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Member since Jun-21-11 · Last seen Jun-26-22
I am an expatriate yank who's lived mostly in Japan for the last 40-odd years. Didn't know Jack for squat about chess until Reykjavik '72 made the game a lifelong passion for me, more as a fan than as a player. With a rating of about 1590 I'm a genuine patzer, but I managed to hold Tigran Petrosian to a draw in a simul in 1983. Also love "shogi", the Japanese form of the game, to such an extent that I don't know whether to think of shogi as Japanese chess or of chess as western shogi.

   Zugzwangovich has kibitzed 453 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-20-22 Vaganian vs Tal, 1988
Zugzwangovich: Of this game Walter Browne wrote (in Blitz Chess, Vol. 1 Issue 2) "Most people spectating at the World Chess Festival thought that Vaganian resigned, but Tal in Shakmati Riga informs us that a draw was proposed and accepted! The discrepancy is over Black's 62nd move. The ...
   Jun-20-22 H Kummerow vs Tal, 1991 (replies)
Zugzwangovich: Hmmm...No comments on this exciting tussle yet? Looks to me like Kummerow tried to out-Tal Tal and came damn close to succeeding.
   May-22-22 Tal vs Polugaevsky, 1980
Zugzwangovich: According to my check, this is the one game in Tal's recorded career where he went into the Szen variation with 5. Nb5. In the other 35 games where he encountered the position after Black's 4th he played 5. Nc3.
   May-03-22 Bronstein vs Tal, 1975
Zugzwangovich: The pun for this game should have been "'Tis the Szen".
   Apr-25-22 Shankland vs Karjakin, 2022
Zugzwangovich: Looks like when these guys play each other a draw is against the rules by mutual agreement. Would that we could see more such rivalries!
   Apr-14-22 Tal vs J Miller, 1988 (replies)
Zugzwangovich: Jack Miller annotated this game for the May-June 1988 issue of Rank & File, which was then published bi-monthly by the Southern California Chess Federation. His 'Tal Tales' article begins with the following note: On March 12 and 13, former World Champion Mikhail Tal gave two ...
   Apr-03-22 Tal vs C Jedrzejek, 1966
Zugzwangovich: Looks like this 19-year-old managed to beat Tal twice in one day.
   Mar-31-22 Tal vs Spassky, 1965
Zugzwangovich: <Retireborn> Thank you. That possibility really should have occurred to me since several game scores from this match in the book feature at least one misprint.
   Mar-09-22 Karl Burger
Zugzwangovich: He also played in the 1965 US Championship, but scored only one win, four draws, and six losses, finishing equal 10th out of 12.
   Mar-07-22 Keres vs Spassky, 1967 (replies)
Zugzwangovich: Have you ever seen so many knight checks on the enemy king in one game? I sure haven't.
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