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by Keith Arkell
Sat Sep 14, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 14167

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Great save by Luke, with his lone N v his opponent's 2 Bishops. He used the same method I employed at Hastings v GM Lagarde a few years ago - viz you put the N on g2, g7, b2 or b7 and when he turfs you out of one of those you head for another: https://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2019-fide-world-cup/2-1...
by Keith Arkell
Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:13 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: World Cup Knockout 2019
Replies: 300
Views: 14167

Re: World Cup Knockout 2019

Great save by Luke, with his lone N v his opponent's 2 Bishops. He used the same method I employed at Hastings v GM Lagarde a few years ago - viz you put the N on g2, g7, b2 or b7 and when he turfs you out of one of those you head for another: https://www.chessbomb.com/arena/2019-fide-world-cup/2-1-...
by Keith Arkell
Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix
Replies: 68
Views: 7145

Re: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix

There is quite a lot of discussion on Facebook about the Grand Prix, especially in the grade-restrictions, with some of the congress regulars being very interested. It seems to be very keenly sought after amongst them, notwithstanding the fact that the prize is a trophy. They certainly don't seem t...
by Keith Arkell
Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix
Replies: 68
Views: 7145

Re: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix

Keith, I don't understand why you give a toss whether or not you have won this seemingly pointless Grand Prix. I would be interested if you would explain why it matters to you. Hi David, It matters to me because I feel that if they are going to include my name on their leaderboard then that should ...
by Keith Arkell
Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:02 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix
Replies: 68
Views: 7145

Re: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix

It's perhaps a little ambiguous, because it also says 'percentage score in the event', and my score at the event [ the 20th 4NCL Open] is still 4.5/5. Perhaps we are looking at 90 + 4? If you are right that 'percentage score in the event' doesn't count byes and defaults then my 'percent score in the...
by Keith Arkell
Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix
Replies: 68
Views: 7145

Re: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix

Thanks for your help there, Roger. I think you may have helped me to win a trophy :wink: I may as well reproduce my score here. Basically you take your percentage, minus fractions, and add the number of games played in the event: I believe that my total should be 675. Here is the break-down: 25/1/19...
by Keith Arkell
Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix
Replies: 68
Views: 7145

Re: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix

Ironically the final positions have now been published ( on 11.9) and I believe there has been a calculating error! I'm sending an appeal to the Office...
by Keith Arkell
Tue Sep 10, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: Congress Results
Topic: 70th DCCA Congress (Paignton)
Replies: 9
Views: 1478

Re: 70th DCCA Congress (Paignton)

Well done Keith and Justin "Well done Keith and Justin" Indeed, and Keith was still playing good Blitz today! Cheers Mick, Kevin. It's been a good 45 days, which included fighting like crazy on board 2 with Black v my friend and Cheddleton team-mate David Howell in the last round of the British, af...
by Keith Arkell
Wed Sep 04, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: Seniors Chess
Topic: World Senior Individual Championships, Bucharest, November 2019
Replies: 12
Views: 2224

Re: World Senior Individual Championships, Bucharest, November 2019

50+ Open so far 59 entries including 10 GMs, and some IMs and FMs. No Keith Arkell, I'm sorry to see. Top UK entrants are IM Stephen Mannion (SCO) and FM Terry Chapman. Because I didn't finish in the top 3 last year, Tim, I'd have to self fund. The ECF have very little interest in senior chess, sad...
by Keith Arkell
Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:21 pm
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix
Replies: 68
Views: 7145

Results of the ECF 2018/9 Grand Prix

As there were no prizes in the Grand Prix concluding in June 2019, is it too much to ask the ECF to publish the final standings, given that it is only prestige we were playing for?

As of now all we are offered is the standings at the end of May.
by Keith Arkell
Fri Aug 30, 2019 12:02 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Handshakes
Replies: 45
Views: 4856

Re: Handshakes

By coincidence this question mirrors a conversation Jack, Adam Taylor and myself had at the pub this evening. I voiced that there is approximately one person ( or somewhere between 1 and 3 on a bad day) who's hand I wouldn't shake were I paired with him. I think my grounds are reasonable: He blagged...
by Keith Arkell
Wed Aug 28, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Media comments on chess
Replies: 3246
Views: 356006

Re: Media comments on chess

''The Government have placed the Queen on the Chessboard, but it doesn't mean they will win the game''. Sky News, moments ago.
by Keith Arkell
Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: International News
Topic: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019
Replies: 132
Views: 7002

Re: Grand Chess Tour - Sinquefield Cup 2019

So - Giri Carlsbad alert. Send for Arkell, quickly. #29 Never mind :roll: Draw So - Giri final position 8/1q3pk1/1rp2np1/3p3p/3P3P/2Q1PBP1/2R2PK1/8 w - - 0 34 Arkell - Short final position ( 4NCL 2016) 5rk1/1p2np2/2P3p1/3p3p/3P4/q3PBP1/2Q2P1P/2R3K1 b - - 0 22 Arkell - Kiriakov ( Hastings 1999) afte...
by Keith Arkell
Tue Aug 20, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Happy Birthday, Leonard
Replies: 27
Views: 3025

Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard

Happy Birthday, Leonard! And may your excellent chess articles continue unabated.
by Keith Arkell
Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:51 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: British Championship Congress 2019
Replies: 550
Views: 42957

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.....