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ARival
Member since Jun-20-06 · Last seen Oct-29-19
my name is David Taylor [anagram -A Rival Toddy] Im also from Auckland NZ & yes I know Richard Taylor [no relation] Benzol & Stanly Yee they all play for the Howick-Pakuranga Chess Club. I go to the Papatoetoe Chess Club but like Richard also play @ the Auckland Chess Center. The Maori name Papatoetoe refers to the "toetoe"a tall type of grass [2 meters or 6ft 6 in height]that grows in big clumps & has on the end of a long brown stem a large "white feather"frond [imagine an albatross wing on the end of a stick] At one time this whole area was covered in a great waving sea of white green & brown,& if you stood on top of Puhinui [big wind] hill, in its center, turned 360,thats all you would see streaching away into the distance. Papa means garden so it translates - the garden of toetoe [pronouced toy toy] Today its houses suburbia & a concrete water tank on top of Puhinui hill. During the war the Americans built an army camp at Puhinui,complete with roads & everything.They lived in little A framed wooden huts, which were later sold to the public for temporary housing to use while their new homes were being built. We lived in one.Though it was quite snug you could only walk upright down the middle.It had no running water - fill the bucket at a tap by the gate -no electricity used lamps & cooked on a single ring kerosene primus stove.Outside longdrop toilet & bath once a week @ the railway public bath house. Some people put 2 or 3 huts together to make a small home. We later moved to Camp Bun in Panmure another ex American base that was still working long after they had gone.It had a movie theatre,shop,playground with swings,laundry,seperate toilet & shower blocks,paved roads,even electricty in the 2 bedroom woodpaneled units. Just like a little town.

Ive been playing this game on & off for many years but never consistently to amount to much. After a break because of illness Ive decided to give it one more go.Im not up to Richard,Benzol or Stanlys standard but sometimes Ihave my moments. Suppose I cant be totally hopeless I did manage to come 2nd = in the 2006 NZ Seniors Championship so that cant be too bad. However many of the best players didnt compete so the title is a little inflated. One in particlar-Richard Sutton [2263] from Otago is easily the best senior player in the country. The cost of travel & accomodation could be a restrictive factor,though some here in Auckland chose not to compete for some reason.[maybe the $60 entry fee was too high for those on a pension]

Of the players I like - Paul Morphy,Charousek,Nezhmitdinov,Tal,Fischer,Geller- ,the Polgar sisters & a guy called Jacob Yuchtman.


   ARival has kibitzed 93 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-12-12 Benzol chessforum (replies)
 
ARival: hi Richard come and play at Papatoetoe,its only $2 per Wed night for "a cuppa & bickkie". Check out http://papatoetoechessclub.co.nz the A Grade Inter Club R1 games are posted.
 
   Jun-15-10 Richard Taylor chessforum (replies)
 
ARival: hi Richard when did John Robinson die? Played for Papatoetoe against him in the 1993 inter-club when he was with Waitemata.He misplayed an Alekhines Defence allowing me to exchange down to a won pawn ending. Bob Smith their Captain was very upset and abusive,thought John might ...
 
   May-19-09 Morphy vs James Thompson, 1859 (replies)
 
ARival: 26.Bb2 Qg1+ 27.Kc2 is that any good?
 
   Feb-03-09 Tal vs Hecht, 1962 (replies)
 
ARival: Hecht was a guest @ Benzols club last night & gave a lecture on this game, 'after 18. ...b5 he got up & went for a walk,Tal thought for about 45 minutes then played 19.exf6. When that move appeared on the big monitors everyone descended on the game' The position was the subject ...
 
   Nov-19-08 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
 
ARival: <Travis Bickle> the British Press coined the phrase "all in black" when reporting on the 1905 team. Munster defeated the All Blacks in 1978 & came close again the other night. <arrigato> thanks for the book sale, how do we get in touch with you or see a list of the ...
 
   Nov-03-08 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
 
ARival: hi thankyou for your Fischer collection.I lived through those times and remember the games electrifing the world.Everybody was always saying things like "have you seen Bobbys game against ...."or "hey did you read about this new idea hes come up with against the ...." thanks for the ...
 
   Oct-16-08 Anand - Kramnik World Championship Match (2008) (replies)
 
ARival: Can anyone tell me where i can get a copy of these " Sofia Rules" thanks
 
   Dec-20-07 Santa Claus (replies)
 
ARival: Dear Santa its me again <Phony Benoni> just told me that the position is from Wade v Korchnoi 1960 so that mystery's solved. Though why youve been on a diet still a puzzle. but Happy New Year to go with the Merry Christmas.
 
   Nov-25-07 W Ramsey vs R Taylor, 1963 (replies)
 
ARival: good game Richard! Vaguely remember Bill from my days in Wellington,I should have asked Bruce Kay about him when he was here for the NI Champs. Find out at congress.
 
   Nov-25-07 Hort vs Hartston, 1976 (replies)
 
ARival: never mind the puzzle I dont even understand the end [answer] . What happens after 32. ... Qd6 ? 33.Qxg4+ Kh8?
 
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