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An American amateur.

Following are positions on many hot-button issues of the site.

Greatest player of all the 18th century? Philidor.

Who would have won a hypothetical Staunton-Steinitz matchup? Steinitz.

Was there an unwritten "win by two" clause in the Lasker-Janowski (1910) match? No.

Did Alekhine deliberately throw the 1935 title match, so as to get a rematch and thus be paid twice for playing Euwe? Hmmm....

Did Stalin order Flohr not to try hard to beat Botvinnik? No.

Who would have won a never-played Fischer-Gligoric match? Fischer.

What's the worst opening? 1. h4.

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   beatgiant has kibitzed 2060 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-20-14 Portisch vs Keres, 1972
beatgiant: <Bartacus> How about 12...Bxf2+ 13. Rxf2 fxg5 <14. Nxg5> and the tactics work out for White.
   Dec-18-14 Alatortsev vs Furman, 1948
beatgiant: <drunknite> So 81. Be2 Bxa4 82. Kd5 is the suggestion? That does seem a little tricky, but instead of that, 81. Be2 <Bf3> looks like it mops up. <going from memory> You saw an analysis of this somewhere?
   Dec-18-14 Petrosian vs Smyslov, 1969
beatgiant: Unless you're Smyslov. Three other examples of unambitious opening play by Petrosian (white): Petrosian vs Smyslov, 1949 Petrosian vs Smyslov, 1959 Petrosian vs Smyslov, 1961
   Dec-16-14 Nimzowitsch vs Leonhardt, 1911
beatgiant: <drunknite> <66. Kf4 and takes the pawn next move> 66. Kf4 Bxb4 attacks the bishop. After it moves, 67...Kd3.
   Dec-16-14 Capablanca vs Dake, 1931
beatgiant: <drunknite> I wasn't able to find the draw after 55...Kf3 56. Ke5 Ke3 <56. Bb1> [DIAGRAM] White wins the g-pawn and is ready to give up the bishop for the b-pawn, winning with the remaining pawns. For example then 56...b4 57. Kf5 b3 58. Kxg5 b2 59. e7 Kd2 60. Kf6 ...
   Dec-15-14 E Eliskases vs Capablanca, 1937 (replies)
beatgiant: <drunknite> Why don't you use an online tablebase server then? Anyway, from your diagram above, 1. a6 c4 2. a7 c3 3. Bh1 Ba4+ 4. Kf7 Bc6 5. Bxc6 c2 6. a8=Q c1=Q 7. Qa2+ followed by a successful king hunt.
   Dec-07-14 Chigorin vs Max Weiss, 1889 (replies)
beatgiant: <Knight13> You meant ...Ne6 on the 38th and not 39th move, right? At first glance, 38...Ne6 39. Qd2 Nc4 looks wrong because then <40. Qd3> threatens mate in 2 while also hitting c4, winning a pawn. What am I missing?
   Dec-05-14 Nimzowitsch vs Salwe, 1907
beatgiant: <Poulsen> <I don't see any prospects for the rook on the queen side> White could aim for a breakthrough like <33. c4 Nf8 34. b5 axb5 35. cxb5 cxb5 36. Ra8>.
   Nov-29-14 Schiffers vs Chigorin, 1880
beatgiant: <Chessical> If true that 44. hxg5 draws, then Black's 43...Kb4 should be improved by <43...gxh4> 44. gxh4 and only then 44...Kb4, which looks like a win.
   Nov-28-14 Zukertort vs Steinitz, 1883 (replies)
beatgiant: <Knight13> <15. Nxd6 Rd8 16. Rad1> Have you considered <16. Nxb7>, for example 15. Nxd6 Rd8 16. Nxb7 h6 17. Nxd8 hxg5 18. Qxg5 and White gets a rook and three pawns for a bishop and a knight. What did you see?
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