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by Keith Arkell
Thu Mar 26, 2009 7:52 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: at the mercy of the arbiter
Replies: 185
Views: 17001

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: 3507

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: 17001

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...
by Keith Arkell
Wed Mar 25, 2009 3:40 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: at the mercy of the arbiter
Replies: 185
Views: 17001

Re: at the mercy of the arbiter

Hi Andy, Before I went for my long walk I knew that it was impossible for Mark and myself to be paired together.Furthermore,I had faith in the competence of the arbiter/s to get it right.For those reasons I didn't return to the venue until 10 minutes before the game.I was shocked to see the incorrec...
by Keith Arkell
Tue Mar 24, 2009 5:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: at the mercy of the arbiter
Replies: 185
Views: 17001

at the mercy of the arbiter

Hi folks, In the last round,at the recent Blackpool congress,I was incorrectly upfloated for the 2nd successive round. I drew the attention of officialdom to this indisputable error. Officialdom stared and stared at the pairings,the clock ticked ever nearer to the start of the round,and after 3 or 4...
by Keith Arkell
Tue Mar 24, 2009 3:08 am
Forum: Chess Questions
Topic: 2 knights v pawn
Replies: 17
Views: 3507

Re: 2 knights v pawn

Some 25 years ago at Hastings Gary Lane was adjourned in a position which was inevitably going to reduce to N+N v P. He wanted to find his opponent and offer him a draw.I stopped him and gave him a brief explanation of why the position was winable. upon resumption Gary's opponent,who was making his ...
by Keith Arkell
Fri Jan 23, 2009 2:19 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Nigel Short wishes Gerry Walsh 'Merry Xmas & Begone!'
Replies: 175
Views: 19156

Re: Nigel Short wishes Gerry Walsh 'Merry Xmas & Begone!'

Hi Stewart, This is excellent news! You describe very well the problems faced by a player(especially eg a young rapidly improving player)who wants to quickly bring their playing strength and ELO rating into alignment.76 games in 6 months was just about manageable for a k-factor 10 player,but when FI...
by Keith Arkell
Wed Jan 21, 2009 6:16 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Nigel Short wishes Gerry Walsh 'Merry Xmas & Begone!'
Replies: 175
Views: 19156

Re: Nigel Short wishes Gerry Walsh 'Merry Xmas & Begone!'

Cheers Ben! I guess that my body is still in the East American time-zone as it's 6am and I'm not tired yet! Actually I only popped on here to defend the honour of my colleagues(eg the likes of Gawain,Danny,Stuart,Stewart,Nick,Heb,Steve etc etc etc)against the suggestion that they are part of a ''Bri...
by Keith Arkell
Wed Jan 21, 2009 3:22 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Nigel Short wishes Gerry Walsh 'Merry Xmas & Begone!'
Replies: 175
Views: 19156

Re: Nigel Short wishes Gerry Walsh 'Merry Xmas & Begone!'

Paul, Ok no offense taken(except perhaps mild offense if you dismiss me as among the 12 or 24 strongest active British players,given that a mathematical calculation of my performance over the last 18 months would render your description of my ranking as somewhat unflattering,though not linguisticall...
by Keith Arkell
Wed Jan 21, 2009 1:10 am
Forum: ECF Matters
Topic: Nigel Short wishes Gerry Walsh 'Merry Xmas & Begone!'
Replies: 175
Views: 19156

Re: Nigel Short wishes Gerry Walsh 'Merry Xmas & Begone!'

Paul McKeown: '' what has the British become anyway? Some sort of risible, weak, kindergarten''. "about the British...if it was an 11 round all play all..."It would certainly be much more interesting than the current Britain Lacks Talent that it currently is..." Paul,I've got no idea what you do for...