, give away your trade secrets for nothing - how should Black plan to defend from move 28 ? Presum...
by Keith Arkell
Thu Jun 06, 2019 2:35 am
Forum: Congress Results
Topic: Frome and Newmarket Opens
Replies: 2
Views: 437

Frome and Newmarket Opens

I don't normally report my results on here, but I won both of these Opens with interesting last round games. At Frome I got to 5/5 with this curiosity against Jane Richmond. [Event "Frome"] [Date "2019.05.19"] [Round "5"] [White "Keith Arkell"] [Black "Jane Richmond"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "E10"] 1. d...
by Keith Arkell
Wed May 01, 2019 1:36 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019
Replies: 85
Views: 5416

Re: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019

Hi Keith (if you are still reading this thread). You said that a 4-0 against the Greeks would have helped the England 50+ team in their tie-break. I've not yet seen a report on the final round of the 50+ event, but am I right in thinking that a win by England against the German team they were playi...
by Keith Arkell
Tue Apr 30, 2019 2:20 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019
Replies: 85
Views: 5416

Re: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019

We knew before the match that our Greek opponents were vastly under-rated just by looking at their games. Someone gave the typical explanation that there are lots of ludicrously under-rated kids in Athens stealing all their points! We see these stories all the time, and it takes a bit of work to in...
by Keith Arkell
Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019
Replies: 85
Views: 5416

Re: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019

According to my calculations 6th seeded England have taken Silver in the 65+, one match point behind Russia. Congratulations, boys!
by Keith Arkell
Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:51 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019
Replies: 85
Views: 5416

Re: World Senior Team Championships Rhodes 2019

Hi Mick, The opening didn't go very well, but eventually I got a small endgame edge after which it was never easy for him in practice. We knew before the match that our Greek opponents were vastly under-rated just by looking at their games. Someone gave the typical explanation that there are lots of...