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Member since Jun-21-11 · Last seen Mar-31-20
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 386 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-07-19 N Padevsky vs Larsen, 1968 (replies)
Zugzwangovich: Nice informative note there, <Retireborn>. Thank you.
   Apr-12-19 J Sherwin vs Fischer, 1958 (replies)
Zugzwangovich: What happens if Fischer snatches the bishop on move 39?
   Mar-14-19 Fischer vs P Lapiken, 1956 (replies)
Zugzwangovich: In "The Chess of Bobby Fischer," author Robert Burger states that after 14...Rb8 "Black threatens bc with a discovery on the Queen." Really? Isn't the b8 rook en prise?
   Dec-24-18 D B Gurevich vs D Schneider, 2006
Zugzwangovich: A stalemate trap at the end that Gurevich didn't fall for.
   Nov-04-18 D B Gurevich vs Browne, 1994
Zugzwangovich: Thanks much, <Gregor>. It took you a while to notice that but I didn't notice it at all. Seems so clear now that you point it out!
   Oct-30-18 Gulko vs D B Gurevich, 1992
Zugzwangovich: Was Gulko's last move a sort of "spite promotion before resigning"?
   Aug-23-18 K G Shirazi vs A Akhsharumova, 1988
Zugzwangovich: <rbelous> Got it. Thanks for pointing this out.
   Jul-20-18 D B Gurevich vs de Firmian, 1986 (replies)
Zugzwangovich: <Gregor> Many thanks for the input, fellow patzer! BTW, I'm really enjoying your game collections.
   Jul-05-18 Tal vs S Kagan, 1990
Zugzwangovich: <Retireborn> You're right. The Kagan who played Kasparov was an Australian FIDE master named Naum Kagan. Thanks for pointing this out.
   Jun-26-18 N Ioseliani vs E Groberman, 2001
Zugzwangovich: The moves given here after White's 45th are nonsensical. They were actually 45...Rxe7 46.Nxe7 Kxe7, draw agreed. I have submitted a correction slip. Source: Chess Life, April 2002 issue.
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