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by Keith Arkell
Sat Apr 18, 2009 7:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: at the mercy of the arbiter
Replies: 185
Views: 16676

Re: at the mercy of the arbiter

I think Leonard Barden is completely missing my point. I am of course well aware of ''Chessmetrics",and indeed Leonard's own work-especially a few decades back- on providing us with current playing strengths of young players. I am also aware that there have been many attempts to ELO rate the players...
by Keith Arkell
Sat Apr 18, 2009 2:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: at the mercy of the arbiter
Replies: 185
Views: 16676

Re: at the mercy of the arbiter

I don't think it's only opening theory which continues to evolve with each generation.I think that the understanding of how to play every kind of position improves with time,at all grading levels. This in no way detracts from the achievements of the earlier pioneers of the game.Lots of people know h...
by Keith Arkell
Fri Apr 17, 2009 10:49 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: GRADING ANOMALIES
Replies: 565
Views: 73691

Re: GRADING ANOMALIES

Thanks for the explanation Carl,Neil and Richard.This 229 will slow me down a bit then,because there are lots of +10s in the local league games,but c'est la vie.
by Keith Arkell
Fri Apr 17, 2009 3:54 am
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: GRADING ANOMALIES
Replies: 565
Views: 73691

Re: GRADING ANOMALIES

Hello good people of the ''grading'' forum. I was just a bit curious about something: Ok I have to admit that I(along with most players at the upper end of the grading spectrum) don't really give 2 hoots what my ECF grade is,but something puzzles me. I see that my grade apparently is ''232'' and und...
by Keith Arkell
Fri Apr 17, 2009 3:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: at the mercy of the arbiter
Replies: 185
Views: 16676

Re: at the mercy of the arbiter

Some pretty patterns I guess,but resistance was usualy zero. The problem was that the best players were about 200 strength and the opponents were somewhere between beginner strength and average club player by todays standard ( said he trying to provoke a whole new debate about the relative strength ...
by Keith Arkell
Thu Apr 16, 2009 1:50 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: at the mercy of the arbiter
Replies: 185
Views: 16676

Re: at the mercy of the arbiter

Hi Greg,

1st one yes definitely; historic games - what's the point they are rubbish by todays standards. Blitz and lightning -yes great entertainment.Take a look at any blitz stuff on u tube.It's all grear fun to watch,and how much more fun if it is accompanied with quality commentary!
by Keith Arkell
Sun Apr 05, 2009 10:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: at the mercy of the arbiter
Replies: 185
Views: 16676

Re: at the mercy of the arbiter

Yes I think the Master Game worked because there was some nice wit from the characters(such as Julian and Miles),but mostly because the players explained in very simple terms what they were planning/threatening etc,and what they were afraid their opponents were up to;so that somehow the viewer could...
by Keith Arkell
Fri Apr 03, 2009 8:19 pm
Forum: News and Support
Topic: Private Messages
Replies: 16
Views: 4666

Re: Private Messages

Hi Carl, or any admin who can help me with this one. I've tried to send 3 private messages. They are listed as being in my outbox but are not listed in my sent box.However,on the right hand side of the messages there is a date and time when the message was 'sent'. My question: Have these messages be...
by Keith Arkell
Fri Apr 03, 2009 6:54 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: Caro-Kann Advance : 3..c5 4. c4!?
Replies: 5
Views: 2335

Re: Caro-Kann Advance : 3..c5 4. c4!?

It's a nuisance for us 3..c5 advocates,although I did see Ivanka win a nice game against it a few months back.
by Keith Arkell
Fri Apr 03, 2009 5:21 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: at the mercy of the arbiter
Replies: 185
Views: 16676

Re: at the mercy of the arbiter

No of course there's no chance of paying spectators - it's always been free to watch chess,and more so now that the games are live on the internet. What I mean by a patron is a benefactor - a kind of ''Patron of the arts''.Someone rich who is prepared to suport chess players or events because he/she...
by Keith Arkell
Fri Apr 03, 2009 4:02 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: at the mercy of the arbiter
Replies: 185
Views: 16676

Re: at the mercy of the arbiter

Perhaps Tom,but you could also argue that this is about where you ply your trade,as opposed to where you happen to be based. Short and Conquest both made a not insignificant amount of income from UK events last year.Adamd,Lalic and myself play here there and everywhere[take a look at our FIDE histor...
by Keith Arkell
Fri Apr 03, 2009 3:06 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: at the mercy of the arbiter
Replies: 185
Views: 16676

Re: at the mercy of the arbiter

Some random thoughts in response to various postings above - ie how this particular Brummy GM sees things: I rarely take a stance on anything.It's more in my nature to ride with the punches rather than try to change anything.In other words I react rather than act. Although I have cited 3 examples in...
by Keith Arkell
Thu Apr 02, 2009 12:08 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: at the mercy of the arbiter
Replies: 185
Views: 16676

Re: at the mercy of the arbiter

Jack,sometimes yes,but this this time very clearly no.The correct pairings were glaringly obvious.Lara Barnes saw it at a glance and so obviously did I. Matt,there must be someone out there who has the relevant back issues(John Saunders or anybody please copy and paste!).I'm not imagining it or exag...
by Keith Arkell
Wed Apr 01, 2009 5:47 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: at the mercy of the arbiter
Replies: 185
Views: 16676

Re: at the mercy of the arbiter

Matt,you've got me wrong.I'm not suggeting sir John Lawson did anything unscrupulous! The only ''crimes'' of Bielby and lawson were their letters to the chess mags in which they wrongly accused me of withdrawing,wrongly connected this so called withdrawal with ''unpleasant scenes'' Saturday evening(...
by Keith Arkell
Wed Apr 01, 2009 4:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: at the mercy of the arbiter
Replies: 185
Views: 16676

Re: at the mercy of the arbiter

Anyway,this error,no matter how infuriating,was at least an honest error.I couldn't imagine these days having to endure what happened to me at Scarborough 1990: I told my mates that I(along with my wife at that time,Susan) had entered the tournament.Unanimously they said ''Keith you must be mad - do...