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e2e4 Congress Torquay (10.02.2013.)

In answer to the question “How many Arkells play chess?” most will give the answer ‘one’. Those who have read his autobiography Arkell’s Odyssey, knowing Keith has a brother Nick, may answer ‘two’. Wrong again. The answer’s ‘four’, as Nick has two children, Charlie-ann and Daniel, and all four were playing in the e2e4 Congress at Torquay this weekend.

At the end of the day, Wells beat the clear leader, Dave Ledger, on Bd. 1 and Arkell (K. C.) beat Dominic Mackle to join Wells as joint-winners of the Open on 4/5, while a last round win by Martin Burrows allowed him to catch Ledger in 3rd= place.

There was a 4-way tie for 1st place in the Major (U-160), between Arthur Hibbitt (Bristol), Russell Barlow (Somerset), Brendan O’Gorman (DHSS) & Keith Osborne, all on 3.5.

Likewise, the Minor (U-125) finished with a 4-Way tie between Jacqui Barber-Lafon (Newton Abbot), Miles Davies (Bristol & Clifton), STephen CRockett (Redditch) and Lee Bullock (Hackney), all on 4 points.

The next two Arkells, with Mum and private coaches, Keith & Nick.

Daniel Arkell starts his last round game, with Brixham & Berry Head in the background.

Charlie-ann starting Rd. 5 against Andrew Slade, father of Theo, England Squad junior.

General view of the playing area.

GM Peter Wells considers his options against clear leader Dave Ledger.

Local residents Dominic Mackle and Keith Arkell face up in Rd. 5

Theo Slade (W) vs Robert Thompson.

New Book – Arkell’s Odyssey (14.10.2012.)

A new book from the Westcountry that is creating some interest is Arkell’s Odyssey – The Autobiography of a Chess Grandmaster (123pp  ISBN 0-9531-3216-1  £15.99). Having reached his 50th birthday, Keith Arkell decided to take a backward look and record how he came to be one of Britain’s busiest and best-known players.

In doing so, he reached deep into his inner fears and phobias, as well as recording his many tournament triumphs, to produce a candid account of his personal and chess development.

This is Game 43 from the book, in which he faces the chess master of Millfield School in the 2001 British Championship, and illustrates both his playing and writing style.

White: K. C. Arkell (2431). Black: Matthew Turner (2511).

Queen’s Gambit – Slav Defence  [D17]

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.Nh4 Be6 6…Bc8 7.Nf5; 6…Bd7; 6…Bg6; 6…Bg4; 6…e6 are all perfectly playable here. 7.e4 g6 8.Nf3 Bg7 9.Ng5 Qd7 10.Nxe6 Qxe6 11.Qe2 Na6 12.Qxc4 Qxc4 13.Bxc4 Nb4 14.Bb3 There was no way of holding on to my two bishops, and I think he should now eliminate one of them with 14…Nd3+ 14…Ng4 15.f3 Nh6 16.Ke2 Rd8 17.Rd1 I can now enjoy the clear advantage with my bishop-pair and classic pawn centre. Matthew therefore decides he must try to break up my position somehow. 17…f5 18.Be3 fxe4 19.fxe4 Ng4 20.Bg1 Rf8 21.a5 Na6 22.d5 c5 After 22…cxd5 23.Bxd5 his queenside is indefensible. 23.h3 Ne5 24.Rf1 Rf6 25.Ba4+ Kf7 26.Bb5 Rc8 27.Bxa6 This was a difficult decision to make. I am fond of my white-squared bishop in the Slav, but I thought I would get good chances against his wrecked queenside. 27…bxa6 28.Na4 Nc4? This loses, whereas against passive defence by 28…Nd7 I don’t think I can force a win. 29.Kd3? Giving him a second chance to find …Nd7. Better were either 29.Rfc1 or 29.Nxc5. 29…Ne5+ 30.Ke2 Nc4 31.Nxc5 Nxb2 32.Rfc1 Rf4 33.Be3 Rh4 34.Bf2 Rh5 35.Ne6 Rc4 36.Rxc4 Nxc4 37.Nxg7 Kxg7 38.Rc1 Nd6 39.Rc7 Kf8 40.Kf3 g5 Even my favourite chess move won’t help him. His rook is horrendously placed! 41.Rxa7 Rh6 42.e5 Nc4 43.Ke4 1–0.

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Last week’s problem by the 11 year old Alain White was solved by 1.Rd1!

Here is a 2-mover by Christopher Jones, the Westcountry’s latest Grandmaster. This one was composed in 1993 and won a 1st prize in The Problemist.

White to mate in 2.

Paignton Congress 2012 Day 1

Sunday morning, and the organisers arrived in ones and twos to start getting things set up ready for a 2p.m. start. All of them had done it all before, some of them many times, so everyone seemed to get on with their jobs without panic or fuss.

By 1 pm the players started to arrive, and on the Gallery outside the Ballroom, numerous conversations sprang up readily between old friends and acquaintances, all animated by the anticipation of forthcoming combat, while others quietly scanned the wallcharts to eye up the opposition in their own particular section.

One early point of interest was the fact that Grandmaster Keith Arkell, Paignton’s most frequent winner, was using the occasion to launch his autobiography, Arkell’s Odyssey, and a table had been set up to facilitate a signing session before the round started. The first customer was Joe Coburn (see photo below).

The Mayor and his wife/consort arrived relatively early (1.15) and were interested in chatting informally to officials about the past and future of this perennially popular event. At 1.40 they took to the stage in company with Paul Brooks, the new President of the Devon County Chess Association, the event’s parent body, and DCCA General Secretary, Alan Maynard. (see photo below). A few minutes speech from each left just time for a photo opportunity on top board before time was called and the serious business of the day began.

Round 1 is usually the time for the top players to assert themselves against weaker opposition, though things don’t always follow this pattern. Nor did they in this case as local player Graham Bolt drew with 2nd seed Richard Bates. No such mistake by top seed Keith Arkell who overcame Taunton’s Dave Littlejohns, joint winner of this year’s East Devon Congress, in a relatively short game (for him).

Here’s how the other games finished:-

Bd Paignton     Premier  
  Rd. 1        
1 D. Littlejohns 0 1 K. Arkell  
2 R. A. Bates ½ ½ G. Bolt  
3 K. Gregory 0 1 S. Berry  
4 D. Ledger ½ ½ J. W. Bass  
5 M. J. Cutmore 1 0 D. Mackle  
6 J. H. Hodgson ½ ½ S. J. Burke  
7 A. W. Brusey 0 1 A. M. Stone  
8 J. Burnett ½ ½ A. Pickersgill  
9 R. J. Webster 0 1 M. J. Simons  
10 A. M. Brown ½ ½ J. C.Wells  
11 J. Waterfield 1 0 Z. Harari  
12 P. R. Kemp ½ ½ T. Spanton  
13 A. Archer-Lock ½ ½ J. F. Wheeler  
14 J. McKenna     G. P. Taylor  
15 J. Hickman ½ ½ D. O. Collier  
16 A. Crombleholme 0 1 C. Herda  
17 N. Mahoney 0 1 M. Healey  
18 I. Lewyk 0 1 M. Shaw  
19 J. Coburn 0 1 S. Dilleigh  
20 D. B. Rosen 1 0 P. Cheshire  
21 D. A. Cutmore 1   bye  
22 C. Archer-Lock ½   bye  
23 R. A. Barton ½   bye  

Rd. 1 Games from the Premier may be found here:

Joe Coburn becomes Arkell's 1st customer.

Mayor & consort pose with Paul Brooks at Keith Arkell's board.

May the best man win!

Down to the serious business - Dave Littlejohns vs Arkell

Titled player and leading contender, Dave Ledger (r) looks deep in thought.

Peace descends on the multitude.