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Peter Wykeham Stuart
Number of games in database: 283
Years covered: 1964 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 1981 (1948 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2225
Overall record: +67 -98 =118 (44.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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   A Huang vs P W Stuart (Oct-05-14) 1-0
   P W Stuart vs H Milligan (Oct-04-14) 1/2-1/2
   Alphaeus Wei Ern Ang vs P W Stuart (Oct-03-14) 1/2-1/2
   P W Stuart vs B Lim (Oct-02-14) 1/2-1/2
   P W Stuart vs C Burns (Oct-01-14) 1-0

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(born Jan-09-1947, died Dec-19-2017, 70 years old) New Zealand

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Peter Wykeham Stuart was born in Auckland. He was the Vice-President of the New Zealand Chess Federation and won the New Zealand Senior Championship in both 2008 and 2009. Stuart was an International Arbiter (2000) and International Organizer (2011).

Last updated: 2018-07-29 03:04:44

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. P W Stuart vs R Taylor 0-1281964Auckland EasterE77 King's Indian
2. O Sarapu vs P W Stuart 1-032197077th New Zealand ChampionshipA81 Dutch
3. G Trikaliotis vs P W Stuart  0-1681972Friendly MatchB30 Sicilian
4. P W Stuart vs T Thorsteinsson  0-1381972Skopje Olympiad qual-4A22 English
5. J Letzelter vs P W Stuart  ½-½441972Skopje Olympiad qual-4B32 Sicilian
6. P W Stuart vs G De La Cruz  1-0611972Skopje Olympiad qual-4A12 English with b3
7. J Emma vs P W Stuart  1-0501972Skopje Olympiad qual-4B21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
8. P W Stuart vs W Wallbridge 1-0211972Skopje Olympiad qual-4A22 English
9. G Makropoulos vs P W Stuart  1-0321972Skopje Olympiad qual-4B33 Sicilian
10. H Pfleger vs P W Stuart  1-0251972Skopje Olympiad qual-4B48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
11. P W Stuart vs L Belliard Alonzo  ½-½211972Skopje Olympiad Final-CA34 English, Symmetrical
12. Y Rantanen vs P W Stuart  1-0531972Skopje Olympiad Final-CB33 Sicilian
13. P W Stuart vs F Silva  0-1401972Skopje Olympiad Final-CA13 English
14. A Drira vs P W Stuart  ½-½221972Skopje Olympiad Final-CB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
15. P W Stuart vs A Erozbek  ½-½381972Skopje Olympiad Final-CA16 English
16. P W Stuart vs F A Martinez Buitrago  0-1711972Skopje Olympiad Final-CA22 English
17. P W Stuart vs G Bonner  0-1401972Skopje Olympiad Final-CA22 English
18. H MacGrillen vs P W Stuart  ½-½671972Skopje Olympiad Final-CA95 Dutch, Stonewall
19. P W Stuart vs G De La Cruz  ½-½181972Skopje Olympiad Final-CA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
20. R Chavez Chavez vs P W Stuart  ½-½271972Skopje Olympiad Final-CB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
21. P W Stuart vs A Feneridis 1-0241973New Zealand ChampionshipA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
22. O Sarapu vs P W Stuart  ½-½12197380th New Zealand ChampionshipA43 Old Benoni
23. A Day vs P W Stuart 0-1211974New ZelandB33 Sicilian
24. P W Stuart vs R Wansink  ½-½401974New Zealand ChampionshipE73 King's Indian
25. O Sarapu vs P W Stuart 1-0341974New Zealand ChampionshipB08 Pirc, Classical
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  Benzol: The only man I know of who's read Fine's Basic Chess Endings from cover to cover.
Apr-23-06  Jim Bartle: He must have very strong hands now. It would be a great exercise to hold that book open (at least the edition I had) for so long. You could lose a finger if it got caught when the book snapped shut.
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  Benzol: From the 7th round of the 87th NZ Ch.

A L Carpinter versus P W Stuart

Position after Black's 35th move

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36.Nb3 f4
37.gxf4 gxf4
38.Kd3 fxe3
39.fxe3 h5
40.h3 Ke5
41.Nd4 Bc7
42.Nf3+ Kf5
43.Nh4+ Ke5
44.Ng2 Bd8
45.e4 Bb6
46.Ne3 Bd8
47.Nc4+ Kf4
48.e5 h4
49.Kd4 Kg3
50.e6 Kxh3
51.Nxa5 Kg3
52.Nc4 h3
53.Ne3 Kf3
54.Nf1 Kg2


Instead of 49.Kd4 White might have tried 49.Nxa5 Bxa5 50.e6 Bd8 51.a5 Ke5 52.a6 should win.

At move 50 an alternative 50.Ke3 only draws e.g. 50... Kxh3 51.Kf3 Kh2 52.e6 h3 53.Kf2 Bh4+ 54.Kf1 Kg3 55.Kg1 Kf4 56.Nxa5 Kf5 1/2-1/2.

52.Nc4 is good. If for example 52.Nc6 then 52...Bf6+ 53.Ke3 h3 and Black wins.

- Analysis from the New Zealand Chess Magazine.

Bet Peter was glad he'd studied Fine's Basic Chess Endings.

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  Richard Taylor: Paul there is a new book (Lamprech I think it's by) and shorter but still very good one by Gambit that covers most endings. But point taken. I wished I had studied endings more myself.
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  Richard Taylor: My game is the first game on here!
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  Jonathan Sarfati: New Zealand's greatest ever player Murray Chandler reports the following very sad news:

“A huge shock to hear of the death of Peter Stuart, who died Tuesday 19th December in North Shore Hospital. Peter was one of the stalwarts of New Zealand Chess with an unsurpassed record as a chess administrator, organiser, magazine editor and NZ representative player. He held the title of NZ Master, was a former president and life member of the NZ Chess Federation. His life-long dedication to the administration and development of chess in New Zealand was greatly admired and respected by his peers. Funeral arrangements to be advised when known.”

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  Richard Taylor: Yes. I just found this out from Leonard McClaren. My earliest game I can find quickly was 1964. He was slightly older than I. He had done well in the NZ Champs in the Sarapu Era...It is sad. He was likeable if he kept to himself. He had a dour sense of humour. I feared getting into an endgame with any weakness against Peter as that was his forte. He was hard to beat. He ran the NZ Chess Magazine for some years. I don't think there has been a better chess magazine in NZ since (possibly before also). His coverage was great. He was thorough and maintained a data base of NZ Chess Games. He had been the President of the NZ Chess Association for sometime before Bob Smith took the job. He ran the North Shore Club (which once was the strongest Club -- possibly in NZ) and there he won the North Shore Champs a number or times. He also organised a yearly North Shore Open.

I think he was or had been an accountant.

Murray's (and Helen Milligan's accounts of his achievements are very good). The last game I played against him was a draw. I had tried to attack his Taimanov but there was no way through and Black was starting to look dangerous so I offered a draw.

He mostly played 1 c4 as White and as Black I think he steered for the Taimanov-Bastrikov against 1 e4 (if he could) and also one other staple he had was the Nimzo.

Sad news indeed.

Dec-21-17  morfishine: RIP master Peter Stuart
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  Wayne Power: - Good tributes from Richard, Helen and Murray. I can only add that I first met and played against Peter in 1963 and, as I recall, he was already helping out with the North Shore Club, even then. So, his unbroken, dedicated career in chess playing, administration, coaching, promotion, research, game collection, annotation and writing spanned nearly 55 years!

As Richard has noted, he ran the NZ Chess Magazine better than anyone before or since but I remember that he also took over Ortvin Sarapu's column in the Herald and ran that for a few years as well.

He had a strongly disciplined mind and used that in both chess itself and all of the above. Like Richard, I feared getting into an ending with him. Only when we got into a complicated middle game did I occasionally have a chance.

In the admin field, his grasp of detail was excellent. It was almost as though he was the "headmaster" of the "school of chess administration" and would sometimes correct mistakes with what we might call an "affectionate telling off" - but always delivered with a friendly smile.

Peter, who gave up smoking a little too late, left us too early but his contributions to New Zealand Chess and the wider scene will last forever.

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  Richard Taylor: Thanks Morfishine and Wayne.
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  Benzol: This is very sad to hear. RIP Peter.
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  Richard Taylor: <Benzol> It seems worse coming so near to Xmas.

A passing of an era which myself and others such as Wayne knew. Graham Mears (and others of the 'The Old Codgers 60s to 80s Mostly Auckland and NZ Chess Eccentrics Club' which Wayne and I are founding members of, these aren't necessarily good chess players, being good at chess can in fact debar some from joining the Nutters or Eccentrics Club...

Peter qualified as he had enough quirks and ticks (and despite the fact he WAS pretty good at chess...) I think is still around. He was one of the stalwarts of ACC in the good old days and knew Peter also at North Shore. I played at the North Shore Club myself one year. It was about the time my wife started complaining I was spending too much time on chess. In fact I felt that was true and curtailed chess almost completely for a number of years.

But the year I played at the North Shore I played some interesting games (again not necessarily "good" games! but they were often pretty crazy and or I played interesting people one or two became friends (or acquaintances )in different fields...e.g. Richard Poor who later ran the earlier Jason's Second Hand Book Shop) at North Shore which was in a Church. It was much better than their present place.

But Peter kept on playing and organizing chess from the 60s to this year.

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  Richard Taylor: Peter played some good games for sure!
Jul-29-18  Cibator: I've only just stumbled upon the news about Peter's death, but even though it's several months on now, I still feel compelled to add my bit to the memories.

We only had the one face-to-face meeting - a pretty brief one, in London in the mid-70s, at the home of a guy called Bob Pentecost, who was one of a SE London chess circle based around the Lewisham and Charlton clubs. (Murray Chandler's sort-of-adopted family the Hannans were in this group; Murray himself and Australian master Max Fuller were occasional hangers-on rather than full members, even though Max boarded with Bob for a time.)

Peter struck me then as a quiet, level-headed type (and he had to be, given the sometimes volatile temperaments of our associates!).

After emigrating to NZ a few years later, I played in a couple of Upper Hutt 40-40 tournaments. I recognised Peter's name among the other competitors, but thought it unlikely he'd remember me from London, so didn't bother to say Hi.

Then a year or so after that, I went on NZ's version of the BBC quiz show "Mastermind", taking as special subject the history of chess (natch). I still don't know if that jogged Peter's memory, but even if it did, there were no favours granted when he was asked to compile the questions I'd be facing. Tough stuff every time! At least two other contenders had a go at that subject as well, and no doubt Peter did the honours for them too. Setting quiz questions, for TV in particular, is a very tricky and exacting business, one I've certainly never been attracted to myself. Good on ya, Peter, for handling the job so well.

We never met in the studio; instead Bob Gibbons was there to provide help with any potential dispute resolution. This may have been deliberate policy on the part of the show's producers.

I have to agree with other people's comments about the NZ Chess magazine. Peter invariably made a first-class job of it, and it was always sadly obvious when other less capable individuals had to take the helm.

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