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Member since Apr-30-07 · Last seen Dec-02-22
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 904 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-28-22 Steinitz vs Chigorin, 1892
Cibator: Harry Golombek included it in his "The Game Of Chess" as a sample of the mature Steinitz's play. My Penguin edition dating from 1961 (not the most recent) has it starting on p210.
   Nov-15-22 Boris Becker (replies)
Cibator: A few comments. Hitler's real war was in the East, that's where all his main objectives were. The Western front was pretty much an unwanted sideshow in his view. I think he always harboured hopes that Britain would come to some sort of terms and allow him to concentrate on dealing
   Nov-13-22 Anatoly Karpov (replies)
Cibator: <HeMateMe:Anyone remember the Church Chicken chess circuit?> I remember the Church's Fried Chicken tournament in San Antonio, 1972, won jointly by Petrosian, Karpov and Portisch. Thought that was a one-off, though, not part of a circuit. IIRC, Fischer said of it something to ...
   Nov-04-22 Matulovic vs I Bilek, 1967
Cibator: Terence Tiller (under the obvious pseudonym of "T Ellerten-Rice") gave a talk on the BBC's Third Programme in 1960, in the course of which he mentioned having had someone unsuccessfully try this trick on with him.
   Oct-01-22 Von Scheve vs H Fahrni, 1911 (replies)
Cibator: Mate in 4 if White interposes 34.Qc5.
   Sep-28-22 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
   Sep-28-22 A Saidy vs Kraidman, 1973
Cibator: For the original (in every sense) "vacuum-packed development" game, see: M Schoeneberg vs L Day, 1972 Lawrence Day first used the term when annotating this game in Ray Keene's book of the 1972 Olympiad.
   Sep-23-22 Taimanov vs Kaidanov, 1988 (replies)
Cibator: <Tired Tim: Oh yes, I've read that book by Nimzowitch - "My Cistern" or something> .... but of course he had some help in writing it from Walter John .
   Sep-22-22 Severin Hertzsprung
Cibator: Not to be confused with his son Ejnar, who WAS able to pursue a career in astronomy, and developed the well-known Hertzsprung-Russell diagram relating star magnitudes and temperatures.
   Sep-20-22 John Carson Rather
Cibator: “I'd rather have rather have rather” said the Inspectre who was a gourmless.
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