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Keith Arkell
Photograph courtesy of Keith Arkell.  
Number of games in database: 703
Years covered: 1977 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2416 (2416 rapid, 2529 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2545

Overall record: +299 -142 =228 (61.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 34 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (59) 
    E60 E62 E63 E67 E69
 Queen's Pawn Game (54) 
    A46 D02 A40 E10 A41
 Queen's Gambit Declined (34) 
    D35 D37 D30 D38 D39
 Slav (30) 
    D17 D11 D15 D16 D18
 Queen's Indian (23) 
    E15 E12 E17 E16
 Reti System (19) 
    A06 A04
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (108) 
    B12 B17 B14 B11 B10
 Queen's Pawn Game (53) 
    E00 A46 A45 A40 D02
 French Defense (31) 
    C10 C02 C07 C00 C11
 English, 1 c4 c5 (30) 
    A35 A36 A38 A39 A31
 Nimzo Indian (22) 
    E38 E39 E42 E45 E43
 French (21) 
    C10 C00 C11
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Ledger vs Arkell, 2008 0-1
   M Rodshtein vs Arkell, 2015 0-1
   A Greet vs Arkell, 2000 0-1
   J Gdanski vs Arkell, 2000 1/2-1/2
   Arkell vs A Jaunooby, 2012 1-0
   A Longson vs Arkell, 2015 0-1
   P Roberts vs Arkell, 2013 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Foxwoods Open (2008)
   British Championship (2012)
   British Championship (2008)
   British Chess Championship (2014)
   100th British Championship (2013)
   British Championship (2010)
   Hastings 2014/15 (2014)
   British Championship (2015)
   London Chess Classic (Open) (2014)
   British Championship (2016)
   World Senior Teams Championship (50+) (2017)
   London Chess Classic Open (2013)
   European Individual Championship (2010)
   British Championship (2009)
   PokerStars IoM Masters (2014)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Caro-Kann, Advance Variation by Gabo5588

   🏆 4NCL 2017/18
   S Chow vs Arkell (May-06-18) 1-0
   Arkell vs N Pert (May-06-18) 1/2-1/2
   Nick Burrows vs Arkell (May-05-18) 0-1
   B Purton vs Arkell (Mar-18-18) 0-1
   Arkell vs C Beckett (Mar-17-18) 1-0

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(born Jan-08-1961, 57 years old) United Kingdom

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Keith Charles Arkell was born in Birmingham, England. When he learned chess at the age of 13 he immediately demonstrated a talent for the game. He earned the IM title in 1986 and became a GM in 1995. He is the winner of over 300 tournaments. He won the Wroxham GM Tournament in 2002; placed 2nd at the Hastings Premiership 2002/3; won the British Grand Prix three times; and was English Chess Champion in 2008. In 2014, he was =1st (runner up on tiebreak) at the World Seniors Championship.

His contributions to opening theory include the Arkell-Khenkin Line of the Caro-Kann Defense (B12) (1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5!?) and the "Speckled Egg Opening" (1.d4 ♘f6 2.♘f3 g6 3.b4).

He was married to Susan Walker (now WGM Susan Arkell Lalic) from 1986 to 1993.

He kibitzes on as User: GIAaron

Wikipedia article: Keith Arkell

Last updated: 2017-04-25 13:49:03

 page 1 of 29; games 1-25 of 703  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Jackson vs Arkell  0-1411977BirminghamB40 Sicilian
2. Arkell vs C Fegan  1-0381977ManchesterA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
3. Spassky vs Arkell  ½-½181979Simul, 30bB08 Pirc, Classical
4. Arkell vs Chandler  0-1481979Benedictine Int TtB07 Pirc
5. Flear vs Arkell  0-1361979Leicester OpenA44 Old Benoni Defense
6. Arkell vs S R Burns-Mannion  1-0341979GlasgowC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
7. Arkell vs K Rasmussen  1-0521980Swiss Junior Masters,OerlikonC05 French, Tarrasch
8. Miles vs Arkell  1-0271982WolverhamptonD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Arkell vs Miles  ½-½191982BCF-chA15 English
10. Arkell vs Psakhis 1-0361983LondonE10 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Arkell vs V Zak  1-0701983Lewisham InternationalD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
12. P Littlewood vs Arkell  0-1541984ARC Masters,EnglandE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
13. Chandler vs Arkell  0-1401984BCF-chB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
14. Arkell vs Miles  ½-½361984BCF-chA46 Queen's Pawn Game
15. J M Hodgson vs Arkell  1-0491984BCF-chB12 Caro-Kann Defense
16. Arkell vs Hebden  0-1501985BCF-chD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
17. Arkell vs A F Ker  0-1801986Lloyds Bank MastersA39 English, Symmetrical, Main line with d4
18. M Basman vs Arkell  1-0581986Southampton ch-GB (06)A00 Uncommon Opening
19. Arkell vs Igor Ivanov  ½-½451987London (England)E62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
20. D Barua vs Arkell  0-1751987Calicut InternationalB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
21. Chandler vs Arkell  0-1751987LondonB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
22. Hebden vs Arkell 1-0251987Lloyds BankB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
23. Nunn vs Arkell 1-020198711th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB15 Caro-Kann
24. Piket vs Arkell  ½-½301987OstendA46 Queen's Pawn Game
25. Arkell vs Flear 1-0551987Ostend opA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
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  Benzol: Keith Charles Arkell
Born 8th January 1961 in Birmingham England
He was awared the IM title in 1985.
Jan-07-06  BIDMONFA: Keith Arkell


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  pawn to QB4: Now a GM. Well known in England, nice guy, tough opponent. Particularly good at grinding people down in the endgame. Sadly, we don't seem to have a legendary game which he managed to win with rook and bishop against rook and knight. No pawns. Anyone know which it is?
Jan-22-06  Timothy Glenn Forney: I used the endgame explorer to find it,it is not in this database yet.
Sep-15-06  Rocafella: This guy is a frequent visitor to Bury Chess Club!!
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  GIAaron: Arkell Kosten Montpellier 2002 annotated in 'Chess' magazine
Mar-30-09  VaselineTopLove: I am trying to find the game Gdanski vs. Arkell from 2000 which was mentioned here

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  GIAaron: I'll submit the game now for you.It should appear withing a week or two.
Apr-03-09  Dredge Rivers: He was cute in Family Matters!

No, wait. That was URKEL!

My bad! :)

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  GIAaron: For Pawn to QB4 and Tomothy Glenn Forney,I've now submitted the game you were looking for: Arkell-Kosten Montpellier Open 2002
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  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.
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  Jim Bartle: You must have had an interesting childhood, FHB.
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  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.

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  GIAaron: It's a pity that this great site 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.
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  Eric Schiller: 3...c5 in the Caro is the Botvinnik-Carls line, way before Keith was born. But he plays it very well.
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  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?
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  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.
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  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.
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  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.

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  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.
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  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.

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  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

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