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by Keith Arkell
Thu Mar 18, 2010 12:04 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Individual 2010
Replies: 59
Views: 5899

Re: European Individual 2010

Yow. What happened to Keith there? At a cursory glance, Keith allowed doubled d pawns at moves 12-14, Black lopped off the front pawn at move 24, and then gradually converted despite Keith's swindling attempts. The black player. D Kadric of Bosnia, was born 1995 so looks like a teenager on a quantu...
by Keith Arkell
Thu Mar 18, 2010 11:12 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Portrayal of chess players in film and on television
Replies: 67
Views: 6553

Re: Portrayal of chess players in film and on television

Well,if Monk is portraying us as ''highly educated, cultivated, well-dressed, debonair,living a life of rather ostentatious luxury, and in the habit of sprinkling witty aphorisms and classical quotations into their conversations'',then,however innacurate it is,still it is better for the inaccuracy t...
by Keith Arkell
Thu Feb 11, 2010 10:05 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: John Rety (1930-2010)
Replies: 28
Views: 8896

Re: John Rety (1930-2010)

This is very sad,and particularly poignant for me. For decades I didn't know John at all,except for overhearing occasional disputes during his chess games. All of a sudden though,in recent months, I found myself getting to know him quite well.I dined and drank with him on numerous occasions at event...
by Keith Arkell
Sun Feb 07, 2010 1:05 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Steinitz as the best player of all time?
Replies: 24
Views: 2408

Re: Steinitz as the best player of all time?

I think that's spot on Roger.In fact there are nearly 200 players within 200 points of the World Champion(or let's say 2800)today,hence my assertion that even the number 200 would expect to score 25% against the number 1. I'm not sure what we are trying to prove here though.I mean,if say Steinitz's ...
by Keith Arkell
Sun Feb 07, 2010 1:42 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Steinitz as the best player of all time?
Replies: 24
Views: 2408

Re: Steinitz as the best player of all time?

Er, surely there are not 300 million chessplayers in the world today? :o I'm only quoting FIDE Jonathan;and for example the internet is full of extracts such as: ''If the London Chess Classic goes well, Mr. Pein hopes to bring the world championship to Britain in 2012, a prospect that would allow a...
by Keith Arkell
Sat Feb 06, 2010 6:35 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Steinitz as the best player of all time?
Replies: 24
Views: 2408

Re: Steinitz as the best player of all time?

1) Chessmetrics and any other system of ratings comparrison works well for comparing contemporaries,but fails woefully when it comes to comparing players across generations. 2) Computer testing of moves: Good idea in principle,but may depend on style,and level of opposition(I think that it is far ea...
by Keith Arkell
Wed Jan 27, 2010 4:34 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Professional chess players in Britain
Replies: 63
Views: 9122

Re: Professional chess players in Britain

Keith, do you remember in which book John Nunn discusses Süchting?[/quote]

I believe that it was in ''John Nunn's Chess puzzle book'' Ola
by Keith Arkell
Wed Jan 27, 2010 2:31 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Professional chess players in Britain
Replies: 63
Views: 9122

Re: Professional chess players in Britain

Yes,I think it's fair to say that Blackburne wasn't far from being as strong at chess as it was possible to be back then. Comparrisons across generations are pointless and,as I said before,unfair on the earlier generations. Obviously each generation ''climbs on the shoulders'' of,and learns from tho...
by Keith Arkell
Wed Jan 27, 2010 1:22 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Professional chess players in Britain
Replies: 63
Views: 9122

Re: Professional chess players in Britain

[quote="Geoff Chandler"]Hi Adrian, I was careful not to mention Blackburne, a player I rate very highly indeed. Chess Addicts (1987) has him listed as the 4th best British player behind Short, Miles and Nunn which is incredible considering his play was inituitive and he did not have the games of Cap...
by Keith Arkell
Sat Jan 23, 2010 12:19 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Professional chess players in Britain
Replies: 63
Views: 9122

Re: Professional chess players in Britain

It may well be,Adrian,that somebody of my world ranking at chess actually earns more money than the equivalent ranking tennis or golf(etc)player. This is because there are little niches - specialised aspects of playing chess - which I don't think have their equivalence in other ''sports''. Yes it is...
by Keith Arkell
Wed Jan 20, 2010 8:06 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Professional chess players in Britain
Replies: 63
Views: 9122

Re: Professional chess players in Britain

I answered a question about this a few months back on the streatham & Brixham blog. I can only speak for myself here,as I don't have access to the details of any other full time player's accounts.For the best part of 30 years I have earned what,all told,is an average working man's wage,mostly from a...
by Keith Arkell
Wed Jan 20, 2010 4:15 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Professional chess players in Britain
Replies: 63
Views: 9122

Re: Professional chess players in Britain

I'm not sure who you are saying ''Stahlberg'' and ''Tartakower'' were ''stronger'' than Ola,but anyway it is obviously very difficult to pidgeonhole players exactly into these different categories,but I think that for example Larsen would clearly fall into the Professional Player category despite hi...
by Keith Arkell
Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:07 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Professional chess players in Britain
Replies: 63
Views: 9122

Re: Professional chess players in Britain

Has anyone any idea when players began to earn their livings by playing chess in the modern era? It would be most interesting to try and quantify their numbers and the extent of their careers. In Victorian times a large number of professionals, at least thirty, were based in Britain: how does the p...
by Keith Arkell
Wed Jan 20, 2010 12:13 pm
Forum: International News
Topic: European Individual Championship,6-18 March
Replies: 12
Views: 1650

European Individual Championship,6-18 March

Hi,
I am intending to play in this event,which doubles up as a world championship qualifier.

Perhaps anybody else who is intending to play could identify themselves - either on here or by messaging me.

Many thanks
Keith
by Keith Arkell
Mon Jan 18, 2010 2:32 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Corus starts tomorrow Short in group A Howell in group B.
Replies: 194
Views: 10736

Re: Corus starts tomorrow Short in group A Howell in group B.

err, draw Sean.101 moves,with the last 50 being his futile attempts to beat me on time in an opposite Bishop ending in which I was 2 pawns up but with the position completely blocked.Type ''hist Atomrod''for last night's game, or ''Search Atomrod Smallville'' to see all 4 of our games(he is one up o...