Yes, weren't the Eighties great
Here's an odd thing.
Just over three weeks ago, on Wednesday May 26, we carried a post, the second of three covering an interview with popular English GM Simon Williams.
In the course of this particular post Simon discussed a game Keith Arkell once won from Julian Hodgson. The score of this game was subsequently posted in comments by one of our regular commentors, George, in the third part of the interview, posted on Friday May 28.
The game, though a fine one, is not well-known. Or at least it wasn't when it was posted. It is a little better-known now, though, because shortly after being mentioned and reproduced on here, it appeared, annotated from move 21 onwards, in Mickey Adams' Telegraph column on Saturday June 5.
What a coincidence.
The column also gave the position after White's 80th move, and the continuation until Black's resignation, of a game Arkell-Daly, Dublin 1993, an ending with rook and bishop against rook. As Mickey observes:
Arkell has the amazing record of having won the rook and bishop versus rook ending 17 times without a single draw.Or, as Keith Arkell put it
I have won the ending of R+B v R 17/17 timeswhich he said here: in an interview which was linked to in part one of the Simon Williams piece.
What another coincidence.
Now it is entirely possible that a game played fourteen years ago happened to spring to the mind of the Telegraph's Saturday columnist just at the same time as it was being mentioned on our humble and obscure blog, and that the aforesaid columnist also felt - quite spontaneously and without being moved to do so by anything he may recently have read on the Internet - that it would also be a good time to highlight Keith's particular endgame speciality.
However, let us entertain the possibility that the case is otherwise. Should this be so, it may be a good moment to make the following observations.
- We are flattered by the attention.
- Everything that appears on this blog can be used elsewhere without charge.
- There is no copyright in the moves of a chess game...
- ...nevertheless, a gentleman will normally acknowledge his sources.
Coincidence? I don't think so
The Case of the Curious Telegraph Coincidence, is, however, even stranger than this. Because in his chess column on Friday June 11, less than a week after Hodgson-Arkell appeared in Mickey Adams', Malcolm Pein introduced a game as follows.
Here is a game of Arkell's you won't find in the databases as it was played in a weekend congress. Somewhat uncharacteristically - Arkell is known as a positional player and endgame specialist, Black sacrifices a piece for a huge attack down the g file. All his pieces combine bar the knight, which makes a decisive appearance at the end of a brilliant game.The brilliant game that followed was, of course, Hodgson-Arkell from the Surrey Easter Open 1996. It's not true that you won't find it in the databases, as our link to it, given above, will show: but it is true that it could have been found, not only on this blog, but in a chess column in the very same newspaper as Malcolm's, only six days earlier.
Unnoticed, apparently, by Malcolm Pein's editor. Or even by Malcolm Pein.
[Thanks to JB and Sean for their help with this piece.]