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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
   K Rogoff vs A H Williams, 1969 1/2-1/2
   Huebner vs K Rogoff, 1972 1/2-1/2
   K Rogoff vs Smejkal, 1976 1-0
   K Rogoff vs Larsen, 1976 1/2-1/2
   K Rogoff vs O Castro, 1976 1-0
   K Rogoff vs Timman, 1971 1-0
   K Rogoff vs Bisguier, 1974 1/2-1/2
   Sosonko vs K Rogoff, 1976 1/2-1/2
   Tal vs K Rogoff, 1976 1/2-1/2

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

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Ken Rogoff Chess Highlights by GumboGambit
   US Championship 1978 by suenteus po 147
   US Championship 1975 by suenteus po 147
   US Championship 1974 by Phony Benoni

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(born Mar-22-1953, 63 years old) United States of America

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Kenneth Saul Rogoff learned chess from his father at age six, but only took up the game in earnest when he received 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. When 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

Last updated: 2016-07-28 12:52:30

 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 A H Williams ½-½106 1969 World Junior Championship, B FinalA56 Benoni Defense
3. E M Green vs K Rogoff ½-½37 1969 World Junior ChB12 Caro-Kann Defense
4. K Rogoff vs S Spencer 1-020 1969 US Jnr ChpB15 Caro-Kann
5. K Rogoff vs Z Vranesic  0-148 1970 Ontario opB83 Sicilian
6. J Durao vs K Rogoff 0-130 1970 MalagaB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
7. H Pfleger vs K Rogoff  1-059 1970 WchT U26 17thA58 Benko Gambit
8. E Paoli vs K Rogoff 1-026 1971 Liberation tournB06 Robatsch
9. V Tukmakov vs K Rogoff  1-042 1971 Liberation tournD93 Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3
10. J Durao vs K Rogoff  0-165 1971 MalagaB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
11. Karpov vs K Rogoff 1-026 1971 06, Mayaguez tt-studA22 English
12. Ljubojevic vs K Rogoff 1-029 1971 MalagaB50 Sicilian
13. K Rogoff vs L Day ½-½21 1971 World Student OlympiadA15 English
14. K Rogoff vs Timman 1-048 1971 Malaga 11/138B08 Pirc, Classical
15. Ulf Andersson vs K Rogoff 1-036 1971 OlotB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
16. K Rogoff vs Adorjan 1-030 1972 Graz Stu ttB30 Sicilian
17. Huebner vs K Rogoff ½-½12 1972 WchT U26 19th fin-AA15 English
18. K Rogoff vs V Tukmakov 1-041 1972 WchT U26 19th fin-AB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
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 W Schmidt  ½-½39 1974 Rubinstein memA36 English
24. Saidy vs K Rogoff 0-136 1974 US ChampionshipA15 English
25. K Rogoff vs A Karklins  ½-½20 1974 US ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
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Aug-24-16  ljfyffe: <keypusher> <long time ago> Check out the bathing suits women had to wear not that long ago. They also had to wear hats in Church to cover their hair.
Aug-24-16  ljfyffe: <Oh God said Abraham, 'Kill me a son"/ Abe says, "Man, you must be puttin' me on"/
God say, "No; Abe say, "What?"/
God say, " You can do what you want, Abe, but/
The next time you see me comin', you better run>
Aug-24-16  ljfyffe: <HMM> The obvious problem with private jails is that they require a good supply of 'clients' to at least sustain and hopefully increase their profits; owners have even been known to offer rappers bribes to 'gangsta'-up their lyrics since crime- commercials on their own would be frowned upon.
Aug-24-16  ljfyffe: I can see it all now: <Go out and commit a crime and we'll give you free room and board. But our offer is limited, so you better do it right now!>
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  al wazir: <HeMateMe: I wonder if the trains wouldn't be more cost effective if privatized? Most businesses are.>

Maybe we should privatize government too. Legislators should get paid by the people their laws benefit.

Wait. They already do.

Aug-24-16  Deus Ex Alekhina: <saffuna: Did Hillary survive through the night? Who will be the candidate after she dies?> Good point; but even her corpse will win in a landslide over that krypto-fascist with the $39 comb-over.
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  keypusher: <HeMateMe: If women had had the vote, back then, there would have been no crucifixion. Rome would not have fallen. A lot of things would have been different.>

Men didn't have the vote then either. And...crucifixion? Rome not falling? How do you figure?

I'm content with blaming women's suffrage for Prohibition and Warren Harding and leaving it at that.

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  Abdel Irada: ∞

<keypusher: It's absurd to suppose that the Genesis story is the reason for this state of affairs. It's not as if men in ancient times thought women were their equals, but then they read Genesis and changed their minds.>

As a matter of clarity, I don't believe I ever suggested otherwise. If anything, the interpretation of Genesis was the product of pre-existing cultural patriarchy and misogyny. Such sentiments were not in scarce supply in the classical and medieval world.

The same, of course, applies to "traditional," but wrong, readings of the Qur'an as supporting the idea of women as second-class people. While it failed to fully demand equality, it was radical for its time in going as far in that direction as it did. (And of course, after the Prophet's [saw] time, it wasn't long before "orthodox" scholars managed to downplay its exhortations toward equality and "discover" hundreds of ahadeeth in which the same Prophet who accepted public rebukes from his wives was reported to have said that women were supposed to obey their husbands — a position more in line with the New Testament as influenced by the Roman Saul of Tarsus than with the Qur'an. This is what I mean when I refer to cultural patriarchy glaring through the overlay of religion.)

Aug-24-16  saffuna: <Wait. They already do.>

As Trump openly admitted in the first Republican debate last year. And said it was wrong.

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  Abdel Irada: ∞

<Petrosianic: The idea that Eve is more to blame than the others is nowhere to be found in the book. Maybe that's the way some people interpreted it, but I'd read it just the opposite. You can easily make the case that she was confused, deceived, what have you.>

My own reading of Eve in the Bible was of a not-quite-person. She is so inane, gullible and passive that it's hard to see her as responsible for her own deeds, much less Adam's.

To see what I mean, consider what happened when God discovered the transgression. The bad news was delivered to Adam while Eve obediently went off to take a nap.

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  valiant: <Hammerskjold> svengelska ... "The Swedish language term svengelska refers not to Swenglish, but to spoken or written Swedish filled with an inordinate amount of English syntax and Words"
Aug-24-16  ljfyffe: <inane?>Were I offered God's knowledge by a serpent -<your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil> (King James version)- I'd take a bite ....that ole silver-tongued devil!
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  optimal play: <al wazir: <optimal play: It was Stephanie who said "Happy Easter", not her murderer!> I was aware of that. Would she have said it to a Muslim or a Jew?> Yes!

Here in Australia we say "Happy Easter" to everybody at Easter-time!

None of that "Happy Holidays" crap down here!

We don't enquire about someone's religion or non-religion before wishing them a simple "Happy Easter" at Easter-time!

It's a four-day holiday down here and it's everywhere in the media so everybody knows it's Easter even if they're not Christian!

We just automatically say "Happy Easter" to everybody!

Non-Christians don't get offended by it!

You really are a fool <al wazir>!

You know that?

A complete and total fool!

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  al wazir: <optimal play: You really are a fool <al wazir>!> If you ever wish *me* a happy Easter I'll tell you to go to hell. I don't waste time with any of that religious crap.

Let me know what happens next time you wish a Muslim happy Easter.

Aug-25-16  Colonel Mortimer: <optimal> <You really are a fool <al wazir>!

You know that?

A complete and total fool!>

That's not very Christian of you. You know that don't you?

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  Abdel Irada: ∞

<al wazir>: People do wish me "happy Easter" and "Merry Christmas" every year.

When they do that, I smile and return the good wishes.

I don't share in their celebrations, but that doesn't mean I can't wish them joy.

By the same token, many Christians who know something about Islam wish me a blessed Ramadan and Eid, for which I express my appreciation.

One of the cardinal virtues of both Islam and Christianity is kindness. If you call yourself a believer but make no effort to be kind, with unbelievers as well as co-religionists, you may as well go join Al-Qaida or Westboro Baptist Church.

As for telling someone who wishes you a happy Easter to go to hell: What are you even thinking of? Do you often return evil for good that way?

Now, I understand you're not happy with <optimal play> (and in your place I would feel the same), but this is not how to express your feelings. In fact, it is an excellent way to alienate the sympathies of those who would otherwise be on your side.

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  Abdel Irada: ∞

<optimal play>: I have been holding back because this seems to be a personal struggle between you and <al wazir>, but since you've dragged my faith into it, I think I need to say something.

Neither the story you cited nor the one <al wazir> cited appears to have much if anything to do with religion. He invoked a rape and murder case, in which the victim was probably Christian and the perpetrator *may* have been one; we simply don't know, and it doesn't seem to have been a factor in the crime. That made it perhaps a rather poor choice to rebut your story, as <al wazir> later admitted.

However, rebuttal of *some* sort was definitely called for, since the crime you invoked also appeared to have nothing to do with religion *except* insofar as the perpetrator was apparently Muslim, and several witnesses reported hearing him say "Allahu akbar."

What I think we need here is a bit more skepticism. Muslims simply don't say "Allahu akbar" as often as media reports make it seem, and I find it doubtful that Muslim criminals really say it while committing their offenses. The likelihood that they actually do this is comparable to the probability of Catholic criminals accompanying their offenses with "In nomine patris et filii et spiritus sancti." They *might* say it, but probably they *don't.* It is much more likely that the witnesses imagined it.

In any case, I can see why <al wazir> perceived your selective reporting as bigoted. You go out of your way to imply that Muslims are evil people and Christians are good ones, and that simply doesn't correspond to a reality in which there are good and bad people in every faith, every race, every country and every ideology.

If you try to judge people as individuals rather than groups, you are less apt to be unjust.

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  al wazir: <Abdel Irada: I understand you're not happy with <optimal play> (and in your place I would feel the same), but this is not how to express your feelings.>

I don't tell everyone who wishes me a happy this or a merry that to go to hell. That was special for <optimal play>, as you guessed. Sometimes I even wish people a Merry Christmas. In this country it's only a commercial holiday anyway, so it doesn't matter.

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  HeMateMe: It it's Tuesday, it must be Tripoli!


Abdel's USA, the year 2020:


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  HeMateMe: UN publishes it's report, specifically names Syria as using chemical weapons against civilians.


Where's Mort, to blame Syria and their ally, Russia?

Aug-25-16  ljfyffe: Since <Petro and keypusher> are absurd enough to suggest I said the <reason>sexism exists in Abrahamic cultures is because Eve ate the 'apple' and had to be punished by the pain of childbirth for making humans mortal, the whole truth has to now be presented:

God by his own admission be a 'jealous' one, and when He finds out that His rival Satan convinces Eve to put his 'apple' in her mouth, and she then demands Adam eat hers, all hell breaks loose: women are ordered to obey their husbands, Adam is made to stick his 'thingy' in her, birth control is forbidden, witches are burned at the stake, accused of having sex with the Devil, and so and so forth. God was really angry.

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  optimal play: <al wazir> The last time I wished a Muslim a happy Easter, she simply said in effect "Thank you, although as a Muslim I don't celebrate Easter". I didn't actually know she was a Muslim since her head was uncovered and she seemed quite secular in her outlook and demeanour. I think she was Turkish. Anyway she didn't tell me to go to hell since she was a very nice person and instead wished me a happy Easter in return.

Nevertheless, the situation in the world today demands that Muslim immigration be halted in the interest of Australia since the situation is clearly getting worse and we certainly don't want to end up with similar problems as they have in France and elsewhere. Admittedly if all Muslims were like that young lady, it wouldn't be an issue, but radicalisation is on the increase and Muslim immigration is only adding to the problem.

Now <al wazir> since you're obviously completely out of your depth on these important issues and won't waste your time with any of that "religious crap", I am going to recommend that you stick to "junk drawer stuff" in which you are expert, such as the Coriolis effect, the uprights of goalposts, and how counting might be different if we had more or less digits.

We all know how you can go on at great length about such mundane matters as these so if you stick to those topics you won't appear such a pathetic fool!

<Colonel Mortimer> Yes, I know full well that's not very 'Christian' of me, but having to deal with a dunderhead like <al wazir> would try even the patience of Job!

Anyway, the following would apply to <al wazir>...

"A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the backs of fools!"

- Proverbs 26:3

<Abdel Irada> Thanks for the gratuitous advice.

<HeMateMe> By 2020 you'll be living in the Islamic Republic of the United States and I'll be living in the Islamic Republic of Australia and <Colonel Mortimer> will be protesting against refugees in boats sailing across the Tasman Sea trying to get into New Zealand!

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  HeMateMe: yeah. I meant 2200, actually. the future demographic of the USA and Aus.?
Aug-25-16  ljfyffe: <HMM> hates inaccuracies.
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  Abdel Irada: ∞

<optimal play: <HeMateMe> By 2020 you'll be living in the Islamic Republic of the United States and I'll be living in the Islamic Republic of Australia and <Colonel Mortimer> will be protesting against refugees in boats sailing across the Tasman Sea trying to get into New Zealand!>

I think this prediction belongs on the Memorable Quotes page.

(In four years, someone remind me to have another look and see if it's come true.)

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