Arkell's Odyssey

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Re: Arkell's Odyssey

Post by Peter D Williams » Mon Sep 17, 2012 10:38 pm

Paul Cooksey says-I bought it at the weekend. The text is interesting - Keith has led an unusual life and is very candid about it. I haven't looked at any of the chess in detail yet.

I buy almost all chess auto-biographies and games collections by professional players as a very minor form of sponsorship. But my first look at this book is promising, I might comment further when I have had time to play through some of the notes.Paul Cooksey end quote.

Loads of 180 plus players have lots of draws.

I would be interested to know what drives your comment "Keith has led an unusual life"?
Keith plays the Caro Kann Defense as did Mikhail Moiseevich Botvinnik.(game 3 of the Smyslov v Botvinnik Match is very interesting) but no disrespect to Keith I do not think he is in the same league as Botvinnik what do you think?

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Re: Arkell's Odyssey

Post by Peter D Williams » Mon Sep 17, 2012 10:53 pm

Paul Cooksey wrote:
Peter D Williams wrote:I would be interested to know what drives your comment "Keith has led an unusual life"?
I recently read the book Arkell's Odyssey. Apologies if this was unclear.
Perhaps you could enlighten us all without us having to buy the book
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Re: Arkell's Odyssey

Post by Andrew Bak » Mon Sep 17, 2012 11:02 pm

Paul Cooksey wrote:
Peter D Williams wrote:Perhaps you could enlighten us all without us having to buy the book
I could.
Keith could also republish the contents of his book on here so cheapskates don't have to buy it :lol:

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Re: Arkell's Odyssey

Post by Peter D Williams » Mon Sep 17, 2012 11:51 pm

Andrew Bak wrote:
Paul Cooksey wrote:
Peter D Williams wrote:Perhaps you could enlighten us all without us having to buy the book
I could.
Keith could also republish the contents of his book on here so cheapskates don't have to buy it :lol:
If you expect me to find that funny I don't
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Re: Arkell's Odyssey

Post by Roger de Coverly » Mon Sep 17, 2012 11:57 pm

Paul Cooksey wrote:I recently read the book Arkell's Odyssey. Apologies if this was unclear.
Given the latest rant/exposure on the Streatham blog, I did wonder who was the publisher. Keverel rather than Hardinge-Simpole, but the London Chess Centre have it in stock and advertise it.

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Re: Arkell's Odyssey

Post by Barry Sandercock » Tue Sep 18, 2012 10:27 am

I bought a signed copy of Keith Arkell's new book at Paignton and consider it the best and most interesting chess book I've read in a good many years. I thoroughly recommend it .

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Re: Arkell's Odyssey

Post by Sean Hewitt » Tue Sep 18, 2012 12:29 pm

Paul Cooksey wrote:
Peter D Williams wrote:I would be interested to know what drives your comment "Keith has led an unusual life"?
I recently read the book Arkell's Odyssey. Apologies if this was unclear.
You bought the book, you read the book and only then did you comment? Honestly. :roll:

:lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Arkell's Odyssey

Post by Mick Norris » Tue Sep 18, 2012 2:07 pm

Bob Clark wrote:Well Amazon are selling the book, I wonder when the kindle version will be available.

No idea about kindle - I bought the book through Amazon, arrived today with a free copy of September's edition of Chess magazine
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Re: Arkell's Odyssey

Post by Peter D Williams » Tue Sep 18, 2012 3:39 pm

Sean Hewitt wrote:
Paul Cooksey wrote:
Peter D Williams wrote:I would be interested to know what drives your comment "Keith has led an unusual life"?
I recently read the book Arkell's Odyssey. Apologies if this was unclear.
You bought the book, you read the book and only then did you comment? Honestly. :roll:

:lol: :lol: :lol:
Cant you do a better comment than that? that is a poor effort. No gold star for you today still you can always try again on here.
get over it :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

on to the serious subject are you saying you can only comment about Keith and his so called unusual life if you buy his book?
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Re: Arkell's Odyssey

Post by Jonathan Rogers » Tue Sep 18, 2012 4:13 pm

Peter D Williams wrote: on to the serious subject are you saying you can only comment about Keith and his so called unusual life if you buy his book?
No, I think Sean suggested that you should only comment on Keith's life as portrayed by the book if you have read the book.

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Re: Arkell's Odyssey

Post by Richard Bates » Tue Sep 18, 2012 7:36 pm

He's been a professional chess player, mainly on the UK weekend circuit, for over 30 years and has managed to make a living out of it. How much more unusual do you want?

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Re: Arkell's Odyssey

Post by Jonathan Bryant » Tue Sep 18, 2012 7:51 pm

Peter D Williams wrote: Perhaps you could enlighten us all without us having to buy the book
With a modicum of effort you could find a three-part interview with Keith kicking around on some chess blog somewhere. Whether it would answer your questions I don't know, but there is a rather saucy section on KRB v KR.

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Re: Arkell's Odyssey

Post by Peter D Williams » Wed Sep 19, 2012 11:17 am

Jonathan Bryant wrote:
Peter D Williams wrote: Perhaps you could enlighten us all without us having to buy the book
With a modicum of effort you could find a three-part interview with Keith kicking around on some chess blog somewhere. Whether it would answer your questions I don't know, but there is a rather saucy section on KRB v KR.
I do better than that when i next see Keith next i ask him! I do remember talking to him at Wellington college about chess and his life.He may persuade me to buy his book but only if he signs it!

I am not interested in KRB v KR my games are over long before then :lol:

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Re: Arkell's Odyssey

Post by Carl Hibbard » Wed Sep 19, 2012 11:59 am

Ordered a copy from here on holiday!
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Re: Arkell's Odyssey

Post by Kevin Williamson » Wed Sep 19, 2012 1:11 pm

Carl Hibbard wrote:Ordered a copy from here on holiday!
....and I've ordered one to take on holiday.
Sounds like a good read.

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