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Member since Jun-05-04 · Last seen Feb-08-16
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.

What's the worst opening? 1. h4.

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   beatgiant has kibitzed 2282 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-07-16 Alexander Alekhine
beatgiant: <visayanbraindoctor> <You must surely know that as a chess player grows in experience and study, his level of play improves and reaches a high plateau defined by his natural abilities, motivation, and accumulated knowledge and experience.> But the point is, Fischer in ...
   Feb-04-16 Sam Sloan
beatgiant: <offramp> <"skeletons in the cupboard"> And you think that's a disqualification? (Cue all the kibitzers on the Rogoff page)
   Jan-30-16 Geller vs Fischer, 1962 (replies)
beatgiant: <offramp> In your last line above, why 37...Kh7 instead of 37...f6 38. Rc1 Kf7?
   Jan-30-16 Navara vs Caruana, 2016
beatgiant: <devere>,<aragorn69> After 51...Rg6 52. c6 Rd6 <53. c7>, What do you see for Black?
   Jan-28-16 Wei Yi vs Navara, 2016 (replies)
beatgiant: <keypusher> Thanks. I visualized that as far is move 25 but missed those strong rook check zwischenzugs after that.
   Jan-27-16 T Lichtenhein vs Morphy, 1857
beatgiant: <RandomVisitor> After 34. Na2 b5 35. Kc3, why not reply simply <35...a5>? I don't see a clear way for White to hold the position together after that.
   Jan-25-16 Kramnik vs Deep Fritz, 2002 (replies)
beatgiant: <john barleycorn> Thanks. I did not spend much time on the "obviously losing" 35. Rxa6, but I can see how the horizon effect could have confused an engine 14 years ago. Improvement in the engines since that time is very noticeable. There are very few types of positions ...
   Jan-23-16 E Safarli vs M Antipov, 2016 (replies)
beatgiant: <Mr. V> Resignation may be slightly premature, but to avoid losing a second pawn in the near future, it looks like Black would have to go into a pretty grim pawn-down endgame. For example, 22...Qxe5 23. Rxe5 Re8 24. Bb5 Bd7 25. Rxe8+ Bxe8 26. Bxe8 Nxe8 27. Nb3 Rb5 28. a4 ...
   Jan-18-16 Yifan Hou vs W So, 2016 (replies)
beatgiant: <Penguincw> White can certainly achieve the f4 advance: maneuver her king to b3 and the bishops to e2 and d2, and then finally play f4. But then Black replies ...h6, and I don't see any further progress.
   Jan-16-16 Louis F Stumpers (replies)
beatgiant: <TheFocus> <How come no supervillain has ever tried to kill Spider-Man with insect repellent?> At the risk of exposing my age here, I'll point out that in Avengers 48 (Jan. 1968), the Black Knight defends himself against Ant-Man and the Wasp by spewing an ...
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