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Member since Jun-21-11 · Last seen Dec-08-21
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 430 times to chessgames   [less...]
   Nov-07-21 Freysteinn Thorbergsson
Zugzwangovich: Again as related in the gospel according to Brad Darrach, Fischer not only refused to meet Freysteinn at the Saidy home, but also twice ordered that he be removed from the plane being boarded en route to Reykjavik. Then 33 years later we find Gardar Sverrisson telling us that ...
   Nov-01-21 de Firmian vs D Schneider, 2005
Zugzwangovich: De Firmian came up with an entirely new concept (15.Nb3) in this 13.a4 line of the Open Ruy. As far as I've been able to find out 15.Ne4 has been virtually the only move played in this position beginning with the stem game, which was the last game of the 1981 Karpov-Korchnoi ...
   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
   Jul-09-21 V Akopian vs R Antonio, 1999
   Jul-09-21 William John Donaldson (replies)
   Jul-08-21 Saidy vs Fischer, 1960 (replies)
   Jul-03-21 Beliavsky vs H Hamdouchi, 1999
   Jun-29-21 Fischer vs J Bennett, 1957
   Jun-24-21 William Lombardy (replies)
   Jun-12-21 Ilya Gurevich (replies)
   Jun-07-21 A Sokolov vs Chandler, 1987
   Jun-03-21 A Sokolov vs Sveshnikov, 1985 (replies)
   Mar-29-21 Kotronias vs Kramnik, 1992 (replies)
   Jan-09-21 L Christiansen vs D Gurevich, 1987
   Jan-07-21 William Martz (replies)
   Nov-14-20 D Gurevich vs B M Kogan, 1984
   Nov-11-20 Polugaevsky vs Kasparov, 1982
   Nov-04-20 D Gurevich vs Tiviakov, 1999 (replies)
   Aug-23-20 Fischer vs O Sarapu, 1967 (replies)
   Aug-14-20 Tal vs R Persitz, 1957
   Aug-07-20 Dronavalli Harika (replies)
   Jul-21-20 Spassky vs P C Gibbs, 1960
   Jun-14-20 Tal vs Jansa, 1966
   Jun-14-20 N Ioseliani vs Spassky, 1997
   May-17-20 V Dydyshko vs Kasparov, 1978 (replies)
   Aug-07-19 N Padevsky vs Larsen, 1968 (replies)
   Apr-12-19 J Sherwin vs Fischer, 1958 (replies)
   Mar-14-19 Fischer vs P Lapiken, 1956 (replies)
   Dec-24-18 D Gurevich vs D Schneider, 2006
   Nov-04-18 D Gurevich vs Browne, 1994
   Oct-30-18 Gulko vs D Gurevich, 1992
   Aug-23-18 K G Shirazi vs A Akhsharumova, 1988
   Jul-20-18 D Gurevich vs de Firmian, 1986 (replies)
   Jul-05-18 Tal vs S Kagan, 1990
   Jun-26-18 N Ioseliani vs E Groberman, 2001
   May-17-18 Spassky vs S Kajan, 1955 (replies)
   May-10-18 Iskusnyh vs M Magomedov, 2002
   May-10-18 S Sloan vs William F Cox, 1956 (replies)
   May-08-18 E Morphy vs Morphy, 1854 (replies)
   May-05-18 Tal vs Rivas Pastor, 1992 (replies)
   Apr-26-18 Hjartarson vs Tal, 1990 (replies)
   Feb-15-18 de Firmian vs Dreev, 1990
   Dec-04-17 Tal vs Murey, 1990
   Nov-28-17 Popovych vs M Valvo, 1990
   Nov-11-17 Tal vs Timman, 1988 (replies)
   Oct-29-17 Ribli vs Tal, 1988
   Sep-25-17 A Zapata vs Tal, 1987
   Sep-17-17 Timman vs Kasparov, 1985
   Sep-03-17 Petrosian vs Bisguier, 1962 (replies)
   Apr-29-17 J Arnason vs Psakhis, 1983
   Oct-16-16 Ljubojevic vs J M Hodgson, 1986
   Sep-09-16 Andersson vs Tal, 1983 (replies)
   Jul-19-16 L Christiansen vs A J Mestel, 1982
   Mar-02-16 Hort vs Ljubojevic, 1979
   Feb-10-16 Adorjan vs Timman, 1981
   Feb-01-16 Tal vs M Vukic, 1978
   Jan-17-16 Tal vs G Kuzmin, 1977 (replies)
   Dec-27-15 Mecking vs Tal, 1975 (replies)
   Dec-03-15 Spassky vs Tal, 1959 (replies)
   Dec-01-15 Spassky vs Tal, 1959
   Nov-18-15 Tal vs S Garcia Martinez, 1973
   Nov-17-15 Robert James Fischer (replies)
   Nov-17-15 Tal vs Vaganian, 1973 (replies)
   Nov-15-15 J Thinnsen vs D J Strauss, 1981 (replies)
   Nov-13-15 Taimanov vs Spassky, 1973
   Nov-11-15 Karpov vs Spassky, 1973 (replies)
   Nov-06-15 Kasparov vs Tal, 1987
   Nov-06-15 Spassky vs K Langeweg, 1973
   Nov-05-15 Spassky vs J H Donner, 1973 (replies)
   Nov-03-15 Tukmakov vs Tal, 1973 (replies)
   Nov-03-15 J Whitehead vs B M Kogan, 1981
   Oct-16-15 Bronstein vs Tal, 1972 (replies)
   Oct-15-15 Fischer vs Spassky, 1992 (replies)
   Sep-21-15 G Garcia Gonzalez vs Quinteros, 1981 (replies)
   Sep-16-15 Tal vs G Fuster, 1958 (replies)
   Sep-13-15 Spassky vs Tal, 1958 (replies)
   Sep-10-15 Fischer vs Spassky, 1992
   Sep-01-15 US Championship (1962) (replies)
   Aug-27-15 Hort vs J H Donner, 1981
   Aug-27-15 Karpov - Fischer World Championship Match (1975) (replies)
   Aug-04-15 A Kapengut vs Tal, 1972
   Aug-02-15 Tal vs Korchnoi, 1972 (replies)
   Jul-31-15 Denker vs Reshevsky, 1959 (replies)
   Jul-26-15 Stein vs Uhlmann, 1971 (replies)
   Jul-20-15 R Byrne vs Korchnoi, 1971 (replies)
   Jul-16-15 Tal vs R Byrne, 1971 (replies)
   Jul-14-15 F Olafsson vs Hort, 1971
   Jul-14-15 Parma vs Tukmakov, 1971
   Jun-23-15 L Day vs Spassky, 1971 (replies)
   Jun-10-15 Ftacnik vs D H Campora, 1981
   May-07-15 Fischer vs Petrosian, 1961 (replies)
   May-04-15 Chandler vs B Feustel, 1981 (replies)
   May-04-15 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
   Apr-21-15 Savon vs Tal, 1970 (replies)
   Apr-15-15 Fischer vs S Schweber, 1970 (replies)
   Apr-14-15 Hort vs M Ghinda, 1981 (replies)
   Mar-31-15 Petrosian vs Tal, 1970
   Mar-31-15 Smyslov vs Fischer, 1970 (replies)
   Feb-22-15 Seirawan vs Korchnoi, 1981 (replies)
   Dec-16-14 Spassky vs Y Porat, 1968
   Dec-10-14 Spassky vs Fischer, 1992 (replies)
   Nov-13-14 Gipslis vs V Zhuravliov, 1963 (replies)
   Nov-05-14 Fischer vs Matulovic, 1967 (replies)
   Oct-29-14 Spassky vs Suetin, 1967
   Oct-27-14 Lajos Portisch (replies)
   Oct-27-14 Tal vs Gligoric, 1967
   Oct-23-14 Pachman vs Najdorf, 1967 (replies)
   Oct-06-14 Tal vs Ree, 1968 (replies)
   Sep-18-14 Fischer vs Najdorf, 1966 (replies)
   Sep-15-14 Karjakin vs Kamsky, 2014
   Sep-08-14 Tal vs J Fichtl, 1964 (replies)
   Sep-05-14 W Ader Hausman vs Fischer, 1959
   Sep-01-14 Kholmov vs Tal, 1966
   Aug-24-14 Tseshkovsky vs Tal, 1974 (replies)
   Aug-14-14 Lombardy vs B Zuckerman, 1978 (replies)
   Aug-12-14 B Zuckerman vs L Christiansen, 1978 (replies)
   Aug-03-14 Spassky vs Tal, 1965
   Jul-07-14 Spassky vs O Quinones Carrillo, 1964 (replies)
   Jun-17-14 Tal vs Reshevsky, 1964 (replies)
   Jun-16-14 Mikhalchishin vs T Giorgadze, 1978
   Jun-15-14 F Thorbergsson vs Fischer, 1960
   Jun-10-14 V Ciocaltea vs Fischer, 1962 (replies)
   May-28-14 Arkady Novopashin (replies)
   May-22-14 Tal vs D Mohrlok, 1962 (replies)
   May-21-14 Spassky vs Boleslavsky, 1958 (replies)
   May-19-14 E Franco Raymundo vs Tal, 1962
   May-18-14 A Kochyev vs Alburt, 1978
   May-14-14 J H Donner vs Tal, 1961 (replies)
   May-08-14 Unzicker vs Tal, 1960 (replies)
   May-06-14 Alexander G Beliavsky (replies)
   Apr-08-14 Fischer vs Tal, 1962 (replies)
   Mar-19-14 Y Kotkov vs Spassky, 1965 (replies)
   Mar-04-14 Spassky vs Petrosian, 1975 (replies)
   Feb-25-14 Spassky vs Fischer, 1992 (replies)
   Jan-12-14 Polugaevsky vs E Torre, 1976 (replies)
   Dec-09-13 Savon vs Beliavsky, 1974
   Dec-09-13 Vasiukov vs G Kuzmin, 1974
   Oct-31-13 Yoshiharu Habu (replies)
   Oct-28-13 Sax vs G Bordonada, 1974 (replies)
   Oct-28-13 Petrosian vs Ivkov, 1974
   Oct-22-13 Fischer vs R Padula, 1971 (replies)
   Oct-20-13 Velimirovic vs R Q M Al-Qazzaz, 1974 (replies)
   Oct-20-13 Keene vs P Milbers, 1974 (replies)
   Sep-09-13 Fischer vs F Middendorf, 1970
   Sep-08-13 Fischer vs M Christoph, 1970
   Sep-05-13 Fischer vs Hort, 1970 (replies)
   Sep-03-13 Gheorghiu vs Fischer, 1970 (replies)
   Sep-03-13 Y Miyasaki vs Fischer, 1970 (replies)
   Sep-02-13 Fischer vs R Garcia, 1970 (replies)
   Aug-21-13 Spassky vs I Nei, 1975 (replies)
   Aug-20-13 Ghitescu vs Fischer, 1970 (replies)
   Aug-19-13 J B Bednarski vs Geller, 1970 (replies)
   Aug-19-13 Stoltz vs H Steiner, 1952 (replies)
   Aug-15-13 Taimanov vs Uhlmann, 1970
   Aug-15-13 Najdorf vs Tal, 1970 (replies)
   Aug-14-13 Portisch vs Korchnoi, 1970 (replies)
   Aug-11-13 R Byrne vs Shainswit, 1951 (replies)
   Aug-10-13 Fischer vs Korchnoi, 1970 (replies)
   Aug-05-13 Y Bernstein vs Fischer, 1968 (replies)
   Aug-04-13 Reshevsky vs Fischer, 1970 (replies)
   Aug-04-13 Fischer vs Smyslov, 1970 (replies)
   Aug-01-13 Fischer vs Petrosian, 1970 (replies)
   Jul-29-13 Bent Larsen (replies)
   Jul-29-13 Lombardy vs Geller, 1970
   Jul-20-13 E Nikolic vs Fischer, 1968 (replies)
   Jul-18-13 Matulovic vs Fischer, 1968 (replies)
   Jul-06-13 Ljubojevic vs Larsen, 1981
   Jul-04-13 R Dworzynski vs Keres, 1956
   Jun-26-13 Kholmov vs Fischer, 1967 (replies)
   Jun-10-13 R Bandal vs Fischer, 1967
   May-27-13 Kashdan vs E Steiner, 1937 (replies)
   Apr-30-13 Miles vs K Pytel, 1974
   Apr-25-13 Spassky vs Taimanov, 1963 (replies)
   Apr-18-13 Evans vs Fischer, 1965 (replies)
   Apr-18-13 J Polgar vs Kasparov, 1994 (replies)
   Apr-03-13 Tal vs Petrosian, 1959 (replies)
   Mar-26-13 Fischer vs Smyslov, 1965 (replies)
   Feb-15-13 Fischer vs J Zvers, 1964 (replies)
   Jan-23-13 Fischer vs J Blackstone, 1964 (replies)
   Jan-23-13 Alejandro Ramirez Alvarez (replies)
   Jan-22-13 Ghitescu vs Fischer, 1960 (replies)
   Jan-02-13 J Agdamus vs Fischer, 1970 (replies)
   Dec-18-12 S Kurbonboeva vs T Abrahamyan, 2012
   Dec-04-12 Tal vs E Haag, 1969
   Dec-01-12 Keres vs Hug, 1973
   Nov-19-12 Fischer vs P Wolf, 1964 (replies)
   Nov-14-12 Spassky vs Stein, 1971 (replies)
   Nov-11-12 Korchnoi vs Spassky, 1999
   Nov-08-12 Panno vs P Biyiasas, 1973 (replies)
   Nov-01-12 Spassky vs Kavalek, 1969 (replies)
   Oct-02-12 Fischer vs W Beach, 1963 (replies)
   Sep-29-12 Fischer vs J Fuller, 1963 (replies)
   Sep-24-12 Spassky vs Zhu Chen, 1998
   Sep-02-12 Taimanov vs Smejkal, 1973 (replies)
   Aug-03-12 Fischer vs S Schweber, 1962 (replies)
   Jul-15-12 Podgaets vs Tal, 1969 (replies)
   Jul-13-12 Uhlmann vs E Torre, 1973
   Jul-13-12 Fischer vs Reshevsky, 1961 (replies)
   Jul-13-12 Tal vs Gligoric, 1968 (replies)
   Jul-08-12 Quinteros vs Smejkal, 1973
   Jul-07-12 Balashov vs L Popov, 1973
   Jun-26-12 Fischer vs Euwe, 1960 (replies)
   Jun-20-12 Adorjan vs Spassky, 1982 (replies)
   Jun-15-12 Taimanov vs Fischer, 1960 (replies)
   Jun-13-12 Spassky vs G Garcia, 1964 (replies)
   Jun-10-12 Guimard vs Fischer, 1960 (replies)
   Jun-05-12 Topalov vs Kramnik, 1996 (replies)
   Jun-03-12 Bronstein vs Fischer, 1960 (replies)
   May-31-12 Mednis vs Fischer, 1959 (replies)
   May-12-12 C Bauer vs Spassky, 2001 (replies)
   Apr-23-12 F Olafsson vs Fischer, 1959 (replies)
   Apr-21-12 Portisch vs Spassky, 1961 (replies)
   Apr-18-12 C Jauregui vs Fischer, 1959 (replies)
   Apr-14-12 R Sanguineti vs Fischer, 1959 (replies)
   Apr-14-12 Fischer vs Ivkov, 1959 (replies)
   Apr-11-12 Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1954 (replies)
   Apr-11-12 Fischer vs Jacobo Bolbochan, 1959 (replies)
   Apr-01-12 Mednis vs Fischer, 1958 (replies)
   Mar-13-12 Smirin vs de Firmian, 1995
   Mar-11-12 Fischer vs Tal, 1960 (replies)
   Mar-08-12 Ivanchuk vs Hjartarson, 1995
   Feb-27-12 Mikhail Tal (replies)
   Feb-27-12 Janosevic vs Fischer, 1958 (replies)
   Feb-24-12 B Amin vs V Akopian, 2011
   Feb-23-12 Kibitzer's Café (replies)
   Feb-22-12 Denker vs Fischer, 1958 (replies)
   Feb-15-12 Salov vs Portisch, 1994
   Feb-15-12 Berliner vs Fischer, 1957 (replies)
   Feb-14-12 Fischer vs A Sandrin, 1957 (replies)
   Feb-08-12 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
   Feb-08-12 C Gardner vs Fischer, 1957 (replies)
   Jan-30-12 Van der Sterren vs Kamsky, 1994
   Jan-30-12 Fischer vs A Di Camillo, 1957 (replies)
   Jan-25-12 D Byrne vs Fischer, 1957 (replies)
   Jan-23-12 R Thacker vs Fischer, 1957 (replies)
   Jan-19-12 Fischer vs Saidy, 1957 (replies)
   Jan-15-12 Euwe vs Fischer, 1957 (replies)
   Jan-10-12 Petrosian vs G Garcia Gonzalez, 1979 (replies)
   Jan-01-12 F R Anderson vs Fischer, 1956 (replies)
   Dec-26-11 C Grossguth vs Fischer, 1956 (replies)
   Dec-22-11 D Byrne vs Fischer, 1956 (replies)
   Dec-15-11 Fischer vs Larsen, 1958 (replies)
   Dec-13-11 Tringov vs Fischer, 1965 (replies)
   Dec-08-11 Reshevsky vs Van der Sterren, 1979
   Dec-04-11 Tal vs Kasparov, 1992 (replies)
   Dec-02-11 Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963 (replies)
   Dec-01-11 Kasparov vs A Sokolov, 1975 (replies)
   Nov-24-11 Smyslov vs Reshevsky, 1948 (replies)
   Nov-23-11 Jeremy Silman (replies)
   Nov-23-11 Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1948 (replies)
   Nov-15-11 Smyslov vs Ribli, 1983 (replies)
   Nov-13-11 Smyslov vs Ribli, 1983 (replies)
   Oct-21-11 Ara Minasian vs A Sokolov, 1999 (replies)
   Oct-20-11 A Sokolov vs Y Hernandez Estevez, 1999
   Oct-16-11 A Lugovoi vs A Sokolov, 1998
   Oct-12-11 Tal vs Fischer, 1959 (replies)
   Oct-12-11 Petursson vs Hjartarson, 1985
   Oct-04-11 Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985 (replies)
   Oct-01-11 Timman vs Smyslov, 1984 (replies)
   Sep-25-11 La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834 (replies)
   Sep-24-11 Fischer vs Spassky, 1992 (replies)
   Sep-20-11 Tal vs J Miller, 1988 (replies)
   Sep-18-11 de Firmian vs Kudrin, 1984 (replies)
   Sep-12-11 A Sokolov vs Portisch, 1985
   Sep-12-11 Chandler vs Vaganian, 1984 (replies)
   Sep-08-11 Fischer vs Bronstein, 1970 (replies)
   Sep-06-11 Karpov vs Kasparov, 1984 (replies)
   Aug-30-11 Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 (replies)
   Aug-27-11 Spassky vs Tal, 1984 (replies)
   Aug-24-11 Beliavsky vs A Sokolov, 1984 (replies)
   Aug-16-11 Viktor Korchnoi (replies)
   Aug-06-11 Tigran V Petrosian (replies)
   Aug-06-11 Spassky vs Fischer, 1992 (replies)
   Aug-05-11 Vyzmanavin vs Korchnoi, 1994 (replies)
   Jul-31-11 Igor Schneider (replies)
   Jul-30-11 Ivanchuk vs Azmaiparashvili, 1994 (replies)
   Jul-18-11 V Frenklakh vs Kudrin, 1995 (replies)
   Jul-15-11 D Gurevich vs E Tate, 1994 (replies)
   Jul-08-11 Timman vs Salov, 1988
   Jul-04-11 Tal vs Spassky, 1954 (replies)
   Jul-03-11 D Gurevich vs M Dutton, 1991
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