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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 2009 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-16-14 Louis F Stumpers (replies)
beatgiant: <Tiggler> Does it have something to do with eclipses?
   Apr-12-14 Karpov vs Kasparov, 1984
beatgiant: <Olavi> <h-pawn and wrong coloured bishop> If Black plays absolutely passively, White might eventually reach a position like the following: [DIAGRAM] White threatens 1. Bxf7+, and some traps exist, such as 1...Be7+ 2. Kd5 f6 3. Ke6 fxe5 4. h6 Bf8 5. Bb5+ Kd8 6. g5, ...
   Mar-09-14 Alekhine vs Euwe, 1937 (replies)
beatgiant: <offramp> Cannot White push the h-pawn before Black gets <g4> in? 30...Re6 31. Rxe6+ Rxe6 <32. h4>
   Mar-05-14 Lasker-Capablanca World Championship Match (1921)
beatgiant: <RedShield> OK, it was not the <exact> same reason - in fact Capablanca had it easier than Rubinstein did.
   Mar-05-14 Carlsen vs Aarland, 2002 (replies)
beatgiant: White must have been winning for a long time, right? Where did he finally throw away the win? For example 33. Rxd6 Rxd6 34. Bxe5 Rd2 35. Bg3, followed by pushing the queenside pawns, looks like a pretty foolproof way to win.
   Mar-05-14 Benko vs Fischer, 1960 (replies)
beatgiant: <bharat123> Black defends with 23. Nf4 <Qf6> to answer either 24. Nxe6 or 24. Nh5 with <24...Qxh6>, or 24. Bxg7 Qxf4. White would still win only the exchange, as far as I can see.
   Mar-02-14 Kenneth Rogoff (replies)
beatgiant: <Shams> <Or maybe the other way around?> It's clear from the locations of the map areas that "mostly" is a larger value than "predominantly" in this context, and not the other way around.
   Feb-08-14 Kasparov vs G Miralles, 1988
beatgiant: <MelvinDoucet> Probably 26...Nb4 is a misprint for <26...Nd4> in this scoresheet.
   Feb-01-14 J C Halpern vs Pillsbury, 1893
beatgiant: <wwall> Position at the end of your line: [DIAGRAM] After 68. Qxf6+ Qd4, looks to me like White soon runs out of checks and his queenside pawns are toast. But with <Phony Benoni>'s improvement, we would have: 55.f4 Kf5 56.Kf3 b5 57.a3 <b4> 58.a4 f6 59.g4+ ...
   Jan-18-14 Seirawan vs Kasparov, 1989 (replies)
beatgiant: <Doniez> 43...Bd4 44. Nxd3 Bxf2+ 45. Nxf2 and White wins a piece.
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