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Richard Taylor
Member since Feb-14-05 · Last seen Jan-28-15
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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:

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   Richard Taylor has kibitzed 10690 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-28-15 Caruana vs Karjakin, 2014
Richard Taylor: Yes <ajile> it is good if White has a plan. In all probability Karjarkin (in this case) struggled to find a plan, and therefore may have been in time pressure).
   Jan-27-15 F Reinfeld vs R Goerlich, 1935
Richard Taylor: He seemed to especially like writing about combinations etc (and endings) and here he plays one!
   Jan-26-15 Van Wely vs Carlsen, 2015 (replies)
Richard Taylor: Nice finish to a lively game.
   Jan-26-15 Carlsen vs Caruana, 2014 (replies)
Richard Taylor: Beautiful game. I recall this. Carlsen is able to play (like many of the great players) those "quiet" but beautiful so-called positional games a la say Karpov or Rubinstein (and Fischer also), but also in this manner when the attack is logical and beautiful. (Also Petrosian ...
   Jan-22-15 H Danielsen vs L O Hauge, 2014
Richard Taylor: Good finish!
   Jan-22-15 Gordon Morrell
Richard Taylor: Same from me! It is amazing the number who were on 6 but it is still no mean achievement. It was quite a tough tourney all considered. It was very hot and humid (which I suppose happens elsewhere) but it was also overall of quite high standard with some players relatively ...
   Jan-21-15 Henrik Danielsen
Richard Taylor: I checkmated this chap in a Blitz game. It is on here. But of course it was a one off...anything can happen in Blitz. !
   Jan-19-15 Richard Taylor
Richard Taylor: <IM Russell Dive looks pretty much out of condition and GM Bob Smith is looking older! I cant see myself but my contemporary IM Peter Stuart looks knackered!! Smith and Stuart both play pretty dull chess also I'm afraid).> This and other stuff in this comment (above) is
   Jan-19-15 Carlsen vs Yifan Hou, 2015 (replies)
Richard Taylor: < whiteshark: The Battle of the reigning Chess World Champions analysed by GM Jan Gustafsson: Thanks for this link. Yes, he might be one of the best chess YouTubers, I also like the enthusiasm of Kingscrusher (!)...but this certainly
   Jan-19-15 Jobava vs Carlsen, 2015 (replies)
Richard Taylor: Yes, I've fallen into that one. This was a strange game. I cant make head nor tail of it. Too much for me...which is why I am a bunny at chess I suppose.
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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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  mistermac: As a matter of interest, Richard, how long have you been a member of the Auckland Chess Club, more precisely the one which Sarapu used to play at? My wife played there for a short time when she lived there in her maiden days, in the late 60s or early 70s. My wife passed away this year in Sydney.

Wsre you by any chance a participant in the 1967 Canterbury Club Centanary Tournament, where Averbach, Sarapu and Cardoso played?

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  Richard Taylor: <mistermac> I was a member of the Dominion Road Chess Club about 1963 or 64 I think. That was just around the corner from the present ACC. Then they moved to where the ACC is now and my father helped them to set up, he was on the committee (as an architect he facilitated getting building permits etc). Then we worked on it to get it ready. (Possibly it opened in 1965 or 66, I recall playing Garbett then when he was new to chess and winning games against him). I played there a few years, then gave up chess about 1966. I started again about 1978. From them I mainly played at Howick-Pakuranga but I did join in the late 70s or mid 80s. Steadman and Bruce Wheeler were members when I was there. I recall Sarapu there at times, but he used to play also at the North Shore Chess Club which I also played at for about a year (1984 I think). I used to have quite a few conversations with Sarapu (I played in the Major Open of the 1978/79 Centennial, and we were all at the Upper Hutt CIT), he was known by a lot of local people when he died (I wasn't playing chess then as I had given it up again! - I did play sporadically but took it up again when I got a computer in 2000 (in order to sell books) when I joined the H-Pak and also the ACC. I am now a member of the ACC altho I didn't play this year except a few games I think in January.

I wasn't in that tourney. I recall Averbach coming here once though, and I obtained a draw against him in a simul. I also had a draw against Euwe. But I have no record of either game. But I recall that that tourney took place. In 1967 I was working as a roading technician and it was that year I had quite a severe nervous break down. I had stopped playing chess.

Sorry to hear about your wife's death. Tragic, but a part of life I suppose.

I saw my own ex today and well, let's say I wouldn't too worried about her demise. It was one of my grandson's birthdays, so I had to be there. I'd rather have not, rather never see her again to be honest. There is a lot of bitterness. She keeps it going as many if not all women do... Death can be an escape from the often misery of being alive (!), I think. Not that I look forward to it!

I may have met your wife (to be), there were a few women players around. I was beaten by some as teenager. But not as many as now, not that there are so many, but there are certainly more than in the old days. But without a name I cant help. But it is interesting.

How's it going in Aussie. My brother has been in Townsville for years. He is a chemist / assayer for a mining company. I think he is retiring. I've never been to Australia. Not a big traveller, don't even go the beach very much, altho I walk often to the Tamaki Estuary and the Yacht Club where my son and I play over games of chess by the masters...

All the best.

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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>

Yes. I agree. Something we tend to forget when things are going well. When there is a difficulty, or some sad event, a crisis, which happens in human life, we do indeed need to care and help each other. Like those who are helping the Ebola victims. They are examples of courageous people. But there are many more such. Keep well. RT.

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  Richard Taylor: I've entered the NZ Championships due to start on the 1st of January 2015. It is an Open Tourney. There are some number of GMs, IMs, and FMs playing as well as players down to those who are unrated. It is a Swiss. Nine rounds.
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  Benzol: <Richard> Only just caught your message at my forum. I shall follow the Championship and your progress with great interest.


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  Richard Taylor: Hi Benzol. It will be interesting as there will be some GMs from England, Germany, Iceland, Australia and IMs from a number of other countries. Then it drops down to the woodpushers including myself and E.G's juniors etc so being Open there is a wide range.

So it is a change from the traditional "Sarapu Champs" when it was always a 11 game round robin. In fact it used to start before New Years and go for about 12 or possibly more days. The Major Open was a Swiss but (I don't know who organised / decided it this year) the whole shebang is a Swiss... seem to be flat tack but I will try to get them to do the tourney as they did the Seniors.

I suppose one difficulty for them might be what to cut out as there will be a lot of weak games at the lower end.

But who knows, games are interesting even if played by lower ranked players...but perhaps the question is how to decide.

On here some games by some of such as Kasparov etc (15 move draws between GMs) could be replaced with: 'The game was a Q'sG with a draw taken in 10 moves etc' to reduce the dross.

But a long 'amateur' game by lower ranked players can sometimes be very interesting. Just as the World Championship games were rather dull overall and the other tournaments by lower ranked players etc either juniors or seniors sparkled...

The participants of the so-called world shaking events are often rather dull also. Topalov I like though. He took it to Kramnik! Korchnoi was a ball of energy and of course there was GM Kasparov himself, and who was that dramatic chap...Foishar? Feeschier? Wait a minute...Fischer! That's him. Really woke everyone up. Crazy but dynamic personality for sure...

Dec-26-14  cormier: Joyeux Noël ...
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  Benzol: He is playing Allan Stig Rasmussen at this very moment. Go <Richard>!


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  Domdaniel: You had a real go at Rasmussen, Richard. Worried him, I suspect. Keep it up...
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  Richard Taylor: Thanks <Benzol> and <Domdaniel> I now have 2 and 1/2 out of 5 so my target of 50% is so far achieved.

I'm playing William Li tomorrow. I have won, lost, and won and lost and won against William so anything can happen. I don't think there was ever a draw, but most of the games have been fantastic attacking games. Both of us have played the Najdorf against each other, and we have also both essayed the Poisoned in that line...but last time I got my Q trapped! So, I am white tomorrow. See how it goes. One time I won as I played a quiet line (Be3 as White in the Najdorf which he said 'bored him to death'! - it had been my policy in that case, as I know he likes to attack or complicate, as I do sometimes...)

I won today against Alan Fan. He, inexplicably played almost the same line (Reti) as against FMs Reilly and Roy-Brice the French FM. In any case, I suspected he would switch to 1 e4 but out came 1 Nf3 d5 2 c4 and I more or less just followed what the others had done and checkmated him.

Christ it's hot here though! Beautiful weather but luckily in the room I was in there was a fan. I nearly offered my opponent a draw, as this old codger wasn't too good in that heat. Fortunately plenty of cool water to drink and fans etc

Well organised tournament.

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  Richard Taylor: Lost today. Forgot my line again in the Fischer-Sozin then lost the plot and missed a tactic that left me with a poor if not lost ending. So William Li won that one.
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  keypusher: I was impressed: Allen Chi Zhou Fan vs R Taylor, 2015

Look forward to seeing more of your games in the future, Richard.

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  Richard Taylor: <keypusher> Thanks. I followed the other players (method against the Reti) who played Allen. (I wrote more about this somewhere on but I've forgotten where...)
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