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Member since Apr-30-07 · Last seen Oct-15-18
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 416 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-09-18 Reshevsky vs C H Alexander, 1958
Cibator: Probably a time-trouble error. But Black was done for anyway, if the winner's notes (in "How Chess Games Are Won") are anything to go by.
   Sep-29-18 Reshevsky vs Denker, 1957
Cibator: Dunno why AD bothered with the last 10-15 moves. According to Reshevsky (in "How Chess Games Are Won"), Denker's reply on being asked why he made this patently unsound sac was: "it looked good".
   Sep-16-18 Stefan Fazekas (replies)
Cibator: <slapwa: Ritson Morry used to tell a story about Fazekas defending a K + wrong B + doubled RP v K endgame >: I've just come across an anecdote by Leonard Barden concerning this incident (on Edward Winter's "Chess Notes", no less, so I think we can accept its accuracy). ...
   Sep-12-18 Gligoric vs Keres, 1958
Cibator: <Tabanus: Picture from this game: > The kibitzer looks like Heinrich Fraenkel (better known as the New Statesman's chess columnist "Assiac"). He'd have to be someone of note in the chess world to be allowed inside the ropes like that.
   Sep-03-18 Napoleon Bonaparte (replies)
Cibator: French marshal had an urge to retreat (3).
   Aug-13-18 Amos Burn
Cibator: Found someone called Quincey Redmond at, but at a rating of 833 his games are unlikely to feature on here for a while. Irishman Rory Quinn would fit, but only if he wrote his names the other way round, Chinese style. There's also a Quentin Rashad Chess to be found on ...
   Aug-01-18 Daniel Freeman (replies)
Cibator: A sad event indeed, and one that's going to touch more people in today's chess world than would the death of almost anyone else involved in the game. There'll always be world or national champions; competitions of various kinds will continue to be organised; magazines can usually ...
   Jul-29-18 Peter Wykeham Stuart
Cibator: I've only just stumbled upon the news about Peter's death, but even though it's several months on now, I still feel compelled to add my bit to the memories. We only had the one face-to-face meeting - a pretty brief one, in London in the mid-70s, at the home of a guy called Bob ...
   Jul-27-18 E Alekseev vs A Fominyh, 2003 (replies)
Cibator: Fominyh grits his teeth and resigns.
   Jul-15-18 Amos Burr (replies)
Cibator: If he'd given up the exchange, he could have been Amos Burn.
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