|Apr-23-06|| ||Benzol: The only man I know of who's read Fine's Basic Chess Endings from cover to cover.|
|Apr-23-06|| ||Jim Bartle: He must have very strong hands now. It would be a great exercise to hold that book open (at least the edition I had) for so long. You could lose a finger if it got caught when the book snapped shut.|
|Jan-03-08|| ||Benzol: From the 7th round of the 87th NZ Ch.
A L Carpinter versus P W Stuart
Position after Black's 35th move
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Instead of 49.Kd4 White might have tried 49.Nxa5 Bxa5 50.e6 Bd8 51.a5 Ke5 52.a6 should win.
At move 50 an alternative 50.Ke3 only draws e.g. 50... Kxh3 51.Kf3 Kh2 52.e6 h3 53.Kf2 Bh4+ 54.Kf1 Kg3 55.Kg1 Kf4 56.Nxa5 Kf5 1/2-1/2.
52.Nc4 is good. If for example 52.Nc6 then 52...Bf6+ 53.Ke3 h3 and Black wins.
- Analysis from the New Zealand Chess Magazine.
Bet Peter was glad he'd studied Fine's Basic Chess Endings.
|Jul-09-11|| ||Richard Taylor: Paul there is a new book (Lamprech I think it's by) and shorter but still very good one by Gambit that covers most endings. But point taken. I wished I had studied endings more myself.|
|Jul-09-11|| ||Richard Taylor: My game is the first game on here!|
|Dec-20-17|| ||Jonathan Sarfati: New Zealand's greatest ever player Murray Chandler reports the following very sad news:|
“A huge shock to hear of the death of Peter Stuart, who died Tuesday 19th December in North Shore Hospital. Peter was one of the stalwarts of New Zealand Chess with an unsurpassed record as a chess administrator, organiser, magazine editor and NZ representative player. He held the title of NZ Master, was a former president and life member of the NZ Chess Federation. His life-long dedication to the administration and development of chess in New Zealand was greatly admired and respected by his peers. Funeral arrangements to be advised when known.”
|Dec-21-17|| ||Richard Taylor: Yes. I just found this out from Leonard McClaren. My earliest game I can find quickly was 1964. He was slightly older than I. He had done well in the NZ Champs in the Sarapu Era...It is sad. He was likeable if he kept to himself. He had a dour sense of humour. I feared getting into an endgame with any weakness against Peter as that was his forte. He was hard to beat. He ran the NZ Chess Magazine for some years. I don't think there has been a better chess magazine in NZ since (possibly before also). His coverage was great. He was thorough and maintained a data base of NZ Chess Games. He had been the President of the NZ Chess Association for sometime before Bob Smith took the job. He ran the North Shore Club (which once was the strongest Club -- possibly in NZ) and there he won the North Shore Champs a number or times. He also organised a yearly North Shore Open.|
I think he was or had been an accountant.
Murray's (and Helen Milligan's accounts of his achievements are very good). The last game I played against him was a draw. I had tried to attack his Taimanov but there was no way through and Black was starting to look dangerous so I offered a draw.
He mostly played 1 c4 as White and as Black I think he steered for the Taimanov-Bastrikov against 1 e4 (if he could) and also one other staple he had was the Nimzo.
Sad news indeed.
|Dec-21-17|| ||morfishine: RIP master Peter Stuart|
|Dec-21-17|| ||Wayne Power: - Good tributes from Richard, Helen and Murray. I can only add that I first met and played against Peter in 1963 and, as I recall, he was already helping out with the North Shore Club, even then. So, his unbroken, dedicated career in chess playing, administration, coaching, promotion, research, game collection, annotation and writing spanned nearly 55 years!|
As Richard has noted, he ran the NZ Chess Magazine better than anyone before or since but I remember that he also took over Ortvin Sarapu's column in the Herald and ran that for a few years as well.
He had a strongly disciplined mind and used that in both chess itself and all of the above. Like Richard, I feared getting into an ending with him. Only when we got into a complicated middle game did I occasionally have a chance.
In the admin field, his grasp of detail was excellent. It was almost as though he was the "headmaster" of the "school of chess administration" and would sometimes correct mistakes with what we might call an "affectionate telling off" - but always delivered with a friendly smile.
Peter, who gave up smoking a little too late, left us too early but his contributions to New Zealand Chess and the wider scene will last forever.
|Dec-22-17|| ||Richard Taylor: Thanks Morfishine and Wayne.|
|Dec-23-17|| ||Benzol: This is very sad to hear. RIP Peter.|
|Dec-24-17|| ||Richard Taylor: <Benzol> It seems worse coming so near to Xmas. |
A passing of an era which myself and others such as Wayne knew. Graham Mears (and others of the 'The Old Codgers 60s to 80s Mostly Auckland and NZ Chess Eccentrics Club' which Wayne and I are founding members of, these aren't necessarily good chess players, being good at chess can in fact debar some from joining the Nutters or Eccentrics Club...
Peter qualified as he had enough quirks and ticks (and despite the fact he WAS pretty good at chess...) I think is still around. He was one of the stalwarts of ACC in the good old days and knew Peter also at North Shore. I played at the North Shore Club myself one year. It was about the time my wife started complaining I was spending too much time on chess. In fact I felt that was true and curtailed chess almost completely for a number of years.
But the year I played at the North Shore I played some interesting games (again not necessarily "good" games! but they were often pretty crazy and or I played interesting people one or two became friends (or acquaintances )in different fields...e.g. Richard Poor who later ran the earlier Jason's Second Hand Book Shop) at North Shore which was in a Church. It was much better than their present place.
But Peter kept on playing and organizing chess from the 60s to this year.
|Feb-18-18|| ||Richard Taylor: Peter played some good games for sure!|