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|Nov-16-12|| ||Benzol: <Richard> Yes I'm still around. Sorry to hear about Ross Skiffington. Is he terminally ill? I must get in touch with my cousin and inform him about Ross. He was quite friendly with Ross a number of years ago. Can't say I'd go to Wellington to see the Chmps. Maybe some games will be live if we're lucky. I've been busy with the historic tournaments as you know. Some of us have morphed into chessgames employees. Unpaid of course ( LOL ). Here's a link to what's available at the moment. Tournament Index
This list is growing like topsy though so it will be out of date soon.|
BTW did your brother ever live in Glendowie? I was at Glendowie College with Jacky and Kevin Taylor. Your niece and nephew perhaps?
|Nov-26-12|| ||Richard Taylor: Hi Benzol - re Ross - I don't know how he is. He has a website.|
My brother was at Tamaki as I was. There are no Jackys or Kevins!
My cousins etc were mostly in the SI or Aussie (via England).
There is another Jenkins trophy match at ACC in a few weeks. David my namesake ! is trying to get more for the tourney at MIT but my chess is bit shaky lately.
Good to hear all is well.
|Dec-24-12|| ||wordfunph: Merry Christmas!|
|Jan-01-13|| ||cormier: Happy New Year ... tks G|
|Jan-02-13|| ||Benzol: <Richard> It's very sad that the victim of that murder was only 27. A waste of a young life. What kind of neighbourhood are we living in? It's a good thing we don't have guns freely available, the place would become a shooting gallery like the States.|
|Jan-04-13|| ||Richard Taylor: <Benzol> Yes, terrible. I think we have a similar per capita crimes of violence to the US but there are fewer hand guns available, and while we are in many ways a similar culture, we still have pretty good gun control. (It could be better, too many hunters get shot by accident). |
I recall in the 50s it was big news when there was a murder. The Bassett Road machine gun murder was the famous one...but then in the 1800s NZ's first Capital in Northland was called "the hell hole of the Pacific". The Pacific nations and also Maori were not treated that well by colonialists (NZ soldiers actually committed some atrocities in Samoa): but I think it is world wide phenomena.
The US seems to be fascinated by violence to a degree not known elsewhere. Someone just joked about sniper feeling only the gun recoil when shooting someone in Afghanistan but this is the reaction of a right winger who really (deep down) knows the whole adventure is wrong.
Sadly it is not new.
But I think the problems world wide are those of the working people and inequalities. These can translate into actions against women as in India (and India while it is getting better (and more sophisticated technologically etc) doesn't yet have as good a justice system as we do or even the US). I ehrd an Indian woman say (rightly) it is hard to cahne peppls minds. And changing people and developing a more equitable society is the challenge.
I see a lot of people round here, and while there are some dubious cases! There are also a lot of really basically good people.
The young bloke may have got into a fight over his ex wife or something, or he was in a a gang. Or someone used knife at the wrong moment.
Has human society become too complex? I don't know. I have to be hopeful. The policeman (at the scene) said that New Years eve wasn't as bad as the murder reflected. He also commented that over Xmas and NY eve they were under staffed - another problem.
|Jan-04-13|| ||Richard Taylor: <Benzol> Re Chess!! Ewen Green is doing quite well at Congress with a win over Brian Hague today. Hague seemed to not be as well versed in the nuances of the QGA they were playing. Steadman beat Kerr and drew with Smith today (he was lucky though!)|
Usually there are about 3 games live every day.
You might be able to get the tourney "listed"...as you are an honourary CG.com executive!! Lol...
All the best to you and Peter!
|Jan-09-13|| ||Benzol: <Richard> Although it's not open yet here's the current NZ Chmp|
120th New Zealand Championship (2012)
Looks like Scott Wastney might take another title.
|Jan-15-13|| ||Richard Taylor: Hi <Benzol> I think you mean "over" ... I watched most of the top (3 or 4) board games live. (I mean I followed them most days).|
In Rd 1 Wastney played a bit lazily against Stuart although he still won. But then he played some very good games as did Smith and Green. Also one Athula (?) Russell who I don't know. Steadman played a weak version of the Vienna and was punished.
Good to see E. Green playing again and doing well (considering he is near myown venerable age) and making good positional and tactical judgements (and knowing when to take draws).
Hague has been winning so much it was relief he didn't win. Kerr like Steadman is out of form or Lady Luck snot around for them!
|Jan-16-13|| ||cormier: Jan-15-13 cormier: Mali is getting hit by armies ... mainly France & usual friend .... u think they got gold-mines-2 ? |
playground player: <cormier> Mali has a lot of valuable mineral resources. I hear it advertised on the radio every night. It's also a former French colony. It looks to me like the French are fighting there to keep it from being set up as yet another Islamic jihad state.
|Jan-24-13|| ||Richard Taylor: The Imperialist forces such as France, Britain or the U.S. don't give 2 fukks whether they are Jihadists. (Prince William or whoever he is would open in fire on anything black or non-Euro that moved on the ground beneath him!!) It's all a game of power. The huge financial slowdown needs an excuse for wars. Get rid of people, excess production, and create potential markets. A lot of the so-called terrorist actions are organized or abetted by such as the CIA, and the various Secret Services...|
Don't worry about Mali its just a blip on the great historic screen...like 9/11, which they all make such a pathetic fuss about [Boom! "Gotcha!!"], which was what we might call "pay back"...Let's get real here.
|Feb-04-13|| ||cormier: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-englan...|
|Mar-12-13|| ||Benzol: <Richard> Are you playing in the Latvian on Saturday the 16th of March?|
|Mar-16-13|| ||Richard Taylor: Hi Benzol. I missed this.
No, I'm not keen on Rapids and I am moving out of OTB chess in any case..
This year I was hurled into the B Grade again (from the A Grade although I have played in ACC's B before).
Again I am losing about 50% - 80% of my games. I won 1 and drew one out of 6. So I lost 4. One game to go. Lat year much the same happened. I was even winning against Luke Li and also Steadman (and others) but I lost the thread. Then I overlooked simple skewers and forks etc. Blah!!
I missed an easy way to win in two games. I blundered against Don Eade and Simon Lyall. The only game I won with some luck!
So I am clearly losing the plot at 65. I'm becoming target practice for Ewen Green's juniors.
So it is over and out soon.
But I will continue to take an interest in playing over games, doing puzzles etc
Not sure if I will stay on here.
But all the best for you.
Apart form my OTB chess things are great. I'm starting to paint my house by the way. Quite a big job but interesting as I've never done it before.
|Mar-16-13|| ||Benzol: <Richard> Did you feel the two earthquakes that hit the Auckland area about 30 - 40 minutes ago? Sitting in the kitchen and feeling the chair I was seated in move was a bit unnerving. Don't know what the damage is just yet.|
|Mar-19-13|| ||Richard Taylor: Hi Benzol - a bit late as usual - you should be on Face Book - I aws talking to Helen Milligan - she felt it. I didn't know what it was I thought the neighbour was pissing around with a big truck. Then I got up and I realised it had been a quake. It was quite frightening the force of it I could feel.
I could feel the torque as if a huge giant had torn this part of the world around! |
So I took back all those silly jokes I made about Christchurch!
|Apr-13-13|| ||Benzol: <Richard> I didn't know that Bobby Cheng is now an IM but it doesn't surprise me. I'll bet Ewen must feel proud about it too.|
|Apr-13-13|| ||Richard Taylor: Ewen was pretty happy on last Monday night.
I had a draw and two wins against Bobby but I recall when you played against Short, Nigel Short mentioned Bobby (and one other) as kids to watch. Now I think that was about 2005 so he was about 8. So I was struggling against him (but doing better than most A grade players as I think his style suited mine. But he was very alert, very hard to stop.
I misplayed the opening of the Sveshnikov against him and he own in a Rapid (I think it was at the H-Pak Latvian), and things didn't go well then.
Luke Li was coached by Tony Booth and then Leonard McClaren. He is a little more laid back as I had completely won position vs. him only last game but inexplicably blundered (I lost a lot of games to such disasters last year). But all said he is very good and improving.
Kingscrusher has a game by Bobby on his YouTube project, which is very good.
I played over a game by Bobby against (Russian woman player) and his tactical calculations were completely correct.
I also saw Bobby beat poor old Mike Steadman with a great game in the George Trundle (a year or so ago I think)....
It looks as though he is set to storm the chess world, or at least the Aussie chess world.
|Apr-16-13|| ||jessicafischerqueen: <Richard> really nice to hear from you and get that great lecture from <Jen Shahade>. I love both her and her brother <Greg>, who also does superb chess analysis over at <chessvideos.com>.|
I do read your posts regularly, or should I say your eternal conversation with <Benzol> on New Zealand chess activities.
I was looking at <Bobby Cheng> recently thanks to your heads up- an interesting player to say the least, who I wouldn't have heard about without you guys flying the New Zealand chess flag over our website.
Good luck with your chess!
|Apr-17-13|| ||Richard Taylor: <jessicafischerqueen> Thanks! |
Yes Bobby Cheng. He's leaping ahead... I was one of the few A Grade players to have a + score versus him!* But he is very good. Maybe he will be a GM and vie for a top place. Hard to say.
Yes, NZ Chess is interesting to us. To me because it links me to memories of learning and playing with my father. I liked the old days with steam driven clocks and adjournments and the dingy but Dickensian old Auckland Chess Club in the quite old His Majesty's Arcade and all the characters who played chess...Now I've become an old "character"!
All the best to you!
*But not in Rapid games. He had an overall better opening knowledge as I had returned to chess after some years of absence and he had a coach. Bobby Cheng was younger and had a good coach. My achievement was to move from about 1460 NZ rating points (I was 56) to 2068 when I was 62! Then I had a disastrous tournament and lost confidence and kept threatening to give up chess etc but Benzol was going to beat me up if I did!! And he's a big guy and quite strong so I wasn't allowed to commit suicide as threatened after one loss!! BTW Benzol still uses dial up as his dad loves Sky (multi channel TV here)...lol ... so his uploading of so many master games etc is all the more impressive. We should all do a "whip round" for Benzol. He is a great asset to chess and CG.com.
|Apr-17-13|| ||Richard Taylor: I think we all underrate the psychological and emotional factors of chess...|
|Apr-24-13|| ||jessicafischerqueen: <Richard>
Just a brief note, but I get the impression that the New Zealand chess scene is one of the most active and vibrant these days.
You guys really seem to love your chess, and practice it with a furious devotion.
|Apr-24-13|| ||jessicafischerqueen: Oh and before I forget- have you seen <Jane Campion's> latest film? It's a 7 part miniseries called "Top of the Lake" and features both spectacular Kiwi landscapes and a devastating look at the Kiwi "rural underworld."|
Anyways I thought it was top rate cinema myself. I don't know what you think about Jane Campion, she's a bit too "feminist" and "crazy" for some, but I swear by her.
|May-05-13|| ||Richard Taylor: <jessicafischerqueen> |
Thanks for your comments.
Chess is more active here than it was when I started playing in the 60s. Although there were a lot of keen players then, and some very good. Of course no one of great stature but some good players considering NZ is or was more keen on rugby and cricket - but there has always been a lot more going on which I suppose is true of most countries.
The literary trope here is of being an Island etc and of NZ being an "empty land" but that is of course (partly) a white European view. Maori tribes (they didn't call themselves Maori) had lived here for about 1000 years I think (and people have lived about 40,000 years in Aussie. But no chess!
So Chess was mainly a European thing (to get back to chess) with Dutch immigrants and so on.
When I was about 12 - 18 I was very keen and my father and I liked the way the NZ Chess scene was full of characters and (more or less) laid back.
It has changed as Chinese immigrants here are very ki on many things including chess. Not all are good! Bobby Cheng is and also Puchen Wang but I think he is probably studying business or something useful but boring!
I am more or less just a Club player but from about 2004 - 2011 I was pretty keen and learnt or re-learnt a lot, and I improved. Now I am just a weekly player but I play over master games etc most days, or try to solve problems.
But chess is not my main interest.
Tonight I'm due to play FM Ben Hague who is 2400 odd and doesn't lose many games! But it is unrated. I have played him twice before. I missed opportunities and either played too adventurously or too timidly. I'll see how it goes...
|May-05-13|| ||Richard Taylor: <jessicafischerqueen> |
I haven't seen that film but I saw 'The Piano'. It was good. I'm not big on films but I do get videos out from time to time.
Strangely, one of the best things I saw was 'End of the Golden Weather' by Bruce Mason (originally it was kind of play or story he performed or read by narrating it himself and it was hugely popular). The film is somewhat representative but it is a mix to the real and the near-weird. Very good. Forget who did it. But the book or 'play' is worth reading. (The title he got from Tomas Wolfe's 'The Web and the Rock'...
I'll try and see that movie. Cheers!
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