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by Keith Arkell
Sun Apr 05, 2009 10:36 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: at the mercy of the arbiter
Replies: 185
Views: 17345

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: 4827

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: 2399

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: 17345

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: 17345

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: 17345

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: 17345

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: 17345

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: 17345

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...
by Keith Arkell
Wed Apr 01, 2009 1:35 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: "First-move advantage in chess"
Replies: 7
Views: 1353

Re: "First-move advantage in chess"

Looks like I got Julian in good honest low calorie fat free zuggy
by Keith Arkell
Fri Mar 27, 2009 7:02 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: 2 knights v pawn
Replies: 17
Views: 3570

Re: 2 knights v pawn

Thanks John!

So Simon on this evidence it would indeed appear that you are right that the Keres book is shoddy(at least compared to the Averbakh set anyway).I wonder what happened to those books? maybe I left them behind in Derby?
by Keith Arkell
Thu Mar 26, 2009 8:32 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: 2 knights v pawn
Replies: 17
Views: 3570

Re: 2 knights v pawn

I can honestly tell you Simon that I don't own or have any obvious access to any endgame books whatsoever,so can't comment on the Keres one. Maybe from time to time in the past I've owned one or two.I remember annotating a game I played v Panzer,Hastings '90,for BCM [Article heading 'Nothing new und...
by Keith Arkell
Thu Mar 26, 2009 7:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: at the mercy of the arbiter
Replies: 185
Views: 17345

Re: at the mercy of the arbiter

Thanks Ben.Because I've got kind friends(lift to the tournament,accom...)my expenses were not too steep,but still the double blunder probably made the diffeence between my making a loss and making a profit. In effect I went without pay that week because of an arbiting error compounded by his refusal...
by Keith Arkell
Wed Mar 25, 2009 6:19 pm
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: 2 knights v pawn
Replies: 17
Views: 3570

Re: 2 knights v pawn

Ok yes of course these things were in one or two books,but in my experience they were not common knowledge in quite the way they are today
by Keith Arkell
Wed Mar 25, 2009 5:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: at the mercy of the arbiter
Replies: 185
Views: 17345

Re: at the mercy of the arbiter

Hi Matt, I don't think it's fair to 'name and shame' in this case because for countless years I have had correct treatment from the arbiter in question. What I can tell you is that it wasn't Geoff Jones. Hi Sean, Yes of course we're all human and make mistakes.What puzzled me was what proceeded from...