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Michael Rohde
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Number of games in database: 356
Years covered: 1974 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2349 (2402 rapid, 2335 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2585

Overall record: +126 -104 =105 (53.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 21 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (33) 
    B43 B30 B90 B25 B81
 English (21) 
    A15 A17 A10 A16 A13
 King's Indian (14) 
    E97 E70 E61 E94 E86
 French Defense (13) 
    C07 C11 C02 C14 C00
 Semi-Slav (10) 
    D45 D46 D47
 Ruy Lopez (10) 
    C80 C61 C75 C66 C90
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (37) 
    B42 B47 B40 B22 B33
 Queen's Pawn Game (21) 
    A46 E00 A41 D02 A40
 English (14) 
    A13 A15 A17 A14 A16
 Bogo Indian (12) 
 Nimzo Indian (12) 
    E48 E39 E21 E20 E32
 King's Indian (11) 
    E81 E62 E99 E83 E97
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Rohde vs G C DeFotis, 2001 1-0
   Rohde vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1992 1-0
   Rohde vs W Martz, 1977 1-0
   Rohde vs Seirawan, 1988 1-0
   Rohde vs D B Gurevich, 1990 1-0
   Rohde vs Dlugy, 1990 1-0
   Rohde vs D Berry, 1976 1-0
   Rohde vs K Spraggett, 1987 1-0
   Rohde vs B M Kogan, 1986 1-0
   de Firmian vs Rohde, 1989 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lone Pine (1977)
   Lone Pine (1976)
   Lone Pine (1975)
   Pro Chess League (2018)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   0 -- 17th Correspondence World Championship Fina by crawfb5
   US Championsip 1987 by Phony Benoni

   🏆 Pro Chess League
   Rohde vs L Harmon-Vellotti (Feb-03-18) 1-0, rapid
   G Orlov vs Rohde (Feb-03-18) 1-0, rapid
   G Vazquez vs Rohde (Feb-03-18) 1-0, rapid
   Xiangyu Xu vs Rohde (Feb-03-18) 1-0, rapid
   J Bryant vs Rohde (Feb-03-18) 1-0, rapid

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(born Aug-26-1959, 59 years old) United States of America

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Michael Arthur Rohde, born in New York, was awarded the IM title in 1977 and the GM title in 1988. His tournament results include 1st at San Francisco 1987 and 2nd= at the 1988 St John Open.

 page 1 of 15; games 1-25 of 356  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Rohde vs Dirk Ball 1-022197475th US OpenB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
2. A Trefler vs Rohde 1-0391975World OpenA67 Benoni, Taimanov Variation
3. Rohde vs Browne  1-0511975New York (USA)B91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
4. Rohde vs Tarjan  0-1281975Lone PineB25 Sicilian, Closed
5. J A Grefe vs Rohde 0-1301975Lone PineB08 Pirc, Classical
6. Rohde vs Suttles 0-1461975Lone PineA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
7. Pilnik vs Rohde  ½-½521975Lone PineB06 Robatsch
8. Rohde vs L Day 0-1771975Lone PineC66 Ruy Lopez
9. D Berry vs Rohde 1-0291975Lone PineA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
10. C N Barnes vs Rohde 1-0251975Lone PineB06 Robatsch
11. Rohde vs D Waterman  0-1591975Lone PineB25 Sicilian, Closed
12. Rohde vs A Karklins  1-0671975Lone PineC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
13. D Levy vs Rohde  1-0301975Lone PineB06 Robatsch
14. M Diesen vs Rohde 1-0491976USA-ch U18B08 Pirc, Classical
15. B Taborov vs Rohde  0-1581976SchildeA14 English
16. Rohde vs C Stehouwer  1-0401976SchildeB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
17. Joel Benjamin vs Rohde ½-½271976New YorkB06 Robatsch
18. Rohde vs Seirawan 1-0581976US Junior ChampionshipB01 Scandinavian
19. Rohde vs Fedorowicz  0-1351976Lone PineB06 Robatsch
20. P Cleghorn vs Rohde  ½-½381976Lone PineB06 Robatsch
21. Rohde vs J Meyers  ½-½541976Lone PineA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
22. T Taylor vs Rohde  0-1541976Lone PineB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
23. Rohde vs R Henley 0-1291976Lone PineB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
24. C N Barnes vs Rohde 0-1491976Lone PineB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
25. Rohde vs D Berry 1-0601976Lone PineC14 French, Classical
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Mar-24-06  azaris: <Now it's just <the Stone-Ware Defense> and its affiliated hyphens that keep me up at night.>

I recommend the variation known as <Tupper-Ware Defense>.

Mar-26-06  midknightblue: Thank you for correcting me. Kindest and humblest regards... MKB
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  keypusher: Dont' have any worry's about's it's.
Mar-26-06  midknightblue: <Azaris> Let him have it! I never screw up three apostrophes'es'es in one sentence
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  WannaBe: Since I'm on a roll here... More potential pun, "Rohde Scholar"
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  Jim Bartle: Wannabe: A good comedian knows an exit line, and you will never top 'Michael Rohde boat ashore."

By the way, back in the day I was a Rohde for the Allman Brothers.

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  Tabanus: Picture of him as 17-year-old IM, from the interesting site

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  wordfunph: <GM Michael Rohde once wrote in Chess Life that there are about five moves per game where Grandmasters don't know what to do and have to think, International Masters eight moves per game, FIDE masters ten, and National Masters fifteen.>

from Dan Heisman's The Improving Chess Thinker.

Oct-18-11  Strongest Force: My advice: never play bughouse with 3 screaming kids: me and Mike against Dlugy and Benjamin. All 3 would be GMs but they were very young then. I was doing very well against Max but I couldn't take Mike's screaming in my ear and I had to let someone take my place.
Jul-13-13  SoUnwiseTheKnight B4: GM Michael Rohde went +27-2=1 in a central park simul today. The milk shake drinkers were out in droves.
Jul-14-13  Strongest Force: Central Park is where I started. At ICC I had a anonymous account. I used every chance I could get to verbally abuse Mike because I knew he had a famous temper. He didn't disappoint. He was apoplectic with anger and even became an admin to find out who I was. Once he found out he thought it was one of the funniest things ever. 
Jul-14-13  SoUnwiseTheKnight B4: haha, that is hysterical <Strongest Force>. I never would've guessed about the temper, he was polite and well behaved. Although I did catch a look in his eye at one point, in hindsight, i'm imagining it now as slight agitation. :) It was a one and done for him at the park yesterday, hopefully he'll return next summer.
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  perfidious: <Strongest Force: My advice: never play bughouse with 3 screaming kids: me and Mike against Dlugy and Benjamin. All 3 would be GMs but they were very young then.....>

So far as I know, you were the only one of that foursome I never played.

Jul-14-13  Strongest Force: I needed bughouse genius Jon Schroer as a partner against any of the others. Jon is the Bobby Fischer of bughouse and he allows you to think by not constantly yelling in your ear.
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  HeMateMe: <tab> Interesting photos.
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  perfidious: One picture appeared on the cover of Chess Life & Review and was panned by some members.
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  HeMateMe: Yaz looks pretty buff with his polyester suit. Where's Joel Benjamin?

So, Fed always dressed like a slob? He and Grischuk.

Jul-15-13  Strongest Force: Fed and myself were 'street/thug' types. We didn't look for trouble but if it came we figured we could handle it.

The Yaz was the best dressed of that generation with defirmian a close second.

When Dlugy was briefly a pro he also dressed like Yaz....all others basically looked like bums.

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  OhioChessFan: <HMM> where did you see Yaz in polyester?
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  HeMateMe: <OCF> is he not wearing a nose picker-lapels poly jacket? I may have somehow imagined it.
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  OhioChessFan: I meant, I didn't see a pic of Yaz anywhere on <Tabanus> links. Was it in there somewhere or somewhere else?
Aug-26-13  SoUnwiseTheKnight B4: Player of the Day honors, nice. Best wishes on your B'day many more to come and thanks for the draw accept in your simul this summer! :)
Apr-23-15  PJs Studio: Anyone know where I can get a copy of all of his game of the month columns? I love fm annotated games and his notes were some of my favorites!
Aug-26-18  Ironmanth: Happy birthday, Grandmaster. Spent many an hour following your games at World Opens over the years, sir! Best to you and your, Michael!
Aug-26-18  Howard: Happy Birthday, Mr. Rhode ! It's been my pleasure and honor to chat with you 3-4 times at World Open's, and also at Chicago Open's.

Still remember that time in May 1977 when you made the cover of CL ! You also shared the cover in August 1976, with the late Mark Diesen.

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