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Richard Taylor
Member since Feb-14-05 · Last seen Mar-25-17
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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:

>> Click here to see Richard Taylor's game collections. Full Member

   Richard Taylor has kibitzed 12086 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-25-17 Benzol chessforum
Richard Taylor: It is better for White but still not easy to win. Komodo, waiting until it went 44 ply came up with: 1. 30. Qf4 (best according to K, but as it goes towards an ending it is hard to see how to win although in practice White is better for sure but it takes into account the two ...
   Mar-24-17 J Schulten vs Morphy, 1857
Richard Taylor: I found Morphy's games rather tedious. I read a book about Morphy (semi-fictional) and read all about him. But his games are not sufficient. His opposition was relatively weak. I have a complete of his games but couldn't play many of them. His real strength was not really ...
   Mar-24-17 J Schulten vs Kieseritzky, 1850 (replies)
Richard Taylor: The black team had a quicker win but I knew there was going to be a Q sac. In fact I am sure I saw this when or a year or so after I started playing chess circa 1962 or so. There are 2 other mates near the end but their's is the fastest and possibly most aesthetic if W sacs ...
   Mar-24-17 A Srebrnic vs A Benderac, 2007
Richard Taylor: I solved this one reasonably easily. But wasted time on taking the N on d7 or taking on f7 then went back for the simpler e7+ and noticed the fork of K and Q which with a N near the K was always going to happen... The first move is thematic. Of course W has to be wary of ...
   Mar-20-17 A F Ker vs Michael Kethro, 2017
Richard Taylor: They could have mixed it up with the Ker-Kethro game as <IAmMe> says. There were a lot of players and hundreds of games. Another thing is that it is fortunate they didn't mix Daniel Gong with the Australian Gong.... One day Ewen was coaching Daniel, and I said: "Gong, ...
   Mar-17-17 Richard Taylor chessforum
Richard Taylor: Good to see our game up there!
   Mar-17-17 Richard Taylor
Richard Taylor: Good to see Paul and my game played at my new Club Howick-Pakuranga (Auckland) a week or so ago. The last time these two giants clashed Paul prevailed and overwhelmed your truly.
   Mar-16-17 R Taylor vs P Morten, 2017 (replies)
Richard Taylor: There's a story about this game. Ask Paul if he wants to tell it. But the game as seen here is good. Basically neither of us went too wrong. The position was simplified as Paul probably didn't want a 'theoretical battle'. (I am not too sure of the lines of the main line of 4.
   Mar-16-17 Tan Zhongyi vs A Muzychuk, 2017 (replies)
Richard Taylor: I'll post a poem on the Roggoff for the benefit of Big Pawn...
   Mar-07-17 J G Sullivan vs B Stevens, 1955
Richard Taylor: Good ending by White.
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  Jonathan Sarfati: Well done on CM qualification. A couple of my clubmates in my old Aussie club got them too.
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  Benzol: <Richard> Well done on getting the CM qualification. I wasn't able to look in as there a few things going on at the moment. Dad is in hospital again. Hope the PGN's of some of the games will be available soon.

Cheers matey.


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  Wayne Power: <Richard> Ditto congrats on your CM qualification! It was a very strong field and you did better than many younger and better coached players.
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  Richard Taylor: Thanks Wayne Jonathan and Benzol. I have to pay $100! But the getting of it is good, it was offered this year. Stan Yee told me to offer a draw but Alex Huang told me after our game, that I lost, that he had to win! His fear was he might be playing someone in the next round on 3 and 1/2 whereas Stan (who took two short draws) assumed his opponents would be on the same score and want the CM...he put this all to me.

I could see his point but in the last round I had and interesting game arising with 1 e3! I ended up sacrificing twice (temporarily) then near the end I decided to sacrifice my Queen but I had to see that he didn't have a perpetual (he didn't as his second check meant I could check him with my rook checking him with a discovered check! But I had an easier way to win but I couldn't resist sacrificing my Queen even if it was fairly sure to work...(there was another danger though, a stalemate if he sacrificed his Q!)....

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  Richard Taylor: Last round game:

[Event "Oceania Zonal 2017"]
[Site "Waipuna Lodge Auckland,NZ"]
[Date "2017.01.20"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Kevin Shen"]
[Black "Richard Taylor"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. e3 d6 2. c4 g6 3. d4 Bg7 4. Nc3 Nc6 5. f4 Nf6 6. d5 Nb8 7. e4 Nbd7 8. Be3 O-O 9. Bd3 e6 10. h3 exd5 11. cxd5 Re8 12. Qc2 Nb6 13. Nge2 Nbxd5 14. Bd2 Nb4 15. Qb1 Nxd3+ 16. Qxd3 Nxe4 17. Nxe4 Bf5 18. N2g3 Bxe4 19. Nxe4 d5 20. O-O-O Rxe4 21. Rhe1 Rd4 22. Qg3 Rc4+ 23. Kb1 Qf6 24. Qb3 Qf5+ 25. Ka1 b6 26. Rc1 Rxc1+ 27. Rxc1 c5 28. Re1 Qd7 29. Qf3 Rd8 30. g4 f5 31. g5 b5 32. h4 d4 33. h5 d3 34. hxg6 hxg6 35. Qh3 b4 36. Rc1 Qd4 37. Rb1 c4 38. Be3 Qxb2+ 39. Rxb2 d2 40. Bxd2 Rxd2 41. Qh1 Rxb2 42. Qa8+ Kh7 43. a3 Rb3+ 44. Ka2 Rxa3+ 45. Kb1 Ra1+ 46. Kc2 b3+ 47. Kd2 b2 48. Ke3 b1=Q 0-1

I missed a quicker win with 43. b3! which avoids stalemate and forces mate in three more moves. But I was quite nervous and excited by this dramatic finish! I actually miscalculated thinking that after 43. Qxa7 (which I knew prevented most discoveries) I had a way to pick up his Q and win...I did but I had a 'retained' image or illusion I still had a rook! Otherwise I saw that he was pretty lost in any case! As it happens if 43. Qxa7 I knew when i got there that the pawn ending was going to be won.

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  Richard Taylor: Here is the position I (mis)-visualised:

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And now I had (wrongly)

So calculated I could play:

1. Rb3+ Qxg7+ 2. Kxg7 wins as the pawn goes or if

...1. Rb3+ Ka2 2. Rxa3+ picks up the pawn and Q leaving me with, somehow I further 'hallucinated' a R up (no, surely at least I knew it was B as I recall it was a fork)...

But the whole thing was wrong as this was an impossible position, I had mixed up the Qxa7 with his other move a3

So this position (below) is, fortunately as I saw when I got there, a won ending by one move!

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It is White to play.

I had reached the time control and could have spent more time checking the position but I really wanted to sacrifice the Queen so I had worked the moves out before he played Be3, so I did a bit more checking and then crashed and exploded into b2 in a chessic charge of the Light Brigade, except my charge had a bit more rhyme and reason to it!

So much for cautious play ensuring a win or ensuring I got the CM title! I didn't think of the title much at all. I had forgotten about it completely until Stan mentioned it...

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  Richard Taylor: Actually I think from inspection that it is won by two moves but I started the sacrifice blissfully ignorant of it!!
Jan-22-17  mckmac: <Richard> Belated Congratulations on qualifying to become a Candidate Master. It's great to see you playing so well and flying the flag for us 'seasoned players'. One of the special characteristics of our sport/art/game/science is that we are never too old to achieve a result. I know that neither of us are really that old*, but boy, some days I feel it. Regards, Matt
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  Richard Taylor: <mckmac: <Richard> Belated Congratulations on qualifying to become a Candidate Master. It's great to see you playing so well and flying the flag for us 'seasoned players'. One of the special characteristics of our sport/art/game/science is that we are never too old to achieve a result. I know that neither of us are really that old*, but boy, some days I feel it. Regards, Matt>

Thanks. True re age. I am old, getting older, nearly 70. I think that for players such as I at the lower level the result can happen (it did in fact) because, all kinds of things happen (such as the offer that those on 4 and 1/2 out of 9 get the Candidates Master title. But in my own case I really wanted to play some interesting games without spoiling them with (silly errors) and blunders. I mainly achieved that, however against Duneas, against whom in the past I have had some great and complex tactical battles (I must list two of those: one was a N sacrifice in a position where accepting was lost and Duneas (who is over 2000) got into a lost position but then i missed fork of my rooks which meant I had to go for a draw only, and the other was a very complex game which i nearly drew or won but let slip and lost, and another I just missed a win in a Rapid game as I, for some reason, was writing down the moves and lost on time instead of mating), we went into a more phlegmatic game. Then I dropped a pawn and it wasn't so good. Nor did I play as well in the other two games I lost. I won against lower rated players but finished with a nice little combination.

In general my play has been declining but I did some tactics training and self talk in this tournament and did quite well.

I am only staying in to see if I can still be alert enough. Not sure if I will play at a club this year.

But thanks for your comments!

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  Richard Taylor: Re the FM titles. Daniel Gong does deserve an FM title as he will soon be 2300 I think. He didn't lost a game I believe. Anton Smirnov is probably looking toward becoming a GM and is playing well for a 15 year old. Zelesco played well also. Patrick Gong seems very strong. Bruce Wheeler did well to beat IM candidate Scott Wastney. Paul Garbett struggled although he played some great games in the previous masters tournament in 2016. For NZ and Aussie etc it was a pretty tough tournament. Not in the league of the Asian Zonal and others....But tough enough!
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  Richard Taylor: The winner of the Womens, Layla Timergazi certainly deserved her WIM. I played her once and I have to say lost, but it wasn't a dead cert. I dropped a pawn in a game that was certainly still "alive" but I knew she was a strong player.
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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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