Ian Rogers (chess player)
Rogers at Dortmund 2010
|Full name||Ian Rogers|
24 June 1960 |
|FIDE rating||not active|
|Peak rating||2618 (January 1999)|
Rogers was the first Australian to become a chess grandmaster, after US resident Walter Browne, a title he achieved in 1985 after becoming an International Master in 1980. He was Australia's highest rated player for over twenty years, and represented Australia at fourteen chess olympiads (twelve of them on first board).
Rogers won more than a hundred tournaments including fifteen round-robin grandmaster tournaments. He won the Australian Chess Championship four times - in 1980, 1986, 1998, and 2006. Among his career highlights are three consecutive victories from 1988 to 1990 in the grandmaster tournament in Groningen (outright by a clear point in 1988 and 1989, and jointly in 1990).
Before turning professional, Rogers completed a BSc (Meteorology) from the University of Melbourne. He is married to Cathy Rogers, herself an International Arbiter, Woman FIDE Master, and a lawyer. Throughout his competitive career and more so since his retirement from competitive chess (in July 2007), Rogers has reported on many tournaments for various media outlets, with photographic assistance from Cathy Rogers. He was a panelist for BBC television during their 1993 World Championship coverage and covered numerous major Championships for news agency Reuters. Rogers has also worked as a public commentator at high level tournaments around the world.
Rogers' peak international ranking was 50th in the world in 1999, and he was the highest ranked Australian player from 1984 until his retirement in 2007. His best single performance was at Groningen, 1989 where he scored 6.5/9, a point ahead of Viswanathan Anand.
- Ian Rogers (1981). Australian Chess - Into the Eighties. Sun Books. ISBN 0-72510-384-1.
- Ian Rogers; Cathy Rogers (Photographer) (1996). Australia at the Yerevan Chess Olympiad. Australian Chess Enterprises.
- Ian Rogers vs Viktor Korchnoi, Biel-A, CBM 01 1986, French Defense: Winawer, Retreat Variation General (C18), 1-0
- Ian Rogers vs Robert Huebner, Wellington, CBM 07 1988, Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation, English Attack (B90), 1-0
- Ian Rogers vs Alexey Shirov, Groningen 1990, Sicilian Defense: Boleslavsky Variation (B59), 1-0
- Kiril D Georgiev vs Ian Rogers, Switzerland 1993, Benko Gambit: Accepted, Modern Variation (A57), 0-1
- Ian Rogers vs Peter Acs, Wijk aan Zee 2003, English Opening: King's English, Two Knights' Variation Smyslov System (A22), 1-0
- Ian Rogers vs Roland Berzinsh, 4NCL 2006-07 2007, Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical, Berlin Variation (E38), 1-0
- Ian Rogers FIDE Rating History from www.olimpbase.org
- Browne achieved the title earlier while representing Australia, but he is considered by some to be American.
- OlimpBase Men's Chess Olympiads Ian Rogers
- Relatives of Chessplayers
- GM Ian Rogers retires a winner, chessexpress blog by Shaun Press, 8-Jul-2007
- For this couple, chess is a game for life, Hindustan Times, 17 November 2013
- Ian Rogers rating card at FIDE
- Ian Rogers player profile and games at Chessgames.com
- Ian Rogers at 365Chess.com