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R A Tony Dowden
Number of games in database: 110
Years covered: 1977 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2056 (2113 rapid, 2103 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2190
Overall record: +46 -36 =28 (54.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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   🏆 New Zealand Open
   Shenyue Li vs R Dowden (Jan-10-16) 0-1
   R Dowden vs N Goodhue (Jan-09-16) 1-0
   S Wastney vs R Dowden (Jan-08-16) 1-0
   T Reilly vs R Dowden (Jan-07-16) 1/2-1/2
   R Dowden vs S Watharow (Jan-06-16) 1-0

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(born Nov-02-1960, 59 years old) New Zealand

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Dr Richard Anthony Dowden is a previous champion of the Tasmanian (closed) championship.

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 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 110  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. C Benson vs R Dowden 0-1171977Otago-Southland Schoolpupils ChB03 Alekhine's Defense
2. R Dowden vs A J Love 0-1411977Otago-Southland Schoolpupils ChA45 Queen's Pawn Game
3. G Bates vs R Dowden  1-0401979South Island ChC00 French Defense
4. R Dowden vs M Foord  1-0421979South Island ChC00 French Defense
5. R Dowden vs A Lloyd  1-0311979NZ Schoolpupils ChB40 Sicilian
6. R Dowden vs D Weegenaar  1-0301980Otago C C ChC12 French, McCutcheon
7. R Dowden vs D Watts  1-0231980Otago C C ChA02 Bird's Opening
8. N H Hopewell vs R Dowden 0-1391980NZ Premier Reserve ChA45 Queen's Pawn Game
9. R Dowden vs J Lichter  1-0411980Otago Premier TtC02 French, Advance
10. R Dowden vs R J Sutton  0-1391980Otago Premier TtC33 King's Gambit Accepted
11. R Dowden vs P R Green  0-147198087th NZL-ch Premier ReserveB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
12. R Dowden vs K Jensen  ½-½311980Otago Anzac OpenC30 King's Gambit Declined
13. G Bates vs R Dowden  0-1461980Otago Anzac OpenA00 Uncommon Opening
14. G G Haase vs R Dowden  1-0301981Otago C C ChA61 Benoni
15. R Dowden vs R Gibbons  1-022198188th NZ Ch Premier ReserveC30 King's Gambit Declined
16. R Dowden vs A J Love  0-139198188th NZ Ch Premier ReserveB20 Sicilian
17. L Cornford vs R Dowden  0-120198188th NZ Ch Premier ReserveB07 Pirc
18. A Lloyd vs R Dowden  0-131198188th NZ Ch Premier ReserveB08 Pirc, Classical
19. R Dowden vs Z Frankel 1-018198188th NZ Ch Premier ReserveC34 King's Gambit Accepted
20. P B Weir vs R Dowden  1-0241981North Island ChB07 Pirc
21. D T Adams vs R Dowden  0-1401981North Island ChA04 Reti Opening
22. M Foord vs R Dowden  1-0481982Otago Easter TtB07 Pirc
23. J Sarfati vs R Dowden  ½-½181982NZL-chC09 French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line
24. R Wansink vs R Dowden  1-0591982Otago Easter TtB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
25. R Dowden vs W Petch 1-0191982Otago Easter TtB22 Sicilian, Alapin
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  Benzol: Happy Birthday Tony.


Apr-29-11  SvetlanaBabe: A slightly bigger fish in a tiny pond (Tasmania population 500,000).

Well done, I guess.

Sep-20-11  technical draw: Cool, another TD. And a doctor too....
Apr-08-15  SvetlanaBabe: A Ph.D in Tasmania is like B.A. from any Victorian university prior to 1990! A complete joke!
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  Jonathan Sarfati: <SvetlanaBabe:> What nonsense. Dr Dowden's qualifications were mostly earned from proper accredited New Zealand universities: DipT Christchurch TC, BSc Otago, BA Massey, GCertUL&T Tas, MEd Otago, EdD Massey. The one exception was the GCertUL&T Tas from Australia, but again a reputable institution.

And the University of Queensland doesn't hire senior lecturers (who would be full professors in American universities) with bogus qualifications. His profile is not hard to find on a web search:

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  Richard Taylor: Svetlana is probably a Russian. In Russia they still do bloodletting...
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  Richard Taylor: The Russians, who are mostly rather challenged peasants (the women get very ugly early and most of the men go mad as in, or a la, Gogol etc)...have "a very simple philosophy"...

Tony is a very nice fellow. I didn't know he was associated with medical things or what he did.

I used to see him around in NZ Tournaments in the good old days.

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  areknames: <The Russians, who are mostly rather challenged peasants (the women get very ugly early and most of the men go mad as in, or a la, Gogol etc)...have "a very simple philosophy"...>

What a nasty, ignorant and racist comment. <Richard Taylor>, you should be ashamed of yourself.

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  keypusher: <areknames> Richard can speak for himself, but I think he was responding to <SvetlanaBabe>'s trolling. I am sure he doesn't believe any of those things.
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  areknames: <keypusher> I realize he was responding to trolling but that's no excuse whatsoever for posting what he did. One just ignores trolls and they go away, or one responds like the always respectful and classy <Jonathan Sarfati> did.
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  perfidious: The posts of <SvetlanaBabe> are, almost without exception, beneath contempt.
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  keypusher: <areknames: <keypusher> I realize he was responding to trolling but that's no excuse whatsoever for posting what he did. One just ignores trolls and they go away, or one responds like the always respectful and classy <Jonathan Sarfati> did.>

I would agree with you, but I've fallen short of Jonathan Sarfati's standards many times in this area.

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  Richard Taylor: Come on, it was a joke. I was thinking of all those pictures of Stalin's mother we all see so much and so on.

Mind you I've got a soft spot for the man of steel...

Georgia, that's where I was thinking of, lots of Svetlanas in Georgia...US and Russia etc...

In any case the only time anyone notices me on here is if I say something outrageous or crazy or whatever: maybe that's why Trolls do what they do.

Some of my best friends are Russians.

But if you cant take a joke you can stuff off. I don't care.

Feb-15-20  Cibator: <Richard Taylor:> [JOKE ALERT!!] You're not a well-known financier and occasional newspaper columnist, by any chance?
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  Richard Taylor: Do you mean the avatar I have? Who is it meant to be? I was Groucho Marx but changed, although I admire Groucho as a commedian, and by coinci. I was watching him on a radio program yesterday...

So I would be interested to know. But otherwise, I wish I was a financier. If you mean the pension money I get or the general debts I a financier. Now here is some sound advice:

don't take ANY advice by me about how to manage money as I have never saved any. Nor did I ever earn much per annum esp. since 1987 when I left my longest employer, that is, the NZ Government...

There is ONE idea that interests me that I got from a maths book (not advanced just about maths and so on). In it the author came to statistics and showed how insurance is almost always a con. Or, we should all maybe think about how much cash we save not paying insurance as against the small odds that a catastrophe will happen.

That is, advertisers work by using "the twin emotions of fear and greed..." which to bring me back to chess, was the phrase the late NZ Master Richard Sutton used once when showing a game he had played once. His opponent was overcome by those twin emotions and lost.

In all this there is probably a message and a meaning but what it is I know not...

If the financier is a Richard Taylor he shares his name with millions of people of the same name!

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  Richard Taylor: That should have been YouTube....("I was watching him on a radio program yesterday..."?!)
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  Richard Taylor: <Cibator> The penny dropped! Realise what you were saying.

Interesting that gentleman...He's not a racist either. I used to sell books and the chap in question used to write quite amusing books about his life, boxing, and he even wrote a novella which I read re his right to go fishing...'The Permit'. I on-sold most of those books.

He likes to be in the limelight from time to time, and throw the odd right at cheeky journos, but he just wanted to be able to say to the press: "Get out of the way!" but he is harmless.

For a milionnaire, or whatever he is, he is just someone who likes to be seen now and then. In the recent case, he realized he had hurt the young woman's feelings so he dropped the defamation case.

His brother is a very talented novelist as you probably know. I wonder how the two get on together?

I thought that the gentleman in question's idea of a Thanksgiving for Pakeha Day by Maori instead of Waitangi Day was very funny...

...Of course it was a joke. Bloody stupid reaction to the old codger from the politically correct fascists. Of course he was just rambling on as he always does. Harmless old curmudgeon is the man in question. Completely harmless. There are worse than him.

He's not a Trump or anything bizarre like that.

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