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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. V Tukmakov vs K Rogoff  1-0421971Liberation tournD93 Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3
14. E Paoli vs K Rogoff 1-0261971Liberation tournB06 Robatsch
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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  diceman: <patzer2: <diceman> Like Obama, Hollande has promised his people that they can spend more money and get more public goodies only by taxing the rich.>

I hope they’re not counting of Facebook folks?
The problem with the rich is, they’re rich.

Its so much easier when you “own” ghetto folk.
(except when you need money)

(HeMateMe <“own”> is like a slave owner, not the Oprah Winfery Network)

May-12-12  King Death: < patzer2: ...However, my larger point is a warning to middle class voters not to trust the Democratic Party's claims that all of Obama's planned spending can be paid for by "taxing the rich." When being told only the "rich" will pay higher taxes, they better watch out for their own wallets.>

They sure better, that's a canard. The rich aren't the ones that get stuck with the check.

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  diceman: <Around world, Obama's presidency a disappointment>

Get in line, how do ya think we feel?

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  diceman: < King Death: This is miserable, using a kid's death this way! Paper targets of Trayvon Martin?>

Yeah, deaths should only be used for political gain.

Al Sharpton “owned” the debate.

(and when I say owned, I do mean owned)

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Austerity certainly does not produce prosperity.

Not a particularly good time to weaken financial reforms. The Volker Rule would have prevented this sort of proprietary trading.

Do what you want with your own money, but severely restrict what can be done with other people's money.


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More on this week's financial fiasco.

J.P.Morgan-Chase still hasn't figured out CDO's


May-12-12  Kanatahodets: <twinlark: <Kanatahodets> Many people in the West scoff the Chinese one-party system, not realising that the much vaunted multi-party system of much of the West, including the US, is a three-card trick for fooling the punters into believing they have a meaningful choice. It seems that for some of the discussants on this page, the illusion of choice and freedom is no different from the real thing.

Hence the facile arrogance of many in the West (some of whom manifest on this page) in judging China and its system of governance.> Totally agree.

May-12-12  Kanatahodets: I wonder how much the american gvt will bail-out JPMorgan after recent losses?
May-12-12  Kanatahodets: Will France still continue with austerity measures or not? We live in a very interesting time when socialists suddenly came to power and discover that there's no alternative to austerity measures, I guess. What Krigman said that it's about time for socialists come to power? I am sure he is wrong... it would be better for them stay away and critisize right wing for hartdships. Now they have to do the same:) I bet ther are not happy with that!
May-12-12  Shams: <FSR><Sam Harris destroys Christianity>

If you are put off by the eleven-minute length of the video the transcript may be digested here, in a much briefer span of time:

The section <FSR> linked to is Sam Harris' First Rebuttal.

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  diceman: <kb2ct:
Austerity certainly does not produce prosperity.>

…but it’s a darn good rhyme.
You could call it fine.

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  diceman: <twinlark:
It seems that for some of the discussants on this page, the illusion of choice and freedom is no different from the real thing>

We have several brilliant minds here who have “spotted” this.

I’m guessing they read a book or something?
(maybe more than one)

I’m talking mainly pages, not indexes, covers, and tables of contents and stuff.

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  diceman: <Kanatahodets: I wonder how much the american gvt will bail-out JPMorgan after recent losses?>

Are you kidding?
Obama always puts the taxpayer first.

He went thru McDonalds drive-thru last week,
he got the value meal.

That just the type fella he is.

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  OhioChessFan: <FSR: Sam Harris destroys Christianity>

Keep hiding behind those links and you won't have to defend an affirmation.

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  patzer2: <kb2ct:> <patzer2:> <Austerity certainly does not produce prosperity.> Too much austerity, too soon can be bad for an economy. However, that's not the French or the US problem, as massive amounts of accumulated debt are threatening to worsen those economies.

The French, if they are naive enough to adopt Hollande's economic proposals will soon find out that big tax hikes on wealth creators and unrestrained deficit spending is not the path to prosperity.

Read Rogoff and Reinhart's 2009 Book "This Time is Different: 800 Years of Financial Folly" as well as their research and warning about letting debt exceed 90% of GDP at in an article entitled "Too Much Debt Means the Economy Can't Grow."

This time is not different, and massive deficit spending, with little regard to the debt to GDP ratio, combined with economy killing tax hikes won't leave the French or Americans better off.

At is an AP article with a warning from the IMF that European nations need to continue to reduce debt, and austerity measures are a vital part of that effort. France can throw caution to the wind and wallow with the PIIGS if it likes, but the consequences of massive government debt and incentive killing tax hikes will crush their economy.

The IMF and the ECCU have set appropriate targets for accumulated public debt to GDP at not over 60%. At 86% (actually over 142% for France if you count external, private plus public, debt owed to foreigners) for France and 112% for the USA both countries have far exceeded the 60% level of prudent fiscal management of their respective economies.

No responsible economist is calling for running surpluses immediately, but throwing caution to the wind with unrestrained spending and incentive crushing tax hikes is certainly not the answer to either nation's economic woes.

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  patzer2: <OCF> Let's look at <FSR>'s affirmation "Sam Harris destroys Christianity."

Major Premise: If Sam Harris "destroys" Christianity, then Christianity no longer exists.

Minor Premise: Christianity still exists (you still believe, I still believe, the Church down the road is still standing).

Conclusion: (Modus Tollens) Sam Harris has not destroyed Christianity. Therefore FSR's affirmation (if taken literally) is false.

P.S.: Of couse, most likely, what <FSR> probably means by "destroys" is not literal. Instead, I suggest he means that Sam Harris has provided convincing arguments (to FSR's mind) to refute the claims of Christianity. However, as you note, he's hiding behind a link instead of advocating and defending those arguments himself.

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  valiant: <(actually over 142% for France if you count external, private plus public, debt owed to foreigners)>

'External debt' is mostly about what kind of banking sector (size) a country has ...

•UK external debt is 400% of GDP
•Ireland has external debt of over 1100% of GDP.
•The highest is Luxembourg whose external debt is 3,443% of GDP.

This reflects the fact that Luxembourg is a highly attractive place for banking. It doesn’t reflect the fact Luxembourg is on the verge of collapse. Ireland on the other hand reflects the losses of their own banks.

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<patzer2: >

Austerity is just another word for bailout.

Why put the onus on the poor when the wealthy can better afford austerity?? It after all was their mistakes.


May-12-12  Shams: <Keep hiding behind those links and you won't have to defend an affirmation.>

Pick an affirmation that Harris offers in his talk and challenge it. <FSR> will take the Black pieces.

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  cormier: nite nite ...
May-12-12  King Death: <Shams> But will <FSR> give odds of pawn and move? I'll lay $650 that he does!
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  patzer2: <valiant> Pretty good link there on external debt. However, you might also be interested in the 2010 paper by the European Central Bank on "External Debt Measures of the Euro Area" at

This paper also observes that the high levels of external debt in Luxembourg are related to the banking and finance sector, as is the case to a lesser extent in the Netherlands and Belgium.

However, in the case of France, the increase in gross external debt to GDP ratio from 127.5% in 2003 to 191.2% in 2009 was not as a result of their Banking and Finance sectors becoming suddenly popular.

The most imminent French debt problem is a bloated, over spending public sector (spending 56% of GDP) without an economy producing sufficient wealth to support it (sound familiar US citizens), resulting in a debt to GDP level now over the danger point of 90% and rising.

As the Economist at a Mar 31, 2012 article entitled "The French Elections: an inconvenient truth" wrote:

<The awkward truth is that France, the second-biggest economy in the euro zone after Germany, faces a public-finance squeeze. French public spending now accounts for 56% of GDP (see chart 1), compared with an OECD average of 43.3%: higher even than in Sweden. For years France has offered its people a Swedish-style social model of services, benefits and protection, but has failed to create enough wealth to pay for it.

Today France continues to behave as if it enjoyed Sweden’s or Germany’s public finances, when in truth they are closer to those of Spain.>

P.S.: In short the IMF, the ECB, the EU and the credit rating agencies have been warning France they need to practice more austerity and fiscal discipline if they expect to restore their credit rating and strengthen their economy. Their excessively high government spending and debt levels are significant problems, and spending like there was no tomorrow and taxing millionaires at 75% until they take their wealth and flee to other nations isn't going to fix those problems.

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  patzer2: <kb2ct:> <patzer2: >

<Austerity is just another word for bailout.> You'll have to explain that one. Sounds way out in left field.

<Why put the onus on the poor when the wealthy can better afford austerity??> Governments can cut spending without hurting the poor. More government entitlements and spending in the US goes to support the middle class and the wealthy than it does to help the poor.

<It after all was their mistakes.> Whether it was the "mistake of the wealthy" bankers and investors or not, letting the government go into excessive debt and default as a result of continued reckless and irresponsible spending will hurt the poor and the lower middle class far more than it will the rich.

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  patzer2: <Shams><Pick an affirmation that Harris offers in his talk and challenge it. <FSR> will take the Black pieces.>

<OCF> I suggest: (1) FSR should speak for himself; (2) The burden of proof is on FSR, not you, to prove Sam Harris's or any argument "destroys Christianity;" (3) Convincing an agnostic or atheist doesn't constitute sufficient proof of FSR's assertion, since to "destroy Christianity" you would need to convince nearly all believers their faith in Christ is based on a false hope.

May-12-12  Kanatahodets: < diceman: <Kanatahodets: I wonder how much the american gvt will bail-out JPMorgan after recent losses?> Are you kidding?
Obama always puts the taxpayer first.
He went thru McDonalds drive-thru last week,
he got the value meal.
That just the type fella he is.>
Thank you, got it. Puppet show continues. At the same time I don't see Romney as a guy who cares about people. He seems to me has no clue what simple people go through. Obama at least knew some hardships, so he has vague recollection of Americans' life.
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