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by Keith Arkell
Mon Aug 03, 2009 10:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: keith arkell to win the next 5 second week always does well.
Replies: 6
Views: 940

Re: keith arkell to win the next 5 second week always does well.

Hey c'mon chaps,can a man not have an occasional poor peformance in peace,without the vultures gathering :oops: :( My thinking has been a bit wonky this tournament :? I think today I played a good game,but have no idea why I didn't play 51.. f4+ winning by force(eg 52 Kg2 Re1 or 52 Kg4 e3!).I looked...
by Keith Arkell
Mon Jul 27, 2009 2:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 'Betfair' have set up a market on the British Ch!
Replies: 39
Views: 3025

Re: 'Betfair' have set up a market on the British Ch!

Ian Thompson gives a very good example of why it is not a good idea for players in the tournament to get too involved,which,by the way,I stated in my introductory posting on this thread. I'm a bit confused about what you're saying though Matt.What I am saying essentially is that it is not acceptable...
by Keith Arkell
Sun Jul 26, 2009 3:25 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 'Betfair' have set up a market on the British Ch!
Replies: 39
Views: 3025

Re: 'Betfair' have set up a market on the British Ch!

No Stewart,Chris Duncan's company(or the company which Chris Duncan has some involvement in) is ''Betsson''. Betfair is the world's leading betting exchange.Betsson is much smaller,but has hitherto involved itself more than Betfair in chess trading/betting.Lately though Betfair has become much more ...
by Keith Arkell
Mon Jul 20, 2009 4:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: So who's going to the British Chess Championships?
Replies: 234
Views: 15986

Re: So who's going to the British Chess Championships?

I'll echo that. Get well soon Stewart.
by Keith Arkell
Sun Jul 19, 2009 9:40 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: So who's going to the British Chess Championships?
Replies: 234
Views: 15986

Re: So who's going to the British Chess Championships?

[quote="Keith Arkell"]Go Tom Watson!!!!!!! AS an ex professional gambler though I would say that the winner is Ross Fisher.His wife is expecting.This kind of thing can have a big effect on normal expectation.We saw it in chess when Flear won a big event,way way above his expectation, when his marria...
by Keith Arkell
Sun Jul 19, 2009 4:27 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Brits abroad
Replies: 5
Views: 973

Re: Brits abroad

Nice one Alex,yes I saw that before - a very impressive analysis.It puts things in perspective. I don't see any advantage in dwelling on one amazing,brief moment in our recent history,and using that as some kind of yardstick by which we measure and condemn all subsequent efforts. Adams and Short are...
by Keith Arkell
Sun Jul 19, 2009 1:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Brits abroad
Replies: 5
Views: 973

Re: Brits abroad

The comment was made after Short's and Conquest's victories,but before Haslinger's and Williams's I'm more optimistic about this than you are Jonathan. Take a look at the Indian list on the FIDE site,and look at the difference in the size of the countries! They are 10th and not really very far ahead...
by Keith Arkell
Sun Jul 19, 2009 5:17 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Brits abroad
Replies: 5
Views: 973

Brits abroad

On some thread somewhere recently I remember reading a curmudgeonly remark about how Brits no longer win strong International tournaments,because we are supposedly going down the plughole. In doing so they dismissed the 'exception' of Short and Conquest's brilliant recent victories. Well,here is ano...
by Keith Arkell
Sun Jul 19, 2009 12:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: So who's going to the British Chess Championships?
Replies: 234
Views: 15986

Re: So who's going to the British Chess Championships?

Go Tom Watson!!!!!!! AS an ex professional gambler though I would say that the winner is Ross Fisher.His wife is expecting.This kind of thing can have a big effect on normal expectation.We saw it in chess when Flear won a big event,way way above his expectation, when his marriage was imminent in 198...
by Keith Arkell
Sat Jul 18, 2009 3:20 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 'Betfair' have set up a market on the British Ch!
Replies: 39
Views: 3025

Re: 'Betfair' have set up a market on the British Ch!

I would price him at 6:4 to win in Scotland ( or 2.5 in Betfair speak). So that would make his price for the double about 58
by Keith Arkell
Sat Jul 18, 2009 3:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: So who's going to the British Chess Championships?
Replies: 234
Views: 15986

Re: So who's going to the British Chess Championships?

Stewart, I'm not sure there are any simple ways of posing the question if we include none-British Isles players. I don't believe literally that ''English chess is weaker now than in the 1980s'',even though it is true that the world ranking of our best players is significantly lower. What I believe i...
by Keith Arkell
Sat Jul 18, 2009 2:07 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 'Betfair' have set up a market on the British Ch!
Replies: 39
Views: 3025

Re: 'Betfair' have set up a market on the British Ch!

The penny has just dropped! So all I need to do is offer everyone a draw,hope they accept,and walk away with 5k....the only thing is first prize isn't 5k it's 6.5k(it includes 1.5K for the top English player)
by Keith Arkell
Sat Jul 18, 2009 2:28 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: 'Betfair' have set up a market on the British Ch!
Replies: 39
Views: 3025

'Betfair' have set up a market on the British Ch!

Leading sports betting exchange 'Betfair' have installed a market on the 2009 British Championship. This means that anybody over 18 can go on-line and bet for(back) or against(lay) any of the players winning the Championship. The market is ''in-play'' for the entire duration of the event,so that for...
by Keith Arkell
Sat Jul 18, 2009 1:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: So who's going to the British Chess Championships?
Replies: 234
Views: 15986

Re: So who's going to the British Chess Championships?

So,stronger or weaker than last year at the top? We have lost GMs Pert N Lalic B Haslinger Davies Flear But gained GMs Howell D Wells Summerscale I would argue stronger because the top players who have come back have got better: Conquest + 36 ELO Jones + 5 Gordon + 29 Williams + 31 Arkell + 15 Which...