GM Ian Rogers (2006) from Flickr and Closet Grandmaster
"A piece of useful information: two passed pawns on the sixth beat almost everything, up to a royal flush."
-- GM Ian Rogers (source)
GM Ian Rogers was born in Hobart, Tasmania and is (by birth) Australia's second awarded chess Grandmaster (1985) after Walter Browne (GM title 1970; now considered an American). Alburt, Dzindzichashvili and Perelshteyn (Chess Openings for White, Explained: Winning With 1.E4) remind us that it was "Tasmanian GM Ian Rogers", during the 1980s, who helped to popularise the Center Counter as a viable defense for black against 1. e4. Rogers unfortunately announced his retirement from competitive chess in July 2007, due to health reasons.
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