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Simultaneous Display by GM Keith Arkell

The event is today! Still spaces available (reserve list).

We’re delighted that top English grandmaster and ECF Player of the Year 2014 Keith Arkell will be giving a 21-board simultaneous display at our club in mid-April!

A GM for over 20 years, Keith was English Champion in 2008, and European Senior (50+) Champion and first equal in the World Senior (50+) Championship in 2014!

Date: Thursday 20th April 2017
Time: 7.30pm-10pm
Entry fee: £10
Venue: Hendon Chess Club, Golders Green Unitarians Church, 31½ Hoop Lane Golders Green, London NW11 8BS

Simultaneous Display Details:
– Challengers choose their colour
– Normal simul format: players make their move in turn as the simul-giver arrives
– 3 ‘passes’ allowed
– When there are 3 games left, they will be played out as 3 simultaneous 5-minute games
– No upper rating limit
– No age limit
– Book prizes for the best games

Email adamraoof@gmail.com or bennettmk@aol.com to book a place.

GM Keith Arkell: current rating 2411, Grandmaster since 1995.
A professional chess player and coach, GM Arkell first learnt the chess moves aged nearly 13, gained the IM title in 1985 and the GM title in 1995.

  • Many times top 3 finisher in the British Championship, best effort being in 2008, beating top seed Gawain Jones in the last round for Ist= with Stuart Conquest. Runner-up in the speed playoff to gain title of English Champion.
  • Played once in the super-strong 2002/3 edition of the famous Hastings Premier, finishing in 2nd place ahead of many famous players.
  • Has won 10 or more tournaments a year for nearly 40 years.
  • Best recent results include jointly winning the very strong Vienna Open with 7.5/9, ahead of 460 players, including 25 GMs, in 2015.
  • Won the European Senior (50+) Championship in Porto in 2014, and at the end of that year got a 2-way share of 1st prize in the World Senior (50+) Championship.
  • In 2014 was voted ECF Player of the Year with a record-breaking landslide victory.
  • Has a score of 1.5/2 against the most recent World Championship finalists, Carlsen and Karjakin, although admittedly they were both quite young at the time!
  • Joint author, along with Mikhail Tal and others, of ‘The Super Clash’ , and decades later sole author of his autobiography ‘Arkell’s Odyssey’.
  • Chess coach – current pupils including IM Jack Rudd.
  • World renowned endgame player, as featured in the book Chess for Life and a a video series ‘Play like Keith!’ by GM Matthew Sadler.
  • A line of the Advance Caro-Kann has become known as the Arkell/Khenkin variation.

List of Entrants

  1. Dominic Klingher 200
  2. Federico Rocco 185
  3. Peter Vachtfiedl 183
  4. David Iwi 153
  5. Noah Shapiro 145
  6. Kishan Pattni 141
  7. Anthony Bolchover 128
  8. Jacques Parry 123
  9. Cameron Klingher 123
  10. Elliot Ainley 123
  11. Gul Kapur 111
  12. Arun Mahtani 92
  13. Raghav Vaidya 86
  14. Bernard Klingher 77
  15. Pranav Vaidya 19
  16. Brian Mak UNG
  17. John Roycroft UNG
  18. Paula Klingher UNG
  19. Dave Lansbury UNG
  20. Nicole Scott UNG
  21. Jane Scott UNG

Email adamraoof@gmail.com or bennettmk@aol.com to book a place.