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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. L Day vs K Rogoff  ½-½231973CAN-opA07 King's Indian Attack
21. K Rogoff vs Suttles 0-1471973Ottawa op-CANB06 Robatsch
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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  patzer2: <Frogbert><...any individual government (or president) is likely to get too much of the blame or too much of the credit for effects of global conjunctures that essentially are out of their control, and this to a much higher degree than any us president would admit, whether democrat or republican.> Good comment! Presidents are rarely responsible for the economic conditions (e.g. financial crisis) they inherit. However, economists, historians, and, most importantly, the electorate judge them for the effectiveness of their response to those econonomic conditions.

President Obama's "Bush drove the car (i.e. economy) into the ditch" makes for good political rhetoric, but it's not objective or sound economic analysis. It's political stump speech demagougery with which few, if any, professional economists would agree.

Ken Rogoff says perhaps the best analysis of the current financial crisis is Rahuram Rajan's 2010 book "Fault Lines, How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy." I would agree, and also suggest, that Reinhart and Rogoff's 2009 book, "This Time is Different" also offers an objective look at potential causes of the current financial crisis, demonstrating how it fits the pattern of previous similar financial crises (e.g. "The Big Five" since WWII which preceeded this one).

The one thing both books have in common is that they don't get into the political blame game. To the extent they suggest policy changes (or examine potential past mistakes) there's plenty of improvement to be found in both US political parties and in other financial institutions (e.g. US Federal Reserve, International Monetary Fund, US & China Trade policies etc.).

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  diceman: <patzer2:
President Obama's "Bush drove the car (i.e. economy) into the ditch">

Was it a GM model?

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  patzer2: <Diceman> Good response to <Frogbert>. Enjoyed both of your comments, and the positive exchange about the insights of Scandinavians & Europeans.

The experience and insights of others can be important and helpful. But even more important is integrating and applying those insights to our own unique situation.

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  patzer2: <Was it a GM model?> If that stands for "Government Motors," I suppose it might have been Obama's imaginary car in the ditch. When Union benefits and votes are on the line, the Democratic Party insists it needs a government "fix."

Of course Ford has a better idea!

May-14-12  frogbert: dice, you weren't asked to "learn" anything from me or anyone else. you were challenged to explain why our views on what represents "capitalism", "socialism", "freedom" and so on are seemingly so different. if you think europe is too small and irrelevant compared to the us, and that we can't possibly understand or relate to political ideologies that all came into existence in europe and how they might be perceived differently over there due to your role as "global police and defenders of democracy", then there's something wrong, either with how you think or with your knowledge. just try to answer my question(s) instead of resorting to evasive actions.

"everything's so different over here" doesn't fly and isn't an answer to what i asked you.

May-14-12  frogbert: patzer2, taking your cue, it doesn't make more sense to hold obama responsible for the continued problems in the <global economy> than it does blaming them on bush in the first place. but if there's one thing the republicans want to talk about in the presidential election, then it is how obama has failed to fix the global economy and by extension the us economy. except that the rhetorics will short-cut the dependency on the global economy, of course.

my guess: whoever wins the election will eventually get credit for improving matters for us citizens - *way* too much credit.

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  tpstar: Jim Bartle and diceman are a pair
Who love to debate fair and square
They both get the blues
From watching Fox News
Two cases of election year despair

Now dice should be nicer to Jim
But chances of that are quite slim
A shooting so tragic
By a crazed white Hispanic
Don't wear your Trayvon hoodie to the gym

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  diceman: <frogbert: dice, you weren't asked to "learn" anything from me or anyone else.> I asked you about learning?
If no one wants to learn why care what you do?
Is this a one way street?
Is America supposed to only learn from the world or can America also teach? Is the world far to superior to learn from us?

< you were challenged to explain why our views on what represents "capitalism", "socialism", "freedom" and so on are seemingly so different.>

I cant explain why our democrats think the way they do? Iím supposed to explain the rest of the world?
Youíre taking about anything from political agendas to the constitution to stupidity and ignorance.
One guy saying this is how its done only happens in Obamacare.

What freedom is, is in our founding documents, if you remember we were Europe, we left Europe, were not Europe, Europe has kings and queens. Remember also, that we have both liberal and conservatives in America, our views arenít even consistent within America, let alone the rest of the world.

<if you think europe is too small and irrelevant compared to the us, and that we can't possibly understand or relate to political ideologies that all came into existence in Europe>

Well we need to look at what we are talking about?
Should we examine China without looking at its population? You cant talk about countries in isolation.

<just try to answer my question(s) instead of resorting to evasive actions> What you call <evasive actions> comes from not understanding your question not understand what you are asking.

My response got this response from patzer2:
<patzer2: <Diceman> Good response to <Frogbert>. Enjoyed both of your comments, and the positive exchange about the insights of Scandinavians & Europeans.>

So Iím giving both <good> responses and <evasive> responses depending on which side of the fence youíre on.

Iím not even sure how this works?
How do we learn?
By Committee?
The President?
Do the American people demand it?

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  diceman: <frogbert: you were challenged to explain why our views on what represents "capitalism", "socialism", "freedom" and so on are seemingly so different.>

The simple answer is someoneís wrong or someone has different responsibilities, needs. You cant only look at whatís being done, you have to look at if it works?

You cant say ďthis is how play chessĒ in isolation, at some point you need to look at game results.

Have you won a game.
Never won?
Why are you getting the results youíre getting?

Difference is ok if its working.
Fischer didnít play like Tal, but both are legends.

You seem to imply theres one way to do something?

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  Jim Bartle: kb2ct: "You might want to consider changing browsers.

I recently discovered that FireFox has a spell checker useful for message boards."

Once again, I did not complain about typos. Diceman did.

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Mike Valvo and I grew up in upstate NY in a small town called Guilderland Center. Though it is a suburb of Albany, we both played at the Schenectady chess club.

:0 )

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  diceman: < kb2ct:
Mike Valvo and I grew up in upstate NY in a small town called Guilderland Center.>

Interesting, my family had property in Greenwood lake, and I had relatives in Pine Bush NY, that was as far as I got into upstate.

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  patzer2: <frogbert:><patzer2, taking your cue, it doesn't make more sense to hold Obama responsible for the continued problems in the <global economy> than it does blaming them on Bush in the first place...and by extension the us economy.> One of my favorite economists, Professor ken Rogoff, appears to be somewhat sympathetic to that point of view, indicating in several interviews that he's not particularly critical of President Obama as the US reaction (e.g. in terms of deficit spending, the growth of public debt) to the current financial crisis has been on par with that of five other severe (e.g. with global impact) post WWII financial crises.

However, as I indicated earlier, historians, economists and the US electorate (e.g. in the upcoming Nov 2012 general election) will hold President Obama, who has been in office now for over three years, responsible for the economic and social policies (e.g. Obamacare, which the President touted as "reducing the deficit") he's implenented or tried to implement (e.g. cap and trade, higher taxes) in response to the crisis.

The question US voters will be asking is whether those response were appropriate and whether they leave us better off or worse off in the future (e.g. over the next four years beginning in Jan 2013).

The presumptive Presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, argues that while President Obama certainly didn't cause the economic crisis, he made it worse. He also argues that he has a better plan for addressing the current US economic problems. If recent polls, showing Romney with a small lead over Obama, are any indicator, he's finding a receptive audience among the US electorate.

P.S.: Despite the fact that there will be political rhetoric from both US parties trying to assign blame or fault for the problems in the economy, I think (or at least hope) that for most US voters and responsible critics of US economic policy, the focus will be on deciding which Presidential candidate offers the best plan for fixing the problems in the US economy to provide stronger economic growth. To the extent the debate can get away from the blame game (e.g. who drove the car into the ditch etc.), we'll all be better off.

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  patzer2: <tpstar> Enjoyed your poem. I enjoy a lot of both <JB> and <Diceman>'s posts (e.g. <Diceman>'s witty comments on liberalism and Obama's policies; <Jim Bartle>'s attempts to reach accross the ailse and enguage in intelligent dialogue with conservatives).

However, and maybe it's just me, I think their most enlightening and entertaining posts are the ones not directed at each other.

May-14-12  frogbert: <I asked you about learning?>

diceman, you did. you wrote:

<Whereís the reciprocity, should they listen, learn from my ideas?>

but i didn't say you should <learn> anything from anybody else or their "ideas" - i challenged you to *explain* an observable difference.

<So Iím giving both <good> responses and <evasive> responses depending on which side of the fence youíre on.>

the relevant difference isn't "being on different sides" of any proverbial fence. the relevant difference is who asked the question; it was i, not patzer2. hence, i guess i'm in the better position to judge if your response answered my question or not.

in fact, you nearly seem to evade parts of your own, previous post! again, i did not imply or say that you're supposed to learn anything from europe, i simply challenged you to go into some <detail> about why *you* think it is that you and i (and several europeans with me) put different labels on the economic politics of the current us president - that is, if you *really* think "marxism" or "socialism" are accurate in any normal sense of the words. if you simply want to call the rhetorics off and say that obama first and foremost is a proponent of capitalism, then that's fine too.

<You seem to imply theres one way to do something?>

certainly not. i imply no such thing. i challenged you to reflect a little, maybe to put the demagogery and propaganda on hold for a brief moment and simply think aloud, in a way that possibly would demonstrate your capability of thinking out of your normal box.

as i said, it was a *challenge* - one that you so far have evaded.

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  Jim Bartle: Patzer: Do you really enjoy diceman's constant references to the "ghetto," which imply there were no ghettoes (or much smaller ghettoes) in the United States before the mid-60s?
May-14-12  frogbert: <The question US voters will be asking is whether those response were appropriate and whether they leave us better off or worse off in the future>

unfortunately i don't think any voters anywhere are capable of doing such a rational analysis as you suggest. with anywhere i mean in any country anywhere in the world.

patzer2, do you seriously have that amount of trust in the rationality of voters? in particular when nearly everyone on the republican side of the electional campaign will focus on here and now and provide the stock answer "no" to your question. i mean, professional economical analysts may be opinionated, but essentially *none* of them can tell 100% for certain what the right recipe is. the average voter doesn't really have a clue, does s/he?

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Obama, the first gay president??


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  diceman: <kb2ct:
Obama, the first gay president??>

I beat them to it yesterday.

Wow, I cant think of a sadder world,
my jokes, are your reality.

<diceman: Its somewhat insidious that many believe all statements are for political gain.

How do we know a young, black, male, studley, campaign staffer, on Obamaís 2012 reelection team did catch Barackís eye?

He may just be gearing up to dump Michelle? ever see Obama throw out the first pitch at a baseball game?>

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  Jim Bartle: Frogbert, as I read what patzer wrote, he's just saying voters should look forward at who can do the best job going forward, rather than going back and voting according to blame for past problems. (That can inform opinions about the future, of course.) Whether people are capable of doing this is a different question.
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  patzer2: <Frogbert><Diceman> Speaking of the definitions of "capitalism" and "socialism" and the respetive merits of each, I thought you both might enjoy watching the response of the late economist Milton Friedman to a question by Phil Donahue, in which Donahue asked whether Friedman ever questioned the problems related to capitalism (e.g. maldistribution of wealth, "greed" etc.) while implying the greature "virtue" of government intervention (e.g. socialism to "spread the wealth").

It's only a short 2 minute and 30 second exchange at

If you have the time, would be interested in the response of each of you to the segment.

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  diceman: Thatís the problem with being a comedian, you accidently stumble on the tragic joke known as liberalism
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