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Member since Jun-05-04 · Last seen Oct-01-16
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 2430 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-01-16 Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1927 (replies)
beatgiant: <crwynn> After the suggested 21...Rxc5 22. b4 Nxa3 23. Qb3 Qa4 24. Qxa4 bxa4 25. bxc5 26. Nf4 Bc6 27. Ra1 Nc4 <28. h4>, Black replies <28...e5> and White's Bishop is still trapped. [DIAGRAM] now 29. dxe5 Bxe5 30. h5 Bxf4 31. exf4 Kf6 etc.
   Sep-28-16 Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966
beatgiant: <Aunt Jemima> Title matches in those days were twice as long as today, and how to pace oneself is an important part of the sport. But here's one by Carlsen from the last title match: Carlsen vs Anand, 2014
   Sep-27-16 Chess Olympiad (2016) (replies)
beatgiant: <WorstPlayerEver> <'Lesser Carribeans'> If you want a belittling name, how about <U.S. Minor Outlying Islands>? That includes the likes of Midway, remembered mostly for some little splash fight in 1942. And now, I'll let this thread gradually subside beneath the ...
   Sep-24-16 Kasparov vs M Vachier-Lagrave, 2011
beatgiant: <Graber7> <55. Rxe7> Interesting try, but I don't think quite enough. White has the <g6> breakthrough to create a passed h-pawn and leave Black tied up, and White probably eventually wins both Black's queenside pawns. For example, 55...Rxe7 56. fxe7 Kxe7 57. ...
   Sep-24-16 Fischer vs Reshevsky, 1958 (replies)
beatgiant: <HeMateMe> <If you play chess for a living> If you work as an accountant for a living, as Reshevsky did, evidently not.
   Sep-23-16 Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1927 (replies)
beatgiant: <Phony Benoni> <cheap traps, and almost insulting> Making harmless moves in order to gain time on the clock is standard operating procedure, and I wouldn't be insulted.
   Sep-23-16 Carlsen - Karjakin World Championship (2016) (replies)
beatgiant: <WorstPlayerEver> <So we could 1. e4 c5 here (I've seen no other thread about it).> In case you weren't aware, if you play a few more moves to reach an opening with an ECO label, there are lots of threads such as and Sicilian, ...
   Sep-16-16 Keres vs Portisch, 1967
beatgiant: The song is from the 1931 hit Broadway musical, "Of Thee I Sing." It's about a man running for US President against a backdrop of beauty pageant promotion, dueling trophy wives, and embarrassing litigation. Nothing close to that would ever happen in real life, right? But any ...
   Sep-15-16 Lilienthal vs Kotov, 1942
beatgiant: <fispok> <isn't lost for white> At what point in the game? The final position, of course, is hopeless. While White takes care of the forward f-pawn, Black picks off the queenside pawns. After that, Black remains with the second f-pawn which he escorts to the queening
   Sep-07-16 Alekhine vs Bogoljubov, 1934 (replies)
beatgiant: This ending would have been even more interesting if White's bishop were a knight.
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