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Cibator
Member since Apr-30-07 · Last seen Jul-27-16
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 353 times to chessgames   [more...]
   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
 
Cibator: Take this mess down at once, and find the correct version of the score!
 
   Jun-23-16 Howard Staunton
 
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.
 
   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 ...
 
   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 ...
 
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