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Kenneth Rogoff vs Rudy Blumenfeld
"Beyond His Ken" (game of the day Jun-13-2007)
Lone Pine (1976), Lone Pine, CA USA, rd 1, Mar-07
English Opening: King's English Variation. General (A20)  ·  1-0



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Jun-13-07  think: Interesting game. The exchange sac was adventurous. It looks like fxe5 is a big mistake for black, opening up the f file for exploitation. Could black take the discovered check after 27. ... Kxf7? It doesn't look like white has anything obvious. 28. Ng6+! startled me, and is a cool move. It of course needed to be followed up with g4 to open the way for the queen to invade on the h-file all the way across the chessboard.
Jun-13-07  gprice: <think> after 27...Kf7 28. Qb3+ is lethal
Jun-13-07  Giearth: Beyond his ken: Beyond his ability to understand and comprehend and know what to do... as Judge Augustine Paul put it: "Irrelevant!" (to the above game - this is mine though) ;)
Jun-13-07  Giearth: BTW, Rudy Blumenfeld write one chess book (AFAIK) about endgame with one known as Daniel Kopec (not sure if he is related to Danny Kopec)...
Jun-13-07  lentil: i think black's big error was 21. .. c5. After the exchange of pawns, B no longer has a d-pawn and W just pushes through.
Jun-13-07  eaglewing: While 21. ... c5 does not look really pleasing to Black, it is one move that at least tries to free himself from passivity.

In addition, 23. ... Bb5 allows 24. d6, I don't see why Black has not played 23. ... fe 24. de Nxe5. No more connected d+e-pawns. If attacked by Bc3, Qd6 removes the pin and still defends the knight, so, what else is the White threat?

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  kevin86: The rook file was lethal for black. The mate threats cost black a load of time as well as the queen,neither of which he could afford.
Jun-13-07  weisyschwarz: I met Ken Rogoff when I was in high school, a year or so before this game. He offered a simultaneous exhibition, and after he beat me, as a consolation prize signed my chess openings book.

I agree that Blumenfeld's error was 21...c5, allowing the powerful pawn mob to push through.

Jun-13-07  dabearsrock1010: I'm not sure about the opening theory, but looking at the board after the tenth moves, I would much rather be playing white, it seems black did not develop with as much vigor as he should have
Jun-13-07  Zurahn: Why is this opening classified as A00 instead of A20?
Jun-13-07  capanegra: Rogoff is not only a GM, but he also made very important contributions on the field of economics. He teaches in Harvard.

If you go to his bio, in his personal biography you will be able to read about his relation with chess.

Jun-13-07  schnarre: Wonder if it was a Scottsman that thought up the pun...
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  fm avari viraf: <Giearth: BTW, Rudy Blumenfeld .....[AFAIK]> Will u please tell the full form of BTW & AFAIK.
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  fm avari viraf: I like this game as White conducted the whole game with some good tactics & beautifully exploited Black's weaknesses.
Jun-13-07  Chessmensch: <dabearsrock1010> I agree, only it's worse than that. Throughout nearly the entire game from move 18 on black has his pieces on the two back ranks. When he moves them off, they don't last long. Look at the game move-by-move.
Jun-13-07  Nasruddin Hodja: In addition to being a Hahvahd professor, Rogoff is also ex-Chief Economist of the IMF and gets a column on international economics published regularly in

So as if he didn't have it good enough, now _this_ website is buttering him up.

Jun-14-07  dabearsrock1010: <Chessmensch> thanks for pointing that out it is actually rather depressing to watch if you ask me lol.
Jun-14-07  Karpova: <FM Avari Viraf: Will u please tell the full form of BTW & AFAIK.> BTW = by the way
AFAIK = as far as I know
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  fm avari viraf: <Karpova> Thanks.
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  Gilmoy: totally unprepared are you
to face a world of men
hopeless and shy and scared are you
of <things beyond your ken> -- Rodgers & Hammerstein

you need rybka fritz and shredder
telling you what to do
-- some wag

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  johnlspouge: < <gprice> wrote: <think> after 27...Kf7 28. Qb3+ is lethal >

Just to expand:

27...Kxf7 28.Qb3+ Kf6 29.Ne6+

White wins Qd8 with 30.Nxd8.

Apr-03-09  Granny O Doul: Rather an ugly, materialistic finish. Nicer would have been 32.Bg5 Qh3 33.Bf6+! Kh7 34.Qh3+ Bh6 35.g5.
Apr-03-09  AnalyzeThis: Agreed.

Having said this, I myself would have used the same method of butchering black's position that Rogoff used. It's brutal, deadly, and simple.

Just win, baby.

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  OhioChessFan: I am stunned to discover 3 of 5 games in this database after 8. 0-0 have Black play Bf8. It hurts my eyes to look at that move.
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  OhioChessFan: <eaglewing: don't see why Black has not played 23. ... fe 24. de Nxe5. No more connected d+e-pawns. If attacked by Bc3, Qd6 removes the pin and still defends the knight, so, what else is the White threat?>

23...fxe5 24. dxe5 Nxe5 25. Nd3 and the pin down the e file decides.

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