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Kenneth S Rogoff
K Rogoff 
Number of games in database: 133
Years covered: 1968 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2505

Overall record: +39 -29 =64 (53.8%)*
   * 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:
 English (10) 
    A15 A13 A18 A16 A19
 Sicilian (8) 
    B23 B21 B83 B30 B38
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C60 C88 C91 C97 C65
 English, 1 c4 e5 (5) 
    A29 A20 A22
 King's Indian (5) 
    E62 E63 E74 E60
 English, 1 c4 c5 (5) 
    A30 A34 A36
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (12) 
    B93 B30 B85 B50 B60
 Caro-Kann (11) 
    B17 B13 B10 B12
 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
   K Rogoff vs Timman, 1971 1-0
   K Rogoff vs A H Williams, 1969 1/2-1/2
   Huebner vs K Rogoff, 1972 1/2-1/2
   K Rogoff vs S Spencer, 1969 1-0
   K Rogoff vs Larsen, 1976 1/2-1/2
   K Rogoff vs Bisguier, 1974 1/2-1/2
   K Rogoff vs Smejkal, 1976 1-0
   K Rogoff vs O Castro, 1976 1-0
   K Rogoff vs Robert E Byrne, 1976 1/2-1/2

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

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Ken Rogoff Chess Highlights by GumboGambit
   US Championship 1978 by suenteus po 147
   US Championship 1975 by suenteus po 147
   US Championship 1974 by Phony Benoni

   🏆 Exhibition blitz game
   K Rogoff vs Carlsen (Aug-28-12) 1/2-1/2, blitz

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(born Mar-22-1953, 64 years old) United States of America

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Kenneth Saul Rogoff learned chess from his father at age six, but only took up the game in earnest when he received 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. When 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 133  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Larsen vs K Rogoff ½-½351968Canadian OpenA02 Bird's Opening
2. K Rogoff vs S Spencer 1-0201969US Jnr ChpB15 Caro-Kann
3. E M Green vs K Rogoff ½-½371969World Junior ChB12 Caro-Kann Defense
4. K Rogoff vs A H Williams ½-½1061969World Junior Championship, B FinalA56 Benoni Defense
5. K Rogoff vs Z Vranesic  0-1481970Ontario opB83 Sicilian
6. J Durao vs K Rogoff 0-1301970MalagaB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
7. H Pfleger vs K Rogoff  1-0591970WchT U26 17thA58 Benko Gambit
8. Ljubojevic vs K Rogoff 1-0291971MalagaB50 Sicilian
9. J Durao vs K Rogoff  0-1651971MalagaB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
10. K Rogoff vs Timman 1-0481971MalagaB08 Pirc, Classical
11. Benko vs K Rogoff  0-1411971OlotA04 Reti Opening
12. Ulf Andersson vs K Rogoff 1-0361971OlotB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
13. E Paoli vs K Rogoff 1-0261971Liberation tournB06 Robatsch
14. V Tukmakov vs K Rogoff  1-0421971Liberation tournD93 Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3
15. Karpov vs K Rogoff 1-026197106, Mayaguez tt-studA22 English
16. K Rogoff vs L Day ½-½211971World Student OlympiadA15 English
17. Huebner vs K Rogoff ½-½121972WchT U26 19th fin-AA15 English
18. K Rogoff vs V Tukmakov 1-0411972W-ch Student Team Final-AB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
19. K Rogoff vs Adorjan 1-0301972W-ch Student Team Final-AB30 Sicilian
20. K Rogoff vs Suttles 0-1471973Ottawa op-CANB06 Robatsch
21. L Day vs K Rogoff  ½-½231973CAN-opA07 King's Indian Attack
22. Pilnik vs K Rogoff  0-1561973NorristownB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
23. E Paoli vs K Rogoff 0-1391973NorristownB06 Robatsch
24. K Rogoff vs Soltis  ½-½141974US ChampionshipE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
25. Browne vs K Rogoff 1-0411974US ChampionshipB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
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  al wazir: <thegoodanarchist>: The view that panics, recessions, crises, or whatever you want to call them are a necessary part of the economic environment is at best oldthink, and at worst a coverup for the evils and evildoers of capitalism. If you had a car that broke down and required a new engine every ten thousand miles, you wouldn't say that it was a way to "wipe out [malfunction] in order to clear a path [...] to restore [mechanical] health." No, you would file a case with the Consumer Protection Agency.
Dec-15-11  King Death: A little more on Social Security's race headlong toward the cliff:

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  al wazir: <King Death: A little more on Social Security's race headlong toward the cliff>

2036? This is a "headlong race" that won't reach the finish for a quarter of a century? A looming disaster, assuming we don't do anything about it for the next *25* years?

That's practically the same time scale as global warming. I'm waiting with bated breath.

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  HeMateMe: "War is over, if you want it"... John Lennon.
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  OhioChessFan: <tga: it would be an understatement to say that the practice of using government spending to bolster aggregate demand approaches the level of being a religion among the politicians of these countries.>

Not to mention the voters.

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  HeMateMe: China has hit back. They've put a 21% tax tarrif on USA cars exported for sale in China. We had put a tarriff on the tires they sell us.

We thought they were "dumping" cheap solar panels on the USA, ruining out fledgling green power industry.

In the past, our response was usually enough to get some changes made, without further hostilities. This may be a permanent state of agression.


Dec-15-11  King Death: <OhioChessFan: I'm not sure what I'm on record with per teachers and the future of this country, but here's a review. In general, the quality of teacher in the USA is simply pathetic...>

There are some who fit this description, no question, but the education system itself is pretty sad. American students don't get trained to use their heads any more. It's all about making their 4.0 or going 1600 on the SATs, not succeeding in real life.

<...The people who can't get a degree in anything else in college end up in education...>

And I thought that distinction went to majors like political science and English, two likely roads to the un(der)employment line even when things were better.

<...I think high tech has brought forth an irrevocable and negative change in the work force...>

There have been other forces at work here. Before high tech grabbed its piece of the stage, many people were brainwashed with the idea that blue collar jobs were infra dig and that they had to go to college to amount to anything.

<...not eveyrone is above average. Not everyone is college material. Not everyone is capable of working in high tech...>

True, but one fallacy of today's education is that nobody's self esteem can even be bruised. In sheltering them from disappointments that are part of life, we're doing today's students a disservice. They often can't cope with real problems when faced with them.

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  OhioChessFan: <tga: The astute observer will recognize that most countries operate under an economic model that is a blend of more than 1 economic theory.>

Beyond the command driven models, there is a disconnect between politics and economics. The US hardly has an economic model since the total picture is a hodge podge of mostly political driven short term band aids.

<Correlation is not causation, but it certainly begs the question of "why for the last 80 years have we repeatedly tried to address bad economic times with the very same measures that have proven time and again to be not so effective?">

People who get their politics from.....I don't know where.....aren't aware of the repeated failures of the very system they are espousing. If they are made aware, they deny the obvious and find some excuse. Sort of like the communists' explanation of 30 years in a row of bad weather to explain their 30 years in a row of poor agricultural production.

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  Softpaw: <thegoodanarchist: My point is that, as america emerged from an economic model that was sort of a blend of colonialism/mercantilism ...>

1)When are you claiming that the U.S. "emerged" from a period of "colonial/mercantilism".

2) How and why did the U.S. benefit from this period? How essential was it that America was originally part of the British Empire, which was a state-militarist-economic entity? How important was the investment of the British Imperial profits into the U.S. economy?

3) Are you recognizing that America's government-led imperial westward expansion, government protection of infant industries via tariffs, trade restrictions etc., government involvement in massive infrastructure development (railroads, canals etc.)and so on, were essential to U.S. economic development?

< [the U.S.] operated economically in a way that followed Austrian economics..">

1) What period precisely do you claim the to be the golden age of U.S. Austrian economics?

2) What were those supposed Austrian economic policies in that period?

<More to the point, though, is that recessions tended to be short-lived prior to the adoption of government intervention as the norm for addressing recessions [frequently referred to as "panics" in the histories of the times before FDR].>

Did Keynseian policies lead to the Great Depression?

Why did (neo) Keynseianism become adopted almost worldwide (outside the Socialist Bloc and a few other regions) and why was it perceived to be so successful and universally lauded?

Why did (neo)Keynsianism come into near universal discredit in the late seventies and how did it eventually become superceded by "monetarism" (briefly), then neoliberalsm and "free market fundamentalism"?

How did the anti-Keynseian "Washington Consensus" come into being, and how did its imposition on many nations across the world, via IMF "structural adjustment" programs, World Bank development schemes etc, work out for those nations?

<We don't need government stepping in to maintain "aggregate demand" during times of recession. What we need is for government to get out of the way of the role recessions play, which is to wipe out malinvestments in order to clear a path for the entrepreneurship of our citizens to restore economic health.">

That is familar rhetoric, of course. Can you back it up with any logical arguments and empirical evidence?

Finally, why are most (all) developed nations right now pushing for budget cutbacks, wage reductions, worker "flexibility", cutbacks in pensions and health care, shifting taxes to the middle and lower classes-- in a word, "austerity" -- RATHER THAN following the prescriptions of such modern day "Keynseians" as Joseph Stigler, Paul Krugman et al.??

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  Softpaw: <johnlspouge: < <Softpaw> I found your exegesis on capital interesting and useful. Even to my naive perspective, however, the problem of quantification is much more fundamental in economics and not just restricted to capital.>

I agree completely. I just chose "capital" because it is the central concept in "capitalism", yet almost no one can give it a coherent defintion, let alone show how such an entity can be quantified.

It would take several volumes to cover all the problems of economic quantification , not to mention the absurd behavioral and psychological premises the whole theoretical structure of mainstream economics is built upon.

Modern economics prides itself as being a "hard science", superior to such lower creatures as political science and sociology. But it is light-years away from being a "hard science" because of three interconnected issues:

1) Quantification problems

2) The absurd premises need to extract simplistic *economic* models out of complex and chaotic *social* systems (i.e. the untenable separation of economics from political an social forces)

3)The unavoidable inclusion of multiple unscientific, unfalsifiable value-judgments all through economic theory, however dressed up in the garb of value-free logic and mathematics.

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  Colonel Mortimer: "US lawmakers vote on indefinite detention"

US politicians are now the property of the highest bidder. No longer can one speak about the 'land of the free' without looking like a buffoon.

Welcome to the new world order my American cousins, the new militant pseudo-christian corporatocracy is at your service for this short trip to Armageddon.

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  Softpaw: <Correlation is not causation, but it certainly begs the question of "why for the last 80 years have we repeatedly tried to address bad economic times with the very same measures that have proven time and again to be not so effective?">

Actually, very different measures have been tried over the last 80 years, and some have been very effective-- so your premise just isn't true.

I don't see how you can fail to recognize the historic shift away from (neo) Keynseian orthodoxy and the ascendancy of neoliberalism ("market-fundamentalism", neo-classical economics).

You write as if that historic shift never happened and that Milton Friedman, Paul Volcker, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Obama, the "Washington Consensus", the EU "troika" of the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund etc. never existed.

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  HeMateMe: ^^^
Why do you read this sensationalistic crap, <Mort>? From your newspaper, above:

<A new US law will declare the world a battlefield, making virtually anyone vulnerable to indefinite military detention.>

After terrorists get in a few lucky shots, people hit back. I suppose the above newspaper also decried the commando raid a couple of months back, that killed Bin Laden, right?

How can you read such garbage?

Dec-15-11  Shams: Oil, protectionism and the Great Norwegian Butter Crisis of 2011:

Sounds like the black market high-water mark thus far is... $740 USD for one box.

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  Colonel Mortimer: <HeMateMe:> <Why do you read this sensationalistic crap>

Habeas corpus is a fundamental legal principal that your politicians are legislating out of common law and you think that's 'sensational'. In one sense of the word I agree with you.

<HeMateMe:> <How can you read such garbage?> Al Jazeera is many levels above the @#$%ty corporate journalism you get in the States.

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  HeMateMe: <Mort> Where do you get your daily info--The National Enquirer? The Daily Mail?
Dec-15-11  Shams: <Colonel Mortimer><Habeas corpus is a fundamental legal principal that your politicians are legislating out of common law>

Hey, show some respect to our Judicial Branch, please. It's working just as hard as Congress and the Executive to abolish habeas rights.

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  johnlspouge: < <Softpaw> wrote: [snip] 3)The unavoidable inclusion of multiple unscientific, unfalsifiable value-judgments all through economic theory, however dressed up in the garb of value-free logic and mathematics. >

I agree. <patzer2> would have made a great economics teacher.

Thanks for your views. They saved me a lot of time and effort.

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  al wazir: Hitch died:
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  Softpaw: Newt Gingrich: pledging allegiance to "one nation under God" makes the U.S. exceptional.

<<Referencing the Ninth Circuit, Gingrich said that judges who believe the phrase "One nation, under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance violates the separation of church and state are "radically Anti-American" and should not be wearing the robe.>

"I taught a short course in this at the University of Georgia Law School, and I testified in front of sitting justices at Georgetown Law School and I warned them, 'You keep attacking the core base of THE AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM, and you will find an uprising against you which will rebalance the judiciary.'">

Apparently it does--at least that was a key idea behind the move to stick those words into the Pledge.

<On February 7, 1954, with President Eisenhower sitting in Lincoln's pew, the church's pastor, George MacPherson Docherty, delivered a sermon based on the Gettysburg Address titled "A New Birth of Freedom."

He argued that the nation's might lay not in arms but its spirit and higher purpose. He noted that the Pledge's sentiments could be those of any nation, that "there was something missing in the pledge, and that which was missing was the characteristic and definitive factor in the American way of life." He cited Lincoln's words "under God" as DEFINING WORDS THAT SET THE UNITED STATES APART FROM OTHER NATIONS."

President Eisenhower had been baptized a Presbyterian very recently, just a year before. He responded enthusiastically to Docherty in a conversation following the service. Eisenhower acted on his suggestion the next day and on February 8, 1954, Rep. Charles Oakman (R-Mich.), introduced a bill to that effect. Congress passed the necessary legislation and Eisenhower signed the bill into law on Flag Day, June 14, 1954.> Wikipedia

Dec-16-11  Shams: <al wazir><Hitch died>

Dammit all. That is a loss.

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  Softpaw: In any case:

<<<On March 11, 2010, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance in the case of Newdow v. Rio Linda Union School District.>

In a 21 decision, the appellate court ruled that the words were of a "ceremonial and patriotic nature" and did not constitute an establishment of religion.>

Judge Stephen Reinhardt dissented, writing that "the state-directed, teacher-led daily recitation in public schools of the amended 'under God' version of the Pledge of Allegiance... violates the Establishment Clause of the Constitution."> (Wikipedia)

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  HeMateMe: I loved <Psycho> and <North by Northwest>. It's a loss.
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  Colonel Mortimer: There seems to be a psychotic disbelief embedded in the psyche of American 'exceptionalists' that their society is becoming less 'free'. This is perhaps an understandable reaction, but naive it most certainly is.
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  Petrosianic: Are you a doctor?
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