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Boris Markovich Kogan
Number of games in database: 89
Years covered: 1963 to 1987
Last FIDE rating: 2235
Highest rating achieved in database: 2445

Overall record: +15 -32 =41 (40.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (16) 
    A46 A40 E00
 Catalan (4) 
    E06 E02
 English, 1 c4 c5 (4) 
    A31 A34
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (7) 
    C03 C07 C16 C15
 Slav (7) 
    D15 D10 D11
 Ruy Lopez (5) 
    C75 C73 C71
 English, 1 c4 e5 (5) 
    A21 A29 A20
 Sicilian (4) 
    B30 B40 B63 B47
 French Tarrasch (4) 
    C07 C03
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   de Firmian vs B M Kogan, 1986 0-1
   K Spraggett vs B M Kogan, 1984 0-1
   B M Kogan vs Alburt, 1986 1-0
   B M Kogan vs Yusupov, 1981 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lone Pine (1981)

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(born Feb-08-1940, died Dec-25-1993, 53 years old) Ukraine (federation/nationality United States of America)

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IM Boris Markovich Kogan became Soviet Junior Champion in 1956 and 1957 and moved to the USA in 1981 - in the same year he was awarded the title of IM. He won the Championship of Georgia, USA 9 times and seven times in a row (1980 to 1986, 1988 and 1992). IM Kogan died of colon cancer.

Wikipedia article: Boris Kogan

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 89  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I Platonov vs B M Kogan  1-0661963UKR-chB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
2. Zamikhovsky vs B M Kogan  ½-½661963UKR-chA38 English, Symmetrical
3. V Tukmakov vs B M Kogan  ½-½411963UKR-chB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
4. B M Kogan vs J Yuchtman  0-1901964UKR-chA56 Benoni Defense
5. A Bannik vs B M Kogan  1-0311964UKR-chB15 Caro-Kann
6. B M Kogan vs Lutikov  ½-½3219686th Soviet Team CupA07 King's Indian Attack
7. H Pohla vs B M Kogan  ½-½5719686th Soviet Team CupA04 Reti Opening
8. Savon vs B M Kogan  ½-½891971URS-ch sfC71 Ruy Lopez
9. B M Kogan vs Kholmov  ½-½301971URS-ch sfA46 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Savon vs B M Kogan  1-0351977URS-ch otborC07 French, Tarrasch
11. M Umansky vs B M Kogan  ½-½181977URS-ch13 corr7778A29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
12. B M Kogan vs Cvachoucek  1-0351978corr 1.EU ttD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. Miles vs B M Kogan  1-0481980USAD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. B M Kogan vs Yusupov  ½-½261981Lone PineA46 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Sosonko vs B M Kogan  1-0351981Lone PineD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. B M Kogan vs Ivkov  ½-½541981Lone PineA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
17. Bradford vs B M Kogan  ½-½681981Lone PineA04 Reti Opening
18. B M Kogan vs D Root  ½-½471981Lone PineE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
19. J Whitehead vs B M Kogan 0-1351981Lone PineB40 Sicilian
20. Reshevsky vs B M Kogan  ½-½571981Lone PineA75 Benoni, Classical with ...a6 and 10...Bg4
21. B M Kogan vs Soltis  1-0781981Lone PineA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
22. L Gutman vs B M Kogan  ½-½701981Lone PineA07 King's Indian Attack
23. B M Kogan vs Joel Benjamin 0-1411981USA-ch / ZonalA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
24. B M Kogan vs L Christiansen  ½-½651981USA-ch / ZonalE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
25. B M Kogan vs Tarjan  ½-½571981USA-ch / ZonalE02 Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4
 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 89  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-27-06  Caissanist: These games are from at least two different Boris Kogans. Boris M. Kogan (1940-1993) was an IM, a well known chess teacher, and 8 times champion of the U.S. state of Georgia.
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  TheFocus: Nice to see Boris Kogan represented here. A class act as a man and a player. I remember playing in a Reserve section in Georgia once. He was strolling around the hall and stopped to look at my game. I was a Pawn up in a tricky King and Pawn ending. My opponent asked for a draw and got mad when I refused. After finding the solution, I chalked up the win. One of the kibitzers said, "I never saw that coming." Kogan said, smiling, "I did." He then gave me a thumbs up and went back to win his game. When Kogan entered a tournament, you knew he was probably going to win it. He was nicknamed "King of the South." He was a great teacher and player. Too bad more of his games are not available here.
May-14-10  MKalafatas: A couple of years ago I posted a four-part video on YouTube, reminiscing about IM Boris Kogan. You can see it here:

Dec-20-13  BIDMONFA: Boris Markovich Kogan

KOGAN, Boris M.

Mar-21-14  Retireborn: Can anybody help me sort out the Boris Kogans?

Chessbase has "Boris Kogan" as an Israeli guy and has a photo of him from 1996; "Boris M Kogan" has a US flag but no photo. Somewhat irritatingly they were apparently both born in 1940. Chessbase is not aware of either of them having died.

The Wiki page for Boris Kogan states that he played in three US championships. On the other hand Chessbase Big Database 2002 has a Boris Kogan playing in the 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986 and 1987 US championships.

Does anybody know for sure which Kogan played in which US championships, and if the other one is the Israeli or a third Kogan?

Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <Boris Markovich Kogan> was the IM from Georgia U.S.A. Fantastic player and coach.

<Boris Kogan> is Israeli.

Nov-04-15  Retireborn: <The Focus> Many thanks for that. After reviewing the Kogan games/references in my database I've been able to assign nearly all of them either to Boris M or to Artur Kogan, a somewhat younger Israeli.

The only exception is a text reference to Kogan-Vzdvizhkov, USSR 1989. This may or may not be the now-Israeli Boris Kogan, but I'm not going to worry about it!

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, IM Boris Kogan: "King of the South."
Nov-23-18  vanwely: Enjoyed the videos, Mr. Kalafatas.
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