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|Nov-01-14|| ||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?
|Nov-02-14|| ||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.
|Nov-07-14|| ||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.
|Dec-02-14|| ||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.|
|Dec-06-14|| ||Benzol: <Richard> Only just caught your message at my forum. I shall follow the Championship and your progress with great interest.|
|Dec-08-14|| ||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...
CG.com 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 NoŽl ...|
|Dec-31-14|| ||Benzol: He is playing Allan Stig Rasmussen at this very moment. Go <Richard>!|
|Jan-01-15|| ||Domdaniel: You had a real go at Rasmussen, Richard. Worried him, I suspect. Keep it up...|
|Jan-05-15|| ||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.
|Jan-06-15|| ||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.|
|Jan-09-15|| ||keypusher: I was impressed: Allen Chi Zhou Fan vs R Taylor, 2015|
Look forward to seeing more of your games in the future, Richard.
|Jan-10-15|| ||Richard Taylor: <keypusher> Thanks. I followed the other players (method against the Reti) who played Allen. (I wrote more about this somewhere on CG.com but I've forgotten where...)|
|Feb-07-15|| ||Richard Taylor: <keypusher> I have much better games than that (and lot worse!) but I had about 7 or more games that involved Q sacrifices and a number of combinative games but I haven't got around to uploading them. |
But I will also upload good and interesting games that were lost by me or were draws, as indeed those draws can be interesting and also some of the games I lost were very interesting struggles. (No one though wants to see rubbish games I either won lost or drew so they can go into bin 13!)
|Feb-07-15|| ||Richard Taylor: <mistermac> Has lost his wig which depletes me pome ov som ov its meanin' or at least wot mean'n it did ave iff if add any...|
|Feb-19-15|| ||Benzol: <Richard> I see you've faced Caroline Yan before. c.f. R Taylor vs C Yan, 2015
She's also drawn with Phil Hair so I'm guessing that she must be stronger than her rating implies. Is she one of Ewen's glittering battalion?|
|Feb-20-15|| ||Richard Taylor: Yes, but she isn't very good. I had a won position about move 8 I think and it was a comedy of errors. It was one of the few games I managed to get in time trouble. |
What she did in the games she won was in a few games to set some cheapo traps and at least one old bloke fell for it.
In the game above she was massively behind in time in what is a quite bad position. He Be7 is wrong. She clearly, if she is one of Ewens, is not doing her homework.
But for her age, I think she is about 10, she plays well and is sharp.
I really have no idea why I lost that game, Leo Zhang is (playing strength over 2000) about the same age and I concentrated and the game was drawn.
If you look at that game carefully the only really significant move she made was to attack 2 pawns, a move I had missed but it is still not good and after she plays Qf3 I could have won with Ne5. There are other points I could have won and the ending even right down near the end was drawn only but I stuffed it playing too quickly, not sure why as I had enough time.
But it is one of those things, sometimes they play well, and she does concentrate very well.
|Feb-20-15|| ||Richard Taylor: The game I refer to in 'If you look at that game...' is the game I played on Monday, which was a terrible game by me...I may as well have resigned on move one, except that the ending was unusual.|
Her opening of Qc2 and then Bg5 if it is a Ewen Green idea is nonsense.
I really don't think he is a very good chess coach. Now Leonard McClaren is very good and patient. But I think Ewen fails to explain what their openings are, so in the previous game she was in the French and didn't head into some very interesting and sharp lines that are well known but nevertheless complex for both sides and as she is sharp, would be good. As it was I got bored waiting for her to move, and in that heat, made an elementary blunder, one of the few I made in that tournament, except for my game against William Li, so I had to sue for a draw.
But while she played more quickly on Monday, her opening was not very good, and her opening line in the previous game was certainly not right. Black in the French needs (as a main plan in that line) to attack white's pawn chain with cxd4 and say a Bb4+ as in the game I think it was Alekhine-Capablanca 1938 AVRO when Alekhine played Kf1 and went on to destroy black (Capa). But there is also f6 at the right moment and that leads to very complex play with Black threatening check mate attacks on the K-side.
In the game we played that variation starting Qc2 then d5 is answered (mostly) by other moves. Bg5 is o.k. but not dangerous for White.
|Feb-20-15|| ||Richard Taylor: Just realised you only have the game in January. Here's my game played on Monday:|
[Event "Summer Cup ACC 2015"]
[Site "ACC, Auckland,NZ"]
[White "Caroline Yan"]
[Black "Richard Taylor"]
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 d5 5. Bg5 c5 6. a3 Bxc3+ 7. bxc3 h6 8.
Bxf6 Qxf6 9. cxd5 exd5 10. e3 O-O 11. Ne2 Bf5 12. Qb3 Nc6 13. Qxd5 cxd4 14.
cxd4 Rfe8 15. Qf3 Qe6 16. Rd1 Rad8 17. Nf4 Qb3 18. Be2 Qc3+ 19. Rd2 Be4 20.
Qg3 Qxa3 21. O-O Qa5 22. Rb2 Qc7 23. Nh5 Qxg3 24. Nxg3 Bd5 25. Bb5 g6 26.
Bxc6 bxc6 27. Ra1 Rb8 28. Rab1 Rxb2 29. Rxb2 a5 30. Rb1 a4 31. Ra1 Bb3 32.
Kf1 f5 33. Ke2 Ra8 34. Ra3 Rb8 35. Kd2 Rb4 36. Ne2 Bd5 37. Nf4 Rb2+ 38. Ke1
Bb3 39. Nxg6 Rb1+ 40. Ke2 Rb2+ 41. Kf3 Bd5+ 42. Kg3 Ra2 43. Rxa2 Bxa2 44.
Ne7+ Kf7 45. Nxc6 a3 46. Nb4 Bb3 47. Kf4 Ke6 48. g4 fxg4 49. Kxg4 Bd1+ 50.
Kf4 Bb3 51. h4 a2 52. Nxa2 Bxa2 53. f3 Kd5 54. Kg4 Bc4 55. Kf5 Bd3+ 56. Kf4
Bg6 57. Kg4 Bd3 58. Kh5 Be2 59. Kxh6 Bxf3 60. Kg5 Ke4 61. h5 Kxe3 62. h6
Be4 63. d5
There I miscounted, as white is in trouble really after 15 moves. So 15. ... Ne5 leads to a strong if not winning attack by Black. Also 19. ... Bc2 is winning. And I had a win with 41. ... Ra2 which is why I played as I had done! Otherwise if she hadn't played 41. Kf3? then it is a draw. 57. ... Bd3?? was played quickly otherwise 57...Bf7 is a draw.
But she understands the basic tactics, and some ending techniques, and so on and could well be a strong player when she is older. Her sister plays also.
|Mar-23-15|| ||Richard Taylor: So in the Summer Cup I beat Rodney Li, Don Eade, Keith Ward, and Paul MacDonald. I lost to Caroline Yan and Daniel Gong. I drew with Leo Zhang. So I got 4.5 out of 7 which was quite good. |
Daniel Gong won every game in B2 (our lot) and Alphaeus Ang won every game in B1.
Bruce Watson won the seniors ahead of Michael Steadman, Alexei Kulashko, Ben Hague, Nathan Goodhue, William Li and Hans Gao.
|Apr-15-15|| ||Benzol: <Richard> All the best for the Seniors tournament tomorrow.|
|Apr-17-15|| ||Richard Taylor: Thanks, after 3 games have only mangaed 0.5! So...|
|Apr-19-15|| ||Benzol: <Richard> Looks like you've done much better in the latter rounds. Good on you. Keep it up.|
|Apr-19-15|| ||Richard Taylor: Thanks Benzol, I was depressed losing the first 2 games, but I held on, won the next two and drew the last 2 games. |
I was a bit lucky against Paul Spiller today as he was 2 pawns up but as usual in time pressure so I decided to play on, so to speak, and got him with a counter attack which nearly wont the game! I attacked a piece and threatened mate in one, then I sacrificed a rook to force a draw...or if he didn't get a draw he was under a dangerous attack.
Then against Stuart I had a lot of pressure against his Taimanov Bastrikov but couldn't quite got through. This year I didn't sacrifice and just kept the pressure on, I had the 2 Bs and a slightly better ending but I decided to take the draw as he was coming back into the game. He is still a force to be reckoned with and defends very well.
So I had 2 wins, three draws, and 2 losses. So 3.5 which is not bad considering my relatively poor start...
McClaren won with about 5.5. one of those points was against me! So, interesting.
The most exciting game possibly was the last one as Nigel Cooper tried to win ( he had about 5 pawns, one passed, and Hilton Bennett had 4 pawns and they both had queens so he tried for ages to win and it caught every one's attention, of course, in the end Antonio Krstev showed him how he could have one in a million ways! But it was almost a titanic effort by Nigel who is quite elderly now and played above himself so to speak...Nigel and I last played in the NZ School Pupils Champs in Christurch (and also we played a game about 1964 I think)...
|Apr-21-15|| ||Wayne Power: Hello Richard and all.
Here is a hack that worked on my system with Chess Viewer Delux version 2 which may or may not work on your XP but is pretty hairy either way:
1) Windows 7 (maybe XP, 8 or 8.1 too).
2) Java version 8, Update 45.
3) Firefox browser (Chrome is known not to support this Java).
4) Firefox AdBlock disabled for Chessgames.
5) Click on particular game.
6) Wait patiently for about 2-3 minutes (NB!!).
It'll be great when they fix it properly.
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