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Member since Jun-05-04 · Last seen Feb-01-15
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 2074 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-01-15 Alburt vs Smyslov, 1987 (replies)
beatgiant: If Black gets careless, it may reach an ending where the only pawns left are two extra rook's pawns. Such endings are often drawn.
   Jan-27-15 Reshevsky vs Najdorf, 1953 (replies)
beatgiant: <offramp> After 44. Kc4 Kd6 45. b6 Kc6 <46. b7>, Black can either take a lost pawn ending with 46...Kxb7 47. Nxc5+ due to White's advanced king, or he can drop the pawn with 46...Kc7 47. Nxc5 Nf6 48. Kb5 which also looks like an easy win for White.
   Jan-19-15 M Lange vs Spielmann, 1904 (replies)
beatgiant: <Gallario9512> <White could have stopped the pawns> Could you post your suggestion?
   Jan-16-15 Grigory Levenfish
beatgiant: <Petrosianic> <how can you hope to be taken seriously> Probably by having supported the revolution before it succeeded.
   Jan-10-15 Korchnoi vs S Kagan, 1978 (replies)
beatgiant: I'm not seeing the knockout punch in the final position.
   Jan-05-15 Mohishunder vs Cochrane, 1859 (replies)
beatgiant: I've looked at 62. Rf6 in more depth now, and I think White wins. The threat is 63. Rf5 Rxf5 64. gxf5 Kxf5 <65. g4+>. I see nothing better than 62. Rf6 Ra2+ 63. Rf2 Ra8 64. Rf5 Rg8. Now White aims to bring his king across: 65. Kf2 Rg7 66. Ke2 Kd4 67. Kd2 Rg8 68. Kc2 Kc4 69. ...
   Jan-04-15 Vidmar vs W Winter, 1930
beatgiant: I agree with <Happypuppet>. The best I found was 17...Qa4 18. Bb5 Qg4 19. h3 Qf5 20. Nh4 Bxh4 21. Bxh4, and White has the advantage but no quick win in sight.
   Jan-03-15 Gufeld vs Spassky, 1960 (replies)
beatgiant: <Conrad93> <Alekhine Defense>,<French Defense> Well Alekhine was a naturalized French citizen, and so.... Seriously, this website has some simple automated rules for assigning the openings. It's a common complaint that it can make mistakes when there's a ...
   Dec-28-14 Korchnoi vs Spassky, 1977
beatgiant: <Eat My Pawn> <49.Nh6> I'm not seeing the win. Black parks his king around h6, blocking White's passer. If the White king tries to approach Black's pawns, we might get a position like the following: [DIAGRAM] And Black can now undermine the h-pawn with 1...f5, which
   Dec-25-14 Mieses vs Alekhine, 1914
beatgiant: <talwnbe4> It doesn't look fine to me after 32. Re6 Ng7 33. Re7 h4, threatening ...Nh5, ...Ng3 with a mating net. How does White avoid losing more material?
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