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|Jan-10-14|| ||Benzol: <Richard> It might have been Brett Hart. I recall Wayne Power mentioning him in a post somewhere earlier.|
Glad you didn't loose. Is tomorrow the last round?
Dads' op seemed to go OK. I've got to take him for a follow up check at 8amm this morning. Better get to bed soon. LOL.
|Jan-11-14|| ||Richard Taylor: Sunday is the last round I won (albeit my opponent's rating was only 1200 or so): nevertheless. One thing, I have prepared as much as I can for every round.|
I play Alan Fan tomorrow. I'm White. I drew with a 1900+ player (recall I was over 2000 not so long ago though).
I have enjoyed it in some ways, but I haven't been able to get into it. I really think I could have won this tournament. But the last 2 years my form has dropped. None of the players in the group I'm in are really good players. But some are improving. The standard is lower than previous years.
Think when Daniel Shen won (now he was really good) and when Allan Ansell won.
Poor old Bruce Kay is down the list but I recall him playing in the NZ Champs in the 60s and in 2008 he beat me when I went for an erroneous sac...
I'm not so sure about the Championships. Today William Li (I've won and lost games against him, I beat him last year although earlier in the year he beat me) beat IM Kerr.
I'd just made him a friend on FaceBook and wished him luck! I didn't know who he was playing. The previous day Ian McNally got a nice swindle to beat Sean Martin-Buss.
(By the way my car is back on the road.)
|Jan-21-14|| ||TheFocus: Re: <Taimanov game> and <Brunni v Mekon>:|
<Richard Taylor> I want to thank you for bringing that to my attention. Your question bothered me so I called a friend and asked if he had the bulletin of the tournament and what the correct score was. Most of my early collection was lost in a house fire.
I did play a Makagonov against Mekon in this tournament, but this is not the proper game-score. My win was a 53 mover with a Pawn Queening in the endgame. A boring game. When I told my friend what the game-score here was, he laughed and said, "You were good, but not that good!"
I did an article around that time about the Makagonov and must have used Taimanov's game in it. That was 27 years ago, and I have forgotten the article and its contents. My only guess is that the writer of the newspaper article placed Taimanov's game in it instead of mine.
I didn't submit this game, and until it showed up here, had never read the article. The article was in my hometown where I had graduated, but I had moved from there to the next city.
I will ask the Admins to delete this game.
|Jan-22-14|| ||Richard Taylor: Cheers, I commented elsewhere on this. Regards. No worries.|
|Feb-16-14|| ||Benzol: <Richard> You should have a look at Craig Laird now.|
|Feb-18-14|| ||Richard Taylor: What new games are on there? I cant recall what was and what wasn't. I cant recall him, except from pictures in the NZ Chess mag. |
He was playing here when I started playing again in about 1978/79 or so. I think in the same tournaments but probably he being an A Grade player I didn't get near to playing him.
|Feb-18-14|| ||Benzol: <Richard> Try this : Game Collection: Craig Laird at the 85th NZ Ch|
|Feb-19-14|| ||Richard Taylor: <Benzol> That's great! It was the year before I came back to chess and soon after Laird must have moved to Aussie. |
But he played some interesting openings, some a little unexpected which may have given him an edge. Very interesting.
He got too ambitious against Small but otherwise did very well. Creditable indeed!
Thanks for the work Paul!
|Feb-19-14|| ||Benzol: <Richard> I thought Ewen might have been better in this game until he inexplicably blundered his rook.|
C Laird vs E M Green, 1977
|Feb-20-14|| ||Benzol: <Richard> Just wondered if you already know about this upcoming event?|
|Feb-21-14|| ||Richard Taylor: Yes, I was about to inform you! I thought you might want to have another lash at your mate Nigel Short.|
I like that he favours classical chess and for me FIDE has gone insane with all the stupid rules they have imposed. So many I am reluctant to play serious chess.
Of course, the fact I am out of form (perhaps I always was I was playing through some of my games as teenager and seem to have lost so many games due to my own blunders while the wins are often just blunders by my opponents)...
But it will be interesting to see what Chandler has done with that old Church. It was the best venue the NSCC had, the present place is too noisy, echoey...
|Feb-21-14|| ||Richard Taylor: In Ewen's game 34. ... Rg2 was better as the R is in the way on h4. (sl advantage to Black but seems to analyse to a draw) |
But as played if he had instead played 35. ... Kf4 it was still about = (sl advantage to W but probably a certain draw).
So the result should in all objectivity have been a draw but such is life and chess...
Yes, Laird had some luck but Kasparov said that "one of the skills of a great grandmaster is luck" !
(Or in Laird's case a player who puts in a great tournament performance!)
|Feb-21-14|| ||Richard Taylor: You know I prefer it when they give lectures and discuss interesting games and ideas. I've learnt a lot over the years from those. And they are fun. Also I get to butt in and some times I take over the lecture! Simuls are a bit lame.|
A blindfold exhibition while Short was playing Whist and knocking off a few gallons of whiskey etc and memorizing words a la Pilsbury would be more the ticket!
(When I first saw his name I called hism 'Pisspillary" when my father and I were learning chess! My father thought that was amusing...)
|Feb-21-14|| ||Richard Taylor: I think the greatest excitement from chess was for me when I discovered it and we got books from the library about the masters and so on and I thought I had discovered this wonderful game I could be great at and excel (as I was no good at anything) but it turned out there were in fact many young players who were doing the same thing in NZ and there was Glen Turner just down the road in GI who turned out to be a better player.|
But in the beginning it seemed magical - I used to love the pieces they had at the Auckland Chess Club they were bakelite on wooden boards. Now they also had an ivory one. (At the Auckland Chess Club in Queen Street in His Majesty's Arcade). But someone decided that it was better they possessed it and it undoubtedly increased that person's wealth. I heard of the theft from my father who used to go down to the club at lunch time from his office on Quay Street...)
And what I really enjoyed were the Friday nights at the then Dominion Road Chess Club where we played Kriegspiel, some tourneys, prepared opening tournaments and much else.
Those games where you play down a line would be a good idea to test out your own openings if you played a number of them and varied the opening in each succeeding game.
But they were great fun. Lightening chess was fun also in those days I don't play it so much OTB these days.
|Feb-21-14|| ||Benzol: <Richard> Tony Booth rang me and informed about the Short simul. I have to give him a reply by Monday if I want to play as it's only on twenty boards. After what happened last time I'm not sure I want to play. Maybe I should take your advice and tell the GM where to go. Hopefully I'm a better human being than that. We'll see.|
|Feb-21-14|| ||Richard Taylor: <Benzol> Ewen on Keene...I was picking up an old copy of his book on Nimzowich:|
"Short is egotistical, Keene is arrogant." But Ewen is a bitter old man!!
Short is o.k.: I would play if I were you. I am not so keen,as I'm kind of relaxing from chess but I think you should play, as all these GMs have their preculiarities. Short I think is an interesting character (and I also like the games of Keene and have no problems with him either): so I think you will find he is much better especially given the event and that he is with his old team mate GM Chandler.
I might come and watch: after all Short in his time has been one of the World's highest ranked chess players and can still play very well...
If he steps over the mark you can always punch his lights out!
|Feb-21-14|| ||Richard Taylor: If I come over I will fire up my old camera: it makes kind of bleeping sound as it starts and I could do it a few times...just to @#$%e stir!!|
But it would be interesting to see how they have done the place up. Of Chandler it has been said: "Everything he touches turns to gold." So no doubt he will do well as he has in other enterprises...
|Feb-22-14|| ||Benzol: <Richard> I've decided I'm going to play. Regarding punching out someones lights I wonder if Bob Smith is going to take one of the boards? If he does that could be quite entertaining. The question I have to solve is what to play as Black? Any ideas? |
I've also seen Ewen when he was feeling curmudgeonly. It was a bit disappointing to see that. Still we are all human and have our moments.
|Feb-22-14|| ||Richard Taylor: Great! I might come and watch. Bob's o.k. One of our best chess players. His games are mostly quite instructive...|
Remember that Bruce Watson won last time?
Ewen has given me some books. He can be grumpy but then very generous...
Well, re openings, Short knows a lot of course. Something solid or something wild! Either another draw or go down fighting! But I would play what you or (I) feel comfortable with but check the popular master moves on here and look out for some new lines he might not be so well informed on. If 1 d4 I would toy with say the Blumenfeld (I think it is) but I play the Nimzo and know some of the lines or methods there. But say the Lasker's defence if you can reach it.
Considering there are so many ways he can play you did well to get into that French line (the Rubinstein). It depends who is next to you! I mean he might play (move one) e4 d4 c4 Nf3 b3 and so on. He will be pretty confident as your rating will look low: whereas if he plays say Bruce he wont have forgotten him!! He miscalculated...
Give it a whirl and see how it goes! Maybe Ray Keene knows his weaknesses or Gary Kasparov!
|Mar-01-14|| ||Richard Taylor: Best of luck (belated I know! as you should be playing now). I hurt my back gardening or weeding, clearing trees etc but it is not too bad, but resting for now.|
Otherwise I might have had a look. I see where it is on Google Maps. I know that road as I often go down that way (I turn right near there usually) to Devonport although less so now that the main s/h bookshop (Evergreen) is closed (I think).
Be interesting to see what Chandler does (or has done) with the Church etc
|Mar-01-14|| ||Benzol: <Richard> I was one of the twenty players that lost to GM Short today. Gino Thornton and William Li got wins whilst Judy Gao, Richard Jiang and Richard Cotty (I think) got draws.|
|Mar-02-14|| ||Richard Taylor: Not so good as last time. Gino did well, but he is well over 2000. William Li is a good player. The others such as Judy Gao are solid but not very imaginative so that would lead to a draw. Gao is clever but a bit timid, and doesn't play very much. |
I never do well in those simuls as I find it hard to concentrate - which in fact is my problem with chess in general!
How is the place shaping up? Good conditions?
|Mar-02-14|| ||Richard Taylor: You should submit your game as sometimes even a loss is interesting. People were impressed by the start of my game against Spassky.|
1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Ng8!!
Which is harmless but avoids preconceptions! That was my entire preparation, I noticed it in the ECO, and thought, that's the one, and then I played it. I lost but it was an interesting game.
But the hardest to play against was Chandler at HP - there were so few players left - he beat all the really weak players and a few of us such as myself were left and he was running around the boards making moves! It was almost like a lightening game! I was wiped out, didn't know what hit me!!
I drew with Averhakh years ago. But I lost to Quinteros and (Icelandic GM, forget his name just now). I had two interesting games against Gangully. I played in 2 simuls in 2 days! In the second one he and I analysed an alternative, involving an interesting sac in the Najdorf I had meant to play for about 40 minutes...But at HP I made a weak move as I thought it was rude to not move. That's the problem, the GM can think as long as he or she likes...
|Mar-02-14|| ||Benzol: I don't know what the place looked like before but it seems to be in good order at the moment. The National Championship is going to be held in it December - January later on as well as the George Trundle tournament (it's earlier in October I think). Should be good conditions for both these up coming tourneys.|
|Mar-02-14|| ||Richard Taylor: I see. I wonder if he will set his bookshop / business up there. I know he mainly works online. I suppose they might have chess coaching there also.|
Main things are noise and good lighting and good refreshment facilities...
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