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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.

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 2387 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-26-16 Dus Chotimirsky vs Capablanca, 1925
beatgiant: <visayanbraindoctor> What's your opinion of Dus-Chotimirsky's strength compared to today's players? (He was probably in the top 50 at the time this was played.)
   Jul-24-16 Nakamura vs Wei Yi, 2016 (replies)
beatgiant: <HeMateMe> After something like 35...Kg8 36. g4 f6 37. g5 fxg5 38. fxg5 hxg5 39. Qxg5 Rf6, Black's fortress still looks solid. [DIAGRAM]
   Jul-18-16 M Vachier-Lagrave vs Ponomariov, 2016 (replies)
beatgiant: <AylerKupp> As far as I understand, <Pure mate> means that each <square is covered> only once, but not necessarily that each <piece is covering> only one square. Under that definition, this is indeed an example of a pure mate. Is there a problemist in the
   Jul-16-16 Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2016 (replies)
beatgiant: <ICCM Bart Gibbons> Bxg5 right away: 16. Bc1 g5 17. Bxg5 Qxg5 18. Bxh3 Nh5. White is stuck with a bad bishop and weak dark squares for a pawn. Bxh3 first: 16. Bc1 g5 17. Bxh3 Qxh3 18. Bxg5 Nxg4 19. fxg4 <Bxa1> so if White's queen retakes, he no longer has <Qg3 ...
   Jul-12-16 Napoleon Bonaparte vs General Bertrand, 1820
beatgiant: Napoleon would never have played like this. 2. Nf3? <When you set out to take Vienna, take Vienna> indicates <2. Nc3> (a Vienna game).
   Jul-11-16 McDonnell vs W Fraser, 1831
beatgiant: Continuing back through this ending, the next earlier turning point is move 53. [DIAGRAM] Compared to our previous diagram above, White's king is one square farther away from the queenside. This makes all the difference. Here, the old "allow underpromotion and then trade off the ...
   Jul-09-16 Stockfish (Computer) (replies)
beatgiant: <SChesshevsky> To simplify the discussion, let's suppose the computer algorithm looks 5 moves ahead, i.e. 5 black moves and 5 white moves. (The truth is more complicated, but basically there are limits on how far ahead it looks.) Then on Black's turn on move 26, it will ...
   Jul-09-16 Ding Liren vs Lu Shanglei, 2015 (replies)
beatgiant: <diagonalley> If Black guards the bishop with a rook, 21. Rxb7 Rxb7 22. Bxc6 also forks or skewers Black's rooks, so White comes out a full piece up. Am I wrong?
   Jul-05-16 Karpov - Korchnoi World Championship Match (1978) (replies)
beatgiant: The "Jolly Roger" incident is mentioned here: Korchnoi - Polugaevsky Candidates Semifinal (1977)
   Jul-03-16 Louis Stumpers (replies)
beatgiant: The gambling game in question is the well-known "St. Petersburg Paradox." Wikipedia has a good article on it.
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