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Member since Jun-21-11 · Last seen Sep-05-18
I am an expatriate yank who's lived mostly in Japan for the last 40-odd years. Didn't know Jack for squat about chess until Reykjavik '72 made the game a lifelong passion for me, more as a fan than as a player. With a rating of about 1590 I'm a genuine patzer, but I managed to hold Tigran Petrosian to a draw in a simul in 1983. Also love "shogi", the Japanese form of the game, to such an extent that I don't know whether to think of shogi as Japanese chess or of chess as western shogi.

   Zugzwangovich has kibitzed 378 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-23-18 K G Shirazi vs A Akhsharumova, 1988
Zugzwangovich: <rbelous> Got it. Thanks for pointing this out.
   Jul-20-18 D B Gurevich vs de Firmian, 1986 (replies)
Zugzwangovich: <Gregor> Many thanks for the input, fellow patzer! BTW, I'm really enjoying your game collections.
   Jul-05-18 Tal vs S Kagan, 1990
Zugzwangovich: <Retireborn> You're right. The Kagan who played Kasparov was an Australian FIDE master named Naum Kagan. Thanks for pointing this out.
   Jun-26-18 N Ioseliani vs E Groberman, 2001
Zugzwangovich: The moves given here after White's 45th are nonsensical. They were actually 45...Rxe7 46.Nxe7 Kxe7, draw agreed. I have submitted a correction slip. Source: Chess Life, April 2002 issue.
   May-17-18 Spassky vs Kajan, 1955 (replies)
Zugzwangovich: Spassky's opponent in this Student Olympiad was not Shimon Kagan (who had just turned 13 at the time). Cafferty's "Spassky's 100 Best Games" gives the name as "Kajan", who was representing Finland. I have submitted a correction slip.
   May-10-18 Iskusnyh vs M Magomedov, 2002
Zugzwangovich: <Autoreparaturwerkbau> Robert Byrne's comment on this game: "Iskusnyh could have played on, but Magomedov's threat of 25...c3 and the power of the Black light-square bishop dissuaded him."
   May-10-18 S Sloan vs William F Cox, 1956
Zugzwangovich: <Autoreparaturwerkbau> FYI, I just posted a comment about a comment you made 13 years ago on a game between Iskusnyh and Magomedov.
   May-08-18 E Morphy vs Morphy, 1854
Zugzwangovich: In this game 20.Rfe1 is played although the score gives only 20.Re1. But Sergeant gives White's 20th as QR-K1, which would be Ree1. This might affect the above analyses to the effect that 30.e6 or 30.Qxg4+ win for White.
   May-05-18 Tal vs M Rivas Pastor, 1992 (replies)
Zugzwangovich: Is White winning in the final position? Looks to me like if I were White I would resign. I must be missing something big.
   Apr-26-18 Hjartarson vs Tal, 1990 (replies)
Zugzwangovich: In Khalifman's collection of 1982-1992 Tal games he gives a double query to 28..Qa2. Can anyone see why? Tal won the game a few moves later without Hjartarson making any double-query moves in return.
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