Friday, 14 May 2010

Keith Arkell Visits East Cheshire

East Cheshire member Sean Hewitt recently organised a simultaneous display by Grandmaster Keith Arkell at our normal club venue. For the measly sum of £10 we could pit our wits against chess professional and Grandmaster Keith.

In the end 14 contenders turned up including myself. Keith dispatched 12 of us, with 1 draw and 1 defeat.

Keith played in his normal solid style and raced around the boards, often leaving us needing one of our "passes" just to finish thinking. Less than 3 hours and a few endgame lessons later it was all over.

Keith was in good humour tonight and the night was fun and instructive.

Below are a couple of photos and a position from my game.

Keith, with White to play, won a pawn. Can you see how?