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Genesis Potini
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Years covered: 1996

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(born Sep-05-1963, died Aug-15-2011, 47 years old) New Zealand

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D J Evans vs G Potini 1-0321996Auckland OpenC60 Ruy Lopez

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Mar-31-15  Nosnibor: He is the subject of a new film being released very shortly entitled "Dark Horse".
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  Richard Taylor: Yes. I played Genesis in an Auckland tournament, he played the d5 counter gambit against my Sicilian. The game was a draw. He was with a group from Tauranga who all seemed different - some were Maori - but I was interested in them but I didn't know anything about the history of Genesis.

I just watched the movie. I didn't know he was bipolar etc

By the way losing to David Evans is no shame he is a strong player (the only game I played against him I lost).

Here is my game, I'll try to load it sometime...

[Event "Waitakare Weekender 2005"]
[Site "Waitakare Trust,Auckland,N.Z."]
[Date "2005.05.14"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Genesis Poutini"]
[Black "Richard Taylor"]
[Result "*"]

1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 d5 4. Bb5+ Bd7 5. Bxd7+ Qxd7 6. exd5 Qxd5 7. Qf3 Nf6 8. cxd4 Nc6 9. Nc3 Qxf3 10. Nxf3 e6 11. O-O Be7 12. Re1 O-O 13. Bg5 Rfd8 14. Rad1 Nd5 15. Bxe7 Ncxe7 16. Ne5 Rac8 17. Nxd5 Rxd5 18. Nf3 Rcd8 19. Rd2 Nc6 20. Red1 h6 21. h3 e5 22. dxe5 Rxd2 23. Rxd2 Rxd2 24. Nxd2 Nxe5 *

This was the B Grade of the Waitakare. I had only been back in chess a short while. It was that year that I won that tournament outright by beating Mario Krstev in the last round. It was the first tournament I ever won in my life.

But the movie is very good, I think it is better than Once Were Warriors (although that is good also as is 'Out of the Blue'). I didn't know Genesis in those times but the Maori gang scene, the relative poverty, the violence and often mental illness, while not restricted to Maori, does ring true in many ways.

The good thing about the movie is that there are no miracles. Very moving and with great actors.

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  Richard Taylor: I recall he was a quiet man. When I played d5 (after the game) he commented that "FRITZ plays that." At the time I didn't study openings much or use a computer although I think I had a version of Fritz.

I had "invented" the opening via my own analysis but I now see that it is probably a transposition into or via the c3 opening by White although I knew that I played the Nf6 line from analysis in about 1982 or so!

Also I knew I had a small advantage in the ending but thought that: "A draw isn't a loss."

Mario Krstev who I beat in the last round to win the tourney:

Mario Krstev

Apr-28-16  Captain Hindsight: Genesis does what Nintendon't.
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  perfidious: Turn It On Again.
Sep-03-16  Captain Hindsight: Genesis does what Nintendon't.
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