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Benzol
Member since Jul-02-03
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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 85-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 29th January 2014 submissions number 5,114 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 chessgames.com 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 1889, Part II

7D.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.

More recent tournaments can be accessed at
New Tournaments

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

Other collections that are well worth checking out :

suenteus po 147's Game Collections

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   Benzol has kibitzed 9938 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-19-14 Biographer Bistro
 
Benzol: <keypusher> The mention of Taimanov and Fischer and a bishop ending reminded me of their first encounter where Bobby saved an apparently hopeless ending. He stunned Taimanov afterward by saying that he read a Russian article about this type of ending and remembered all the ...
 
   Dec-18-14 suenteus po 147 chessforum
 
Benzol: Peter it is good to hear from you too. I'm reasonably well at the moment. This time last year I was in hospital with a blood sugar level of 30+. Hope that you'll be here for more than just a fleeting visit although I know that family life consumes a great deal of time and effort. ...
 
   Dec-16-14 Judit Polgar vs Chandler, 1987 (replies)
 
Benzol: According to New Zealand Chess magazine December 1988 Chandler played Zsuzsa Polgar in this game.
 
   Dec-14-14 Greg Hjorth
 
Benzol: <MelbourneChessClub> Were you aware of the Melbourne Chess Club file here at this site?
 
   Dec-06-14 Richard Taylor chessforum (replies)
 
Benzol: <Richard> Only just caught your message at my forum. I shall follow the Championship and your progress with great interest. :)
 
   Dec-06-14 Karpov vs Hort, 1973
 
Benzol: I think it's possible that White could also go after the kingside pawns after 45...Kc7 46.a3 Bg8 47.Ke5
 
   Dec-05-14 J Sarfati vs P R Green, 1985
 
Benzol: Played in the 92nd New Zealand Championship at Upper Hutt.
 
   Dec-01-14 Boleslavsky vs Botvinnik, 1941 (replies)
 
Benzol: <whiteshark> The result says draw?! :)
 
   Nov-29-14 Fischer vs Larsen, 1970
 
Benzol: <Petrosianic> It appeared last month. See http://books.google.co.nz/books/abo... It's basically an upgrade of "Larsen's Selected Games" but I was surprised that this game wasn't in it.
 
   Nov-28-14 chessgames.com chessforum (replies)
 
Benzol: <chessgames> Is there any chance you could create a subset of the birthday list that would display chessgames members birthdays? I always find myself wishing other members happy birthday after the actual event because I've missed it.
 
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Monsters From The Id

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Jul-08-14
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  perfidious: <Benzol....As far as I'm concerned (<lamont>) is just a bat-crap bonkers poor sod living a delusion.>

Nuff ced!

Some months back, having noticed his absence, I took him out of iggydom, whence he had long resided. He then returned and was at it again. His pseudo-intellectual putdowns very quickly became tiresome and vapid, so out the door his wretchedness went.

Jul-11-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Richard Taylor: Well he is witty I have to say but I think a bit bitter.

Faked his own death!

He's not full on Fischer but he could at least discuss the subtleties a bit. I was putting the case "for" which then implied all the "againsts".

I don't see why we cant simply see the value in all these great players and learn. I make a minor criticism (about a game where Fischer himself said in his book that Keres played brilliant defense idea or another game where at the level he was playing it could go either way, or that Fischer didn't AlWAYS play games of genius (not to detract from his great games etc) but no, that's too complex for them. It's Fischer or nothing...

Extremism.

I started playing over a book of all the main games (win lose or draw) by Karpov and so far some great games: informative and beautiful. This is around 1975 or so...good annotations and not all by Karpov. And they are not dull at all from any viewpoint...

Jul-13-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Richard Taylor: <Benzol> Did you see the documentary about the recovery of the bodies from Mt Erebus? Very dramatic (gruelling, dangerous and emotionally "draining" (to say the least) and very moving (great documentary), and of course Bob Mitchell (NZ Chess player and ex-policeman (and my fellow Senior player!)) was there. He's now in England. He got the OBE for that: that was a really tortuous job, and very harrowing. In 1979: I recall it coming over the radio that the plane was overdue. Very scary.

Seems Air NZ tried to do a cover up but there was a lot of controversy as I recall.

Jul-13-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: <Richard> I'm sorry I missed it. Dad and I have been having a nostalgic look back at the British tv series of Callan that starred Edward Woodward.

As I recall Justice Mahone's "Orchestrated Litany of Lies" quote really shook Air New Zealand to its foundations. Mahone also became a subsequent casualty of the tragedy too, unfortunately.

Jul-14-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Richard Taylor: Yes, they counterattacked. His 'organised litany of lies' was sheer poetry and to the point. However, the pilot and co-pilot were in part to blame. I'm not sure what happened now in the end (in regard to the inquiry etc).

But the team of police did a heroic job. That term has been overused but it applies here.

Jul-14-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Richard Taylor: I recall Callan but I didn't watch it at the time. BTW Bob received 2 awards. One was, not the OBE, but a similar award.

Check out the documentary when you get time.

Jul-24-14  ughaibu: Great short documentary: http://vimeo.com/55560604
Jul-25-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Richard Taylor: That part of NZ is a bloody cold and miserable place. They destroyed millions of acres of bush for these rich farmers who gobbled up the land and ripped the Maori off for a pittance and didn't honour their agreements... (as they did in the Waikato and elsewhere)... They should cut the SI off from NZ - they have too many earthquakes and it's always raining down there. Mind you me old mate Tim "Protestor" Shadbolt is the Mayor of Invercargill.

I stayed there years ago, coldest place I'd ever been to... I believe Barrow and Invercargill share the record from I think it's (travel writer) for being the most boring place on earth. Barrow is the Northernmost town/city in the US (its in Alaska) when I was on ICC I played a 1 hour each game with a chap who lived there. I lost but it was an interesting game...I sacrificed two rooks for an attack but I went wrong!

Sep-20-14
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  Benzol: The polls have just closed and now the counting in the 2014 New Zealand general election is about to begin. Most people think that a very close result is on the cards. Stay tuned.

:)

Sep-20-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: The election wasn't close at all. The National party have won a third term victory and increased their share of the party vote. Their traditional rivals, the Labour party will now have some hard thinking to do in the next few months.
Sep-21-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: Looking at the NZ election results I'm beginning to wonder if Hush Puppy, Charlie Horse and Lambchop might have stood a better chance than some of the left wing candidates. For the left the results were just simply horrible.

Apologies to Shari Lewis btw.

Sep-23-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Richard Taylor: In some ways the results are depressing. More of the boring same, and the association with Whale Oil is odious.

But that is the way things go. Big Money has the money and makes sure it keeps the system running while the people stay in relative poverty. Big social issues that are not only relative to NZ remain.

Sep-23-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Richard Taylor: Re Chess, I think CG.com are covering the George Trundle which has Anton Smirnov and his father playing starting this Saturday (Sept. 27th) and also playing are 1 GM and some other masters, FMs and some of NZ usual suspects. It's all on the NZ Chess site. It will be at Chandler's new Chess Centre in Devonport.
Sep-27-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: <Richard> Whoever is responsible for putting the PGN up at the official site needs to get their act together. Following the link you posted reveals nothing but a file that is devoid of gamescores. Anyone interested in what transpired in the first round yesterday will be disappointed in finding out what happened. I popped along yesterday when most of the games were still in progress but the only result I know for sure is that Bob Smith and Vladimir Smirnov drew their encounter.
Sep-28-14  Penguincw: I know this was years ago, but I'd like to thank you for mentioning my game collections on your profile. :)
Oct-02-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Richard Taylor: <Benzol> The results are on the link where the tournament is on either Masters or Qualifiers and you select the option that gives the overall result I'll get the link. But I agree it's not that easy to navigate.
Oct-03-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Richard Taylor: This is the link beside the live games link:

http://www.newzealandchess.co.nz/Ve...

Oct-03-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Richard Taylor: You should be able to see the results on the live games link LHS on the NZ Chess site. But the PGNs in my case go down onto a program called Tarrasch, and it is good but I dont know how to put print the games or get it to say Windboard or Fritz - there is a way. But I wait for the next day, although I think I can do it by playing the game over on a program I use called Winboard.

But some times those links don't work I think it also depends on how fast your computer is going and other things. Whether you have the latest Java and an infinite number of tedious things...

But in the old days of course you might not even see any of the games for weeks until the NZ Chess Mag. came out and so on...!

Oct-03-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: <Richard> The tournament ends tomorrow, do you know if the last round will start at an earlier time than the previous ones?
Oct-08-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Richard Taylor: Sorry Paul I missed this - but of course we both had a power cut! But I went in. It was the same time. I watched the young Smirnov (Anton) beat Leonard. It was clearly a prepared line that Leonard ran into as in the post mortem the older IM (the father indicated as such). But if Leonard had refused the sac he was probably o.k. otherwise it was the end.

I can see why the father lost quite a few games. He is spending his time preparing his son. Fair enough I suppose. But the young chap was the only player to have a full time second! Good for some!

In any case the joint winners as you will be able to see were Johanssen and Anton Smirnov.

Some interesting games in the Qualifiers also. Hilton Bennett won that. Surprising as he had a lot of draws, but well deserved.

I wasn't hugely impressed by Chandler's 'Chess Centre' as (for one) there is no parking. But they are working on fixing what was once a church before the NZ Champs. Maybe it will be Rolls Royce by then.

Not sure if I'll play, I think I am just about past these long tiring chess games only to be slaughtered by young players and old, but mostly young "trainees" studying chess 10 hours a day...

Oct-18-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Richard Taylor: <Benzol> How goes it? I am still thinking about whether to play at Xmas in the NZ Champs (it is open this year, but it is $200 to enter).

I probably will as it might be the last time I can play in an open (NZ Champs) in Auckland.

Oct-22-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: <Richard> Hi, only just seen your message, been looking after Dad. The tournament over the shore at Christmas should be good. Unfortunately I can't play because of work commitments but I'll certainly keep on eye on what's going on and I wish you the best for it if you play. I have a favour to ask. Can you help me to get a picture of myself for my games file here at chessgames?
Oct-24-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Richard Taylor: <Benzol> Hope your Dad is o.k. I can probably organize a picture. If I see you at a tournament I usually have a camera or you can call in here. Send a message, I have my phone switched off to avoid certain calls: but I will get the message. The we can arrange a time. Then I can photo you and send to CG.com who will I suppose put it up.

The Merv Morrison is on, I toyed with playing in it but news of it came a bit late. I think I will limit to the NZ Open as it will be interesting.

I mean I will have chances of some interesting play and it wont he as tough as say an A Grade and a bit better than the Major Open as my lowish rating will mean I am a bit more immune to draws or losses...still it will be tough but I think there are 5 players over 2500! So it will be interesting. It is a time filler but I have plenty of time for another holiday...been on holiday since 1987 more or less!

Dec-02-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Richard Taylor: I have entered the NZ Championships it will start on Jan 1st 2015.
Dec-16-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  suenteus po 147: <Benzol> Hi, Paul. I hope all is well with you. I apologize for being absent for such a long while. "Life gets in the way," I think the saying goes. Anyway, I hope to check in a couple times a week, but I wanted to say hi and inquire about you.
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