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Richard Taylor
Member since Feb-14-05 · Last seen Dec-11-19
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Richard Taylor

I live in New Zealand. I was born in the 1940s. So I am now 71.

I have have a Blog - no Chess there as yet but some may find it interesting - it is called "Eyelight"

Here is an interesting political/ poetical / historical/N.Z - Blog - but it also has history about NZ and many other matters it is run by a good friend of mine


But I have quite wide interests. (In fact I had about 50 or more jobs in my life!) I have only been to Fiji in 1973 and New York in 1993. Both fascinating places in different ways. But most of my life I have lived here in Auckland.

I like all styles of play - sometimes in OTB I enjoy the complexities of double-edged tactical stuff - but also enjoy the 'Karpovian' manouevres in slower games - always learning.

As to a favourite players: all the greats are there - Alekhine, Rubinstein, Keres, Capa, Lasker...Fischer of course, Tal, Botvinnik, Smyslov and many others. I have a penchant for Smyslov's and Karpov's games. Fischer and Tal are all important and I have used ideas of both, obviously not at a high level but in average club games.I see some similarities between Fischer and Karpov whose play I like. Kasparov's huge obsession with theory is too much for me, but of course many of his games are very great. There are many good chess players.

I learned with Reinfeld's books and Capa's 'Chess Fundamentals'. I discovered chess while reading 'Through the Looking Glass' by Lewis Carrol. I was about 9 or 10. I then asked my father.."What is chess..." and he didn't really know so we went to libraries to get books and learnt the game and we both became addicts...but not my brother who was actually really naturally talented at chess and mathematics etc. (Not me. I am a "slogger" and learn slowly). He played soccer instead! He is the sane one of the two boys in my family!

I am not a very highly rated player - I have played in two NZ Correspondence Championships and an International Teams Tournament for NZ about 1986.

Chess is a struggle (but when playing try to feel for your opponent -he/she is also struggling) - it is rarely clear who is winning (we know the obvious positions) - most positions it is best to examine "strengths and weaknesses" - improve the position of pieces and so on. Be confidant but VERY wary while playing. Chess is infinite!

Below is a good link to Australian and New Zealand live events. Link:

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   Richard Taylor has kibitzed 13815 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-11-19 Count Wedgemore chessforum
Richard Taylor: 'Old Gringo' I meant to say was by Fuentes. I haven't read it. I have a copy so must do some time...
   Nov-13-19 Peter Richard Markland
Richard Taylor: Markland wrote a (good) book of Karpov's games: 'The Best of Karpov' OUP, 1975. He was in a tournament (Hastings 1971 - 72) and lost to Karpov but he then asked Karpov if he could write a book of his games. Karpov selected some and the book was written. It is a good book. ...
   Nov-02-19 Richard Taylor
Richard Taylor: I'll put some interesting games I played earlier (Jan 2019) in the year and some of the NZ Senior games on here [I mean in the comments] (also 2019) as it seems I am now considered non persona grata or something is wrong...
   Oct-03-19 W Reher vs R Gralla, 2012
Richard Taylor: That's a bit off the ramp offramp... But it is true enough...but which?
   Sep-13-19 Carlsen vs Ding Liren, 2019 (replies)
Richard Taylor: <Count Wedgemore: <Richard Taylor: well even here there are some interesting moves i.e. 3....Nd4! which I think maybe the best and I have also tried 3....Na5, not so good but not as bad as it looks.> 3...Nd4 looks bad, <Richard>. But of course sometimes it's ...
   Aug-28-19 Richard Taylor chessforum
Richard Taylor: <Knightcarver: Richard, I oiweoriwoiram [[[[[[ [[[[[zor] ry, you dwer NO how to ------[[[[[[[[[[[[[[))))))))))))))))) pwwwwprly nest parentheses, so many of yoKKKKKKKKKKKKK] ] ] ] ] /.,/.,/.,/.ur KOMI NNENNYTS omment ____ (((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((( s ...
   Aug-25-19 Sinquefield Cup (2019) (replies)
Richard Taylor: There will always be tournaments like this with a lot of draws. There have always since even the 60s, tournaments where the strong player draws the stronger and makes more wins against the weaker players. But draws can be fascinating games. And many of these have been ...
   Aug-12-19 GCT St. Louis Rapid & Blitz (2019) (replies)
Richard Taylor: Some stupid comments about whether someone is Jewish, whether someone can storm the borders and so on. A lot of it from a place (and places) that, well, to say the least, has (or have) rather dubious historical records. Meanwhile Carlsen plays a fairly obvious Qxc7. He is ...
   Jul-26-19 Chandler vs A Fernandes, 2001
Richard Taylor: Thanks <FTB>...let's let sleeping dogs lie. Obviously I still think that and most here are good. You get some bad floods in the US (we get some but the geography is not as vast so the effect is overall less forbidding). Trump cant be blamed for the weather! But a
   Jul-26-19 Karpov vs Kasparov, 1975 (replies)
Richard Taylor: Karpov and Kasparov were fairly evenly matched. Kasparov's ravings were contradicted by the fact that he respected Karpov as a person and a player (overall I mean). Like Korchnoi he tried to make capital out of the fact that he was the "hard done by up and coming player" ...
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  Diademas: Thank you <ragtag> for illustrating how a sick, paranoid mind works.

This helps us all understand how tragedies like this is possible.

I would like to share my commiseration with you <Richard Taylor> and the people of New Zeeland. Stand proud and united, like I'm happy to say we did in Norway in 2011.

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  diceman: <Richard Taylor:

The Great American Dream:>

...and yet people die in the desert trying to get into my country.

What's wrong with the world that they run to America?

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  Richard Taylor: The reason is that things, bad as they are in the US, are worse in Mexico etc. People see the US, and they are not completely wrong, as a land of opportunity. There is a long tradition of that. What I show there is not saying that the US is all bad. Just that we have to be aware of issues not just in the US but everywhere. It is not the people themselves.

I would say that many countries are far worse in the wealth / poverty ratio but that it isn't good anywhere and I include NZ. We have homeless here it is, for a small nation, a major issue at the moment. And there are many other social-economic issues. We do have a universal welfare system.

But obviously many people are happy where they are.

Others are not. They also 'run to Australia' and other places.

I see it as a result of economic Imperialism as defined by Lenin. It still applies; massive overproduction in the main Capitalist nations and other issues. Exploitation of the poor in S. America, Africa and other places. Also wars.

Look Diceman I tell my son that there are far more vicious exploiters and cynical politicians in South American nations, and also, we at least can know about the US etc but China and other places we know less of and not much of poor people in the Pacific, Indonesia, even India.

They don't criticize Trump there (Trump is almost the strangest politician, I cant figure him out completely, it isn't about him or even any political party, it is the way the systems are structured). Perhaps you need a more universal and more compassionate welfare system.

The US economy has recovered a lot so I think they have the money, the economic resilience. The governments don't realize that what are ostensibly 'socialist' ideas (welfare etc) actually help capitalism, or the economic system to keep going. Not talking "liberalism". Blanket liberalism is not appropriate. Gradual small changes are needed for the US people who are in the US legitimately. Then deal with other issues...

But there will always be some who are like these people (and not just in the US by any means). My title was to catch attention only not to sling mud.

There has been an upturn but it still leaves a certain number in a bad situation. (As I say this may always be the case). But it doesn't mean that 'The American Dream' isn't still something to hold onto. Just we need to know what is going on....

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  Richard Taylor: <Diademas: Thank you <ragtag> for illustrating how a sick, paranoid mind works. This helps us all understand how tragedies like this is possible.

I would like to share my commiseration with you <Richard Taylor> and the people of New Zeeland. Stand proud and united, like I'm happy to say we did in Norway in 2011.>

I think ragtag is unhappy and I wish he would discuss his thoughts more cogently.

Thanks for your support. You mean Anders Breivik (was that his name?) one of the children killed by him came from Christchurch and this attack has opened up the wounds for her.

I was surprised how well NZrs reacted. Already semi-automatics have been completely banned with severe penalties since 3 pm today, only 6 days after the massacre. It is incredible that the police were on the scene so fast. Normally they don't carry guns but they had to get gear on, into their cars and face a mad man...they rammed his car and just jumped out of theirs and grabbed him even though he was still shooting. It was strange seeing so many armed police. I have seen them in my own street though. Most of the gun action here is re drugs and so on. That was what happened at my place in 2015.

The lever the right wing white supremacists and neo Nazis use in NZ is to argue that Maori were not the first here, that they were preceded by a white race and so on, or that Maori slaughtered what are known as Moriori...but it comes from people frequently associated with the National Front and other extremist right wing organizations here. This is not new. I have actually met with and worked with Nazis as long ago as 1969. And I mean Nazis. One fellow was actually a German who supported Hitler. But near where I live King Ansell, who was a Nazi leader here for years, set up shop at one stage, not far from where I live.

But some of those who are trying to re-write history feel guilty for taking Maori land (which was mostly the best) during the 1860s. Some are from what we call the Waikato, others in the big farms in the SI...

There seems to be a world wide rise in white supremacism and neo Nazis as a kind of reaction to immigration etc. But immigration has benefited NZ and no doubt many other countries...Certainly we have to live with various ethnicities. It is the reality of the world. We cant build walls (walls are often built to keep people in, as with The Great Wall of China etc, see 'Against the Grain' by James C. Scott)...despite Robert Frost's great poem 'Mending a Wall' ... where he quotes: 'good fences make good neighbors...' and so on!

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  Richard Taylor: <Diademas> I looked up that terrible event or events in Norway. It is the case that we all need to be aware more of how these people work.

It is a contradiction but perhaps special members of various organizations and people at risk, or people in key places in cities, need to be trained as armed guards: or these places need emergency resources to actually meet fire with fire. But I still think that gun laws need, otherwise, to be tightened.

How to counter these paranoid individuals is problematic. Some as I said start actually from positions, paradoxically, of compassion. This leads to an overreaction and slowly they are converted to a more and more extreme position. The same, somehow, also happens to extremist Moslems and others of other beliefs.

And there are some actions that are personally 'inspired' which are hard to predict.

But I think we handled this pretty well all considered. And Ardern is very good. Very good, an incredible person.

Mar-22-19  Waldemar1988: Oh richard u old fart, i wish u the best and keeping on @#$%* with the rest boi.
Mar-28-19  Travis Bickle: Dr Taylor.. I like to play the English, Botvinnik style.. What do you think of this blitz game?

[Event "Rated Blitz game"]

[Date "2019.03.29"]

[White "TheCobra"]
[Black "calculatedrisk"]
[Result "1-0"]

[ECO "A25"]
[Opening "English Opening: King's English Variation, Reversed Closed Sicilian"] [Termination "Normal"] [Annotator ""]

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. g3 Bc5 4. e3 d6 5. Bg2 Bd7 6. h3 a6 7. Nge2 Rb8 8. d4 exd4 9. exd4 Ba7 10. a3 Nf6 11. O-O h6 12. Nf4 Nxd4 13. Be3 c5 14. Nh5 Nxh5 15. Qxh5 O-O 16. Nd5 Bc6 17. Bxh6 gxh6 18. Qxh6 f5 19. Qg6+ Kh8 20. Qh6+ Kg8 21. f4 Rf7 22. Rfe1 Qf8 23. Qg6+ Rg7 24. Nf6+ Kh8 25. Qh6+ ♗lack resigns. 1-0

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  Richard Taylor: Yes - a good finish, Black had defend better. But the English suits all styles and is worth playing. I have played it on and off since 1978 when I studied it quite a bit. Sometimes I used in Rapid Tournaments as a lot of players at the level I play are ready for e4 or d4 etc but not so sure of a plan for c4 whereas it is a bit easier to find a plan.

So I find it quite a useful back up. But mostly I play 1. e4... But I have played other moves.

Never 1. f4 Once 1 b4 but I lost!

All the best Travis!

BTW: Karpov won some nice games as Black against the English. It is like playing 1 e4 and is effectively a huge opening on its own...

Of course Fischer played it only twice in major games I believe but did well in both. I wonder if had he continued and had he played Karpov and Kasp he might have moved to 1 c4 and 1 d4 also. But it was not to be...

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  perfidious: < Octavia: sorry to hear about that terrible disaster in your country. In Scotland all flags are at half mast to honour the dead. We thought that it was a safe, peaceful country. There is no safety anywhere now.>

This is, regrettably, all too true--I live in one of the safest parts of USA and even here, one is by no means immune to violence.

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  Richard Taylor: NZ is not as "peaceful" as the propaganda makes out. The Wikipedia entry elides the NZ Wars. Also the Musket Wars. The rates of violent crime in NZ are one of the highest in the developed world. In my own street a murder on year, and a call out involving armed police with machine guns etc. But there is a call out to a domestic incident every 4 minutes in NZ. A young British woman tourist was murdered last year here. It is dangerous to travel here without companions. There is a lot of poverty, yesterday a fellow was asking for drugs. Drug, methamphetamines are a big source of income here -- a house across the road from me was a lab for it. It was shut down. All is not well in the state of Denmark. But it is a world wide phenomena.

That said, it came as a shock, I don't watch television so I saw it on FB, didn't believe it. It is a different level of crime. Crime is a function of the general dysfunction of society and possibly of total numbers of people. Added to that the political climate.

I actually started looking at documentaries about the many massacres and crimes around the world. One took place here when David Gray went berserk with guns including semi-automatics. I think he killed about 12 including a police man. The FBI who are assisting on this one were here to help solve a serial rapist crime (which they did). I read a book once about such crimes and it had a bit about Harris who wrote Silence of the Lambs sitting in with the FBI on some cases to get data for his books...

There are no safe places, you just have to be on the alert!

There are also neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups. I think the perpetrator in this case was severely troubled and had been influenced by some of the support and ideas of white supremacists...some of whom lurk on the dark net...

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  diceman: <Richard Taylor: NZ is not as "peaceful" as the propaganda makes out.>

Were you born in New Zealand?

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  offramp: Twenty years ago a woman called Jill Dando was murdered in London.

Her murder was unsolved until today, e=when this 1 minute video was uploaded.

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  Richard Taylor: <diceman: <Richard Taylor: NZ is not as "peaceful" as the propaganda makes out.> Were you born in New Zealand?>

Yes. Significance of question?

Obviously because the population is small it seems as though the amount of crime is small. But per capita it is large.

But I still like NZ. It is not as if there are bombs going off all the time.

But there was a murder in my street in 2013 and armed police were called out here to a fire arm incident. And across the road they had to close down a P Lab. The whole house has gone. But drugs and drug misuse is a big problem here. Obviously the stats are related to what used to be called 'Third World Countries'.

So all is not so well (as NZ etc) in those poorer continents of countries and NZ has a good record in many areas. It isn't all bad news. The PM is good. Better a young woman than some of the tedious old bastards we have had running the show in the old days. Her partner in Office, Winston Peters, the other part of the Coalition is a crusty old dog but he seems to have mellowed a bit...

The other day armed Police caught up with some Russian who was also a white supremacist and indeed a Nazi. He killed himself before they could pop him. He had been writing how good the massacre was and so on, that sort of thing. I think he was insane but I have no idea. We have our share of nutters over here also...

But don't look at me!

There is a very high rate of youth suicide, possibly the highest in a so called "advanced" country and there is a police call out several times a day every day to a domestic incidence involving violence to women. There is also quite a lot of poverty especially in North Auckland but also in the major cities among working class people and or Maori of Polynesians and others.

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  Richard Taylor: <offramp: Twenty years ago a woman called Jill Dando was murdered in London. Her murder was unsolved until today, e=when this 1 minute video was uploaded.

Very jolly. There are some sad people around, despite or because of such wonderful videos.

I looked her up. It was certainly an awful case.

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  Stonehenge: Hello,

can you confirm (or not) that R E Baeyertz was this chap?

That would be Rudolph Emil Aronson Baeyertz (1895-1975).

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  Richard Taylor: I had a good look but I cant really tell.
It could be. He may have fought in WWI. I met him about the mid 1960s. So he was not a young man. It is possible this is him via the link but I don't know.

People called him Ruddie, pronounced Roodie. He had been quite strong. Stronger than the results on here I think.

Cant confirm I am afraid.

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  Stonehenge: Thanks anyway :)
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  Richard Taylor: That's alright. I might be able to find out more somehow. Peter Stuart had some good records of Chess History. But most who knew him like me, are old, or have shuffled off...
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  Richard Taylor: <mckmac: Hi <Richard>, I trust you are well. I was just wondering if you have heard from <Benzol> recently? If you are in touch with him, please say Gidday from me, and let him know that his sensible presence is missed here at> Thanks for your regards. >

Re <Benzol> I phoned him and he is doing well. After his father died and a few other events he has only called in briefly into

He is well though, still working and playing some chess.

Not sure how active he will be here, the death of his father and a computer failure set him back.

He is and was indeed a valuable and sensible contributor here to goings on.

All the best. He gives his best wishes.

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  mckmac: <Richard> Thanks for the news on <Benzol>. I myself lost my father four years ago. It was a very difficult time for our family.

Are you still playing over the board? I was at the Valley Rd shops the other day and counted three 'vaping emporiums' within a hundred yards. Back in '71 you could get a bag of hot chips for five cents, on Dominion Rd. From a proper Fish and Chip shop too. Good days.

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  Richard Taylor: <mckmac: <Richard> Thanks for the news on <Benzol>. I myself lost my father four years ago. It was a very difficult time for our family.>

It is a hard time. My parents are dead.

<Are you still playing over the board?>

Yes, I did well in January in the Candidates of the George Trundle Masters (I won 4 games all interesting wins, and some interesting draws,3,and 2 losses: and this month I played in the Oceania Seniors, did reasonably) and my rating went up although not my FIDE rating so much.

<I was at the Valley Rd shops the other day and counted three 'vaping emporiums' within a hundred yards. Back in '71 you could get a bag of hot chips for five cents, on Dominion Rd. From a proper Fish and Chip shop too. Good days.>

Yes. It has changed around there. There used to be some convenient coffee bars but it is not so good there. There are still some 'proper' Fish and Chips shops although they are usually called Takeaways. For those, head for the working class areas...

In 2017 I also played at the Howick-Pak Chess Club where Ben Hague played quite a bit as well as at the ACC (he did). I had some interesting games with a fighting draw against Daniel Gong. I also essayed a Polugaevsky against Ben and nearly won! I was winning but went wrong...But I play less OTB overall.

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  Richard Taylor: I will say this that my deep sympathy goes to the parents and friends of the Canadian man who was murdered in Raglan, New Zealand, just two days ago.

It was a kind of robbery (of a vehicle, the police have apprehended a man as yet unnamed); but I think that the killer was or is a seriously disturbed person.

Whatever that, it is an awful event. The young woman, his fiancee will be terribly affected by this.

That the man was Canadian I think is not a cause, I think any other man or possibly woman was in danger from the murderer.

This kind of thing is not common in NZ but but it pays to be wary wherever one travels. Again, I don't think that the murdered man could have done much as I don't think he thought the man was armed.

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  Richard Taylor: On a more cheerful note (hard to) I am enjoying the Sinquefield Cup (as I enjoy all those chess broadcasts from St. Louis).

The S. Cup and the US Champs are two tournaments that are brilliantly covered by Seirawan, Jennifer Shahade, Morice Ashley and the many others who organise those events.

Aug-25-19  Knightcarver: Richard, I am sorry, you don't know how to properly nest parentheses, so many of your comments make no sense. Please check your syntax so the rest of us may appreciate your intelligent comments. Like you I am an older player and my brain is getting slower, but I am sincere in believing that that what you have written is worth reading and saving forever on these ridiculous web pages. Skoal!
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