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Member since Apr-30-07 · Last seen Aug-18-15
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 347 times to chessgames   [more...]
   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.
   Aug-30-13 Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 (replies)
Cibator: <leka: Tigran Petrosian played 68 games without a loss.Also T.Petrosian in the chess olympiads 78 wins 50 draws only one loss to Huebner in 1972.He was a worty world champion> Impressive statistically, I'll grant you, but I think on digging a bit deeper you may find he didn't ...
   Aug-13-13 Michael J Haygarth
Cibator: Winner of the British Championship in 1964 - but so far, not one of his games from the event has been posted here! Extraordinary.
   Jun-26-13 A Ludgate vs J Littlewood, 1971
Cibator: Round 3, I see, so not one of those perfunctory games one sometimes sees in the closing stages of an event, where there's little or nothing at stake. Most likely it has to do with the fact that Ludgate was rated about 150-200 points below his opponent, and would have been ...
   Jun-22-13 Keres vs F Kuijpers, 1963 (replies)
Cibator: Re the position after Black's 28th: Keres seemed to have a thing for immobilising the enemy Q on its own square by means of a P on the 7th rank in the same file. See J Rejfir vs Keres, 1956 .
   Jun-12-13 Maczuski vs Kolisch, 1864 (replies)
Cibator: Though it does anticipate the famous denouement of Reti-Tartakower, insofar as a Q-sac at d8 allows a subsequent double-check, this game doesn't have the attractive "two-way" finish of the other, where either the bishop or the rook delivers the mate, according to how Black replies. ...
   Jun-07-13 Aleister Crowley (replies)
Cibator: Benzol: Bond himself apparently cherished the notion, but the secrecy surrounding adoptions in the UK prevents any definite conclusion being reached, one way or the other. According to his biographer, Harry Shapiro (in "The Mighty Shadow", pub. 1992), a court action aimed at ...
   Jun-07-13 Raymond Keene (replies)
Cibator: <Tired Tim: Another Dulwich man (Raymond Chandler)apparently said “Chess is as elaborate a waste of human intelligence as you can find outside an advertising agency.”> And another, Dennis Wheatley, said in his autobiography: "how I hated that rotten school". But he also ...
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