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by Keith Arkell
Wed Jun 24, 2009 11:35 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Lowest Graded British Champion
Replies: 64
Views: 7483

Re: Lowest Graded British Champion

Ok Jonathan I guess you are right that we have lost some ground in any case,relative to such countries as France and Spain,but not a great deal - not an unsurmountable chasm! Maybe the explanation is economic.Perhaps if it weren't for the availability of relatively well paid 'proper jobs'',we would ...
by Keith Arkell
Wed Jun 24, 2009 7:48 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Lowest Graded British Champion
Replies: 64
Views: 7483

Re: Lowest Graded British Champion

Yes,(definitely yes :? )
yes,
yes probably because of the internet,
and yes
by Keith Arkell
Wed Jun 24, 2009 6:42 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Lowest Graded British Champion
Replies: 64
Views: 7483

Re: Lowest Graded British Champion

But not from the point of view of our standing in the chess world. England were number 2 at our peak.An all time high in ranking,but were we really the 2nd best or was that just one amazing moment.Admittedly around the late 80s we were near the top anyway,but as far as I can see the reason we are no...
by Keith Arkell
Wed Jun 24, 2009 6:32 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Lowest Graded British Champion
Replies: 64
Views: 7483

Re: Lowest Graded British Champion

From the point of view of the size of the prizes yes definitely! :cry:
by Keith Arkell
Wed Jun 24, 2009 6:15 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Lowest Graded British Champion
Replies: 64
Views: 7483

Re: Lowest Graded British Champion

Well chaps I have to say I think there's lots of great events here these days :D From April to September I accepted invites with ''conditions'' in all of the following FIDE rated events: Southend GM closed category 10 Amersham open Big Slick category 6 Pontypridd open British Champs Uxbridge Open Co...
by Keith Arkell
Mon Jun 22, 2009 5:24 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Lowest Graded British Champion
Replies: 64
Views: 7483

Re: Lowest Graded British Champion

I bet you've improved in all areas of understanding and tecnique Matt :) but I guess ability to calculate stays more or less the same :| In my experience 170s are far far tougher to put away than 10,15,20 years ago.I mean my % remains the same but the games are much higher quality.They sometimes pre...
by Keith Arkell
Mon Jun 22, 2009 4:50 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Lowest Graded British Champion
Replies: 64
Views: 7483

Re: Lowest Graded British Champion

Matt,I already said that if we were going according to the player's world ranking at the time then Basman should count. I have said elsewhere that I believe that any statistical inflation in the rating system is far outweighed by the continuing rise in standards at all levels.So that although we can...
by Keith Arkell
Mon Jun 22, 2009 3:48 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Lowest Graded British Champion
Replies: 64
Views: 7483

Re: Lowest Graded British Champion

Actually,3 times Jonathan :x I was 1st = after 10 rounds at Dundee '93 but lost horribly with White to kumuran's wicked piece of Malcolm Pein assisted opening prep :( I was determining players according to how strong they are/were(hence my inclusion of eg David Howell and Gawain)rather than how clos...
by Keith Arkell
Mon Jun 22, 2009 3:28 pm
Forum: Grading Debate
Topic: What is the baseline rating for someone who cannot play?
Replies: 20
Views: 3180

Re: What is the baseline rating for someone who cannot play?

The maths is beyond me,or at least doesn't interest me,but as an active GM playing against all sorts of opposition in a range of different types of events in the UK,from GM tournaments,International opens,strong team events and weaker team events,to strong weekend opens and a few ordinary weekend op...
by Keith Arkell
Mon Jun 22, 2009 2:10 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Lowest Graded British Champion
Replies: 64
Views: 7483

Re: Lowest Graded British Champion

I spent a week in the company of Peter Griffiths recently.He was active in the 60s and played in a couple of Championships during that period.He told me quite frankly that the standards were far far lower back then. Even looking at 1972,however much Eley winning was an upset(and I used to play him a...
by Keith Arkell
Mon Jun 22, 2009 1:20 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Lowest Graded British Champion
Replies: 64
Views: 7483

Re: Lowest Graded British Champion

Ok I forgot a few - also add kosten,Flear,Davies ; and If they don't win it soon then IMs D'Costa and Trent will become strong enough to make the list. Of these Stean(1974),Chandler(1986),Kumuran(1993),and Emms(1997) have tasted winnning the tournament,but not the title.Myself too(2008) if I were on...
by Keith Arkell
Mon Jun 22, 2009 12:29 am
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Lowest Graded British Champion
Replies: 64
Views: 7483

Re: Lowest Graded British Champion

Here's my list of the best who haven't won(order only approximate).It's a mixture of the current rating list + the best of the rest (since the British chess explosion).More emphasis on the current list obviously because standards go up. D.howell L.McShane G.Jones M.Chandler S.Haslinger S.Gordon N.Pe...
by Keith Arkell
Fri Jun 19, 2009 3:23 pm
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Peter Wilson's election address
Replies: 35
Views: 10968

Re: Peter Wilson's election address

Matthew, Peter sees the sponsorship issue differently to you. Re Guernsey he has given me a very justifiable explanation of his actions. He would like to speak to you privately because he is very restricted about what he can say publicly. That's it from me on this - the last thing I want is to end u...
by Keith Arkell
Thu Jun 18, 2009 7:21 pm
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Peter Wilson's election address
Replies: 35
Views: 10968

Re: Peter Wilson's election address

And I have now learnt that the jury is indeed still out,so I can't even ascribe that tiny fault to Peter. I'm not interested in getting involved in any of this,but why are we attacking someone who gives his time to chess for free,and who at the very least,I happen to know,secured 28K for the 5 Spieg...
by Keith Arkell
Thu Jun 18, 2009 6:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE Ratings service removed?
Replies: 11
Views: 1412

Re: FIDE Ratings service removed?

Thanks gents - easy to get jittery the way they keep chopping and changing!