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Richard John Sutton vs Richard Taylor
Auckland Easter Tourney (1964), Auckland, New Zealand, rd 5, Mar-29
Queen's Gambit Declined: General (D30)  ·  1-0



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  Richard Taylor: A better plan for Black may have been
10 .. b6 with Bb7.

And 12 ...f5 is probably better than my sacrifice.

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  Richard Taylor: R J Sutton (about 4x NZ Champion) annotated this game in the NZ Ches Mag. about 1963
Apr-28-12  Limpin Kt: A good tactical game. White wisely restricts black's counterplay. <Qb3> in deed hinders black's queen side development.
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  Richard Taylor: < Limpin Kt: A good tactical game. White wisely restricts black's counterplay. <Qb3> in deed hinders black's queen side development. >

Yes Richard Sutton had been NZ Champion and and was known as a great tactician or he loved interesting and or complex games. I had not encountered this opening before (The Catalan).

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  offramp: The mistakes are forgivable because Richard Taylor was only 26 when this game was played.
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  Benzol: <offramp> <The mistakes are forgivable because Richard Taylor was only 26 when this game was played.>

<offramp> I think you mean 16 don't you?

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  Richard Taylor: Yes, in 2 years I gave up chess! (Until 1978 and in the 80s I played some good games but more or less stopped about 1988). Then I started again in 2000! Addictive game.

But in those days as a teenager I really only liked attacking and strategy etc was not for me: I didn't really understand that side of chess. It was an interesting game to play though. Many years later I had a mini match with Sutton to decide the HP Club Champs. He won the 2nd game. I had one draw. But I cant find the games. I recall I played the Black side of the Ruy and played my B to c5 and Richard played Nxe4 which I now think was and is theory. But I didn't study openings very much, and we had quite a wild game which R J won.

Richard was a very nice fellow who became a Professor of Law. He played many lightening games with Rodney Phillips who was a kind of prodigy but committed suicide about 1970 or so I think.

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  Benzol: "Richard Taylor's imaginative play in this tournament marked him as one of our most promising younger players. He is not yet sufficiently at home in complications, but if he continues his games in the same vein this will soon be overcome". - Richard Sutton.
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  Richard Taylor: I'm still not at home in them but still love them! But Suttton loved his complications as well. I recall that comment. I didn't really know how to play against the Catalan, I'd never seen it before. I really didn't play the opening well...Richard also played it against Sarapu I think it was the next round. I think it was his surprise for that tourney as he played all kinds of complex openings.
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  Richard Taylor: Here's the closest game played by Sanda Petronic. At the end against the GM Wang Yue (who has or is the Chinese Champion) she took a draw in a won position so perhaps she was in time trouble:

Wang Yue vs S Petronic, 2001

She had a more conservative approach. My Ne4 and f5 was a rather gauche.

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  Richard Taylor: Grandelius was more successful in the line when Black retreats the B to e7 which is one of the main lines of the Closed Catalan. But "retreat" was a word I'd never heard of in my chess knowledge in those days!

M Ezat vs N Grandelius, 2014

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