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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 382 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-24-18 D B Gurevich vs D Schneider, 2006
Zugzwangovich: A stalemate trap at the end that Gurevich didn't fall for.
   Nov-04-18 D B Gurevich vs Browne, 1994
Zugzwangovich: Thanks much, <Gregor>. It took you a while to notice that but I didn't notice it at all. Seems so clear now that you point it out!
   Oct-30-18 Gulko vs D B Gurevich, 1992
Zugzwangovich: Was Gulko's last move a sort of "spite promotion before resigning"?
   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.
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