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Member since Apr-30-07 · Last seen May-22-18
Real name: John Clarke. Place of residence: lower North Island, 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 400 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-19-18 O Troianescu vs Larsen, 1957
Cibator: Three and a half years late, but I can add further confirmation of a sort. Harry Golombek cited this combination in his 1958 book "Instructions To Young Chess Players" (including the fact that White resigned after Black's 27th). He pointed up the similarity in theme with Maroczy vs
   May-17-18 Teichmann vs Burn, 1905
Cibator: White just never gets his forces co-ordinated (the LSB in particular is little more than a spectator throughout). Black's minor pieces by contrast are all hyperactive. Here's another example of how accidentally losing the exchange is sometimes by no means disadvantageous ...
   May-15-18 M Rodshtein vs T L Petrosian, 2008 (replies)
Cibator: <God how I hate facing these <STONEWALL ATTACKS> as Black. <<<<Can a strong player please recommend several master games for me to study to learn how to play against this formation <STONEWALL ATTACK>?>>> Thanks> Best way is not to get into ...
   May-02-18 Alexandre Louis Honore Lebreton Deschapelles
Cibator: <Aug-02-13: Oliveira: A portrait of Deschapelles: Well I wouldn't swear to the authenticity of that portrait. It shows a mature man with bags under his eyes and crows' feet. Age at least early thirties, possibly older. (You can't see the ...
   May-02-18 J Moreby vs P Roberson, 2017
Cibator: Rather reminiscent of this tragicomedy from yesteryear: Robatsch vs L Barden, 1962 (Skip to the position before Black's 32nd move. If he'd played 32. ... Kh8 instead, there'd have been no more hope for White.)
   Apr-29-18 William E Martz
Cibator: I remember there was a photo of him in the book of the 1972 Olympiad put out by Batsford (Ray Keene was one of the co-authors).
   Apr-10-18 R Soffer vs Alexandr Orlov, 2017
Cibator: R Soffer beats the arse off a little-known Russian.
   Apr-06-18 Hastings (1967/68) (replies)
Cibator: One of the more notorious Hastings tournaments. The four-way tie for first place was deliberately engineered so as to share the prize-money equally among the grandmasters. The root of the trouble was a prize fund that was on the thin side to begin with, and too skewed in its ...
   Apr-02-18 J Littlewood vs G Abrahams, 1962 (replies)
Cibator: I always found Abrahams an entertaining writer on Chess (which he invariably spelt with a capital 'C'). Among other things, he, like me, preferred black, with which colour I usually tended to do slightly better. The often curmudgeonly William Winter had a high regard for him as a ...
   Mar-26-18 J Bai vs Ding Liren, 2017
Cibator: That sudden incursion of the rook at Black's 20th reminded me immediately of Alekhine's famous 26th in this game: Reti vs Alekhine, 1925
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