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K Rogoff 
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Kenneth Rogoff
Number of games in database: 132
Years covered: 1968 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2505
Overall record: +38 -29 =64 (53.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      1 exhibition game, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 English (10) 
    A15 A13 A18 A16 A19
 Sicilian (8) 
    B21 B23 B38 B30 B85
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C68 C95 C65 C88 C97
 English, 1 c4 e5 (5) 
    A20 A29 A22
 King's Indian (5) 
    E62 E74 E63 E60
 English, 1 c4 c5 (5) 
    A30 A34 A36
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (12) 
    B93 B30 B60 B52 B85
 Caro-Kann (11) 
    B17 B10 B12 B13
 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
   Huebner vs K Rogoff, 1972 1/2-1/2
   K Rogoff vs Bisguier, 1974 1/2-1/2
   K Rogoff vs Smejkal, 1976 1-0
   K Rogoff vs A H Williams, 1969 1/2-1/2
   K Rogoff vs O Castro, 1976 1-0
   K Rogoff vs Timman, 1971 1-0
   K Rogoff vs Ulf Andersson, 1976 1/2-1/2
   Reshevsky vs K Rogoff, 1978 0-1
   Geller vs K Rogoff, 1976 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   US Championship (1974)
   Lone Pine (1976)
   Lone Pine (1978)
   Biel Interzonal (1976)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Ken Rogoff Chess Highlights by GumboGambit
   US Championship 1974 by Phony Benoni

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(born Mar-22-1953, 61 years old) United States of America

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Kenneth Saul Rogoff learned chess from his father at age 6, but took up the game in earnest when he got 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. However, at 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 132  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Larsen vs K Rogoff ½-½35 1968 Canadian OpenA02 Bird's Opening
2. K Rogoff vs S Spencer 1-020 1969 US Jnr ChpB15 Caro-Kann
3. K Rogoff vs A H Williams ½-½106 1969 World Junior Championship, B FinalA56 Benoni Defense
4. E M Green vs K Rogoff ½-½37 1969 World Junior ChB12 Caro-Kann Defense
5. J Durao vs K Rogoff 0-130 1970 MalagaB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
6. H Pfleger vs K Rogoff  1-059 1970 WchT U26 17thA58 Benko Gambit
7. K Rogoff vs Z Vranesic  0-148 1970 Ontario opB83 Sicilian
8. Karpov vs K Rogoff 1-026 1971 06, Mayaguez tt-studA22 English
9. K Rogoff vs L Day ½-½21 1971 World Student OlympiadA15 English
10. Ljubojevic vs K Rogoff 1-029 1971 MalagaB50 Sicilian
11. K Rogoff vs Timman 1-048 1971 Malaga 11/138B08 Pirc, Classical
12. Ulf Andersson vs K Rogoff 1-036 1971 OlotB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
13. E Paoli vs K Rogoff 1-026 1971 Liberation tournB06 Robatsch
14. V Tukmakov vs K Rogoff  1-042 1971 Liberation tournD93 Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3
15. J Durao vs K Rogoff  0-165 1971 MalagaB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
16. K Rogoff vs V Tukmakov 1-041 1972 WchT U26 19th fin-AB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
17. K Rogoff vs Adorjan 1-030 1972 Graz Stu ttB30 Sicilian
18. Huebner vs K Rogoff ½-½12 1972 WchT U26 19th fin-AA15 English
19. L Day vs K Rogoff  ½-½23 1973 CAN-opA07 King's Indian Attack
20. K Rogoff vs Suttles 0-147 1973 Ottawa op-CANB06 Robatsch
21. E Paoli vs K Rogoff 0-139 1973 NorristownB06 Robatsch
22. Pilnik vs K Rogoff  0-156 1973 NorristownB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
23. K Rogoff vs Bisguier  ½-½77 1974 US ChampionshipE08 Catalan, Closed
24. K Rogoff vs Zuckerman  1-044 1974 US ChampionshipA15 English
25. N Weinstein vs K Rogoff  ½-½11 1974 US ChampionshipC42 Petrov Defense
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  Shams: People did LBJ? Huh. Sounds like a real hit at parties!
Oct-23-14  Petrosianic: There are some speaking styles that are based on other characters, but not so much that they would be considered "Impressions". The Maxwell Smart Glick voice was loosely based on William Powell's Thin Man, but exaggerated so much that the similarity wouldn't register unless you were told about it.
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  Jim Bartle: I think I saw someone do John Wayne once. And James Stewart. Of course the favorite on the female side was always Katharine Hepburn, or in Martin Short's case, her cousin.

Sarah Palin has famously been captured twice, by Tina Fey and Julianne Moore.

Oct-23-14  Petrosianic: <Shams>: <People did LBJ? Huh. Sounds like a real hit at parties!>

Yeah, speaking of Get Smart again, there's a great episode where John Byner (as a KAOS agent) taps into the Control Steerhorn phone, impersonating LBJ. A pretty good impression, too. Very breathy, back of the throat, and overflowing with trite cliches. "Quit flappin' your gums, Thaddeus."

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  Jim Bartle: <People did LBJ? Huh. Sounds like a real hit at parties!>

Sure, they just walked into the bathroom without closing the door, and said "pecker" a lot.

Oct-23-14  ljfyffe: <Sham-><Focus><Bartle> Rich Little, as you likely know, is an Ontarioian, Canadian, who became a citizen of US about six years ago.
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  Shams: <Petrosianic> It occurs to me that you'd be a good one to ask this, what with your affection for old-timey radio and tv programming. I have a theory that by and large the voice acting of today is much worse than it was decades ago, in part because nobody does radio acting anymore but that didn't used to be the case. Do you think I'm on to something there? By voice acting I mostly mean the vocal component of acting for tv and films. (The voice acting for cartoons is often great-- do you know H. Jon Benjamin?)
Oct-23-14  Petrosianic: Yeah, there's probably something to that. With both radio and cartoons, you have to learn to put a lot more into your voice, because you can't count on mannerisms or visual cues to sell anything. At least in radio, people could see the people they were talking to, and try to act off them, but in cartoons, they may record everything separately.

That's the way they did it in the Star Trek cartoon. People would just record their lines wherever they were, and mail them in. As a result, Captain Kirk sounds bored out of his mind in just about every episode, like everything he sees is too unimpressive to expend any emotion on.

For the Benny Show, Mary Livingstone started phoning in her lines in the last year (somebody else would play her at the recording, and they'd dub her voice in later). She did a better job than Shatner, but it threw her delivery and timing off noticeably compared to all the others, who were still doing it live. But then there are actors who do a great job with visualizing a person in front of them and acting off of the imaginary person, just because they've had so much practice. It does seem like doing a lot of radio and cartoon work can help make live action performances more expressive.

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  HeMateMe: I thought Rich Little was brilliant, but I'm old enough to remember seeing all of his foils on television, so his character sketches have meaning for me. He really is/was talented. His heir, I believe, is Jim Carrey who did stand up impersonations before developing a nice movie career.

carey does clint eastwood:


Jay Pharoh was probably hired by SNL, at least partly, because he resembles Obama:


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  Shams: Jim Carrey's Jimmy Stewart is hysterical:

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  perfidious: The one Rich Little bit I recall is an impersonation from Hawaii Five-O which went:

<Jimmy Cagney never said, 'you dirty rat', but if he had, he would have said it about you.>

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  HeMateMe: I think I saw that episode, as a kid. Doesn't Little play a gambler, in trouble with the mob, and he witnessed a murder, or something like that?
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  TheFocus: <Jim Bartle> < That was probably at the 2007 White House Correspondents Dinner.>

Yes, <Jim>. You are correct.

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  twinlark: <MarmotPFL> <Typical Aussie Amazon sale. We used to have much cheaper overseas surface mail, but it often took months to reach Australia and was discontinued.>

Even with all the postage, Amazon is often the cheapest alternative. Abebooks franchise in Australia rarely has cheap books (of the kind I want, anyway), and the postage within the country can still be high.

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  OhioChessFan: I thought Rich Little was pretty redundant and all his voices sounded much too similar.
Oct-23-14  Marmot PFL: <Even with all the postage, Amazon is often the cheapest alternative. Abebooks franchise in Australia rarely has cheap books (of the kind I want, anyway), and the postage within the country can still be high.>

Looks like I sent 30 books to Australia so far this year. Mostly to the big towns, but some to places I would never have heard of, like Woy Woy, Sippy Downs, Mudgeeraba, Tarragindi and so on.

Oct-23-14  nok: <People did LBJ? Huh. Sounds like a real hit at parties!>


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  Jim Bartle: That's a classic, the band coming in at just the right moment and the first line, "I should have quit you a long time ago." I think that record came out around the beginning of 1968 or maybe late 1967.

LBJ doesn't appear in the best movie scene about him. In "The Right Stuff" he goes to the Glenns' house to be seen comforting Annie Glenn before the launch. Annie stutters and doesn't want Johnson or cameras. By phone in the capsule John Glenn tells Annie she doesn't have to let Johnson in.

The scene ends with LBJ's limo shaking and bouncing from his anger at not being let in.

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  chancho: Another Ebola case.

This time it's New York City.

A Doctor who treated patients in West Africa and who apparently thought was not a risk to anyone, went bowling, enjoyed the sights, rode the subway, was in close contact with his girlfriend and various friends....

Then his temperature started rising, he went to the hospital, and oh yes, Ebola.

Let's hope that it ends with him and no one else was infected.

Hope springs eternal, that kind of thing.

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  zanzibar: <twinlark>, <Marmot PFL> -- Yipes! That's expensive postage. At first I was thinking you must live in Antarctica, which isn't too far off the mark.

Lots of interesting names mentioned.

I hope you like the book if you did buy it, I remember enjoying it. Here's a review comment from Amazon:

<<algo41> Palmer explains that he wrote this book because so many people he encountered were interested in what he does as a marine biologist. In truth it is a book about scientific curiosity and the process of discovery. I won't give away the ending, found in the last chapter. Had Palmer's objective been an exposition on biological clocks, the last chapter would have been first>

So I gave away the ending a little.

I miss the old days of Usenet readers, where you could have multiple threads going and easily read one or the other. Maybe a sub-thread here could be science books written for both the layman and other scientists. I think Palmer book would qualify.

Here's two others I enjoyed:

<The Same and Not the Same -- R. Hoffmann>

A great chemist, and a great lecturer.

* * * * *

<The Invisible Enemy: A Natural History of Viruses -- Dorothy Crawford>

Topical. She's written a slew of other popular books, including one of those currently fashionable "A Very Short" introductions. This was her first, and my favorite so far (I also read her HIV origins one <Virus Hunt>).

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  zanzibar: <<chancho>: Another Ebola case. >

Yes, confirmed by NY Times.

<In the New York City region, hospitals and emergency workers have been preparing for the appearance of the virus for months.

Dr. Irwin Redlener, the director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University and a special adviser to Mayor de Blasio, said that the risk to the general public was minimal, but depended on the city moving swiftly.

“New York has mobilized not only a world-class health department, but has full engagement of many other agencies that need to be on the response team,” he said.>

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  zanzibar: Rich Little on Letterman...

has a few good zingers. (For a Canadian?! <ljfyffe> should be proud).

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  twinlark: <zanzibar>

<Maybe a sub-thread here could be science books written for both the layman and other scientists.>

We can talk about anything here.

The ones that have grabbed me were <Guns, Germs and Steel> by Jared Diamond attempting to explain the rise of Eurasia and especially Europe through geography, <Voltaire's Bastards> (kind of science, but admittedly very loosely so) by John Ralston Saul about the hijacking of rationalism, and <Discordant Red Shift Assocations> by Halton Arp.

The last mentioned tends to put the finger on another pressure point in cosmology, namely that physically linked objects can have completely different red shift signatures.

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  Boomie: <twinlark: <Discordant Red Shift Assocations> by Halton Arp.

The last mentioned tends to put the finger on another pressure point in cosmology, namely that physically linked objects can have completely different red shift signatures.>

Since 1960, when Arp published this book, astronomical instrumentation has made huge strides. Using the latest data, there is no support for Arp's theory. Although those quasars appear to be associated with closer objects, they are really way in the background. They are just so bright that they appear to be closer.

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  twinlark: <Using the latest data, there is no support for Arp's theory.>

Not sure it's that simple. Arp's ideas were never supported and it took years for any actual review of <Seeing Red> and <Discordant Red Shift Associations> to appear.

Check out the situation for Markarian 205, and say definitively that these are not linked objects.

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