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Member since Jun-05-04 · Last seen Jan-22-17
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 2545 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jan-21-17 Carlsen - Karjakin World Championship (2016) (replies)
beatgiant: <YouRang> Regarding (M), a line could be 10 moves deep but include some branching bringing the total number of moves up to 70, such that a player would only need to actually <play 10 perfect moves> within a <perfect 70-move line>. As for (K), presumably ...
   Jan-18-17 Tata Steel (2017) (replies)
beatgiant: <chessalem> <Past world chess champions were mostly communists and atheists.> I doubt that's actually true, but even if it were, what's your point? "Ye shall know them by their fruits."
   Jan-13-17 Sultan Khan vs Capablanca, 1930 (replies)
beatgiant: On 51..Qxf2, <52. Bh5> Qh4 53. Rh2 looks like an immediate win.
   Jan-02-17 Lasker vs Showalter, 1892
beatgiant: <Helios727> 15...cxd4 16. <Bxf6> Bxf6 17. Nxd7. White threatens both 18. Nxb8 winning the exchange, and 18. Nxf6+ breaking up Black's kingside.
   Dec-13-16 A Giri vs W So, 2016
beatgiant: The second post above is the first of a pair of posts, the second of which is the third post above.
   Dec-12-16 Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa (replies)
beatgiant: <posoo> Ramesh. See the post by <BIDMONFA> above.
   Dec-12-16 London Chess Classic (2016) (replies)
beatgiant: <Sally Simpson> From your diagram, what about 31. Nxd5+ exd5 32. Bd1 <Rf2+>?
   Dec-12-16 Viswanathan Anand (replies)
beatgiant: <alexmagnus> Karpov: You're right. I stand corrected. Armenia and Azerbaijan: true that Armenians and Azerbaijanis (Aronian, Rajdabov) are eligible to play in European chess championships. This is probably based on FIDE's geographic zones. By that standard, Anand is ...
   Dec-10-16 Portisch vs Timman, 1989 (replies)
beatgiant: <Olavi> Simply 28. Rd1 g5 <29. g3> and I'm still not seeing much counterplay. Can you spell it out for me?
   Dec-08-16 Korchnoi vs Kasparov, 1982
beatgiant: <Saniyat24> On 29. Qxe4 Qxe4 30. Nxe4 Bxa1 is a big material advantage for Black and probably a won ending.
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