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Member since Apr-30-07 · Last seen Nov-30-20
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 800 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-29-20 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
   Nov-20-20 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
Cibator: <HeMateMe: <Your thoughts on <The Troubles> Harry? was it really worth it to keep northern Ireland in the United Kingdom? Seems like a lot of men and money went down the drain for no good reason>> While <Hazz> is pondering his answer you can have mine, for ...
   Nov-11-20 Olivia Smith vs T Kett, 2007
Cibator: Has this result been given correctly? In the final position Black is a whole piece ahead with a monster passed pawn two squares from queening. Did he lose on time?
   Oct-27-20 Peicho Chonev Peev
Cibator: The various puns based on "peeve" don't work if his last name is spoken correctly. It's something more like PAY-ev. (Or "Pev", as Bulgarian-born UK journalist Gerri* Peev apparently pronounces it.) *That's with a hard "G".
   Oct-07-20 Daria Charochkina
Cibator: Deep question: Possible answer: when you're still a chess unknown but get some games published?
   Sep-30-20 Enamul Hossain
Cibator: Will he be painting the town red to celebrate his birthday?
   Aug-30-20 B Eley vs Uhlmann, 1972
Cibator: Unforgettable sight, those white knights stranded at opposite ends of the long diagonal.
   Aug-03-20 Michael Vilenchuk vs R J Moon, 2011
Cibator: To tank R Moon.
   Jul-23-20 R Beach
Cibator: Richard A Beach, born Liverpool 1943. British U-18 champion 1961. Seemingly inactive since 2013, despite maintaining a rating of around 2100 right up until then.
   Jul-22-20 Ligonis Berzins (replies)
Cibator: <<jessicafischerqueen:>He said on one occasion the kettle actually melted down because his dad was so absorbed he forgot to take it off the stove.> He was in good company. According to Mark Lewisohn, John Lennon too once "boiled the arse off the kettle" during a short ...
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