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by Keith Arkell
Mon Jun 22, 2009 5:24 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Lowest Graded British Champion
Replies: 64
Views: 7700

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: 7700

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: 7700

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: 3239

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: 7700

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: 7700

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: 7700

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: 11474

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: 11474

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: 1447

Re: FIDE Ratings service removed?

Thanks gents - easy to get jittery the way they keep chopping and changing!
by Keith Arkell
Thu Jun 18, 2009 5:22 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: FIDE Ratings service removed?
Replies: 11
Views: 1447

Re: FIDE Ratings service removed?

O dear - FIDE have now removed all their July calculations from their site! My fear is that not only will they allow themselves to be bullied into dropping the planned K-factor 20 for +2400s by the elite who wish to remain the elite,but will even make matters worse by changing the maximum gap from t...
by Keith Arkell
Thu Jun 18, 2009 3:22 pm
Forum: Chess Sets for Schools Project
Topic: Peter Wilson's election address
Replies: 35
Views: 11474

Re: Peter Wilson's election address

Well,whenever a conscientious,selfless hard worker enters the fray it can only be a good thing,so I congratulate Stewart Reuben on his choice to groom Lawrence Cooper as his(eventual) successor as International Director. Currently ''Alternate'' Director,I hope that when the time comes,Laurence will ...
by Keith Arkell
Thu Jun 18, 2009 1:31 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Inspiring a new generation
Replies: 7
Views: 1716

Re: Inspiring a new generation

Joined :)
by Keith Arkell
Wed Jun 17, 2009 4:05 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Inspiring a new generation
Replies: 7
Views: 1716

Re: Inspiring a new generation

Thanks Andrew. When I saw the natural joy and excitement kids get from playing chess two thoughts hit me very acutely: The first was what a brilliant game chess is,and how easy it is to forget this when our focus gets too caught up in rating/grading points,prize money,squabblings over chess politics...
by Keith Arkell
Thu Jun 11, 2009 11:55 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: at the mercy of the arbiter
Replies: 185
Views: 17349

Re: at the mercy of the arbiter

Not as good as Kasparov's - see Kas Polgar J.