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Member since Nov-12-16 · Last seen Dec-08-21
Profession: Litigating attorney for more than 40 years.

Chess: Began playing in the early 1950's and have enjoyed playing and studying chess ever since. My biggest chess thrills have been (in no particular order): (a) seeing Bobby Fischer in action live at the US Championship; (b) attending the Kasparov-Karpov 1990 World Championship match; (c) private lessons from Grandmaster Susan Polgar (a great teacher); (d) playing over great games, especially those with excellent annotations; (e) endgames.

Other interests:

(A) Piano: I have been an amateur pianist for nearly 60 years. Perhaps the greatest thrill of my life (next to the day I married my wife and the day my daughter was born) was the time I had a private master class on Schubert's A-Major Piano Sonata from the great Ruth Slenczynska.

B) Ballet:

I have been attending ballet performances for about 65 years, and have been lucky enough to see many of the greatest dancers. My wife and I have sponsored new ballets, including pieces for the wonderful ballerina Teresa Reichlen. I still take ballet classes.

(C) Tennis:

I have been a fan for many decades, and attended the US Open for many years, usually attending every round.

D) Bridge

Until my work schedule became too brutal, I played in tournaments frequently, winning a number of "B" events and occasionally prevailing in short "swiss" matches against some of the all-time greats. (It is much easier to win a short swiss team bridge match against world champions than to defeat a chess grandmaster. My teams have prevailed on occasions against some of the all-time greats, but I have yet to win a chess game on even terms against a player rated 2300 or above).

E) Biblical Studies

I study the Bible nearly every day and have taught various sorts of Bible classes, at one point at least once a week for about 12 years. I seem to have the unique ability to offend people of nearly every religion and belief, probably because of my mania for textual issues (always a good idea to know what was actually written before dashing off to proclaim or denounce it) and vigorous and unrelenting close readings of controversial texts.

F) Mountain and wall climbing

My daughter and I climb (top-rope) walls at the gym once a week, and I am training to attempt a climb of Mount Washington.

G) Misc.

In my younger days, I was a marathon runner and before that a wrestler. I love almost every sort of food (with a few notable exceptions) and have never lost an eating contest. Full Member

   KEG has kibitzed 2658 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-05-21 H Wolf vs Teichmann, 1902
KEG: Post VII 64. Rff5? Wolf still did not appear to recognize the one priority he had to emphasize: STOP THE WHITE C-PAWN. The winning move here was 64. Rf6 (64. Rf1 probably also wins) after which play would probably go 64...Nd3 (or 64...Rb5 65. Kg2 Ke4 66. Rf2 Kd3 67. h4! [now White had
   Nov-27-21 Marshall vs J Mortimer, 1902
KEG: Post III 27... Rh8? With 27...Nd5, Mortimer would take the sting out of Marshall's attack. After the text, bu contrast, he should not have survived very much longer. 28. Qg3+ Kf8 [DIAGRAM] 29. Qf4 This may still allow White to win, but the killer was 29. Ng6+! fxN [Black has nothing
   Nov-25-21 Maroczy vs A Reggio, 1902
KEG: Post VI 41. Qe3 "!"--(Tournament Book) The text almost certainly wins, but 41. Qg4 was the real killer. 41... Rhxh6 42. Rh2! Wonderful! 42... RxR The only chance. 43. KxR [DIAGRAM] 43... Qb8 Black is almost certainly lost anyway, but 43...Qb2+ was a much better try. After the
   Nov-21-21 Chigorin vs Albin, 1902
KEG: Post VIII 88... Qa7 89. Qd5+ Kf4 90. c5 [DIAGRAM] 90... Qb8+ 91. Kc4 Qa7 92. Qd6+ Ke4 93. c6 Qa6+ 94. Kc5 [DIAGRAM] 1-0 Of course, if 94...Qa7 95. Kb5 and Black's checks are at an end.
   Nov-14-21 J Mason vs Pillsbury, 1902
KEG: Post V 46. Kf1 Ke5 46...Kd5 was even faster. [DIAGRAM] 47. g3?! Desperation. The Tournament Book is correct that 47. Ke1 would not have saved the day, though its analysis of that moved was flawed: "47. Ke1 Qe4+ [47...Qd4 was the killer, though the Tournament Book's move also wins] ...
   Nov-01-21 Marshall vs Lasker, 1907
KEG: Post VI 43. h6 The only chance to create any problems for Black. 43... gxh6 44. Qf5+ Kg8 45. Qe5 Preparing to advance his f-pawn--the only way to concoct any threats. [DIAGRAM] 45... a5 With the a-pawn now on the move, any threats Marshall hoped to create needed to be sprung ...
   Oct-29-21 Keres vs Botvinnik, 1948
KEG: <plang>I indeed misquoted Kasparov as you rightly point out. I still think that Keres' 44...Qf4+ followed by 45...g5 is the best way to sin. But after playing out some long variations, I am persuaded that Kasparov (and you!) are correct that Kasparov's alternative line also wins. ...
   Oct-29-21 Lasker vs Marshall, 1907
KEG: Post VI 40... f4 Still trying to make something out of nothing. 41. Re4 R8g6 42. c4 [DIAGRAM] If this were a fight, it would have been stopped. Lasker had an extra piece, and extra pawn, and a host of threats. Marshall had...nothing. But yet, he played on. 42... Kd6 Deciding to ...
   Oct-13-21 Von Scheve vs Chigorin, 1902
KEG: Post 43... Na5 44. Nc6 Nb7+ 45. Kb5 45. Kd4 was perhaps a little faster, but the text also gets the job done. [DIAGRAM] 45... Kd7 If Tchigorin still wanted to continue he might have decided to chuck his d-pawn (which had long been the bane of his game) with 45...d4. But nothing ...
   Oct-09-21 G Marco vs Gunsberg, 1902
KEG: Post III 21. dxN? Turning a win into a loss. The Tournament Book said that 21. Rd2 was the right move for White here, but that only leads to a draw, 21...b5! (the saving move) 22. dxN RxR 23. KxR Qxc6 24. Bxb5 axB 25. Qxf7 Ne4+ 26. NxN QxN. 21... NxR [DIAGRAM] 22. cxB? Marco was ...

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