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Richard Taylor
Member since Feb-14-05 · Last seen Nov-28-15
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 nearly 65.

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 games.

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 10954 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-28-15 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
Richard Taylor: That this is a fabulation, and that those "other times" Are in fact the silences of the soul, picked out in Diamonds on stygian velvet, matters less than it should. Prodigies of timing may be arranged to convince them We live in one dimension, they in ours. While I ...
   Nov-24-15 Y Sakharov vs Nezhmetdinov, 1957 (replies)
Richard Taylor: I thought there was a mate somewhere so I had to play the game over. I see I'm in fairly good company, I thought I was losing it, well, I am, but not that much I hope. But in a current tournament I have lost 3 games to (by rating) 'weaker' players, by blunders...So, thinking ...
   Nov-24-15 Uhlmann vs Smyslov, 1973
Richard Taylor: I agree, he played against and equalled or won against another of the greatest, Botvinnik. Let's face it, Botters was champ on and off for a long time. He was disciplined yet played some beautiful games. In his 50s he drew with Fischer. Now Smyslov played both some great ...
   Nov-23-15 N Pogonina vs H Sahin, 2012
Richard Taylor: Well as was said: "No one ever won a game by resigning."! This was a good game by White. I was looking as I just lost a game as White in this opening to weaker player I have to say (club level). I have only played against the 3...Qe7 move in Blitz, and my young opponent knew ...
   Nov-23-15 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
Richard Taylor: <<BP> Etc. I will return. But just for now, I know I went overboard with some of my rants in the past. I'm not "an enemy of the state" or anything nor do I endorse ISIS for example or in fact the attacks on the Twin Towers. [But I might try to understand their ...
   Nov-16-15 Miles vs DeFirmian, 1990 (replies)
Richard Taylor: I met Miles once he was very overweight near the end of his life and died quite young. He played some great games. I thought Black could take on f6 but Bf5 leads to initiative to Black and White's K is in danger. This is an interesting game. With some complications but ...
   Nov-15-15 Karpov vs Chandler, 1983
Richard Taylor: It looks as though Benzol kept a file of them also.
   Nov-15-15 Chandler vs I Rogers, 1984 (replies)
Richard Taylor: I remember where I found it, it was from the chess column he used to write in the mid 70s to 80s and I played it over at random. It was in the New Zealand Listener May 6th 1984. On move 10...Qxf6 Chandler says: "Consistent, though objectively 10...gxf6 is better. Rogers had ...
   Nov-02-15 D Barua vs Korchnoi, 1982 (replies)
Richard Taylor: I saw the N sac tho - in fact I've played combinations like this myself to win games. Ridiculous I didn't see 2 e5 immediately. I'm getting old...
   Oct-31-15 chessforum (replies)
Richard Taylor: 'Stangling' they ask? Portmanteau word a la Lewis Carroll, Joyce etc...That is the last man standing in a strangling match with the other man...the first to break the opponent's neck or kill him by asphyxiation is declared the winner: in fact he is also strangled but the ...
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  Domdaniel: You had a real go at Rasmussen, Richard. Worried him, I suspect. Keep it up...
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  Richard Taylor: Thanks <Benzol> and <Domdaniel> I now have 2 and 1/2 out of 5 so my target of 50% is so far achieved.

I'm playing William Li tomorrow. I have won, lost, and won and lost and won against William so anything can happen. I don't think there was ever a draw, but most of the games have been fantastic attacking games. Both of us have played the Najdorf against each other, and we have also both essayed the Poisoned in that line...but last time I got my Q trapped! So, I am white tomorrow. See how it goes. One time I won as I played a quiet line (Be3 as White in the Najdorf which he said 'bored him to death'! - it had been my policy in that case, as I know he likes to attack or complicate, as I do sometimes...)

I won today against Alan Fan. He, inexplicably played almost the same line (Reti) as against FMs Reilly and Roy-Brice the French FM. In any case, I suspected he would switch to 1 e4 but out came 1 Nf3 d5 2 c4 and I more or less just followed what the others had done and checkmated him.

Christ it's hot here though! Beautiful weather but luckily in the room I was in there was a fan. I nearly offered my opponent a draw, as this old codger wasn't too good in that heat. Fortunately plenty of cool water to drink and fans etc

Well organised tournament.

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  Richard Taylor: Lost today. Forgot my line again in the Fischer-Sozin then lost the plot and missed a tactic that left me with a poor if not lost ending. So William Li won that one.
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  keypusher: I was impressed: Allen Chi Zhou Fan vs R Taylor, 2015

Look forward to seeing more of your games in the future, Richard.

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  Richard Taylor: <keypusher> Thanks. I followed the other players (method against the Reti) who played Allen. (I wrote more about this somewhere on but I've forgotten where...)
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  Richard Taylor: <keypusher> I have much better games than that (and lot worse!) but I had about 7 or more games that involved Q sacrifices and a number of combinative games but I haven't got around to uploading them.

But I will also upload good and interesting games that were lost by me or were draws, as indeed those draws can be interesting and also some of the games I lost were very interesting struggles. (No one though wants to see rubbish games I either won lost or drew so they can go into bin 13!)

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  Richard Taylor: <mistermac> Has lost his wig which depletes me pome ov som ov its meanin' or at least wot mean'n it did ave iff if add any...
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  Benzol: <Richard> I see you've faced Caroline Yan before. c.f. R Taylor vs C Yan, 2015 She's also drawn with Phil Hair so I'm guessing that she must be stronger than her rating implies. Is she one of Ewen's glittering battalion?
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  Richard Taylor: Yes, but she isn't very good. I had a won position about move 8 I think and it was a comedy of errors. It was one of the few games I managed to get in time trouble.

What she did in the games she won was in a few games to set some cheapo traps and at least one old bloke fell for it.

In the game above she was massively behind in time in what is a quite bad position. He Be7 is wrong. She clearly, if she is one of Ewens, is not doing her homework.

But for her age, I think she is about 10, she plays well and is sharp.

I really have no idea why I lost that game, Leo Zhang is (playing strength over 2000) about the same age and I concentrated and the game was drawn.

If you look at that game carefully the only really significant move she made was to attack 2 pawns, a move I had missed but it is still not good and after she plays Qf3 I could have won with Ne5. There are other points I could have won and the ending even right down near the end was drawn only but I stuffed it playing too quickly, not sure why as I had enough time.

But it is one of those things, sometimes they play well, and she does concentrate very well.

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  Richard Taylor: The game I refer to in 'If you look at that game...' is the game I played on Monday, which was a terrible game by me...I may as well have resigned on move one, except that the ending was unusual.

Her opening of Qc2 and then Bg5 if it is a Ewen Green idea is nonsense.

I really don't think he is a very good chess coach. Now Leonard McClaren is very good and patient. But I think Ewen fails to explain what their openings are, so in the previous game she was in the French and didn't head into some very interesting and sharp lines that are well known but nevertheless complex for both sides and as she is sharp, would be good. As it was I got bored waiting for her to move, and in that heat, made an elementary blunder, one of the few I made in that tournament, except for my game against William Li, so I had to sue for a draw.

But while she played more quickly on Monday, her opening was not very good, and her opening line in the previous game was certainly not right. Black in the French needs (as a main plan in that line) to attack white's pawn chain with cxd4 and say a Bb4+ as in the game I think it was Alekhine-Capablanca 1938 AVRO when Alekhine played Kf1 and went on to destroy black (Capa). But there is also f6 at the right moment and that leads to very complex play with Black threatening check mate attacks on the K-side.

In the game we played that variation starting Qc2 then d5 is answered (mostly) by other moves. Bg5 is o.k. but not dangerous for White.

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  Richard Taylor: Just realised you only have the game in January. Here's my game played on Monday:

[Event "Summer Cup ACC 2015"]
[Site "ACC, Auckland,NZ"]
[Date "2015.02.16"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Caroline Yan"]
[Black "Richard Taylor"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 d5 5. Bg5 c5 6. a3 Bxc3+ 7. bxc3 h6 8. Bxf6 Qxf6 9. cxd5 exd5 10. e3 O-O 11. Ne2 Bf5 12. Qb3 Nc6 13. Qxd5 cxd4 14. cxd4 Rfe8 15. Qf3 Qe6 16. Rd1 Rad8 17. Nf4 Qb3 18. Be2 Qc3+ 19. Rd2 Be4 20. Qg3 Qxa3 21. O-O Qa5 22. Rb2 Qc7 23. Nh5 Qxg3 24. Nxg3 Bd5 25. Bb5 g6 26. Bxc6 bxc6 27. Ra1 Rb8 28. Rab1 Rxb2 29. Rxb2 a5 30. Rb1 a4 31. Ra1 Bb3 32. Kf1 f5 33. Ke2 Ra8 34. Ra3 Rb8 35. Kd2 Rb4 36. Ne2 Bd5 37. Nf4 Rb2+ 38. Ke1 Bb3 39. Nxg6 Rb1+ 40. Ke2 Rb2+ 41. Kf3 Bd5+ 42. Kg3 Ra2 43. Rxa2 Bxa2 44. Ne7+ Kf7 45. Nxc6 a3 46. Nb4 Bb3 47. Kf4 Ke6 48. g4 fxg4 49. Kxg4 Bd1+ 50. Kf4 Bb3 51. h4 a2 52. Nxa2 Bxa2 53. f3 Kd5 54. Kg4 Bc4 55. Kf5 Bd3+ 56. Kf4 Bg6 57. Kg4 Bd3 58. Kh5 Be2 59. Kxh6 Bxf3 60. Kg5 Ke4 61. h5 Kxe3 62. h6 Be4 63. d5

There I miscounted, as white is in trouble really after 15 moves. So 15. ... Ne5 leads to a strong if not winning attack by Black. Also 19. ... Bc2 is winning. And I had a win with 41. ... Ra2 which is why I played as I had done! Otherwise if she hadn't played 41. Kf3? then it is a draw. 57. ... Bd3?? was played quickly otherwise 57...Bf7 is a draw.

But she understands the basic tactics, and some ending techniques, and so on and could well be a strong player when she is older. Her sister plays also.

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  Richard Taylor: So in the Summer Cup I beat Rodney Li, Don Eade, Keith Ward, and Paul MacDonald. I lost to Caroline Yan and Daniel Gong. I drew with Leo Zhang. So I got 4.5 out of 7 which was quite good.

Daniel Gong won every game in B2 (our lot) and Alphaeus Ang won every game in B1.

Bruce Watson won the seniors ahead of Michael Steadman, Alexei Kulashko, Ben Hague, Nathan Goodhue, William Li and Hans Gao.

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  Benzol: <Richard> All the best for the Seniors tournament tomorrow.


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  Richard Taylor: Thanks, after 3 games have only mangaed 0.5! So...
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  Benzol: <Richard> Looks like you've done much better in the latter rounds. Good on you. Keep it up.


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  Richard Taylor: Thanks Benzol, I was depressed losing the first 2 games, but I held on, won the next two and drew the last 2 games.

I was a bit lucky against Paul Spiller today as he was 2 pawns up but as usual in time pressure so I decided to play on, so to speak, and got him with a counter attack which nearly wont the game! I attacked a piece and threatened mate in one, then I sacrificed a rook to force a draw...or if he didn't get a draw he was under a dangerous attack.

Then against Stuart I had a lot of pressure against his Taimanov Bastrikov but couldn't quite got through. This year I didn't sacrifice and just kept the pressure on, I had the 2 Bs and a slightly better ending but I decided to take the draw as he was coming back into the game. He is still a force to be reckoned with and defends very well.

So I had 2 wins, three draws, and 2 losses. So 3.5 which is not bad considering my relatively poor start...

McClaren won with about 5.5. one of those points was against me! So, interesting.

The most exciting game possibly was the last one as Nigel Cooper tried to win ( he had about 5 pawns, one passed, and Hilton Bennett had 4 pawns and they both had queens so he tried for ages to win and it caught every one's attention, of course, in the end Antonio Krstev showed him how he could have one in a million ways! But it was almost a titanic effort by Nigel who is quite elderly now and played above himself so to speak...Nigel and I last played in the NZ School Pupils Champs in Christurch (and also we played a game about 1964 I think)...

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  Wayne Power: Hello Richard and all.

Here is a hack that worked on my system with Chess Viewer Delux version 2 which may or may not work on your XP but is pretty hairy either way:

1) Windows 7 (maybe XP, 8 or 8.1 too).
2) Java version 8, Update 45.
3) Firefox browser (Chrome is known not to support this Java). 4) Firefox AdBlock disabled for Chessgames.
5) Click on particular game.
6) Wait patiently for about 2-3 minutes (NB!!).

It'll be great when they fix it properly.

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  Richard Taylor: <Wayne Power: Hello Richard and all.>

Thanks Wayne. I haven't had time yet but I will try this when I do.

I will also be upgrading my computer. More cost, but it is not possible to get the extra oomph with XP ....

I did have Firefox but I replaced it with Chrome. I'll try it though, but from memory IT was annoying and 'took over' everything...or a lot of things.

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  juan31: < Richard Taylor > you're are invited to the <♔ Game Prediction Contest for Sinquefield Cup 2015 ♔>

Golden Executive forum.
Carlsen, Caruana, Nakamura, Anand, Topalov, So, Grischuk, Giri, Aronian, Vachier-Lagrave. <Stay Tuned>
< We hope your attendance>

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  Richard Taylor: I haven't been following it much as I cant get the game things to work. I need to upgrade my computer. But I downloaded the PGNs of a couple of games.

It is interesting to see Topalov do well.

I played over his win vs. Calsen and Vachier Lagrave's win.

Mostly the GMs in those kind of tourneys don't play the openings I am interested in. I am interested but in some cases the lower rated games are often more interesting.

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  Benzol: <Richard> I seem to be having trouble phoning you. Tried a few times yesterday afternoon without success. Have you changed your number? I'll try again in the evening in the next day or so. It might be better if you call me instead. Cheers matey.


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  Richard Taylor: <Benzol> Yes, sorry, I changed my number as I had to 'bundle' it with my IP provider, also it was meant to be private (to avoid those calls where people sell things or whatever or early morning calls from people who are my "mates"!) but in fact they ballsed that up so you can actually look it up. But I can phone you. I might go into town today (Sat or Sun and look at the tourney). There are no live games. A pity as they are good to watch.

BTW - even if you get my number you have to leave a message!

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  Richard Taylor: I went in to watch the George Trundle today (last round). Bruce Watson had chances to win with an outside passed pawn in a complex middle game but Solomon found a counter attack. So he won the tournament.

Hans Gao won the challengers.

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  Benzol: <Richard> I got your message thanks very much. I'll give you a call in the not too distant future.

Stephen Solomon is a strong IM. I've thought that with a little bit more effort he could become a GM.

Hans Gao is becoming a very strong player too. He could be an FM very soon.

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  Richard Taylor: Hi Benzol. In the last round Smith played a great game to beat young Zelesco. He sacrificed the exchange then at one point sacrificed his Q, albeit for one move, and was able to get to an advantageous endgame with 2 Bs versus 2 Ns which I think, I'm not sure, is winnable for the player with the Bs (in this case pawns were on the same side)...

Back to Solomon - yes, he and Johansen are very good. I saw Solomon's plan (counterattack, to whit!). In fact I saw it when Bruce was contemplating taking the a pawn. But I think that Bruce Watson might have drawn.

I should have told about the George as they would be interested in uploading it I think for the record and there were some good games.

Alphaeus Ang did well also and beat Duneas in the last round. It was hard to see what Duneas was doing though as he just didn't play his opening very well. That happens, I suspect nerves, it was the last round and he only needed a draw to be = first. And Alphaeus is not unbeatable but he plays unnervingly quickly.

Hans Gao seems to be winning everything he plays these days. But I think he will soon be heading off to university and might "disappear" into real life like so many others...

Ian McNally I saw last week, he is clearly not well, lost a lot of weight. I think his liver has gone. But he still consumes the sacred ichor, it is a vicious circle. Nice fellow though, a very good player in the old was (is? he rarely plays now...) Bruce Wheeler and Robinson. The latter has departed this vale also...

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