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|Nov-19-09|| ||pawn to QB4: Thanks very much; sorry it's taken me so long to look back here. To the guy at my club who thought I'd had a drink too many when I mentioned this endgame...err, yeah you were right about the drink, but here is the game in all its glory: Arkell vs A Kosten, 2002. I had forgotten that the poor guy on the receiving end was such a distinguished player. R&B 1-0 v R&N, no pawns, no howling blunder as far as I can see.|
|Nov-19-09|| ||FHBradley: Since when have 1 e4 c6 2 d4 d5 3 e5 c5!? been known as the "Arkell-Khenkin line in Caro-Kann"? I learned on my mother's knee that it's the Botvinnik-Carls variation, or defence, or gambit.|
|Nov-19-09|| ||Jim Bartle: You must have had an interesting childhood, FHB.|
|Jan-08-10|| ||Fusilli: "He is the winner of over 300 tournaments"? Assuming he started around age 10, this means about 8 tournaments per year. What kind of tournaments are being counted? His neighborhood's little league? The All-Unknowns Remoteland Open? ICC blitz tourneys? (The latter would certainly explain it.)|
|Jan-08-10|| ||JaneEyre: <What kind of tournaments are being counted?>|
For many years, Arkell and Mark Hebden were kings of the weekend rapidplays.
|Sep-07-10|| ||GIAaron: It's a pity that this great site Chessgames.com allows mindless vandalism of Fusilli's type.
For the record,the 300+ tournaments comprise approximately 14% Internationals,57% weekend tournaments,and 24% rapidplays etc;the other 5% being juniour events.
FHBradley,I believe that the 3...c5 Caro was first christened the ''Arkell-Khenkin line by ''New in Chess'' yearbook number 42.|
|Sep-07-10|| ||Eric Schiller: 3...c5 in the Caro is the Botvinnik-Carls line, way before Keith was born. But he plays it very well.|
|Sep-18-10|| ||GIAaron: I'm no expert on these things Eric,but are there not circumstances when a variation,perhaps casually named in its infancy,can be renamed later on in union with players who dramatically advance its developement?|
|Sep-18-10|| ||Eric Schiller: It is rare, and mostly happens when the initial name is frivolous. For example it didn't take long for Mexican Defense to replace "black knights tango" but once a name is established it tends to stick around. Later on players who make contributions get subvariations named for them.|
|Sep-19-10|| ||GIAaron: Perhaps more interestingly who has the authority to decide these things?
I guess it can just be a gradual public opinion thing,but I agree it's more common with sub variations.|
|Sep-19-10|| ||Eric Schiller: There is no authority other than authors of books and articles. I tried to get FIDE to set up a commission but that was during the Cold War so it was too controversial. Many openings had different names depending on politics (Benko/Volga Gambit, for example).|
In my research for Gambit Chess Openings and Unorthodox Chess Openings I did my best to find the player who first seriously promoted an opening idea. As those books cover over 1200 openings I no doubt got some wrong but haven't had any major complaints. For new editions I am always willing to reconsider decisions based on new information.
All the names I come up with are publicly available as part of the Caxton project on my website and are used here, as far as I know.
|Jan-06-11|| ||wordfunph: During one of his simultaneous exhibitions, GM Keith Arkell allowed fast losers to set up the pieces and start another game, and offering every player the choice of color.|
|Jan-06-11|| ||ughaibu: The Kosten case is reported in an exaggerated way. It's not an endgame with rook and bishop against rook and knight, no pawns, when the last pawn comes off it's a three move combination to win the exchange.
My memory of K.Arkell is of him tearing up his prize cheque, for the first MSO, and throwing it at Keene.|
|Jan-06-11|| ||wordfunph: another one for GM Arkell..
In rook and bishop against rook endgame, English GM Keith Arkell has apparently won 16 times out of 16. This ending has been known for many years to be a theoretical draw, but in
practice the defender frequently loses.
|Feb-10-12|| ||wordfunph: "Perhaps the most strident advocate of the rising standards theory is GM Keith Arkell. He’s quite militant in his views and is of the opinion that players like Capablanca and Alekhine were barely 2400 strength. He thinks if they came back now, they’d struggle to beat IMs. He thinks the great Aron Nimzowitsch would barely scrape a 2200 rating. Controversial views, no doubt, but thought-provoking."|
- GM Danny Gormally
Source: Chess Monthly Feb. 2012
|Feb-11-12|| ||AlphaMale: What's Morphy? 1900?|
|Oct-10-12|| ||GIAaron: You've lost the plot Alphamale: Talent wise Morphy was arguably stronger than most players pre about 1940.I'd say he was more like 2400. For me Pillsbury is the one who catches the eye from those early days.
Remember this: Just because 800 Americans can currently run a mile faster than Roger Bannister ever managed in no way detracts from Bannister's achievement.
You can only fairly compare a player with his contemporaries. Of course standards continue to rise. True of chess, athletics and everything else. Bannister's and Capablance's objective standards were obviously way less than today's competitors, but so what!|
|Oct-10-12|| ||SteinitzLives: Retro ratings are a crock. Lots of meaningless speculation on the infinitely unknowable. Get a life, even if it means playing chess.|
|Jan-08-13|| ||Kikoman: Happy 52nd Birthday GM Keith Arkell. :D|
|Aug-21-13|| ||waustad: Today he's playing the 13 year old Zhansaya Abdumalik at the Vienna Open: http://www.members.aon.at/schach1/l...|
|Aug-21-13|| ||BlackFront: <Today he's playing the 13 year old Zhansaya Abdumalik at the Vienna Open..>|
Such posts rapidly assume the mantle of redundancy. Please desist this anti-social practice.
|Mar-17-14|| ||weary willy: Congratulations to the European 50+ champion|
|Mar-21-14|| ||Doctor Aust: Yep, great result for Keith A winning the European 50+ Individual Championship in Portugal, ahead of the higher-rated Georgian GM Zurab Sturua. Arkell himself has said the games weren't that special (and mostly long) but his winning a probably drawn ending in round 8 in trademark style (R+B+P out-foxing R+4P) was maybe the key result. |
Anyway, good to be able to hail an excellent result for a very popular player.
|Nov-17-14|| ||sonia91: = 1st and 2nd on tie-break, behind Zurab Sturua, at World Senior Championship (50+) 2014, held in Katerini, Greece.|
|May-17-15|| ||Penguincw: Congrats to Keith Arkell for taking bronze at the European 50+ Championship. The GM was the 3rd seed, and finished in 3rd. He actually finished in a 6-way tie for 3rd with 6/9, but took the tiebreaks, which I'm going to assume is average rating of opponents (2407).|
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