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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. J Durao vs K Rogoff 0-1301970MalagaB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
6. K Rogoff vs Z Vranesic  0-1481970Ontario opB83 Sicilian
7. H Pfleger vs K Rogoff  1-0591970WchT U26 17thA58 Benko Gambit
8. J Durao vs K Rogoff  0-1651971MalagaB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
9. K Rogoff vs Timman 1-0481971MalagaB08 Pirc, Classical
10. Ljubojevic vs K Rogoff 1-0291971MalagaB50 Sicilian
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 Adorjan 1-0301972W-ch Student Team Final-AB30 Sicilian
19. K Rogoff vs V Tukmakov 1-0411972W-ch Student Team Final-AB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
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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May-11-12  King Death: < andrewjsacks: And, by the way, I thought this was a CHESS site.>

Seeing your post inspired me to go back in time, all the way to the very first page of Rogoffitzing. There was some chess but then it turned to Rogoff's views on economics and went over to the 2008 elections by page 2. The admins seem to be very happy having all of this off topic stuff confined to this page.

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  diceman: < andrewjsacks: And, by the way, I thought this was a CHESS site.>

Who knew?
I thought it was a political site, that has the games of great chess players.

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  OhioChessFan: <JB: As usual, Rasmussen gives more support to Republicans than other polls. Others have it even or Obama a couple of points ahead. It's certainly a close race.>

There's a strange consistency to the various polls.

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  OhioChessFan: <FSR: I know; I realized a long time ago that the word is imprecise, but it's the only word there is for opposition to homosexuality. Maybe you should make up a new word.>

I am not the biggest Limbaugh fan in the world, but one thing he says I am totally on board with: "Words mean things." See 1984 for a primer on what happens when people get imprecise with words.

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  OhioChessFan: I am reminded of my favorite phobia:

aibohphobia-the fear of palindromes.

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  diceman: <OhioChessFan:
I am not the biggest Limbaugh fan in the world>

For the record, he doesn’t look like he could be Obama’s son.

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  diceman: <OhioChessFan: I am reminded of my favorite phobia: aibohphobia-the fear of palindromes.>

In the Arab world:
kaboomphobia-the fear of drones.

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  WannaBe: Raise my taxes, see if I care.
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  Jim Bartle: OhioChessFan: "aibohphobia-the fear of palindromes."


May-11-12  King Death: <OCF> Here's one that you'll remember I'm sure. <FSR> threw this one out in a post a few weeks back: "doubleplusungood."
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  diceman: <OhioChessFan: I am reminded of my favorite phobia: aibohphobia-the fear of palindromes.>

Wasillaphobia-the fear of palinhomes

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  diceman: <OhioChessFan: I am reminded of my favorite phobia: aibohphobia-the fear of palindromes.>

Eastonassassinphobia-the fear of LarryHolmes

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  Colonel Mortimer: "The real debate is not whether the US economy has socialist attributes, but choosing which form of socialism to employ."

"No matter what they say about closeted communists in Congress or in the White House, Republicans - even the libertarians - heartily approve of socialism. The question in their view is about which way the money is flowing, up or down. If it's agribusiness or oil corporations getting bucks from federal subsidies, then money is going to the top. Hoorah for socialism. If it's single working mothers getting food stamps and housing credits, then money is going to the bottom. That's a damn government handout - we can't have that."

May-11-12  I play the Fred: <<Col. Mort.>:Compare apples and pears if you like, but most people would be against 2 brothers marrying.>

Why? Wouldn't they be consenting adults pursuing what makes them happy?

Are you in league with <most people> on this score? If so, why do you have so much <hate> in your heart? Who are you to stand in the way of progress?

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  patzer2: <King Death> <Seeing your post inspired me to go back in time, all the way to the very first page of Rogoffitzing. There was some chess but then it turned to Rogoff's views on economics and went over to the 2008 elections by page 2. The admins seem to be very happy having all of this off topic stuff confined to this page.>

Speaking of Ken Rogoff as a former Chess Master and highly respected Professional Economist, it turns out he is not alone in that department.

Tyler Cowen, who now holds a chaired position in Economics at George Mason University is also one of the most influential and widely published economists in the US, reached a rating of 2350 and at age 15 was the youngest ever New Jersey State Champion. He is the author of 15 books and over 60 academic articles. His recent book "The Great Stagnation" has showed up twice on the New York Times best seller list.

At is an interesting four page spread by businessweek about Cowen.

At you can view Tyler's web page, and at is his popular blog marginal revolution.

P.S. Since we've been on the subject of phobias lately, some might be interested in reading Cowen's quick take at on gelotophobia (the fear of being laughed at).

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  Colonel Mortimer: <I play the Fred:> Yes
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  cormier: nite nite ...
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  al wazir: <Iran's Irna [sic] state news agency reported that Google had deleted the Persian Gulf's label from its maps service. Bahman Dori, a deputy in the country's ministry of culture and Islamic guidance, accused the organisation of spreading lies. [...] His comments have been echoed by other officials. Iranian media and blogs have devoted significant coverage to the issue and the country's internet users has taken to social networking websites such as Twitter and Facebook to offer their sentiments.> (

This is so unbelievably dumb that it makes me wonder how the Iranians have managed to develop a nuclear industry and flummox everybody over it. When I go to and enter "Persian Gulf" in the search field, I get -- surprise! -- a map of the Persian Gulf. When I search on "Arabian Gulf" I get nothing.

May-11-12  King Death: <al wazir> Reading that reminds me of how Soviet books and periodicals got edited to avoid any references to "non persons" like the "renegades" Alekhine or Bogolyubov. Then there's one of Stalin's henchmen that got the same treatment after his fall from grace (see the photos):
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  patzer2: Tyler Cowen's quick synopsis of a study on gelotophobia spiked my interest. It turns out gelotophobia (the fear of being laughed at) varies widely by country, and as a result is a significant cross-cultural phenonmenon when comparing people in different nations.

Apparently the percentage of people in any one country who can take a joke well varies widely by nationality.

For example, according to in an article entitled "Laughter Isn't Always the Best Medicine" an international study of gelotophobia found <...only 8 percent of people in Finland believing people laughing in their presence were laughing at them, whereas 80 percent of Thai people believe this to be the case.>

P.S.: Haven't been able to find a ranking or measure for all 73 countries in the study cited here. If anyone has access it to and can post it, I would be interested in seeing the full result.

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  al wazir: But now that I think about it, the Iranians aren't the only ones. Greece and Macedonia have been close to starting a war over ownership of the copyright on "Macedonia." It seems that they both want to claim Alexander the Great as a native son. The Greeks have apparently forgotten that in Alex's time, Macedonians were regarded as foreigners. Philip of Macedon, Alexander's father, invaded and conquered Greece -- not exactly the sort of thing that should endear the family to nationalists.
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  diceman: <patzer2:
Tyler Cowen
reached a rating of 2350 and at age 15 was the youngest ever New Jersey State Champion.>

One of my “personal best” games was a crush of Tyler Cowen.

It was later in his chess career and I used to joke I made him give up chess.

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  diceman: <FSR:I have nothing against tits or breastfeeding>

Thank goodness.
The last thing we need under Obamacare is “Breast Panels.”

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  al wazir: Google maps' approach to nomenclature is inconsistent. It finds the Islas Malvinas and the Falkland Islands (both names are displayed); Germany and Deutschland; Myanmar and Burma; Sri Lanka and Ceylon; Russia and Rossiya (Россия). But it doesn't find Bharat or Bhārat Gaṇarājya (India). It finds the Persian Gulf but not the Arabian Gulf. It finds Confoederatio Helvetica but not Confederation Helvetique (Switzerland). It finds the Paracel Islands and the Xisha Islands but not the Hoàng Sa Islands.

This means war!

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  diceman: <al wazir: Google maps' approach to nomenclature is inconsistent. >

Everytime I type in “democrat compassion”
it takes me to a ghetto/slum.

Seems to be working.

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