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Member since Apr-30-07 · Last seen Oct-19-21
Londoner by birth and upbringing, Current place of residence: lower North Island, New Zealand.

Learned chess from school-fellows plus some reading to get the rules completely clear. Made the usual progress of mediocrity thru school, university and workplace teams, ending with several seasons in suburban league chess in north London. Even at best my rating was never higher than 164 BCF (a bit over 1900 FIDE). Some successes in restricted-entry events, including first place at one Ilford under-160. Plus I won the National Association of Boys’ Clubs title in the 1960s (good timing there - the following the year the field included two future FMs).

Gave up competitive play after leaving the UK in 1977. But there was one more chess-related hurrah. In the 1980s I won the NZ Mastermind quiz title, taking as my main specialist subject the history of our great game since 1450.

My favourite players include Fischer, Miles, Capablanca and Pillsbury - basically anyone who can blend tactics and strategy into a seamless and harmonious whole. (I know darn well I can't!!)

   Cibator has kibitzed 833 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-19-21 Barbero vs Larsen, 1991 (replies)
Cibator: <al wazir: When I can't tell the dark squares from the light, I'll have to quit playing chess.> If that happens, you could always take up its direct ancestor, "Chaturanga" instead. That didn't use a chequered board until after it arrived in Europe around the 11th century.
   Oct-15-21 Suetin vs T Oim, 1972
Cibator: Just noticed I got yesterday's "pun-of-the-day" award, which because of the time zones was a nice birthday present for a few hours here in NZ. Thanks folks!!
   Oct-15-21 Rafael Vaganian
Cibator: Happy birthday, Rafael, from a fellow fifteen-tenner!* *That's if you follow UK usage, which naturally I do.
   Oct-07-21 Blackburne vs J Schwarz, 1881 (replies)
Cibator: <HeMateMe: Who was Mayet?> One of the "Pleiades", alongside the better-known von Bilguer, von der Lasa and Horwitz. See Karl Mayet
   Sep-25-21 Arthur Howard Williams
Cibator: <RedShield: Another British player who chose to drop an unfashionable first name: Harold James Plaskett.> Unlike former UK Prime Minister (James) Harold Wilson (not a chess player as far as I know).
   Sep-22-21 Hort vs Hartston, 1968
Cibator: B H Wood in "Chess" was very dismissive of Hartston's play in this game; something to the effect that it was worse than listless. A must-win, by the way, for Hort to secure a share of the infamous four-way tie that this event ended in.
   Sep-22-21 Gheorghiu vs M Basman, 1968
Cibator: I should have thought Mr Basman would pause for a moment and try to remember where the Romanian army might be involved in a shooting war. As far as I can recall, dear Florin (who maybe has a dash of Nigerian ancestry somewhere?) would most likely have faced nothing more formidable ...
   Sep-10-21 Tal vs C Searle, 1974 (replies)
Cibator: Some people never learn .... gave Mr S. a pasting after he tried this against me in the Sussex University championship. Don't think he ever quite forgave me. (Sorry, the score vanished decades ago.)
   Sep-04-21 F Delius vs S Prokofiev, 1932 (replies)
Cibator: I wonder if both composers were playing blindfold? Delius' eyesight had failed some years before.
   Jul-10-21 Steinitz vs Anderssen, 1870
Cibator: Played before Steinitz had really become Steinitz.
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