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    Richard Sutton RIP

    New Zealand NM Professor Richard Sutton passed away last Friday. He had been a well known and well liked part of the NZ chess scene for many years. Over his last few weeks my father often played chess with him in Dunedin. He represented NZ at Olympiad level and will be greatly missed.
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    May he rest in peace. Perhaps you could disinter a game he would be proud of to reflect his style, be it swashbuckling or maddeningly stodgy! To represent at Olympiad level, The Prof obviously had talent.
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    Thanks Jonathan for letting us know ... RIP Professor, and I am sure Dr Sarfati would have some experiences/memories of Richard Sutton the player that would like to share with the rest of us!
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    That's very sad news. Dr Dowden (TonyD) probably knew him better than anyone else on ChessChat, since they played in Dunedin quite a lot, and I know TonyD respected Prof. Sutton's skill highly. I didn't know him so well but played him a few times. But from what I do know, he will be missed as a leading Kiwi player as well as a perfect gentleman.

    Richard Sutton won the NZ Champs twice, played in the NZ Olympiad team, and was a professor of law. In his youth he was apparently known as "Tricky Dicky", a compliment to his tactical sharpness. But I admired his skill with the bishop pair, e.g.:


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    Another of Sutton's own favorites, in that same article was this game where Sutton used a number of tactical finesses to beat back an unsound gambit: Ortvin Sarapu vs Richard John Sutton
    72nd New Zealand Championship 1965, Smith–Morra Gambit accepted.

    An example of sharpness in a mating attack is Ewen McGowen Green vs Richard John Sutton, 86th NZ Ch 1979, Semi-Slav Defense: Botvinnik System.

    Even in his later years, Sutton could play a sharp attacking game, e.g. this 19-move smash Sean Watharow vs Richard John Sutton, Queenstown Classic 2006.
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    Thanks, Jono

    Thanks Jono for a full contribution - and fitting games well meeting Gunner's request.

    FYI the last time I saw Richard was at Queenstown - the Open before last. I travelled there with my father and the first person we saw as we were approaching (and looking for!) the venue to watch some of the main event (I only played in the Rapid) was Prof. Richard Sutton. My father and he were good friends through the Otago Chess club where they both played. Dad told me that in Richard's latter days he still played a very good game of chess. He used to enjoy dad going for a weekly or so visit to play him while he was in the hospice. (A propos to not very much, one year Jono stayed with us when he was playing in the NZ champs in Dunedin and I played in the large Swiss Premier Reserve.)
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    I remember Richard Sutton.

    I remember Richard Sutton but it was a long time ago. I got beat

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamski
    (A propos to not very much, one year Jono stayed with us when he was playing in the NZ champs in Dunedin and I played in the large Swiss Premier Reserve.)
    Are you sure that it wasn't the South Island champs? I know I stayed with TonyD one year for the Champs (I think 1991/2).
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    about these chess players

    Arcadios Feneridis was the first player in New Zealand to beat Sarapu.

    Ewen McGowen Green played for New Zealand in several Olympiads. He coached Bobby Chang while he was in New Zealand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davidflude
    Arcadios Feneridis was the first player in New Zealand to beat Sarapu.
    Indeed so (at least in the NZ Champs). I wrote his obit for NZ Chess not long ago that mentioned this among other things (plus some annotated games, some of which I've posted on Fenny' ChessGames page). Fenny was almost 100 when he died, and was playing reasonable blitz when he was in his 90s.

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    Ewen McGowen Green played for New Zealand in several Olympiads. He coached Bobby Chang while he was in New Zealand.
    I didn't know that, but Ewen is an excellent coach, and in his younger days was the best blindfold simul player in Australasia.
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    You are probably right - back to Sutton- obituary in ODT

    Quote Originally Posted by Jono
    Are you sure that it wasn't the South Island champs? I know I stayed with TonyD one year for the Champs (I think 1991/2).
    You are probably right. Dad also recalls the time clearly when you stayed at our home and you did finish among the prizewinners.

    Back on topic the newspaper that dad used to be the editor of, Dunedin's Otago Daily Times, published an excellent and full obituary of Richard in their edition of 2 May 2009. Dad sent me a copy. To see it online you need to subscribe to their web site and access the archives at a small cost- odt.co.nz.
    BTW the story was written by a chess player - in my days (long gone, though I have revisited since and on one of those visits seen John Gibb) at the Otago Chess Club and the Otago University Chess Club he was a member of both. John Gibb wrote the obituary. Quentin J or maybe TonyD would be able to confirm if John still goes to the OCC. The obit is well worth reading and if someone is motivated (Arosar, Peter Parr and/or Brian Jones?) could be used as the basis for an obit in an Australian publication or web site.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adamski
    FYI the last time I saw Richard was at Queenstown - the Open before last.
    Richard Sutton also came along one day to spectate at the 2009 Queenstown Classic. I think they were on holiday and just popped in to see the chess!

    I had met Richard before but can't remember where (maybe Christchurch?)

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    Sutton received the FM title

    2 interesting facts from the ODT obituary:
    In 2005 Prof. Richard Sutton was awarded the FM title.
    At his death he was NZ's highest rated senior player.
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    Story and photo on NZ Chess web site

    There is now a short obituary and photo of Richard on WFM Helen Milligan's web site, http://newzealandchess.co.nz/
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    The Otago Daily Times chess column (now by Quentin Johnson) has a tribute to Prof. Sutton here — includes the following miniature against a very worthy opponent with Black in 2004, to win the South Island Champs late in life for the second time (annotations from the column):

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    Who was White?

    Jono, who did Richard beat in that game? I can of course look up the ODT but for the sake of time I thought I'd get an answer here.
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