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Ken Rogoff Chess Highlights
Compiled by GumboGambit
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As we are from the same hometown, Ken Rogoff is one of my favorite Chess players. He left competitive Chess at an early stage and has had one of the most successful post-chess careers that anyone can think of. Think about it: whose life would you rather have, Rogoff or Bobby Fischer?

Unfortunately, instead of commemorating a true success story, his forum on this site has quickly devolved into the same political flamewar that can be found all across the internet, talk radio, pundit TV, etc.

I wanted to establish a place on this site to commemorate his chess career. Here are some of his most prominent games.

Drawing the Great Dane while in his teens
Larsen vs Rogoff, 1968 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Quick work in the Junior Championship
Rogoff vs Steve Spencer, 1969 
(B15) Caro-Kann, 20 moves, 1-0

Upsetting a future World Championship Challenger
Rogoff vs Timman, 1971 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 48 moves, 1-0

Utilizing the Grand Prix to outrace a Sicilian expert
Rogoff vs Tukmakov, 1972 
(B21) Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4, 41 moves, 1-0

This time its the Rossolimo against another Sicilian master
Rogoff vs Adorjan, 1972 
(B30) Sicilian, 30 moves, 1-0

Employing a marching pawn army to seal the deal
E Paoli vs Rogoff, 1973 
(B06) Robatsch, 39 moves, 0-1

Cornering a German GM and former Candidate
Pilnik vs Rogoff, 1973
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 56 moves, 0-1

1974 US Championship
L Gilden vs Rogoff, 1974
(C76) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation, 42 moves, 0-1

1974 US Championship
Rogoff vs Reshevsky, 1974 
(C69) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 28 moves, 0-1

1974 US Championship
J A Grefe vs Rogoff, 1974
(C73) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

1974 US Championship
Saidy vs Rogoff, 1974 
(A15) English, 36 moves, 0-1

1974 US Championship
Rogoff vs A Karklins, 1974
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

1974 US Championship
N Weinstein vs Rogoff, 1974 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 11 moves, 1/2-1/2

1974 US Championship
Rogoff vs Evans, 1974
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 46 moves, 0-1

1974 US Championship
Rogoff vs Bisguier, 1974
(E08) Catalan, Closed, 77 moves, 1/2-1/2

1974 US Championship
Rogoff vs Soltis, 1974
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

1974 US Championship
Browne vs Rogoff, 1974 
(B60) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 41 moves, 1-0

1974 US Championship
Benko vs Rogoff, 1974 
(B30) Sicilian, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

1974 US Championship
Rogoff vs K Commons, 1974
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 42 moves, 1-0

1975 US Championship
J Peters vs Rogoff, 1975
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 27 moves, 0-1

1975 US Championship
Kavalek vs Rogoff, 1975 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 56 moves, 0-1

1975 US Championship
Rogoff vs J A Grefe, 1975
(A15) English, 33 moves, 1-0

1975 US Championship
Rogoff vs Mednis, 1975
(D78) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6, 55 moves, 1-0

1975 US Championship
Browne vs Rogoff, 1975
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

1975 US Championship
Bisguier vs Rogoff, 1975 
(B30) Sicilian, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

1975 US Championship
Rogoff vs Reshevsky, 1975
(A15) English, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

1975 US Championship
Rogoff vs K Commons, 1975
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

1975 US Championship
Rogoff vs Benko, 1975
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

1975 US Championship
Rogoff vs Vukcevich, 1975
(A20) English, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

1975 US Championship
Rogoff vs R Byrne, 1975
(E12) Queen's Indian, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

1975 US Championship
Tarjan vs Rogoff, 1975 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

1978 US Championship
Shamkovich vs Rogoff, 1978 
(B01) Scandinavian, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

1978 US Championship
K Regan vs Rogoff, 1978 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

1978 US Championship
Benko vs Rogoff, 1978
(B01) Scandinavian, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

1978 US Championship
Rogoff vs Lombardy, 1978
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 40 moves, 1-0

1978 US Championship
Rogoff vs B Zuckerman, 1978
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

1978 US Championship
Rogoff vs K Commons, 1978
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

1978 US Championship
Rogoff vs Tarjan, 1978
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

1978 US Championship
L Christiansen vs Rogoff, 1978 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 25 moves, 0-1

1978 US Championship
R Byrne vs Rogoff, 1978 
(B01) Scandinavian, 31 moves, 1-0

1978 US Championship
Rogoff vs Kavalek, 1978 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 55 moves, 0-1

1978 US Championship
N Weinstein vs Rogoff, 1978
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

1978 US Championship
Rogoff vs Soltis, 1978
(B06) Robatsch, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

1978 US Championship
A Lein vs Rogoff, 1978
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

1978 US Championship
Rogoff vs Mednis, 1978
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 30 moves, 0-1

Outlasting in a hard fought endgame
J Bielczyk vs Rogoff, 1975 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 68 moves, 0-1

Victory over a multi-time Polish Champion
Rogoff vs Z Doda, 1975 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 33 moves, 1-0

Defeating one of Poland's all time greats
W Schmidt vs Rogoff, 1975
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 57 moves, 0-1

Biel Interzonal
Liberzon vs Rogoff, 1976 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 39 moves, 0-1

Biel Interzonal
Rogoff vs Smyslov, 1976 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 73 moves, 0-1

Biel Interzonal
Petrosian vs Rogoff, 1976
(A22) English, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Biel Interzonal
Rogoff vs Larsen, 1976
(B27) Sicilian, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Biel Interzonal
A Matanovic vs Rogoff, 1976
(B85) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Biel Interzonal
Rogoff vs Smejkal, 1976 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 36 moves, 1-0

Biel Interzonal
Huebner vs Rogoff, 1976 
(D76) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.cd Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6, 41 moves, 1-0

Biel Interzonal
Rogoff vs J Diaz Diaz, 1976
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Biel Interzonal
R Sanguineti vs Rogoff, 1976 
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 85 moves, 1-0

Biel Interzonal
Rogoff vs R Byrne, 1976 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Biel Interzonal
Rogoff vs Gulko, 1976
(A18) English, Mikenas-Carls, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Biel Interzonal
Tal vs Rogoff, 1976 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Biel Interzonal
Rogoff vs Portisch, 1976 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 33 moves, 0-1

Biel Interzonal
A Lombard vs Rogoff, 1976 
(A60) Benoni Defense, 26 moves, 0-1

Biel Interzonal
Rogoff vs Andersson, 1976
(A16) English, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Biel Interzonal
Sosonko vs Rogoff, 1976
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Biel Interzonal
Rogoff vs O Castro, 1976 
(A15) English, 29 moves, 1-0

Biel Interzonal
Rogoff vs Csom, 1976 
(A19) English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation, 78 moves, 0-1

Biel Interzonal
Geller vs Rogoff, 1976 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Entertaining win at Lone Pine
Rogoff vs R Blumenfeld, 1976 
(A20) English, 34 moves, 1-0

Upsetting the Powerful Portisch
Portisch vs Rogoff, 1976 
(E52) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6, 53 moves, 0-1

Defeating strong Czech GM with Black
Smejkal vs Rogoff, 1980
(A21) English, 39 moves, 0-1

Outdueling Reshevsky at Lone Pine
Reshevsky vs Rogoff, 1978 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 33 moves, 0-1

The infamous draw with Huebner
Huebner vs Rogoff, 1972  
(A15) English, 12 moves, 1/2-1/2

His shot against a young Karpov
Karpov vs Rogoff, 1971 
(A22) English, 26 moves, 1-0

Cycle completes: Drawing against another Scandinavian Prodigy
Rogoff vs Carlsen, 2012 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

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