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Richard John Sutton
Number of games in database: 71
Years covered: 1960 to 2006
Last FIDE rating: 2259
Highest rating achieved in database: 2301
Overall record: +33 -19 =19 (59.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.

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RICHARD JOHN SUTTON
(born Sep-23-1938, died Apr-17-2009) United Kingdom (citizen of New Zealand)

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Richard John Sutton was born in London, England in 1938 and was New Zealand Champion in 1963 (jointly), 1971 and 1972. He became New Zealand Correspondence Champion in 1970. In addition he was a New Zealand Master, a US Master, an FIDE Master and a life member of the Otago Chess Club. He passed away in Dunedin, New Zealand in 2009.

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 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 71  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. O Sarapu vs R J Sutton  1-049 1960 67th New Zealand ChampionshipE56 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6
2. R J Sutton vs O Sarapu 0-125 1961 68th New Zealand ChampionshipE20 Nimzo-Indian
3. R J Sutton vs O Sarapu ½-½35 1962 69th New Zealand ChampionshipA56 Benoni Defense
4. A Feneridis vs R J Sutton 0-131 1962 69th NZ ChC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
5. R J Sutton vs C A Evans  1-027 1962 NZ ChC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
6. R J Sutton vs O Sarapu  ½-½24 1963 70th New Zealand ChampionshipE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
7. R J Sutton vs R Taylor 1-032 1964 Auckland Easter TourneyE00 Queen's Pawn Game
8. R J Sutton vs J R Phillips  1-027 1964 Dominion Road Summer CupC45 Scotch Game
9. O Sarapu vs R J Sutton 1-029 1964 71st New Zealand ChampionshipD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. O Sarapu vs R J Sutton 0-147 1965 72nd New Zealand ChampionshipB40 Sicilian
11. R J Sutton vs O Sarapu  ½-½19 1966 73rd New Zealand ChampionshipE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
12. O Sarapu vs R J Sutton  ½-½32 1970 77th New Zealand ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
13. R J Sutton vs R Garcia  1-042 1972 20th olm qual. group 4A53 Old Indian
14. R J Sutton vs O Sarapu 0-140 1972 North Island ChampionshipB61 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2
15. R J Sutton vs J Moles  0-130 1972 Skopje ol (Men) final-CC19 French, Winawer, Advance
16. R J Sutton vs M Todorcevic 1-032 1972 OlympiadB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
17. K Harandi vs R J Sutton  1-032 1972 Skopje ol (Men) fin-CC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4
18. R J Sutton vs K Darga  ½-½39 1972 Skopje ol (Men) prelB42 Sicilian, Kan
19. R J Sutton vs L Toth  1-044 1975 World Correspondence Semi-finalE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
20. R J Sutton vs A Pomeroy 0-121 1975 NZL-chB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
21. R J Sutton vs P W Stuart  0-138 1976 Auckland University Open TtB49 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
22. O Sarapu vs R J Sutton  ½-½19 1976 83rd New Zealand ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
23. P S Spiller vs R J Sutton  ½-½30 1977 Auckland University Open TtC04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
24. K Jensen vs R J Sutton 0-140 1977 Auckland University Open TtC44 King's Pawn Game
25. R J Sutton vs P W Stuart 0-145 1977 Auckland University Open TtA04 Reti Opening
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Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-01-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jonathan Sarfati: He was/is a law professor at Otago University, Dunedin, NZ. Note that NZ follows the British system where the "Professor" is the highest academic rank, not just any lecturer.
Apr-06-07
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  Jonathan Sarfati: Arcadios Feneridis - Sutton,R [C89] New Zealand Championship, 01.01.1962
[J. Sarfati]

Prof. Sutton annotated this game in New Zealand Chess August 1980 (part of a profile on him by Robert Wayne Smith), as one of his most memorable games. Fenny had won five straight games before this, including the first ever win over Sarapu in a NZ Champs that day A Feneridis vs O Sarapu, 1962 (there were two rounds per day, and it was New Years Day). Graham G Haase won his only NZ Championship that year with 8/11, with Ortvin Sarapu and J Rodney Phillips 7.5 and Fenny 7.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.c3 d5 9.d4

Fenny was normally a d4 player, and Sutton was very experienced in the Marshall. However, this method of declining gives Black active play without having to sacrifice a pawn.

9...exd4 10.exd5 Nxd5 11.Nxd4 (cxd4 is better than this, despite the IQP)

11...Nxd4 12.Qxd4 Bb7 13.Nd2 c5 14.Qe4

[14.Qg4 was better but Black still has a very good game.] aiming for the Q-side

14...Bf6 [14...Re8] 15.Nf1 Re8 16.Qxe8+ Qxe8 17.Rxe8+ Rxe8 18.Bxd5

Giving up the B-pair can't have been pleasant, but Black was threatening ...c4 then ...b4, as I have carried out in a very similar position. Sutton liked the two bishops and knew well how to use them, cf. O Sarapu vs R J Sutton, 1979

18...Bxd5 19.Ne3 Be6 20.h3 b4! 21.cxb4 cxb4 22.a3 b3 23.Kf1 Rc8 24.a4 Bd4 25.Ke1 f5 The old Steinitz strategy of using pawns to drive back the N.

26.Nd1 Rc2 27.a5 Bc4 28.Ne3 Re2+ 29.Kd1 Bb5! 30.Nxf5 Bc5 31.Be3 Bb4

Sutton: The final position represents a delightfully economical use of the limited forces available. 0-1

Sep-23-08
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  Benzol: Happy Birthday Richard.

:)

Apr-19-09
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  Jonathan Sarfati: I'm sorry to report that Prof. Sutton died after an illness on Friday 17 April, aged 70. He will be missed as a player as well as a perfect gentleman.
Apr-19-09
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  Benzol: <jonathan> It's sad to hear of his passing. My condolences to his family.
May-03-09
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  Richard Taylor: Yes Richard was great player - very imaginative attacking player - and a very nice person ... I played a few games with him ... they were always exciting! He was never arrogant - always very helpful in chess and other matters - I recall when Don Burdett had his arm broken about 1963 or so he came to the Auckland Chess Club - then at His Majesty's Arcade in Q-Street and Richard was very concerned, and very solicitous, when he realised what was wrong - and took Don to hospital. I used to see Richard also at the Dominion Road Chess Club playing Rodney Phillips and Barry Howard in lightening chess and so on - he had a brilliant banter! Several times NZ Champion.

My condolences to his a family - he will be missed in the Chess world and of course by his family.

May-18-09
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  Jonathan Sarfati: The Otago Daily Times chess column (now by Quentin Johnson) has a tribute to Prof. Sutton at http://otagochess.wikispaces.com/OD... It includes an annotated miniature against a very worthy opponent, Tony Dowden, with Black in 2004, to win the South Island Champs late in life for the second time.
Jun-28-09  Mac3: Very sad to hear of Richard's passing.

As a junior member of the Otago Chess Club he would come and spend time coaching some of the junior players on Friday nights. It was this sort of inspiration that helped some of us go on to become adult players.

When Richard attained the FIDE title I sent him the link to a famous game that he played in 1972.

R J Sutton vs M Todorcevic, 1972

Tony Dowden subsequently published this in the Otago Daily Times Newspaper.

In recent years I located an old informator of the Skopje Olympiad in 1972 and notified Richard that it was available on a NZ auction website.

Richard acquired it and found that there was a photo of the entire New Zealand Team at the opening ceremony.

Richard was a very modest man and there was allot more to him than met the eye. Richard's contribution to New Zealand law was legendary, and his valedictory speech at Otago University was attended by people from overseas.

I will always remember his generosity of spirit and warm smile.

Jun-29-09  Mac3: Here is a link where you can make a tribute to Richard for his family.

http://www.tributes.co.nz/ViewMyTri...

Jul-02-09
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  Jonathan Sarfati: Thanx for that tribute link, <Mac3>.
Aug-13-12
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  GrahamClayton: Photo of Sutton with the NZ Championship trophy in February 1971:

http://photonews.org.nz/nelson/issu...

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