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Member since Jun-05-04 · Last seen Mar-23-18
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 3015 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Mar-22-18 Chessgames Bookie chessforum (replies)
beatgiant: <moronovich> What am I missing? We are offered bets on round 6 Bok-Nabaty and Wojtaszek-Saric. On the chess24 relay, both of these games are showing as already completed, with all the moves and the results published. Of course, I could say nothing more and bet my entire ...
   Mar-22-18 Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1927
beatgiant: <Artemio>,<Howard> A more appropriate place to debate this is a match page like Capablanca - Alekhine World Championship Match (1927) , where indeed such kind of historical judgement issues have been debated ad infinitum.
   Mar-07-18 Louis Stumpers (replies)
beatgiant: <zborris8> <PAWN - In the set-up below, how many ways can the two pawns be advanced to the eighth rank?> Are the pawns allowed to make the initial 2-step move as in the normal rules of chess? <Are there any other examples where such redundancies are commonly used ...
   Mar-03-18 World Championship Candidates (2018) (replies)
beatgiant: <Sally Simpson> <You, me, anybody here could be in Berlin (I think I worked it out once as needing only 18 wins, most of them at blitz.)> If you're talking about national championship to zonal to world cup, note that the national championship is not an open event in ...
   Feb-01-18 Tata Steel (2018) (replies)
beatgiant: <perfidious> <close on two decades> It was 8 years so <close on one decade>, and it was not limited to Ukrainians. As far as I can tell, nobody has posted any evidence yet about different treatment of Ukrainian grandmasters.
   Jan-29-18 R Iglesias vs Capablanca, 1893 (replies)
beatgiant: <Sidhu> Have you read all the previous kibitzing above? The notable point is that Capablanca was a little under 5 years old when this was played.
   Jan-14-18 Shirov vs S Sevian, 2016 (replies)
beatgiant: <al wazir> 23. Bc4+ <Bd5+> returns check for check.
   Jan-10-18 Anand vs A Demchenko, 2017 (replies)
beatgiant: <Ulhumbrus> <29 Qxg5 mate> It's worse than that, Black would also be losing the bishop pair.
   Jan-09-18 Euwe - Alekhine World Championship Rematch (1937) (replies)
beatgiant: Out of curiosity, and at the risk of going slightly off-topic, what exactly were those two Fischer-Euwe games in 1957? An exhibition match?
   Jan-06-18 Anand vs REBEL, 1997 (replies)
beatgiant: <schnarre> <cat and mouse> Are you trying to make a pun about a computer mouse? I'm not sure if that would be PC or un-PC...
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