Arkell's Odyssey

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Andy Price
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Re: Arkell's Odyssey

Post by Andy Price » Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:17 pm

I bought a copy in Paignton. I bought it because Keith was signing copies and because I like the chap. When I have played him he has always been polite and friendly, and treated me with respect, despite my lowly grading. I didn't know what to expect from the book but I've read it from cover to cover and found it a good read. I haven't played through all the games yet but so far I've liked the style of commentary, just the broad outline, without long boring analysis.

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Re: Arkell's Odyssey

Post by Sean Hewitt » Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:28 pm

Andy Price wrote:...without long boring analysis.
Unlike the authors endgames :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Arkell's Odyssey

Post by Stewart Reuben » Thu Sep 20, 2012 1:47 am

I don't see much point to 'ordinary' autographs, though I know some people collect them. I do like personally inscribed books, CDs and DVDs from people I have met. Thus I will buy Keith's book only at a time when I can then get him to sign my copy.
It will be more difficult to get Walter Brown to sign his new autobiography, although I am told I am mentioned, as I don't know when I will see him.
We are privileged that so many chessplayers are so creative.

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Re: Arkell's Odyssey

Post by Geoff Chandler » Thu Sep 20, 2012 3:18 pm

Players game collections are really the only book I enjoy and read.
(The Oxford Companion is a brilliant exception)

I also pay much attention to what average players say about a book
rather than follow some magazine or net site reviewer.

Comments "...just the broad outline." regarding analysis is what I'm after.
That is a 90% sale to me. I'll pick it up in a few weeks hopefully at the Edinburgh Congress.

Not quite looking forward to all those Caro Kanns (are there many?)
It would be like taking medicine.
I know it will be good for me and written up by someone who has earned his
living with this opening it will be very enlightening and instructive.
But the taste of the medicine.....
....I'll have my favourite book of Opening Traps standing by to add that spoonful of sugar.

Some how kind of looking forward to it.

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Re: Arkell's Odyssey

Post by Simon Brown » Thu Sep 20, 2012 3:34 pm

I haven't bought a chess book for about 30 years, but I'm going to buy this one.

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Re: Arkell's Odyssey

Post by Peter D Williams » Thu Sep 20, 2012 6:02 pm

Sean Hewitt wrote:
Andy Price wrote:...without long boring analysis.
Unlike the authors endgames :lol: :lol: :lol:
That is a much better comment by you bronze star today keep coming back on here and one day your get a gold star :lol: :lol: :lol:

Keith rather good at endgames so maybe that is a good reason to buy his book!.
when you are successful many losers bark at you.

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Re: Arkell's Odyssey

Post by Keith Arkell » Fri Sep 28, 2012 2:23 pm

Thanks to you all for putting together a thread on my book, and particularly for the positive nature of most of the posts.

I took a risk by writing in such a deeply personal way but saw no point in making it an auto-biography otherwise, so if anyone who has now read it wants to make any constructive comments here, then please do so - I'd appreciate it.

Frustratingly, a few errors crept in AFTER my proof - reader, Peter Griffiths, had done an impeccable job, so there is nothing I could have done about that. For example there are diagram errors in games 1 and 11; some page numbers in the index are wrong; 'IM' is missing from Andrew Ledger's name; and, annoyingly, Aly Wilson's name has been changed to 'Ali'. Sorry about that Aly. I will make sure that these mistakes are corrected for the next run.

Amongst the easiest ways to get hold of the book on-line are 'Amazon UK', 'Chess Direct' or 'Chess & Bridge'. If anyone is aware of other outlets, perhaps they could mention them here.

Cheers again, Keith

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Re: Arkell's Odyssey

Post by Michael Bennett » Fri Sep 28, 2012 3:13 pm

I noticed Tony Peterson has it for sale too. Good to support small businesses, I think. ... randmaster
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Jonathan Bryant
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Re: Arkell's Odyssey

Post by Jonathan Bryant » Fri Sep 28, 2012 10:59 pm

Michael Bennett wrote:I noticed Tony Peterson has it for sale too.
I've ordered quite a bit of stuff from Tony in the past. To say that the service he gives is first rate really doesn't do him justice.

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Re: Arkell's Odyssey

Post by raycollett » Wed Oct 17, 2012 12:38 pm

Jonathan Bryant wrote:I noticed Tony Peterson has it for sale too.
Keith is currently visiting Midlands clubs and has copies for sale. At Worcester the other day I think he sold 8 copies. I believe he is in Redditch next week.

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Re: Arkell's Odyssey

Post by Michele Clack » Thu Oct 18, 2012 10:37 am

Keith will be at Redditch Chess Club for a book signing event next Tuesday 23rd October. It should be an interesting evening.

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