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Richard Taylor
Member since Feb-14-05 · Last seen Apr-19-18
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Richard Taylor

Please discount my games in the recent NZ Champs I was AWOL !!!!!!!!!!


I live in New Zealand. I was born in the 1940s. So I am now 68.

I have have a Blog - no Chess there as yet but some may find it interesting - it is called "Eyelight"

Here is an interesting political/ poetical / historical/N.Z - Blog - but it also has history about NZ and many other matters it is run by a good friend of mine


But I have quite wide interests. (In fact I had about 50 or more jobs in my life!) I have only been to Fiji in 1973 and New York in 1993. Both fascinating places in different ways. But most of my life I have lived here in Auckland.

I like all styles of play - sometimes in OTB I enjoy the complexities of double-edged tactical stuff - but also enjoy the 'Karpovian' manouevres in slower games - always learning.

As to a favourite players: all the greats are there - Alekhine, Rubinstein, Keres, Capa, Lasker...Fischer of course, Tal, Botvinnik, Smyslov and many others. I have a penchant for Smyslov's and Karpov's games. Fischer and Tal are all important and I have used ideas of both, obviously not at a high level but in average club games.I see some similarities between Fischer and Karpov whose play I like. Kasparov's huge obsession with theory is too much for me, but of course many of his games are very great. There are many good chess players.

I learned with Reinfeld's books and Capa's 'Chess Fundamentals'. I discovered chess while reading 'Through the Looking Glass' by Lewis Carrol. I was about 9 or 10. I then asked my father.."What is chess..." and he didn't really know so we went to libraries to get books and learnt the game and we both became addicts...but not my brother who was actually really naturally talented at chess and mathematics etc. (Not me. I am a "slogger" and learn slowly). He played soccer instead! He is the sane one of the two boys in my family!

I am not a very highly rated player - I have played in two NZ Correspondence Championships and an International Teams Tournament for NZ about 1986.

Chess is a struggle (but when playing try to feel for your opponent -he/she is also struggling) - it is rarely clear who is winning (we know the obvious positions) - most positions it is best to examine "strengths and weaknesses" - improve the position of pieces and so on. Be confidant but VERY wary while playing. Chess is infinite!

Below is a good link to Australian and New Zealand live events. Link:

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   Richard Taylor has kibitzed 13197 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-19-18 Sultan Khan vs Flohr, 1932
Richard Taylor: Re Sultan Khan. Yes, great game by him. Capablanca (perhaps in one of those excessive moments but maybe not) said that he was a genius...Good to be praised thus by one of the recognisably greatest players in the world. So Kahn was in good company but I believe had to return ...
   Apr-19-18 Yaroslav Zherebukh
Richard Taylor: Does Zherebukh have both US and Ukrainian citizenship? One parent is from the US?
   Apr-18-18 Svidler vs Kramnik, 1999 (replies)
Richard Taylor: I see, it was an internet game, probably 5 minutes or maybe 3.
   Apr-17-18 Caruana vs T Petrik, 2006 (replies)
Richard Taylor: Everyone makes errors and blunders and no one is excepted from that. Error is essential for chess and life. Error is what makes us what we are. That is, mutations. We are all the result of Error. Which doesn't mean Caruana will win but it means that in the match there will be
   Apr-17-18 Fischer vs Geller, 1967
Richard Taylor: <offramp: <Richard Taylor: ..Your Aunt wasn't named Vas by any chance was she?> She might have been. Would it make a vast difference if she was?> Yes, yes, she was nearly a Vast!
   Apr-16-18 Benzol chessforum
Richard Taylor: That was good Paul! A very good gesture.
   Apr-15-18 J McConnell vs Morphy, 1849
Richard Taylor: <TheTamale: This is coming from a guy who loses every game, but it seems the real howler is 16) c4. The pawn was doing fine where it was, supporting d4, but after this the hole that opens on d4 permits Morphy's shenanigans with his queen> No, White was already virtually
   Apr-15-18 M Bach vs R Schubert, 1996
Richard Taylor: <morfishine: "Bach to the Fuguer"> Good pun!
   Apr-11-18 G Meier vs Carlsen, 2018 (replies)
Richard Taylor: <frogbert: My point simply was that fighting hyperbole with more hyperbole isn't the way to go. There are many level-headed Carlsen fans, also on this site. I, for one, have my own, clear ideas about Carlsen's (few) weaknesses. I've followed his career since he was 11, ...
   Apr-11-18 Caruana vs Aronian, 2018 (replies)
Richard Taylor: <offramp: <Richard Taylor: ...Carlsen does no preparation for chess tournaments except to play soccer, sip glucose, nibble chocolate, watch movies: and to spend hours practicing to make no effort.> I heard it slightly differently. I read that Carlsen likes to nibble ...
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  Richard Taylor: By the way if people haven't heard from <Benzol> I have been in contact. He is well but his father is not well and he is looking after his father while he keeps working. He does have help at home.

He should be back on board in a reasonable time. He is keeping in touch with NZ Chess and some events on etc.

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  technical draw: I believe the emphasis these days is to talk about weight, weight gain, diets and things related. However I hd never heard (until yesterday) that binge eating was placed in the class of eating disorders along with Bulimia and Anorexia Nervosa.

This changes everything for me as I no longer have to be too much concerned with watching what I eat (diets et al) and just start treating the the Binge Eating Disorder (BED) with the appropriate medications. Vyvanse and Topamax are the first line of treatment but I'm sure other's will follow. It's strange because these medications are used to treat mainly ADHD. It must be an off label use.

Say hello to Benzol for me. He was one of the first members I made contact with here.

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  Richard Taylor: It may be they are trying to increase attention. My daughter talks about "mindfulness". She has a PhD in this whole area so I might ask her out of curiosity.

Instead of those drugs, which may work, or as well, relaxation of muscles at one or two times a day with self talk to "persuade yourself" how good it will be to lose weight and that you can wait until say a certain time to eat.

I suspect the drugs / medications you mention by increasing alertness help you to think about food in a less "anxious" way. Or they affect where the mind activates messages to eat at certain times.

When we reduced weight we didn't have to eliminate any food at all. We did go for a walk each day and we became aware by studying it how much calories were in each food. A bar of chocolate has a lot. Those very big ones: about 4 of those and you have enough for a day. Obviously we got chocolate, biscuits (and as we both binged on it) cheese out of the house.

But we still had the odd snack. But at the moment I am trying to avoid anything apart from fruit between meals. I put oranges in the fridge and they are like a drink when cold.

I also had to eat more fruit as as myw eight increased or I ate say peanut butter and too many high carbohydrate things, I suffered terrible constipation. Bleeding also. The doctor advised Kiwi fruit, plenty of fruit, and to drink water, and an ointment. I have had this problem a few times. He says always: "It's not cancer. There's your prostate, it is normal."!

It is a good practice to weigh yourself say once a week, get the required BMI (body mass index, which should be about 20 - 25 for most men). This is what we did and we also wrote down everything we ate every day. After a while it becomes easy. An apple for example is about 25 to 30 calories. A thickish slice of bread about 75 calories. Meat is harder to estimate.

But you don't have to stop eating things that you don't binge on so eat those when out but try to limit. As you note your weight reducing you feel better. Do this with a friend.

Also reasonable exercise each day such as walking and possibly some light weights or light exercises.

The medication may work but I think you need to establish good eating habits. As you don't want to rely on medicines. Unless the problem is quite urgent.

One trick is to eat slowly also. As it takes time for the effects of eating to be felt. So some people then eat to much. _________________________________

Next time I phone I'll mention you. I think I did mention you and I were talking. He knew the Tata Steel thing was on. His father, who is a really nice man, who I have played at chess (he was in his mid 70s even then I think when Paul he and I were at the same Club); his father is ill with cancer and old age I suppose. He is quite old. Paul has his sister helping him.

Paul is pretty weighted shall we say, but he is also quite active and upbeat and generally very cheerful. He ousted Nigel Short (who is quite a pain in the rectum, I watched him give a simul once and it was a tragi-comedy) psychologically as Short had made no headway against Paul's French and Paul was looking at Nigel with a "strong look" which pissed off the great Being..."Don't look at me like that!" He snapped. He was also loosing to Bruce Watson who is an FM (recently got an IM norm) and the mistake he made he was obviously agonizing over, as he was lifting his hair and is eyes were going spastic...I was reminded of a Dickens novel I read when I was quite young (12 or 14 I think when I read almost all of his novels) when a man in a family had a habit of lifting his hair up with his hand and it was (more or less) "as if to lift himself out of the predicament he was in"...I think it was Bleak House by which I guess he was in great debt...

But Paul is, as I say, pretty positive all things considered!

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  technical draw: Just to add to my woes I have edema of the right foot and now none of my shoes fit me (And I have a lot of them).

And also the problem with BED medications is that there is a dangerous interaction with my psych medications (especially the Pristiq) . So I have a lot of medical issues that I have to resolve even BEFORE starting BED treatment.

I'll be 69 next month so I'll ask myself the question the Chinese martial arts fighters in the movies asked their opponents with the lip synching out of order: "You want to live forever?"

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  Richard Taylor: <technical draw> Fair enough. Best of luck with those.

There was a song once popular in NZ the singer sang:

"Everybody wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die."! A bit lame but, was catchy.

Jan-27-18  ketchuplover: Mr.Taylor how is your son's chess career coming along?
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  Benzol: <Richard> Just to let you know that Dad passed away early on the 2nd of February. Funeral details are in the Herald today (Saturday). Tried to ring you earlier but couldn't get through.
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  Richard Taylor: Well we connected up. Good to see you and Tony and many others were there. All the best.
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  morfishine: Thank you <Richard Taylor> for your reply back on the candidates page regarding <thegoodanarchist> & <john barleycorn>

Digressing to Fischer, I think his mania regarding Jews can be traced to his dispute regarding his stored lifetime belongings that were confiscated due to non payment of rental fees. The vast majority of his possessions were then sold on the world market. I can understand his position and for a time, sympathized with BF.

However, apparently all he had to do was ensure the rental fees were paid. He had an arrangement with a friend to ensure the fee was paid, but this fell through. All he had to do was pay the $500.00 annual rental fee. This wasn't done, so his belongings were confiscated and sold. A pity since in these belongings were letters from Presidents, medals, trophies, handwritten notes, etc.

I sure wish he had paid the rent

later, morf


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  morfishine: <Richard Taylor> BTW: I find your blog 'eyelight' very interesting.
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  Richard Taylor: <morfishine> thank you I am working on a large work I call The Infinite Project which goes beyond all categories. I have a potential "publisher" but his wife (an artist) is very ill.

It is strange a lot of writers and so on I know who are younger than me are ill and I am (touch wood) reasonably healthy for a 70 year old...

But one was in a car accident and suffers pain. A pity as he is very talented and working on a film and written project which the Auckland Council gave him $50,000.

But I continue with what I am doing.

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  Richard Taylor: <morfishine: Thank you <Richard Taylor> for your reply back on the candidates page regarding <thegoodanarchist> & <john barleycorn> Digressing to Fischer, I think his mania regarding Jews can be traced to his dispute regarding his stored lifetime belongings that were confiscated due to non payment of rental fees. The vast majority of his possessions were then sold on the world market. I can understand his position and for a time, sympathized with BF.>...

Yes. I have read a lot about Fischer and in fact I have his FIRST book edited by Golombek...or introduced by him. My father and I knew about Fischer before he won the 1972 Champs. By then I had lost interest in chess. In fact it was Fischer's sucess with all the older people talking about Fischer, the rising star, that was a factor that lead me to give up chess. But there were other things...

But returning to chess I studied many of his games.

I think it is clear that the issue both of that loss of his belonging and his religion and his obsessions, his mother's (not that she was "bad", she was a brilliant woman herself) moving around etc and that he felt the loss of love from his father and so on.

It was the issue of his father. The missing father and something wrong in his family that led to the beginning of his "unease". His instincts were right to avoid publicity and so on.

One thing I admire is that he rarely would do any advertising for companies. He wanted to pay his own way. He fought for better conditions and so on.

To ensure we could know for sure, a match with Karpov was essential. At the time Karpov was a formidable player. People forget how long it took for Kasparov to find how to beat him...

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  Richard Taylor: Anand by the way is another great chess player we tend to overlook. (Particularly as he is around right now). He played some amazing combinations and complex tactics. Some of them were like studies.
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  Richard Taylor: Gun control is very strict in NZ which means that despite we have a high rate per capita of violent crime (due in part to poverty etc), we have very few gun related deaths and deaths from such terrible machines as assault rifles etc are virtually unknown. It is almost impossible for people to get such weapons. Even the police don't carry guns and only use them on special occasions.

This young man speaking out gives some hope for the state of the United States:

Mar-18-18  choumicha: the netherlands and belgium must have a lot in common regarding people, history, religion, booze & (other) drugs (mis)use, etc. etc. etc. but belgium as a murder rate of 1.95 (220 victims/year, 11 million inhabitants), the netherlands 0.61 (104 victims, 17 million; though in 2017 there were at once more victims. 2 causes: criminals killing each other and agressive confused people). there are many more illegal weapons in belgium. authorities guess 4x more than in holland.
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  Richard Taylor: <choumicha> Yes. There is a correlation between weapons (illegal) and the total number of fatalities etc. Although of course this is only part of the problem.

I am not sure of the actual figures in New Zealand but fatalities for gun related crimes are less per capita than countries where there is little or no gun control such as the US or other "bandit countries"...

But we cant boast too much as there are many crimes and a lot of poverty and social issues as there are everywhere. No war here at the moment though.

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  harrylime: Richard Taylor my posts in the chess cafe are always full of letters ... not necessarily in the right order, but they contain letters .. and lots of them.
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  morfishine: <Richard Taylor> In New Zealand, is one allowed to have a hunting rifle or shotgun? Or a self defense sidearm? Must one apply for special permits?

I live in the US and though I used to be active at the shooting range/club, I no longer participate. I am very concerned with the out of control mass shootings in the US. I support the 2nd amendment, but this is just too much lately.

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  Richard Taylor: Yes. You can own such things but not a side arm. You aren't allowed to carry a knife even a knife found in your car can be an offense. That said some people carry weapons, mostly criminals.

There are plenty of hunters and also people who shoot for a sport.

I am not sure of the exact rules and regulations. But the police don't carry guns on themselves. They sometimes have them in their car but if there is a gun used somewhere then a special squad is called out. I saw them in my own road. There was a gun fired and then they sent out what they call the Armed Offenders group or some such.

There is a lot of crime in NZ per capita but without the easy availability of firearms of the kind the young man got hold of and the shooter in Las Vegas there are much fewer fire arm deaths per capita. Of course there are still too many murders and all the rest of it but no mass shootings in schools.

There was the case of David Gray who became the subject of a movie called 'Out of the Blue' (a friend of mine had the role of Gray in the movie which is very good and shows how, more or less, the police operate here).

In Australia the police carry side arms etc and have for some time. The culture there is quite or somewhat different to here.

But my brother in law used to make up rifles and convert them to higher charges and so on, as he went deer hunting. And I fired his gun on a range once. It was interesting but I think that is the only time I have used a fire arm of any kind. But he used it for deer hunting (he stopped it and took a camera out instead, getting rid of his guns) and other use shot guns for the duck season.

But guns are pretty strictly controlled. In the case of David Gray he should have been monitored by police and gun sellers more. No system is perfect.

I think that the 2nd Amendment isn't totally absurd but in my view the right to bear arms is conditional on the circumstances. Clearly criminals and others who are disaffected, or right wing paranoid conspiracy loonies etc don't or shouldn't have (allowed) guns and automatic or military style weapons should at least be left for the police and the military. And in fact carrying side-arms is not really a protection. We rarely have any police shootings. The police are reasonably good.

No one likes policemen but we need them. My own encounters with police here were in the days I drank. I copted it and had my licence suspended etc

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  Richard Taylor: <harrylime: Richard Taylor my posts in the chess cafe are always full of letters ... not necessarily in the right order, but they contain letters .. and lots of them.>

Fair enough. I just noticed that long lot of 'esses' and so on. Looked very good! I much around with long strings of letters and different fonts, deliberate or accidental misspellings etc etc all the it interests me. I am also interested in the way various fonts are used say by magazines or advertisers or different kinds of writers. Not for any reason I just like the shapes of them although I did notice today how the fonts are used in greater variety in different magazines and obviously on TV and the internet and children's books etc etc

Misspelling doesn't matter. I keep misspelling things as I think my computer is set in US English so the red lines appear and I have trouble with some words....fortunately there are spell checkers and so on...Not that these things really matter...

In reality the main thing is we understand each other as people rather than we worry about grammar or m dashes and so on. Or whether someone like myself uses "and so on" a lot. (Something I picked up from a novel by Vonnegut I think it was.)

As you can see I like the ellipsis....I like words and so on as much as you like music. I rarely listen to pop music or in fact any music (except I put an all night program of classical etc music on when I go to sleep as I hate sleeping and I hate dreaming and always feel terrible when I wake up...not sure why...maybe everyone does as sleep is a kind of death is it not? Not sure...

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  Richard Taylor: If I was caught with a gun in my car. Even that might be cause for a call out of helicopters and armed and armoured police and dogs and so on. Even a toy gun. I have never seen anyone carrying a gun in the city.

They use them in the country more but I am a city person and rarely go anywhere far out of big Auckland!

Mountain and rivers etc frighten me...

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  Richard Taylor: Here is a poem inspired by looking at a painting by Picasso. I read it about 1993 in performance group called 'The Poetry Brats'

Homage to Homo Crepusculans

Emerge, emerge, Crepuscular – emerge!
Come Crepuscular Man –
Come from Picasso’s picture – and enlarge.
Crepuscular Man crept out like a bent,
mechanical walking stick

And jerked rapidly into Electron City.
(A nuclear bomb, helium, exploded in Sector 7 at 0140 hours, as observed on 16. 4. 8088, by P.C.S)

Crepuscular crept, crept, and dragged himself and the Red
Out of the painting, and walked past
The art gallery security guard and the fire. Crepuscular, old, demented, with a flashing face, walked into Electron City.
The Gogols danced around him, jeering…

He walked on. Mechanical Man picked up Crepuscular Man.

He fed him to the base.

We noted a second nuclear blast in Sector Z5.

The sky looked like an exploding rainbow.

Note the in this the words how they
Burn in your ears like insulators
Disintegrating under the very pressure

Of say, 1 billion kilowatts, wanting Earth.
Crepuscular Man watched two humans copulating on a plastic thing. (A Zilch Bomb killed 1 million Zitons at 0800 hours)

We noted the flash-intensity - (6 billion billion candelas.)

After Crepuscular Man had been dissected,
We were left with his left eye: we focused on it. I, who am L.F.T., was most [emotive word] to

Be able to attend the lecture by Dr Brain
In room 2115. (Room 2115 is my favorite room.)

The Moon exploded again but the Setons rebuilt it – at 0930 hours.

(All the rooms in Electron City are identical.)

A burn Bomb immolated 600 million humans – 1270.

Meanwhile, in Room 2115, they focused intently on Crepuscular Man’s left, left eye, left. It filled Dr Brain’s gigantic screen and

We studied the intensity the gleam
Trying to fathom the intricacies
Of Picasso’s thought forest…

(Then there was sudden Orange Bomb. 1320.)

Crepuscular Man was intensely enumerated, digitized, And reconstituted in Electron City 2.
I was asked to transfer to room 8118. I did.

(Room 8118 is my favorite room.)

The Universe is going backwards.

I was awarded the intense task of
Reconstituting and duplicating Picasso’s Head – a very machine task. I placed my hand on that of Crepuscular Man – And he looked [emotive word] where my eyes would have been. [And it was a very intense, machined, lathed, smooth piece of Neg Time.] He was sent out next morning at 0630 into Darkland.

He crept back out into the human darkness
Peering over his shoulder, intently, like a worried spider…..

R. Taylor

Mar-27-18  ketchuplover: What is that 15 y/o NZ player's name. tyia
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  Richard Taylor: You mean the one who plays to mate when he is losing? That is Alphaeus Ang. I have checkmated him about three times myself! There are other strong players of about that age.
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