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Zugzwangovich
Member since Jun-21-11 · Last seen Oct-24-21
I am an expatriate yank who's lived mostly in Japan for the last 40-odd years. Didn't know Jack for squat about chess until Reykjavik '72 made the game a lifelong passion for me, more as a fan than as a player. With a rating of about 1590 I'm a genuine patzer, but I managed to hold Tigran Petrosian to a draw in a simul in 1983. Also love "shogi", the Japanese form of the game, to such an extent that I don't know whether to think of shogi as Japanese chess or of chess as western shogi.

   Zugzwangovich has kibitzed 427 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-20-21 Kasparov vs Karpov, 1985
 
Zugzwangovich: I guess what <offramp> meant is that in Silman's book 'How to Reassess Your Chess' he used this game as an example of trading pieces to reduce the opponent's attacking chances.
 
   Oct-15-21 B Zuckerman vs A Rankis, 1961
 
Zugzwangovich: Thanks for the clarification, Granny. Sorry for the contradictory comments; I had the position set up wrong when I said it looked lost for Black.
 
   Sep-01-21 Carlsen vs So, 2021 (replies)
 
Zugzwangovich: Why is it that whenever I search for a game in which "So" is one of the opponents I get a message saying, "Sorry, no games at this time"? The same message appears whether I type "So", "so", "W So", "W so", "w So", or "w so". What am I doing wrong?
 
   Aug-26-21 Kasparov vs Leko, 1994
 
Zugzwangovich: <fisayo123> Sorry for being nitpicky, but Leko was actually five days away from turning 15 on the day this game was played. BTW, how does Gazza become "the GOAT"?
 
   Aug-08-21 Shamkovich vs Gheorghiu, 1975
 
Zugzwangovich: I would like to see 8.Rb1 named the Shamkovich Variation, since both this DB and 365Chess give this game as the first time it was ever played, years before the second time.
 
   Aug-08-21 Rohde vs I Gurevich, 1992 (replies)
 
Zugzwangovich: It's not every day you see a game featuring four (!) exchange sacrifices.
 
   Jul-31-21 Movsesian vs Fedorov, 1999 (replies)
 
Zugzwangovich: Quite a pyrotechnic display!
 
   Jul-22-21 Fedorov vs Timman, 1999 (replies)
 
Zugzwangovich: <perfidious> As a long-time KG fan I knew he was an advocate of the opening, but was still surprised he'd try it against a GM as strong as Timman in such an important event when all he needed was a draw to advance and a loss could have been disastrous. By the bye, how ...
 
   Jul-13-21 Khalifman vs Kamsky, 1999
 
Zugzwangovich: <Spassky69> He was at 2628. Kamsky was at 2720.
 
   Jul-09-21 V Akopian vs R Antonio, 1999
 
Zugzwangovich: <risolcruz> <kudubux> This was not blitz but the second of their G/25 tiebreak games after a draw in the first. If GM Joey had drawn here they would have gone on to a pair of G/15 games and only after that blitz if necessary.
 
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