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Member since Jun-21-11 · Last seen Dec-03-23
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 472 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-10-23 D Roos vs Kasparov, 1976 (replies)
Zugzwangovich: <perfidious> I submitted a correction slip and it was accepted. Resultantly both of the games that had been listed here under Louis' name are now correctly attributed to Daniel. Thanks for helping me improve the database.
   Jul-24-23 B Milic vs Spassky, 1955 (replies)
Zugzwangovich: The World Student Teams event was then open to players 27 and under. Milic was 29 when this game was played; not sure how he managed that.
   Jun-12-23 Tal vs Lutikov, 1964 (replies)
Zugzwangovich: Does anyone out there have a clue as to why this opening is called the "Elephant Gambit"?
   May-01-23 M Mukhin vs Tal, 1972
Zugzwangovich: Not that it really matters now, but other sources give the Ukbekistani player Evgeny as the Mukhin who lost to Tal in this game.
   Feb-11-23 Yoshiharu Habu (replies)
Zugzwangovich: Trying for his 100th career title at age 52, Habu yesterday conjured up a scintillating attack to upend Sota Fujii, the greatest heavyweight going today, and tie their best-of-seven Osho title match at 2-2. Fujii's only 20 but for the last few years has been kicking butts left
   Jan-15-23 Gligoric vs Janosevic, 1962 (replies)
Zugzwangovich: <who: Actually, the queen sacrifice was first introduced by Bronstein. The game isn't on this site.> Actually, it is (Spassky-Bronstein, 1956 Amsterdam Candidates), but the queen is sacked in an analogous rather than the same position (Black had played Na6 and not 0-0).
   Jan-03-23 A Sherzer vs S Rachels, 1992 (replies)
Zugzwangovich: Why not 33. Qxb3 to break the attack?
   Nov-27-22 V Dydyshko vs Kasparov, 1978 (replies)
Zugzwangovich: I asked this once before but got no response so will try again. Can anybody offer me an explanation as to, first, why Kasparov sacked the ox and second, then refused to win it back at least three times (on moves 26, 27, and 33)? Looks to me like this material deficit was ...
   Oct-28-22 V Byvshev vs Tal, 1956
Zugzwangovich: Finally, the dawn! After 44. Kc1 Re1+ 45. Kb2 Nc3 Black has a perpetual starting with Rb1+ but if White had played 43. Ra7 he could now put paid to the perp with 46. Rxa6.
   Sep-20-22 Karpov vs F Olafsson, 1971 (replies)
Zugzwangovich: Why was a draw agreed here? It looks to me like Black must play 20...Bc5+, and then 21. Rxc5 is the only move that saves both the King and Queen. Then after 21...bc I guess a Queen trade will follow because of the hanging e2 Bishop. But now White has two pieces for a Rook, and
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