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Richard Taylor
Member since Feb-14-05 · Last seen Nov-19-22
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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 14114 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-19-22 N Kosintseva vs I Krush, 2010
Richard Taylor: Good and imaginative game by White
   Nov-19-22 Fischer vs Petrosian, 1971
Richard Taylor: Paradoxically Taimanov later wrote a book on -- well his own opening, or the Paulsen or Kan, and quoted this game as the main line if bxc6. What is important for us is the psychological advantages that Fischer had. Petrosian could well have won. But if a player has a plan and
   Nov-19-22 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
Richard Taylor: Just now as we approach summer, there is a violent electrical storm. It has been darkish and cool here. I hope the power stays on. Rare for me instead of reading Rousseau's 'Confessions' or a novel, I wanted to watch 'Doc. Martin' a BBC comedy about an eccentric Doctor who is
   Nov-19-22 Janosevic vs Matulovic, 1966
Richard Taylor: Very good game by Janosevic!
   Nov-17-22 Wolfgang Heidenfeld
Richard Taylor: He also wrote 'Modern Chess Miniatures' with Leonard Barden, I see it was "Presented to R. Taylor -- 2nd Prize, Auckland Schools Metropolitan Chess Championships. 1962" ! I'd forgotten. Earlier I won a book about checkmates. But I recall in 1962 I missed out on the NZ Schools
   Nov-06-22 Carlsen vs Niemann, 2022 (replies)
Richard Taylor: Good game by Nielson. No evidence. Carlson played indifferently here.
   Oct-28-22 Graham Morrison
Richard Taylor: It's hard to get to over 2400 Elo or FIDE. But an achievement to get an IM. In NZ recently, in the Asian Seniors, (I had to pull out as did some others due to the infamous illness), but a lot of older players (I was in the over 65s) got either IM norms or FM I think. One I ...
   Oct-13-22 John Wisker
Richard Taylor: They explained that he was good but his health not good and he had unexplained losses, probably due to his health, probably he had TB or something similar. He was clearly better than the average player on this site for example. His interests were not primarily chess wise. I ...
   Sep-16-22 E Goltseva vs M Guseva, 2022
Richard Taylor: I think White missed a win but only with a quick analysis without a computer....yet. More interesting. Both have to play carefully as sometimes B can be stalemated, N in the right place, White Queens and the N gives mate... But it is a draw mostly in the endgame.
   Sep-16-22 J Peters vs B Gibbons, 1979 (replies)
Richard Taylor: Very droll...The Bird's is annoying to play against but probably not as good as the other lines. Worth a whirl though...Black seemed to get out of play, a bit ambitious perhaps at the start....C'est la vie...
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  Richard Taylor: Thanks Login. I know a lot of those people.
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  Richard Taylor: For anyone there. Have been in contact with Benzol. He is doing o.k.

I wish everyone the Best of the Season!

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  technical draw: Thanks, RT. Have a very happy New Year and give my regards to Benzol, one of the old timers.
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  Richard Taylor: <technical draw: Thanks, RT. Have a very happy New Year and give my regards to Benzol, one of the old timers.> Hi Tech draw. Yes, he is a good fellow. Plays some chess. He is moving from his house but will keep in contact. I'll pass on your regards.

Have a good New Year yourself. Things are not looking good worldwide but hopefully we will all pull through as they say.

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  Richard Taylor: <login:

Chur cuz Richard,

hope things are alright and the upcoming christmas season will be nice (with a nation’s first ever live fundraising broadcast on its way We 'here on the other side' expecting this year's first snow anytime soon all while freezing our butts off. Since there is not much I could 'gift' an already happy Kiwi, let's just continue to enjoy some richness of New Zealand icons' works here

Having read your (very personal) blog you might find interest in episode 5. Anyways, I wish you folks happy holidays and fingers crossed a fully recovered Benzol will soon be back to chess.

Take care mates>

Thanks for this. Regards to you also.

I know or have met many of the people on the list. Bill Direen (musician and writer of various things, reading something by him now published some of my works, and I have read at things he has organised). Denys Trussell I see quite a lot. Kevin Ireland I don't know personally but have met him. Greer Twiss, the sculptor, his wife started a chess club at my school and (this was about 1960) we used to call him 'Mr Twisted' but later he became well known. I'm in either as a writer or reviewer some of the Poetry Yearbooks. Interesting list!

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  Richard Taylor: By the way at a recent seniors I beat FM Robert Smith in the last round with a nice attacking game by me that had some sacrifices in it! He is hard to beat, an ex NZ Champ etc etc
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  moronovich: Kudos to a fine achievement <Richard> !

Still got it in you !

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  Richard Taylor: <moronovich: Kudos to a fine achievement <Richard> ! Still got it in you !>

Thank you <moronovich>!

Yes! Felt good that despite everything, and age considered, some of us are still able to remember how to move the pieces...I did lose to Gordon Morrell who is a NZ/Canadian player, quite strong who considered that most of my game was played well. Due to fatigue (+ age?) I missed an obvious attack on a B and had to resign. A few moves back the position was unclear. I lost to Benjamin Lim who played some very good games. In the opening I had a better game but missed my way. Benjamin had beaten poor Bob the round before. Such is life. Still, as long as we don't get an outbreak of the Bad Thing here I might consider playing again this year as mostly I did reasonably well and sometimes very well. See how it goes....

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  Richard Taylor: Haven't played chess yet this year. Just keep forgetting to go to the chess club. I think it is safe enough but I will wait until I get both injections of the Pfizer vaccine. Then I will see how the situation goes generally.

The Pfizer vaccine from the phase 3 tests is very effective esp. with two injections (I don't like "shots" or "jabs"). If anyone gets what seems severe Sars-Cov-2 get a doctor to push for monoclonal antibodies. I think they are going for a wide spectrum of these. A "cocktail". Children can get Covid but they may not show it so they can spread it is moot that they should be at school until vaccinations are world wide at least 80% but that is a hard ask.

The US has to think of other nations that are very poor like many South American nations and those in Africa and many others.

Compassion is needed and action and widespread testing.

I recommend people to watch the TWiV reports on virology etc and the interesting reports of Daniel Griffin.

Also there are some interesting lectures on virology and cell biology etc

Meanwhile also chess can be played on line for free so all is not lost. All the best to everyone and to those in the medical field and related and everyone in essential work who are trying to help with things.

Everyone everywhere in the world.

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  Benzol: I know I've been absent here for a wee while but I knocked on Richard's door this morning and he didn't recognise me at first. LOL.
Apr-15-21  login:

For Richard's son

For Richard

For Benzol

For everyone

Thanks mates for rocking, improving, returning.

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  Richard Taylor: <Benzol> Had been overweight ever since I knew him, in fact I had got so used to him as he was that was who he was so to speak. He warned me he was having bariatric surgery. Then he turned up one day. After a shock, we all went out after me showing my wins against FM Bob Smith and Nigel Metge, a strong NZ player. Both games involved attacks and or counter attacks by me I should put them on here at least.

Then we went out and had lunch. Discussed a problem by Barden. Had a good day. Paul is out of Auckland having sold his house for a large return. He moves South hopefully to new hopes....

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  Richard Taylor: Thanks <login> Some interesting links. I am still waiting to get the Pfizer (two injections). They are working through a priority.

The situation in India is tragic. And has been throughout the world. Perhaps things will slowly improve.

The NZ economy has done well as Adern shut down quickly and totally but businesses were able to keep going. So the financial people (ASB) feel we have done better than expected as people at least knew where they stood so to speak....

Chess wise amused myself watching an interview with Karpov and Ivanchuk showing his game to the young Indian woman who commentates. She had to keep pushing him sideways so people could see his game.

Then in 2019 he beats Carlsen in a blitz game and immediately runs off to watch other games. He buys things if he loses. Ivanchuk is a strange genius, like a child in some ways...Obsessed with chess....

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  Richard Taylor: My mother was brought up in Banaba Island. My uncle was born there in 1921.

Who knows about that Island?

Most of the inhabitants, were forced onto Rabi Island in Fiji. There there is an outbreak of Sars-Cov-2 recently.

On the chessic side Fiji has had school chess tournaments.

(Incidentally, the inhabitants were forced off the Island ca. 1946 to Rabi Island in Fiji. Meanwhile the Island was basically destroyed by British, Australian and NZ exploitation; the phosphate dug out and the villages bulldozed. Despite one of the longest court cases in British legal history, a judge who visited the Island couldn't decide what sum to compensate the Banaban people. Basically they have lost their land and huge profits made by private companies with the later cooperation of the NZ, Australian and British Governments).

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  Benzol: Richard any chance you could use one of those photos you took of me to be put on my games file here?
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  Richard Taylor: HI Benzol. I'll ask the Admin if can send them. I'll have to find them, I usually process all my photographs for quality etc. After that I'll ask them.
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  Richard Taylor: Hi Paul. I've "shopped" one. You look good in that one. I could send it (sorry for the delay).

Can you contact them and ask if I can send them a picture? I think they will listen to you more than me.

All the best. RT

Sep-03-21  Octavia: i spotted a remark of yours on the chat page - great to see you're still around & doing well! I used to follow your erudite remarks for a long time. But now I'm hardly here.

Are you following the Olympiad? I'm surprised that neither this site nor chessbase mention it. Scotland is doing well. We went from section 3 to section 2; today is day 2. We won against Norway & Portugal & lost to Zimbabwe yesterday.

thought I had to mention it somewhere.

Sep-05-21  login:

Wylcome Octavia,

a likewise thought with regards to your own input on numerous matches and tourneys came to mind. Hence your longtime avatar turned iconic and always was a welcomed sight for all.

(But) what was beneath ...

'.. Then gently spoke: "Let me your loss supply, And either nobly win, or nobly dir ..'

I remember reading Hans Bohm (kibitz #17) and sharing your excitement on the spot!!! Aye, much belated praise on that bonnie win.

For the sake of completeness here is the whole thing

e.g. in 'Studies of Chess Vol. 1' [of 2] by Francois Philidor, 1803

Background (and author's bio)

Since Richard enjoys poetry one better get all sources right here on his turf.

Anything we left out ?

Mar sin leat / Haere r? !


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  Richard Taylor: <Octavia: i spotted a remark of yours on the chat page - great to see you're still around & doing well! I used to follow your erudite remarks for a long time. But now I'm hardly here. Are you following the Olympiad? I'm surprised that neither this site nor chessbase mention it. Scotland is doing well. We went from section 3 to section 2; today is day 2. We won against Norway & Portugal & lost to Zimbabwe yesterday.

thought I had to mention it somewhere.>

I missed this. No, I didn't follow it. I was going to play either in a weekender here or the NZ Seniors. I did pretty well in the NZ Seniors last year beating Nigel Metge, an old rival who is now the President of NZ Chess, replacing Murray Chandler. I also beat the (for NZ) high ranked ex NZ Champ Bob Smith in an interesting tactical game with a good attack. Against Metge I played some complex tactics and he missed a possible defence. I blundered against Morrell in a strange game. But I did pretty well as I had a won position against one of the tournament winners but blew it. Such is life. So at 73 I can still play chess, but I haven't played except online this year. Online is rubbish mostly.

I am booked in to play in the NZ Seniors if they happen. NZ is mostly locked down. Vaccinations are increasing in %. Weather is starting to get a bit warmer.

Hellen Milligan is organizing a lot of NZ Chess.

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  Richard Taylor: Forgot to thank you and "login" with his enigmatic comments....!
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  Benzol: Hi matey
How is it ?
This bloody build is sapping an awful lot of time and energy. My interior designer reckons we might be in by April. I hope she's wrong. I left Epping Street in April and the thought of spending a year in the campervan isn't an exciting prospect. Cheers matey
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  Richard Taylor: Hi Benzol. Did I send my email, I forgot. Otherwise if you go on FB I could message etc.

I feared things would not be so easy. I agree re the campervan. Not my cup of tea either. How are you getting on health wise? My daughter tells me it is quite hard but it is, mostly works out pretty well all things considered.

I'm not too bad, hurt my back, seems to be sorting. I started playing on after I played in the NZ Seniors online.

I wasn't used to Lichess although it is great. I lost to Gibbons and probably Hilton Bennett as although I had a move checker on, I didn't know how to override it in time trouble. But my game against Gibbons involved a brilliant sac by me in time trouble, actually two. Hilton probably deserved his win but I missed a defence but I give that to him as he was brave enough to sacrifice.

But it was strange playing long games online. Nevertheless I have found that Lichess is great for Blitz games, and have fascinating puzzles I solve most days.

Here is good. Lichess is another resource.

Keep me posted on here or some other way.

I must have your contact details somewhere.

All the best. Hang in there Paul!

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  Richard Taylor: I need to check where my 'data' is to contact you Paul. All the best.
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  Richard Taylor: Paul. I have your email. I will email or phone sometime. RT
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