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|Aug-12-14|| ||Octavia: Rd 8: 1.5 - 2.5 (Italy)
Rd 9: 2.5 - 1.5 (Ecuador) Keti & Elaine won (as per usual), Ali drew & Joy lost.
Keti won in 136 moves - is that a record for this Olympiad? Carla made her decisive mistake by attacking Keti's king. If Keti had taken it with her king, it would have been a stalemate. But of course she took it with her pawn & white had to resign.
Rd 10: Bosnia&Herzegovina are only 70 pts higher rated but some of their players may have improved greatly so anything can happen. Joy is spectating...
|Aug-12-14|| ||Octavia: Rd 10: 0 - 4 for BIH :(
I didn't have any time to watch the games but it was pretty shocking to see the result! OMG!
Sri Lanka next! My man knows the country well since his brother in law was running a tea plantation there. But the Sri Lankians kicked him out & he become a pilot...
Enjoy your party & win the last match!!!
|Aug-21-14|| ||Octavia: Rd 11: 3 - 1 Sri Lanka lost as expected but Keti also lost, which helped the team to get below their starting point (52) to 48. But during the competition the Sco women played mostly against higher graded teams & did well.|
Elaine & Joy improved their grading, Elaine did really well - congratulations.
I'm surprised Keti was playing in all the rounds - had she not played in the last 2, her grade would also have improved. If you play against lower grades you can't afford to lose as everyone knows.
|Aug-25-14|| ||waustad: <Octavia>Are you following the German Women's tournament at Erfurt? Perhaps this year it will be easier to find the games from the Frauenbundesliga too. They did show the final rounds last year live.|
|Aug-28-14|| ||Octavia: Hi Mr. Waustad, I used to think that you're German because you follow the Bundesliga, now I see that you're from across the water!|
I'm not only following Erfurt, I'm there, enjoying the commentary of Thomas Luther in the lobby.
I was telling Keti that she could win this if she put her mind to it, but she didn't think much of this idea - a pity because she could have done it. She = 3 & lost 2 so far. If she wins the next 4, she'll not overtake the 2 leaders, I don't think unless they are very unlucky.
|Sep-03-14|| ||Octavia: She won 1, lost 3 & = the rest, which is ok for her rating, but...|
Erfurt had an invited GM, an invited junior & an open tournament. I enjoyed myself in the open because there were 6 woman beginners! One got 3/9, the others 4! reminded me to 30 years ago when I started. Nowadays its much easier to improve & - especially in Germany - its easier to start as a woman. When I started in Sco it was quite gruesome since the men couldn't handle women players.
They still don't support women & that's why Keti played in the women's when she oughto have played in the open Olympiad.
|Mar-18-15|| ||waustad: She made it through the first round in the knockout tournament over Hoang Thanh Trang in a bit of an upset. She'll be playing Pia Cramling in round 2.|
|Mar-18-15|| ||waustad: I see from looking at her bio that she's one of the few women who have won overall national championships. I know of her win as Scottish champion, along with Judit Polgar, Viktoria Cmilyte and Eva Moser. There are probably others out there.|
|May-19-15|| ||Octavia: Pia won against her with 1 1/2 / 2 & therefore knocked Keti out.|
Keti is playing in the Euro women's ranked 27. She won her 1st rd against Ana Kuchava with fireworks!
I didn't see Pia anywhere in this comp.
|May-20-15|| ||Octavia: rd 2: Keti was lucky today! Zhorzholiani, Meri, her opponent messed up a won position & allowed a draw!|
|May-21-15|| ||Octavia: rd3: Selina her very good friend predictably agreed a fairly short draw with Keti. So they've got a nice day coming!|
Good luck for the remainder !
|May-26-15|| ||Octavia: rd 7 - 50%
I haven't been able to follow because I was playing 2 games myself - I also got 50% but my performance was 400 pts higher than my grade! I'd been playing up, as you can tell. Keti is playing down :(
|May-30-15|| ||Octavia: Keti got 6/11 in the Eurowomen's competition|
|Jun-01-15|| ||Octavia: Keti played slow & dead slow in the Euro. In only 1 game was she faster than her opponent.|
but now she's playing in the rapid/allegro in Kutaisi, Georgia(15 mins each) & she played blitzschnell! to win 3 games in a row: on board 8,7 & 4. Her last game of today was on bd 1 against Stefanova. The first 5 moves took her 5 Mins & she predictably lost.
I enjoyed watching her games & even predicted lots of moves! Tomorrow another 4 games & 3 on the last day.
g l, Keti!
|Jun-02-15|| ||Octavia: today Keti lost on bd 3, won on 7 & = 2 on bd 6|
|Jun-03-15|| ||Octavia: Alexandra Kosteniuk won the allegro!
Keti did badly today: lost on bd 6 & 10, = on bd 8. So she got only 5.5/11
|Jan-24-16|| ||Octavia: A few years ago Keti contemplated retiring from chess. But her man, Jonathan kept on playing & this weekend she's preparing to play in Gibraltar once again!|
A lot of GMs have a steep career to get to the top & very often they then stop playing since they imagine they can't keep performing at the top level - brainwashing tells us that! However, I think it's great when they keep playing because they really enjoy it. Then winning is still the best but not the only reason to play - does that make sense?
One day some 'old' GM is going to show you that s/he can teach the young & when that happens more often then the agist rants will disappear & chess will improve tremendously. Then everyone will be invited to play, not just kids.
|Jan-27-16|| ||waustad: Her opponent at Gibraltar tomorrow is Pia Cramling. There are 9 games between them in this database, but I would expect that they have played more than that. From the games we have here, Cramling is a tough opponent for her.|
|Jan-29-16|| ||Octavia: I don't think Keti ever won against Pia, so her win was extra special!|
|Mar-25-16|| ||OhioChessFan: Quite a player. I admit I wasn't familiar with her until stumbling on this page. She has a win with Black over Naka to her credit!|
Nakamura vs K Arakhamia-Grant, 2007
|Apr-03-16|| ||Octavia: Keti features in this book amongst others: RAMPANT CHESS by Chandler & Ruxton. Some funny bonmots in there.|
|Apr-14-16|| ||Octavia: would someone be able to upload 3 games of Ketevan Arakhamia? She was white against Portisch in women-veterans, Copenhagen 1997 1-0|
black against Stuart Conquest in British Championship, Edinburgh 2003 0-1
and white against Rauf Mamedov in International Open, Calvia 2007 1-0
You'll find all 3 of those interesting games online somewhere. Thanks
Keti played in her home town Edinburgh. She was 2nd in the pecking order & 2nd= at the end with a nice performance! Congratulations!
|Jun-01-16|| ||posoo: DIS LADY has a GREAT NAME|
|Jul-19-16|| ||Octavia: Keti is Scottish champion once again! Congratulations! She played some great games!|
|Sep-24-16|| ||Octavia: Olympiad 2016: won 6! drew 2 & lost 2. I'm sure she didn't need to lose the last game but for being exhausted AND having to play team captain as well. |
I noticed that some of her friends took notice & copied her by playing in the women's event when they could have played in the open! It seems a retrograde step. But who am I to judge?
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