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Richard Taylor
Member since Feb-14-05 · Last seen Oct-30-14
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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 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 10417 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-28-14 D Howell vs A Bitalzadeh, 2009
Richard Taylor: Of the choices at move 15. Qg4 is the weakest. Better is 15. Bb3. < Autoreparaturwerkbau: I don't see the enthusiasm about 15...f5, 16.Qg3 sequence. Black replies with say 16...f4. Now, where is white's win? What am i missing? > Nothing. Black is able after a few moves ...
   Oct-28-14 Richard Taylor chessforum
Richard Taylor: You wag!
   Oct-28-14 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
Richard Taylor: <Travis Bickle: <Richard Taylor> Hey Dr Taylor, do you have to check your gun in at the door? > GM Murray Chandler checks everyone with his eagle eye after all, he is the man who beat Kasparov about twice. It's part of his enterprise which includes Gambit Books. ...
   Oct-28-14 David Howell
Richard Taylor: In any case, David Howell, bless him, is playing here in the NZ Open (Championships) in Jan. I doubt I will play him as he is at least 800 points above me! (And 43 years younger). I might fluke it though if I fluke rd 1 with a cheapo...then Fortune comes to my aid in rd ...
   Oct-28-14 Kasimdzhanov vs Nakamura, 2014 (replies)
Richard Taylor: What K has done is to at least clear a rank for his Q.
   Oct-28-14 chessforum (replies)
Richard Taylor: I put this on the Kibitzer's Hit Parade Forum but feel I should paste it here also as there it may well be swamped with noise: < Richard Taylor: Well I've done it, I've entered the New Zealand Chess Championships. This year it is an Open so anyone from zero rating to 2600+
   Oct-28-14 KingG chessforum
Richard Taylor: <KingG> How are you? What is the move order in the Svesnikov where White sacrifices on b5 and then Black plays Ra4 or a5 There is at least one game that Black won (Kasparov I recall) and I think Nunn has won some as White. Thanks in advance. RT
   Oct-27-14 Karpov vs M Muzychuk, 2013
Richard Taylor: < drleper: <RicharTaylor: It is a mistake to think of Karpov as positional (in fact it is a meaningless statement, as all chess players are positional, you cant attack from a weak position as Tal knew and he rarely did> I think "meaningless" is a bit strong here. ...
   Oct-27-14 D Andreikin vs Karjakin, 2014 (replies)
Richard Taylor: At one stage Andreiken was putting himself into quite difficult or even bizarre positions but he seems to have overcome some of the worst sides of that and is doing well now with good chess. He was always ingenious even when he was losing or managing to draw!
   Oct-24-14 Benzol chessforum
Richard Taylor: <Benzol> Hope your Dad is o.k. I can probably organize a picture. If I see you at a tournament I usually have a camera or you can call in here. Send a message, I have my phone switched off to avoid certain calls: but I will get the message. The we can arrange a time. ...
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  Richard Taylor: <Octavia> Hi. I didn't like it and I think people associate Groucho Marx with fun or funny things.

I've lost track of the Olympiad, I couldn't understand how to work out who had played who. I'm not on here much.

Chess limited to playing over the odd master game or say a 3 0 game or two now and then.

Yes, Helen is from Scotland. I only beat Helen once in a Rapid game. Otherwise I lost all the others except for a draw last time I think.

She is not as confident as she needs to be but plays well when she gets going.

That Ketevan is way out of my league I'm afraid. Thanks for dropping by...!

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  Benzol: <Richard> Are you going to play in the North Shore Open next weekend?
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  Richard Taylor: <Benzol> Hi. I haven't been able to play in any tournaments as I lack a car, but I am getting one, but it will be too late for that. I will play in a few other things possibly, and hopefully in Chandler's NZ Open which is this year an Open tournament, so I suppose it means you have a chance to get a game with a GM or some IMs or whatever as well as getting wiped out by E. Green's little masters, fully prepared with the latest theoretical ideas and traps etc!! But I'll see how all goes...

I only missed the car for a few things, such as visiting my daughters, and perhaps the odd trip into town. Otherwise we now get almost all our weekly supplies delivered, costs a bit more but even with a car it is very convenient, as you avoid the hoi polloi (the great unwashed) and checkouts etc

Chesswise, just the odd game played over, and some 3 minute games on FICS.

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  Richard Taylor: Back in business with a Mazda, should be able maybe to play in the Merv and possibly the Open at Xmas.
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  technical draw: Strange <RT>. My wife just gifted me a Mazda Protege. After about $500 of repairs it's working fine (but I'll just use it for local transportation). My other car is a Mercedes Bent.
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  Richard Taylor: The old Mercedes Bent! The other car I had they couldn't find and ECU unit anywhere in NZ less than NZ$900 so I sent it to the car meat works for NZ$400...

This one is a Mazda 323, 1997. Seems to go well. The Mitsubishi also used to turn off the dashboard lights so it was a bugger for going out to play at chess clubs in the evening, and suspected it would shut down my lights altogether. I took the dash board panel out and got someone to rewire the circuit but it was more than even if I had got the ECU fixed...

But now I have this. I recall when the Japanese cars came here, they and everything else Japanese was called "Jap crap" but I saw a skit on the BBC, two English men having a duel with pistols which failed to fire, they looked at them and exclaimed: "Ah! No wonder! Made in Britain!"

Years ago...

Sep-16-14  cormier:
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  Benzol: <Richard> The 1st round games are now up for the George Trundle tourney
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  Richard Taylor: Hhi Paul. I found them today, they on here as I see you know. For others here:

George Trundle Masters (2014)

Steadman fell into a trap today against the 15 year old Zelsco but kept on doggedly with a counterattack and managed to keep his opponent in time pressure and win.

You can see the games live now, also the Qualifiers. Peter Stuart played a nice game to win today.

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  Benzol: <Richard> Hope your power is back on now after our recent troubles with the Gavin Street substation. I heard a figure of 4.3 million dollars worth of transactions lost to the Auckland economy just on Sunday alone.


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  Richard Taylor: Irony is that when I was in the NZED I worked there as well as most of the other stations (OTAHU., MANGERE, HENDERSON etc) also went to Meremere quite a lot working on the comms equipment. Mostly recall working on battery testing at Ellerslie-Penrose.

Actually I found it quite an interesting experience and I took photographs of candles and shadows on my ceiling etc In some ways it was quite beautiful to have no TV and that extra 'layer' of darkness...but glad to get hot water this morning.

They always talk about costs. I don't care about any of that stuff, the power gets paid for and mostly it works well. All power systems can fail at any time.
It was being up-graded which is good. But they cant see every thing. Something else will fail some time...hopefully not in the near future. Stack up on gas cookers, lamps etc!

Oct-21-14  cormier: JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli archaeologists displayed on Tuesday a 2,000-year-old stone block unearthed in Jerusalem that they hope will help shed new light on a Jewish revolt against the Romans
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  mistermac: If it was a lone stone, it is probably genuine. But how much light it will shed seems a little hard to surmise, unless it ie one of those very stones which will cry out.
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  Richard Taylor: <mistermac> if it is a touch stone, it may be battery powered, which means it could thus be an ancient "torch stone"; in which case, ergum pablum hominem estem faceientum veritassiissimus, it will thus indeed shed light, or spread light: thus it will illuminate...

...but this will not abregate the efforts of Roman archaeologists who hope that their 2002 year old Stan will shed light on THEIR rebellion against the Israeli Government... is of course not the stone that is 2000 odd years aged but the fashioned stone block, I surmise. The Stan itself will be ancienter...

The Palestinians will undoubtedly find more than one stone that will cry out against Israel. These or this they may and probably will hurl at the revolting revolters...

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  Travis Bickle: Hey GM Taylor, lay off the vodka... ; P
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  mistermac: And the Latin!
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  Richard Taylor: Well, Latin of a kind. [It's called satire, you know the kind of thing Swift, and for Travis's benefit, the U.S. [NOTE! U.S.] writer Mark Twain, both good examples of satirists...I have a friend who is a classics scholar and we write to each other in a mix of mixed up German and part Latin (and other nonsense). [I did study Latin at school but that was some time ago but some stays.] The good one is the U.S. (note this Travis, a cultured man from your country) poet Zukofsky who ingeniously translated (or transliterated) Catullus from the Latin (even without knowing much (or any?) Latin. He was inspired by Ezra Pound...

Stan is the old German or Anglo Saxon for stone, hence also Stein and of course stone...

<Travis Bickle> Sir Travis! You must have appreciated my last poetic paragraph...or you lack a soul.

This is not to deny the many revolts in history. [By revolting people and other: ha ha ha.] Each country of course has an excuse for hammering some other country for some past wrongs. Or they get hammered, like the Jews, hence they hammer the Palestinians, and so on.

Cormier sends these reports and one responds to them from time to time....

He means well.

Vodka. I rarely drink, although, I have to confess, confiteo - that I imbibed one day when I had to drive right across Auckland, with the new car I got (Mazda) to give a poetry reading. But unknown to me, the fellow who sold me the car had steam cleaned it (he confessed to this and advised action accordingly, he is friend, a mechanic: but he got carried away cleaning the engine) and it was stressful driving ups steep roads with cars up my rear and hardly making it in first gear...however, all came right with the plugs out, gaps checked, and dried etc Meanwhile, after my heroic drive to West Auckland, I imbibed in a cafe...such was the pressure...

But otherwise I rarely indulge in the sacred ichor. Even today all I had tonight (Saturday) was a coffee with dinner, and then a ginger beer, then tea as I watched the Ice Truckers, almost the only thing on TV I watch)...

Re the car: it is going well, touch wood, or as they say in the US, knock on wood.

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  mistermac: The hills in NZ are so steep that you need a car up your rear to push an old Mazda up.

I thought your Latin was satire as it had a lof issimums in it.

So, you are of a poetic bent. You also seem to have Cormier half figured. He too is a sort of poet from my reading, although he seems to get a lot of his information from dubious sources in what was Yugoslavia.

Give up the TV entirely, Richard, it will clear your brain.

Keep your plugs dry.

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  Thanh Phan: Sadly I don't know or understand latin, yet your reference towards cormier,

He lived a long life, he has very many insights of personal conflict, and yes his heart is shaped like a poet,

About his sources, you can be biased or understanding that it is just how he searches the internet, it's just him not you,

He does care for others, one of the greatest virtues ever, one of our strengths and weaknesses is to be there for others

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  Richard Taylor: < Thanh Phan: Sadly I don't know or understand latin, yet your reference towards cormier, He lived a long life, he has very many insights of personal conflict, and yes his heart is shaped like a poet,

About his sources, you can be biased or understanding that it is just how he searches the internet, it's just him not you,

He does care for others, one of the greatest virtues ever, one of our strengths and weaknesses is to be there for others>

I have no doubt. I was just making a little joke. I think are indeed a lot of political issues need looking at. I was just "struck" by his turn of phrasing. So that set me off. The Latin was nonsense I made up when people satirise Latin - although I did study Latin about 53 years ago! Lasker loved to use the Latin phrase 'ceteris paribus' [all things being equal] as I recall in his 'Lasker's Manual of Chess' which is a mix of great chess insights and philosophy...

There are, by the way many Latin phrases in English. Also the Romance and somewhat the Anglo-Saxon or Germanic languages - most European languages use a lot of "Latinate" word bases. "Language' is derived from the Latin for tongue - Linga, lingae. (I think it is) Hence, the term 'linguistics'). There are also many words from French, and Greek and many other languages.

However, I bear comrade Cormier no ill will. I don't share his "simple faith" but he is a jolly good chap!

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  Richard Taylor: <mistermac: The hills in NZ are so steep that you need a car up your rear to push an old Mazda up. I thought your Latin was satire as it had a lof issimums in it.>

Yes! Auckland is rather hilly and large. I live near an extinct volcano (which was nearly quarried away)... The driving here is demonic with everyone tearing around, so I drive slowly and if people "toot" me I slow down...mind you you want to chose who you have an accident with as men have been killed at such sites...

In the country, driving can also be stressful as everyone drives far too fast. The Mazda 323 is good as it is lower to the ground than the other car I had, so I feel more in control I think than the Mitsubishi, which did have more room I have to say.

Where is it not hilly? Holland?

<So, you are of a poetic bent. You also seem to have Cormier half figured. He too is a sort of poet from my reading, although he seems to get a lot of his information from dubious sources in what was Yugoslavia.>

Well, there are a lot of "dubious sources" in the main news media outlets also. One has to read around and in between the lines. I'm just reading some interviews with Arundhati Roy which are very interesting. She won the Booker, then got involved with 'protest politics' etc in India. Fascinating person...

<Give up the TV entirely, Richard, it will clear your brain.>

My son has one so we watch the odd thing. Last night it was some mad Pom fishing in the cooling lake at Chernobyl for a large (he thought it might be mutated) cat fish that he thought was the one had taken off some young Russian fellow's hand! That was a bit depressing. All those nuclear sites waiting to go bang and slowly poison the world...All is a bit sad.

A bit of madness helps!

<Keep your plugs dry.>

Yes. You also have to have the right plugs, right gap, and so on....but I will be ready with my ammo, ready to defend the Alamo to the death. And I swear I am sober! (It is true I am probably insane but that is another issue and beside the issue is in another country, far away...

Ho! Long live Travis Bickle!

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  mistermac: Sanity consists in having the right gap in your plugs. One Angstrom unit error, and you start missing, or missing starts.

Keep a file at all times.

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  Richard Taylor: Ha! This inspired a poem "off the cuff"...

A Poem (off the cuff)

Keep a file at all times.
Keep track. Keep your
hands on the wheel. You
have states. Status. This is stated.

One Angstrom error
and you start to miss:
precision is required
or things go missing.
Power is lost. An air of....

We are variously Angstromed.

These things are decreed to me
by Bach's Wig. He speaks also
of gaps, and plugs. Plug the gap.
Gap the plug. The words seem magic
by alternate logic. We are
safer and: we talk
to ourselves of images, or
the gap, the abyss. Something
is missing. He had that:
"Air of lost connections" as if
lobotomized, Lowell said, of Czar Lepke...

Can we all connect? I talk of cars, autos, motors,
wheels. Bikes. We wheel, we ride, throb. We live.

I talk of much and more to come, to you.

It is a long way and a long time.
We keep on. There is a reason which
we have forgotten, as that, known,
would stop us in our tracks...

WCW called the great thing
'A machine made of words' but also
invoked Imagination: machines
are like Bach: perfectly they fail in what was, in the driving storm of sounds, a twist of eternity or the curtain was raised a second: and the blackness bright yellowed: for only when we listen or watch is it, the music, real. And real is not. It is a seeming. Beautiful but uncertain, thus wonderful.
Times we are assured, assuaged: almost convinced.

Then, in a wind, our old Bible falls open, perhaps like something in an old movie...We cannot make out the message, but it seems there. The sprockets keep turning. The old spring blind cord, caught on an old morse key, sends out a message, seeming random. We arrive, nothing...We seem alone.

Modern, in modern times: Ford with his darn ‘darned socks’. Habit of wife. US$10 million then... Charlie, unforgettable in the cogs, and gaps, and plugs. Ridiculous but true, it seemed. He survived. Angstroms and microns, and the seethe of molecules. Words.

We are made of words, read words: our Mother, who mothered beauty, is death. But we live, in an 'ancient chaos' (of the sun?).

This undulate and ambiguate evening of birds. The birds descend. We note, and share. There, there are the notes.

Dark Bach seems real. Seems, not is.
But we are. Wigged? Or wigging? Does it conceal? No, you might say, it concentrates... If death is the mother of beauty we need only the oranges, the pegnoir, the coffee.

Big hairy dog men dance in Henderson and Tennessee around ancient jars. They throw their plugs in the air, they Ho! They
hurl the files away, it is not how
they wanted to live. It is how we see them, living. They are alive as their bark...

Of apocalyptic these times our muse, some are true:
We have been well advised: keep a file. At all times and in all time. We keep.

Godless, godly, good: doubting, or sure or not: we drive on, like Creeley, in a big car because, sometimes, even, eyeless in Auckland:
"The darkness surrounds us."

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  mistermac: I wags me wig in humble recogignition.
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  Richard Taylor: You wag!
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