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|Mar-28-14|| ||Travis Bickle: Margaret On The Guillotine - Morrissey
|Mar-31-14|| ||Richard Taylor: Very good Doctor Travis. I never liked Thatcher. She started out as a chemistry student under a now famous molecular biologist (woman) (it's on Wikipedia): but then she got obsessed that State interference was bad but she used the state to hammer the workers (as did her mate Reagan): then I disliked her approach to the Malvinas. I read the book by the Englishman (Simon ?) who was terribly burned (he survived and even got married despite quite some disfigurement) in one of those ships and there were far too many young Argentinian men died for a few Islands they could have negotiated over. |
Now I know the Argentinians "started it" but there was no big danger to anyone and some cash changing hands and some negotiations would have let the Argentinians have the bloody place and the Poms there could have been repatriated. But there wasn't much else the Argentinians could "seize".
Not that I was a fan of most of the SA Governments: they are often very bad. I think the murders by right wingers and so on go on there almost unchecked.
But the British should have shown some restraint as they did in other places when they realised they had to "get out".
Good song indeed, takes me back, not that I personally have ever been to the UK.
|Mar-31-14|| ||Travis Bickle: Richard you summed up that song pretty well, all I can add is my best friend used to imagine the song was about his ex wife. ; P|
|Mar-31-14|| ||Richard Taylor: <Travis Bickle> Well it could be about mine, she hated chess, and I avoid her as much as I can. It buggers up my Xmases - I'm not joking - my son lives with me. She keeps trying to put the knife into me by making fun of me as much as she can. |
Once (in the 90s when I had mainly stopped playing chess and I was pretty depressed about various things) I played in the NZ Champs (not the top level, in fact I was in a kind of third level as in those days there were a lot playing and some woman asked me if I could step aside for her son, and I did) and I didn't do well at all, very rusty. Then when I mentioned it to her, all she could say is: "You always lose." Once women lose interest in you, you are history mate. Women are good if they think you have the do re mi etc but once they've used you, and you don't watch it - in goes the knife. Never trust them Bickle.
Women have all the advantages in this life (nowadays I mean). Lovely when young, but as soon as they get wise - it's curtains me old mate.
|Apr-01-14|| ||Travis Bickle: Yeah Richard I've been through that. When they don't see anymore gain in you, they move on to the next sucker. LOL!|
If you have to give all your money away, you might as well get a chick like this! ; P
|Apr-02-14|| ||Richard Taylor: <Travis Bickle> That link! Don't do that, this old codger nearly had a heart attack! Be nice: trouble is I think the fantasy is sometimes better than the reality!|
I like watching tennis, never played it though.
Mind you I broke as buggery so don't worry!
|Apr-04-14|| ||Benzol: <Richard> How'd it go today at the Seniors?|
|Apr-04-14|| ||Richard Taylor: <Benzol> Hi. I lost to Peter Stuart after getting an attack and a complex position - it veered from good to bad to each to unclear - but he countered well. (I was lost when I blundereed a R after a long game (time) ours was the last game. It was fighting game.|
Then in the afternoon I beat Tony Booth (he made some unwise strategical decisions and I won with a small combinative sequence and he helped me by allowing me to queen a knight for check so I could ignore the rook threatening mate and checkmated him (I was at least a piece up because of his error, but had he avoided the fxe1=N he was still lost.
Steadman was under pressure in Rd1 versus Vivian Smith who had a strong.
I saw Hilton beat Bernard Carpinter (I play him tommorrow). Garbett beat Lindsay Cornford with a good ending. Smith likewise against Bob Gibbons...
Wayne Power had a promissing position versus Steadman but he kept the pressure on...
All the fun of the Fair!
I must say the facilities and the whole place / tournament are all great. In the old Howick-Pak chess club my old club much frequented in the 80s (It's still the same).
|Apr-05-14|| ||Benzol: <Richard> Good to hear you won both games today. Do you know how some of the other games went? I had to leave earlier than I had intended to. My stomach and intestines have been giving me grief.|
|Apr-05-14|| ||Richard Taylor: <Benzol> Sorry re your health. Awful feeling that. |
Steadman beat Smith using the English Opening and some good play. Poor old Wayne Power was outfoxed by Tony Booth (good on him, but I feel for Wayne).
Garbett beat Hilton's KI (or his way of playing it so to speak!).
Morrel won a good game against Paul.
Stuart-Cornford was an interesting game but ended in a draw.
Carpinter beat Vivian Smith.
Cooper beat against Ansell.
List lost to Roberts.
|Apr-06-14|| ||Richard Taylor: I was given a right hook in a brilliant game played by the Canadian and sometime USIAN history professor and ex Canadian battler in tournaments with such as Svidler (and some of the heroic Canadian masters) in years gone past. I was concentrating on solving Q-side problems when he switch to a deadly K-side attack which was a great strategy. I lost my way under the pressure of his very good attack...|
Then I blundered a pawn against Hilton and although I could probably have held the game to a draw I played too quickly (I was always better for ttme) and went down...
One more game tommorrow.
I didn't see the result of Wayne Power's great masterpiece but he looked like he was storming through (I might be wrong)...
Chess is a bastard of a game!
|Apr-06-14|| ||Benzol: <One more game tommorrow.>|
Yes, Tony was telling me that there is a Yoga class tomorrow first thing so everything had to be packed up tonight and then unpacked again so the last round can be played around midday.
I hope Wayne did win. It looks like he's had a bit of a rough time in this tournament.
I also hope <CG> post up the games soon.
Good luck with the final round tomorrow.
|Apr-06-14|| ||Richard Taylor: <Benzol> CG. are having trouble getting the PGNs etc I think. I don't think the quality is very high though considering we are all a lot of oldies. |
But Wayne managed to lose - maybe time trouble or those factors that affect real chess.
Yes, the Yoga stuff. It is a problem getting good venues. That place is good but there is no where to analyse games post mortem. Otherwise it is pretty good.
Steadman is almost assured of first place alon or he could share it I think the arithmetic works out to. I stuffed up my last game.
I have one more game today and I'm playing the guy Wayne lost to!
With a lower rating than me I should try to win but it may not be practical.
Thanks for your support. Quite a lot came to support.
I don't play at clubs now (I might play in the Richard Sutton I think it is) but now only in local tournies.
But there's the rub! The NZ Champs is an open and is to be held in Auckland.
But do I want 9 days of chess? It used to be 11 which was better.
|Apr-07-14|| ||Richard Taylor: Won the last game so I was 7th out of 20 players. Not bad.|
|Apr-09-14|| ||Benzol: <Richard> Well done and congrats on getting the veterans prize. Makes competing a worthwhile experience. I think Tony must also have been pleased with his performance too. I've asked <CG> if they are unable to upload games if they mind if I have a go at it.|
|Apr-10-14|| ||Benzol: <Richard> Which one of your games from the New Zealand Seniors Championship (2014) do you consider your best?|
|Apr-10-14|| ||Richard Taylor: <Benzol> Thanks! I was = with Tony, and Bob Gibbons. But in fact I think I played slightly stronger opposition than they. Of course one has luck, but the good thing is I didn't make many of those silly errors I have been enacting in good positions over the last 2 years. I dropped a pawn against Hilton but I had improved as Black against his Grand Prix variation. |
Poor old Bill Lynn effectively dropped a piece, overlooking that when I moved my K I was threatening his position.
My game against Tony was good in that it showed how to combat erroneous play versus the Nimzo (when white answers Bb4 with Bd2 he has to take care of the pressure on his d file, and he swapped his good white B leaving him without the 2 B compensation as well as advancing too many pawns, as did Carpinter). The ending was quite good as I used "under-promotion" although he was lost (positionally). I didn't play any extraordinary games. In the last game I made a fairly direct but interesting attack in from the (I think its called the Potter variation) of the Scotch. I used that against Bernard Carpinter. I am not sure what was happening in that game but he overpressed...I think that and my game against Stuart, even though I lost (in fact Stuart's defence was excellent, I possibly missed an=qualising line though) as I made a very dangerous sacrificial attack that wasn't simply 'crazy' (I think it was the right policy for psychological and indeed "positional" reasons) were my two best.
That is my loss to Stuart and all my wins except against Wild Bill Lynn who was clearly out of form.
Clearly perhaps the best game against me was played by Gordon Morrell who I told (I agreed with his non-arrogant statement that he played a very good/ even brilliant game) that while he played a brilliant game (his correct assessment) I played a good game as I played the opening well enough, but underestimated a subtle manoeuvre by him.
I think in this tournament I watched my health and got more sleep than I usually do. The only complaint was that it was (for me) sometimes a bit dark, and they had chess boards with black squares so against Bernard Carpinter his "black square dominance" (he may have been won at one stage, I know he could have forced a repetition) looked worse perhaps than it was!
Also there was no good way (place) to analyse; but everything else was brilliant. Well run by Howick-Pak (Tony and Paul) and Keong et al. Mind you doing well helps!
I also of course was assisted by Lady Luck!
|Apr-10-14|| ||Richard Taylor: I suppose the trouble for CG.com etc is that some of the games are not of a very high quality. There is steep differential but that said there were some interesting games. But you don't want to see those last round draws that ensure places - those are natural but not very interesting as games. Also silly games where pieces are blundered should be left off. |
But the higher rated players in general probably played better chess. Bob Smith if he does anything knows how to get a good postition in many of his games and exploit weaknesses -of course if you let him he can attack also. Steadman and Garbett are strong players who can also pull out nice combos when required. Bob Gibbons and I think Hilton played some good games.
Good to see the old codgers doing well despite the erosions of time! Wayne Power is still a force or a power to be reckoned with! Nigel Cooper powers on like a big ocean liner or an ice breaker!
|Apr-12-14|| ||Domdaniel: <Richard> That's a great game vs Tony Booth - congrats. You're an inspiration to us slightly older guys.|
|Apr-12-14|| ||juan31: Master R. Taylor: i took the liberty to propose your game agains Booth, in the forum of chessgames.com like the " game of the day" the answer was very positive I hope becomes a reality, sorry my english|
|Apr-14-14|| ||Richard Taylor: <domdaniel> Thanks! I have studied my game against Carpinter which was a fest of errors! Or a feast of...but neither of us are computers. And all my other games had things wrong I think but I haven't checked out the game against Tony. I'm sure the computer will sneer at it but I suppose my ideas in that game were right for a human. I deliberately kept the isolated pawn for attacking chances (asymmetrical position) and Tony's attacks were not based on a clear idea. He neglected development and swapped off his better B thus he didn't have the 'two bishops' I also deliberately wanted the f file open for attacking chances or pressure.|
Tony and I have played many games with results of draw, win loss to each and in the old days he caught me out with some nice attacks - so I used to swap into and endgame against him as he was a good attacking player.
|Apr-14-14|| ||Richard Taylor: <juan31> Muchos gracias! I think the end of that game might amuse the customers if they can think up a pun. But let's see. It would be nice! I would be "tickled pink" (an English expression of being pleased).|
Your English? You are Spanish? I learnt a few words a long time ago...But I am not very good at languages (like most Kiwis).
|Apr-14-14|| ||Richard Taylor: I've got another game against Tony Booth where he played a Caro against me and I played a combo which meant while he picked up my Q my pawn munched it's way down to a7 and he couldn't stop me queening (except without sacrificing the exchange, which I had judged was a win for me, but I have never analysed it on a computer):|
[Event "Booth Shield"]
[White "Richard Taylor"]
[Black "Tony Booth"]
1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. h5 Bh7 8.
Nf3 Nf6 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 e6 11. Bd2 Bd6 12. Ne4 Nxe4 13. Qxe4 Nd7 14.
O-O-O Nf6 15. Qd3 Qc7 16. g3 O-O-O 17. Kb1 Qb6 18. c4 Bc5 19. dxc5 Rxd3 20.
cxb6 Rxf3 21. bxa7 Kc7 22. Bf4+ Kb6 23. Bb8 Rf5
click for larger view
(After 18...Bc5? Here my pawn says, aha! I'm going for a walk to the wild side!)
click for larger view
Hullo King the pawns says, and thank you Mr Bishop.
Better perhaps was, after:
22. Bf4+ then Rxf4 but White still wins quite easily: e.g. 23. gxf4 b6 24. Rdg1 Kb7 25. Rxg7 Rf8 26. f5 exf5 27. Re1 Kxa7 28. Re7+ and wins.
(I checked that on a computer just now).
|Apr-14-14|| ||juan31: Master R. Taylor: I live in Mexico city, Aztec of blood, the game was important to my for many reasons; the beauty of the knigth, the end of the game, and more important ( in my opinion ) is a game very close to a piece of art in the field of chess.|
|Apr-15-14|| ||Richard Taylor: <juan31> Thanks. Very flattering. Yes, the game seemed to "flow" unlike some of the other games I played. |
My main pleasure overall was that, unlike a lot of my games in the last 2 years, I didn't make those stupid blunders (more or less one movers). Of course I made a lot of misjudgments and errors but no really stupid ones of the kind that have plagued me so that I am pleased even with the games I lost!
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