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Richard Taylor
Member since Feb-14-05 · Last seen Oct-25-23
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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 14147 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-23-23 Nietsche
Richard Taylor: Nietzsche didn't say that God is dead. This was said in his book 'Thus Spoke Zarathrustra' by Zarathrustra. He rarely states anythings such as "I am an atheist" which he may have been. His writing in say 'Beyond Good and Evil' are saying: "Are these ideas of polarities such ...
   Aug-20-23 So vs Nakamura, 2015
Richard Taylor: EIther this line of the KI wins for Black (or White I would guess it is not often a ddraw) but it was seen, similar, in 1953 in Taimanov-Najdorf. In that game Black also won but played 13. ... Nf6 and then Ng6 so it was similar. The game is in Bronstein's book of the 1953 ...
   Jun-03-23 de Firmian vs Azmaiparashvili, 1996
Richard Taylor: Nice finish! Black didn't play the best line...still v. interesting...
   May-27-23 B van de Plassche vs S Maroroa, 2019 (replies)
Richard Taylor: The last and a great game in its own way. Sadler showed that 24. Qe1 was the defence. Great finish by Sue Maroroa! Also of not 25...Nc6! and the moves 16...a6 then after the committal 17 a4...a5! Which makes sense when seen. Black gets away without developing in the normal ...
   May-26-23 Sue Maroroa
Richard Taylor: I heard Sue had died there was almost a page re that in the NZ Herald. I got a shock. I played her a couple of times and met Gawain briefly I think 2010 in the Trundle Masters Tournament. I think soon after he was married to Sue. It is a tragedy, not too long ago Timu her ...
   May-07-23 Nepomniachtchi vs Ding Liren, 2023
Richard Taylor: <Willber G: How about awarding the title to the player who has used least time during the match? That would break the tie by rewarding (and possibly encouraging) faster play.> No. One day though, they might be able to have a computer connected so that an overall ...
   May-01-23 Nepomniachtchi vs Ding Liren, 2023 (replies)
Richard Taylor: Not all chess players actually like winning or the process. There is something arificial about it all. How can he be the World Champion because of one error out of many played by both players? If the score is = at the end of a match they should be declared the reigning world ...
   Apr-28-23 Mikhail Yudovich Sr. (replies)
Richard Taylor: Yudovich senior was the co-editor with A.Kotov of 'The Soviet School of Chess', Foreign Languages Publishing House, Moscow, 1958. My father and I learnt chess together, I think I was about 10 or 11 when I was reading Alice Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. It ...
   Apr-22-23 T Kaasen vs J A Herrera Reyes, 2019
Richard Taylor: Good game for sure!
   Apr-22-23 G Lorscheid vs T Kaasen, 2021
Richard Taylor: Perhaps Kaasen intended a Q sac or exchange here. One possible line. Haven't looked on a computer but 5. Nb5 looks risky... 16. Nb5 Qxb5 17. Bxb5 Bxb5 18. Kd1 Nd3 19. Qb3 a6 20. a4 Bc4 21. Qxb7 Nf2+ 22.Ke1 Nxh1 23. Nh3 Nxe4 ....
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