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Kim S Commons
Number of games in database: 106
Years covered: 1969 to 1982
Last FIDE rating: 2445

Overall record: +31 -40 =35 (45.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (11) 
    E97 E91 E60 E66 E63
 Sicilian (10) 
    B42 B56 B29 B92 B23
 Queen's Indian (4) 
    E14 E12
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (14) 
    B81 B84 B21 B94 B43
 Caro-Kann (7) 
    B14 B11 B13 B18 B10
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   K Commons vs P Peev, 1976 1-0
   J A Grefe vs K Commons, 1975 0-1
   K Commons vs Reshevsky, 1974 1-0
   K Commons vs B Baczynskyj, 1976 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lone Pine (1972)
   US Championship (1974)
   Lone Pine (1976)
   Lone Pine (1975)
   Lone Pine (1978)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   US Championship 1975 by suenteus po 147

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(born Jul-23-1951, died Jun-23-2015, 63 years old) United States of America

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Kim Steven Commons was born in Lancaster, California. In 1972, he won the California State Championship. He was awarded the IM title in 1976 and in that year won three international tournaments in Bulgaria: Plovdiv, Primorsko (1st=) and Odessos. He also played for the USA Olympic team in 1976, winning both individual and team gold medals.

In fact, Commons' play at the Haifa Olympiad was roughly at the 2600 level - which was superb back in those days, when no more than 15 players in the world had ratings that high.

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 106  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. T Weinberger vs K Commons 1-0411969Pacific Southwest OpenA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
2. K Commons vs E Nash  1-034197172nd US OpenB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
3. K Commons vs Reshevsky 0-132197172nd US OpenE60 King's Indian Defense
4. K Commons vs S Schwartz  0-127197172nd US OpenB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
5. Gligoric vs K Commons 1-0541972Lone PineD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. K Commons vs T Hay  1-0481972Lone PineE63 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation
7. K Commons vs J Weber  ½-½461972Lone PineE14 Queen's Indian
8. Browne vs K Commons 0-1621972Lone PineA07 King's Indian Attack
9. Bisguier vs K Commons  0-1621972Lone PineE12 Queen's Indian
10. K Commons vs Martinovsky  1-0321972Lone PineE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
11. A Karklins vs K Commons 1-0251972Lone PineB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
12. A Mengarini vs K Commons  ½-½301973Lone PineC00 French Defense
13. K Commons vs Pilnik  0-1421973NorristownA65 Benoni, 6.e4
14. K Commons vs E Paoli  1-0361973NorristownD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
15. Suttles vs K Commons  0-1321973Chicago USCF InternationalA07 King's Indian Attack
16. Tarjan vs K Commons 1-0311973Chicago USCF InternationalC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
17. K Commons vs G S DeFotis  ½-½251973Chicago USCF InternationalB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
18. D Kopec vs K Commons  1-0491974US opB40 Sicilian
19. S Matera vs K Commons  1-0571974HoustonE60 King's Indian Defense
20. Mednis vs K Commons 1-0261974Los AngelesB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
21. K Commons vs Gligoric  ½-½581974Los AngelesC49 Four Knights
22. K Commons vs Bisguier ½-½191974US ChampionshipC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
23. Benko vs K Commons 1-0601974US ChampionshipE08 Catalan, Closed
24. K Commons vs Larry Evans 0-1431974US ChampionshipB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
25. N Weinstein vs K Commons  0-1351974US ChampionshipB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
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Aug-15-06  Albertan: [Event "Haifa ol (Men)"]
[Site "Haifa"]
[Date "1976.??.??"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Rubanraut, Serge"]
[Black "Commons, Kim S"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A07"]
[PlyCount "109"]
[EventDate "1976.11.??"]
[EventType "team"]
[EventRounds "13"]
[EventCountry "ISR"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "1999.11.16"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 d5 3. Bg2 c6 4. d3 Bg4 5. Nbd2 e6 6. h3 Bh5 7. e4 Be7 8. O-O O-O 9. g4 Bg6 10. Ne5 Nbd7 11. Nxg6 hxg6 12. f4 dxe4 13. dxe4 e5 14. f5 Nc5 15. Kh2 Qd4 16. Qe2 Rad8 17. Nb3 Qa4 18. Nxc5 Bxc5 19. Bg5 Rd7 20. b3 Qb5 21. c4 Qb6 22. Rad1 Rxd1 23. Rxd1 Nh7 24. Bh4 Bd4 25. Rd3 a5 26. Be1 Qc5 27. Rd1 Rd8 28. Kh1 Rd6 29. Bf1 Qa3 30. h4 Nf6 31. fxg6 fxg6 32. Bh3 a4 33. Qc2 Rd8 34. Rd3 Nxe4 35. Rf3 Nd6 36. Qxg6 Qc1 37. Rf1 Qe3 38. Qe6+ Kh8 39. Bg2 Ne4 40. Qe7 Bb6 41. Kh2 Nf6 42. g5 Ng4+ 43. Kh1 axb3 44. axb3 Rd1 45. Rf8+ Kh7 46. g6+ Kh6 47. Rh8+ Kxg6 48. Qe8+ Kf5 49. Qh5+ Kf6 50. Rf8+ Ke7 51. Qf7+ Kd6 52. c5+ Qxc5 53. Qf1 Ne3 54. Qe2 Qc2 55. Bf1 0-1

[Event "Haifa ol (Men)"]
[Site "Haifa"]
[Date "1976.??.??"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Sanguinetti, Raul"]
[Black "Commons, Kim S"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A32"]
[PlyCount "36"]
[EventDate "1976.11.??"]
[EventType "team"]
[EventRounds "13"]
[EventCountry "ISR"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "1999.11.16"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 c5 4. g3 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Bb4+ 6. Bd2 Qb6 7. e3 Nc6 8. Bxb4 Qxb4+ 9. Qd2 Qxd2+ 10. Nxd2 d6 11. Bg2 Bd7 12. Ne4 Nxe4 13. Bxe4 Nxd4 14. exd4 Rc8 15. Bd3 a5 16. Kd2 Ke7 17. Rhe1 Rb8 18. Rac1 g6 1/2-1/2

[Event "Haifa ol (Men)"]
[Site "Haifa"]
[Date "1976.??.??"]
[Round "12"]
[White "Silva, M."]
[Black "Commons, Kim S"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A45"]
[PlyCount "54"]
[EventDate "1976.11.??"]
[EventType "team"]
[EventRounds "13"]
[EventCountry "ISR"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "1999.11.16"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 c5 3. Bxf6 gxf6 4. dxc5 Qa5+ 5. Nc3 Qxc5 6. e3 Nc6 7. Nge2 e6 8. Ng3 Be7 9. Be2 d5 10. Bh5 f5 11. Qe2 Bf6 12. Nb5 Bxb2 13. Rb1 Bc3+ 14. Kf1 Be5 15. f4 Bb8 16. Rb3 a6 17. Nc3 b5 18. Nd1 a5 19. Rc3 Qd6 20. Bxf7+ Kxf7 21.Qh5+ Ke7 22. Qg5+ Ke8 23. Nh5 Ra7 24. Ke2 b4 25. Nf6+ Kf7 26. Qh6 bxc3 27. Nh5 Qf8 0-1

[Event "Haifa ol (Men)"]
[Site "Haifa"]
[Date "1976.??.??"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Swanson, Stephen"]
[Black "Commons, Kim S"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B53"]
[PlyCount "130"]
[EventDate "1976.11.??"]
[EventType "team"]
[EventRounds "13"]
[EventCountry "ISR"]
[Source "ChessBase"]
[SourceDate "1999.11.16"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Qxd4 Nc6 5. Bb5 Qd7 6. c4 Nxd4 7. Nxd4 a6 8. Bxd7+ Bxd7 9. b3 b5 10. cxb5 axb5 11. Nc3 Rb8 12. a4 b4 13. Nd5 e6 14. Ne3 Nf6 15. f3 e5 16. Ndc2 Be6 17. Rb1 d5 18. exd5 Nxd5 19. Nxd5 Bxd5 20. Ne3 Be6 21.Bd2 Be7 22. Ke2 O-O 23. Rhc1 Rfc8 24. Rxc8+ Rxc8 25. Rb2 Kf8 26. a5 Ra8 27. Nc2 Rxa5 28. Bxb4 Bxb4 29. Nxb4 Rb5 30. Nd3 Bxb3 31. Kd2 f6 32. Kc3 Ba4 33. Ra2 Bd1 34. Rd2 Rb1 35. Nc5 Rc1+ 36. Kb4 Bc2 37. Rd8+ Kf7 38. Rd7+ Kg6 39. Ne6 Bf5 40. Rxg7+ Kh6 41. Re7 Bxe6 42. Rxe6 Kg6 43. h4 h5 44. Re8 Kf7 45. Rh8 Rg1 46. Rxh5 Rxg2 47. Rh7+ Kg6 48. Ra7 Rg3 49. Ra3 Kf5 50. Kc4 Kf4 51. Kd5 Rh3 52. Ke6 f5 53. Ra5 Rxh4 54. Rxe5 Rh6+ 55. Kd5 Rh8 56. Re7 Kxf3 57. Ke5 f4 58. Rf7 Ke3 59.Kf5 f3 60. Re7+ Kf2 61. Ra7 Rh4 62. Rg7 Kf1 63. Kg5 Rb4 64. Kh5 f2 65. Re7 Kg2 0-1

Aug-15-06  Resignation Trap: Commons had a close shave in the Rubinraut game at Haifa.

After 44 moves, here was the position with White to move:

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Rubinraut played 45.Rf8+ and eventually lost. Can you find something better?

Aug-15-06  dehanne: 45.Qe8+ seems like a wrap.
Aug-15-06  hangingenprise: trap: i like g-6.
Aug-15-06  rover: g6 Nf6 is not very clear becouse Rxf6?? Qg1 mate. However 45.Qe8+ Kh7 46.g6+ Kh6 47.Qh8+ Kxg6 48.h5+ Kg5 49.Qxg7+ Kxh5 50. Rf5 and mate next move.
Aug-16-06  Resignation Trap: Right, White missed a forced mate in 7.
Apr-20-09  Dredge Rivers: Kim Commons. What a tragedy! :)
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  dzechiel: Kim Commons. I played (and lost) my first game of 5-minute chess against Kim Commons back in 1969.
Jul-23-10  wordfunph: with his collection of GM scalps, Kim Commons is undoubtedly a GM-caliber player.
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  TheBish: I had a friend who knew Kim Commons, and he told me he was a GM, so I just took it on face value all these years that he was! Maybe he meant he was GM-caliber, don't know. My friend told me Kim quit chess to make money in real estate (back when it was quite lucrative).
Oct-03-11  waustad: Tragedy? Lots of people leave chess as a profession. It isn't that easy making a living playing a board game.
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  Abdel Irada: <kevin86: <perfidious> They could have been married in Korea,where Kim is the most common name.>

Ladies and gentlemen ... give it up for the stylings of Kim and Kim Kim!

Jul-19-14  Howard: Commons was quoted in a 1982 issue of "Chess Life" as saying, "I'm still excited about chess--it's just that I'm more excited at real estate."

More specifically, Commons went into real estate around 1976 or so, largely through his mother's influence--she'd been in real estate for some time. For a few years, Commons was juggling both professional chess and also building a real estate clientele. He apparently became pretty successful at the latter---he made a six-figure income at it for a couple years in a row back when that aforementioned quote appeared.

In other words, Commons--like countless other promising young American players--decided that making your living from chess was just too difficult, and that he needed to find another vocation.

For the record, his victory over Grefe in the 1975 U.S. championship was definitely one of his best games. He thoroughly analyzed it for Chess Life and Review, back in early 1976.

Nov-19-14  Chessnutty: Does anyone know the whereabouts of Kim Ellen Commons, formerly married to Kim S Commons?
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  HeMateMe: I thought that was Common knowledge?
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  naisortep: Kim Commons

Courtesy of Club Red

Members of the local music scene are in mourning today after the sudden death of the owner of a prominent Valley music venue.

Kim Commons, owner of Club Red in Mesa, passed away Tuesday night after suffering a major stroke over the weekend. He was 63.

Commons, who originally opened Club Red in Tempe in 2005, helped the venue become one of the hubs of the city's music scene as he shepherded it through a decade filled with ups and downs, personal and professional losses, and a tumultuous move to a new home in Mesa last year.

Jun-30-15  Howard: First, Browne...and now Commons ! Damn, but for someone who has been a USCF member for 40 years, as of this year, this truly hurts !
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  WannaBe: I wonder if Club Red would nice enough to allow CG to use that photo. Sad to learn of his passing. =(
Jun-30-15  Murky: i lived in the same student dormitory with Kim Commons at UCLA in 1970-1971. He spent a lot more time with chess than he did getting his degree in physics. He won local tournaments in the Los Angeles area, won the California state championship, soon got his IM title, then played in the US championship and in European tournaments. In the mid to late 70s he stopped just short of becoming a GM, flipping over to a career in real estate. He had nice wins over Browne and Reshevsky; worth finding those games. He missed an opportunity to mate Gligoric in two moves.

Those were the days without chess playing computers and without chess databases, when Chess Informant was the very best source of current chess knowledge. Kim would avidly consume Chess Informant literature, and his knowledge of opening theory was particularly sharp.

I remember one occasion when I helped Kim promote his chess career. He designed a flyer, offering chess lessons and describing himself as the current California state champion. We then drove around posh areas of LA stuffing mail boxes with his flyer. I didn't think anything good would come of it, but soon he's telling me about giving chess lessons to David Crosby and other West Coast musicians. Crosby said it was, "like taking batting lessons from Micky Mantle".

Kim's life after chess is pretty obscure to me. Here is an obituary giving some detail:

Jun-30-15  Howard: Probably his biggest accomplishment was winning the gold medal for board 6 at the 1976 Olympiad. The irony was that the late Walter Browne's ego was the only reason Commons made the team that year ~!
Sep-09-15  wrap99: <Howard> Was it that Browne refused to play?
Sep-11-16  siggemannen: Browne wanted first board or nothing, and he got it...

Commons' 76 must've been one of the best "streaks" ever? Three tourneys won, plus great showing in the Olympics. Why did he quit?

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  perfidious: <siggemannen> The post by <Murky>, just after Commons' death, is about all the information with which I am familiar.

Got to chat briefly with Kim on ICC some years ago; no airs about him, just a reasonable guy. A pleasure.

Sep-11-16  Murky: Why did Commons quit chess? On one occasion Kim told me he didn't like living out of a suitcase. Too much time on the road. Deprivation of home comforts. Jet lag. Starting a family might have anchored Kim a bit. And then there is the issue of making a decent living. Only the top GMs roll in dough. Lesser GMs struggle. Kim was able to switch over to a career in real estate, thanks in part to his mother, who was a real estate professional. I don't yet get how Kim transitioned into managing a bar and concert venue in Phoenix. Read that he had gone through a difficult divorce, and maybe that's what propelled him out of California and into Arizona, I'm not sure. I regret that I don't have more detail of Kim's later life. Was a good friend to me, and I remember him well.
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  Domdaniel: The phrase 'the tragedy of the Commons' has nothing to do with Kim -- it relates to the way that common economic resources tend to be over-used and despoiled.
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