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Member since Nov-12-16 · Last seen Oct-16-19
Profession: Litigating attorney for more than 40 years.

Chess: Began playing in the early 1950's and have enjoyed playing and studying chess ever since. My biggest chess thrills have been (in no particular order): (a) seeing Bobby Fischer in action live at the US Championship; (b) attending the Kasparov-Karpov 1990 World Championship match; (c) private lessons from Grandmaster Susan Polgar (a great teacher); (d) playing over great games, especially those with excellent annotations; (e) endgames.

Other interests:

(A) Piano: I have been an amateur pianist for nearly 60 years. Perhaps the greatest thrill of my life (next to the day I married my wife and the day my daughter was born) was the time I had a private master class on Schubert's A-Major Piano Sonata from the great Ruth Slenczynska.

B) Ballet:

I have been attending ballet performances for about 65 years, and have been lucky enough to see many of the greatest dancers. My wife and I have sponsored new ballets, including pieces for the wonderful ballerina Teresa Reichlen. I still take ballet classes.

(C) Tennis:

I have been a fan for many decades, and attended the US Open for many years, usually attending every round.

D) Bridge

Until my work schedule became too brutal, I played in tournaments frequently, winning a number of "B" events and occasionally prevailing in short "swiss" matches against some of the all-time greats. (It is much easier to win a short swiss team bridge match against world champions than to defeat a chess grandmaster. My teams have prevailed on occasions against some of the all-time greats, but I have yet to win a chess game on even terms against a player rated 2300 or above).

E) Biblical Studies

I study the Bible nearly every day and have taught various sorts of Bible classes, at one point at least once a week for about 12 years. I seem to have the unique ability to offend people of nearly every religion and belief, probably because of my mania for textual issues (always a good idea to know what was actually written before dashing off to proclaim or denounce it) and vigorous and unrelenting close readings of controversial texts.

F) Mountain and wall climbing

My daughter and I climb (top-rope) walls at the gym once a week, and I am training to attempt a climb of Mount Washington.

G) Misc.

In my younger days, I was a marathon runner and before that a wrestler. I love almost every sort of food (with a few notable exceptions) and have never lost an eating contest. Full Member

   KEG has kibitzed 1565 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-16-19 Gunsberg vs Didier, 1901
KEG: A poorly played game in which Gunsberg--after misplaying the opening and being strategically lost (as White!) after his 13th move prevailed only as a result of misplays by the hapless Didier (on his way to a last-place finish well behind the rest of the field) including hanging his ...
   Oct-14-19 Keres vs Smyslov, 1948
KEG: Post X 24. fxR BxN [DIAGRAM] 25. Qf3 "!"--(Keres)(Wade/Whiteley/Keene) "Keres does not let up for a moment. Every move is a picture." (Horowitz) Without in any way meaning to detract from the beauty of Keres' move and attacking scheme, the claim (advanced by Keres) that the simple ...
   Oct-08-19 Didier vs Janowski, 1901
KEG: Post V 32. Qh3 If 32. RxR then obviously 32...dxR+ wins the Queen." (Tournament Book). 32... Bf6 [DIAGRAM] 33. Rf2 Didier should at least have gotten his King off the nasty diagonal with 33. Kg2 or 33. Kh1 rather than tie up his Rook as a shield. 33... Qb5 34. Rfd2 Qc6 Janowski ...
   Oct-05-19 Reggio vs Winawer, 1901
KEG: Post III 24. Qg4 Mistakenly tying his Queen to defending against the threatened mate on g2. 24. f3 was therefore better and would leave the White Queen free to engage in mayhem on both sides of te board. 24... Re4 24...Kf7 was still a reasonable possibility. But it was not the text ...
   Oct-02-19 J Mason vs Von Scheve, 1901
KEG: Post VI Mason had been struggling in a hopelessly lost position for a long time by this point, but given von Scheve's seeming inability to administer a death blow, he probably was right to hang in for a while longer. But from here Mason became seduced by bad ideas (e.g., winning the ...
   Sep-28-19 G Marco vs Chigorin, 1901
KEG: Post III 26... Nd3! "?"--(Tournament Book) [DIAGRAM] The Tournament Book notwithstanding, Tchigorin's move sure looks good to me. The main alternative was 26...bxc3 [or 26...bxa3] 27. bxc3 Bxa3 28. NxB exB 29. Ne2 eventually winning back the pawn. Granted, Black still has much the ...
   Sep-26-19 Marshall vs Gunsberg, 1901
KEG: Post IV 41... Re4 After this, Gunsberg's chances of victory were pretty much at an end. Moving back to the h-file with 41...Rh8 was his only real chance. 42. h4! Now Marshall was out of the woods. 42... Rh8 Too late. 43. Nd2 Rhe8! A little trick for which Marshall did not fall: ...
   Sep-21-19 Schlechter vs Alapin, 1901
KEG: Post II 19... Rf6 Signalling his intention to attack on the King's side. 20. f4 Closing the diagonal of Black's d6 Bishop and beginning the process of trying to lock up the pawns. 20... Rh6 20...Rg6 was theoretically better, but Alapin had a simple plan which it appeared he was ...
   Sep-20-19 Blackburne vs J Mieses, 1901
KEG: <WorstPlayerEver> "Elegant" is indeed an excellent description for Blackburne's play in this game. So glad you enjoyed my analysis.
   Sep-15-19 Reshevsky vs Harold Morton, 1936
KEG: Post V 40. Rb8 This Rook had been on the 7th rank since move 17 wreaking havoc in the Black camp. Reshevsky here decided to trade it off to bring the game closer to completion. In fact, 40. Qc7 was stronger and a faster route to victory, but--once again--Reshevsky's method did not ...

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