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Member since Apr-30-07 · Last seen Dec-10-17
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 371 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-28-17 Z Lach vs V Mansfeld, 1994
Cibator: Might have been a loss on time, but you never can tell when you're just given the bare result. I've said it before, and I'll go on saying it: when it's a loss on time, a letter "T" should be added to the 1-0 to indicate the fact.
   Nov-28-17 S Blaas vs P Pancras, 1996
Cibator: <sfm: <euripides: 46.b4 still seems to win> Right, so as late as 46.Ke2?? came the last blunder, turning a win to defeat. Sly Black with 38.-,Nc3(!!) Converts a hopeless position to an equally hopeless position, but with chances for the opponent to go wrong. Quite a bit ...
   Nov-02-17 Petrosian vs Nersesov, 1944
Cibator: British player P H Clarke annotated this game once, calling 11. ... Bf5 "not good enough", and advocating the ... Na6-c7 and ... Bd7 set-up. (Unfortunately I can't remember any more details about the exact move-order.) He rightly slated 12. ... Bg6 as a "fatal error".
   Nov-01-17 Kasparov vs A Butnorius, 1979 (replies)
Cibator: "Alekhin's Cannon", they used to call that tripling of the major pieces.
   Oct-31-17 Claude Frizzel Bloodgood (replies)
Cibator: <FSR>: The Irish/British player Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander (awarded the IM title in 1950) is another who could be added to the roll of the "64 Club".
   Oct-28-17 James Macrae Aitken (replies)
Cibator: If he did,<Bubo Bubo>, then the game isn't given here. Or did he just suggest it as a possibility without trying it out in practice? The move certainly worked out well for white in this game: C J Corte vs Jacobo Bolbochan, 1946
   Oct-23-17 R W Smith vs P W Stuart, 1992 (replies)
Cibator: <Jonathan Sarfati: For some reason, only up to move 13 is showing up on my screen.> Same here.
   Oct-21-17 Kenneth B McAlpine
Cibator: <Nosnibor:The previous year he was also Scottish Boys Champion.>Yes, that was a real come-from-behind affair. McAlpine had to win his final-round game with main rival A M Davie to tie the scores, then beat him again in the play-off.
   Oct-19-17 Jacques Macles (replies)
Cibator: There was a French player called Maklès in the mid-60s, who became well known in the UK after a good performance in the Glorney Cup (an international teams contest for juniors). I can't seem to turn up any further information about him, not even a first name or initial. Is this the ...
   Oct-19-17 L Nelson vs Z Sugar, 2006
Cibator: Thought this opening was called the Jerome Gambit. But both names are of US origin, so I guess the Americans are free to call it what they like. BTW, salt 'n' sugar is a ghastly mix. Steer clear.
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