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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
CG Librarian chessforum

Pun Submissions can be made at
Pun Submission Page

Puns are used for
Game of the Day Archive

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>> Click here to see Benzol's game collections. Full Member

   Benzol has kibitzed 10275 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-31-16 Manuel Petrosyan
Benzol: <Alan> Yes I do recall seeing some of those British texts. English has problems with the expression of non English names at times. :)
   May-22-16 R Beyen vs G Klompus, 1968
Benzol: Check out J Nielsen vs Larsen, 1965 and R K N Lanning vs P S Spiller, 1976 too.
   May-19-16 chessforum (replies)
Benzol: <Knight13> <<the famed 7 troublemakers> Who are they?> <Knight13> If you really want to know have a read of the lower portion of the <Benzol> profile.
   May-19-16 Biographer Bistro (replies)
Benzol: Why does Urcan have a problem with this site? What is his problem? Or Winter's for that matter?
   May-11-16 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
Benzol: <Jim Bartle> < Germany invading England would have been the main reason > I wonder Jim how the US would have felt if Germany had got its hands on the British fleet? If Britain had had to surrender then the US would have had to deal with two enemy fleets. One in the ...
   May-10-16 D Field (replies)
Benzol: Any relation to Douglas R Field ?
   May-10-16 R A James vs G Wall, 2006 (replies)
Benzol: Goo goo a joob
   May-09-16 mahmoudkubba chessforum (replies)
Benzol: <mahmoudkubba> Good to hear from you and see your new forum open. You've been away for a long time it seems. Welcome back. All the best matey. Cheers. :)
   May-05-16 J Sarfati vs P Frost, 2003 (replies)
Benzol: <Jonathan> Was Paul Frost any relation to Ted Frost?
   May-02-16 J Lansing vs R Hart, 1907 (replies)
Benzol: <Alan> I'm pretty sure about it. Ralph is younger than both Richard and myself. He was playing in NZ junior events in the early 1980's. The above game according to the info supplied took place in 1907 so it must be someone else.
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Monsters From The Id

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  Richard Taylor: <Benzol> Come in <Benzol> Come in <Benzol>! I mean "Come in Spinner."!
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  Benzol: Hi <Richard>, yes I'm still here. :)

Popped in to have a look at the Latvian tournament last weekend and also to see Tony Booth. It was good to see that Alexei Kulashko was playing. He might be a bit rusty because of inactivity but that will pass. Are there any other tournaments coming up soon?

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  Richard Taylor: Hi Benzol! Yes, Alexei is at the ACC, a bit rusty as he lost to Steadman and also Bruce Watson who won the Summer Cup (A Grade) as well as the Rapid.

But good to see him, as at one stage I think he was the highest rated NZ player, I think he's an IM.

4 times NZ Champion. I met him once when I was just kind of thinking of getting back to chess, but I didn't then very seriously, in Panmure, he was selling things to make a few bob.

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  Richard Taylor: The big tournament is the Oceania and NZ Senior Championships which I am playing in starting on the 17th of April this week in fact...

Quite a strong line up and some Aussie players etc More anon...

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  Richard Taylor: Come in Benzol! I lost to McClarin tonight. Playing Philip Hair tomorrow. I beat him once in a strange game when he essayed the Nimzovich defense:

1. e4 Nc6 etc

Mark Noble who is a correspondence IM or GM (he said he is playing 100 games of corresp. chess. he got his IM before computers etc)

But he stopped once as clearly at his rate of addiction he is playing a lot of chess games!

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  Benzol: <Richard> The tournament looks to have a strong lineup. I might try to come and spectate in the weekend. Good luck against Phil Hair tomorrow.


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  Richard Taylor: I lost to Philip, missed a possible chance to sac which we both saw but, hmm, spent about 15 minutes pondering it, then retreated a N and all went wrong from there. I also managed to draw an ending with 7 pawns and a R versus 4 pawns and a R which I am sure was won but not so easy as I had two pawn "islands" and one set of doubled pawns...still I had a win. I realise now I had to move my K to protect the weak pawns then slowly advance the others...

McClarin has won 3 in a row. He is very focused. Good on him.

Apr-27-15  Shadout Mapes: Thanks Benzol! I spent a lot of time here back when I was a kid, but sort of lost track of chess as I got older. I've been trying to keep up again recently. I'm not that strong anymore so I mostly lurk :).
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  Benzol: It has been used before but it always makes me smile when I see todays quote of the the day.

<" Henry won so much at chesse of Louis the King's eldest son [Louis XIV], as hee growing into choller, called him the sonne of a Bastard, and threw the chesse in his face. Henry takes up the Chesse-board, and strake Louis with that force as drew bloud." --- Samuel Daniel, Collection of the Historie of England >


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  juan31: < Benzol > you're are invited to the <♔ Game Prediction Contest for Sinquefield Cup 2015 ♔>

Golden Executive forum.
Carlsen, Caruana, Nakamura, Anand, Topalov, So, Grischuk, Giri, Aronian, Vachier-Lagrave.

< We hope your attendance>

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  Richard Taylor: Hi <Benzol>. That looks similar tot the English used by Chaucer. If you hear tapes of it is sounds like a quite different language. But it is also sometimes quite beautiful. I used to listen to tapes of some of the Canterbury Tales. 'whan' pronounces the 'wh' and 'hee' is like 'hay' and so on.

Even in Shakespeare's time the sounds of vowels etc were different.

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  Richard Taylor: Did you know that there are already 6 GMs entered in the NZ Open starting early Jan in 2016? Short is no 1 and I think Gawain Jones is back (with Sue Maroroa who is not playing in the main event but in the Rapid I think)...

Those entered so far:

Registered players sorted by rating and title
ID Name Fed Origin Title RtgF RtgN
1 Short, Nigel D ENG GM 2678 0
2 Jones, Gawain C B ENG GM 2647 0
3 Fier, Alexandr BRA GM 2636 0
4 Ma, Qun CHN GM 2608 0
5 Cornette, Matthieu FRA GM 2586 0
6 Ju, Wenjun CHN GM 2542 0
7 Koop, Thorben GER OT FM 2414 2263
8 Daulyte, Deimante LTU IM 2377 0
9 Maisuradze, Nino FRA WGM 2292 0
10 Steadman, Michael V R NZL AC FM 2211 2303
11 Forster, William NZL WE CM 1972 2090
12 Milligan, Helen NZL NS CM 1943 2091
13 Jackson, L Ross NZL WE 1884 1981
14 Chan, Kim Yew MAS -- 1850 0

I haven't decided whether to play. I may do. Might get to play a GM again in RD one! I can also probably play in the Major Open.

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  Richard Taylor: Come in Benzol! I found a box of old things (I was clearing out 3000 books I had for sale at one stage, not, mostly chess books) and I found a box with memorabilia of games in the 60s and 80s etc and some game so mine going back to 1961. So, given time, I will sort out, and possibly post early games.

Also my correspondence games and communication with fellow corresp. players (e.g. I think one fellow was from Finland) and with some NZ Corresp. players in the NZ Champs etc

Other stuff involving some NZ Chess History.

Cheers, RT

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  Benzol: Hi Richard. Sorry I didn't get back to you earlier. The 2016 Championship should be exciting to play in.

It will be good to see some of your early efforts as well as the correspondence games.

Are you following the events in the George Trundle at the ACC at the moment? I might pop along to see it some time later this week.

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  Richard Taylor: Hi Benzol...I forgot about it there has been so much on! I may play in the Open and the Seniors...Short by the way is giving a simul versus NZ Women players! He's a scallywag for sure!

Be interesting to see him though considering he is still 2600+ I believe and was / is surely one of the great players esp. of the 90s....

Thanks for reminding me re the George, the irony is I knew about it and was talking to Bruce Watson about how Kulashko (?) isn't playing. He has to work I think...I have my daughters PhD graduation coming up and I have been sorting out 3000 odd books I used to sell! Now my son has room in the house and it is less cluttered...not many chess books I am afraid. I like them and use them but I have so many books of lit. I either want or need to read for my writing projects etc

But the George is always interesting.

In the Winter Cup I won 4 games and possibly one draw. Then I lost to Paul Macdonald (I won the last game we played so that means it is 2-1 to him so far! He is very good player.)

Tonight (Monday the 28th Sept.) playing one of the junior players who I beat last game with a KI but may deviate tonight (not sure)...hope to win but a draw will do as she is quite good at the game for sure...Jasmine Zhang.

I beat Leo Zhang who is playing in the Qualifiers as I played away from his Najdorf (wisely as I know he likes tactical stoushes) and I outplayed him...I also lost to Brett Rider after a blunder in a reasonable position.

My rating has slowly increased as I am making fewer blunders (with some exceptions) and at the right moment I take risks (I sacrificed against Caroline Yang and blew open her position and she missed the defence or my clever threat involving pins etc...

So it's all fun and games.

Yes my old games go back to playing Mark Sinclair where I played an interesting sacrifice that won to get second to Chris Evans and we went to Christchurch and I have found all the games I played in that NZ Metropolitan Schools Champs. I thought I had played Nigel Cooper but we were both wrong. We played later in a tournament and he won I think, about 1964 or so....

In about 2 Sundays you could come over and talk chess or look at some games or bring one of your books....Send me a message on FB or I might ph you or you me, leave a message I keep the ph off the hook as I get those annoying calls and "mates" who know I like to sleep in!! Cheers, RT

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  Richard Taylor: Hi Benzol. I joined the NZ Open. I should let know as Short et al are playing. I suspect there will be more entries soon as after November there is a $20 surcharge.

I am not sure how I will go as age and lack of consistent practice are problems. Otherwise I will again aim for 50% or so and if I get lucky so be it but I suppose the usual mix of good games and middling and some atrocious ones will happen by me, and my most others in fact!

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  wordfunph: <Benzol> Merry Christmas!
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  Richard Taylor: <Benzol> You asked about Caroline Yan. She is quite good, but I was wrong, she isn't coached by Ewen. Nor is Alphaeus. No one knows who coaches him.

How did your Xmas etc go? I saw my family on different days. My grandsons and others. I have 4 grandsons!

I'm playing in the NZ Open: it starts on this coming Saturday at, pass, will have to check the start time! But I think about 1 pm...9 rounds, 6 GMs.

The Major Open has some good players in it also. A lot opted for that, figuring they would lose too many and learn little versus those I am with, and it was cheaper.

My thinking is I can always mutter to who might be interested that in the tourney I played there were many strong GMs and IMs etc But I suspect I will spend most of my time near the bottom tables. I will see.

Hope you are well! Best of the season!

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  chancho: <Benzol> Happy New Year to you as well!

May you beat many higher rated players during 2016!


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  tpstar: <Paul> Happy New Year!

Best wishes for 2016. =)

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  Annie K.: Happy New Year, <Benzol>! :)
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  Richard Taylor: Hi Benzol I just submitted my game I played with Genesis Potini in 2005. It will make his page 2 games!

But that's good. The game was a draw, in the Waitakare B, I won that in 2006.

Then I was intrigued by his name, and interested that a group with him had come up from the BOP (could be from Gisborne). I "invented" the method without a computer of combatting the Smith-Morra that he essayed. So it was a draw...

I just watched the movie. It is very good. Very moving, even inspiring.

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  Benzol: <Richard> I thought the movie was good. There was also a documentary about the film that screened on television a while back. Ewen was one of the people who acted as a consultant on the project.
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  Richard Taylor: I saw part of the doco, not the full thing. I see the Eastern Knights are still going as a Club. A friend of mine sold his house in Auckland and headed for Gisborne. He paid 1/2 of the Auckland value.

I thought it was good to get it on line here as it is a piece of history and it was a reasonable game.

I also loaded my Q sac against Bob Gibbons I played at the Centenary Tournament in 1978/79.

All the best.

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  Richard Taylor: I don't want it to be thought (for the record) that I won all my games against Bob Gibbons. We have had varying results in OTB and one Corresp. game and at the moment his rating is higher than mine.

But that game I submitted was one of my early games I played when I re-started chess in 1978.

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