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Richard Taylor
Member since Feb-14-05 · Last seen Jun-27-17
Here are some of my games on Chess games .com -

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 12285 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-26-17 Spassky vs Fischer, 1972
Richard Taylor: <offramp: I still find it incredible that this, the <worst> game of the 1972 match, should have attracted so much analysis. It reminds me of the War Between the Little-Endians and the Big-Endians. Such a vast amount of wasted, directionless effort, turning cucumbers ...
   Jun-26-17 Richard Taylor chessforum
Richard Taylor: <MissScarlett: What evidence is there that the drowning of James Rodney Phillips was suicide?> None that I know. I knew Rodney, or shall I say I played in tournaments he did. He was rather neurasthenic I think. He was a History lecturer, had one sister, and his father ...
   Jun-26-17 H J Jacobs vs R Taylor, 2017
Richard Taylor: Thanks <Dionysius1> . 20. Qxd5?? loses because of the "boomerang" which Hilton saw but then forgot and moved. I had seen it I knew I was better here but even a piece up I had to take care. But those knights certainly work well together in certain positions for sure!
   Jun-25-17 R Taylor vs S Yee, 2017
Richard Taylor: 17. Rxe7+! wins. I intended it as I knew Black couldn't play 17. ... Qxe7 as then 18. Qxc6+ wins; but I got two defensive lines mixed up after 17. ... Kx7 18. Bf4 which I had planned. I nearly played it. The trouble was I thought too long. Another escape by an opponent. Of ...
   Jun-25-17 Alan Shaw (replies)
Richard Taylor: < Absentee: <Big Pawn: I don't have to do any of that. My cheeks are not for slapping. You take Jesus' words out of context. I'm more of an eye for an eye kind of guy.> On the contrary, it's doubly in context: Jesus even pronounces himself against the 'eye for an ...
   Jun-24-17 J A Leonard vs T Loyd, 1861
Richard Taylor: <ChessHigherCat> I think a lot of them are just playing around and don't care about anything. Probably a lot of them are what are called "sock puppets". Some on here may be CIA agents and other. That is, say agents provocateurs. Thanks for your post. It would be a good ...
   Jun-20-17 Timman vs J Smeets, 2007 (replies)
Richard Taylor: I meant easy for Smeets. I for some reason assumed it was Timman who won. Timman would have known the ending was lost but the way Smeets played gave him a chance. He should have battled on for about 10 moves to see how the game went...
   Jun-19-17 Samuel Tinsley (replies)
Richard Taylor: This is very good. I see he drew a game with Tarrasch once...that is how I came here, or why.
   Jun-18-17 Zsofia Polgar vs A Chernin, 1989 (replies)
Richard Taylor: <newzild: This was the first week in years that I attempted all seven puzzles. I managed to solve all seven, but Saturday and Sunday were a bit easier than usual, I think. 19. Nd5 does jump out as a candidate move because the queen and Bb2 are both attacking g7, and it's ...
   Jun-17-17 Karjakin vs Aronian, 2017 (replies)
Richard Taylor: Aronian and Kramnik are two magnificent players and have played great games together. Aronian has an interesting psychological approach and perhaps a great intuition. He wasn't doing as well as he wanted last year but this is his tournament. Carlsen is still probably the best
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  Benzol: <Richard>

You made mention of J Duneas vs R Taylor, 2017


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  Richard Taylor: <Benzol> I see, the games (or this one is) are up. That's the worst game I have played against John. I completely missed Nb4! although I then went into meltdown...It was annoying as up to there I was in a fairly good position. I had intended just to recapture on c6 when I had my 'brainwave'....really annoying.
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  Benzol: <Richard> I've uploaded all the available games from rounds 1 - 6 but rounds 5 & 6 have yet to appear. Unfortunately your games from rounds 4 - 6 weren't there. Possibly you should take up Daniel Freeman's offer and upload your own missing ones.
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  Richard Taylor: <Benzol> Thanks for that. I need to upload a lot of games. I don't mean thousands or anything! But for example, two of my best, one I lost in fact but was a complex struggle, was against Duneas. So I will get onto a lot of my combinational games.

I also had a lot of fascinating games against Leonard McLaren, Stanley Yee, and Bruce Wheeler, who I finally beat in what was one of my best games offering an exchange sac etc I also have a game to upload I won against FM Bruce Watson. Of course a lot of my games are rubbish. My principle is to upload interesting games: whether they are wins draws or losses.

They were relying on people to email in the PGNs but during the tournament I was preparing each game and so on.

But re Duneas, he is a nice fellow. I have been a bit slow this time as there were a lot of games. They had no one to do the PGNs on the other boards. I worked out that there must have been about 1080 games in the 9 rounds although that may be too high or low. But there were a lot of games. Some were relatively trivial of course...

But thanks again for this! I saw Ken Burgess who you may or may not know, he has played at How-Pak the other day. I'll upload more games.

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  Richard Taylor: All (my) games bar one Rd where I want to check my opponent's name. Thanks to's offer. Went up quickly!
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  Richard Taylor: Leonard McClaren also got an FM title!
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  Octavia: Hi Richard, I heard a lot of really rich exploiters came to buy property in your country - have you noticed any difference in the last few months? apparently they feel safer there because a nuclear war is imminent & it's the safest place in that event?!
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  Richard Taylor: Hi Octavia. The price of housing has risen throughout NZ. There are a number of factors, more people, general inflation and a housing shortage. And those of the Bourgeoisie who simply have too much money. It's not a new thing though. I am keeping hold of my own house.

I don't think anyone seriously thinks there will be a nuclear war. NZ wont necessarily be safe as we and Australian are allies of the UK and the USA. So we are targets. But perhaps not nuclear.

The real problem is made worse by the auctions that take place. (So the prices race up above any realistic levels). And speculators buy and the build where they are. Mind you my own grandfather made a lot of money speculating by buying land and houses destroyed in WWII in the East End, London, which was part of what led to a split with my father so eventually for that and other reasons they never conversed after about 1948 or so, not sure when. Trump is real estate speculator.

The NZ Government are supposedly funding more housing. They are a bit slow so one suspects some of them are in league with overseas billionaires. But speculators come from everywhere.

The answer is a world wide revolution so we can exterminate such as Big Pawn and his mates and all the rich bastards on this earth. Peoples' incomes need to be limited. That applies to pop stars and singers film actors and others...they all get paid too much.

Workers of the world, unite! As Marx wrote.

But the housing problem is an ongoing problem (going on for 10 years or more but it has accelerated in the last few years, as investors make big money ripping poor people off) and by and large the various Governments aren't very interested in the working class and a lot are losing their State Houses. I live in what was a State House.

It has quite a high value but I want to keep it until I die as I was brought up here and also lived here again since 1990.

The NZ Government built thousands of high quality State Houses before and after WWII and they instituted a Welfare system (free schools, doctors, and much else)...However the Lange Labour Government ripped into this under the theories of Roger Douglas and other bastards who were opportunists (it was like Thatcherism or Reaganomics) and they and other neo-Liberals took advantage of "free trade" to get greatly paid positions, make huge profits, sold off the Elecricity services and other Government institutions. This was part of what lead to the jump in crime, youth suicide, and a general decline here.

The image of NZ as a Tolkien green paradise is a load of cobblers* as most of the rivers are polluted, fish are hard to find including the whitebait we used to see on the Auckland harbour, a lot of the native animals and plants are extinct or going under and the crime rate is out of control here. Fortunately hand guns are not so easy to get. But the gangs get guns...So all is not well here or anywhere else on this generally human-poisoned Earth...and Trump is turning a blind eye to the environment also!

So the world has a madman in charge of the "greatest" crap house in the world called the US, and it's not much better anywhere else to be fair...So lets get pessimistic, lets all party on!! Bring it all on!!

*Per capita I would say the average NZ has two cars. Not to have a car is rare. Public transport isn't very good. It has improved. But NZ is very urbanized. The green? Well it is mostly in the cities. It has to be said that there are a lot of trees in the cities. But there are a lot of cars and homeless people, and maniacs on P and so on....A lot of psychotics. NZ is a nation of psychotics...The whole world is a Nation of Psychotics.

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  Benzol: <Richard> I was expecting to see you tonight. Hope things are OK. Stan asked me where you were.

I got slated to play a young opponent named Thomas Zheng and landed in trouble right in the opening. I was lucky to draw.

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  Richard Taylor: Hi <Benzol> I forgot! Then it was too late. But Stan put me (he phoned from the Club) in so I'll be there next week, I got a half point draw.

It is easy to go wrong in the opening. Once through that, usually, or often, you can be set up.

What was the opening? The time control, at ACC also, isn't good, as often you need more time to work out the opening esp. if unfamiliar with it...

But I will be struggling away next week!

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  Benzol: <Richard> This the game I was talking to you about N Croad vs D Gong, 2017
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  Benzol: <Richard> Our game is now up.

R Taylor vs P Morten, 2017

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  Richard Taylor: Yes, I looked at that game of Croad-Dong I think White was Daniel as he doesn't play the French as far as I know. But I'm not sure. The game ends strangely, White actually seems better....not clear why the result is 0-1
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  Richard Taylor: Good to see our game up there!
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  Benzol: Richard I've uploaded your last two Parkinson Cup games. Don't know how long it'll be before they appear though. Looking forward to see what other kibitzers say about them.


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  Richard Taylor: <Benzol> Thanks for that. I'm actually preparing a book for publication sometime this year and chess is down on my priorities but I am still looking at tournaments esp. on here and on Chess24 where they have some amusing commentaries and lessons as well as they comment on the US Championship which is in progress now...

The main attraction for me apart from the chess is the fact that two beautiful young woman IMs, one is Anish Giri's wife, and the other is Anna Rudolf are commenting. Not only is Anish's wife very beautiful she has a great attitude. She loses a game online and then praises here opponent and happily criticises herself! Things we men can learn from women. O.k. women are less aggressive than men but they probably in these things have a little less stress although I cant prove that.

In addition (I cant recall her name) Miss Tactics and Rudolf (Miss Strategy) give good insights into the game and e.g. Svidler gives lectures on openings. Also they play games (blitz) and comment as they play...

I see Loek van Wely's attitude is testeronically fueled as he comes to conclusions that he is winning when (I could see he wasn't and subsequently actually lost on time)...he made one of those John Watson routine evaluations (or the kind Watson warns against shall we say, and which we all fall into...): but in contrast to the women he was not very gracious to his opponents. Men I think see everything as a fight, a competition. It has its advantages (some women do also), but do we have to be conditioned by our chemical make up? I suppose it might be the case or there wouldn't "la difference"....and so on...

But the world has changed. We actually have attractive AND very intelligent women players, or a lot more of them I mean...not that we should judge by looks of course.

But it doesn't have perhaps the depth of in some ways....Not sure if I will join it as chess is time consuming. What I like about How-Pak is the relatively laid back situation there. I've cant prepare but even if I knew my opponent I don't think I would bother now as it is more relaxing just to play and see what happens...

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  Richard Taylor: But all that aside, thanks for the uploads!! You do a lot of good work on that including those games I gave you from the NZ mags etc....
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  Richard Taylor: <Benzol> Did I run some of the old NZ Corres. games past you? I still think there must be NZ games and Australian games as well as games by the not so glorified GMs or masters of the past not recorded on

Glen Turner played some good games to win one of the NZ Champs.

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  Richard Taylor: Paul I presume you are under pressure.

I played in the lightening (3 minutes with 2 seconds increment) and won the Autumn Cup as it is called.

I beat Stan with a good combination. Some of the younger players played well then collapsed. One young player played the ingenious attempt to give up rook for stalemate which I was fortunately ready for.

But while I beat Stan I lost to Leyton Hackney who annihilated me with his 1 e c5 2 d4 cd 3 c3 Gambit which I accepted and was duly taken apart...

Fortunately Stan and Leyton drew so I won by 1/2 a point!

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  Benzol: <Richard> We've been having a massive cleanout at home and I was wondering if you might be interested in some of the paperbacks and books ( not chessbooks btw) that will probably otherwise be thrown out.
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  Richard Taylor: Hi <Benzol> I might be. Depends on the titles. Are they easily accessible?

I don't sell much these days but am always looking for interesting books of various subjects.

How are things going?

I'm in the middle of The Richard Sutton Cup (three more Tuesdays I think). Ben Hague is playing as well as Stanley and a some juniors, one who managed a draw last week. [I had an easy win most of the game but you know how hard it is to win a won game!] I wrote the moves of my Rapid games down. But it wasn't a good idea. I think I will stop that. I've won that Cup in the past...

Hope all is well your end.

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  Benzol: <Richard> It might be best if you come over and see them for yourself. You will be the best one to know if anything interests you.

I might come back to the club once my sister and brother-in-law move in then I won't be worrying about Dad so much.

Spoke to Leyton the other day at work and he says he getting tired of playing bunnies for the most part at the club.

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  Richard Taylor: Hi <Benzol> I'll come over some time. Possibly a Sunday as Vic is learning to drive and we could drive over. I can assess your books.

Be good to see you there as Leyton is right to a point. There is a gap in rating. But some of those on lower rating are quite sharp. ACC is a bit chaotic but stronger for sure overall.

He plays games where he takes perhaps too many risks and sometimes comes a cropper. Stanley is back and if a few of the others returned it would be good.

My best to you and your father. I know he is ill I always liked Peter very much. He is a great gentleman for sure.

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  MissScarlett: What evidence is there that the drowning of James Rodney Phillips was suicide?
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  Richard Taylor: <MissScarlett: What evidence is there that the drowning of James Rodney Phillips was suicide?>

None that I know. I knew Rodney, or shall I say I played in tournaments he did. He was rather neurasthenic I think. He was a History lecturer, had one sister, and his father was a chess official. I think he drowned when he was in Wellington.

I then stopped playing until 1978. I heard he had committed suicide in 1971 when I was working in a car factory (the informant was an eccentric fellow who had been an archeologist at University and was not then employed, he said: 'It was over a young woman'). I had stopped playing chess about 1966. It is generally agreed that he did though.

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