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Member since Jun-05-04 · Last seen Dec-02-16
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.

Did Kenneth Rogoff write an update to "Eight Centuries of Financial Folly" called "Nine Centuries of Financial Folly"? No.

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   beatgiant has kibitzed 2520 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Dec-01-16 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
beatgiant: <aporia> Maybe 36...Nxc4 <37. Qb4> Qf2 38. Qxc4 Ra2 <39. Qf1> holds?
   Nov-30-16 Sergey Karjakin (replies)
beatgiant: <sac 4 mate> <Are there any others that Iím missing?> Chigorin (1892) came close: missed a win that would have qualified him for the tiebreaker.
   Nov-30-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
beatgiant: <ChessHigherCat> <14. Nd4..Qd1, 15. NxB..QxB, 16. Rd1, winning the pawn on d6?> On 14. Nd5, Black can reply simply <...Nxd5> instead.
   Nov-30-16 Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2016 (replies)
beatgiant: Snopes has ruled that "World Series was named after New York World newspaper" is just a plausible urban legend:
   Nov-29-16 Carlsen - Karjakin World Championship (2016) (replies)
beatgiant: <KnightVBishop> <Magnus is already a top 5 player of all time> It's hard to set a standard criterion that makes sense over all time, which is why this question is hotly debated over and over on this forum. Still, I'd be curious to see your list of <top 5 of all ...
   Nov-28-16 Reshevsky vs H Steiner, 1927
beatgiant: I don't think it's necessary yet to commit to <15. g4>, so I would probably play <15. f5> in that position. If Black then plays ...exf5 16. Rxf5, now White can answer the eventual freeing ...c5 with d5 with a protected passed pawn. Or if Black allows White to play 16. ...
   Nov-25-16 Louis Stumpers (replies)
beatgiant: <Sneaky>, <al wazir> Wikipedia has a decent article on the phenomenon:
   Nov-24-16 Alekhine vs A Asgeirsson, 1931
beatgiant: <Moszkowski012273> <19.Qh4+... is stronger.> As far as I can tell, against any king hunt attempt, Black can usually avoid the quick checkmates by trading his queen for a White rook. With your suggestion, I see something like 19. Qh4+ Kxf7 20. Rd3 Nxe5 21. Qh5+ Kg8 22.
   Nov-23-16 Karjakin vs Carlsen, 2016 (replies)
beatgiant: Isn't it simply the back rank after 27...Bxd4 28. Rxd4 Rxd4 29. Bxd4 Qxb3 30. Qxb3 Rxb3 <31. Ra8+>, or am I missing something?
   Nov-21-16 Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1927 (replies)
beatgiant: <whiteshark> Thanks. To clarify, the dental incident relates to the Capablanca - Alekhine World Championship Match (1927) .
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