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K Rogoff 
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Kenneth Rogoff
Number of games in database: 132
Years covered: 1968 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2505
Overall record: +38 -29 =64 (53.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      1 exhibition game, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 English (10) 
    A15 A13 A18 A16 A19
 Sicilian (8) 
    B21 B23 B38 B30 B85
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C68 C95 C65 C88 C97
 English, 1 c4 e5 (5) 
    A20 A29 A22
 King's Indian (5) 
    E62 E74 E63 E60
 English, 1 c4 c5 (5) 
    A30 A34 A36
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (12) 
    B93 B30 B60 B52 B85
 Caro-Kann (11) 
    B17 B10 B12 B13
 English, 1 c4 c5 (9) 
    A30 A34 A33
 Sicilian Najdorf (5) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   K Rogoff vs R Blumenfeld, 1976 1-0
   Huebner vs K Rogoff, 1972 1/2-1/2
   K Rogoff vs Smejkal, 1976 1-0
   Huebner vs K Rogoff, 1976 1/2-1/2
   K Rogoff vs Timman, 1971 1-0
   K Rogoff vs Bisguier, 1974 1/2-1/2
   A Lombard vs K Rogoff, 1976 0-1
   Petrosian vs K Rogoff, 1976 1/2-1/2
   Sosonko vs K Rogoff, 1976 1/2-1/2
   Tal vs K Rogoff, 1976 1/2-1/2

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

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Ken Rogoff Chess Highlights by GumboGambit
   US Championship 1974 by Phony Benoni

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(born Mar-22-1953, 61 years old) United States of America

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Kenneth Saul Rogoff learned chess from his father at age 6, but took up the game in earnest when he got a chess set for his 13th birthday. He was soon recognised as a chess prodigy. By age 14, he was a USCF master and New York State Open Champion, and shortly thereafter became a senior master, the highest US national title. At sixteen Rogoff dropped out of high school to concentrate on chess, and spent the next several years living primarily in Europe and playing in tournaments there. However, at eighteen he made the decision to go to college and pursue a career in economics rather than to become a professional player, although he continued to play and improve for several years afterward.

Rogoff was awarded the IM title in 1974, and the GM title in 1978. He came third in the World Junior Championship of 1971 and finished second in the US Championship of 1975, which doubled as a Zonal competition, one-half point behind Walter Shawn Browne; this result qualified him for the 1976 Interzonal at Biel, where he finished 13-15th. In other tournaments he finished equal first at Norristown 1973 and Orense 1976.

Early in his economics career, Rogoff served as chief economist at the International Monetary Fund and also at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. He is currently the Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Economics at Harvard University.

Rogoff's biography in his own words:; Rogoff's game against Magnus Carlsen in August 2012 in New York:; Article by Rogoff in Chessbase titled <Rogoff on innovation, unemployment, inequality and dislocation> with particular reference to professional chess:

Wikipedia article: Kenneth Rogoff

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 132  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Larsen vs K Rogoff ½-½35 1968 Canadian OpenA02 Bird's Opening
2. K Rogoff vs A H Williams ½-½106 1969 World Junior Championship, B FinalA56 Benoni Defense
3. E M Green vs K Rogoff ½-½37 1969 World Junior ChB12 Caro-Kann Defense
4. K Rogoff vs S Spencer 1-020 1969 US Jnr ChpB15 Caro-Kann
5. K Rogoff vs Z Vranesic  0-148 1970 Ontario opB83 Sicilian
6. J Durao vs K Rogoff 0-130 1970 MalagaB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
7. H Pfleger vs K Rogoff  1-059 1970 WchT U26 17thA58 Benko Gambit
8. E Paoli vs K Rogoff 1-026 1971 Liberation tournB06 Robatsch
9. V Tukmakov vs K Rogoff  1-042 1971 Liberation tournD93 Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3
10. J Durao vs K Rogoff  0-165 1971 MalagaB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
11. Karpov vs K Rogoff 1-026 1971 06, Mayaguez tt-studA22 English
12. K Rogoff vs L Day ½-½21 1971 World Student OlympiadA15 English
13. Ljubojevic vs K Rogoff 1-029 1971 MalagaB50 Sicilian
14. K Rogoff vs Timman 1-048 1971 Malaga 11/138B08 Pirc, Classical
15. Ulf Andersson vs K Rogoff 1-036 1971 OlotB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
16. K Rogoff vs V Tukmakov 1-041 1972 WchT U26 19th fin-AB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
17. K Rogoff vs Adorjan 1-030 1972 Graz Stu ttB30 Sicilian
18. Huebner vs K Rogoff ½-½12 1972 WchT U26 19th fin-AA15 English
19. Pilnik vs K Rogoff  0-156 1973 NorristownB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
20. L Day vs K Rogoff  ½-½23 1973 CAN-opA07 King's Indian Attack
21. K Rogoff vs Suttles 0-147 1973 Ottawa op-CANB06 Robatsch
22. E Paoli vs K Rogoff 0-139 1973 NorristownB06 Robatsch
23. Browne vs K Rogoff 1-041 1974 US ChampionshipB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
24. K Rogoff vs W Schmidt  ½-½39 1974 Rubinstein memA36 English
25. Saidy vs K Rogoff 0-136 1974 US ChampionshipA15 English
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  FSR: <Refused> There are two separate incidents. Recently, a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot her instructor to death with an Uzi. In 2009 an 8-year-old boy accidentally shot himself to death with an Uzi. In both cases, the kid's father apparently considered shooting an Uzi a fun family activity for the little tyke. I'm not offended in the least by your remarks about Americans and guns. I completely agree. Not all of us are gun freaks of course, but way too many are.
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  FSR: A comment at

<Nine years old? How was he supposed to know? Hell, she looked 12! What was he supposed to do? Ask for ID? It was just a kid shooting a machine gun in Amurika. Ainít like it was some grown ass adult of the African-American persuasion attempting to vote in an election or something ....>

Aug-27-14  Refused: <Massachusetts has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. It is legal in Massachusetts for children to fire a weapon if they have permission from a parent or legal guardian and they are supervised by a properly certified and licensed instructor, Nunez said. The name of the instructor who was with the boy at the time was not released.>

From your link.
If that is part of the strictest gun laws in the nation. I really do not want to know what the laxest gun laws in the nation look like.

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  al wazir: <kellmano: I think from now on I will not reject non-familial abuse as a storm in a teacup by comparison with familial abuse.> I agree. My "100" was an exaggeration unsupported by the data.

It is worth distinguishing between "child abuse" and "child sexual abuse." Pedophiles get the publicity and provoke something verging on a nationwide panic, but "abuse" is certainly more widespread. It can include everything from psychological abuse (persistent criticism, treating the child as a house servant) to excessively strict discipline (locking up in a closet, prolonged food deprivation) to severe physical punishment (spanking, whipping, kicking). I'm currently reading Edward St. Aubin's _Never Mind_, which could qualify for a manual of parental sadism.

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  kellmano: <Refused: FSR if we are talking about the same incident, the reports I have read speak of a nine year old girl from Jersey. They visited that shooting range in Arizona as a holiday fun. Forgive me for saying that, but you Americans really do have an unhealthy relationship to guns. I simply can't understand a mindset in which <taking a nine year old girl too a shooting range> can be considered a normal <holiday activity> for a family. >

yes from the outside it is very odd that you can't drink until your 21, but to fire live bullets you only have to be 8.

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  Colonel Mortimer: <HeMateMe> <Then, be peaceful and join the family of nations.>

The latest round of peace talks broke down precisely because of the unified Palestinian 'peace offensive'.

Firstly, Netanyahu said he couldn't negotiate with a government that didn't represent all the Palestinian peoples, but when Hamas formed the unity government with Fatah and joined the peace talks, Netanyahu said he wouldn't negotiate with terrorists and sent the IDF on the war path, attacking Hamas in the West Bank and Gaza.

The reality is that Israel wants land more than it wants peace. This will be Israel's undoing - as it will find it increasingly untenable to maintain an exclusively Jewish State over a predominantly muslim demographic.

Peace will eventually come when democracy is ushered into Israel.

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  FSR: <kellmano> Who says you have to be 8? One story I looked at quoted a cop who was talking about children as young as 5 being taught to shoot guns. And I know of no law that imposes 5, or anything else, as a floor. This is Murka, baby! If you want to set your kid up with a gun before he's toilet-trained, that's your God-given right, and we're not going to let any Commies take it away!
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  al wazir: An armed kindergarten is a peaceful kindergarten.
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  FSR: If your kid is turned off by the sight of nasty-looking regular guns, here are some that look just like toys that you can buy for him or her:
Aug-27-14  Refused: Only a good kindergarten with guns, can stop a bad kindergarten with guns.
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  HeMateMe: amazing that these gun ranges don't make adult age the limit for handling these automatic weapons.
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  chancho: While we are giving nine year old kids a Uzi to rapid fire, we can also hand them grenade launchers, maybe have them pilot an airplane across the Atlantic, and even drive a Zamboni at Boston Garden.

What is this world coming to...

All common sense has gone out the window.

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  Jim Bartle: Two-word answer to the last five posts: Second Amendment.
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  FSR: <chancho> <Jessica Whitney Dubroff (May 5, 1988 Ė April 11, 1996) was a seven-year-old pilot trainee who died attempting to become the youngest person to fly an airplane across the United States.> But her instructor was actually flying the plane when it crashed, killing them both.
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  johnlspouge: "Banksy has say over disputed Mobile Lovers artwork"

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"Banksy's Mobile Lovers artwork raises £400k for boys' club"

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  Marmot PFL: <All right, go ahead and give me one shot. All right!> at that point they end the video, unfortunately. Gee at that age I was lucky to shoot a BB gun.

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  devere: "Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet in revolt over Gaza ceasefire"

"Israel's fragile coalition government is threatened by the Gaza ceasefire, which the prime minister agreed without putting it to a vote"

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  chancho: <The former top Iowa adviser to Michele Bachmannís failed presidential campaign pleaded guilty to concealing payments he received from former U.S. Rep. Ron Paulís presidential campaign to switch his support and ditch Bachmann.

Former Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson entered the guilty plea for one count of causing a federal campaign committee to falsely report its expenditures and one count of obstruction of justice.

Sorenson admitted he had supported one campaign for the 2012 presidential election, but from October to December 2011, ďhe met and secretly negotiated with a second political campaign to switch his support to that second campaign in exchange for concealed payments that amounted to $73,000,Ē according to a Justice Department release.>

So much for loyalty.

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  zanzibar: One thing to keep in mind about the irresponsible use of smg's is that it's a tremendous attraction for the events.

These are money making events, and often involve "connected" members of local law enforcement. People love to have the bragging rights of firing the weapons, even they cannot legally own one.

This was a mini- or a micro-Uzi,

which is a terrible gun to use at these events - it is difficult to control for such a small person.

The instructor was insane to give the girl a full clip, and then have her fire only one round in semi-automatic mode before switching it to automatic mode.

He acted basically as a cheerleader, giving minimal instruction, and no cautions. I wanted to yell at him when I saw him lean over and switch the gun to full automatic, without even informing the girl!

The gun pulls hard left and he gets shot in the head.

The gun is capable of firing over 10-15 rounds/second! And he didn't even tell the girl he was switching to automatic mode.

I'm being harsh on him, but he not only put his life at risk, but the girl's, and any spectators at the event. Here is an expert's opinion on the matter:


In the case of Christopher Bizilj, the 8-year old who also was killed at a similar event.

<Former Pelham, Mass., police chief Edward Fleury is on trial for the boy's death because he organized the gun expo. He is charged with involuntary manslaughter. He has pleaded not guilty. >

The event was run by a former police chief. These events can be lucrative sources of money, and you must be politically connected in order to receive permission to run one, at least here in the Northeast.

The parents are irresponsible in allowing their children to handle such dangerous weapons, as these two cases show. But many times the instructors will tell them its perfectly safe, even though its not.

But even if responsible instructors try to dissuade the parents, other instructors will allow the children to proceed. Sometimes its the parent who is insistent:

<During Spano's testimony today he said that he warned Christopher's father about the gun prior to giving it to Christopher. Initially Spano had offered Christopher a gun that shot only one round at a time, but Dr. Bizilj asked him to give his son a fully automatic weapon that would shoot continuously, Spano said.>

The former police chief was eventually acquitted.

<Ex-Police Chief Edward Fleury says the gun show where the boy died was meant to be an "educational event".>

Aside- This is similar to the police propaganda about sobriety checkpoints nowadays - since they have been shown to be ineffective against removing drunk drivers from the roads (vs saturation patrolling), they justify this infringement on our 4th amendment right as "educational".

The proper education for using a firearm doesn't put a SMG in the hands of a child on the first day they ever fire a gun.

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  zanzibar: I completely agree with <Chancho> here. This is a matter of common sense out the window.
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  Colonel Mortimer: Instructor my arse, he would have been safer to give her a full size chain saw and some disco skates.

Americans and guns, honestly..

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  FSR: <Shams> will enjoy this.

Listen to a Conservative Judge Brutally Destroy Arguments Against Gay Marriage:

Judge Posner was mightily unimpressed by Indiana and Wisconsin's arguments against marriage equality, including the "centuries of tradition" argument so beloved by the Oracle of Ohio.

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  HeMateMe: That shooting range was a gun holiday themed place, where for $1,000 you could shoot different exotic guns. A short drive from Las Vegas, it was a favorite of new honeymooners!

<Mort> if you need work I can get you a job at that range, restructuring the targets between breaks in the shooting.

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  Shams: <FSR> Well that was fun. I've always had a soft spot for Posner, who was right about the Second Amendment too if I recall.
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  FSR: <Shams> I'll never forgive Posner for joining the pathetic opinion by Judge Evans rather than Judge Woods' powerful opinion in United Phosphorus, Ltd. v. ANGUS Chemical Co., 322 F.3d 942 (7th Cir. 2003) (en banc), thereby resulting in me losing by one vote.
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