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by Keith Arkell
Wed Dec 26, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Unexpected move in the QGD.
Replies: 70
Views: 5761

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: 5761

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.
by Keith Arkell
Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Unexpected move in the QGD.
Replies: 70
Views: 5761

Re: Unexpected move in the QGD.

Hi Loz, and thanks - you just beat me to it :-)
by Keith Arkell
Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Unexpected move in the QGD.
Replies: 70
Views: 5761

Re: Unexpected move in the QGD.

Thanks, Ian, for responding to my post. Before getting into the chess itself, I must say that I find it hard to believe that, even 'watching from afar', you are oblivious of the constantly sarcastic tone of Mr.Gil. Why does he feel the need to lay into Matthew Sadler, a far superior player to himsel...
by Keith Arkell
Mon Dec 24, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2976
Views: 324422

Re: Media comments on chess

I hadn't really been following the thread, Geoff, but just jumped in. It's a fascinating topic though, which extends far beyond whether increments are good or bad for the future of chess. Essentially, what has been happening, since chess was thrust on us many centuries ago, is that humankind has bee...
by Keith Arkell
Mon Dec 24, 2018 3:33 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2976
Views: 324422

Re: Media comments on chess

Keith. This is a genuine inquiry, When you reach R+B v R again, is there any interest in it for you? Is it not like K + Q v K in blitz for me? The only interest is in whether I will get to mate before my flag falls. Now K + Q + N v K + R + B + N would interest all of us. Yet it takes more than 200 ...
by Keith Arkell
Mon Dec 24, 2018 1:57 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Unexpected move in the QGD.
Replies: 70
Views: 5761

Re: Unexpected move in the QGD.

Javier Gil might find the following You Tube video helpful. In it Akobian demonstrates Korchnoi's positional understanding in exchanging off the White square Bishops en route to defeating Karpov:

https://youtu.be/lZgqC9JxXfg
by Keith Arkell
Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:26 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 2976
Views: 324422

Re: Media comments on chess

Hi Roger, (Checked Keith's games from 1977 to 2018 cannot find a KRB v KR ending. He had a few with pawns but no pure KRB v KR. mind you this is from chessgames.com, they may not have all his games. ) They certainly don't, Mr Chandler, but what is your point? That I am lying when I say I have had 2...
by Keith Arkell
Sun Dec 09, 2018 2:49 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: British Knock out December 2018
Replies: 56
Views: 4494

Re: British Knock out December 2018

Just to clarify: this is not a British Championship. It is a tournament with a private sponsor who can't be prevented from calling his event a 'British Championship'.This fact has been clarified by Alex Holowczak, on my facebook wall. Had it been an actual British Championship, then qualification to...
by Keith Arkell
Thu Nov 29, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018
Replies: 47
Views: 6303

Re: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018

Oops, sorry, Owen, and that was after only one glass of wine!
by Keith Arkell
Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018
Replies: 47
Views: 6303

Re: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018

Here's a summary of some of the outstanding performances, of which there were many, from 'team England': in the 50+ Terry Chapman was very impressive in building up a score of plus 3 ( 7/11) to gain 31 rating points and finish 13= ( 17th on tie-break) in a group of mostly IMs and GMs. Philip Owens g...
by Keith Arkell
Wed Nov 28, 2018 2:10 am
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018
Replies: 47
Views: 6303

Re: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018

Cheers for the support guys. I think with so many at the top already having played each other, countrymen Sturua and Bagaturov are likely to play each other in the last round; whereas Sturua and me have actually never played each other in the last round of anything, ever! I've a very tough round 10 ...
by Keith Arkell
Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018
Replies: 47
Views: 6303

Re: World Senior Individuals, Bled, November 2018

The last few moves went missing today! ( at least on Chesbomb and Chess24). For anyone following, they were: 34...Qd7 35 Ba5 Re6 36 Bc3 Kf8 37 Qg7+ Ke8 38 Qg8+

I think that's the kind of thing Caruana was hoping to do with his similarly nice QB today :lol:
by Keith Arkell
Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Unexpected move in the QGD.
Replies: 70
Views: 5761

Re: Unexpected move in the QGD.

Hi Christopher, I think that this is another demonstration of precise calculation trumping the concepts we have formed to help us play chess in the absence of our ability to calculate millions of moves per second. Ultimately calculation is everything, and each position is unique. We impose our gener...