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Hi, I'm Paul Morten and I live in Auckland, New Zealand. I've been playing Chess for over thirty years (and still haven't got it right yet). My father ( Peter Morten ) taught me the moves when I was aged about ten. (He's now a venerable 86-year-old).

I didn't really get "Chess Fever" until the Fischer-Spassky match in Iceland in 1972. My first chess heroes were Spassky, Fischer, Marshall, Alyekhin and Capablanca but with more maturity I'm much more appreciative of Lasker, Chigorin, Niemzowitsch, Botvinnik, Smyslov, Tal, Keres, Nezhmetdinov, Petrosian, Kasparov and many others. Collecting chess books since 1972 I now possess a chess library I'm sure any club would be proud of. Many game submissions to the database have been made from these books. Up to 25th September 2015 submissions number 5,883 games (this total will continue to grow with time).

I'm fascinated by Chess History and the players who make it so what follows is a large list of important tournaments played in the 19th and 20th Centuries. These collections have been compiled by a number of members of and I'm extremely grateful to them and thank them for their efforts.

1.Game Collection: WCC Index (London 1851)

2.Game Collection: New York 1857

2A.Game Collection: Paris 1867

3.Game Collection: Baden-Baden 1870

3AA.Game Collection: Vienna 1873

3AAA.Game Collection: Philadelphia 1876

3A.Game Collection: Leipzig 1877, The Anderssen-Feier

4.Game Collection: Paris 1878

4A.Game Collection: Leipzig 1879

5.Game Collection: Berlin 1881

6.Game Collection: Vienna 1882

7.Game Collection: London 1883

7A.Game Collection: Breslau 1889

7B.Game Collection: New York 1889

7C.Game Collection: New York 1893, The Impromtu Tournament

8.Game Collection: Hastings 1895

9.Game Collection: St. Petersburg 1895-96

10.Game Collection: Nuremberg 1896

11.Game Collection: Budapest 1896

12.Game Collection: Berlin 1897

13.Game Collection: Vienna 1898

14.Game Collection: London 1899

15.Game Collection: Paris 1900

15A.Game Collection: Munich 1900

16.Game Collection: Monte Carlo 1901

16A.Game Collection: 1901 Buffalo

17.Game Collection: Monte Carlo 1902

18.Game Collection: Monte Carlo 1903

19.Game Collection: Monte Carlo 1904

20.Game Collection: Cambridge Springs 1904

20A.Game Collection: Coburg 1904

21.Game Collection: Ostend 1905

22.Game Collection: 99_Ostende A 1907 (Champion Tourn. to play Laske

23.Game Collection: Karlsbad 1907

24.Game Collection: Vienna 1908

25.Game Collection: Prague 1908

25A.Game Collection: Düsseldorf 1908 - DSB Kongress XVI

26.Game Collection: St Petersburg 1909

26A.Game Collection: 99_Hamburg 1910

27.Game Collection: San Sebastian 1911

28.Game Collection: Karlsbad 1911

29.Game Collection: San Sebastian 1912

30.Game Collection: Bad Pistyan 1912

31.Game Collection: Vilnius 1912 (All-Russian Masters)

31A.Game Collection: Havana 1913

32.Game Collection: St Petersburg 1914

33.Game Collection: Mannheim 1914 - the unfinished tournament

34.Game Collection: Berlin 1918

34A.Game Collection: New York 1918

34B.Game Collection: Hastings 1919

35.Game Collection: Berlin 1920

35A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1920

36.Game Collection: Teplitz-Schönau 1922

37.Game Collection: Bad Pistyan 1922

38.Game Collection: London 1922

39.Game Collection: Hastings 1922

40.Game Collection: Vienna 1922

41.Game Collection: Karlsbad 1923

42.Game Collection: Mährisch-Ostrau 1923

42A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1923

43.Game Collection: Lake Hopatcong 1923 (9th American Chess Congress

44.Game Collection: New York 1924

44A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1924

45.Game Collection: Baden Baden 1925

45A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1925

46.Game Collection: Marienbad 1925

47.Game Collection: Moscow 1925

48.Game Collection: Semmering 1926

49.Game Collection: Dresden 1926

50.Game Collection: Hannover 1926

50A.Game Collection: Lake Hopatcong 1926

50B.Game Collection: 99_Berlin 1926

51.Game Collection: New York 1927

51A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1927

52.Game Collection: London 1927

53.Game Collection: Bad Kissingen 1928

54.Game Collection: Berlin 1928

54A.Game Collection: Hastings 1928/29

55.Game Collection: Karlsbad 1929

55A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1929

56.Game Collection: San Remo 1930

57.Game Collection: Liege 1930

58.Game Collection: Bled 1931

58A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1931

59.Game Collection: London International Chess Congress, 1932

59A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1933

60.Game Collection: Zurich 1934

61.Game Collection: Syracuse 1934

62.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1934/35

63.Game Collection: Moscow 1935

63A.Game Collection: Margate 1935

63AA.Game Collection: Margate 1936

64.Game Collection: Moscow 1936

64A.Game Collection: Podebrady 1936

65.Game Collection: Nottingham 1936

66.Game Collection: Kemeri 1937 International Tournament

67.Game Collection: Semmering/Baden 1937

67A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1937

68.Game Collection: Margate 1937

69.Game Collection: Hastings 1937/38

70.Game Collection: Margate 1938

71.Game Collection: Noordwijk 1938

72.Game Collection: AVRO 1938

73.Game Collection: Hastings 1938/39

73A.Game Collection: Margate 1939

73C.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1940

74.Game Collection: USSR Absolute Championship 1941

75.Game Collection: Salzburg 1942

76.Game Collection: Sverdlovsk 1943

76AA.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1944

76A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1945

77.Game Collection: Groningen 1946

78.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1947

78A.Game Collection: Moscow 1947

78B.Game Collection: 1948 Saltsjöbaden interzonal

79.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1948

79A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1949

79AA.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1950

79AAA.Game Collection: 1st World Correspondence Chess Championship

79B.Game Collection: Amsterdam 1950

80.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1951

80A.Game Collection: Budapest 1952

81.Game Collection: Interzonals 1952: Stockholm

82.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1952

83.Game Collection: WCC Index (Zurich 1953)

83A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1954

83AA.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1955

84.Game Collection: Interzonals 1955: Gothenburg

84A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1956

84B.Game Collection: 2nd World Correspondence Chess Championship

85.Game Collection: Alekhine Memorial International Tournament, 1956

86.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1957

87.Game Collection: Dallas, 1957

88.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1958

89.Game Collection: Interzonals 1958: Portoroz

90.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1959

90A.Game Collection: Moscow 1959

90B.Game Collection: 3rd World Correspondence Chess Championship

91.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1960

92.Game Collection: Mar del Plata 1960

92A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1961a

93.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1961 b

94.Game Collection: Interzonals 1962: Stockholm

94A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1962

95.Game Collection: First Piatigorsky Cup 1963

96.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1963

96A.Game Collection: USSR Zonal 1964

97.Game Collection: Amsterdam Interzonal 1964

97A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1964/65

97B.Game Collection: Yerevan 1965

97C.Game Collection: Havana 1965

97D.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1965

97E.Game Collection: Moscow 1966

98.Game Collection: Second Piatigorsky Cup 1966

99.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1966/67

100.Game Collection: Sousse Interzonal, 1967

101.Game Collection: Moscow 1967

101A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1967

102.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1968/69

102A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1969

102B.Game Collection: Interzonal 1970 (Palma de Mallorca)

103.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1970

104.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1971

105.Game Collection: Moscow 1971

105A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1972

106.Game Collection: Interzonals 1973: Leningrad

107.Game Collection: Interzonals 1973: Petropolis

108.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1973

109.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1974

109A.Game Collection: Milan 1975

109B.Game Collection: Moscow 1975

109C.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1975

110.Game Collection: Amsterdam IBM 1976

111.Game Collection: Interzonals 1976: Manila

112.Game Collection: Interzonals 1976: Biel

113.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1976

113A.Game Collection: 99_Bad Lauterberg 1977

113B.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1977

113C.Game Collection: Bugojno 1978

114.Game Collection: USSR First League, Ashkhabad, 1978

115.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1978

115A.Game Collection: Montreal 1979

116.Game Collection: Interzonals 1979: Rio de Janeiro

117.Game Collection: Interzonals 1979: Riga

117A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1979

118.Game Collection: London Phillips & Drew 1980

118A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1980/81

119.Game Collection: Moscow 1981

120.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1981

121.Game Collection: Phillips & Drew Kings Chess Tournament 1982

122.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1983

122A.Game Collection: Niksic 1983

122B.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1984

123.Game Collection: 1984 Phillips & Drew GLC Kings Tt

124.Game Collection: Bugojno 1984

124A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1985

125.Game Collection: Bugojno 1986

125A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1986

125B.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1987

125C.Game Collection: Plaza International Chess Tt 1988

126.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1988

127.Game Collection: Tilburg Interpolis 1989

127A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1989

127B.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1990

128.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1991

129.Game Collection: Linares 1994

A very large number of important tournaments can also be found in <RonB52734>'s Game Collection: 170 Major Chess Tournaments 1882-2007

In connection with the Historical tournament updates useful links are Game Collection Voting and Tournament Index

To upload new games the
PGN Upload Utility
is very useful.

Information on Country Codes can be found at
FIDE Country Codes

More recent tournaments can be accessed at
New Tournaments

Link for editing is at
Editor Notes

Shortcut to the Soviet Championships
Game Collection: USSR Championship Tournament Index

Index to the Hastings Congresses
Game Collection: Hastings Christmas Congress (Tournament Index)

Another fine collection compiled by <Phony Benoni> concerning the Anglo-American Cable Matches can be found at Game Collection: Anglo-American Cable Matches, 1896-1911

Link to the first ten World Correspondence Championships

Other collections that are well worth checking out :

suenteus po 147's Game Collections

Phony Benoni's Game Collections

Resignation Trap's Game Collections

sneaky pete's Game Collections

capybara's Game Collections

keypusher's Game Collections

whiteshark's Game Collections

Archives' Game Collections

Hesam7's Game Collections

protean's Game Collections

matey's Game Collections

Honza Cervenka's Game Collections

jessicafischerqueen's Game Collections

AdrianP's Game Collections

Sneaky's Game Collections

ughaibu's Game Collections

Calli's Game Collections

acirce's Game Collections

percyblakeney's Game Collections

notyetagm's Game Collections

open defence's Game Collections

emperoratahualpa's Game Collections

yourang's Game Collections

hitman84's Game Collections

patzer2's Game Collections

karpova's Game Collections

gypsy's Game Collections

iron maiden's Game Collections

hms123's Game Collections

tpstar's Game Collections

vonKrolock's Game Collections

visayanbraindoctor's Game Collections

IMLDay's Game Collections

Eric Schiller's Game Collections

ray keene's Game Collections's Game Collections

crawfb5's Game Collections

wanabe2000's Game Collections

Penguincw's Game Collections

To find the time at see

Corrections to the CG Librarian can be made at
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Pun Submissions can be made at
Pun Submission Page

Puns are used for
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>> Click here to see Benzol's game collections. Full Member

   Benzol has kibitzed 10404 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-18-17 Richard Taylor chessforum (replies)
Benzol: <Richard> It might be best if you come over and see them for yourself. You will be the best one to know if anything interests you. I might come back to the club once my sister and brother-in-law move in then I won't be worrying about Dad so much. Spoke to Leyton the other day ...
   Jun-10-17 50th USSR Championship (1983)
Benzol: Alan thanks, that is great work. The 1988 event was probably the last great USSR Championship and it's good to finally see it as a tournament page. Cheers matey. :)
   Jun-10-17 55th USSR Championship (1988) (replies)
Benzol: Karpov and Kasparov were probably sick of playing against one another unless they really had to so there was no play-off match for this USSR Championship.
   Apr-30-17 Janosevic vs Geller, 1968
Benzol: The most difficult position of all. :)
   Apr-23-17 David A Flude
Benzol: Good to see more of his games up now including some wins. :)
   Apr-19-17 W Kunze vs Rubinstein, 1905
Benzol: <morfishine> <FWIW: There is no such thing as a "Classic case of castling into it" It simply does not exist> Well I'm not so sure I could agree with that. Have a look at the following game. O Sarapu vs Purdy, 1952
   Apr-17-17 I Zaitsev vs O Dementiev, 1970 (replies)
Benzol: This encounter won the best game prize for Zaitsev.
   Apr-17-17 Razuvaev vs Kupreichik, 1970
Benzol: See the game Doroshkievich vs V Tukmakov, 1970 from the 38th USSR Ch as well for some deja vu. :)
   Apr-15-17 Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 (replies)
Benzol: It does seem amazing that Bronstein only managed to defeat Spassky once and that was in a blitz game. Bronstein vs Spassky, 1961 :)
   Apr-15-17 USSR Championship (1957) (replies)
Benzol: <zanzibar> Thanks for your efforts in trying to find it. Maybe Ray Keene will do a reissue sometime in the future. :)
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Monsters From The Id

Kibitzer's Corner
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  Benzol: <I'll post the game some time> Richard you could upload it here at <chessgames>. The position we were looking at was very complex. Maybe some of the kibitzers here could suggest other ideas. It looked very interesting.

I put my game through Fritz and I didn't play the opening as badly as I thought. My young opponent Hubert Januszak played very well and only went astray around move 29. See for yourself :

[Event "Parkinson Cup"]
[Site "Auckland, NZL"]
[Date "2017.03.21"]
[Round "5"]
[Result "0-1"]
[White "Januszak, Hubert"]
[Black "Morten, Paul"]
[ECO "A46"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[Annotator "Fritz 8 (30s)"]
[PlyCount "108"]

A46: 1 d4 ♘f6 2 ♘f3 e6: Torre, London and Colle Systems 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 c5 5. b3 Nc6 6. Bb2 Bd7 7. Nbd2 cxd4 8. Nxd4 Bd6 9. O-O Rc8 10. c4 Nxd4 11. Bxd4 Bc5 12. Bxc5 Rxc5 13. b4 Rc7 14. cxd5 Nxd5 15. Bxd5 exd5 16. Nb3 Bh3 17. Re1 O-O 18. Rc1 Rxc1 19. Qxc1 b6 Controls a5+c5 20. Nd4 A sound move Qd6 21. a3 Rc8 22. Qe3 h6 23. Rc1 Rc4 24. Nb3 (24. f3 a6) 24... Qc6 25. f3 Covers g4 Qa4 26. Rxc4 dxc4 27. Nd2 Qd1+ 28. Kf2 Qh1 (28... Be6) 29. Qc3 hands over the advantage to the opponent (29. Qe8+and White has air to breath Kh7 30. Qxf7 (30. Nxc4 Qxh2+ 31. Ke3 Be6) 30... Qxh2+ 31. Ke3 Qg1+ 32. Kf4) 29... Qxh2+ 30. Ke3 Qg1+ 31. Kf4 g5+ 32. Ke4 Qxg3 33. Qe5 the final mistake, not that it matters anymore (33. Qxc4 h5 34. Qd4) 33... Qxe5+ 34. Kxe5 c3 35. Nb3 Be6 36. Nc1 h5 ♗lack prepares g4 37. Kd4 c2 38. Ke3 (38. e4 does not improve anything h4 39. Ke3 f5 40. exf5 Bxf5) 38... h4 39. Kf2 f5 40. Kg1 (40. a4 a fruitless try to alter the course of the game g4 41. Kg2 Bd5) 40... g4 (40... b5might be the shorter path 41. Kg2 g4 42. Kf2) 41. Kg2 (41. a4 does not save the day g3 42. Kg2 f4) 41... Bc4 (41... b5 42. Kf2 Bc4 43. Kg2) 42. Kf2 (42. a4 does not win a prize Bd5 42... Kg7 43. Kg2 (43. b5 Kf6 44. Kg2 Kg5) 43... Kf6 (43... b5 seems even better 44. Kg1 Kg6 45. Kf2) 44. Kf2 (44. f4 Ke6 45. Kh1) 44... b5 45. Kg2 Kg5 46. Kf2 g3+ 47. Kg2 Kf4 48. Kh3 Ke3 49. Kg2 Kd2 (49... Bxe2 50. Kh3 Kxf3 51. a4 g2 52. Nxe2 c1=Q 53. Nd4+ Kf2 54. Nxf5 Qh1+ 55. Kg4 g1=Q+ 56. Kf4 Qhh2+ 57. Ng3 Qhxg3+ 58. Ke4 Qd6 59. axb5 Qg4#) 50. Nd3 Bxd3 51. exd3 (51. Kh3 doesn't improve anything c1=Q 52. Kxh4 g2 53. Kh5 Qh1+ 54. Kg6 g1=Q+ 55. Kf7 Qh7+ 56. Ke6 Qd4 57. exd3 Qhd7#) 51... c1=Q 52. d4 (52. a4 is not the saving move Ke2 53. axb5 Qf1#) 52... Ke2 53. Kh3 (53. d5 hardly improves anything Qf1#) 53... Kxf3 (53... Qh1#) 54. d5 (54. Kxh4 does not help much Qh6#) 54... Qh1# 0-1

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  Richard Taylor: Good game! I suggest you put the PGN here then list anaylisis. I think once the endgame was reached Black was winning. He had to check on e1. Somehow he had to avoid getting a Q on g1. I haven't thought out what he actually did wrong.

He is a young man from Poland. He made a tactical error versus Stan and lost. He was a bit depressed but we tried to encourage him.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Richard Taylor: Here are a couple of games from a similar opening that I played into last week.

[Event "Winter Cup ACC 2016"]
[Site "ACC,Auckland,NZ"]
[Date "2016.10.31"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Alex Nagorski"]
[Black "Richard Taylor"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. Nc3 Nc6 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 g6 6. e4 d6 7. Be2 Bg7 8. Be3 O-O 9. O-O Bd7 10. f3 Rc8 11. Qd2 Nxd4 12. Bxd4 Qa5 13. Rfd1 Qc7 14. Rac1 Rfe8 15. Qe3 b6 16. e5 Nh5 17. Nd5 Qb8 18. f4 Nxf4 19. exd6 Nxd5 20. cxd5 exd6 21. Rxc8 Qxc8 22. Qf3 Bxd4+ 23. Kf1 Re5 24. Rxd4 Rf5 25. Rf4 Qc1+ 26. Bd1 Rxf4

Here Bob Gibbo allowed me to get a draw from a basically lost position after he played his N to h4. He was rope-able after that: never seen him so angry. He went over and over the game showing how he was winning! Normally a very likeable man, but not in this instance as he has won the Challengers, so had chances in this tournament also:

[Event "Merv Morrison ACC 2012"]
[Site "ACC, Auckland,2012"]
[Date "2012.10.22"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Bob Gibbons"]
[Black "Richard Taylor"]
[Result "*"]

1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 c5 3. Bg2 Nc6 4. O-O e5 5. d3 Be6 6. Ng5 Bg4 7. f4 h6 8. Nf3 e4 9. Ne5 Nxe5 10. fxe5 c4 11. dxe4 Qb6+ 12. Kh1 d4 13. c3 d3 14. Qa4+ Qc6 15. Qxc6+ bxc6 16. exd3 cxd3 17. Be3 Be2 18. Rf2 Ne7 19. Nd2 Ng6 20. Nc4 Be7 21. Bf1 Bxf1 22. Raxf1 Rf8 23. Rd2 Rd8 24. Rfd1 f5 25. exf6 Rxf6 26. Rxd3 Rxd3 27. Rxd3 a6 28. Bd4 Rf1+ 29. Kg2 Ra1 30. Bxg7 h5 31. a3 h4 32. e5 Bc5 33. Nd6+ Ke7 34. Nf5+ Kf7 35. e6+ Kxe6 36. Nxh4 Nxh4+ 37. gxh4 Rg1+ 38. Kh3 Rxg7 39. Rg3 Rh7 40. Rg4 Be7 41. Ra4 Kd5 42. Rxa6 Rxh4+ 43. Kg3 Rh7 44. h3 Rg7+ 45. Kf3 Rf7+ 46. Kg4 Rg7+ 47. Kf3 Rf7+ 48. Kg4 Rg7+ *

Here is Tuesday's game:

[Event "Parkinson Cup 2017"]
[Site "How-Pak,Auckland,NZ"]
[Date "2017.03.21"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Reza Amani"]
[Black "Richard Taylor"]
[Result "*"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 d5 3. Bg2 c5 4. O-O Nc6 5. d3 e5 6. Nbd2 Bd6 7. Ng5 h6 8. Nh3 Bg4 9. f3 Be6 10. Nf2 O-O 11. e4 d4 12. a4 a6 13. Nc4 Bxc4 14. dxc4 b5 15. axb5 axb5 16. Rxa8 Qxa8 17. cxb5 Na5 18. f4 Nd7 19. Nd3 Nc4 20. fxe5 Ncxe5 21. Nxe5 Nxe5 22. Qh5 Kh7 23. Bxh6 gxh6 24. Rf6 Qa1+ 25. Bf1 Qc1 26. Qf5+ Kg7 27. Rxd6 Qe3+ 28. Kg2 f6 29. Bd3 Rf7 30. Qc8 Qf3+ 31. Kg1 Qe3+ 32. Kg2 Qf3+ 33. Kg1 Qe3+ 34. Kg2 Qf3+ *

Here are some points. The opening was a sub line, not the main line, but a playable line. His 7. Ng5? is a mistake. I thought the game wouldn't last long. Now I played correctly but then in this position:

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I should have played 10. ... h5! which leads almost to a win. It attacks the now disorganized K-side. I was going to play 10. ... g5 which I think is also good. My mistake was to castle here, but it is a strategic error so I am obviously still o.k. Now my plan is the more conventional one of a Q-side pawn push while his is f4 which more or less happened.

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Here I made another error missing a fairly obvious move. That is 13. ... Bxc4? Better is, as I had planned, 13...Bc7

But then in 1 moves I played 14. ... b5? forgetting that he could take it with the a pawn! This is the first game played at H-Pak (this year) I've made such a tactical error. Of course he takes with the a pawn and simply wins a pawn.

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Here if he had played [Event "Parkinson Cup 2017"]

20. b3 ...I had intended Ne3?? which would have been tragic [the idea is to blunt one of his attacking Bs but my B on d6 isn't in the best place and nor is my fact the main main line involves Be7 not Bd6...not critical but slightly better....]21. Bxe3 dxe3 22. Nb2! Qb8 23. Nc4 and White wins!

But he played 20. Qh5?! or perhaps !? In fact 20. c4! -- which I had seen was poss. because of the tactic of my Q being in line with the g2 B means I cant take the pawn on c4 -- is better.

However I did think Qh5 was a good move in the game and knew I was under pressure.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Richard Taylor:

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Here is the Stanely Yee ... Tabiwa...!

Here he thought, and so did I for a few minutes, that after:

30. Qc8? [30. Qf4 seems best and it is unclear but better for White, but NOT 30. Rd8 nor was 30. b6 none of those things led to anything] Qf3+ 31. Kg1 Ng4 32. Qf5 and then the tactics mean Black can (or seems to be able to) get a draw although it is slightly better for White. It is surprising that the attack by W has gone but he does have a positional and material advantage, but I think Black can make it difficult.

And it was a real game and I was fairly calm and had a better time advantage, he was quite nervous, behind time and banging down his moves on the clock... So I think I may even have won.

But his attack beginning with 23. Bxh6! was very enterprising, brilliant in fact and gave me a shock. I had missed it.

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From here I had to think carefully what to do and decided correctly I had to accept the sac....

I think White is winning but remember that a player has to be able to defend as well as attack and we both did well in that. He had to be careful not to get too excited and "overreach" as they say in the trade!; and seeing a possible win he got very nervous which is understandable...It was a close game although I kept ahead on the clock.

C'est la vie!

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  Benzol: Richard it surprises that 30.b6 doesn't go anywhere. I was looking at a continuation of 30...Qc1 31.Kh3 c4 32.Be2 Qg5 33.Rxd4 which looks good for White.
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  Richard Taylor: It is better for White but still not easy to win. Komodo, waiting until it went 44 ply came up with:

1. 30. Qf4 (best according to K, but as it goes towards an ending it is hard to see how to win although in practice White is better for sure but it takes into account the two double pawns. Important is the great position of Black's N, it, I think holds Black's position)

2. 30. b3

3. 30. b6 (I have analysis of this but this can also easily lead to a fairly quick draw! But it is unclear, I'll show what Komodo comes up with tommorrow, in some lines Black can allow white to Q and then either draw or even checkmate White!)

4. 30. Kh3

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  Richard Taylor: <Benzol> We analyzed my game against Stan Yee. I should have gone with my first impulse as the sacrifice of the exchange we analyzed is completely winning. Stanely got his opening lines wrong unless he is going by the book which he may be as the line he was talking about is the "drawing line" which I did know but had forgotten. It is a line in the Panov-Bot that goes to an ending and has been much analysed. But my move order was o.k. but not the most popular. If you get time I will post my game here (can you load these games, even yours and the one I played last time were interesting even though I only managed draws and you won last Tuesday I think they have interest)...
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  Richard Taylor: Here is the critical position. Black is lost it is only how to win. I was sure I could win as I played and I probably would have except I allowed a counter (even then I think White was better but it was less clear). But here is the critical position I think:

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Here I needed to play

17. Rxe7+!

This was my first thought. I considered it too long really and mixed up the B check on d6 and the Re1 check and although I saw the winning method I was too wary of Stan. But here is one line.

Kxe7 (this is really forced) 18. Bf4 Qd8 19. Bd6+ Kd7 20. Qf5+ Ke8 21. Re1+

and White wins easily.

If 18. ... Qd7 then 19. Re1+ Kf8 20. Bd6+ Kg8 21. Re7 wins also. Here 19. ... Kd8 20. Rd1 wins the Queen. I had seen this line.

If 18. ... Qc8 19. Bd6+ Kd7 20. Qxf7+ Kd8 21. Qe7#

And if in the same line: 18. Bf4 Qc8 19. Bd6+ ....

19. ... Kd8 20. Rd1 f5 21. Bf4+ Ke8 22. Re1+ Kf7 23. Qb3+ Kf6 24. Qc3+ Kf7 25. Qc4+ Kf6 26. Be5+ Kg6 27. Re3 f4 28. Qxf4 and White wins.

All variations are lost for Black. Ironically the best move is to go back to a5 with the Q.


If 17. Rxe7+ Kxe7 18. Bf4 ... then

18. ... Qa5 19. Bd6+ Kd8 20. Qxf7 Rb8 21. Qxg7 Re8 22. Rd1 Kc8 23. Qg4+ Kb7 24. Qd7+ and White wins but it goes to an ending, altho it is completely won for W.

So it is inexplicable I didn't play 17. Rxe7+!

I saw ghosts I think and thought he was lost in any case. He was but the other way gave him defensive chances.

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  Richard Taylor: Here's the entire game:

[Event "Parkinson Cup 2017"]
[Site "Howick-Pak,Auckland,NZ"]
[Date "2017.03.28"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Richard Taylor"]
[Black "Stanley Yee"]
[Result "*"]

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. c4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Nf3 Bg4 7. Be3 e6 8. c5 Bxf3 9. Qxf3 e5 10. dxe5 Nxe5 11. Bb5+ Nc6 12. O-O-O Be7 13. Nxd5 Nxd5 14. Rxd5 Qa5 15. Bxc6+ bxc6 16. Re5 Qc7 17. Qe4 Kf8 18. Bf4 Bf6 19. Re6 Bg5 20. Bxg5 fxe6 21. Qxe6 Re8 Draw agreed.

I think White is actually slightly better, the computer seems to think so in any case. But it would have been a long night to convert it to a win with plenty of chances for error.

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  Richard Taylor: Actually Stan's last move was an error. He thought that if I play 22. Qd6+ it led to a draw. But it is not clear W isn't better.

He should have played 21. ... h6! which is about =

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  Richard Taylor: I had a fantastic game against Leyton and finally checkmated him! I didn't play the opening so well but came back into it. It got massively complex. Then my sacrifice meant he was under pressure in the complex maze of tactics. I did most things right but right at the end (he had less than one minute and I had a bout 1 minute and 25 seconds!!), a few moves before the end I played a Q sac (it was on a few moves before) and he was so short of time he missed a chance to at least equalize but went wrong and was checkmated.

I spoke to Stanley. He was adamant about his need to tell you about the clocks. I agreed but said he needed to be more diplomatic. He relented eventually (I agreed he has the job of being arbiter and a player). However I urged he tell everyone next week and made it clear it isn't personal to you. I suggested he needed to make the point in a more diplomatic way, he somewhat conceded on that. So I think it is a matter of consideration by people playing.

I notice that in all clubs a lotof people overreact to even moderate time pressure. In some cases the players who bang the clock I think are subconsciously trying for intimidation. That can he irritating.

The problem at ACC was that when that sort of things was a problem there was usually no arbiter around with so many players...

But I think you and Stan need to meet and work out an understanding. I don't think Stan means anything.

It is almost as if we need an arbiter who isn't playing and organizing.

All the best to you and Peter!

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  Richard Taylor: Here's the PGN of my game. I played the opening badly but recovered with a speculative and tactical attack. This I launched when my opponent was in time trouble. I made an error near the end but he didn't have time to find the defense. So I delivered a nice checkmate!

[Event "Parkinson Cup 2017"]
[Site "Howick-Pak,Auckland,NZ"]
[Date "2017.04.04"]
[Round "7"]
[White "Leyton Hackney"]
[Black "Richard Taylor"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 c5 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. e3 d6 5. d4 cxd4 6. exd4 g6 7. d5 Nb8 8. Be3 Bg7 9. Qd2 h5 10. Bd3 Bg4 11. Nh4 Na6 12. h3 Bd7 13. f4 Nc5 14. Bxc5 dxc5 15. O-O Qc7 16. Rae1 Qd6 17. f5 Ng4 18. hxg4 Bd4+ 19. Rf2 hxg4 20. Ne4 Qe5 21. fxg6 Rxh4 22. gxf7+ Kf8 23. Ng5 g3 24. Re2 gxf2+ 25. Rxf2 Qh2+ 26. Kf1 Qh1+ 27. Ke2 Bg4+ 28. Nf3 Bxf2 29. Qg5 Qe1#

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  Richard Taylor: The position at the start of my Mikhail Tal attack!

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17. ... Ng4 !!? has just been played. I felt confidant but knew it might not be completely sound.

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Final position after Leyton tried to checkmate me (we were both in time trouble here but he was worse).

A nice epalautte mate to exploit the pin on Leyton's N

Here is a complex position in the middle of my attack. In fact earlier it was Leyton who initiated an attack.

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I have just played 20. ... Qe5 I have to concede I missed his 20. Ne4 which was good.

A lively game. Andrew Janis (?) watched the game from there until the end: he was about to go home when I played the dramatic N sac on g4...quite exciting in fact. Instead of that sacrifice I also had 17. ... g5! and he cant take the pawn as his Q will be trapped by Bh6 (which I had planned also) and he has to play 18. Nf3 when 18. ... g4 is strong. I'm not sure of this game. I played indifferently in the opening and the complexity of the positions needs a lot of computer time which just now I havent't got but for now Fritz with some waiting has shown indications. It does tactics fairly well but the evaluations I am always a bit skeptical of unless I spend several days analysing but most of the moves can be more or less evaluated by careful analysis I think and it was a dynamic game. Here the human aspect of time pressure was the decisive factor and my courage to risk a N for an attack which seemed promising and worked in practice. I knew I didn't want another draw in any case. I had to take it to my opponent who also likes to attack!

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  Richard Taylor: Come in <Benzol? we have need of you!
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  Richard Taylor: Paul I managed to draw against Daniel Gong tonight. I played a nice combination but he found a defence. Ended up with basically two rooks and 2 pawns (me) against his Q and 3 pawns although either of were in a position to force a draw at the end I think...

Poor old Leyton! He needed to play that game out for sure. Pity he blundered a piece so early but he had counter play of a sort...

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  Richard Taylor: Another time I won against Bob Gibbo...I must have about an = score against him:

[Event "Auckland Champs"]
[Site "Auckland"]
[Date "1981.08.20"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Richard Taylor"]
[Black "Bob Gibbons"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Bb4 6. Bd3 d5 7. Bg5 Bxc3+ 8. bxc3 Qa5 9. O-O Nxe4 10. Bxe4 dxe4 11. Qg4 Bd7 12. Rab1 Qd5 13. Rfd1 h6 14. Bh4 O-O 15. Bf6 g6 16. Nb5 Qc6 17. Qh4 Kh7 18. Bg5 Rh8 19. Bxh6 Kg8 20. Qd8+ Kh7 21. Qf6 Kxh6 22. Qxh8+ Kg5 23. h4+ Kg4 24. f3+ Kg3 25. Qe5+ Kxh4 26. Qf6+ Kh5 27. g3 Kh6 28. Qh8+ Kg5 29. Qh4+ Kf5 30. Qf4# 1-0

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  Richard Taylor: My game against no 13 on the NZ Active list Comrade FM Daniel Gong, all of 15 I think...

[Event "Fairhurst Pawn Howick-Pak"]
[Site "Howick-Pak,Auckland,NZ"]
[Date "2017.05.02"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Richard Taylor"]
[Black "Daniel Anwei Gong"]
[Result "*"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Bd3 Nf6 6. O-O Qc7 7. Nc3 Nc6 8. Nxc6 bxc6 9. Qe2 d5 10. exd5 cxd5 11. Bg5 Bb7 12. Kh1 Be7 13. f4 h6 14. Bh4 O-O 15. Rae1 d4 16. Bxf6 Bxf6 17. Ne4 Be7 18. f5 exf5 19. Rxf5 Rae8 20. Nf6+ Bxf6 21. Qxe8 g6 22. Rxf6 Rxe8 23. Rxe8+ Kg7 24. Rf2 Bd5 25. Re1 Qb7 26. b3 Qb4 27. Ref1 Qa3 28. Bc4 Bxc4 29. bxc4 f5 30. g4 Qxa2 31. gxf5 gxf5 32. Rxf5 Qxc4 33. Rg1+ Kh7 34. Rg2 Qe6 35. Rf4 Qd5 36. h4 a5 37. Kg1 Qc5 38. Kf1 Qc4+ 39. Ke1 Qc3+ 40. Kd1 Qa1+ 41. Kd2 Qc3+ 42. Kd1 Qb4 43. Rgg4 h5 44. Rg5 Qb1+ 45. Kd2 Qb4+ *

[20. Nf6+ ! is winning unless Daniel plays as he does. It slowed him down for sure. 19. ... Re8 was unwise if not a mistake.

Draw agreed. Fritz gives the ending slightly better for Black but Komodo gives either a slight advantage for White or it is = I think without mistakes and good play it is about even. Black cant win and neither can White although both can if errors are made of course....

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  Richard Taylor: Daniel's name is Daniel Hanwen Gong. His ELO is about 2295. Close to 2300. He is an FM and is 14. Nice fellow but not happy to draw to me of course. But always very polite and he is very quick at calculating and is curious about a lot of things. He should do well as time passes.
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  Richard Taylor: I mean in chess and life in general.
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  perfidious: <Richard>, a note on your opening choice 1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 c5 3.Bg2 Nc6 vs Gibbons: this has long been known to be very good for White after 4.d4, which produces a reverse Gruenfeld. When White castles instead, things change, though.
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  Richard Taylor: <perfidious> Yes I see it is played. It seems to be about = though. Although I does fight for the centre somewhat like a reversed Grunfeld.

I think Bob may have wanted to play a "true Reti". Obviously my 5. ... Be6 is wrong. Better is 5. ... Nf6...

I just checked I saw that 5. d4 game recently played by an IM or GM with c4 etc and a b5 sac. I had looked it up for some reason. Maybe I was studying a recent game. I recall now that a lot of players seemed to know the line! How they know all these openings!

I got lucky in that game and Bob was furious after the game. I had never seen him like that. I never do that, if I miss something or feel pissed off I just go home! But he insisted on analyzing it for ages to prove he was mostly won. I think it was because my play was rather unsound and his f4 was good for sure...

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  Richard Taylor: Then my h6 was dubious also....such is chess. After the Qs were swapped White was winning.
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  Richard Taylor: The variation I was looking at is a variation of the Catalan. That's the trouble it is a line of the Catalan or can be if White gets 4. d4 in. I was thinking of trying the Catalan but I think I was looking at a game by Zantoskih during the US Championship.
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  Richard Taylor: Hi Benzol. I lost to Ben Hague no surprise there except I played weakly in the opening. The first time I had ever got to the main position (or one of them) with the Svesnikov as Black. Then I panicked and played too passively so no draw or win this time! No bad blunders just weak play and good play by Ben.

Then in the interclub I had an interesting game against Gordon Morrell tonight (Sunday 21st of May 2017). We played ACC who I think won. Steadman won and Alphaeus Ang got a mate against Paul Spiller in an about = position but Paul as usual was in bad time pressure. Other wise all was well I think. I think Ben Hague won against Martin Dreyer or it might have been a draw. Benji Lim lost to Bruce Watson. Ewen Green had a draw with Kulashko. So How-Pak lost but it was a good fight. Daniel Gong was busy with school things so I was roped in.

I'll post both my games for the sake of completeness when time allows.

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  Richard Taylor: I forgot to say I drew against Gordon Morrell. My game against Ben Hague was in the Parkinson's Cup.
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