Simul – Keith Arkell

Everyone takes their seats

Keith is looking relaxed mid-game

Not many left now






Keith thinking at the top boards

Last man standing






We may have overcatered!

Bill's (white) attack is going no where

The final 3










Simultaneous Display by GM Keith Arkell

We’re delighted that top English Grandmaster and 2014 ECF Player of the Year Keith Arkell will be giving a simultaneous display at Newport Chess Club in February!

A GM for over 20 years, Keith was English Champion in 2008, and European & Joint World Senior (50+) Champion in 2014

Organiser:        Nathanael Paul
                 Tuesday 6th February 2018

Start Time:       19:30
Entry fee:          £15 for adults & £7.50 for U18’s – there is limited space at the venue so entries will be accepted on a first come first serve basis
Venue:              Royal British Legion, Avenue Road, Newport, Shropshire, TF10 7DP
Refreshments: A full buffet will be provided by Newport Chess Club, drinks to be purchased at the Royal British Legion bar

Simultaneous Display Details:
– Challengers choose their colour
– Normal simul format: players make their move in turn as the simul-giver arrives
– 2-3 ‘passes’ allowed; depends on number of entries
– When there are 3 games left, they will be played out as 3 simultaneous 10-minute games
– No upper rating limit
– No age limit
– If there are 12 or less entrants each game will be played with a clock, 90min time control

To enter, players can make their payment either on the evening of the event or online sending your payment to the following account:

Newport Chess Club
Please quote ‘Newport Simul’

However, please make sure that when entering you still book your place with the organiser by either emailing or alternatively by phoning 01952 878739.

Entrants will be accepted on the day subject to availability

GM Keith Arkell: current rating 2416, 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 but despite losing to Conquest, Keith was able to share the English title because the play-off was only for the British title
  • 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 gained a 2-way share of 1st prize in the World Senior (50+) Championships
  • 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, Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin, although admittedly they were both quite young at the time!
  • In 1987 was joint author, along with the eighth World Chess Champion Mikhail Tal and others, of ‘The Super Clash’, and decade’s later sole author of his autobiography ‘Arkell’s Odyssey’
  • Chess coach – current pupils including International Master Jack Rudd
  • A World renowned endgame player, as featured in the book Chess for Life and a video series ‘Play like Keith!’ by GM Matthew Sadler
  • A line of the Advance Caro-Kann, 3…c5, has become known as the Arkell/Khenkin variation



Nick Rutter 212 0
Phil Zabrocki 182 1 (Congratulations!)
Bill Bates 178 0
Nathanael Paul 174 0
Christopher Lewis 159 0
Tony Holdford 151 0
Edison Xu 149 0
Simon Maydew 149 0
Steve Tarr 147 0
Danny Griffiths 136 0
Andy Tunks 136 0
Dominic Bareford 135 0
Gary White 130 0
Stuart Ross 130 0
Dominic Holmes 127 0
Chris Paul 115 0
Tim Skidmore 105 0
Willie Gormley 92 0