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by Keith Arkell
Thu Jun 11, 2009 4:26 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: at the mercy of the arbiter
Replies: 185
Views: 17349

Re: at the mercy of the arbiter

Well perhaps I'd accept 0.95,but not less. I think I have 17/17 in this ending
by Keith Arkell
Wed Jun 10, 2009 11:37 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: at the mercy of the arbiter
Replies: 185
Views: 17349

Re: at the mercy of the arbiter

Jonathan Rogers Post subject: Re: at the mercy of the arbiterPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2009 1:19 pm ''Today, strong players resist! and if they see that their opponents are about to develop a positional bind of the sort which Keith relishes, they won't simply allow it - they will complicate the game inste...
by Keith Arkell
Wed Jun 10, 2009 4:42 pm
Forum: Chess History
Topic: Descriptive notation
Replies: 95
Views: 13073

Re: Descriptive notation

Coincidentaly I have just spent a week in the company of Peter Griffiths,and have seen the nicely laid out booklet version of these 1008 games,which Peter was thrilled to receive back from Matthew Tapp. You know all these books they churn out -''Secrets of this,Secrets of that...'',well the forerunn...
by Keith Arkell
Fri May 29, 2009 7:43 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: at the mercy of the arbiter
Replies: 185
Views: 17349

Re: at the mercy of the arbiter

Can my thread possibly come back to life after descending to ''how we notate in correspondence chess''? Let's try: What would you rather play through - the near perfect computer type chess that we are now seeing at the very top of world chess,or the artistic,easy to understand but not so easy to emu...
by Keith Arkell
Fri May 29, 2009 3:31 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Reporting of 4NCL in the media
Replies: 94
Views: 11330

Re: Reporting of 4NCL in the media

Congrats James you found it! Hodgson-Arkell Newcastle 2001! Not a great game really,but used in Rowson's brilliant book ''Chess for Zebras'' ; and also in a Wikipedia article entitled ''First-move advantage in chess''. Puzzles don't count Simon.It's got to be a whole game! What game was that anyway?...
by Keith Arkell
Thu May 28, 2009 6:26 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Reporting of 4NCL in the media
Replies: 94
Views: 11330

Re: Reporting of 4NCL in the media

Behold! The game was in the Times a few days ago,as a companion to my only loss at Southend last month :twisted: Here is Arkell's challenge: Can anyone find any game,published in the Times or the Telegraph this Century,in which I scored more than 0 :?: Anyone who relies exclusively on these columns ...
by Keith Arkell
Thu May 28, 2009 3:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: CONGRESSES, MORE OR LESS
Replies: 44
Views: 3858

Re: CONGRESSES, MORE OR LESS

I agree with Andrew that the more tournaments the better.This is obviously a healthy thing for the game of chess in England. Organisers can consult with each other to minimise clashes in the same area. If numbers threaten to get a bit thin how about amalgamating all sections into one big open with l...
by Keith Arkell
Wed May 27, 2009 2:10 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: CONGRESSES, MORE OR LESS
Replies: 44
Views: 3858

Re: CONGRESSES, MORE OR LESS

''Random'' pairings with emphasis on quotation marks,but yes Scarborough is a much nicer proposition these days.

Sean Hewitt's FIDE rated weekenders are also excellent.

My favourite of all though is Paignton.One game per day in a stunningly beautiful venue by the seaside.
by Keith Arkell
Wed May 27, 2009 1:53 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: at the mercy of the arbiter
Replies: 185
Views: 17349

Re: at the mercy of the arbiter

I wonder if he still plays 1. 27-47 (I say this in ''Udeman'' notation in case anyone of a sensitive disposition is reading it).
by Keith Arkell
Tue May 26, 2009 2:45 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Reporting of 4NCL in the media
Replies: 94
Views: 11330

Re: Reporting of 4NCL in the media

Perhaps the real irony(or poignancy?) is that I haven't received a reply from Malcolm,with the implication that he also saw sarcasm where no sarcasm was intended!
by Keith Arkell
Tue May 26, 2009 12:46 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: at the mercy of the arbiter
Replies: 185
Views: 17349

Re: at the mercy of the arbiter

The Birmingham player Nigel McSheehy(now also sadly deceased) often used to write his moves in Algebraic,but substituting R U Y L O P E Z for A B C etc.
Both Nigel and Tony were very nervous players at the board. Nigel also wrote his moves down before he played them.
by Keith Arkell
Mon May 25, 2009 1:28 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: at the mercy of the arbiter
Replies: 185
Views: 17349

Re: at the mercy of the arbiter

oops - didn't mean for that ''surprised'' face to appear there! It should have been a :wink: or a :idea: or even a :D
by Keith Arkell
Mon May 25, 2009 1:24 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: at the mercy of the arbiter
Replies: 185
Views: 17349

Re: at the mercy of the arbiter

Yup - can't argue with that one :o) - and it required quite a sophisticated grasp of the rules,so well played Sean!....but,will it be a case of all roads leading to Rome? (meaning will Mark Hebden and I meet in the last round for the 4th consecutive event? - the previous 3 being the Wawrickshire Ope...
by Keith Arkell
Fri May 22, 2009 1:30 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: at the mercy of the arbiter
Replies: 185
Views: 17349

Re: at the mercy of the arbiter

I just popped in to see if there are any new postings on the debate about the old masters. I think one of the wisest of the earlier postings was the following by Justin Horton: JustinHorton Post subject: Re: at the mercy of the arbiter Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 2:18 pm ''Would it be possible to sugge...
by Keith Arkell
Thu May 14, 2009 8:30 pm
Forum: 4NCL
Topic: Reporting of 4NCL in the media
Replies: 94
Views: 11330

Re: Reporting of 4NCL in the media

No irony intended David,but I know where you're coming from :lol:

I just thought it would be therapeutic and good discipline to force myself to annotate the game