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Richard Taylor
Member since Feb-14-05 · Last seen Aug-18-18
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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 13477 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-18-18 morfishine chessforum (replies)
Richard Taylor: Somerset Maugham was an atheist or an agnostic. I used to read his books as a teenager and his stories. So I wrote this poem some time ago based on a story he wrote (with weaving also a theme). I don't necessarily agree with Maugham's beliefs but he was an interesting man and
   Aug-17-18 Gleizerov vs Krasenkow, 2016 (replies)
Richard Taylor: <lentil: I'm pleased with my ability to recall the solutions after 2 months...> Yes, the ideas remain if you see enough similar ones. I thought it was similar to a problem I had seen "somewhere", but I wasn't sure where or when. They <cgs> are still not organized ...
   Aug-10-18 V Laznicka vs Movsesian, 2007 (replies)
Richard Taylor: Beautiful mate.
   Aug-08-18 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
Richard Taylor: <Travis Bickle: DR Taylor how's your chess game coming along?> Professor Travis! Not very good although last year I nearly got NZ's best active player Ben Hague who has just got an IM norm...I sprang the Polugaevsky on him then as I forgot the main line in a sub line so
   Aug-06-18 K Rohonyan vs A L'Ami, 2008 (replies)
Richard Taylor: I recognized this. The method is as I saw last time. They are still lacking their Webmaster.
   Aug-03-18 Daniel Freeman (replies)
Richard Taylor: < Stonehenge: Farewell Daniel... Thanks for this. Purcell was a great composer. Neglected somewhat. Very beautiful music.
   Aug-02-18 S Petrenko vs Chiburdanidze, 2008 (replies)
Richard Taylor: Chris Owen is one of those people who like to be who they are in their own logic space. It is interesting to see him here. He is using some kind of personal code he has. Maybe a language he invented or it is random. A mystery indeed.
   Aug-01-18 Richard Taylor chessforum
Richard Taylor: Hi Benzol. I felt it was apposite given your long association here. I liked the people and both Daniel and his friend but I obviously never met him. Sad loss.
   Jul-31-18 Averbakh vs Kotov, 1953 (replies)
Richard Taylor: By the way I suspect Kotov just took a risk as with a King in his camp he decided there would be sure to be some way to win, whether it was forced is another matter...
   Jul-31-18 chessforum (replies)
Richard Taylor: I was confused here, I thought he had died already but it was his partner. I have just discovered that Daniel Freeman has died as well (in 2015 his partner). This is tragic for a man to die so young. My feelings go out to his family and
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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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  Richard Taylor: That is my answer to <ketchuplover> (above)....
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  Richard Taylor: A NZ singer. I have always liked this song. Years ago I was at a wedding where I met his sister I think she was. Beautiful young woman at the time.

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  Richard Taylor: A simple song of course, perhaps even simplistic...But sometimes these things 'catch' one. Something like that.
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  Richard Taylor: I don't know this singer but she sings beautifully

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  Richard Taylor: I'm Richard I've Been

He went thru his entire life not knowing what “divertimento” meant. Coagulate chaos. RIP my red N.Y. cap bought a few blocks from 47th St, August 1993, lost Panmure Basin ca. 1994. His poems were “aggressively uniambic”. The ligaments of desire. Arse Poetica. I prefer “Untitled 1953” to “Green and Maroon 1953”. Kingfisher: about five houses intersection Court Crescent and Hobson Streets, Panmure, Auckland, New Zealand, winter 1997. The much troubled life of the tenor saxophonist. Almost like being in love. Rothko. He said that Ron Silliman wrote one sentence per day. Red in red is different from black in black. Black. Walking: fierce mental debate between Richard A and Richard B about the macro / micro dialectical linguistic class struggle. His beautiful Samoan girlfriend laughed when I said “chish and fips”. Absurd ceramic ornament plunged. Table lamp: yellow fanned out bulb cover, circular blue base, red “ringed” bent stem neck. Concentrating enthusiastically on the typing process. Whose hands? To die without ever having played chess is like to die without ever having heard music. Take time vapid zip bog log decide. Insert appropriate sentence at this point. The red thing by the white thing. Siegbert Tarrasch. Think. He had a “spare” piano style. Yellow ochre, cadmium red, cobalt blue. Transparent and translucent. Perspective. No. I really prefer “Untitled 1948” to “Untitled 1948”. Did you play Poetry at the University of Chess? You will please have a changed focus mentality. Father Penis. The busy bee, cast there by the “naughty” neighbour boy, was red yellow and blue, and lay like an unthinking pronate hand on the motionless grey corrugate iron garage roof. Welkin, for example. Genetic degeneration. The students were alarmed, nay, even angry, when Milhaud revealed that he was a happy man. Think of something. Camp Adair, 1957: river swims at cold 5 a.m. Mud slides. A boy who lost his eye things – he said he would go blind – we were frightened for him, because his terror communicated itself to us. Procedure, he valued procedure. 21 minutes to twelve is the time. The old tough man said you couldn't call them Yanks, they'd get angry, 'cause there's a North and South and there was a war. As distance gets further green bluens. As a child I listened to my father and grandfather talk about “technical” and grown up things for hours in joyful incomprehension. One day I would know things. Shapes of bowls. Bias. Ho ho – here comes death: (look back to incanabula). Did “meaning” mean that something was mean? Lonic versus Manhiric. Leggotic versus Frenchic. Tayloric versus Turnic. Curnic verus Curnic. All subsumed under “ETCETTERIC” . All very esoteric. Esoteric etceteric. What does all this mean? Jesus Blood Never Failed Me Yet. I'm alive, I think: but as I think, what thinks the thinking thing? Something wriggles in the brain. Mungle jungle gurgle goolah bungle bonga guggalappa longga longy bloekk. Ralph Hotere. Shut the window, it's getting cold. Cook something. Up. Boil microwave oven inside the egg approximately 7000 years. We march backwards in specting the devigoration so new to our land as eyeless sockets twang. In Gaza. He went to Pompei to be ashed upon. Sillimania. Slaters were “jambers” my father said I said. What are we? Divers. In Dickens. 10 Dickens novels read before I got to high school as well as Les Miserables and the Alice Books. Later on there were more words, spoken and written. Think about reactance: capacitive and inductive. Let's go tunelling to keep up. For God sake, you're in your sixth year! Get some lion red into you ya' bastards built like brick sheithouses. Sheila. She was a sheila. O.K. Wowsers eh mate? Where's my Biggles book? “Put the billy on Pop!” Some things don't work out right, others do. Things keep on as far as we can see. Keep on keeping on, but don't get caught.

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  Richard Taylor: The Fat Man

The slightest ledger of the still shadow is dominated surely by the imagined figure, whose face we never see, etching graphic destructions - whose green gentleness is a new United States - but, quietly by tip toe they reach, surely, by dream delusion, the central isn’tness. Yet the creature in the wicker chair and the old dead rocker surely perform miracles. The hands crawl like scorpions. Nothing of this is known, or remembered - but the ball of brightness, claiming centre ground, is learning it all again. The music is at least triangular.

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  Richard Taylor: Possibly my favourite by two of my favourite comedians

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  Benzol: Richard thank you for the phone message regarding Daniel Freeman. I will try to contact you tomorrow. Cheers matey.
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  Richard Taylor: Hi Benzol. I felt it was apposite given your long association here. I liked the people and both Daniel and his friend but I obviously never met him.

Sad loss.

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