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Richard Taylor
Member since Feb-14-05 · Last seen Jan-15-19
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Richard Taylor

Please discount my games in the recent NZ Champs I was AWOL...lol...VERY AWOL !!!!!!!!!!

AGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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"

http://richardinfinitex.blogspot.com/

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

http://www.readingthemaps.blogspot....

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:

http://www.aucklandchesscentre.co.n...

>> Click here to see Richard Taylor's game collections.

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   Richard Taylor has kibitzed 13669 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-11-19 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
 
Richard Taylor: <JohnBulten: <Susan>, I have a close relative who walks on water now and then, gets photos, has the whole thing documented carefully. Looks quite impressive with the choppiness of the water surface. He's from North Dakota.> I know him! John Bulten Chist! From ...
 
   Jan-09-19 B Gloistein vs D Gollogly, 1980 (replies)
 
Richard Taylor: I saw Hamish Gold at the George Trundle. He knows Gloistein. So he, Gloistein's been around for a while.
 
   Jan-05-19 chessgames.com chessforum (replies)
 
Richard Taylor: It was me! I always cheat, it's the only way I can win any thing!! I confess!! O me miserum!!
 
   Dec-27-18 Berliner vs Fischer, 1957
 
Richard Taylor: Fischer knew he was lost near the end. It is in his first chess book ed. by Golombek which came out about 1959. He outplayed Berliner but realised that a2+ was a mistake. And near the end both players, he thought, had missed wins. At one stage Berliner was in severe time ...
 
   Dec-25-18 Richard Taylor chessforum (replies)
 
Richard Taylor: <perfidious: Dang, <Richard>, yer up agin it now!!> Such is life...
 
   Dec-23-18 I Salgado Lopez vs D Debashis, 2014 (replies)
 
Richard Taylor: <agb2002: I didn't remember this one.> Funny you should say that -- even if it has been on before -- as I recall Alekhine playing a tactic which he said: "Was not of a kind I had come across in my analysis and (memorization) of such methods." Something such as that ...
 
   Dec-22-18 Yudasin vs Krasenkow, 1988 (replies)
 
Richard Taylor: <sp12> Did you mean this line? Black wins a piece and the game. I actually miscalculated this the second time and thus rejected 26...Qh1 which I kept trying to make work. I "knew" that it was the move but I couldn't see how exactly. It was going to be the move as it is ...
 
   Dec-21-18 Bronstein vs Fritz, 1991 (replies)
 
Richard Taylor: Poor old Fritz! No match for Bronsteinski.
 
   Dec-21-18 S Knight vs V Georgiev, 2008 (replies)
 
Richard Taylor: I found the moves. I forgot though that Qf4 was mate and calculated Qg4 which also wins. But I saw Qf4 mate in all other lines or Qg4 mate. Reasonably straightforward. Quite a beautiful attack by White.
 
   Dec-20-18 Carlsen - Caruana World Championship Match (2018) (replies)
 
Richard Taylor: < Sally Simpson: *** Hi Richard, "Chess is really for club players..." Of course it is. I've just come back from watching my juniors winning a league match 3 -2. One draw! a lovely missed win and game turning blunders. Chess won't die because the top players ...
 
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Sep-15-18
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  jessicafischerqueen:

<Jim> heh... quite right. Though it might be tricky to get the tone right?

I also love the janitor, possibly the only sympathetic character in the novel. He is convinced that any minute the world is about to be destroyed by <nuclea bums> LOL

Sep-17-18
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  Richard Taylor: <jessicafischerqueen> I have been busy on my house and a project I am doing.

I started that book by Toole but I have never finished it. It is good, I can see that. I must finish it. I do that with books. Start one, then start another in the middle of the other book. I got to somewhere where I think the protagonist was arrested and there is an eccentric policeman wearing bizarre clothes.

I just read Virginia Woolf's 'Jacob's Room' (I was reading it with some other books, some non fiction also). It is very good. This lead me to consult my huge biography of her. I was interested in that book and in her life also. I liked Mrs. Dalloway and have read that several times.

The protagonist in 'Confederacy..' was interested in a writer I was also. I forget who.

Sep-17-18
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  Richard Taylor: <saffuna><jessica> nuclear bums! I will have to get back to it...It is amusing. I remember he gets into trouble in the pub he's in. He is averse to work.

It is a big pity that he committed suicide. Tragic. Was it just that he wasn't published or more, perhaps he was also depressed. A labour of love by his mother. That would almost make a novel itself. It must have been terrible for her to lose her son. Perhaps some compensation to know his work was recognised and enjoyed by others.

Sep-17-18
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  Richard Taylor: Movies don't always work. There is a NZ book 'In My Father's Den' by Maurice Gee. The movie for me was no reflection of that book. But a rather obscure movie called 'End of the Golden Weather' which is also the name of the play (one man performance) by the actor playwright Bruce Mason which he performed all over NZ. That movie IS brilliant. Set in Auckland summer, a young boy and an eccentric cast.

The title of that, Mason said, was from a book written by a character in the book 'The Web and the Rock'. I must read that. I read 'Look Homeward, Angel' and 'Of Time and the River'.

But a friend of mine keeps referring to Pynchon's 'Gravity's Rainbow' which is either better or not as good as 'V' which I have read as well as 'The Crying of Lot 49' (which I liked most I think although 'V' is amusing and intricate also).

In Australia Malouf is good, and
Patrick White. But both are very serious. Of the satirical-surreal perhaps the writer Russell Hailey is good. Maybe Chris Kraus who is technically an American she spent time here and a relative of hers (father I think) was the backer of Poetry NZ for some years...But there are a few other such writers such as say Michael Morrissey who writes of his own life and what he tells me is his "madness" but fictionalizes it. Another great NZ book is Keri Hulme's brilliant 'The Bone People'. It is not comic. It is strange and rather dark, but fascinating...

Sep-17-18
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  jessicafischerqueen:

<Richard> I believe <DomDaniel> is a punter for "Gravity's Rainbow" as well, but I never did finish it. I found it difficult and turgid, like many of my friends at the time. I definitely can't pass any kind of judgment on it though, not having finished it.

For me, sometimes short is better. I love Brien O'Nualllain's "At Two Swim Birds," his full sized masterpiece, but I have re-read his much more concise, and spare, "The Third Policemen" more times. Both are paralytically funny.

My favorite line from "The Third Policeman," and maybe from anything I ever read:

<I hit him with the shovel until my arms grew tired>

Anyways I attempted to read "Gravity's Rainbow" after "The Crying of Lot 49," which I regard to be the best horror short story (novella) ever written.

Arthur Machen's "The Great God Pan" second.

Another novel I recommend highly is Dom "Daniel" Delillo's "Ratner's Star," a riveting mystery of the best sort, to my mind.

It is Boethius' "The Consolation of Philosophy" that Ignatius J. Reilly is obsessed with. Humorously, Ignatius himself derives no consolation of any kind from this, or any other, philosophy...

Sep-18-18  Boomie: A friend gave me Celine's "Death on the Installment Plan" (Mort credit). After 50 pages I was scratching my head. What the heck is this all about? Then for some reason, I started laughing. In Celine's vernacular, I laughed so hard I almost shat my pants. I still don't know why.
Sep-18-18
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  jessicafischerqueen:

<Tim> He probably hit your <Celine bone>.

Sep-19-18
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  Richard Taylor: <jessicafischerqueen:
<Richard> I believe <DomDaniel> is a punter for "Gravity's Rainbow" as well, but I never did finish it. I found it difficult and turgid, like many of my friends at the time. I definitely can't pass any kind of judgment on it though, not having finished it.>

I used the first line in a poem but I haven't finished it either. I plan go give it a go though.

<For me, sometimes short is better. I love Brien O'Nualllain's "At Two Swim Birds," his full sized masterpiece, but I have re-read his much more concise, and spare, "The Third Policemen" more times. Both are paralytically funny.>

I read 'At Swim Two Birds...' I liked that. I got onto the other book via a book by Terry Eagleton called 'Evil' which was about evil (mostly in literature). He covered various books including Golding's 'Pincher Martin' which I know well as I am big on Golding...but also 'The Third Policeman'...strangely I know it is good but it frightened me. It is pretty strange for sure though. I need to finish it.

<My favorite line from "The Third Policeman," and maybe from anything I ever read:

<I hit him with the shovel until my arms grew tired>>

A dark humour. I find Beckett's plays and novels very funny, also James Joyce of Ulysses. Of course it is mixed with "darker aspects"...

<Anyways I attempted to read "Gravity's Rainbow" after "The Crying of Lot 49," which I regard to be the best horror short story (novella) ever written.>

I found it fascinating. A part satire on Revenger comedy of the Elizabethan and even the Restoration times mixed with technology and also a kind of grief and strange conspiracies and so on...

<Arthur Machen's "The Great God Pan" second.>

All I can find of him is 'The White Powder' in an anthology called 'Uncanny' but your book looks fascinating.

<Another novel I recommend highly is Dom "Daniel" Delillo's "Ratner's Star," a riveting mystery of the best sort, to my mind.> I read that. At the time of reading I thought it was really strange(who is it who lives in a kind of dirt cave?!), [I know one is a mathematician] like Alice in Wonderland. So I felt it wasn't so good but then it started to haunt me after I had read it. I liked Libra, White Noise and Americana (first one I read). Tom McCarthy writes some good essays about De Lillo who I do like.

<It is Boethius' "The Consolation of Philosophy" that Ignatius J. Reilly is obsessed with. Humorously, Ignatius himself derives no consolation of any kind from this, or any other, philosophy...> Ah! I had read about that book and read some of it. I remember the philosopher who wrote about him saying how Boethius was suddenly just garotted. It is unclear what his crime was even. But it is interesting. Yes, I must get back to poor Toole.

Thanks for those references...

Have you read J. G. Ballard? Genius in my view (his stories a mix of Sci Fi and "philosophy" are eerily great as well as say 'Crash', 'The Drowned World', the 'Crystal World', 'The Voices of Time' and so on. At one stage he wanted to start world war three or be the first to strike (!) (this obsession with nuclear bombs came from his experiences in WWII when he came to admire the Japanese airmen as a boy), but he lived a quiet life later on in a quiet suburb of England somewhere...

At Swim Two Birds Was funny for sure with the characters rebelling in the narrative and so on and all that about Sweeney and so on.

Sep-19-18
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  Richard Taylor: <Boomie: A friend gave me Celine's "Death on the Installment Plan" (Mort credit). After 50 pages I was scratching my head. What the heck is this all about? Then for some reason, I started laughing. In Celine's vernacular, I laughed so hard I almost shat my pants. I still don't know why> I found that with the first of his I read called 'Normance' that is shat yourself material...he is in an air raid on Paris by the RAF and abusing everyone including the RAF*...those ellipses (no I also had the habit before reading him) pull one through the book also.

*My uncle was in the RAF bombing France etc so I wondered if he was bombing Paris at the time. It is strange to think of the British bombing France, and indeed, Paris. But of course the Germans had occupied it.

Sep-19-18
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  Richard Taylor: A "true story" (substantially true as it was non-fiction) was by a woman who had with her mother escaped the Nazis from Hamburg, ironically as the bombing of Hamburg, horrific as it was, (the tar sealed roads turned into fire and people burnt to death in them, they had mattresses soaked in water which helped them, as well as luck); enabled them to make their way in the confusion out of the city and then they somehow got to England. The woman became a journalist in NY I think. I picked it up at random as I had have a project involving sampling books from all categories. Some interesting things turned up...But I was looking at first for the way the books were written...
Sep-19-18
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  offramp: Dear <Richard Taylor>, this is one of the all-time GREAT sentences:

<A "true story" (substantially true as it was non-fiction) was by a woman who had with her mother escaped the Nazis from Hamburg, ironically as the bombing of Hamburg, horrific as it was, (the tar sealed roads turned into fire and people burnt to death in them, they had mattresses soaked in water which helped them, as well as luck); enabled them to make their way in the confusion out of the city and then they somehow got to England.>

It reminds me of this famous sentence, which I had to memorize:

<When Caesar, who had addressed the tenth legion, reached the right wing, he found his troops under severe pressure and, because all the standards of the twelfth had had been collected into one cramped space, the soldiers packed so close together that they got in each other's way as they fought, while all the centurions of the fourth cohort had been killed - together with the standard bearer: the standard was lost - and those of the other cohorts as well, including the very brave senior centurion, Publius Sextius Baculus, who had so many terrible wounds that he could no longer stand, and when Caesar saw that the rest of the men were slowing down, and some in the rear ranks had given up fighting and were intent on getting out of range of the enemy, while the enemy in front kept pouring up the hill and were pressing us on both flanks, he recognized that this was a crisis because there were no reserves available, so he snatched a shield from a soldier in the rear ranks - Caesar had no shield with him - and went forward to the front line, where he called out to all the centurions by name and shouted encouragement to the rest of the men, whom he ordered to advance and to open out their ranks so that they could use their swords more effectively.>

Bravo, Richard!

Sep-21-18
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  Richard Taylor: I am flattered, but do I detect irony? I wrote it in a hurry. I suppose I should have broken it up to make it more clear.

Thanks in any case!

Re Caesar I think doing Latin years ago we read his journals of moving through Germany and into England (where he didn't make much progress). That of course is Julius Caesar.

That's a long passage (sentence) and describes a battle very well. It works despite it's length as there is no time in a battle to stop so the author doesn't either. I presume that is one reason it is thus.

Sep-22-18
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  offramp: <Richard Taylor: I am flattered, but do I detect irony?>

THAT is what I was trying to detect! In that sentence I saw the word <ironically> and I was trying to figger out what the irony was: <...ironically as the bombing of Hamburg...>.

WHAT was the irony?? The sentence was so convoluted I could not figure it out.

Sep-23-18
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  Richard Taylor: Yes. The irony was that most Jews were killed by the Nazis in Germany. And these people were not admitted to air raid shelters. (At one stage they tried very hard to gain entry, thinking they would be safer.) So one irony was that when the really heavy air raids of Hamburg came, they were banned by non-Jews from the shelters. But the bombing by the Allies was so bad (some claim the bombing of Hamburg and Dresden etc to be a war crime but we would have to add to that the US fire bombing of Japan, Korea and Vietnam so that issue is contentious and leads to convolution as you say....). I tend to diverge I know...and use ellipses...

Now, where was I? The bombing was so terrible that all the non-Jewish Germans in shelters were killed. The people (mother and daughter whose father was not Jewish and in the German air-force, another irony); were able to get away. They had been called up by the Nazis and that they knew meant they were being sent to the gas chambers.

But the Allied bombing was so intense and the effect so terrible (mainly for civilians by the way, it was aimed at civilians in a revenge attack when the Germans were beaten to all intents and the policy was abandoned as being of not much military value): so terrible that they were able to escape. This in some ways showed their superiority if anything to many other Germans who perished. Or maybe not. It also involved luck as well as some nous. A direct hit on their house and they were gone - cooked to cinders, writhing in phosphorus in agonizing deaths. So what was trying to kill them saved them.

But it was not a miracle, just a lottery. Luck, chance, serendipity and so on.

So what liberated them was the destruction of their own house and city. It was luck. One of those ironies of fortune.

That my sentence was convoluted or not is not important as it was knocked out pretty quickly and I think most people reading it would find it easy enough.

You seem to want to make an issue of a lot of these relatively trivial matters.

The Roman thing you quoted was good enough also. True it was a bit long and a little confusing. But I suspect that is part of the translation process. Latin is written in any order and even though I did Latin for 4 years I have difficulty seeing how certain poems are translated (for example). I mean say those of Catullus, Martial, Ovid and others. Caesar's sentences may have been tightened up by a better translator but translation is always a fraught subject.

Oct-20-18
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  Jonathan Sarfati: Boethius' "Consolation of Philosophy", written around the boundary of the Classical and Medieval periods, was incredibly popular in Europe for the next thousand years. Even King Alfred and Queen Elizabeth I translated into their versions of English. One remarkable thing was the re-affirmation of Ptolemy's proof that compared to the distance to the stars, the earth was a mere speck. So don't fret about the machinations of the rulers on this speck.
Oct-20-18
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  offramp: <Jonathan Sarfati: Boethius' "Consolation of Philosophy", written around the boundary of the Classical and Medieval periods, was incredibly popular in Europe for the next thousand years.>

Boethius is mentioned frequently in J K Toole's humorous book <A Confederacy of Dunces>.

Dec-20-18
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  Richard Taylor: <Jonathan Sarfati: Boethius' "Consolation of Philosophy", written around the boundary of the Classical and Medieval periods, was incredibly popular in Europe for the next thousand years. Even King Alfred and Queen Elizabeth I translated into their versions of English. One remarkable thing was the re-affirmation of Ptolemy's proof that compared to the distance to the stars, the earth was a mere speck. So don't fret about the machinations of the rulers on this speck.>

Yes. As <offramp> notes it is in J K Toole clever book which I have but only part read. Also didn't finish Boethius which I have also. All these unfinished books! It actually looks interesting as a form. A mix of poetry and prose, and a kind of dialogue. Boethius was leaning in some ways away from Christian concepts to a more 'pagan' kind of stoicism. But that is a summary of something I read by a writer on philosophy (F. C. Coplestone) who wrote a long series of books about philosophy.

Dec-22-18
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  Travis Bickle: <Richard Taylor> Are you looking to get Fu@%ed up or are you kidding?

I thought you were a friend of mine...

Dec-22-18
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  Susan Freeman: <Richard Taylor> excuse me for interrupting. Moderators are always incognito.
Dec-23-18
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  Richard Taylor: <Travis> Of course it was a joke. I thought it might enliven the monotony of the Kibitzer's Cafe...but you have been warned!
Dec-23-18
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  Richard Taylor: <Susan Freeman: <Richard Taylor> excuse me for interrupting. Moderators are always incognito.> Bother and blast! I blew my cover!
Dec-23-18
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  perfidious: Dang, <Richard>, yer up agin it now!!
Dec-25-18
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  Richard Taylor: <perfidious: Dang, <Richard>, yer up agin it now!!> Such is life...
Dec-30-18
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  Wayne Power: Hi Richard,

Seasons Greetings to you and the gang!

I see that Paul Spiller has been awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit in today's New Year's Honours List. He has been a quiet achiever for organising chess here and overseas for over 50 years that I can remember.

Dec-31-18  kereru: Hi,

Do you have, or do you know anyone who has, issues of NZ Chess magazine from 1975? I think they've got everything on line from 1976 onwards. https://newzealandchess.co.nz/nzche...

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