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|Apr-25-14|| ||Benzol: <I see Ken Burgess (do you recall him? he used to play at the How-Pak in the 80s and he comes around sometimes). He is back at How-Pak.>|
I recall the name but can't remember the face. Can you give me some details about the Richard Sutton Cup. Is it a round a week tournament or one of those weekender events?
Following on from Jonathan ( Sarfati's ) request about Craig Laird and thanks to your loan of those NZ Chess Magazines I've put together a full collection on the 85th NZ Chmp.
See Game Collection: 85th New Zealand Ch
It might become a "live" collection in future perhaps.
|Apr-26-14|| ||Richard Taylor: The Collection looks good. I've played some games before but I played a few more just now. I knew many of those but I never met Laird as far as I recall. I started playing chess again in 1978. It wasn't until about 1989-90 that I met Kai Jensen who had moved into the literary area, he did a PhD in lit and wrote a book about Sargeson and the role of men in NZ writing and I suppose also the general issues of gender roles etc. He used to host Poetry Live at the Albion where I also read and later I used to see him around the University. |
You can see Chandler on the way up there. I believe Clemance was a pretty strong player also.
The Richard Sutton Cup is a Rapid held over a few Tuesday nights at Howick-Pak Club. If I do reasonably I might be in line for the Grand Prix in the Veterans although there are a number who play regularly.
But I'm more interested in having some interesting games and continuing my "redemption". I think in the past I've won that Cup but it is harder now as many of those who otherwise wouldn't play have their eyes on the Grand Prix!
|Apr-26-14|| ||Richard Taylor: BTW I'm playing through a book of Purdy's correspondence games. Some of them are brilliant! In one game I found the sac he had prepared (obviously I knew something was up from his notes). But he writes well. The book is "How Purdy Won". I once tried to upload a game that was in there but I think CG.com didn't put it up, or maybe they did later, but in anycase it seemed it was a new move played by Purdy in the Australian Coresp. Champs. Often in correspondence games one sees very great games as (not always) but sometimes the analysis is more accurate and for other reasons.|
Playing it now is a bit problematic but Goffin, Bob Gibbons and others still play regardless of the advent of silicon devices: I think it doesn't matter as if one assumes you both have computers it is a matter of judgement...lol!
|Jan-01-15|| ||Benzol: I thought Richard gave a pretty good account of himself today at the 2015 New Zealand Open.|
|Jan-01-15|| ||Richard Taylor: Hi Benzol. At one point I think I was winning. I wrote about the game on CG.com. We both made mistakes in the complex Rubinstein line. |
Well, the first GM I have ever played in standard chess.
What I missed was his check on e6 which meant my advantage went.
Earlier it seems, Be7 is not as good as Qe7 which I had intended. We both made pawn sacrifice offers. After my Nd5 I thought I was winning. But of course the computer finds all kinds of things. But by move 20 my advantage I think was considerable...a complex position is the Rubinstein.
|Jan-01-15|| ||Richard Taylor: M Yilmazyerli vs A Bolat, 2011|
Here's a game showing perhaps a better way of playing rather than Be7.
Here's a win by Nakamura showing what might happen if you accept the b4 pawn sac (a thematic attempt to lossen my reversed Maroczy)...
Nakamura vs J Sarkar, 2002
|Jan-02-15|| ||Richard Taylor: Paradoxically today I bought three chess books (each fairly cheap) from Murray Chandler's cornucopia, and one was a book on the Symmetrical English with an interesting chapter on the variation we played in it...including other moves at move 8 for white and black...|
Also a book about the Queens Indian as I play the Nimzo...and a book of some of the old World Championship matches, such as Steinitz-Anderson, Steinitz-Lasker and some of Lasker's matches including one against Janowski. Interesting to play over they will be....
Well, I don't know how much chess I will play so I like games with problems in or interesting games...
|Jan-02-15|| ||Richard Taylor: I mean "books with"....|
|Jan-06-15|| ||Benzol: <Richard> I see you're playing P Wayne Power in round 7 today. Should be an interesting game. Good luck.|
|Jan-07-15|| ||Richard Taylor: <Benzol> Thanks. It was. I think I was winning at or near the end, after an interesting struggle. But I missed the boat and by that time I was too tired and took a draw, it was quite late. We played for hours. |
I blundered into a bad ending against William Li. I forgot my opening line which annoyed me and I lost the initiative.
|Jan-19-15|| ||Richard Taylor: <IM Russell Dive looks pretty much out of condition and GM Bob Smith is looking older! I cant see myself but my contemporary IM Peter Stuart looks knackered!! Smith and Stuart both play pretty dull chess also I'm afraid).>|
This and other stuff in this comment (above) is pretty unfair! Smith and Stuart play (or have played) some very interesting games. Smith plays a complex repertoire, I think I meant that their openings were sometimes conservative, but that is sometimes to suit their opponent...
I must have had a bad day.
|Jan-09-16|| ||Benzol: Richard is black today in his 9th Round game. His opponent is Joy Shu Yan Qin|
|Jan-11-16|| ||Richard Taylor: As usual I missed a strong continuation and near the end a possible way to win the ending but I experienced a bit of time pressure, so did she.|
|Jan-11-16|| ||Richard Taylor: After 8. Bd3 I should have played 8. ... Bg4 which wins the e pawn and gains a good advantage for Black.|
|Jan-11-16|| ||Richard Taylor: In fact my games that were drawn had better combinations in them in the only game I won which was a fraud as I misplayed the opening and should have lost!|
|Aug-21-16|| ||Richard Taylor: Thanks to c.g.com two more games:
R Taylor vs M Le Brocq, 2006
R Gibbons vs R Taylor, 1980
|Aug-23-16|| ||Octavia: Hi Richard,
You've got a lot of games here - how did you manage that?
In March 2006 you discussed the Nimzo with me. I printed your remarks & soon after didn't play the Nimzo anymore. But I'm studying Secret Strategy by Watson. He talks about the Nimzo all the time. I'm now going back to it. In the past I didn't pay attention to ...c5, but now I do & your explanations are coming in handy! Thanks
|Sep-15-16|| ||Richard Taylor: <Hi Octavia> I still play it. I played it first as it was in an old book my father had by Golombek. I since got a more recent book on it. I haven't uploaded some of my best combinative games using it yet! |
But I grovelled on here as I drew with some IMs (I beat at least one IM otb and beat another in Correspondence Chess) and beat some and some FMs and ex (and I think current) NZ Champions etc and I also have some more or less "historical" games played in NZ and the NZ Correspondence Championships and so on.
Of course mostly I have lost to those players but we will forget that detail!
I used to play the KI and the Benoni (I still do some times) as well as the mainline d5 leading to either the Slav or the QGD. The Nimzo is worth studying though. It has a mix of plans and can be relatively quiet but suddenly explode into complications!
Best of luck with it. Don't abandon it if you lose. If I do, I try to find where I went wrong. I also have a book on the QI but for some reason I get fewer of those. That is the problem...I think that if they play 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3. Nf3 .... there is nothing wrong with the Bogo or QI but most GMs etc seem to go for 3. .... d5 when the play is fairly straightfoward if you have played GM games against the QG....but no openings are easy!!
|Mar-17-17|| ||Richard Taylor: Good to see Paul and my game played at my new Club Howick-Pakuranga (Auckland) a week or so ago. The last time these two giants clashed Paul prevailed and overwhelmed your truly.|
|Dec-21-17|| ||Richard Taylor: On here for NZ players and others I have just learnt that Peter Stuart a long time A Grade player (who came close to winning the NZ Champs I think more than once) and sometimes President of NZ Chess and who I played on an off from the 60s has died.|
Some of my games on here were against Peter with varied results. Over time more recently we had more or less equal results but Peter wasn't playing at his former level. He had some I suspect age-related health issues. When he was younger he was quite fit and I believe one interest was swimming. But he was also a tireless worker for chess in NZ.
|Feb-04-18|| ||Benzol: <Richard> Belated birthday wishes. Sorry that I missed it.|
|Feb-05-18|| ||Richard Taylor: Thanks Paul. I put it on FB (I didn't have my birth date on before) and a lot of people wished me well from chess, my family, and the "poetry" and lit worlds as well as friends I have who are not "intellectual" (not that I am really that much) such as a friend who is a mechanic and so on...|
I'll be there on Wednesday.
|Feb-05-18|| ||Richard Taylor: I still have some of my crazy combinative games etc not up here. Even some of my losses were quite interesting...Even more positional games if we can define things so simply...|
|Jul-28-18|| ||Jonathan Sarfati: Wow, lots of interesting games here!|
|Sep-08-18|| ||Richard Taylor: <Jonathan Sarfati> Thanks. I must load up more with my combinations or ridiculous fight backs. I was doing best this century in 2008 -- 2010. But last year I drew with Ben Hague and at the club I had him lost but stuffed it but that game I lost is still interesting. Now I mainly study chess strategy books with games or problems and so on.|
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