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Cibator
Member since Apr-30-07 · Last seen Nov-29-21
Londoner by birth and upbringing, Current place of residence: lower North Island, New Zealand.

Learned chess from school-fellows plus some reading to get the rules completely clear. Made the usual progress of mediocrity thru school, university and workplace teams, ending with several seasons in suburban league chess in north London. Even at best my rating was never higher than 164 BCF (a bit over 1900 FIDE). Some successes in restricted-entry events, including first place at one Ilford under-160. Plus I won the National Association of Boys’ Clubs title in the 1960s (good timing there - the following the year the field included two future FMs).

Gave up competitive play after leaving the UK in 1977. But there was one more chess-related hurrah. In the 1980s I won the NZ Mastermind quiz title, taking as my main specialist subject the history of our great game since 1450.

My favourite players include Fischer, Miles, Capablanca and Pillsbury - basically anyone who can blend tactics and strategy into a seamless and harmonious whole. (I know darn well I can't!!)


   Cibator has kibitzed 842 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-27-21 Saint-Amant vs Staunton, 1843 (replies)
 
Cibator: UK artists Gilbert and George live at no 8 Fournier Street in London's East End. They have largely transformed the house back to its original 18th-century state. See: https://www.theguardian.com/artandd...
 
   Nov-25-21 Carlsen - Nepomniachtchi World Championship Match (2021) (replies)
 
Cibator: Tie-break suggestion: each player sits in a separate room and takes the same time-limit playing white against AlphaZero. Whoever lasts the greater number of moves wins.
 
   Nov-16-21 Smyslov vs Tal, 1964
 
Cibator: <<perfidious>:Don't know whether or not that was so, but scoring two-thirds of the possible points in a zonal was good for the title, the way most players from the Canadian, Asian and African zones got theirs, through the 1980s.> It was also how the UK got its first new ...
 
   Nov-15-21 Savielly Tartakower
 
Cibator: I've scrolled right through the 15 (to date) pages of comment, and not found a single reference to one of Tartakower's less endearing characteristics, namely that he had a gambling problem. Golombek dealt with this in some depth in a BBC radio talk, subsequently reprinted in "Chess ...
 
   Nov-06-21 F W Viney vs H Gook, 1926 (replies)
 
Cibator: <“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it--always.” ? Mahatma Gandhi> True, as far as it ...
 
   Nov-03-21 A Kubbel vs E Kubbel, 1914
 
Cibator: <SChesshevsky> correctly cites the "Scottish play" as source for the pun. When my class was studying it, this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3R... was in the charts. We were strongly tempted to break into a chorus of the song at the appropriate point in the play, but ...
 
   Nov-02-21 Lisa Lane (replies)
 
Cibator: Anne Sunnucks's "Encyclopedia of Chess", published 1970, had a longer entry for Ms Lane than it did for Spassky.
 
   Nov-01-21 Harry Klass (replies)
 
Cibator: QI-style sirens for the knee-jerk pun. ;-)
 
   Oct-19-21 Barbero vs Larsen, 1991 (replies)
 
Cibator: <al wazir: When I can't tell the dark squares from the light, I'll have to quit playing chess.> If that happens, you could always take up its direct ancestor, "Chaturanga" instead. That didn't use a chequered board until after it arrived in Europe around the 11th century.
 
   Oct-15-21 Suetin vs T Oim, 1972
 
Cibator: Just noticed I got yesterday's "pun-of-the-day" award, which because of the time zones was a nice birthday present for a few hours here in NZ. Thanks folks!!
 
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