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Member since Apr-30-07 · Last seen Feb-23-18
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 386 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-22-18 J Mieses vs Alekhine, 1913 (replies)
Cibator: Not such a great pun if "Scheveningen" is given its correct Dutch pronunciation (something like "SKEY-vening-un", with the K representing the "ch sound as in the German "ach").
   Feb-21-18 R Costigan vs L Day, 1987 (replies)
Cibator: As Gerald Abrahams remarked, sacrifices on vacant squares can often be harder to spot!
   Feb-17-18 Lord Dunsany (replies)
Cibator: Thirty-two queens! One can't help picturing a kind of atomic explosion as the poor old board struggles unsuccessfully to contain that much power in such a confined space ...
   Feb-16-18 A Gupta vs J Wei, 2014
Cibator: Black and blue J Wei.
   Feb-16-18 D Yuffa vs Bologan, 2015 (replies)
Cibator: Bologan was always likely to lose one way or D Yuffa.
   Feb-01-18 Biographer Bistro (replies)
Cibator: Don't forget Hawaii was an independent monarchy until 1893. Was any chess played there before that date?
   Feb-01-18 Louis De Veauce (replies)
Cibator: Sally/Geoff: I watched that simul by Adorjan. He blundered a piece in one game (well, that's how it looked to this poor mortal, anyway). In less than half a dozen moves he'd made the material deficit look like a positive advantage.
   Jan-19-18 Beniamino Vergani
Cibator: Hmmm ... same birthday as Paul Morphy, I notice.
   Jan-08-18 J Cori vs F Benediktsson, 2009 (replies)
Cibator: The pun shouldn't work at all if the name is pronounced even half-correctly.
   Dec-31-17 John James O'Hanlon
Cibator: <kostich in time: Interesting, the Irish have never been that strong at Chess.> Ever heard of Alexander McDonnell ?
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