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Member since Jun-21-11 · Last seen May-26-18
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 371 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-17-18 Spassky vs S Kagan, 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.
   Feb-15-18 de Firmian vs Dreev, 1990
Zugzwangovich: Something is wrong with 15...Bxd4???
   Dec-04-17 Tal vs Murey, 1990
Zugzwangovich: Khalifman's collection of 1982-1992 Tal games gives the concluding moves as 47.Kf3 Ke5 48.g4 d5 49.h4 d4 50.Bc4 1-0. I have submitted a correction slip. On the subject of weird game scores, can anyone out there give me a second opinion on Popovych-Valvo 1990? My take is that ...
   Nov-28-17 Popovych vs M Valvo, 1990
Zugzwangovich: It's impossible for me to believe the game score is correct. How could a FIDE master fail to see the very obvious 32. Rd8+, which gives Black the choice of losing his Queen or King (or both simultaneously)? Even this patzer spotted it in a nanosecond.
   Nov-11-17 Tal vs Timman, 1988 (replies)
Zugzwangovich: <Tabanus> Thanks for providing a picture from this match. Couldn't have been from "this game", however, since Tal has Black.
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