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Richard Taylor
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Richard Taylor

I live in New Zealand. I was born in the 1940s. So I am now 73.

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 13995 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-18-21 Roger D de Coverly
Richard Taylor: It was also a satire by Swift and company at some one they targeted who annoyed them -- people such as Addison, Steele and possibly Pope in the 18th Century.
   May-27-21 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
Richard Taylor: Best World Champions in Order (excluding Carlsen -- and based on performance and how long they were champions and quality of play and attitude to the "struggle"): 1. Bill Vasker 2. Bary 3. Gochanik 4. Uracillic 5. John Beryriliumski etc Very weak or mad ...
   May-27-21 Richard Taylor chessforum
Richard Taylor: Hi Paul. I've "shopped" one. You look good in that one. I could send it (sorry for the delay). Can you contact them and ask if I can send them a picture? I think they will listen to you more than me. All the best. RT
   Apr-26-21 Wang Hao vs Caruana, 2021 (replies)
Richard Taylor: 9....Nc6 looks more natural. This line by Black is well known. Somehow White has to get an attack going against Black. Overall the d5 line for Black is better on paper so to speak. It wasn't so bad by White. It is just that he did find a good plan. Caruana mucked around. Not ...
   Apr-25-21 Wang Hao vs Nepomniachtchi, 2021 (replies)
Richard Taylor: I didn't need to use a table base I never have. It is lost by inspection (some endings are not, some can be almost impossible to evaluate and it is no good using table bases, they might help in training but in certain positions only calculation will help), that is easy to see
   Apr-25-21 Richard Taylor
Richard Taylor: <Miss Scarlet> <'Hazz' is 'harrylime'?> The claim he would "kill me over the board" is strange as how could we play? Actually I think you need say, Jonathan Safarti. He is an ex-NZ Champion and at one stage had a big Blindfold record....He might well take the ...
   Apr-24-21 World Championship Candidates (2020/21) (replies)
Richard Taylor: I didn't know this had re-started, I thought I was watching -- on YouTube and old game, but it was live! At one stage Giri looked worse. Strange the way his game insidiously transformed. Strange also to see Ganguly commenting as I played in two simuls in two days when he gave
   Apr-15-21 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
Richard Taylor: This is a good discussion of viruses and related things: Racceniello's lectures are good also. Vaccines are, all things being equal, probably safe. I will get one when they are available as well as the flu injections. The mRNA idea is ...
   Apr-07-21 perfidious chessforum (replies)
Richard Taylor: I think things internally in the US will be better under Biden etc but of course there are various types of politicians or "party members" and they exist in greater numbers of course the greater size (population) of that nation. Some of these have their own agendas or work ...
   Feb-27-21 Alekhine vs V O Smyslov, 1912 (replies)
Richard Taylor: <keypusher: <N osnibor: <Richard Taylor> With regard to Rubinstein and mental health problems there was a story told that sometime during the early part of W.W.2 he was arrested by the Nazi`s. However he was released following questioning when he stretched his arm
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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.

Jul-25-19  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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  Richard Taylor: Sorry, but I am fascinated by the effects that can be made with the characters etc...Been doing it for a long time on my Blog...of versions of it.
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  Richard Taylor: My forum was deactivated.

I am looking forward to the World Candidates Champs. I have no favourites except I would like to see someone new play. But if Caruana is the one then I wish him well.

I am not sure of the times in relation to here where I am but I think it will be reasonably convenient to watch some of the games live. Not sure...

I suspect (one never knows) that Carlsen will remain World Champion. But that is not certain.

Hope all is well with everyone.

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  Richard Taylor: This virus business involves many countries now and it is probably more difficult for the larger countries to manage, although Samoa had a measles epidemic last year which eventually they managed very well. It seems that Hong Kong, Taiwan and China "attacked" the problem quickly and have the fewest cases per capita.

Many people throughout the world are in lockdown. I am although we can walk and exercise etc we are meant to stay in our own areas and live with only the same people. The most vulnerable are medical workers and older people although the virus has a differential response.

In any case it leaves the World Championship for 2020 on hold I would say. The Candidates had reached an interesting stage. I suppose chess player can play blitz and other games on line. I do. But I know that professional and keen amateurs prefer playing a real opponent.

I could never play properly in telegraph matches. These happened in the 60s for me (and occurred earlier there is that famous game from the radio match -- I suppose radio is a bit quicker -- between the USA and the USSR I think it was, where Reshevsky played Smyslov. I forget who was who. I think Reshevsky was White (although Fine says in a book I have that he mostly preferred 1. d4 and the game was an Open Ruy Lopez). That was a fascinating theoretical battle but also there was an interesting material imbalance. I think Reshevsky missed a way to draw and lost.

But in my own games in telegraph: Auckland-Wellington or Auckland Christchurch and NZ-Australia I mostly found myself getting into really bad to lost positions.

Not seeing my opponent, the long time, and also I suppose I came against very or stronger opponents.

Blitz games are fun for a while but not so "rewarding". In anycase, all Clubs being shut and all tournaments cancelled Auckland player a 3 min with I think 3 sec increments online a few days ago and Auckland won. The main point being to have a game, not really who wins. I didn't play. I might play later in the year or whenever.

See how this all unfolds. We have to be as positive as possible and follow medical advice.

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  Jonathan Sarfati: <Richard:> are you thinking of this game? Smyslov vs Reshevsky, 1945
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  Richard Taylor: Hi Jonathan, I forget where, but I did refer to that game, I had seen it in a book of great games or master games, one of those Bell books.

It looks as though Reshevsky was doing o.k. for a while (I'm pretty sure he ran into analysis but Smyslov went wrong as did Reshevsky.

Took some courage to take the N on g3. I surmise that Reshevsky may have recalled that it was not good for White to take it but lost his way.

And now I recall that he missed something such as d4 (which I think had been analyzed way back then, but is now edorsed by the comp.) which [d4] may have won.

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  Richard Taylor: I see I mentioned it just above!
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  Benzol: Hi Richard how's it going. Hope you and Victor are doing well in these covid times. I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Dr Tony Palmer <tp star> recently, he was a great contributor at this site and will be missed. BTW just thought I'd let you know that I'm going into hospital for surgery this Friday the 18th of September. Take care. Cheers matey.
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  Richard Taylor: Hi Benzol. I'm fairly good. I started playing at ACC and by some luck and some good games managed to win some rating points. I played 8 games, lost 2, 1 draw. I was lucky in two games but I seemed to manage my time well. I was gearing up for the Club Champs (B Grade probably) and the Lockdown hit again.

The Covid thing is bad but interestingly enough Pandemics are, over time, taking a lesser toll. So I think we will get through this. We need a vaccine.

It is strange of course.

Yes, it is sad re <tpstar>....I thought you were talking of Domdaniel who also died. I didn't know tpstar had also until you posted. He did contribute and his games were interesting. I followed a game he played as White (Tarrasch Variation) against the French and I nearly beat Luke Li who is now an IM (in Australia). You will be in hospital by now, I hope it's not for the dreaded little monster fellow! If you get this, best of luck in the hell house!

Oct-03-20  login:

Hope Benzol kicks some butt again soon

Richard, do you remember if I.R.Mitchell got polio still living with his family in Scotland or after emigrating to Aotearoa (where it seems to have struck hardest a couple of years later than Europe/GB in the 1930/40s)?

Thanks mate.

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  Richard Taylor: My father thought he contracted it in Scotland. He had a limp and his hands were kind of held loose. My father's theory was that getting polio and being poor had made him bitter, or something like that. But he was a good fellow. Cantankerous sometimes and argumentative at times but he worked hard for chess etc.
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  Richard Taylor: I liked the YouTube!! Very funny, I mean, tragic. Tragic event indeed. I feel the the Potato was indeed evil and was behind a lot of the trouble that occurred.

But I cant see Benzol becoming a Mascot.

With all his qualities and faults, he is a being of integrity and decency, and pride...

Oct-05-20  login:

Legend, that additional info matches my 'timeline' better. Him being a visible outcast reaching NZ's soil as a youngster is indeed a fitting explanation for Mitchell developing his harmless 'confrontative' quirks later in life after escaping poverty, as a political person and in his role as a fixer within the national chess scene. I agree with your father that this circumstances altogether can form quite a character.

The New Zealand Today channel on YT is a blast. Humor and warmth, within difficult circumstances, enjoy.

Richard, tēnā rawa atu koe for the swift enlightenment. Cheers.

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  Richard Taylor: Kia ora, kia kaha!

Yes, I agree re that, I don't watch TV much but on YouTube there are some interesting things and I found the humour by Guy was good for me. One of the best was the one about Opo, and Oponui....

Thanks for that link! Haere ra!

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