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Member since Apr-30-07 · Last seen Oct-19-17
Real name: John Clarke. Place of residence, Waikanae, New Zealand.

Learned chess from school-fellows plus some reading to get the rules completely clear. Made the usual progress of mediocrity thru school, university and workplace teams, ending with several seasons in suburban league chess in north London. Even at best my rating was never higher than 164 BCF (a bit over 1900 FIDE). Some successes in restricted-entry events, including first place at Ilford under-160, 1973. Plus I won the National Association of Boys’ Clubs title in 1968 (good timing there - the following the year the field included two future IMs).

Gave up competitive play after leaving the UK in 1977. But there was one more chess-related hurrah. In 1981 I won the NZ Mastermind quiz title, taking as my main specialist subject the history of our great game since 1450.

My favourite players include Fischer, Miles, Capablanca and Pillsbury - basically anyone who can blend tactics and strategy into a seamless and harmonious whole. (I know darn well I can't!!)

   Cibator has kibitzed 362 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-19-17 L Nelson vs Z Sugar, 2006
Cibator: Thought this opening was called the Jerome Gambit. But both names are of US origin, so I guess the Americans are free to call it what they like. BTW, salt 'n' sugar is a ghastly mix. Steer clear.
   Oct-18-17 Alexander Kuindzhy
Cibator: Wonder if he's ever suffered from a peritonsillar abscess? (Check it out on Wikipedia.)
   Oct-16-17 G Lasya vs I Barchuk, 2016
Cibator: Show-off!
   Oct-11-17 James Rodney Phillips
Cibator: I once played Ted Frost by post in 1980, until he suddenly stopped replying to my moves. Puzzled by this at first, I later realised it was perfectly excusable. Ted was at that time editor of "The Dominion" (Wellington's morning newspaper) and he'd managed to get seriously offside ...
   Oct-10-17 Janis Vilkins
Cibator: A descendant of Mr Bumble's next-but-one foundling after Oliver Twist?
   Oct-10-17 Tatiana Kostiuk
Cibator: MNC = My New Country.
   Aug-31-17 Igor Bondarevsky
Cibator: <Good title for a book that one 'The Glorious 27'.> As long as people don't think it refers to the notorious "27 Club". Incidentally, that photo of Igor B at the Bidmonfa site makes him look rather like a Kray* brother. And wasn't he supposed to have been a high-ranking KGB ...
   Jul-22-17 E Bhend vs J Penrose, 1956
Cibator: Both players inflicted sensational defeats on Tal. Penrose at the Leipzig Olympiad 1960, and Bhend the year before in the first round of the great Zurich tournament.
   Mar-01-17 Mephisto vs NN, 1770 (replies)
Cibator: Amazed it was all of thirteen years before anyone noticed Mephisto was being confused with The Turk!
   Jul-22-16 Sunil Dhopade Swapnil (replies)
Cibator: Does he ever play the Exchange Variations of the Spanish or the Queen's Gambit? Seems unlikely ... ;-)
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