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Member since Apr-30-07 · Last seen Aug-20-17
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 355 times to chessgames   [more...]
   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
Cibator: Does he ever play the Exchange Variations of the Spanish or the Queen's Gambit? Seems unlikely ... ;-)
   Jul-18-16 G Atwood vs Philidor, 1795 (replies)
Cibator: Take this mess down at once, and find the correct version of the score!
   Jun-23-16 Howard Staunton (replies)
Cibator: One latter-day version (courtesy of Steeleye Span) goes thus: Oh come lands, or come towns, Oh come tinker or come tailor; Come fiddler, come dancer, Come ploughman or come sailor; Come rich man, come poor man, Come fool or come witty - Come on any man at all, ...
   Jun-22-16 D Parr vs Keene, 1962 (replies)
Cibator: It's a young Ray Keene (only 14 at the time, though already a rising talent) against a much more experienced 18-year old.
   Jun-21-16 Michael J Haygarth (replies)
Cibator: Thanks for posting the game <Nosnibor>. As a matter of interest, where did you get it? I've only seen it myself once before, in a long-defunct UK publication that I no longer possess.
   Dec-22-13 V Ciocaltea vs J Kozma, 1963 (replies)
Cibator: Once again, Black chokes on the old bone-in-the-throat (a White P at h6) coupled with the thrust e6 clearing the way for an inrush of White pieces. For another example see: P N Lee vs I Radulov, 1965 .
   Dec-18-13 John Warcup Cornforth (replies)
Cibator: Sir John Cornforth died 8 December 2013.
   Sep-02-13 A J Donnelly vs E Pollington, 1963 (replies)
Cibator: <BOSTER>: The game dates from 1963. First postings about it here were in 2004, indicating it was put on the database in that year or just before, ie about 40 years after it was played. That was the basis for my previous comment.
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