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Boris Markovich Kogan
Number of games in database: 102
Years covered: 1963 to 1987
Last FIDE rating: 2235
Highest rating achieved in database: 2445

Overall record: +22 -35 =44 (43.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 1 exhibition game, blitz/rapid, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (18) 
    A46 A40 D02 A45 E00
 English, 1 c4 c5 (5) 
    A34 A31 A36
 Catalan (5) 
    E06 E02
With the Black pieces:
 Slav (9) 
    D15 D11 D10
 French Defense (7) 
    C03 C16 C07 C15
 Ruy Lopez (6) 
    C75 C72 C71 C73
 Orthodox Defense (5) 
    D67 D60 D63 D61
 English, 1 c4 e5 (5) 
    A29 A21 A20
 Sicilian (4) 
    B47 B63 B40 B30
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   de Firmian vs B M Kogan, 1986 0-1
   K Spraggett vs B M Kogan, 1984 0-1
   B M Kogan vs Alburt, 1984 1-0
   B M Kogan vs Yusupov, 1981 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   USA-ch / Zonal (1986)
   Lone Pine (1981)

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(born Feb-08-1940, died Dec-25-1993, 53 years old) Ukraine (federation/nationality United States of America)

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IM Boris Markovich Kogan became Soviet Junior Champion in 1956 and 1957 and moved to the USA in 1981 - in the same year he was awarded the title of IM. He won the Championship of Georgia, USA 9 times and seven times in a row (1980 to 1986, 1988 and 1992). IM Kogan died of colon cancer.

Wikipedia article: Boris Kogan

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 131  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Rotstein vs B M Kogan  ½-½541963Ukrainian ChampionshipD94 Grunfeld
2. E Lazarev vs B M Kogan  0-1291963Ukrainian ChampionshipD24 Queen's Gambit Accepted
3. B M Kogan vs Kostiuchenko  ½-½741963Ukrainian ChampionshipA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
4. Tukmakov vs B M Kogan  ½-½411963Ukrainian ChampionshipB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
5. B M Kogan vs V A Tokarev  1-0401963Ukrainian ChampionshipE86 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6
6. B M Kogan vs Y N Sakharov  0-1281963Ukrainian ChampionshipD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
7. B M Kogan vs Y Kots  0-1301963Ukrainian ChampionshipE81 King's Indian, Samisch
8. Zamikhovsky vs B M Kogan  ½-½661963Ukrainian ChampionshipA38 English, Symmetrical
9. B M Kogan vs V Berezhnoi  ½-½411963Ukrainian ChampionshipA52 Budapest Gambit
10. I Platonov vs B M Kogan 1-0661963Ukrainian ChampionshipB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
11. B M Kogan vs B Ivanenko  1-0571963Ukrainian ChampionshipD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. N Levin vs B M Kogan  0-1551963Ukrainian ChampionshipD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. Y Nikolaevsky vs B M Kogan  ½-½371963Ukrainian ChampionshipD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. B M Kogan vs A Bukhover  1-0411963Ukrainian ChampionshipD23 Queen's Gambit Accepted
15. B M Kogan vs R Romanovsky  0-1491963Ukrainian ChampionshipD71 Neo-Grunfeld
16. V Shiyanovsky vs B M Kogan  0-1601963Ukrainian ChampionshipB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
17. B M Kogan vs Gufeld  ½-½251963Ukrainian ChampionshipD91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
18. A Bannik vs B M Kogan  1-0311964UKR-chB15 Caro-Kann
19. B M Kogan vs J Yuchtman  0-1901964UKR-chA56 Benoni Defense
20. B M Kogan vs Kholmov  ½-½301971URS-ch sfA46 Queen's Pawn Game
21. Savon vs B M Kogan  ½-½891971URS-ch sfC71 Ruy Lopez
22. Savon vs B M Kogan  1-0351977URS-ch otborC07 French, Tarrasch
23. Miles vs B M Kogan  1-0481980USAD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. B M Kogan vs Yusupov  ½-½261981Lone Pine OpenA46 Queen's Pawn Game
25. Sosonko vs B M Kogan  1-0351981Lone Pine OpenD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  Caissanist: These games are from at least two different Boris Kogans. Boris M. Kogan (1940-1993) was an IM, a well known chess teacher, and 8 times champion of the U.S. state of Georgia.
Aug-20-09  TheFocus: Nice to see Boris Kogan represented here. A class act as a man and a player. I remember playing in a Reserve section in Georgia once. He was strolling around the hall and stopped to look at my game. I was a Pawn up in a tricky King and Pawn ending. My opponent asked for a draw and got mad when I refused. After finding the solution, I chalked up the win. One of the kibitzers said, "I never saw that coming." Kogan said, smiling, "I did." He then gave me a thumbs up and went back to win his game. When Kogan entered a tournament, you knew he was probably going to win it. He was nicknamed "King of the South." He was a great teacher and player. Too bad more of his games are not available here.
May-14-10  MKalafatas: A couple of years ago I posted a four-part video on YouTube, reminiscing about IM Boris Kogan. You can see it here:

Dec-20-13  BIDMONFA: Boris Markovich Kogan

KOGAN, Boris M.

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  Retireborn: Can anybody help me sort out the Boris Kogans?

Chessbase has "Boris Kogan" as an Israeli guy and has a photo of him from 1996; "Boris M Kogan" has a US flag but no photo. Somewhat irritatingly they were apparently both born in 1940. Chessbase is not aware of either of them having died.

The Wiki page for Boris Kogan states that he played in three US championships. On the other hand Chessbase Big Database 2002 has a Boris Kogan playing in the 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986 and 1987 US championships.

Does anybody know for sure which Kogan played in which US championships, and if the other one is the Israeli or a third Kogan?

Nov-04-15  TheFocus: <Boris Markovich Kogan> was the IM from Georgia U.S.A. Fantastic player and coach.

<Boris Kogan> is Israeli.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Retireborn: <The Focus> Many thanks for that. After reviewing the Kogan games/references in my database I've been able to assign nearly all of them either to Boris M or to Artur Kogan, a somewhat younger Israeli.

The only exception is a text reference to Kogan-Vzdvizhkov, USSR 1989. This may or may not be the now-Israeli Boris Kogan, but I'm not going to worry about it!

Feb-08-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, IM Boris Kogan: "King of the South."
Nov-23-18  vanwely: Enjoyed the videos, Mr. Kalafatas.

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