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beatgiant
Member since Jun-05-04 · Last seen May-27-16
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 2355 times to chessgames   [more...]
   May-13-16 Fischer vs C Witte, 1957 (replies)
 
beatgiant: <Al2009> O n15. f6 gxf6 16. Nf5 Bxf5 17. exf5 Nd7 18. g6 fxg6 19. fxg6 hxg6 20. Qg4 Kg7 21. Qe6 Nc5 22. Bxc5 dxc5 23. Rad1, why not <23...Qc8>?
 
   May-05-16 Tinsley vs Pillsbury, 1899 (replies)
 
beatgiant: <RookFile> Then we agree that White is probably not quite lost yet after 23. Nxg3, although it looks to me like Black has fair chances to torture White's kingside weaknesses for a while. I take your point about <1. h4> and I have replaced the joke in my profile.
 
   May-05-16 Tal vs Larsen, 1965 (replies)
 
beatgiant: <Johnnysaysthankyou> <Computers are inherently materialistic.> Maybe, but the king is a material piece too. As for your line, 17...g6 18. Rde1 Bd8 19. h4 Nc5 20. Bxc5 dxc5 21. Re5, Black is not forced to play 21...f6, but simply <21...Ra7> seems to cover all ...
 
   May-04-16 P J Winston vs Browne, 1972
 
beatgiant: <Johnnysaysthankyou> It's a book position. Using the "find similar games" link above, I found 35 examples where Black plays 10...Na6, and Black won almost as often as White. So I can't agree that Black is in such desperate straits as to think 10...Bxc3 gives the best ...
 
   May-03-16 Chukaev vs Tal, 1955
 
beatgiant: <Johnnysaysthankyou> 18. c5 d5 19. Nxd5 cxd5. What does White get for the sacrificed piece?
 
   May-03-16 Tal vs Smyslov, 1959
 
beatgiant: <Johnnysaysthankyou> Sorry I left out a couple of the moves, the line is 18...Bf6 19. Ng5 Bxg5+ 20. Qxg5 <f6> <21. Qh5> gxh6 22. Qxh6 Qa1+ 23. Kd2 Qa6. Resulting position is in the diagram above.
 
   Apr-27-16 Topalov vs Kramnik, 2016
 
beatgiant: <SimplicityRichard> Surely White lost on time? After, say, 21. e3 I do not see any great danger worthy of immediate resignation, especially at blitz.
 
   Apr-24-16 Carlsen vs Eljanov, 2016
 
beatgiant: <thegoodanarchist> Doesn't Black have 36...Bg6 instead, losing "only" the exchange?
 
   Apr-24-16 US Chess Championships (2016) (replies)
 
beatgiant: <SirRuthless>,<OhioChessFan> Whatever happened to "pre-chess"? That solves the "game of chance" issue because the opening position is a product of skill. And for computers to become good at the piece placement phase would probably require algorithms a little more ...
 
   Apr-24-16 Marshall vs Lasker, 1907 (replies)
 
beatgiant: <Sally Simpson> Thanks for the analysis. <33. Qa5> Back to the original theme <to restrain the ...a5 advance>? No way would Lasker go for a draw with 33...Rxd6 in your line above. At least he might prepare it with 33...Kg7, waiting for 34. Nd5 and only now ...
 
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