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Richard Taylor
Member since Feb-14-05 · Last seen Feb-22-18
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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 12952 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-22-18 B Menzies vs O Sarapu, 1961
Richard Taylor: Here is the full score of the game: [Event "NZ Champs 1961"] [Site "Auckland,NZ"] [Date "1961.??.??"] [Round "8"] [White "Ortvin Sarapu"] [Black "B. C. Menzies"] [Result "1-0"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be2 e5 7. Nb3 Be7 8. ...
   Feb-22-18 Barry C Menzies
Richard Taylor: I knew Menzies fairly well. He was involved with the Blind Association in Parnell, Auck, and he taught Judo. I used to see him around. He worked in the fire alarms as a tech. I was a Lineman and worked on phone cables and phones etc. Probably that job (fire alarms etc) has ...
   Feb-22-18 W Ramsey vs R Taylor, 1963
Richard Taylor: Bruce Kay was another Championship player in the 60s. I played him in 2008 in the Major Open (or was it 2007?) and actually lost. I "sacrificed" thinking I would win a pawn but it was a blunder...
   Feb-22-18 Fischer vs Smyslov, 1965 (replies)
Richard Taylor: Petrosianic: <Richard Taylor>: <Fischer was a great man with tragic flaws who was persecuted by his own country> In what way? Larry Evans made that statement. I quoted him from a documentary. Evans was technically wrong. Fischer mainly thought he was being ...
   Feb-21-18 Glenn M Turner
Richard Taylor: I'm trying to work it out without Wiki.
   Feb-19-18 Galego vs S Fedorchuk, 2005
Richard Taylor: It's not clear that Bc5 is an error although it was considered that some time ago.
   Feb-19-18 Duras vs S Van Dam, 1910 (replies)
Richard Taylor: This is not, I think, the Simon Van Dam that was in NZ as he would have to have played this at a very young age. He was from Holland but whether this is the same person is moot. Depends where the simul was and the age of Simon (the one I knew).
   Feb-18-18 Peter Wykeham Stuart
Richard Taylor: Peter played some good games for sure!
   Feb-18-18 Simon van Dam
Richard Taylor: Simon Van Dam was an amusing fellow and a chess friend of mine. He was an eccentric. Sometimes he and I would sing crazy songs as we played!
   Feb-18-18 R W Smith vs P W Stuart, 1978
Richard Taylor: Yes! The start of the Smith-Stuart feud?
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<Merry Christams> Dr. Taylor!

I got hooked on <Don Delillo> after reading "White Noise" and then especially "Ratner's Star."

I love philosophical maths mystery fiction and Ratner's Star is one of the best in this genre for me. I read it several times. In fact I carried it around Montreal with me until it got dog eared and then the pages started falling out.

Also jinx whilst on vacation last July in Canada I picked up "Libra" from a fine used book store. Not my favorite Delillo outing, but certainly worth a punt.

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  Richard Taylor: <Everyone: <Merry Xmas to <Everyone> on this site!!> And Merry Xmas to you, <Richard Taylor>!!>


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  Richard Taylor: <jessicafischerqueen:
<Richard> Re philosophical maths mysteries I also love this genre in film.

Have you seen "The Draughtsman's Contract"?

In the following scene, the geometry of the building and the geometry of the architect's latticed view finder, and latticed drawing board paper are investigated poetically, attendant with the sublime music of <Michael Nyman>. <Nyman'> composition for this scene sounds optimistic, even spritely, and yet it is still suffused with terrible dread IN THE SAME MOMENT.

This is the scene I have in mind, my favorite of in the film:

Hi Jessica! I'll look at that. I'm actually not that good at maths but it does fascinate me. More the ideas etc (e.g. those of Cantor and the geometry thing sounds interesting as it reminds me of Escher who was influenced by Moselmic art). I even like the look of symbols and equations, they seem like a kind of ancient mystery...and so on.

I have heard of Nyman. I have heard his music. I went through a period of (almost) only listening to Bach or contemporary music. That was leading up to 1998 and a little later. I used to tape it off the radio...

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  Richard Taylor: <<Merry Christams> Dr. Taylor!

I got hooked on <Don Delillo> after reading "White Noise" and then especially "Ratner's Star."

I love philosophical maths mystery fiction and Ratner's Star is one of the best in this genre for me. I read it several times. In fact I carried it around Montreal with me until it got dog eared and then the pages started falling out.

Also jinx whilst on vacation last July in Canada I picked up "Libra" from a fine used book store. Not my favorite Delillo outing, but certainly worth a punt.>

Thanks again! Merry Xmas! I knew of DeLillo as, actually it started when I was in a s/h bookshop and a woman wanted all or many of the Pulitzer prize winning books. I made a list and got her a number of them, a lot actually. Later I started selling at a market and all round the world and for example I sold a signed copy of Underworld.

But meanwhile I had Americana which I enjoyed. I liked the humour. And then a friend Scott Hamilton a poet and a historian etc pressed Ratner's Star on me. I could see the influence of Alice in Wonderland etc but it wasn't till later that I started to like it. A peculiarity of mine. I read right through Tristram Shandy slowly. But it wasn't till I stopped reading it and a few months after that it settled in me and I liked it! But White Noise I read next and it IS good. Very very good, funny yet kind of "tragic" with of course touches of Pynchon. [Meanwhile I was reading Updike's Rabbit series and I like Bellow also, and I think important also are Vonnegut, Heller etc]. But White Noise is good indeed. Tom McCarthy's essays are clever and inspired me to read from Libra on. I agree it is not as good in some ways. It is thought provoking though. I felt for Kennedy AND Oswald AND his mother (I liked the way it finished with her "mad" protestations to (real or imagined I don't know) Judge. But the other tragedy was the Governor, even possibly Rudy himself and the policeman. In the book Branch (ex CIA with all the data who is kind of writing the book one is in); is a Pynchonian character. Maybe it isn't DeLillo's best.

Ratner's Star reminded me of the Alice books but also Pynchon but also Kafka and Ishiguro of The Unconsoled. Again it is hard to say if Ishiguro's Unconsoled works. For some people it is as at first I thought RS was, just too much. But I agree, for me it "grew on me". Of those US writers Auster and his wife are good.

This is not to say we don't have some good NZ writers! One I struggled with at first is 'The Bone People' by Keri Hulme. It is hard to describe. Nothing I have read is quite the same. Hulme & I have exchanged e-messages on Scott Hamilton's "political-lit. Blog called Reading the Maps" which is still going but instead of so much discussion he doesn't moderate it and it attracts a lot of stupid advertising. But he is always interesting. Hulme won the Booker. (She is part Maori and this influences her writing). The next NZ winner was Eleanor Catton. I haven't read her book yet (The Luminaries).

Another writer who uses maths and systems is Georges Perec. I read quite a few of his books. I haven't finished 'Life, A User Manual' but it seems a novel one can stop in media res...but he bases that on the knight's tour. He liked puzzles and things. In fact it centres upon this eccentric character who gets 'scenes' he was visited around the world made into puzzles. Eventually they are destroyed. He goes through this continous obsessive cycle. [I had some idea that he tries or does dissolve them into the sea where the scene that becomes the puzzle was painted! I'm not sure of that but I like that idea...But behind Perec are the Noveau Roman writers I like and Raymond Rousseau whose Locus Solus I read in a first English edition from the Auckland Library. But I have a copy of his Impressions of Africa....

But you may know a lot of this.

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  Travis Bickle: Merry Christmas Dr. Taylor!

P.S. You can thank Dickens..

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  Benzol: <Richard> Thanks for the note about Peter Stuart. This is very sad to hear. The ACA will really miss his presence and input.
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  Richard Taylor: Thanks <Paul>. Yes. Sad for sure. New people will be needed.

Well it is Xmas now, so Merry Xmas to All!

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  harrylime: Happy Christmas mate
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  Richard Taylor: <harrylime: Happy Christmas mate> Thanks Harry!
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  Richard Taylor: I've been off-line as they say. I still need to fix / upgrade my computer. See how things go.

Strange reaction from <TravisBickle>

I was to say 'Happy New Year!' to everyone (and I will now) more than 24 hours ago but couldn't access this site or in fact the internet (mostly)...

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  technical draw: <Richard Taylor> Thanks for your advice on weight loss. This is the first time I have worried about my weight and I and 69 years old.

My problem is binge eating which is actually an eating disorder (the most famous ones are Bulimia and Anorexia.

Since it is disorder it requires medical attention. The first line of treatment is the ADHD drug Vyvanse.

So I'm treating my overeating as a disorder rather than a weight problem. Thanks for your input.

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  Richard Taylor: <technical draw> I hope you crack it. I am interested in this as I and my son had problems.

Also my daughter is working in this area. She has a PhD in Health Sci and Pysch. But even she has problems with her weight. The work she does though is with doctors and others looking at the surgical means (reducing stomach size).

My son, when we started losing weight was heavier than you, or a little heavier (actually he had gone to weight watchers as I had and lost some so he was probably at one stage another 20 lbs or more than you are although we work in kilograms these days.

The eating disorder aspect was partly that we both binged and for the same reason. I think it was a mix of anxiety and that empty (psychological) feeling one gets at certain times of the day.

One thing we did was to get rid of those things we binge on. I suffer if I do eat too much of certain foods. Because of that we get a lot of fruit. Put oranges in the fridge, and so on (it is summer here).

But I hope you can get through it. Be wary of all the commercial diets offered. You are not alone with this problem. By the way I think health issues affect one's ability to play chess. As well as psychological issues (which include attitudes to a coming game, a defeat, set backs during a game and so on. Overall the best players are fitter than they were in the "good old days" of Lasker and so on with their whiskey (Pillsbury) and big cigars.

Perhaps they had more fun!

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  Richard Taylor: It is midnight so I will leave other replies to my posts to later (if any one cares or notices).
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  Richard Taylor: BTW I am also 69 and soon will be 70. If I think about it too much it is frightening. But I still feel good overall (with twinges and some fatigue as I'm working preparing my house for more painting (and repairs). But all things considered, given my age, touch wood. But I need to be concerned about my weight also.

Again, I hope you make progress, as your health is important. And you out look on things.

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  technical draw: <Richard Taylor> Thanks foe your post. I'm not overly concerned about my weight since i find that an easy problem to solve. My real concern is the binge eating. This is a medical issue that needs attending to before weight issues like obesity become a problem.

There is an actual medication that is prescribed for BED. It's the same one use for ADHD, it'd called Vyvanse, an amphetamine Hopefully push doesn't come to shove and I can try other remedies before hitting the prescription route.

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  technical draw: There is another medication that I might try first. That's Topamax. A drug used for seizures. But it appears better suited for treating BED because it's a Migraine Headache prophylactic.

(strangely after studying all about BED and medications, the BED seems to have subsided on it's own. It must be magic!)

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  Richard Taylor: I think that if you think about your weight, without obsessing you can think twice about eating something you don't need. You probably don't need medication.

But I'm not there, and you know what you need.

For myself I am trying to lose weight again. My son has no trouble (remember once he was well over what you say you are now). We make one day a week the day we have a bit of extra.

My struggle is to avoid snacks in the afternoon or at night. I get a lot of fruit and have water.

I will say this though. The worst time for me has always been at night or in the morning (I suspect it is a bad time for many people). It is almost as if, while sleep is necessary, it is a state that brings us close to death. I keep thinking I might have something quite wrong but I think I am o.k. for my age.

I don't really want to know. If I am feeling reasonably good I will not bother getting anyone to investigate...they wont too much in any case. I found that most things were in fact due to bad diet and not a good regular exercise.

But I am on a sedatives which are not too strong but I would be better without them. Fortunately I don't smoke or drink alcohol. (Occasionally I have a couple of beers with a mate but I don't keep alcohol in the house.)

I read today that men (and I suppose women) can increase leg and other muscle strength with a little more protein each day and exercises. Obviously they mean reasonably light exercises.

But getting back to sleep, obviously we need it (teenagers need a lot more than adults for example) but I hate it! I also hate dreams. For me the 'unrealness' of dreams is frightening.

My worst nightmares: some are those where I am employed as kind or tech / engineer working on some complex machine (which is ill defined). I am paid pretty good money. The terrible thing is. I do nothing! And I have no idea what I am meant to be doing and I don't understand anything about the job.

There are some good dreams or their used to be: they involved flying (I have taken some flying lessons in the past but these dreams I have had all my life but not lately much). In the dreams I fly huge jetliners all around the city (as if I was flying a helicopter!).

Sometimes the bad dreams are about chess tournaments where I miss the round then it all goes strange.

But when I started to try to lose weight I reduced meat and so on and did lose some weight. I started getting quite bad nightmares. A doctor (a woman doctor who was standing in for my own regular) sent me for blood tests and my B12 level was down. I was about 57 I think. In fact I now take each day a tablet with the B group. You can have injections. A young man my daughter was with at the time had a B12 deficiency. he said the injections were good. But I didn't want that...

Oh well a few thoughts on health and so on.

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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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