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Member since Jun-05-04 · Last seen Jun-16-18
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 3085 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jun-16-18 Taimanov vs Psakhis, 1981 (replies)
beatgiant: <al wazir> On 26. Ng5, doesn't Black have <26...Ng3+> followed by 27...Qe2#?
   Jun-10-18 Averbakh vs Kotov, 1953
beatgiant: <VincitQuiSeVincit> I think it's a little too late with 44. Ng3 Nf6+ 45. Kxg5 <Rg8+> 46. Kf5 Ne8 47. Nh5 Rgg6. [DIAGRAM] And then 48. Rh1 <Rxh5+> 49. Rxh5 Ng7#
   Jun-09-18 M Vachier-Lagrave vs Anand, 2018 (replies)
beatgiant: <Ulhumbrus> <Instead of 14...Nf4, 14...Nxc1 gains the bishop pair but at a high price: the knight moves a fifth time to exchange itself for a bishop not moved at all, making a loss of no less than five tempi for development. This suggests that Black will lose the game ...
   Jun-08-18 Capablanca vs M Karff, 1941 (replies)
beatgiant: And Kosteniuk has wins against Karpov (standard) and Kramnik, Anand and Carlsen (blitz). I'm not going to post any more examples.
   Jun-08-18 Louis Stumpers (replies)
beatgiant: <al wazir> C'mon, the article was published in _Science_, which probably has reviewers at least as good as we are. It's apparent you haven't read the actual article. It's paywalled, but you should be able to get it through your academic institution. <a few bees try ...
   Jun-07-18 AVRO (1938) (replies)
beatgiant: <ChessHigherCat> <What makes you believe it was voluntary? Did the Germans not require it?> This was German-occupied Europe during WWII, one of the most brutal totalitarian regimes known to history. So, I think it's a pretty natural question. But sure, by definition ...
   Jun-06-18 Anand vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
beatgiant: <OrangeTulip> Korchnoi tried a Petrov against Karpov in the 1981 title match.
   Jun-04-18 Spassky vs Fischer, 1972
beatgiant: <AylerKupp> He said <this game>. 29...Bxh2 was the other game.
   Jun-03-18 Lasker vs Capablanca, 1935 (replies)
beatgiant: <morfishine> I misstated the turns above (in the first two it's <Black's turn> and in the last one it's <White's turn>, but it's still true that the third one doesn't match.
   Jun-02-18 Karjakin vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2018 (replies)
beatgiant: <Ulhumbrus> Black does not have time for <32...Kh8?> because of 33. Rxg7 Kxg7 34. Qg5+ Kh8 35. Qf6+ Kg8 36. Ng4 with an unstoppable attack.
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