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Richard Taylor
Member since Feb-14-05 · Last seen Dec-05-16
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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 now 68.

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 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:

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   Richard Taylor has kibitzed 11817 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-05-16 Kosteniuk vs B Khotenashvili, 2016
Richard Taylor: 9. ... Qe7 solves Black's problem and there is no problem as Black castles 0-0-0.
   Dec-05-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
Richard Taylor: <Gregor Samsa Mendel: <Bubo bubo>--I know of this one: Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1978 There may be others.> It's funny the way that ends. Korchnoi was always angry at Karpov but he seems to be saying "o.k., you want to play games, take this you little Fjk!"
   Dec-04-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
Richard Taylor: <mistermac: <Richard Taylor: <<Domdaniel: <Richard Taylor> -- < > Magnificent, Richard. Best synopsis of a game I've ever seen. Bravo.>> Do you think I should be with Peter Svidler commenting?> No, <Richard>, I think Dom was suggesting ...
   Dec-02-16 Fischer vs Reshevsky, 1958
Richard Taylor: I played this trap after I had castled as I had read David Levy's book about Fischer who had seen the analysis leading to this line. Analysing it with my machine in the game I played (below) it is a clear win. But not as Fischer played as taking by Reshevsky on b3 with the N ...
   Nov-30-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
Richard Taylor: Congratulations to Carlsen but respect to Karjakin who equalized in the standard time control games.
   Nov-30-16 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
Richard Taylor: "The Ne3 looks fantastic but..." Svidler.
   Nov-30-16 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
Richard Taylor: draw it looks like
   Nov-30-16 Svidler vs Topalov, 2006 (replies)
Richard Taylor: Yes, I was looking for the "draw" by Topalov. Originally the puzzle above was posted by Saavedra as "White to play and draw." But someone found an ingenious win. It is worth trying to work out without moving the pieces.
   Nov-27-16 M Gurevich vs Timman, 1991
Richard Taylor: Yes, it is. The sacrifice has been played a few times and one of the most brilliant games isn't here. I saw it on YouTube. The idea of it may have originated from this game though.
   Nov-26-16 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
Richard Taylor: <Appaz: <morfishine> I don't agree. I believe the tie breaks will be completely open. Magnus has showed nerves, maybe more than Karjakin, when he is under pressure.> That isn't necessarily true either. Unless you can measure Carlsen's "nervousness" ratio somehow. ...
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  Jonathan Sarfati: <Benzol:
Pat Kelly is another strong player who seems to have gone into hiding.>

Yes, I remember him at the 1982 North Island, returning to active to NZ chess after a long layoff, and I think he tied by beating outplaying the strong player Gollogly in the last round P Kelly vs D Gollogly, 1982 Then he disappeared again. He had a great respect for Arcadios Feneridis.

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  Richard Taylor: <Benzol><Jonathan Safarti> The debate re evolution continues. My own interest is in knowledge criteria. I think that evolutionary theory for what I call a closed system is good enough. Creationism in my view only prolongs the agony so to speak. That is, as the philosphic problems of say "why there is something rather than nothing" and so on, it doesn't advance it for me... It seems that if one believes in God or some 'greater power' then it can really only be by revelation. That is one either knows or not. If so, the problem becomes a social one. How do you convince others? This applies to all knowledge.

For me, one of the fundamental problems with philosophy is language.

However it is a complex discussion.

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  Richard Taylor: <Benzol><Jonathan Safarti> Re that Pat Kelly game. I cant remember Pat Kelly at all. I can recall that game either...where was it Paul, in one of the magazines? I certainly played badly in that game if it was mine! I might disown it!

I prefer my nice "catch" of Bob. But we have played quite a number of games with varying results. I think he has the overall edge. I think in our last game I caught him with a tactic to save a game, which upset Bob (in the Qualifiers one year I think it was). I have never seen him quite so angry, as Bob is mostly very equable if that is the word....

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  Richard Taylor: Did you all see this demolition of Stan Yee when he made what i knew was an error in the opening against White's Tarrasch versus the French...?

In fact the line is very old but still good for White who needs to swap on d4 before playing f6....

R Taylor vs S Yee, 2006

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  Richard Taylor: I might have that mixed up, as he did swap on d4. I may have been thinking of another game. Perhaps when I came close to beating Luke Li when he failed to swap on d4. It was a draw, but should really be much better for White... I actually followed a game by <> but I analysed it before my game with Luke, I must load that game. I am not sure if Stanley Yee's line is wrong. I will have to check it out. In any case he forgot his theory and I made up a win!
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  Richard Taylor: I'm currently reading a book about Hobbes, not as I especially admire him, just curious of (what were or are) his thinking and ideas. It is an interesting book in one of those series about major thinkers etc.
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  Benzol: A nice demolition of Stan in R Taylor vs S Yee, 2006 and something that I have never done so good on you.


<Re that Pat Kelly game. I cant remember Pat Kelly at all. I can recall that game either...where was it Paul, in one of the magazines?>

Yes it was in one of the magazines but please don't ask me which one.

There is a possibility that I might be able to return to club play in the near future but everything is still up in the air at the moment at work so I'll keep you posted. Cheers matey.

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  Travis Bickle: <Richard Taylor: Richard Taylor: I'm currently reading a book about Hobbes, not as I especially admire him, just curious of (what were or are) his thinking and ideas.>

Hey Dr. Taylor, they made 'Mr Hobbs Takes a Vacation' into a good film! ; P

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  Richard Taylor: <Travis Bickle> I thought you had been dethroned by Big Pawn! I see that film on wiki. It does look like a good film. The author looks an interesting chap with quite a few novels.

Hobbes was a philosopher who lived in the 16th & 17th Centuries. His Leviathan is the book where he talks of human life as being "nasty, brutish, and short" but he has some interesting ideas, although he was accused of being an atheist he wasn't but he didn't share orthodox views...I'm not sure of his religious views, but he combined them with a form of materialism. It is not as hard as it all sounds though as the writer has "translated" Hobbes's work (literally from Latin or the English of those days) and explained the ideas. He disagreed with Descartes the philosopher, mathematician and scientist. Both of them added valuable ideas though.

Hobbes's big mistake though, was to insist he had found a way of "squaring the circle"...He thought that the new maths that had come even then (it was quite sophisticated even before Newton) was full of confusing language: but he was proven wrong very easily. But he wanted it to be that mathematical things represented real things in nature, but that didn't work (except roughly) for circles and so on....

But the movie looks good. I am thinking I should go to a movie. Haven't been to one for ages. My son and I live together and we thought we might go out to a movie. Doesn't matter what it son likes mafia movies but he will watch other

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  Richard Taylor: <Benzol> I see you are under pressure at work etc...I was going to stop chess as I am failing to win won games, or blowing won games altogether, or losing....but at the last rating I went up a bit. I seemed to be too nervous of losing.

I announced I would give up but Gino said it would improve NZ Chess so, as others encouraged me, I have decided to go to the end of the year.

I'm playing in a Rapid. I won 2 out of three then hit Daniel Gong but it was a fairly elementary error that cost me the game. Three more games next week.

I didn't do well in the Club Champs...It was annoying as the game where I made a nice and in fact a sound sacrifice I went wrong with mate in about 3 coming up so I was bloody annoyed (against Paul Macdonald who was second in the B Grade).

(So this and failing to finish off Simon Lyall, left me feeling rather down and I was going to stop: but I will keep on until Xmas)....

Bruce Watson won the A Grade so he is the Club Champion again.

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  Richard Taylor: Well the NZ Team is either at or on the way to Baku for the Olympiad. I suspect they will enjoy the place but get slaughtered by most...although NZ usually goes into the lower levels in any case...

Then the World Champs is coming up. It Bruce Watson watches these events live and it looks as though the Olympiad might start in the morning over here and the World Champs about 9 pm which is do-able sleep wise etc....

But you have to be keen!

I think Karyakin has a chance. We don't know how good he is as a match player. But that said, it seems only a chance...

But who knows, anything can happen in a match or a chess game....Carlsen might get drunk and lose like Alekhine was supposed to have (although I suspect that is just an excuse by the man who kept dodging Capa)....

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  Richard Taylor: I see the wankers who organised the Olympiad are starting at 1500 which is hopeless. Who organizes these things? You play probably right through your natural meal time. 1 pm would mean we could watch some of it from 9 pm here....

I'm not interested enough to watch it at 11 pm starting as it will cut through my routine. See how the World Championship goes and see if that is worth watching live....

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  agb2002: <Richard Taylor: ...

I think the point is to find the ideas. The rest is just details and concentration.>

I agree. However, I noticed that I'm becoming more prone to posting 'fun analysis' (not essential lines or moves but amusing or interesting to some extent) as I get older.

Hope purists don't find them offensive...

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  Richard Taylor: <agb2002> I used to do a lot more of these, they are good for practice for OTB actually. But I find not enough time except for the odd one.

Of course, one should both analyse as thoroughly as possible, as well as the "fun" lines.

I completely solved two of the insane ones. One was a combination by Tal and I think the other was by Keres.

But as in real chess, I almost always overlook something [or I miss everything or most things!]. Now, OTB most players make a lot of mistakes, so, for the normal level I play at: sacrifices for example, especially taking into account the clock situation, are a mix of calculation and intuition or judgment. Which can go wrong of course.

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  Richard Taylor: <agb2002> Here is a problem to solve.

White to play and mate in 3

It took me a while (I hadn't slept the night before, had too many coffees) but it is beautiful. The "clues" are that Qg2 fails as the N comes c4 and it takes too long to mate. It is said: "The solution is a very efficient move." something like that. This is a good mental exercise.

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  agb2002: My first idea was to play Qh8 but the question is where to place the rook, so I think 1.Rd6 is a good option due to 1... Nc4 2.Qxb3+ Kxb3 3.Rd3#. Else 2.Qh8 and 3.Qa1# or 3.Qb2#.
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  agb2002: I just noticed 1... e5 cutting the a1-h8 diagonal but 2.Rd2 and 3.Ra2# achieves mate in three.
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  Richard Taylor: Yes!! Rd6 is the trick. The Q sac idea is beautiful. An unusual mate for sure!

An ingenious puzzle...

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  vonKrolock: Nice that no #eq in Your hometown... Here too its a bit fresh for high springtime- 6 degrees today in South of my State--- This is #GW?!
Nov-22-16  Jay60: <Richard Taylor: I want to see a socialist world with equality and decency not this rapacious Capitalism of Trump et al..>

Don't be a drama queen and look past superficial appearances. The Clintons have received over $100 million in personal income from corporations over the past decade. Whatever money Trump has, he has made selling stuff to willing buyers. The Clintons have made their money selling their influence to corporations.

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  Richard Taylor: This doesn't alter the fact that Capitalism is an inequable system. I don't know what the Hilary Clinton has earned but she is well educated and has done a great job in politics and administration as has Obama. He came in when the US and the world were in danger of great financial collapse. Obama offset that.

It would also have been good to see a woman President.

Now Trump has virtually no policies, he is shyster of a Hitlerian aspect, who could mouth only: "It is all going to be be soooo beauooootifoool, we areee goinnnnggg to mmaaaake Aaaameeericaaa greaaatt again...."

And so on. That is he tirelessly said nothing and his subtexts were quite clear: put the boot into Black people, rape demean and molest women (shucks! I do it!!). attack and despise Muslims, Hispanics and other immigrants, build walls, make people pay for the wonderful things the US has done...although it is doubtful he even knows what the US has or hasn't done...(one of his potential off-siders didn't know where Aleppo is!!)...When pressed about his role in the crash and his contribution he said: "That's business." He claimed he could shoot someone in NY in public (say in Times Square) and still get elected. He's all for guns and racial profiling. But he only has vague policies. Any ideas he suggests are magnified by his rather challenged supporters...

He is, in effect, a useless bastard. But I will agree that this isn't something new in US politics. But at least the Kennedys, for example, with all their faults, improved the civil rights situation.

Trump and Trumpers are all a step backwards. Giving a challenged or backward person like him power is like giving a bomb with a switch to a fact he is that, a lunatic. And he has the power to set off a bomb. In fact more than one bomb.

Nov-23-16  Jay60: "I don't know what the Hilary Clinton has earned but she is well educated and has done a great job in politics and administration as has Obama."

You really are uninformed like most other people. In 2011 Obama was President and Hillary was SoS when CIA started arming the rebels in Syria. That led to a war in which over half a million are dead. Also arming rebels is a violation of the UN Charter.

At the same time, Saudi Arabia using US supplied weapons crushed a rebellion by the majority Shiites in Bahrain.

I assume you think Trump's obscene talk is worse than being responsible for half a million deaths.

You probably think that more free trade pacts like the TPP are just great for the American working class.

"He came in when the US and the world were in danger of great financial collapse. Obama offset that."

There was never any danger of financial collapse. That excuse was used to provide billions of taxpayer dollars to AIG which in turn paid off it liabilities to Goldman at 100 cents to the dollar. You may also check from that Goldman in 2008 contributed $800,000 to Obama while contributing only $200,000 to McCain.

Curious to hear what you think is the right way to combat Islamic terrorism?

Nov-23-16  Jay60: As for "I don't know what the Hilary Clinton has earned" that is the crux of the problem.

You do not know the Clintons have received more than $100 million in personal income from corporations in the past decade. This lack of information allows you to continue living in a bubble believing that the Clintons are for the working classes.

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  ketchuplover: Unfortunately I'll probably miss tomorrow's game as my Wi-Fi usually shutsdown on Sundays.

Hope y'all enjoy the festivities :)

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  ketchuplover: Looks like Sunday is rest day. :)
Sadly Wi-Fi here is usually out until about 4pm central usa time on Monday.

Hopefully they'll be lots of thinking.

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