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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
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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

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   Benzol has kibitzed 10371 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-17-17 Robert James Fischer (replies)
Benzol: Anyone remember him in "Killer Clowns From Outer Space". :)
   Feb-14-17 Richard Taylor chessforum (replies)
Benzol: <Richard> I was expecting to see you tonight. Hope things are OK. Stan asked me where you were. I got slated to play a young opponent named Thomas Zheng and landed in trouble right in the opening. I was lucky to draw.
   Feb-13-17 Benzol chessforum (replies)
Benzol: <Richard> Yes I am intending to play tomorrow. I'll see you there. I'm not expecting too much, been away for too long I think. :)
   Feb-13-17 chessforum (replies)
Benzol: <> <I anybody knows more let me know. There were some heavy sluggers in that event.> I'm glad you manage to work out that I uploaded all of the games that were available. There are still a fair number missing but it's a start. :)
   Feb-13-17 Daniel Freeman (replies)
Benzol: Happy 50th Daniel. :)
   Feb-11-17 Geller vs Averbakh, 1954 (replies)
Benzol: The ending of this game reminds me of the ending in this one Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1941
   Jan-29-17 Raymond Keene (replies)
Benzol: Another one ticks by. Happy birthday Ray. :)
   Jan-24-17 M F Noble vs D Gollogly, 1982
Benzol: The position after Black's 21st move is very picturesque.
   Jan-24-17 G Lane vs P Garbett, 2017
Benzol: 37.Ne5 might have been made during time pressure.
   Jan-24-17 B Hague vs R Taylor, 2017
Benzol: Richard on the way to his Candidate Master Title. Well done. :)
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  Richard Taylor: Hi <Benzol> I had a cold so didn't play today. I'm in the B Grade ACC Club Champs. In the last tournament I lost one game (to William Li but I beat him in our previous game), but had a lot of draws.

I'm going to play in the third section of the George Trundle Masters. I wasn't intending to but it might be interesting.

I am repairing my fence and want to get back to painting my house.

I've decided to make no comments on this chess site of any political or other nature in anyway...except I might talk to reasonable people like Domdaniel and so on. Big Pawn for example simply rants. I really don't know what is wrong with him. Is the US descending into barbarism? ----ooops a political statement----but I "switched Big Pawn off" mind you he's still ranting.

Oh well, we have a fine spell, and though it's cold it is beautiful weather. It may last. Hope we get more of these.

I hope you and Peter are well enough to grumble at each other!! Peter is a really nice person: you know I miss the days in the 80s and also more recently in this century, playing at HP....if I keep playing chess I might play there.

Keep well as possible these cold days!

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  Richard Taylor: Hi Benzol it was round one of the George Trundle Masters. There is that tournament of IM and FMs etc, the the Qualifiers (which I have played in twice in the past) and the third stream in which I'm playing.

I played Phillip Mukkattu today and probably should have lost but he took a draw. I didn't prepare for it. Busy with a lot of projects including fixing my fence and want to start painting and repairing my fence.

By the way the George is live each day (all games) so the PGNs will be all easily available if you want to tell altho I suppose apart from the top stream it is a pretty weak tournament...

Maybe there is some intrinsic or historical (!) interest in it....

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  Richard Taylor: Good to see you there today Benzol. It was a tense moment for me. I had to be careful! "But I (we) knocked the bastard off!" To quote another famous kiwi!
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  Richard Taylor: I lost to Punsalam due to a silly error on move 9. (9. Bg5? which I knew was wrong I meant to play 9.Qf3).

So after that it wasn't very good for me. A bit disappointed but I did well for an old fellow.

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  Richard Taylor: I have two more games uploaded including a short Q sac game against Bob Gibbons in 1979 and a win over Le Brocq who was over 2000 at the time I think but he disappeared from chess as far as I know... They are on my page and my chess forum.

I also analysed that game that you uploaded Copp versus Mrs Kerr from the old Corresp. Mag. that I lent you (it covered 1943 to 44 which almost makes it poignant to read) I was using it as practice for calculation and found a quicker and better win for white but it is a great game to see there.

Nov-02-16  mckmac: <Richard Taylor> I remember Bob Gibbons from back in the ACC '71-'72 Glory Days. Very nice chap.

<Paulus> I'm signing off as < McK Mac > here. Thanks for all your support. I plan on making a comeback as < Mackleson Mc Mac Kellson >. Dubious, I know. Buy you a dronk sometime ...


Om Mani Padme Hum

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  Benzol: There has been a major earthquake in New Zealand centred around Hanmer Springs in the South Island measuring 7.6 and was felt as far south as Dunedin and as far north as Whangarei. We have been lucky in Auckland but a great many aftershocks are being are happening in the north of the South Island and the south of the North Island. The tsunami threat has been downgraded but the death toll is unknown as yet. The country is suffering major disruption.
Nov-14-16  Open Defence: Glad to know you are ok

Hope the disruption ends soon

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  Richard Taylor: Hi <Benzol> I was awake the night that earthquake struck in Auckland as you know of course. I had switched on the all night continuous classical music with the timer so no talking. So, some nice guitar music by someone and that's good to relax and then some bloody talking!! Just what I hate, the reason I don't listen to talk back or watch TV or whatever...I thought something had gone wrong. They were raving on about an earthquake and I thought someone or something had somehow switched on the nonsense for the - when was it, 2012? - earthquake in Christchurch. I kept listening and was slowly converted to the idea that there was a general tsunami alert...Then I heard what I thought was (a place North of Auckland) and then I started imagining the Tamaki river (estuary) rising. But being on a hill, I thought, bugger it, I wont wake up my son...Went back to sleep.

Of course the latest earthquake is that John Key has resigned.

How are things your end Paul?

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  Richard Taylor: Well Benzol me old mate, it's 5 minutes to midnight here in our dear Kiwiland and Santa's on the way! Merry Xmas to you and everyone on here!!
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  Richard Taylor: Santa hasn't come yet! All the best Paul et al...
Dec-24-16  Station Radio: Merry Christmas Paul!
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  Benzol: Thankyou my fellow kiwis <Richard> and <Station Radio>. Merry Christmas to you both and to everyone at <chessgames>.


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  Penguincw: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year <Benzol>. :)
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  Richard Taylor: <Benzol: Thankyou my fellow kiwis <Richard> and <Station Radio>. Merry Christmas to you both and to everyone at <chessgames>.:)>

Cheers! Still not decided whether or not to play in The Zonal. I suppose you are unable if you're Dad's still crook, and with work? I might just settle for a look as it is (to be) not far away at the Panmure Lagoon. In the Waipuna Lodge (where I saw it in 2005). It starts 14th Jan. I think a number of the games will be live also.

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  Richard Taylor: Happy New Year <Benzol>!! It's that time again!! I was kibitzing and nearly forgot!

I joined the Zonal. (Perhaps inadvisedly considering my age and indifferent chess these days...but who knows!!) It starts on the 14th of January. Some of the games will be live. In total, including the womens, about 100+ players already.

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  Annie K.: Happy New Year, <Benzol>! :)
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  Richard Taylor: <Benzol> My regards and concern for your father and you Paul it must be distressing. Thanks for your support. See a comment I made on how I sacrificed my Queen in the last round!!

There was an easier way to win but I couldn't resist it!!

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  Richard Taylor: <Benzol>I have all my games bar one where I want to check my opponent's name up. I have 8 rounds. Round 6 needs checking, I mean my opponent's name.

This is thanks to's offer...

Some of the draws are interesting as well as my wins. My game against Alex wasn't good and I played badly against Duneas and the other Australian CM.

This tournament felt much more international than the Opens. Not sure why. Perhaps because it was in a sense a critical 'junction point' in world chess, I mean, part of the FIDE system leading to the World Champs...

The Opens were also in a way and of course I played (esp. in 2015) a lot of Australian, one Danish and some others....

But this one certainly had a sense of focus even though of course it tailed off dramatically at the bottom ends...

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  Richard Taylor: <Benzol> How did you go last night? I thought your position was good when I saw it last? I won against Terry Shen. So the Seniors one by 1 point!
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  Benzol: <Richard> Yes I did win. Good to hear you beat Terry Shen. It's nice to remind the kids that they can't just push the oldies over.

Actually it felt a bit strange playing a live opponent again. I fear that a lack of practice will tell against me from next week on. Daniel played quite well for the most part but I think that he wasn't ready to really tough it out in the long run.

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  Richard Taylor: <Benzol> Good one. It looked about even to me at one stage.

I understand how you feel about playing a 'real game'. The main thing I think is to keep an eye out for those annoying breaks or tactics (easier said than done of course!)

I reconstructed my own game (I lost my score but I remembered most of the game, he played to checkmate) and ran it past the machines and found I really only made one error which wasn't too important. It also surprised me how quickly I played. I foresaw a lot of what happened and got him with complications. I was always several minutes ahead and in the end my opponent was down to 2 minutes but I was easily winning. I haven't played without blundering or an error for some time now! Except maybe against Ben...

Perhaps the opening didn't suit Terry Shen. The lighting wasn't so good down my end.

Are you playing in the next tournament?

I did think of the ACC but I really feel that as there are so many players drawn into there, that it is just getting too intense there. I used to like pottering about at Howick, and indeed I had sometimes more interesting games, win lose or draw, as the players were closer to my level....So as I was being shoved down into the C (quite strong as the A and B are presumably very or quite strong) and wanted to limit to one club, I decided to opt for H-Pak.... I don't want to become a "C Grade Master" like poor old Pat Young.

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  Richard Taylor: Hi <Benzol> (and others) I got the CM title as ACC paid the fees so Helen Milligan says, yep, I'm now a Candidate Master... a bit late in the day but something as I said to Stanley when I was playing Alex Huang "I can put it on my graveyard."

It's a pity I didn' play a bit better against Duneas, the Aussie CM fellow, and even Alex. All players I feel I could have beaten or given a good go. Otherwise the other games went pretty well, draws or not. And the wins, though not spectacular were good considering....

Are you playing tomorrow? I think I'll have a bash at least at the first tournament. I might get, on average, weaker players, but sometimes that means it is better for 'getting into the groove' of playing so to speak...But I don't mean it will be easy. But at least not so crazy as ACC.

ACC are good, don't get me wrong. But this year I will give it a rest.

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  Benzol: <Richard> Yes I am intending to play tomorrow. I'll see you there. I'm not expecting too much, been away for too long I think.


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  Richard Taylor: <Benzol> Hi. You did well to maintain status last week. I'll be there on Tuesday. See how it goes. I wasn't playing too well at ACC I think the time control and there are some rather erratic players there. I may go back later....See how it pans out...

But I'll try some games at H-Pak starting on Tuesday.

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