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Cibator
Member since Apr-30-07 · Last seen Dec-16-18
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 428 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-14-18 Isaac Kashdan (replies)
 
Cibator: <FSR: <zdigyigy: Very rare to see such a strong player become a TD.> GM Lothar Schmid was the arbiter for the Fischer-Spassky World Championship match. I believe that Gligoric was the arbiter for their 1992 rematch.> Add to the above: 1960: Stahlberg (assisted by ...
 
   Dec-09-18 N J Patterson vs Keene, 1963
 
Cibator: Patterson was UK u-16 champion in 1963.
 
   Dec-07-18 Brown
 
Cibator: No 2 on this list was H Brown (I don't know any further details). He can now be separated out.
 
   Nov-24-18 J Shoup vs Marshall, 1906 (replies)
 
Cibator: Marshall'sh well and truly in the shoup (Shcotch broth, actually).
 
   Nov-09-18 C G Ward vs J Anderson, 2013
 
Cibator: Yes .... looks like another example of a result where it's necessary to employ my oft-made recommendation of adding a "T" to indicate time forfeiture.
 
   Nov-09-18 Romberg (replies)
 
Cibator: Shortest profile on the site (only 2 words)?
 
   Nov-06-18 P Potemkin vs Alekhine, 1912
 
Cibator: Disappointing ... I was hoping to see how the battleship Potemkin stood up to Alekhine's Cannon. Dispatched by mere cavalry instead.
 
   Nov-06-18 M Bezold vs D J Ledger, 2008 (replies)
 
Cibator: Someone call the Fraud Squad - this win was M Bezold from the Ledger.
 
   Oct-29-18 Pier Paolo Pedrini vs D J Ledger, 2008 (replies)
 
Cibator: Pedrini is no accountant .... he ends up on the wrong side of the Ledger.
 
   Oct-24-18 E Hossain vs E M Hossain, 2006
 
Cibator: Did Enamul paint the town red to celebrate his victory?
 
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