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Member since Nov-12-16 · Last seen Nov-25-20
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 2166 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-25-20 Pillsbury vs Marshall, 1901
KEG: Post IV 27... Rc7 27...Kf7 offered the stiffest resistance. But this is all relative. Black is busted. 28. Bxb5+ Pillsbury of course could also have played 28. Ra8+ immediately. 28... Kf7 29. Ra8 [DIAGRAM] The b-pawn now marches to victory. Marshall might have spared himself what ...
   Nov-22-20 Lasker vs Marshall, 1907
KEG: Post VII 63. Kd5 As <sfm> has pointed out, 63. Kb6 forces mate (to be specific, it is mate in 3). He suggests the score may be faulty here. But every record of this game gives Lasker's move as 63. Kd5. This, once again, didn't spoil anything. It only allowed the game to drag on ...
   Nov-14-20 E Delmar vs L C Karpinski, 1901
KEG: Post V 57. Kb6! The natural-looking 57. Kb7? would get crushed by 57...Na3 58. a6 Nb5! (a move 57. Kb6 makes impossible) or 57...f3 58. a6 f2 59. a7 f1(Q) 60. a8(Q) Qf3+ a check that is only possible because the King is on b7 after which Black trades Queens and wins easily. The text ...
   Nov-10-20 Marshall vs C S Howell, 1901
KEG: Post V 55. e6 55. d5 was perhaps better, but it would not change the outcome. 55... b5! The tempting 55...Kb3? would lose after 56. Ra1 Kb2 57. Rd1 a2 58. d5 [DIAGRAM] 56. Ke4? Hopeless, but even after the "better" 56. Kd3 or 56. Ra1 Black should win easily. 56... Ka4 56...Kb3 ...
   Nov-02-20 W Napier vs Pillsbury, 1901
KEG: Post III 24... Ne8 Another strange move by Pillsbury, again trying to lure Napier to trouble. 25. Rg1 Napier called this a "poor move," but it doesn't look all that bad to me. Significantly, Napier didn't say why the move was bad or suggest any alternatives. 25. Bf4 or 25. d5 were ...
   Nov-02-20 N Grigoriev vs Alekhine, 1920
KEG: I see that my diagrams after 22. Rb1 and after 23. Rxb7 are flawed. The Knight on c5 should be a WHITE Knight and the Bishop on d5 should be a BLACK Bishop. My apologies to anyone who was mislead.
   Nov-01-20 J Sherwin vs A Turner, 1957
KEG: <Granny O Doul> You could be right, since the remaining moves would have been the same. That would explain Sherwin's reported howler and Turner's 37...Qd8, though not his other blunders. For better or worse, I have dealt with the score as it has come down to us. If Sherwin can ...
   Oct-31-20 L C Karpinski vs C S Howell, 1901
KEG: Post III In his commentary on this game, Napier had nothing to say about the balance of the game, which featured extremely shoddy play by both sides. I can sympathize. By this stage, I was nearly bored to tears by this game. But it was hre that Howell could and should have won the ...
   Oct-26-20 Marshall vs W Napier, 1901
KEG: Post IV 34. Kf2? Marshall must have been sulking at this point, else he might have played 34. c5 to try to prolong the struggle. In what followed, Napier played quite well enough to win, but didn't seem sufficiently focused to discover the fastest means of finishing the game. 33... ...
   Oct-25-20 E Delmar vs Pillsbury, 1901
KEG: Post VI Delmar chose to play on despite the hopeless of his position: 57. Ke3 The alternatives were no better. If: (A) 57. Kd3 Kd5 58. Kd2 (or 58. Ke3 Nc2+ 59. Kd2 Nd4) c4! [59...Kd4 also wins] 60. bxc4+ Kxc4 61. Ne2 Nb3+ 62. Kd1 Nc5 picking up the White a-pawn and Queening the Black

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