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Member since Nov-12-16 · Last seen Dec-12-19
Profession: Litigating attorney for more than 40 years.

Chess: Began playing in the early 1950's and have enjoyed playing and studying chess ever since. My biggest chess thrills have been (in no particular order): (a) seeing Bobby Fischer in action live at the US Championship; (b) attending the Kasparov-Karpov 1990 World Championship match; (c) private lessons from Grandmaster Susan Polgar (a great teacher); (d) playing over great games, especially those with excellent annotations; (e) endgames.

Other interests:

(A) Piano: I have been an amateur pianist for nearly 60 years. Perhaps the greatest thrill of my life (next to the day I married my wife and the day my daughter was born) was the time I had a private master class on Schubert's A-Major Piano Sonata from the great Ruth Slenczynska.

B) Ballet:

I have been attending ballet performances for about 65 years, and have been lucky enough to see many of the greatest dancers. My wife and I have sponsored new ballets, including pieces for the wonderful ballerina Teresa Reichlen. I still take ballet classes.

(C) Tennis:

I have been a fan for many decades, and attended the US Open for many years, usually attending every round.

D) Bridge

Until my work schedule became too brutal, I played in tournaments frequently, winning a number of "B" events and occasionally prevailing in short "swiss" matches against some of the all-time greats. (It is much easier to win a short swiss team bridge match against world champions than to defeat a chess grandmaster. My teams have prevailed on occasions against some of the all-time greats, but I have yet to win a chess game on even terms against a player rated 2300 or above).

E) Biblical Studies

I study the Bible nearly every day and have taught various sorts of Bible classes, at one point at least once a week for about 12 years. I seem to have the unique ability to offend people of nearly every religion and belief, probably because of my mania for textual issues (always a good idea to know what was actually written before dashing off to proclaim or denounce it) and vigorous and unrelenting close readings of controversial texts.

F) Mountain and wall climbing

My daughter and I climb (top-rope) walls at the gym once a week, and I am training to attempt a climb of Mount Washington.

G) Misc.

In my younger days, I was a marathon runner and before that a wrestler. I love almost every sort of food (with a few notable exceptions) and have never lost an eating contest. Full Member

   KEG has kibitzed 1643 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-10-19 Gunsberg vs Didier, 1901
KEG: Didier v.Marco--Post III After Didier's weakening 26. f4? Marco had only winning choices. For the most part, from here he tended to chose the simples even if not the fastest route to closing out the game. 26... axb2 26...exf4 or 26...g6 were quicker roads to victory, but the text was ...
   Dec-07-19 Reggio vs J Mason, 1901
KEG: Post V 41. Nh3 Bd7 42. Ng5 Ke8 [DIAGRAM] "In consequence of the inferior opening moves, Black had no means of averting the expected attack." (Tournament Book) The Tournament Book is correct that Mason created problems for himself by his weakening of his King-side beginning with ...
   Dec-04-19 Chigorin vs Winawer, 1901
KEG: <Honza Cervenka> You are of course right that Winawer would still have been dead as a door-nail after 15...Nc6 16. BxN. All Black can do is castle and then submit to 17. dxB QxB 18. e8(Q) RxQ 19. Qxe8+ Nf8 20. Nc3 QxQ 21. RxQ leaving himself down Rook and Knight. My point was only
   Dec-03-19 Janowski vs Blackburne, 1901
KEG: <perfidious>Well put. I included the Tournament Book's comment on 6...d6 to give a flavor of the contemporary commentary on this game. With our knowledge based on over a century of grandmaster play and analysis, the 1901 understanding of the Sicilian Defense does indeed appear ...
   Nov-28-19 Gunsberg vs J Mieses, 1901
KEG: Gunsberg and Mieses were both +1 going into this 5th round game and were--at least at this stage--in position to compete for top prizes. The desultory draw they played here suggested that neither one wanted to chance a loss; instead likely hoping to fatten up against the weaker players ...
   Nov-28-19 Lasker vs Marshall, 1907
KEG: Post VI From this point, a draw was almost inevitable: 37. a4 Rd5 38. f4 He might just as well have played 38. Rxb5+ immediately. 38... Ka5 39. Rxb5+ RxR 40. axR Kxb5 [DIAGRAM] This was the final position according to the score on this site. Indeed, the game could well have ...
   Nov-24-19 Chigorin vs G Marco, 1901
KEG: Post VII 57. Bd3+ Kb4 Either side could have claimed a draw here by Triple Repetition. 58. Be2 Ka3 59. Bd3 Kb4 Once again, a draw by Triple Repetition could have been claimed. 60. Bb1 Kc4 61. Bd3+ Kb4 Yet another chance to claim a draw by triple repetition. 62. Bf1 Ka3 63. ...
   Nov-17-19 Alapin vs Schlechter, 1901
KEG: This game (a replay of the drawn game between these two players in Round 3) was little more than a "Grandmaster draw." Neither player was prepared to take the slightest risk or to make any real effort to win. This draw brought Alapin into a four-way tie (with Janowski, Blackburne, and ...
   Nov-17-19 Denker vs Seidman, 1957
KEG: Post IV 41... Bg5? 41...f4 was Seidman's last chance to play for a win. The game might then have continued 42. b5 Kf6 43. a4 g5 44. a5 Bb8. Even then I question whether Seidman would have won. But the text (41...Bg5?) forced Seidman to waste a tempo (see his next move) and thus lost ...
   Nov-16-19 Pillsbury vs Bird, 1899
KEG: (Stroclonoor>Thank you for this very deep analysis that confirms that Bird could have registered an excellent win here. <Carrots and Pizza>Bird's play did mature from where he was when he played Morphy, but by the time of London 1899 his health was poor. Nonetheless, he was ...

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