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|Jul-02-12|| ||Richard Taylor: < Benzol: <Richard> I don't have an FIDE card. I don't really think I need one either. Sorry to hear you can't afford to run your heater. Dad has our one going just about 24/7. I'm shuddering to think about the next power bill. Nic Croad has got 2 IM norms. I don't think it will be long before he gets the title. Puchen has pulled out of the upcoming Olympiad. Paul Garbett is going to replace him. The NZ team this time is stronger than some of the ones that have been sent previously but I don't think it is the strongest team we could have had. It'll be interesting to see how they fare. >|
I folded and got a heater! Give my regards to Peter!
Croad is a strong player. Garbett beat Ben Hague who is rapidly becoming NZs highest rated player...(I missed a way to put a lot of pressure on him in a game we had.) It'll be good for Luke and the others. Puchen Wang was or is a good player but I think he is probably not so interested in chess as a main career now. We will do well for a small country (where chess is not very significant to say the least!).
I haven't played serious chess for about three weeks now!
I have about 4000 very good books on all kinds of subjects (excluding my own on literature, art, history science and of course chess etc) and I intend to get rid of them some way -Trade Me, to other booksellers, auctions etc etc as I need more room in this house... I do have a few chess books I don't want that are quite good.
I am toying with playing in the NI. Not sure.
All the best to you and Peter!
|Jul-03-12|| ||cormier: i did a tri of my books and films ..... tks G|
|Jul-05-12|| ||Richard Taylor: Cormier - interesting comments - I don't dispute that Christians cant be intelligent but I see all people having religious beliefs as such to "brain washed"...by that I mean those who believe in an uncorroborated deity. I do understand that people seek "faith". I get as far as seeing the universe a mysterious, possibly beautiful (or monstrous, depending on how one sees it, or maybe how one is feeling! (or how old one is)) and so on but I tend to share Schopenhaur's consideration of the (excessive?) predominance of "evil" or suffering etc (Darwin was a Christian! And one of his problems with his own world view was that all life forms on earth throughout history - that is billions of years - suffer - even Richard Dawkins has trouble with that - as I do) so he and Nietzsche to some extent adopted a form of Buddhism. (And we have also the problem of Grace.)|
Some interesting thinkers in politics, poetics, literature etc, such as Terry Eagleton have gained a lot of their "moral force" etc from their religious back ground but it can just as easily lead to "evil" or "wrongness"...In Miss Lonely Hearts by Nathanael West "Lonelyhearts" struggles to believe in Jesus Christ but in the end there are too many questions and contradictions. Nor is "art" a solution (Adorno's question (or cri de coeur?) as to whether we can have art after Auschwitz can be mentioned here)...I am afraid we can be sure of nothing Comrade Cormier.
I used to read stories (Father Brown stories - a gift from my sister who is a card carrying Christian) by Chesterton and I read the introductions he gave to Dickens' novels when I was a boy. Victor Hugo (not a Christin I don't think, but certainly a socialist of some kind) is almost a "progressive" in his novels, and his poetry is very great also.
Dr. Wayne Dyer (popular psychologist etc) talks of "existential aloneness...hence he is perhaps looking back to Sartre.
But I am not a "hard atheist" like Dawkins...I share the darkness and doubt sometimes of Shakespeare..of Titus Andronicus! and Hamlet and Macbeth....you can see the influence of Ovid and the deep contradictions and brilliance of the inventor the essay form - Michel Montaigne.
Which is not to mention his descendents such as Foucault, Barthes and Derrida etc!! or Heidegger (Influenced by Hegel and Husserl) (talking of Nazis!)who influenced Sartre. I also read The Ethics by Spinoza (which is modeled on Euclid's method of Geometry with axioms and so on...(but of course his parallel line theorem was disproved and we now have Riemennian space etc, which Einstein utilized).
Or the pre-Socratic Greeks such as Heraclitus who believed War or struggle was good and Fire and in the constant change or flux of all things...
Science hasn't wiped out religion, that is simplistic [science is great but it can never get to the quidditas, which I believe Kant maintained also] but it was certainly pivotal in causing human beings to rethink their world view. We have to accept The Divinia Commedia as allegorical as indeed Dorothy Parker does (I read her version of that book or epic poem...
We haven't even started on Kafka (or a a favourite of mine Beckett!) yet or Descartes! Or another one I love - St Augustine!! Talk about a leaper of faith!! Or Camus of The Outsider!! (L'Etranger)...
|Jul-08-12|| ||cormier: http://www.youtube.com/watch?featur... 1 of 3 seek and find ... tks G|
|Aug-19-12|| ||cormier: <<<<Prv 9:1-6> Wisdom has built her house, she has set up her seven columns;
she has dressed her meat, mixed her wine,
yes, she has spread her table.>
She has sent out her maidens; she calls
from the heights out over the city:
"Let whoever is simple turn in here;
To the one who lacks understanding, she says,
Come, eat of my food,
and drink of the wine I have mixed!>
Forsake foolishness that you may live;
advance in the way of understanding.">
|Aug-21-12|| ||Benzol: Hi <Richard>. Good to hear that you're back in harness so to speak. A few weeks ago I got roped in to play for HPCC in the A-grade interclub. Played on board six against Waitakere CC. I've been busy here with the updating of rounds and dates on various tournament collections. It will be good when these collections eventually go " live ".|
|Aug-21-12|| ||Benzol: Here's a list of what you can look forward to : Game Collection: Tournaments Updated with Round/Date Information|
|Aug-23-12|| ||Richard Taylor: <Benzol> Thanks! You could write a book about some of those Chess tournaments. A lot haven't been annotated very well.|
I went in on Monday but Hans Gao wasn't there so I played a fast game vs. Judy as Ewen wanted her to practice. The trouble was I thought we were playing a more or less Standard time control and it wasn't until I looked at the clock and saw I had only minute or so that I started playing too quickly and lost, meanwhile I was writing down my moves as that (supposedly) was part of the practice. Really stupid by Ewen. I missed a main game, and lost a relatively trivial game...
Ewen is obsessed with chess "progress" but he forgets that we are all paying members no matter what our rating or our status - and many of our representatives only get there because their parents have plenty the cash or they can get time off work.
His attitude constitutes a form of "Ageism" which I consider to be a form of discrimination as bad as that say against women or those of another race. I am going to raise the issue with Paul Spiller and the Race Relations Commissioner.
Why is it that players such as myself and Pat Young and others are neglected in favour of young players? These young players will all grow old and die - some of them might even die before I do...a lot of our higher rated players are really getting quite old and we don't have much to replace them as the "juniors" leave to work or study. Or like Luke Li and Bobby Cheng they shoot over to Australia... So we don't need to be concerned about who "achieves" in NZ - achievement in chess in NZ is an oxymoron.
See Kasparov getting arrested!!
|Aug-25-12|| ||cormier: <<<<<<<<<Rv 21:9b-14> The angel spoke to me, saying, "Come here.>
I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb."> He took me in spirit to a great, high mountain
and showed me the holy city Jerusalem
coming down out of heaven from God.>
It gleamed with the splendor of God.>
Its radiance was like that of a precious stone,
like jasper, clear as crystal.>
It had a massive, high wall,
with twelve gates where twelve angels were stationed
and on which names were inscribed,
the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel.> There were three gates facing east,
three north, three south, and three west.>
The wall of the city had twelve courses of stones as its foundation, on which were inscribed the twelve names
of the twelve Apostles of the Lamb.>
|Aug-29-12|| ||Richard Taylor: Ya got that goddam ol' religin bad Cormi' - tak a dose a tha' salts ol' boy!|
|Aug-29-12|| ||Richard Taylor: I am very proud of this:
<drik> You mouth the most awesome crapulous and viscous drivel since God deigned to shovel guts up inside Homo Wankus...Nunn is a hopeless slobbering Pommy bastard who since his stroke and his galloping dotage cant even remember how to move the chess pieces. To put it kindly: "You and he are full of crap.">
Thanks to <sofouuk> for rescuing this and treasuring it for me. Greatly indebted.
|Sep-05-12|| ||cormier: The image is seared in Colombian minds: The country's president sits on a big stage looking glum, hands folded in his lap, next to an empty chair. <who's on the chair?> - 62 days to U.S. elections|
|Sep-12-12|| ||cormier: €500-bln eurozone bailout gets green light in Germany - YouTube |
► 6:26► 6:26 www.youtube.com/watch?v=9s4GlSi6K44...gdata
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|Sep-17-12|| ||cormier: GENEVA — United Nations human rights investigators said today they had drawn up a new secret list of Syrians and military units suspected of committing war crimes who ought to be prosecuted.|
The independent investigators, led by Paulo Pinheiro, said they had gathered “a formidable and extraordinary body of evidence” and urged the UN Security Council to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
|Sep-26-12|| ||Richard Taylor: Cormier - Don't worry about Syria it's a Civil war nothing to do with us. |
Don't read the news or watch it too much. Most of it is irrelevant.
|Sep-26-12|| ||Benzol: <Richard> Rumours about my demise are greatly exaggerated. I've been speading most of my time here updating historic tournaments. See Game Collection: Historical Tournaments 1: Fully Updated for a summary of the efforts <Phony Benoni>, <Calli>, <crawfb5>, others and myself have been making in the last two months or so. We hope that <chessgames> will start to release these tournaments soon for general kibitzing by the members.|
|Sep-28-12|| ||Richard Taylor: Aha! I've been losing every game I play OTB not sure the reason. I play FM Ben Hague on Monday. |
The George Trundle is starting tomorrow and Ewen is playing so I'm doing a coaching session he does on Saturdays at Onehunga. I did it last year when he was in hospital.
The paradox is that I still greatly prefer seeing games in a book. I have a book of Karpov's games which are very good. But I reckon you and Phony etc could write some books of those tournaments (for Gambit or?): I like the idea of going through those games. I played through all (or most of Tarrasch's games (Vic and I enjoyed that book the most) and all of Alekhine's and those of Keres.
But you are all doing a good job of collating and recording. I still come across games referred to in Opening books that are not on here though, while the GM is.
I might stop OTB chess...and just study games and problems. Or I might coach chess...not sure. I still do quite well in Blitz games on FICS if I'm not tired.
How is Peter?
|Sep-29-12|| ||Benzol: <Richard> Dad is doing OK. It's his birthday tomorrow so I'll probably take him out for Sunday lunch. Are any of the games from the George Trundle being broadcast live?|
|Oct-04-12|| ||Richard Taylor: HI Benzol! Belated regards to Peter! Sorry, I've "been away" I lost to Ben Hague but it was an interesting game and I had a good position when I made an inaccurate move.|
The games - top 5 or so are live each day from about 2 pm...Ewen Green missed winning against Luke Li in the complex Botvinnik var of the Slav...Luke played a good game to beat both Steadman and ex Aussie Champ Gary Lane. Ewen in time trouble blew a good game versus Johansen today while Bruce Watson wisely took a draw versus Luke.
Hague, who also beat Ewen (and me, at the ACC! (Winter Cup last round), Hague is doing well and had a draw versus GM Johansen.
Chess is a tough game!
|Oct-18-12|| ||Benzol: <Richard> Thanks for the note in my forum. Good luck in the Merv Morrison.|
|Oct-19-12|| ||Richard Taylor: <Benzol> I had a very long game against Hans Gao and was going back to possibly draw the ending or even win in some lines when I simply dropped a rook! But I played nice end game plan...|
Hans and I were so tired Hans nearly missed that the rook was en prise!
At one point I threatened a Q sac wing a N or he was mated but he saw it (I;m pretty sure). Well I played better than last time.
|Oct-22-12|| ||Benzol: <Richard> How'd you get on in the end at the Merv Morrison? Did any of the old tyros do any good or did the kids wipe the stripes off the old tigers?|
|Oct-22-12|| ||Richard Taylor: Hi not very well. The trouble is as I haven't worked for about 40 years it is hard getting up early and by the time I play I'm knackered. So I lost some games uncharacteristically. The field wasn't strong and only Hans Gao and the young German player are very good. Hague cruised through to win as usual (I've seen some of his games in Britain where e.g. eh beat Plaskett in nice game). I think Hans Gao (who I dropped a rook to in a position I had some good chances), the Kraut, and one Edison Yang came in second.|
I played a brilliant sacrificial game against Roy Seabrook. He threatened to fork my Q and R so I decided to continue with my attack and sacrifice it. Now the exchange sac was sound but then I sacrificed a B (I thought I was winning and I almost was an neither I nor Roy found the right defence for him): he defended as I thought and then he went wrong so now I sacrificed another rook!!
Now I was then all but winning. The computer finds a defence for Roy but I couldn't see it the next day. He found the only move and I then missed the only move that was either winning or if he was very artful it was a draw.... but I miscalculated and had to resign!
But it was a fascinating game.
|Oct-22-12|| ||Richard Taylor: I was also two pawns down vs Bob Gibbons but I set up some traps and caught him sleeping and won his B so he had 3 pawns for B but 2 pawns were doubled - I offered him draw immediately as I felt bit sorry for him but he wanted to play on. Now in theory I probably had a fairly easy win (but it would require quite some time on the clock, and I didn't want to play on for hours...I took 2 draws so I could get away early or at least not play long games) but I have been bit shaky lately so I just repeated checks and took the 1/2 point.|
[Bob certainly outplayed me in the opening and indeed most of the game I was bad]
I noted I played better (mostly) after Saturday as I got more sleep...but Friday I only slept 3 hours.
Still, not bad for a tourney seeing I haven't played serious chess games very much and certainly no weekenders this year.
|Oct-22-12|| ||Richard Taylor: Wayne Power did well - and got a grade prize. Gino played too quickly (no need the time control gave us masses of time with the unusual 1 minute increments) and lost to Edison Yang. Helen ("he [unnammable English GM one at least of whom you and know! Think of a Barry Crump book!] an arrogant English bastard") Milligan did pretty well and held the Jerry to a draw. He played that Na5 move against the Rossolimo - I tried it once against Bruce Wheeler - I saw analysis of it in a "new in Chess once"...Kozul or Kosuth or someone plays it a lot or used to.|
Wayne's off to the Seniors soon in Mt Manganui. Helen is playing also. Not sure who else.
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