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Hi, I'm Paul Morten and I live in Auckland, New Zealand. I've been playing Chess for over thirty years (and still haven't got it right yet). My father ( Peter Morten ) taught me the moves when I was aged about ten. (He's now a venerable 86-year-old).

I didn't really get "Chess Fever" until the Fischer-Spassky match in Iceland in 1972. My first chess heroes were Spassky, Fischer, Marshall, Alyekhin and Capablanca but with more maturity I'm much more appreciative of Lasker, Chigorin, Niemzowitsch, Botvinnik, Smyslov, Tal, Keres, Nezhmetdinov, Petrosian, Kasparov and many others. Collecting chess books since 1972 I now possess a chess library I'm sure any club would be proud of. Many game submissions to the database have been made from these books. Up to 25th September 2015 submissions number 5,883 games (this total will continue to grow with time).

I'm fascinated by Chess History and the players who make it so what follows is a large list of important tournaments played in the 19th and 20th Centuries. These collections have been compiled by a number of members of and I'm extremely grateful to them and thank them for their efforts.

1.Game Collection: WCC Index (London 1851)

2.Game Collection: New York 1857

2A.Game Collection: Paris 1867

3.Game Collection: Baden-Baden 1870

3AA.Game Collection: Vienna 1873

3AAA.Game Collection: Philadelphia 1876

3A.Game Collection: Leipzig 1877, The Anderssen-Feier

4.Game Collection: Paris 1878

4A.Game Collection: Leipzig 1879

5.Game Collection: Berlin 1881

6.Game Collection: Vienna 1882

7.Game Collection: London 1883

7A.Game Collection: Breslau 1889

7B.Game Collection: New York 1889

7C.Game Collection: New York 1893, The Impromtu Tournament

8.Game Collection: Hastings 1895

9.Game Collection: St. Petersburg 1895-96

10.Game Collection: Nuremberg 1896

11.Game Collection: Budapest 1896

12.Game Collection: Berlin 1897

13.Game Collection: Vienna 1898

14.Game Collection: London 1899

15.Game Collection: Paris 1900

15A.Game Collection: Munich 1900

16.Game Collection: Monte Carlo 1901

16A.Game Collection: 1901 Buffalo

17.Game Collection: Monte Carlo 1902

18.Game Collection: Monte Carlo 1903

19.Game Collection: Monte Carlo 1904

20.Game Collection: Cambridge Springs 1904

20A.Game Collection: Coburg 1904

21.Game Collection: Ostend 1905

22.Game Collection: 99_Ostende A 1907 (Champion Tourn. to play Laske

23.Game Collection: Karlsbad 1907

24.Game Collection: Vienna 1908

25.Game Collection: Prague 1908

25A.Game Collection: Düsseldorf 1908 - DSB Kongress XVI

26.Game Collection: St Petersburg 1909

26A.Game Collection: 99_Hamburg 1910

27.Game Collection: San Sebastian 1911

28.Game Collection: Karlsbad 1911

29.Game Collection: San Sebastian 1912

30.Game Collection: Bad Pistyan 1912

31.Game Collection: Vilnius 1912 (All-Russian Masters)

31A.Game Collection: Havana 1913

32.Game Collection: St Petersburg 1914

33.Game Collection: Mannheim 1914 - the unfinished tournament

34.Game Collection: Berlin 1918

34A.Game Collection: New York 1918

34B.Game Collection: Hastings 1919

35.Game Collection: Berlin 1920

35A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1920

36.Game Collection: Teplitz-Schönau 1922

37.Game Collection: Bad Pistyan 1922

38.Game Collection: London 1922

39.Game Collection: Hastings 1922

40.Game Collection: Vienna 1922

41.Game Collection: Karlsbad 1923

42.Game Collection: Mährisch-Ostrau 1923

42A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1923

43.Game Collection: Lake Hopatcong 1923 (9th American Chess Congress

44.Game Collection: New York 1924

44A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1924

45.Game Collection: Baden Baden 1925

45A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1925

46.Game Collection: Marienbad 1925

47.Game Collection: Moscow 1925

48.Game Collection: Semmering 1926

49.Game Collection: Dresden 1926

50.Game Collection: Hannover 1926

50A.Game Collection: Lake Hopatcong 1926

50B.Game Collection: 99_Berlin 1926

51.Game Collection: New York 1927

51A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1927

52.Game Collection: London 1927

53.Game Collection: Bad Kissingen 1928

54.Game Collection: Berlin 1928

54A.Game Collection: Hastings 1928/29

55.Game Collection: Karlsbad 1929

55A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1929

56.Game Collection: San Remo 1930

57.Game Collection: Liege 1930

58.Game Collection: Bled 1931

58A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1931

59.Game Collection: London International Chess Congress, 1932

59A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1933

60.Game Collection: Zurich 1934

61.Game Collection: Syracuse 1934

62.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1934/35

63.Game Collection: Moscow 1935

63A.Game Collection: Margate 1935

63AA.Game Collection: Margate 1936

64.Game Collection: Moscow 1936

64A.Game Collection: Podebrady 1936

65.Game Collection: Nottingham 1936

66.Game Collection: Kemeri 1937 International Tournament

67.Game Collection: Semmering/Baden 1937

67A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1937

68.Game Collection: Margate 1937

69.Game Collection: Hastings 1937/38

70.Game Collection: Margate 1938

71.Game Collection: Noordwijk 1938

72.Game Collection: AVRO 1938

73.Game Collection: Hastings 1938/39

73A.Game Collection: Margate 1939

73C.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1940

74.Game Collection: USSR Absolute Championship 1941

75.Game Collection: Salzburg 1942

76.Game Collection: Sverdlovsk 1943

76AA.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1944

76A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1945

77.Game Collection: Groningen 1946

78.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1947

78A.Game Collection: Moscow 1947

78B.Game Collection: 1948 Saltsjöbaden interzonal

79.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1948

79A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1949

79AA.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1950

79AAA.Game Collection: 1st World Correspondence Chess Championship

79B.Game Collection: Amsterdam 1950

80.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1951

80A.Game Collection: Budapest 1952

81.Game Collection: Interzonals 1952: Stockholm

82.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1952

83.Game Collection: WCC Index (Zurich 1953)

83A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1954

83AA.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1955

84.Game Collection: Interzonals 1955: Gothenburg

84A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1956

84B.Game Collection: 2nd World Correspondence Chess Championship

85.Game Collection: Alekhine Memorial International Tournament, 1956

86.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1957

87.Game Collection: Dallas, 1957

88.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1958

89.Game Collection: Interzonals 1958: Portoroz

90.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1959

90A.Game Collection: Moscow 1959

90B.Game Collection: 3rd World Correspondence Chess Championship

91.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1960

92.Game Collection: Mar del Plata 1960

92A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1961a

93.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1961 b

94.Game Collection: Interzonals 1962: Stockholm

94A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1962

95.Game Collection: First Piatigorsky Cup 1963

96.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1963

96A.Game Collection: USSR Zonal 1964

97.Game Collection: Amsterdam Interzonal 1964

97A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1964/65

97B.Game Collection: Yerevan 1965

97C.Game Collection: Havana 1965

97D.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1965

97E.Game Collection: Moscow 1966

98.Game Collection: Second Piatigorsky Cup 1966

99.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1966/67

100.Game Collection: Sousse Interzonal, 1967

101.Game Collection: Moscow 1967

101A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1967

102.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1968/69

102A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1969

102B.Game Collection: Interzonal 1970 (Palma de Mallorca)

103.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1970

104.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1971

105.Game Collection: Moscow 1971

105A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1972

106.Game Collection: Interzonals 1973: Leningrad

107.Game Collection: Interzonals 1973: Petropolis

108.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1973

109.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1974

109A.Game Collection: Milan 1975

109B.Game Collection: Moscow 1975

109C.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1975

110.Game Collection: Amsterdam IBM 1976

111.Game Collection: Interzonals 1976: Manila

112.Game Collection: Interzonals 1976: Biel

113.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1976

113A.Game Collection: 99_Bad Lauterberg 1977

113B.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1977

113C.Game Collection: Bugojno 1978

114.Game Collection: USSR First League, Ashkhabad, 1978

115.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1978

115A.Game Collection: Montreal 1979

116.Game Collection: Interzonals 1979: Rio de Janeiro

117.Game Collection: Interzonals 1979: Riga

117A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1979

118.Game Collection: London Phillips & Drew 1980

118A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1980/81

119.Game Collection: Moscow 1981

120.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1981

121.Game Collection: Phillips & Drew Kings Chess Tournament 1982

122.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1983

122A.Game Collection: Niksic 1983

122B.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1984

123.Game Collection: 1984 Phillips & Drew GLC Kings Tt

124.Game Collection: Bugojno 1984

124A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1985

125.Game Collection: Bugojno 1986

125A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1986

125B.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1987

125C.Game Collection: Plaza International Chess Tt 1988

126.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1988

127.Game Collection: Tilburg Interpolis 1989

127A.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1989

127B.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1990

128.Game Collection: USSR Championship 1991

129.Game Collection: Linares 1994

A very large number of important tournaments can also be found in <RonB52734>'s Game Collection: 170 Major Chess Tournaments 1882-2007

In connection with the Historical tournament updates useful links are Game Collection Voting and Tournament Index

To upload new games the
PGN Upload Utility
is very useful.

Information on Country Codes can be found at
FIDE Country Codes

More recent tournaments can be accessed at
New Tournaments

Link for editing is at
Editor Notes

Shortcut to the Soviet Championships
Game Collection: USSR Championship Tournament Index

Index to the Hastings Congresses
Game Collection: Hastings Christmas Congress (Tournament Index)

Another fine collection compiled by <Phony Benoni> concerning the Anglo-American Cable Matches can be found at Game Collection: Anglo-American Cable Matches, 1896-1911

Link to the first ten World Correspondence Championships

Other collections that are well worth checking out :

suenteus po 147's Game Collections

Phony Benoni's Game Collections

Resignation Trap's Game Collections

sneaky pete's Game Collections

capybara's Game Collections

keypusher's Game Collections

whiteshark's Game Collections

Archives' Game Collections

Hesam7's Game Collections

protean's Game Collections

matey's Game Collections

Honza Cervenka's Game Collections

jessicafischerqueen's Game Collections

AdrianP's Game Collections

Sneaky's Game Collections

ughaibu's Game Collections

Calli's Game Collections

acirce's Game Collections

percyblakeney's Game Collections

notyetagm's Game Collections

open defence's Game Collections

emperoratahualpa's Game Collections

yourang's Game Collections

hitman84's Game Collections

patzer2's Game Collections

karpova's Game Collections

gypsy's Game Collections

iron maiden's Game Collections

hms123's Game Collections

tpstar's Game Collections

vonKrolock's Game Collections

visayanbraindoctor's Game Collections

IMLDay's Game Collections

Eric Schiller's Game Collections

ray keene's Game Collections's Game Collections

crawfb5's Game Collections

wanabe2000's Game Collections

Penguincw's Game Collections

To find the time at see

Corrections to the CG Librarian can be made at
CG Librarian chessforum

Pun Submissions can be made at
Pun Submission Page

Puns are used for
Game of the Day Archive

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   Nov-28-17 chessforum (replies)
Benzol: One Month Ago! <Benzol> <<chessgames> You have all the available games from the 8th Asian veterans and senior championships won by GM Eugenio Torre and IM Lodhi Mahmood respectively sitting in the games queue. When are we likely to see them appear?>
   Nov-19-17 Tony Palmer (replies)
Benzol: Happy birthday matey. :)
   Nov-11-17 JoseTigranTalFischer chessforum
Benzol: I don't know who User: JoseTigranTalFischer actually is but I think a number of game collections have been mistakenly attributed to him/her.
   Nov-08-17 David Moody (replies)
Benzol: Happy birthday. :)
   Nov-05-17 Deep Thought vs Bronstein, 1992
Benzol: Food for Thought.
   Oct-24-17 R W Smith vs P W Stuart, 1992 (replies)
Benzol: That,s strange I have the score as far as move 33.
   Oct-23-17 Alexander Alekhine (replies)
Benzol: <Goodboy> He's buried in Paris, France. :)
   Oct-19-17 technical draw chessforum (replies)
Benzol: The rain is tess, the fire is joe and...just wondering about your forum name.
   Oct-19-17 Eugenio Torre (replies)
Benzol: <spawn2> <Safe to say, with 7 points in 7 rds, GM Eugene will win his 1st Asian Seniors 65 and above crown.> All his games from that event have been uploaded so they should appear in the not to distant future. :)
   Oct-07-17 Liu Wenzhe
Benzol: Happy birthday. :)
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Monsters From The Id

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  Richard Taylor: Come in <Benzol? we have need of you!
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  Richard Taylor: Paul I managed to draw against Daniel Gong tonight. I played a nice combination but he found a defence. Ended up with basically two rooks and 2 pawns (me) against his Q and 3 pawns although either of were in a position to force a draw at the end I think...

Poor old Leyton! He needed to play that game out for sure. Pity he blundered a piece so early but he had counter play of a sort...

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  Richard Taylor: Another time I won against Bob Gibbo...I must have about an = score against him:

[Event "Auckland Champs"]
[Site "Auckland"]
[Date "1981.08.20"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Richard Taylor"]
[Black "Bob Gibbons"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Bb4 6. Bd3 d5 7. Bg5 Bxc3+ 8. bxc3 Qa5 9. O-O Nxe4 10. Bxe4 dxe4 11. Qg4 Bd7 12. Rab1 Qd5 13. Rfd1 h6 14. Bh4 O-O 15. Bf6 g6 16. Nb5 Qc6 17. Qh4 Kh7 18. Bg5 Rh8 19. Bxh6 Kg8 20. Qd8+ Kh7 21. Qf6 Kxh6 22. Qxh8+ Kg5 23. h4+ Kg4 24. f3+ Kg3 25. Qe5+ Kxh4 26. Qf6+ Kh5 27. g3 Kh6 28. Qh8+ Kg5 29. Qh4+ Kf5 30. Qf4# 1-0

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  Richard Taylor: My game against no 13 on the NZ Active list Comrade FM Daniel Gong, all of 15 I think...

[Event "Fairhurst Pawn Howick-Pak"]
[Site "Howick-Pak,Auckland,NZ"]
[Date "2017.05.02"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Richard Taylor"]
[Black "Daniel Anwei Gong"]
[Result "*"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Bd3 Nf6 6. O-O Qc7 7. Nc3 Nc6 8. Nxc6 bxc6 9. Qe2 d5 10. exd5 cxd5 11. Bg5 Bb7 12. Kh1 Be7 13. f4 h6 14. Bh4 O-O 15. Rae1 d4 16. Bxf6 Bxf6 17. Ne4 Be7 18. f5 exf5 19. Rxf5 Rae8 20. Nf6+ Bxf6 21. Qxe8 g6 22. Rxf6 Rxe8 23. Rxe8+ Kg7 24. Rf2 Bd5 25. Re1 Qb7 26. b3 Qb4 27. Ref1 Qa3 28. Bc4 Bxc4 29. bxc4 f5 30. g4 Qxa2 31. gxf5 gxf5 32. Rxf5 Qxc4 33. Rg1+ Kh7 34. Rg2 Qe6 35. Rf4 Qd5 36. h4 a5 37. Kg1 Qc5 38. Kf1 Qc4+ 39. Ke1 Qc3+ 40. Kd1 Qa1+ 41. Kd2 Qc3+ 42. Kd1 Qb4 43. Rgg4 h5 44. Rg5 Qb1+ 45. Kd2 Qb4+ *

[20. Nf6+ ! is winning unless Daniel plays as he does. It slowed him down for sure. 19. ... Re8 was unwise if not a mistake.

Draw agreed. Fritz gives the ending slightly better for Black but Komodo gives either a slight advantage for White or it is = I think without mistakes and good play it is about even. Black cant win and neither can White although both can if errors are made of course....

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  Richard Taylor: Daniel's name is Daniel Hanwen Gong. His ELO is about 2295. Close to 2300. He is an FM and is 14. Nice fellow but not happy to draw to me of course. But always very polite and he is very quick at calculating and is curious about a lot of things. He should do well as time passes.
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  Richard Taylor: I mean in chess and life in general.
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  perfidious: <Richard>, a note on your opening choice 1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 c5 3.Bg2 Nc6 vs Gibbons: this has long been known to be very good for White after 4.d4, which produces a reverse Gruenfeld. When White castles instead, things change, though.
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  Richard Taylor: <perfidious> Yes I see it is played. It seems to be about = though. Although I does fight for the centre somewhat like a reversed Grunfeld.

I think Bob may have wanted to play a "true Reti". Obviously my 5. ... Be6 is wrong. Better is 5. ... Nf6...

I just checked I saw that 5. d4 game recently played by an IM or GM with c4 etc and a b5 sac. I had looked it up for some reason. Maybe I was studying a recent game. I recall now that a lot of players seemed to know the line! How they know all these openings!

I got lucky in that game and Bob was furious after the game. I had never seen him like that. I never do that, if I miss something or feel pissed off I just go home! But he insisted on analyzing it for ages to prove he was mostly won. I think it was because my play was rather unsound and his f4 was good for sure...

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  Richard Taylor: Then my h6 was dubious also....such is chess. After the Qs were swapped White was winning.
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  Richard Taylor: The variation I was looking at is a variation of the Catalan. That's the trouble it is a line of the Catalan or can be if White gets 4. d4 in. I was thinking of trying the Catalan but I think I was looking at a game by Zantoskih during the US Championship.
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  Richard Taylor: Hi Benzol. I lost to Ben Hague no surprise there except I played weakly in the opening. The first time I had ever got to the main position (or one of them) with the Svesnikov as Black. Then I panicked and played too passively so no draw or win this time! No bad blunders just weak play and good play by Ben.

Then in the interclub I had an interesting game against Gordon Morrell tonight (Sunday 21st of May 2017). We played ACC who I think won. Steadman won and Alphaeus Ang got a mate against Paul Spiller in an about = position but Paul as usual was in bad time pressure. Other wise all was well I think. I think Ben Hague won against Martin Dreyer or it might have been a draw. Benji Lim lost to Bruce Watson. Ewen Green had a draw with Kulashko. So How-Pak lost but it was a good fight. Daniel Gong was busy with school things so I was roped in.

I'll post both my games for the sake of completeness when time allows.

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  Richard Taylor: I forgot to say I drew against Gordon Morrell. My game against Ben Hague was in the Parkinson's Cup.
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  Richard Taylor: <Benzol> Did you load up my games against Leyton and Daniel Gong?

In the last two rounds of the Richard Sutton Cup I won fairly quickly against Jasmine Zhang. She went wrong on the Black side of the Najdorf. I played the old main line with Bg5 which is very sharp. But she allowed a fatal weakness on d5.

But I faced a Veresov 1. d5 Nf6 2 Nc3 d5 and then 3. Bf4 and it lead to a strange game.

I have the score of both games although the second was longer and I lost track of it in the end. (I reconstructed both games). I managed to win but it was one of those swings and roundabouts...

Because I had one draw and one loss I am in third place with two rounds to go.

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  Benzol: <Richard> I thought I had uploaded those two games but maybe I didn't. I was intending to but a few family matters cropped up so maybe I didn't get around to it.
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  Richard Taylor: <Benzol> That's o.k. I should do it. Poor old Leyton has lost almost every game against me! But he should win more as he plays quite sharp chess.

In the last round I lost to

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  Richard Taylor: I lost to Terry Shen who I beat with the same opening and variation last time we played in a standard game. Not geared up to play chess. A lot of interruptions there. Also I beat a young player in the last round with a sacrificial attack (unsound but worked as he played too quickly in the Rapid) against my opponents Dragon. I used the Yugoslav and actually blundered a piece...but kept on with my attack and broke through.

So I was 4th or kind of third as Ben Hague won, of course, Stan Yee and Terry Shen were second = and I was next. Picked up a small some of money.

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  Richard Taylor: <Benzol> Since then a draw with Terry Shen! (In the Club Champs). I beat the other players. One game was quite a nice attack as I sacrificed a R and a N in the end to win although I had other ways to win. I faced what is called The Accelerated Dragon again and it led to a kind of Yugoslav Attack but I got the upper hand. See how I go next week.
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  Richard Taylor: I had a good game tonight. I played the Poluagevsky Variation of the Najdorf and as it is complex I think Ben forgot the right move at one point. I played a move I had seen was weaker but in fact Ben then played the wrong response, tried an attack but I gained a piece up with a good position. But late in the game I blundered (looked at my time and played a quick move) so it looks as though Ben will take out the Club Champs this year. He also beat Stan. I suppose I will be playing Stan next week.

How are things with you Paul?

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  Richard Taylor: The notice just told me "The hardest game to win is a won game." !
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  Richard Taylor: Here's my game against Ben Hague. I was winning this and went wrong near the end. I played the Polugaevsky in the Najdorf (Old Main Line) for the first time and got a good position.

[Event "Howick-Pak Club Champs"]
[Site "Howick,Auckland,NZ"]
[Date "2017.08.08"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Ben Hague"]
[Black "Richard Taylor"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 b5 8. e5 dxe5 9. fxe5 Qc7 10. exf6 Qe5+ 11. Qe2 Qxg5 12. Ne4 Qe5 13. O-O-O Bb7 14. Nxe6 fxe6 15. fxg7 Qxg7 16. Qh5+ Qg6 17. Qe5 Bh6+ 18. Kb1 O-O 19. Nc5 Bd5 20. Bd3 Qg7 21. Qh5 Nc6 22. Rhe1 Rae8 23. Nd7 Qxd7 24. Qxh6 Qg7 25. Qh4 Kh8 26. Re3 Re7 27. Rh3 Ref7 28. Bxh7 Rf4 29. Qh5 Rc8 30. Bd3+ Kg8 31. Rg3 Rf7 32. Qh7+ Kf8 33. Rxg7 1-0

Instead of 27. ... Rfe7, 27. ... Qd4! I had a quite big advantage even until 28. ... Rf4?? 27. ... Ref7? is a mistake but it is not clear I am losing even then....Earlier in this opening 13. ... Ra7 is better than 13... Bb7. But I was still good. 14. ... Nxe6?! was a mistake although it is a typical kind of attack in this kind of position.

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Here 27.... Qd4 would have kept quite a big advantage for Black.

It was a good game overall though with a quite strong counter attack by Ben who I think missed I could check on h6 and then castle king side. I had good chances. I played a better game than last time we played when I didn't even get into the game.

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  perfidious: <Richard....But I faced a Veresov 1. d5 Nf6 2 Nc3 d5 and then 3. Bf4 and it lead to a strange game....>

It has that way about it.

In the last of my ten meetings with future GM Patrick Wolff--then barely an IM--I tried the Veresov for the only time in my career. Never even played it in blitz. Patrick played 3....g6 and I went in for 4.Bxf6 exf6, soon lost my way and got hosed.

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  Richard Taylor: <perfidious> Interesting. I faced the Veresov a few times. I usually play Ne4. My game against Edward Tanoi was a disaster. I also lost to another player some years back. In fact as Black I think I have lost every game against the Veresov!

Maybe not because of the opening itself. Probably more that I prefer to play the main lines. I recall trying the Torre in the 80s in correspondence when the British Chess Mag had articles about the Torre and also the Veresov.

I won a game in one of the seniors using the Torre.

It went 1 d4 d5 2 Nc3 Nf6 3 bg5 e6 4 f3 c5...I got a bad position but it was confusing for my opponent, an ex NZ Championship Player in the good old days when you had to be in the top 10 places (Wayne Power). He was winning the tournament but in my game I won. I felt a bit bad for Wayne as we have known each other since 1963 or so.

I also played in about 1982 in the NZ Correspondence Champs against a school friend of mine (I think he became the NZ Correspondence Champion that or the next year). That was Glenn Turner who played his Q to b6, took the pawn and retreated. In fact, despite the fact it was correspondence I overlooked a mate in 1 and lost! I must upload that and a lot of interesting games including some fascinating sacrifices I have made. This century from 2006 to about 1010 or so I was collecting Q sacrifices. I made about 10 I think to win or save games! The more combinative if more dubious games were against weaker players...I mean in rating terms.

My weakness is I am not good at remembering openings. I have never really liked studying openings. I used to simply develop my pieces and if there was no attack I would lose the pace...well it wasn't quite so simple but I did learn some openings in the late 70s to 80s but there are so many lines to learn.

Tactics and complex and interesting positions were my forte although I used to "tailor" my games for the opponent. For example: if players were better at tactics (or about as good as me) I would steer for quiet positions (this has worked recently, it helps to know who one is playing). There was one player I knew hated endings and so I studied rook and pawn endings from books (one by Keres) and avoided attacks as much as possible. Another who used to spend a lot of time analysing middle game positions so i would play any move at all in the opening where he might have a chance to win a pawn or there was more than one way to take the pawn. Some players were too unpredictable but I played say the f4 line against young players who I suspected had just started learning the Dragon.

Against one strong player I played 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 g6 3 Nc3 d5 4 Qa5+!!

This was because my opponent I knew was an assiduous "book man". Now I knew nothing about the Grunfeld, or nothing much except the exchange variation a bit. But I knew that my opponent would not expect that move. And it turned out he spent ages on his next move! In fact he spent so much time trying to remember the proper move (I'd seen the game played by chance by another NZ player) that he (he was another time control addict) that I got bored and wwalked around, had a coffee and so on and talked to people etc.

Then I got a great position but lost my way. But despite the fact that later he got a won position I was able to get a draw as he ended up with only seconds on his clock...!

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  Jonathan Sarfati: "ex NZ Championship Player in the good old days when you had to be in the top 10 places (Wayne Power)." Top 12 in most years, but your point is well made; I prefer those old days when the champs was decided in a round robin with no rabbits.
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  Richard Taylor: Yes. I never played but it seemed better. Although the ideas of Open tournaments are good. Perhaps they could have two. A NZ Open and the Rolls Royce NZ Champs.

I used to battle it out in the Reserve and I had no problems with that.

It was good to play in an open and get to play a GM for the first time. In fact I came close to winning as he (Rassmusen got into terrible time trouble in a bad position).

But in the days of Sarapu it simply seemed right the way it was. It is almost impossible to replace Ortvin. He and Sutton et al had a presence for sure. And he would communicate (as did Richard Sutton who was also communicative, he was a bit older than I so I "looked up to him" and to Rodney Phillips.

Mind you there was the case of David Cooper who one year won the Reserve 11 with no losses, a picket fence indeed!

The next year he wanted to play again, and refused to play in the champs as he wanted the prize money if possible...He was a good player but he probably knew he had had some luck also...

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  Richard Taylor: Come in Benzol! I've signed up to play in the Asian Seniors...starts next month. In the section I am in, the Veterans, GM Torre is playing and an IM I think but then it tails off. But there are a few GMs IMs and FMs in the other tournament, the Asian Seniors (over 50).
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