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Richard Taylor
Member since Feb-14-05 · Last seen Sep-21-17
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Richard Taylor

Please discount my games in the recent NZ Champs I was AWOL...lol...VERY AWOL !!!!!!!!!!

AGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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"

http://richardinfinitex.blogspot.com/

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

http://www.readingthemaps.blogspot....

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:

http://www.aucklandchesscentre.co.n...

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

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   Richard Taylor has kibitzed 12523 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-20-17 Ding Liren vs W So, 2017 (replies)
 
Richard Taylor: Are these going to join the most boring World Champions Ever Club? I mean assuming either or both become world champions... Actually it was well defended. I have to say the few times I have faced the Catalan I lost as I found it too difficult to know what White was doing. ...
 
   Sep-20-17 A Muzychuk vs S Brunello, 2014 (replies)
 
Richard Taylor: <patzer2: <Richard Taylor: <FSR: I saw 29.Nc6 Qe8 30.Qh3+, but didn't see what to do after 30...Be6. The answer, I now see, is 31.Rd8+!! What a shot!> Yes! I didn't even see the intervention on e6 and assumed it was mate next move.> I didn't anticipate ...
 
   Sep-20-17 Philip Stuart Milner-Barry (replies)
 
Richard Taylor: Bad memories of Ritson-Morry? Please explain <offramp> ?
 
   Sep-20-17 W So vs Ding Liren, 2017 (replies)
 
Richard Taylor: I looked at the exchange sac. Komodo is impressed by it. It is strong but Black has some counter attack. In any case it was the best chance to get a win for White. It gives White a beautiful position. But White has to be careful of the combined Black rooks on the 2nd rank. ...
 
   Sep-20-17 World Cup (2017) (replies)
 
Richard Taylor: If this seems totally irrelevant to anything, all I can plead is that I like irrelevancy.
 
   Sep-20-17 Rubinstein vs Salwe, 1904 (replies)
 
Richard Taylor: I always wonder what Rubinstein did in the intervening time...Study opening ideas, tactics, other master games. Meditate with the aid of the Torah (his family did not want him to play chess but to be a devout religious person)...It is a mystery. He must have studied somehow.
 
   Sep-20-17 L Dominguez vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2015
 
Richard Taylor: If 26. Rdf1 Rfd8 is the the computer's reply. It seems to me the position is dynamically equal. But of course there is still play. Black would have to play accurately but he is capable of that.
 
   Sep-19-17 Aronian vs Ivanchuk, 2017 (replies)
 
Richard Taylor: < Marmot PFL: Video review of this remarkable encounter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4X... King elides the obvious that Ivanchuk simply had to develop his King side and in fact even after Nh4 he had Ne7...(instead of using up nearly an hour on useless calculations). ...
 
   Sep-18-17 V P Normantas vs V Vepkhvishvili, 1987 (replies)
 
Richard Taylor: <offramp: A game from Klaipėda, overlooking the frozen Baltic Sea in the record-breaking cold winter of 1987. Players dressed in coats, scarves, hats, balaclavas, gloves. Steam pouring from their mouths as they breathe. Between moves they huddle round paraffin fires. ...
 
   Sep-16-17 F Vallejo Pons vs Anand, 2008
 
Richard Taylor: <DanielBryant: Sooner or later the 3...c5 CK will become popularized by a top GM.> Botvinnik played it quite a lot. But I recall it played in the 1960 match I don't know if he did so in the 1961 which he won. Nowadays Wesley So seems to be playing it.
 
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Mar-17-17
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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
Mar-17-17
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  Richard Taylor: Good to see our game up there!
Apr-01-17
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  Benzol: Richard I've uploaded your last two Parkinson Cup games. Don't know how long it'll be before they appear though. Looking forward to see what other kibitzers say about them.

:)

Apr-02-17
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  Richard Taylor: <Benzol> Thanks for that. I'm actually preparing a book for publication sometime this year and chess is down on my priorities but I am still looking at tournaments esp. on here and on Chess24 where they have some amusing commentaries and lessons as well as they comment on the US Championship which is in progress now...

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

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

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

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

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

Apr-02-17
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  Richard Taylor: But all that aside, thanks for the uploads!! You do a lot of good work on that including those games I gave you from the NZ mags etc....
Apr-02-17
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  Richard Taylor: <Benzol> Did I run some of the old NZ Corres. games past you? I still think there must be NZ games and Australian games as well as games by the not so glorified GMs or masters of the past not recorded on cg.com....

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

Apr-11-17
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  Richard Taylor: Paul I presume you are under pressure.

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

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

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

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

Jun-17-17
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  Benzol: <Richard> We've been having a massive cleanout at home and I was wondering if you might be interested in some of the paperbacks and books ( not chessbooks btw) that will probably otherwise be thrown out.
Jun-18-17
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  Richard Taylor: Hi <Benzol> I might be. Depends on the titles. Are they easily accessible?

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

How are things going?

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

Hope all is well your end.

Jun-18-17
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  Benzol: <Richard> It might be best if you come over and see them for yourself. You will be the best one to know if anything interests you.

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

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

Jun-20-17
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  Richard Taylor: Hi <Benzol> I'll come over some time. Possibly a Sunday as Vic is learning to drive and we could drive over. I can assess your books.

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

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

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

Jun-24-17
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  MissScarlett: What evidence is there that the drowning of James Rodney Phillips was suicide?
Jun-26-17
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  Richard Taylor: <MissScarlett: What evidence is there that the drowning of James Rodney Phillips was suicide?>

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

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

Here is an image:

http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22858...

Jun-29-17
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  MissScarlett: Thanks, Ricky. I think I'll categorise him as a possible suicide.
Jul-03-17
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  Benzol: <Richard> It appears that <Big Pawn> thinks you're a terrorist sympathizer. He's getting hot under the collar over at his own forum.
Jul-03-17
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  Richard Taylor: <<Benzol> Yes. He has been for a long time. I explained my position on Jessica's forum. Thanks for your support.

Some of those things he quotes are taken out of context although some were unwise of me I have to concede. But I may "sympathize" or try to understand, but I don't necessarily support.

I just recently read Nicky Hagar's latest book which is worth reading I feel. I am glad our SAS are out of Afghanistan.

Jul-03-17
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  Richard Taylor: <MissScarlett: Thanks, Ricky. I think I'll categorise him as a possible suicide.>

Yes. I have to say that I cant, at this stage know. It is a pity he died so young of course. A tragedy. Via the internet I cant find much, not even an obituary.

All the best.

Jul-03-17
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  perfidious: One misstep and it becomes a malignancy, heightened by someone's mastery of seizing on quotes out of context.

Neither before nor now do I regard <Richard> as a terrorist sympathiser--does not matter one whit what someone Over Here thinks or posts.

Jul-03-17
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  Jonathan Sarfati: <Richard Taylor, MissScarlett:>

The evidence for Rodney Phillips committing suicide comes from Wellington players a generation older than I: they independently of me and each other told me that Rodney had come to their homes for dinner and seemed troubled amd was saying that he would not see them for a while. They all thought that this was saying good bye to chess friends before taking his own life. If they had known, they of course would have done anything to try to talk him out of it.

Jul-03-17  User not found: Apart from Scratchett livening things up by talking about possible suicides I'd like to bring Dickie T's attention to the slander he's receiving in <Big Pawn>'s forum.. He's calling you a terrorist sympathizer and I believe he's making things up like he usually does, am I right Ricardo? And if you want to read the words of a <real terrorist sympathizer> (my post was deleted from BP's forum last night!)then search kibitz the words "London bridge is falling down?". This happened TWICE in the space of 2 weeks by both Bobhomophobe2017 and Tuxedo Boy in the aftermath of the London and Manchester terror attacks.. They <mocked> people being killed by terrorists because.... Wait for it... We didn't vote for a fat 75yr old orange simpleton with dementia! They mock murder, terrorist attacks, basically ANYTHING or ANYONE who doesn't support President Fatso.
Jul-04-17
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  Richard Taylor: <User not found: Apart from Scratchett livening things up by talking about possible suicides I'd like to bring Dickie T's attention to the slander he's receiving in <Big Pawn>'s forum..

He's calling you a terrorist sympathizer and I believe he's making things up like he usually does, am I right Ricardo? And if you want to read the words of a <real terrorist sympathizer> (my post was deleted from BP's forum last night!)then search kibitz the words "London bridge is falling down?". This happened TWICE in the space of 2 weeks by both Bobhomophobe2017 and Tuxedo Boy in the aftermath of the London and Manchester terror attacks.. They <mocked> people being killed by terrorists because.... Wait for it... We didn't vote for a fat 75yr old orange simpleton with dementia! They mock murder, terrorist attacks, basically ANYTHING or ANYONE who doesn't support President Fatso.>

Thanks. I saw those comments. These terrorist attacks are not good and shouldn't be mocked but I can see how they are, in a sense a FUNCTION of the resultant of certain actions of Western Imperialism and Colonlialism that go back to the time of the Crusaders and include the colonializations by Europeans of much of the world in the 19th Century leading to the 21st Century...[read the books of Sven Lindqvist for example such as Terror Nullius and Exterminate all the Brutes, or Rape of Vietnam by H.g. Slingsby or the writings of Joanna Burke on war or this http://www.motherjones.com/politics... ] but you don't need to be on Big Pawn's forum or to be liked by anyone. I'm not liked by millions of people I have no doubt.) Not all of them (I mean the US people. The US working people are good. The corrupt exploitative Money Men (that includes virtually all US politicians with some exceptions who are not corrupt or war criminals) are not. Those sychophants who surround such as Big Pawn are a sad lot. They try to intimidate.

They don't make things up so much as isolate what I say, taking things out of context. In any case when was it wrong to express opinions? Who is to say I have to care about 9/11 or whatever? What about the millions killed by US wars throughout the world? What about the huge inequalities in the world and in the US? What about the injustices I have spoken about? The support of the US for dictators throughout the world? The extermination of the American Indians? Trumps complete disregard of those people in their fight against the oil pipelines? The huge murder rate among the people of the US? The enormous prevalence of violence against women in the US? The big rise in pedophilia that the FBI cant even touch the surface of and admit is out of control? The attacks by the police against black people and those who are a gay or of other sexual views? Their constant attacks on Muslims [Muzzys they call them] who are all considered by such as Big Pawn to be "terrorists"? Are they not in many case freedom fighters? Did the Palestinians who lost their land to the Israelis, who are using all means to oppose the US backed military: the right wing Israelis (whose economy is supported massively by the US as well as its nuclear warheads): are these, who are murdered and have lost their lands, are they freedom fighters or terrorists?

Some of the things they "accuse" me of are true. I sympathize in many ways with terrorism I can see its role in some cases...I see it, in a complex sense, as a kind of tragic utu: I speak out against US Imperialism and the way their Government support murder and war throughout the world. The present administration of Trump is, if Trump weren't such a very funny man (he is certainly a tragedy for any potential author wanting write the Great American Novel (with comedy and satire)!!

The US Governments have NEVER supported freedom. They don't want freedom except for the Capitalists.

But in the main, Trump is a rather sad, pathetic man, who, despite his bluster and rantings on Twitter will eventually be forgotten by history.

Jul-05-17
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  Richard Taylor: I realise that the US Indians weren't actually exterminated in total but they were greatly depleted in number, brutalized, killed in the thousands, butchered: and they lost their lands, the buffalo were wiped out, they lost their way of life and so on. Many were killed by the Spanish then the US Army. Slowly they were forced to live a less integral life and the mass of humanity invaded that beautiful land destroying millions of acres of primeval land for their lust for space. Their Lebensraum. It was another chapter in the horror saga that was Colonialism in the Americas, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden (the Sami people), Siberia, and many other places.
Jul-05-17
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  Richard Taylor: <Jonathan Sarfati: <Richard Taylor, MissScarlett:> The evidence for Rodney Phillips committing suicide comes from Wellington players a generation older than I: they independently of me and each other told me that Rodney had come to their homes for dinner and seemed troubled amd was saying that he would not see them for a while. They all thought that this was saying good bye to chess friends before taking his own life. If they had known, they of course would have done anything to try to talk him out of it.>

It looks as though he did then. I heard it was "over a young woman". A sad thing to happen.

Aug-01-17
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  Richard Taylor: <perfidious: One misstep and it becomes a malignancy, heightened by someone's mastery of seizing on quotes out of context. Neither before nor now do I regard <Richard> as a terrorist sympathiser--does not matter one whit what someone Over Here thinks or posts.>

Thanks. No I am not in the way that BP and his right wing mates think. My view is a bit more complex.

I inadvisadly talked about my psychological reaction to 9/11 and I regret that as it sounded as though I endorsed terrorism. I think there are reasons that are complex that can 'justify' terrorism but they are generally well down the list. 9/11 was a strange tragedy and of course I feel for those who lost those they love and for those who died.

So I apologise for my view being seen: I should have been more considerate. I put things wrongly. It was not right.

But I cant undo that really. In general I am opposed to war and violence. But I can understand that complex social-political-religious etc mechanisms drive people to such acts of desparation: an example might be the assassination of the Arch Duke of the Austro Hungarian Empire: sadly, it was he who was hurrying to the hospital in sympathy with those who had been hurt a few minutes ago despite he was their target. History is ambiguous. This action by idealistic nationalists initiated WWI.

The assassination of Heydrich was arguably a "correct" act of terrorism. I saw the movie and read the book on that ('Seven Men at Daybreak').

Can we have a world one day without such acts of war and violence?

Certainly the seemingly random extreme religiously inspired, or perhaps we can add to that some kind of personal and social-political dissafected, acts of killing are terrible. We might try to understand them but we don't want them to happen. I try to see all sides. It is hard, probably impossible, to remain objective.

Impossible to know and understand everything.

Sep-03-17
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  Richard Taylor: ADVENTURES IN THE POLUGAEVSKY WITH NZ'S STRONGEST ACTIVE PLAYER FM BEN HAGUE

In the International Zonal Tournament I fought back from a bad position to nearly win and got a draw in a close fought game. It was round one and possibly cost Ben Hague his changes to become an IM I am not sure of the technicalities but I think this setback affected his overall performance as Ben is clearly a very strong player, winning many many NZ tournaments and having a high rating considering the limitations of playing chess in NZ...

I played two games using the Polugaevsky. Polugaevsky was a Russian GM who spent 6 hours a day for many months before playing this sligtly risky line. Actually I had seen it played by a GM in the Chinese Championship. I had intended to try it simply as I have never played this line in the Najdorf, the "Rolls Royce" of chess openings popular with Keres, Fischer, Kasparov and a number of contemporary "Super GMs". I didn't know who my opponent was and only prepared the first 10 or 8 moves or so as I had other things on....But then I used it in this game. That I forgot the best move meant Ben was a bit perplexed and he went wrong. He improved in the next game we played.

Here's my game (about 4 weeks ago) 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.

The next time we played (Rapid game last week) I forgot the main line and reached a bad position but then Ben went wrong and I had a draw on the board but missed my way, blundered and lost.

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