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Richard Taylor
Member since Feb-14-05 · Last seen Jul-28-14
Here are some of my games on Chess games .com -

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 10322 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-28-14 S Williams vs J Hawkins, 2014
Richard Taylor: Great game and finish!
   Jul-28-14 R Taylor vs H Danielsen, 2003
Richard Taylor: <tranquilsimplicity:> Thanks! Obviously it was a one off, but such is blitz chess! I also played Seirawan and Ulf Anderson while they were waiting to watch an international tourney. They both duly beat me. Today I played over a great game by Ulf Anderson where he beat ...
   Jul-25-14 Benzol chessforum
Richard Taylor: That part of NZ is a bloody cold and miserable place. They destroyed millions of acres of bush for these rich farmers who gobbled up the land and ripped the Maori off for a pittance and didn't honour their agreements... (as they did in the Waikato and elsewhere)... They ...
   Jul-25-14 R Taylor vs J Pakenham, 2014
Richard Taylor: Thanks for your comments. I also like Lasker's games, and all the other masters. I played through all the books of Alekhine's games I have. I actually found that his great ability was in positional ideas. Playing through his second match versus Bogoljubov though, a careful ...
   Jul-18-14 G Meier vs V Popov, 2007
Richard Taylor: Those moves can't have been played. Or maybe it was in time trouble at move 38...close to 40.
   Jul-18-14 Georg Meier (replies)
Richard Taylor: I also liked Smyslov's games. Great range: combinations and beautiful games of great planning or creative defense. Endings also. Meier played a nice game against Kramnik.
   Jul-13-14 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
Richard Taylor: Point being that Nigel Cox, who was well educated, had wide interests, and had played in bands etc Pop and other music was clearly big for him so I was trying to get a sense of what he is saying in his book by watching Elvis. A long time ago I read a book about him by his ...
   Jul-04-14 Robert James Fischer (replies)
Richard Taylor: Happy Independence Day.
   Jul-02-14 T van de Berkmortel vs Bronstein, 1993 (replies)
Richard Taylor: Where is the quote from?
   Jun-30-14 Richard Taylor chessforum
Richard Taylor: <Domdaniel> re that I saw - forget the names or the name - but I'm pretty sure it was the Cambridge Circus - here in Auckland with my father about 1962 or some such time. One skit one of the chaps had a fight with himself! I'm sure those were ones in the Goodies or ...
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  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.

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  Richard Taylor: Won the last game so I was 7th out of 20 players. Not bad.
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  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.
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  Benzol: <Richard> Which one of your games from the New Zealand Seniors Championship (2014) do you consider your best?
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  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!

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  Richard Taylor: I suppose the trouble for 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!

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  Domdaniel: <Richard> That's a great game vs Tony Booth - congrats. You're an inspiration to us slightly older guys.
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  juan31: Master R. Taylor: i took the liberty to propose your game agains Booth, in the forum of like the " game of the day" the answer was very positive I hope becomes a reality, sorry my english
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  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.

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  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).

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  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"]
[Site "Auckland,Howick-Pak"]
[Date "2007.04.04"]
[Round "4"]
[White "Richard Taylor"]
[Black "Tony Booth"]
[Result "1-0"]

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


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(After 18...Bc5? Here my pawn says, aha! I'm going for a walk to the wild side!)

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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).

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  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.
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  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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  Domdaniel: Hi Richard ... I saw your post in the CG forum, where you said you only had access to one other database. If you want more, there are links in my forum header to 3 or 4 more ...
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  Domdaniel: Here are some of 'em:

May-11-14  MostlyAverageJoe: Some more (somewhat surprising that I did not see them in <Domdaniel>'s forum):

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  Richard Taylor: <Domdaniel><MostlyAverageJoe> I have access to the 365 data base and the one on here.

Thanks for these others. It happens sometimes when I'm playing an opening book I can't find the game quoted on here. This means a search of these will maybe find some of them. Then they could be added to here and / or used by myself.

I know there is that huge data base the GMs use (Chess Base).

There is another I should get - it is a data base of New Zealand players - compiled by Peter Stuart. I must buy it. Once bought he updates it. Useful especially if players stick to their openings. By and large I do (unless I see the need for surprise, depends on the opponent!)

By the way I just swept my comp.with a Malware thing and it picked up 50 objects which when deleted made my computer go faster.

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  Jonathan Sarfati: Congrats on tying for the NZ Veterans Champs!
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  Domdaniel: Hey, Richard ... I see you've become a Marxist, <tendence Groucho>. Congrats. But what became of the 'old you'?
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  Richard Taylor: <JonathanSarfati> Thanks! I was surprised. I went out to try to get Stuart but missed there - probably attacked and sacrificed too soon and Peter defended well. I really was quite lost against Bernard Carpinter. I also missed a counter against Morrel although he played well.

Of course it is easier than playing when the strong juniors are around! Haven't been able to play as I have car problems etc just now, but aim to play at the NZ Open which Murray Chandler is organising or has done. It is an interesting idea to have the champs open now and then.

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  Richard Taylor: < Domdaniel: Hey, Richard ... I see you've become a Marxist, <tendence Groucho>. Congrats. But what became of the 'old you'? >

I admire them both although Karl had the tougher life perhaps.

I liked them as a kid but not so much now...but they were good value for sure.

I remember my father reading biographies and one was about the Marx brothers and one about Nixon!

He was English born but liked reading the New Yorker!

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  Richard Taylor: <DomDaniel> The old RT was too grumpy and old looking!

I should give you a link to my conversation with the Richard Taylors where I interview myself. It was published in a kind of 'radical' lit. journal called Brief a few years ago...

In the interview I am split into thousands rather than the conventional 2!

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  Domdaniel: <Richard> -- <In the interview I am split into thousands>

As some Shakespearean character (was it Hotspur?) said: "I could divide myself and go to buffets".

To which the answer, I suppose, is "Hey, don't beat yourself up".

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  Richard Taylor: I don't know that "quote"? but it is good. I read the Henry plays some time ago. Falstaff is the man of course (he's in one of the "in-between" plays.

I had car troubles etc so I didnt get around to either the Waitakare or the Rich Sutton Cup.

(We have been ordering our groceries via the internet and it works well - pay a bit more but it is much easier and less stressful..)

Sorry Dom I thought I was talking to Benzol! Oh well, it's still all true!

My computer video card packed it in and my car and my daughter had another child as well as we were doing a lot of work clearing trees back of my any case I was "off air".

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  Richard Taylor: <Domdaniel> re that I saw - forget the names or the name - but I'm pretty sure it was the Cambridge Circus - here in Auckland with my father about 1962 or some such time. One skit one of the chaps had a fight with himself! I'm sure those were ones in the Goodies or Monty Python.

When I first saw Monty Python I actually found it quite frightening so I didn't watch it much. Later I came to like some of it.

I did like the Goon Show and later the Goodies etc.
I'm ambiguous about Rowan Atkinson. When as Mr. Bean things go wrong I hate it.

I am a strange person: I watched Serpico several times but what I most liked about that was when the cop would stop for a coffee. As long as he HAD that coffee! But if in a movie someone starts a nice meal or about to have a coffee but then leaves it off or something gets smashed I hate that. I get distracted wanting the person to finish their meal or drink or whatever!

But used to love the Three Stooges and of course the Marx Brothers as a boy.

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