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Member since Apr-30-07 · Last seen Oct-14-19
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 554 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-12-19 Second Piatigorsky Cup (1966) (replies)
Cibator: <EdZelli: <offramp>: Tigran got his revenge later in 1966 Havana Olympiad by winning the first place gold medal at table 1 with Larsen, Bobby, Portisch, etc present.> Petrosian might have won that gold medal ahead of Fischer but it was only by a whisker (13.5/15 vs ...
   Oct-11-19 T Borvander vs J Houska, 2007
Cibator: Weird how the opening suddenly transmogrifies around moves 10-11 to become a typical e2-e4, e7-e5 set-up, instead of a QP.
   Oct-11-19 Geller vs Golombek, 1952
Cibator: <GilGandel: A game I first learned about 40-odd years ago. I read an essay by Golombek on it one time, but cannot remember where.> Golombek chose this as his "Favourite Game" on the BBC radio programme "Chess", which ran from 1958-64. The talk he gave was later reprinted in ...
   Oct-11-19 Reuben Fine
Cibator: <csmath: Well, there is a 1963 Evans Gambit game where 20-year-old Bobby Fischer absolutely annihilated Reuben Fine and destroyed all the chess mystique associated with Fine.> And that, my friends, is more or less what Morphy would have done to Staunton a century earlier. The ...
   Oct-08-19 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
Cibator: <HeMateMe:>If I remember right, many of those accidental ODs came about after a period of abstinence, resulting in a reduced tolerance that the guys were unaware of, or had forgotten about by the time they started shooting up again.
   Sep-25-19 Andre Cheron
Cibator: <offramp: He has two acute accents in his name. The only other chess player so endowed is José Raúl Capablanca.> Uh-uh. There's Frédéric Lazard too.
   Sep-19-19 F Felecan vs F Rhine, 2019 (replies)
Cibator: Thinking of this game as "Felecan-Rhine" immediately brings on an earworm courtesy of ELO's "Telephone Line".
   Sep-18-19 O Sarapu vs N T Fletcher, 1969 (replies)
Cibator: Can we have the last 6-7 moves. please? White from here played 30.Re1+, met by ... Re7?, which lost quickly according to the source given by Mr Sarfati.
   Sep-14-19 D Yuffa vs McShane, 2019
Cibator: Penrose worked it out all right: J Penrose vs Milner-Barry, 1966 Though it's worth bearing in mind that (a) Black left both his Ps on b7 and g7, so the "fianchetto" defensive method never came into consideration, and (b) defending such an endgame probably wasn't to the taste of an ...
   Sep-07-19 Gracie Square Pharmacy Chess Club (replies)
Cibator: Where aspirin' young players used to go.
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