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Richard Taylor
Member since Feb-14-05 · Last seen May-30-16
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 11250 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-26-16 G Szilagyi vs Robatsch, 1966 (replies)
Richard Taylor: Gyorgy Szilagyi played well. Poor old Robatsch had a rather unhappy end, in this game and in his life. Stomach and lung cancer. What a bastard. And people believe in a benign God....Perhaps he smoked a lot. But his name is associated with the Modern Opening which Botvinnik ...
   May-20-16 Tartakower vs G Wood, 1949
Richard Taylor: <offramp: <Richard Taylor> Next day he saw a red-lipped batfish.> Good God. The poor bastard/.
   May-20-16 Castellvi vs Vinyoles, 1475 (replies)
Richard Taylor: <central files> I see. But Bxf7+ would have been o.k. as the Q isn't thus in "check", I presume only the K can be in check hence it is a good move here. But I had forgotten about this game.
   May-16-16 chessforum (replies)
Richard Taylor: <offramp: One Argentinian phrase I love is this: "It's like watching a load of bald men fighting over a comb."> What you got against us baldies?
   May-15-16 N Efanov vs I Popov, 2013
Richard Taylor: There's an interesting example of an attacking king walk!
   May-14-16 M Molner vs A Stukopin, 2015
Richard Taylor: It seems that 23. ... c3 was wrong. White then had 24. Qf3 with what looks like a winning advantage.
   May-13-16 Jasmine Haomo Zhang vs L Zhu, 2016
Richard Taylor: <Whitehat1963: Clever finish after 29. a3. Perhaps there's even a good puzzle in there somewhere.> The idea was clever but the position was about = at that point. And 30. ... Rxb2 should have lost. In fact White missed mate in three at one stage. Better was 30. ... Bxc3
   May-08-16 Russian Team Championship (Women) (2016) (replies)
Richard Taylor: <cro777: <Richard Taylor> To get a general impression about paticipants ... They need no introduction (Anna Ushenina and Anastasia Savina): And the tournament visual image: ...
   May-02-16 J Lansing vs R Hart, 1907 (replies)
Richard Taylor: Benzol - no it is Ralph - from Scotland originally. I played him a few times. Some fascinating struggles from memory. He is one of NZ's best but doesn't play so much these days... MISTAKE - I thought you were commenting on the combination of the day, didn't even look up at ...
   May-02-16 P W Power vs R Hart, 1983 (replies)
Richard Taylor: I played Ralph Hart ca 2007 and it was a really crazy game. I played a KI and Ralph tried the old B-h6 to eliminate my g7 B trick so back to h8....then I got into his position and, well it was complex. In another game I was 'surprised' as Black in the Nimzo and lost also as I
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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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  wordfunph: <Richard Taylor> Merry Christmas!
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  Richard Taylor: Thanks <wordfunph> Merry Xmas!
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  Benzol: Hi Richard. My Christmas went off very well seeing family and catching up with old friends. I'll try to pop along to see the NZ Open in Devonport this weekend. Hopefully the PGN will be readable enough to be seen at this site. I saw that the admins said they had trouble sorting out gamescores from earlier events. Anyway good luck to you for the forthcoming event. Cheers matey.


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  Richard Taylor: <Benzol> The problem according to Keong* was not the Open, they are a bit mixed up there, it is that with the NZ Seniors no one actually input the scores for PGNs. However, they got most of the games for the Open as Peter Stuart did them. You need someone either paid to do it or very dedicated.

Glad to hear your Xmas went well.

Thanks for your support it is going to be tough and I exclude the GMs as there are a lot of "weaker" players who are going to be tough. Stanley Yee is there, Roger Perry has emerged, that Timergazi, and other juniors. Benji Lim. I could have been better prepared but life caught up with me! Cheers!

*Keong and possibly Helen Milligan could possibly liase with but I think they feel that Chess Base is the real thing so to speak. I'm not sure. I leave it up to them. I may myself play some shockers as in the (fortunately unrated) Spring Cup at ACC I lost 4 games to bunnies one only 1330....So this is possibly my last. Only playing as it is local. Not sure about the Seniors I may do as the prep might help me.

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  Benzol: Richard is playing Hans Gao in the first round.
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  Richard Taylor: <Benzol> I lost. Had quite a good position then unaccountably lost my way, retreating my rook to f6.

22. ... Rf6 is a mistake. It was = if I played 22. ... Raf8 (I knew it was at least a perpetual if the took my rook)...

I think I had stronger moves earlier.

Hans almost always plays the Closed Sicilian or the Grand Prix and he avoided my prep against that, while I played Svesnikov which Hans knew even less about than me, but we still played the basic ideas. His a4 is unusual but not necessarily bad. Usual is to play Bg5...

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  mistermac: Seeing as I deprived your fine pome of its resin debt, may I at least wish you a Happy New Year to compensate for the one I spoiled.
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  Richard Taylor: <mistermac> You've lost me? I posted a poem? I have done but sometimes I post other peoples' poems.

Thanks for the New Year Greetings!

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  Gato: Hello Richard ,

using your personal forum to answer you.

Yes I know j is also used in physics to avoid the confusion with intensity.

The first to propose "i" was Léonard Euler ; "i" as imaginary.

But you may not know the following : in maths , "j" is the number -1/2+ i*sqrt(3)/2.Then you have j^3=1.

Not kidding !

If you go in Paris , visit the 'Palais de la découverte".There is a circular room called the "PI Room" ; inside you can see Pi decimals. Above the entry door you can read "e^i*Pi+1=0"


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  Richard Taylor: Thanks Gato. Interesting. I am not really that good at maths. I remember a relationship between complex numbers and an exponential formula. I still have Eton's tables. One has a lot of formula in it I wrote in the 80s.

I'm not likely to go to Paris. The only place apart from one trip to the US (N.Y.) I've been to is Fiji when my ex wife won a trip there. But I know they have a standard metre etc there.

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  Richard Taylor: I suppose with that formula you can take lns to both sides and so on.

I see, the Palais is a Science Museum.

I was watching a YouTube with Richard Holmes talking today. He wrote the excellent 'The Age of Wonder' (exploration, astronomy, the Royal Society, Humphry Davy, Herschel and his sister and much else) and now one about ballooning and the development of flight (before aircraft). He shows how science and the arts come together. How scientists were interested in the arts and many poets etc took a strong interest in science.

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