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Member since Nov-12-16 · Last seen Nov-26-22
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 3138 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-26-22 Gunsberg vs Pillsbury, 1902
KEG: Pillsbury and Gunsberg had only played once before this tournament; but that first game was monumental. It was the final round at Hastings 1895, and Pillsbury won a brilliant endgame to edge out Tchigorin for first place by half a point. The present game is one of only two in which ...
   Nov-24-22 Schlechter vs Maroczy, 1902
KEG: Post V 32... f3!? A wild coffee-house idea which <wwall> not unreasonable says "looks weak." His recommendation of 32...Kg7 was almost certainly theoretically superior, but after 33. Re4 the end for Black would have been near. 33. e6 Game over: [DIAGRAM] 33... Rxg2+? ...
   Nov-21-22 Teichmann vs Albin, 1902
KEG: Post VI 47... Ke6 48. Bb4 [DIAGRAM] Teichmann's plan was simple and decisive for achieving a draw. The Bishop holds the Queen-side, and if Albin's King tried to harass the White pawns on e3 or g3 the White Bishop would go to e7 and pick up the Black g-pawn if left undefended. To ...
   Nov-17-22 J Mieses vs Marshall, 1902
KEG: Post V 41. Qd6+ 41. c5 is more brutal and faster, but with the move-45 time control not far off, Mieses can't be blamed for seeking simplicity. 41... QxQ 42. BxQ [DIAGRAM] "The Bishop and the passed pawns are now decisive. It only requires ordinary care." (Hoffer) 42... Rxa2 ...
   Nov-12-22 Von Popiel vs J Mason, 1902
KEG: Post III 29. RxR?? "??"--(Tournament Book) von Popiel would have been fine after 29. Kh2. A one move losing blunder. The text leads to immediate mate, the position now--shockingly--being: [DIAGRAM] 29... Qg4+ [DIAGRAM] 0-1 With 30... Qg2 checkmate threatened, White can only ...
   Nov-10-22 G Marco vs Tarrasch, 1902
KEG: Post II 13. Be3 Had Marco been trying to win, 13. Qd4 (followed by 14. Nb6) would seem indicated. But he was playing for a draw and settled for the text (though he did play Qd4 in less favorable circumstances on move 15). 13... Nf6 Meanwhile, Tarrasch went about developing his ...
   Nov-07-22 J Mortimer vs A Reggio, 1902
KEG: Post III 24. Nf3? If Mortimer wanted to play on, he had to play 24. Ng2. What followed now was a massacre. 24... h5! [DIAGRAM] 25. gxh5? A true death-wish of a move: 25... Bxh3 [DIAGRAM] 26. h6+? 26. Kg1 or 26. Neg1 would have been ugly (and hopeless), but Mortimer found ...
   Nov-06-22 Janowski vs Chigorin, 1902
KEG: Post VII 63... Qf8? Pretty much giving up his last winning chance. Paradoxically, the game could likely have been won with 63...Kg7 since 64. g5 would now lose to the surprising 64...Qh5+. But after the text, Janowski finally found the key to saving the game. 64. Qd5+ An essential ...
   Oct-31-22 Botvinnik vs Smyslov, 1948 (replies)
KEG: <plang>Thank you for you helpful (as always!) addition to the discussion of this game on this site.
   Oct-30-22 H Wolf vs Von Scheve, 1902
KEG: Post IV 26... Qb4?? The losing move. von Scheve was already in trouble, but 26...Nb6 and perhaps 26...Na7 might have saved the day. The flaw in von Scheve's reasoning was exposed by the commentary in the Tournament Book: "Overlooking that the pinning of the Rook does not prevent ...
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