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Keith Arkell
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Malta International Open

Post by Keith Arkell » Tue Nov 19, 2019 12:11 am

At Malta today I played quite an interesting combination:

From the diagrammed position I played 32 h6+ Kh6 33 d5! Rxd5 34 Nf6 Kg7 35 Rh1! h6 36 Rxh6! Qd8 37 Rh7+ Kf8 38 Rh8+ Kg7 39 Rg8+ Kh6 40 Qc1! and he resigned as it is forced mate.

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Re: Malta International Open

Post by Roger de Coverly » Tue Nov 19, 2019 12:16 am


Keith Arkell wrote: From the diagrammed position I played 32 h6+ Kh6 33 d5! Rxd5 34 Nf6 Kg7 35 Rh1! h6 36 Rxh6! Qd8 37 Rh7+ Kf8 38 Rh8+ Kg7 39 Rg8+ Kh6 40 Qc1! and he resigned as it is forced mate.]
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Re: Malta International Open

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Tue Nov 19, 2019 5:49 pm

Nice one!

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Re: Malta International Open

Post by Christopher Kreuzer » Tue Nov 19, 2019 6:28 pm

Adding to Roger's POS tags, the game line can be played through below using the PGN tags.
Keith Arkell wrote: From the diagrammed position I played [see game fragment below] and he resigned as it is forced mate.]


Maybe someone can add variations where the 'sacrificed' pieces are taken? (e.g. 34...Rxd2 - oh, I see a knight check on g8!).

[PS. Instructions on PGN and POS tags are here.]

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Re: Malta International Open

Post by Keith Arkell » Sat Nov 23, 2019 11:24 am

Thanks guys for the diags and stuff. And thank goodness for the forum, as the ECF don't seem to report the results of events like Malta and Cyprus on their site ( or at least I can't find where, but my sincerest apologies to them if I'm just not looking in the right places ).

Anyway, just as with Cyprus, I finished with 7/9. I drew with Black on board 2 in the last (yukky early morning) round with Black v v Russian GM Naumkin to probably finish 3rd or 4th ( in a field of 235!).

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Re: Malta International Open

Post by AustinElliott » Sun Nov 24, 2019 3:13 pm

I believe 3Cs' Adam Ashton finished on 7/9 as well. Anyone know if that got him anywhere near an IM norm?

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Re: Malta International Open

Post by IM Jack Rudd » Sun Nov 24, 2019 3:31 pm

AustinElliott wrote:
Sun Nov 24, 2019 3:13 pm
I believe 3Cs' Adam Ashton finished on 7/9 as well. Anyone know if that got him anywhere near an IM norm?
It didn't. His first five opponents were all untitled.

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Re: Malta International Open

Post by Roger de Coverly » Sun Nov 24, 2019 3:37 pm

AustinElliott wrote:
Sun Nov 24, 2019 3:13 pm
I believe 3Cs' Adam Ashton finished on 7/9 as well. Anyone know if that got him anywhere near an IM norm?
They aren't using the chess-results site, so no rating performances are quoted.

Looking down the list of finishers, there are several British players or those playing in the UK.

Apologies if I missed anyone.

3 4 IM Hanley,Craig 2441 7 54,5 444
4 3 GM Arkell,Keith C 2445 7 53,5 450
7 9 FM Ashton,Adam 2367 3Cs 7 50,5 434
14 5 GM Cherniaev,Alexander 2428 6,5 51 417,5
47 44 CM Bullen,Alex 2108 4NCL West is Best 5,5 42 396
53 12 IM Quillan,Gary 2353 5 51 355,5
55 25 FM House,Glenn L 2228 5 49 275
62 88 Spanton,Tim R 1934 Battersea 5 45 383
80 146 Hinchcliffe,Gary 1767 Huddersfield 5 41 364
82 128 Taylor,Robert Graham 1813 Malpas 5 40 358,5
86 86 Burton,Graham 1935 3Cs 5 39,5 367
95 46 CM Walton,Alan 2103 3Cs 4,5 53 368,5
100 150 Smith,Lynda 1756 Thornbury 4,5 43,5 360
135 121 Sheard,Martin 1837 Barnsley 4 43 347,5
148 53 Nettleton,Charlie 2058 Harrow 4 38,5 327,5
164 94 Cafolla,Peter 1916 Rathmines 3,5 41 333
191 212 Bennett,David 1397 Worthing 3 37,5 292,5
192 151 Winter,Kevin 1754 Bradford 3 36,5 316,5
200 195 Pearston,John M 1554 Cumbernauld 3 31,5 321,5
203 224 Priestley,Joseph 0 Gerrards Cross 2,5 34 279,5
212 199 Kirkwood,Robin 1544 2 33,5 299,5
221 216 Nettleton,Robin 1303 Harrow 1,5 30 284,5

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Re: Malta International Open

Post by Tim Spanton » Sun Nov 24, 2019 9:34 pm

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Sun Nov 24, 2019 3:37 pm
AustinElliott wrote:
Sun Nov 24, 2019 3:13 pm
I believe 3Cs' Adam Ashton finished on 7/9 as well. Anyone know if that got him anywhere near an IM norm?
They aren't using the chess-results site, so no rating performances are quoted.

I worked my performance out to be a rating gain of 17.4 elo: https://beauchess.blogspot.com/

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Re: Malta International Open

Post by John McMorrow » Mon Nov 25, 2019 12:34 pm

Roger de Coverly wrote:
Sun Nov 24, 2019 3:37 pm
AustinElliott wrote:
Sun Nov 24, 2019 3:13 pm
I believe 3Cs' Adam Ashton finished on 7/9 as well. Anyone know if that got him anywhere near an IM norm?
They aren't using the chess-results site, so no rating performances are quoted.

Looking down the list of finishers, there are several British players or those playing in the UK.

Apologies if I missed anyone.

3 4 IM Hanley,Craig 2441 7 54,5 444
4 3 GM Arkell,Keith C 2445 7 53,5 450
7 9 FM Ashton,Adam 2367 3Cs 7 50,5 434
14 5 GM Cherniaev,Alexander 2428 6,5 51 417,5
47 44 CM Bullen,Alex 2108 4NCL West is Best 5,5 42 396
53 12 IM Quillan,Gary 2353 5 51 355,5
55 25 FM House,Glenn L 2228 5 49 275
62 88 Spanton,Tim R 1934 Battersea 5 45 383
80 146 Hinchcliffe,Gary 1767 Huddersfield 5 41 364
82 128 Taylor,Robert Graham 1813 Malpas 5 40 358,5
86 86 Burton,Graham 1935 3Cs 5 39,5 367
95 46 CM Walton,Alan 2103 3Cs 4,5 53 368,5
100 150 Smith,Lynda 1756 Thornbury 4,5 43,5 360
135 121 Sheard,Martin 1837 Barnsley 4 43 347,5
148 53 Nettleton,Charlie 2058 Harrow 4 38,5 327,5
164 94 Cafolla,Peter 1916 Rathmines 3,5 41 333
191 212 Bennett,David 1397 Worthing 3 37,5 292,5
192 151 Winter,Kevin 1754 Bradford 3 36,5 316,5
200 195 Pearston,John M 1554 Cumbernauld 3 31,5 321,5
203 224 Priestley,Joseph 0 Gerrards Cross 2,5 34 279,5
212 199 Kirkwood,Robin 1544 2 33,5 299,5
221 216 Nettleton,Robin 1303 Harrow 1,5 30 284,5
3 solid Irish performances (and to claim Cafolla back :lol: ):
6 16 FM Kanyamarala,Tarun 2304 7 51 434,5
32 33 Kanyamarala,Trisha 2157 5,5 51 424
164 94 Cafolla,Peter 1916 Rathmines 3,5 41 333

Tarun is our latest FM - just turned 15. Trisha missed out on her last WIM norm by virtue of not playing enough titled players - 4 rather than 5.

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Re: Malta International Open

Post by Alan Walton » Mon Nov 25, 2019 2:58 pm

I have quickly calculated the British based players rating changes, and those for the three John mentioned

These are just the scores against rated players (unrated players excluded)

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Player              	Rating	Mvmt	K	Score	Games	w-we	Expected
Keith Arkell        	2445	0.0	10	7	9	0.0	7.0
Craig Hanley        	2441	6.0	10	7	9	0.6	6.4
Alexander Cherniaev 	2428	(10.8)	10	6.5	9	(1.1)	7.6
Adam Ashton         	2367	12.4	20	7	9	0.6	6.4
Gary Quillan        	2353	(3.3)	10	4.5	7	(0.3)	4.8
Glenn House         	2228	10.6	20	5	6	0.5	4.5
Alex Bullen        	2108	(15.0)	20	5.5	9	(0.8)	6.3
Alan Walton         	2103	20.2	20	4.5	8	1.0	3.5
Charlie Nettleton   	2058	(37.8)	20	4	8	(1.9)	5.9
Graham Burton       	1935	6.6	20	5	9	0.3	4.7
Tim Spanton         	1934	17.4	20	5	9	0.9	4.1
Sohum Lohia         	1889	62.4	40	5	9	1.6	3.4
Martin Sheard       	1837	4.2	20	2.5	7	0.2	2.3
Robert Graham Taylor	1813	30.6	20	5	9	1.5	3.5
Gary Hinchcliffe    	1767	20.6	20	5	9	1.0	4.0
Lynda Smith         	1756	32.2	20	4.5	9	1.6	2.9
Kevin Winter        	1754	(39.4)	20	2.5	8	(2.0)	4.5
Robin Kirkwood      	1544	(21.6)	20	0	5	(1.1)	1.1
David Bennett       	1397	11.2	20	1.5	6	0.6	0.9
Robin Nettleton     	1303	3.6	20	1	8	0.2	0.8
							
Tarun Kanyamarala   	2304	15.4	20	7	9	0.8	6.2
Trisha Kanyamarala  	2157	28.8	40	5.5	9	0.7	4.8
Peter Cafolla       	1916	(23.6)	20	3.5	8	(1.2)	4.7

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Re: Malta International Open

Post by Mick Norris » Mon Nov 25, 2019 4:15 pm

Keith Arkell wrote:
Sat Nov 23, 2019 11:24 am
Thanks guys for the diags and stuff. And thank goodness for the forum, as the ECF don't seem to report the results of events like Malta and Cyprus on their site ( or at least I can't find where, but my sincerest apologies to them if I'm just not looking in the right places ).

Anyway, just as with Cyprus, I finished with 7/9. I drew with Black on board 2 in the last (yukky early morning) round with Black v v Russian GM Naumkin to probably finish 3rd or 4th ( in a field of 235!).
Well done Keith, hope you enjoyed it

I don't think the ECF website would carry anything unless someone sent them a report, however brief, in which case they almost certainly would add it; perhaps you should email them, or at least get it into the Newsletter
Any postings on here represent my personal views and should not be taken as representative of the Manchester Chess Federation www.manchesterchess.co.uk

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Re: Malta International Open

Post by Keith Arkell » Wed Nov 27, 2019 5:43 pm

I did thanks, Mick. Was well looked after :-)

I was wandering whether the Federation had anything like a publicity officer who has a look around the internet for the results of English players abroad. If not I'm happy to continue supplying the basic results of my travels on here.

I was about to mention that the young English lad Sohum Lohia performed well above his seeding and rating with his score of 5, but I see Alan Walton has added him.

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Re: Malta International Open

Post by Mick Norris » Wed Nov 27, 2019 6:43 pm

Publicity Officer is Mark Rivlin

manager.publicity@englishchess.org.uk
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Re: Malta International Open

Post by Keith Arkell » Thu Nov 28, 2019 2:19 am

To give credit where it's due, the Federation's level of reporting on Twitter is fantastic.

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