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beatgiant
Member since Jun-05-04 · Last seen Mar-25-17
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 2589 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-22-17 Curacao Candidates (1962) (replies)
 
beatgiant: Given the discrepancy in the rule for Curacao 1962 Candidates' as written (maximum 3 from same country) versus actual (3 plus the seeded players), doesn't that suggest that in the Yugoslavia 1959 Candidates also, it could have been 4 plus the seeded players? But the rule that ...
 
   Mar-21-17 Bird vs Lasker, 1899 (replies)
 
beatgiant: <KFG> 43. Kf2 Rd4 43. Ke3 Rb4 <45. Bb5> I assume this is a misprint for <45. Bd5> since the bishop can't reach b5 and anyway would get captured there. Here's a diagram: 43. Kf2 Rd4 43. Ke3 Rb4 44. Bd5 [DIAGRAM] Black's strategic threat is to advance the king
 
   Mar-12-17 Alekhine vs Rubinstein, 1921
 
beatgiant: A classic example of the use of the h6 pawn march to weaken the opponent's kingside. Another successful example is Alekhine vs Euwe, 1938 Before this era, the advanced h-pawn might have been perceived as a weakness, as actually occurred in Alekhine vs Nimzowitsch, 1914 This adds a
 
   Mar-08-17 Women's World Championship (2017) (replies)
 
beatgiant: <JimNorCal> I posted the same issue above, and the answer is no, Shvayger, Efroimsky and the rest did not qualify for this event. Would they have been allowed to compete if they did? You guess the answer.
 
   Mar-06-17 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies)
 
beatgiant: <stst> I don't agree with your logic. In the earlier stage, the larger number of possible outcomes creates opportunities for hedging, small speculative bets on heavy underdogs, etc. If the earlier bet were really a much worse risk proposition, bettors would figure that out
 
   Mar-04-17 Kosteniuk vs A Muzychuk, 2017
 
beatgiant: <Grbasowski> <Why not 19. ... Nxa6> On 19...Nxa6 <20. Bb5> how does Black's queen escape?
 
   Mar-03-17 Tan Zhongyi vs A Muzychuk, 2017 (replies)
 
beatgiant: <JimNorCal> <Why not Bf1?> 33. Bf1 Qb2 34. Re1 Qd2 35. Ra1 Nd1 abandons the kingside and posts the rook to a square with no scope. Other than that... seems OK
 
   Feb-20-17 Zsofia Polgar vs A Chernin, 1989 (replies)
 
beatgiant: <Cheapo by the Dozen> 20...Nf6 <21. Qxg7#>
 
   Feb-18-17 Alekhine vs Spielmann, 1927
 
beatgiant: <andrea volponi> Does this change anything? <28 Te3 Txe3-Kxe3 Ke6 -Kf4 f5!> or 28. Re3 Rxe3 29. Kxe3 Ke6 30. Kf4 f5, and now 31. h4 g6 32. Ke3. [DIAGRAM] Does Black have anything better here than 32...Kd7 33. Kd3 Kc8 34. Kc3 Kb7 35. Kb4, etc. with a result similar to ...
 
   Feb-17-17 Tradewise Gibraltar (2017) (replies)
 
beatgiant: <all> There is a page Kenneth S Rogoff where feuding over politics is tolerated.
 
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