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118th New Zealand Championship Tournament

Anthony F Ker8/10(+6 -0 =4)[games]
Robert Wayne Smith7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Leonard J McLaren6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[games]
Bruce R Watson6.5/10(+4 -1 =5)[games]
Antonio Krstev6.5/10(+6 -3 =1)[games]
Daniel Shen6/10(+3 -1 =6)[games]
Russell John Dive6/10(+5 -3 =2)[games]
Michael Steadman5.5/10(+4 -3 =3)[games]
Hilton P Bennett5.5/10(+5 -4 =1)[games]
Robert Gibbons5.5/10(+4 -3 =3)[games]
Noel Pinic5/10(+2 -2 =6)[games]
Alan Ansell5/10(+3 -3 =4)[games]
Zuhao Luke Li5/10(+4 -4 =2)[games]
Matthew Barlow5/10(+2 -2 =6)[games]
Helen Milligan5/10(+3 -3 =4)[games]
Ivan Dordevic5/10(+4 -4 =2)[games]
Peter Wykeham Stuart5/10(+2 -2 =6)[games]
Hans Gao4.5/10(+2 -3 =5)[games]
Fuatai Fuatai4.5/10(+2 -3 =5)[games]
L Ross Jackson4/10(+2 -4 =4)[games]
Nathan Goodhue4/10(+2 -4 =4)[games]
William F Forster3.5/10(+1 -4 =5)[games]
Winston Yow-Jen Yao3.5/10(+2 -5 =3)[games]
Judy Gao3.5/10(+1 -4 =5)[games]
Hamish R Gold2.5/10(+2 -7 =1)[games]
Richard Taylor2/10(+1 -7 =2)[games]

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 130  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R J Dive vs P W Stuart  1-0582011118th New Zealand ChampionshipA36 English
2. R Taylor vs A F Ker 0-1382011118th New Zealand ChampionshipB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
3. R W Smith vs A Ansell  1-0452011118th New Zealand ChampionshipB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
4. H Bennett vs M Steadman  0-1452011118th New Zealand ChampionshipB23 Sicilian, Closed
5. B R Watson vs N Goodhue  ½-½512011118th New Zealand ChampionshipA21 English
6. F Fuatai vs D Shen  ½-½312011118th New Zealand ChampionshipC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
7. L McLaren vs L R Jackson  1-0432011118th New Zealand ChampionshipB01 Scandinavian
8. Zuhao Luke Li vs H Milligan  1-0272011118th New Zealand ChampionshipE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
9. M Barlow vs W F Forster 1-0632011118th New Zealand ChampionshipA96 Dutch, Classical Variation
10. Hans Gao vs A Krstev 1-0332011118th New Zealand ChampionshipC01 French, Exchange
11. N Pinic vs J Gao  ½-½332011118th New Zealand ChampionshipB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
12. H R Gold vs R Gibbons  0-1332011118th New Zealand ChampionshipA35 English, Symmetrical
13. I Dordevic vs W Y J Yao  ½-½452011118th New Zealand ChampionshipB27 Sicilian
14. L McLaren vs R J Dive 1-0722011118th New Zealand ChampionshipB03 Alekhine's Defense
15. A F Ker vs M Barlow 1-0412011118th New Zealand ChampionshipB22 Sicilian, Alapin
16. R Gibbons vs R W Smith  0-1342011118th New Zealand ChampionshipB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. M Steadman vs Zuhao Luke Li  1-0512011118th New Zealand ChampionshipE77 King's Indian
18. D Shen vs Hans Gao  ½-½502011118th New Zealand ChampionshipB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
19. J Gao vs B R Watson  0-1432011118th New Zealand ChampionshipD02 Queen's Pawn Game
20. W Y J Yao vs N Pinic  0-1692011118th New Zealand ChampionshipB01 Scandinavian
21. N Goodhue vs I Dordevic  0-1402011118th New Zealand ChampionshipA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
22. H Milligan vs F Fuatai  ½-½252011118th New Zealand ChampionshipB04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
23. A Krstev vs H Bennett  1-0352011118th New Zealand ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
24. P W Stuart vs L R Jackson  ½-½312011118th New Zealand ChampionshipE73 King's Indian
25. W F Forster vs R Taylor ½-½262011118th New Zealand ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
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  Benzol: It looks as though Anthony F Ker has at least one hand on the giant silver rook this year. Even if he looses his last round game to Russell Dive only Bob Smith can catch him and Bob has to win his game against Daniel Shen to do so.
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  Richard Taylor: He will have a draw with Russell Dive as they are very good friends - staying in the same hotel - and Dive has no chance to win and they could probably agree to spit the $1000.

It is almost certain to be a draw unless they are both mad.

I got a draw today against Goodhue's Hippo. Hard going...nearly lost it!

The Nimzowich-Larsen is a very good method if you want to avoid masses of is a sound and very flexible system.

Smith will have to take second in all probability.

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  Richard Taylor: But anything can happen in chess as we know.. They might both default!!
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  Domdaniel: If it wasn't Anthony, it would just be some other F Ker.
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  Benzol: <Richard Taylor> <He will have a draw with Russell Dive as they are very good friends...>

When Anthony Ker got married in 1999 Russell Dive was the best man at the wedding.

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  Richard Taylor: <Domdaniel><Benzol> !!

I faced Hans Gao today. I won last time we played if that counts!!

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  Benzol: <Richard> drew his final game.
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  Richard Taylor: <Benzol> yes I played into the same variation (the Larsen Variation) (I beat him with it before). He plays the Alekhine's all the time so he knew the "book". I had the positions on my computer before the game but unlike my other game (I finished it with a nice temporary Queen sac to gain material) he didn't make any obvious errors so I just headed straight for an ending. I had a Q-side Majority but with only knights and 1 rook each hard to make progress.

Both had chances at the end. That is, it was dynamically =

I played perhaps my best (most sensible) game (that is in perhaps subjective terms) in the last round. That is I played basic solid and fairly good chess and accepted that equality was all I could get in this case (no "blow ups"

...too late!

Yesterday I had real trouble versus the Hippo.. Nathan had some winning chances.

Computers have trouble giving you anything (straight forward) to do against the pure Hippo (Nimzo-Larsen attack as there are so many approx = ideas moves at anyone time...given that no-one has blundered...I blundered first but he missed it. Then I was due to lose pawns and probably the game but he overlooked that. I've beaten him before (but last time he beat me with the Hippo) so he is wary. Nathan is a very good rapid (and standard) player. Partly as the Hippo is hard for people to make a good plan against and they lose time (on the clock) doing so!

I did very well in one Rapid Tourney when I used the English as the "automatic plan" is not so easy to find...for many. The Hippo is even harder in that way.

Dive and Ker played on for ages - they are both from Wellington and in the same Club I think and best mates so I suppose they had decided that it was the game that counted and perhaps they were both looking to get rating points.

There was even a ridiculous comment made that they were enjoying their game of chess!! That they actually loved chess!!!

(Everyone knows chess is a terrible game)...

Bruce Watson came 2nd = with Antonio Krstev and Bob Smith

I'm not playing in the Rapid...I am bushwacked - rooted in fact. Lol.

Well, one of the worst performances at chess I have ever turned in...

The "Woopps woops!! Pull up!! Pull up!!" ["Apply go round power...crackle crackle....silence..."] Came to late and I ploughed into the Mt Erebus of Last Place & Teh Wooden Spoon and down 30 rating points! All on board were lost...But it is rumoured the other Richard Taylor will re-arise form the ashes of his any small failure to register or play anything more than the pathetic chess of a Moron Par Excellence (like Lawrence's Phoenix) to relight the world...he says to me he is even thinking of playing in the lightening tourney. (Where trash chess is the norm, so it will be o.k. for him... he even said that in rare cases he enjoyed chess!!! Thank of it! Enjoy(ed) chess!!! Benefit the mind with chess!!!! We all had a huge laugh at that extravagant and clearly delusional and hilarious claim...)

Spiller came and talked platitudes about young players doing well...the reality is that we don't have any significant talent in NZ with any of the young players. Murray Chandler is the last one I know of. The other was Rodney Phillips who was also very talented (NZ Champ at 14 [or it may have been 15] like Chandler etc) but he topped himself unfortunately. Puchen Wang is an IM but not as good as Chandler was at his age I don't think...

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  Domdaniel: <Richard> Well done. You made it through, you won a game, you avoided losing a couple more, and you kept on plugging. Maybe you were only starting to show your strength in round 11.

I have a Game Collection somewhere here called <Uncategorizable Stamina> -- motto being Beckett's "I can't go on, I'll go on" -- and I'll add a couple of your efforts.

I had a worse score once, if that's any consolation. I was thrown in at the deep end in a 1980s team tournament and scored 1.5/10.

Then somebody told me that my predicted score was just 14%, so I actually gained a couple of rating points.

And congrats on 26th place in NZ. Most people here have no conception how draining it is to play 11 rounds against strong players.

Given your description of the heat and humidity, a little Coleridge is in order:

<"Day after day, day after day,/ We stuck, nor breath nor motion ...">

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  Richard Taylor: <DomDaniel> The frustrating thing for me is that in some games I didn't even play a real game of chess - I simply "exploded"...

...I see you quote from the 'Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner' (Coleridge is a great poet especially of that and say 'This Lime-Tree Bower my Prison', 'Frost at Midnight', 'Christabel' and 'The Rhyme' and 'Kublai Kan'); and Beckett - I have just about all his plays and books... Some (if not all) are hilarious...of course they are perhaps "supposed" to be dark!

The weather here is strange after few days it was cool in the morning then very hot today it was quite hot but just now it has cooled. Schzoid weather. Went for a walk today and played over a game Alekhine v Euwe (by the Tamaki estuary at the yacht Club)...from his book I have. The Turkish man down the road borrowed some money. I photographed some sunflowers and so goes on.

I was capable of beating any of these players.

Ist IM Ker - I forgot (mixed up) my opening lines and made an error of judgment also I had trouble with a "phantom piece" - on the first round I was really overawed.

(Which is strange as I played Sarapu and Richard Sutton and others when I was young (60s) and in fact I had 2 well fought draws with Ortvin in the 80s. I had mini match with Sutton. But I suppose I had built up my expectations and the whole thing got away from me...

I beat Bruce Watson a few years ago (he was second= in this Tourney) then in the next game we played I played a bad move thinking he had planned brilliant sac and an attack...but I was over cautious. But recently I beat him in a 5 minute game. He is a better player than I but not outside my firing range!

Nor is Smith although he is pretty hard to dislodge once he gets on top and I am not meaning anything outside of chess!! But once I had him on the ropes in a Rapid game and he managed a draw...

Steadman I demolished in one of my "Immortal Games" but overall he is clearly a better player...but as I say none of these guys are unbeatable.

Dive and Ker are pretty much up but hmmm... I have a some terrific adn quite closely fought games with Leonard McLaren who really was in the running to even win this time. I have beaten Antnio who was also 2nd = again he is a very good player and perhaps better overall than I...

By the way, Antonio shares an interest in writing with me, he is a writer himself but his books are in Greek or Macedonian. I beat his son Mario (who has a higher rating than he)in two games..he beat me in about 4 rapid games.

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  Richard Taylor: Sometimes I DO get into games where I am completely outplayed by certain players. I'm NOT claiming I am a great player who was unlucky. My expected score was about 6. I think my rating was bit high considering I need to do more work on my openings (and attitude to "sensible" chess and when to take care etc (practical chess))... (Yermolinsky talks about this aspect of "losing heart" even during a game, and Kingscrusher sent me an excellent link to his video on YouTube he has on this subject, that was a factor in me "saving" the last 2 games))) etc That is, plenty of work on practical aspects of a game of chess and tournament play...

Game 2 Judy Gao - (I blundered near the end of the game -being too concerned about getting to the end of the time control) overall I was really in a much better position. She has just about always lost to me before this. I only lost one rapid game. She is still young is quite talented however but I am a better player). Lost.

Game 3 Bill Forster - once before I beat him - it was from a slightly inferior position - but I haven't lost to him yet and I didn't. We are about = strength. Draw.

Game 4 Peter Stuart ... The problem better was I became obsessed with wanting to "take him on" I drew with him in the George Trundle Qualifiers in 2009 and won another gem against him against his English. (The Quiet variation of the King's English as knew what he would he is great end game player and a good workman but I am capable of keeping up with him. IN the game I suddenly went beserk in an pretty near = position and was soon lost...this was possibly the beginning of the "rot" it was not until Goodhue and Hans Gao in the last 2 games that I settled down and played chess in a sensible and realistic mind frame. My last game was almost faultless. I had beaten Hans in the previous game with that line (Alekhine-Larsen variation) and heahd improved on it as I expected. But THIS time I prepared [contra my not preparing against Winston Yao] - (I have already found a new idea I think in that line, lol!).

Against Dordevic (he is from Serbia ) I was lost by move 16 [!!] in an opening I have been playing for years...on both sides of the board! I knew some of the Spassky-Karpov games for example. I had used Karpov's ideas in playing that line in Correspondence Chess. I simply "exploded" and I was basically down and out for the count.

(For the rest of the tournament he kept looking at me as if I was mad man and he wasn't far wrong if that's what he thought!!)

Against the little boy I didn't even look up that I was playing him (I was still in a state of depression or demoralization) - otherwise I would have researched his opening - the Accelerated Dragon - with which I have won before as White. I played too quickly...

So for most of my games I was in a really bad state of mind.

Fuatai was lost and I knew what to play to finish the game but suddenly decided to make another sacrifice and it was soon all over...incredible. (I have had a mix of results v Fuatai with some wins some losses and so on. To be fair he didn't do himself justice in his opening line.

Goodhue was probably better but at least I kept my head as I was in better state of mind (although he missed two ways to win)..I have had reasonable results vs. Goodhue (I checkmated him once!!) although I DO find the Hippo hard to find a plan against...

I lost by a stupid move vs Ross Jackson. he was very kind and praised my position (and he had seen a lot of my other games on a data base (Per Stuart's) - but not all are on that- but he had seen me stuff up a number of winning or = or promising

But he,<Benzol>, and I, couldn't find anything wrong with my position (I had thought I was or worse but it seems not so) and it seemed hard for him to attack me if I had simply kept calm and shored up my position..again I was in a despondent frame of mind.

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  Richard Taylor: <Domdaniel: <Richard> Well done. You made it through, you won a game, you avoided losing a couple more, and you kept on plugging. Maybe you were only starting to show your strength in round 11.>

Thanks again.

The other thing is one can learn from this. Perhaps to give up chess!

But otherwise it is also quite humbling. They were pretty strong players all and if I came last or had upsets it was my fault not theirs and there were many others who had "tragedies" and missed opportunities and this is like life...

Now, for example, I felt for one player in the Major Open who was trying to win in his last round game and get first place, when he overlooked a mate in one. (It was a deceptive one all right). So I gave him a "consolatory" pat on his shoulder, and I knew how he and many others felt (in chess or in life) who suffer some loss of some kind or have some misfortune or don't "do well" - as most of us do (or don't) - most of us "fail" but we hopefully learn from that "failure"). There were many players who had a hard time of it and this is the same in life.

Most of us find chess and such things very difficult. Perhaps we need to step back and ask whether "winning" is even desirable. We are maybe too fascinated by winners or "achievers" but I think we all like to work or live with those who are not necessarily such. Or their "winning" is how they handle the reality of difficulties and set backs.

In these ways it can be more enlightening or personally valuable actually to lose than to win. Or reevaluate what winning is, what it means. After all it didn't do Fischer any good to take one example. Food for thought. The consolations of thought.

Jan-13-11  drakkenboy: Hello Richard Taylor I am playing in the NZ major open And I got 5/11
Jan-13-11  ozmikey: Meanwhile, across the Tasman...

The Australian Open concluded today in a three-way tie between George Xie Wendi, Zhao Zong Yuan and Moulthun Ly, the latter two drawing their last round game and George catching up by beating Junta Ikeda.

Unfortunately, despite jointly winning the tournament, George is no closer to the magic 2500 a matter of fact, he'll probably lose some rating points, so the GM title is still a way off. He'll probably have to go OS to up his rating sufficiently (the opposition isn't quite strong enough in Australia), and as far as I know he has no plans to do so at the moment.

Great performance by Andrew Brown coming equal fourth, including two wins over IMs (and a last round win over the fast-improving Max Illingworth).

Results can be found here:

And games here:

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  Benzol: <drakkenboy> <Hello Richard Taylor I am playing in the NZ major open And I got 5/11>

<drakkenboy> Well done. There were a number of players on 5 points in the Major Open but given your user handle I'm picking that you're not Cathy Fan.

Anyway good to see you on the site and I hope you enjoy your time here. There are also other New Zealand kibitzers here so you're in good company. See you around.


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  Benzol: <ozmikey> <Meanwhile, across the Tasman...>

Good to see that Doug Hamilton is still active.

Jan-13-11  ozmikey: <Benzol> <Good to see that Doug Hamilton is still active.>

And no pushover either, even in his late sixties. I'm sure most of those playing him at the Oz Open wouldn't have realised what a distinguished record he has (including a draw with Korchnoi in 1970, for instance).

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  Richard Taylor: <drakkenboy: Hello Richard Taylor I am playing in the NZ major open And I got 5/11> HI ..great. In the 80s I used to get about that much... 5 is good. Chess is a hard game for sure!

I played in the NZ Lightening Champs tourney best game was against Anthony Carpinter who used to be a very strong player (he still is probably about 2200 or so) in the late 70s to 80s He played the Guimard line against my white Tarrasch (versus the French) and I had read the intro to the book on that (the strategy associated with what to do against the French taking into account the pawn structures) and studied lines on here and in the book ... but mainly I used the idea of keeping blacks pawns on e6 and d5 blocked also got my B to b5 and was prepared possibly to exchange it control e5 as much as I could and the strategical ideas worked for me plus some tactics and I won! But Steadnan got me with his f3 var against the Nimzo ... but previously I beat Luke Li with that line...(Work to do!)

Of course in the French Tarrasch there is my master piece against Bruce Wheeler which had Rybka baffled, it wasn't good enough to analyse it! So Ewen Green brought in a special computer!! (Mind you, he is a genius himself, but perhaps not a ... I must upload it...

In the Lightening Champs Noel Pinic (q.v.) won and young Allen Ansell won second place ...I lost to some guys who only play on the internet! Lurkers!

I also got my revenge against Judy Gao! But IM Dive put me away with his English...


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  Richard Taylor: < ozmikey: Meanwhile, across the Tasman...

The Australian Open concluded today in a three-way tie between George Xie Wendi, Zhao Zong Yuan and Moulthun Ly, the latter two drawing their last round game and George catching up by beating Junta Ikeda.>

Thanks for this.. need to hear more Aussie chess news... I will check those links tomorrow... or shortly...

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  Richard Taylor: I saw the results...interesting ..tough tourney. That little Smirnov boy did well I see. My old sparing partner Bobby Cheng not there?

That GM and George Xie are pretty good and many others... Interesting photos ...typical chess scenes!

Jan-24-11  Raisin Death Ray: So, Anthony Ker is the best chess player in New Zealand. Is that like being the best hockey player in Ecuador? :)
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  Benzol: There's a slight problem here. The last round games seem to be missing. Anthony Ker beat Russell Dive but where is the game?
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  Richard Taylor: <Benzol> At one point at least there was a muck up on the PGNs. After the 9th round) vs. Winston Yao meant I resigned when I had mate in 6! There also quite a few other errors. But I dont know where the last round games are.
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  Richard Taylor: <Raisin Death Ray> He's maybe not the "best" chess player. Murray Chanlder's ELO is 2600 odd and I think Puchen Wang could argue he is a better and so on. But that NZ is not a great chess playing country is true! In fact I thought it was well known.

But we who play in N.Z. actually enjoy chess, or some do, I suppose. The Russians and others just suffer...

But what's wrong with being good at Hockey? What are YOUR claims to fame? Tidlywinks champion of Tinyville? World dribbling Champ? Top seed at wanking? Candidate for the World Super-Moron Cup?

May-18-11  newzild: <Richard Taylor> Actually, I think Murray Chandler is closer to 2500 these days.

Just had a quick flick through my personal games against these guys and am surprised to see that I have a slight plus-score. Maybe I should come home and play some chess. Or maybe I'm just benefiting from never having played Dive or Ker (except at blitz), and the fact that some players I have bad records against (Guthrie, Garbett) didn't play:

McLaren 1 draw
Krstev 1 win
Bennett 2 wins 3 draws 2 losses
Gibbons 1 draw, 1 loss
Barlow 1 loss
Jackson 2 wins

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