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Member since Jun-05-04 · Last seen Apr-28-17
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 2632 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-28-17 Adams vs Harikrishna, 2017
beatgiant: <JimNorCal> The problem is, even if White wins the d-pawn and trades down into the pawn ending, Black has ...h5 and ...h4 to undermine the kingside: 38. f4 Kf7 39. f3 Kf6 40. Kf2 Kf5 41. Ke3 <h5> 42. Rxd3 Rxd3 43. Kxd3 <h4> 44. gxh4 Kxf4 45. Ke2 Kg3 looks like ...
   Apr-27-17 Fischer vs Tal, 1962 (replies)
beatgiant: <Pasker> <63. a3 a teasing move> I think it's simply the best move. Why should White trade a pawn for Black's b-pawn, instead of capturing it for nothing? (Black's only reply is 63...b2 64. Rb7 and the pawn falls)
   Apr-22-17 Caruana vs Aronian, 2017 (replies)
beatgiant: <belgradegambit> <I've dropped a piece in won positions but that was not bad luck> Not bad luck for you, but what was it for your opponents? Good gift-receiving?
   Apr-21-17 Alekhine vs Spielmann, 1927 (replies)
beatgiant: <Retireborn> Like I said, <White always has more temporizing pawn moves on the queenside than Black>. He can use them to create zugzwang after Black runs out of pawn moves, after which Black's king must give way. For example, in the position after your comment ...
   Apr-11-17 Anand vs Kasparov, 1995 (replies)
beatgiant: <ChessHigherCat> At first glance, 17. Nd5 Qxd2 18. Nxe7+ Kh7 19. Bxd2 <Re8> skewers through to the knight on e2 after 20. Nd5? Nxd5 21. exd5 Rxe2. But there are interesting complications after 17. Nd5 Qxd2 18. Nxe7+ Kh7 19. Bxd2 Re8 <20. b3> Rc5 (White's same ...
   Apr-11-17 G Kuzmin vs Groszpeter, 1990 (replies)
beatgiant: <ChessHigherCat> And I confess that I, myself, posted an "improvement" for Black that got him checkmated a lot sooner. I look forward to playing chess with you in the re-education camp, comrade ;-)
   Apr-06-17 S Shankland vs Robson, 2017 (replies)
beatgiant: <Mendrys> 40...Nf6 repeats a prior position, and maybe that confuses the engine. I've seen that kind of engine behavior before. Hey, engine programmers! It's only a draw the third time the position repeats!
   Apr-06-17 Lasker vs Pillsbury, 1899 (replies)
beatgiant: <KEG> [DIAGRAM] <How is this winning for White?> At first glance, White would play 33. b3 to block the Black king's inroad, after which the weak kingside pawns would fall. And 33. b3 <a4?!> does not look quite good enough to me. But in fact, it leads to ...
   Apr-05-17 Blackburne vs Janowski, 1899 (replies)
beatgiant: <KEG> <the crushing retort 32...Qe5> Of course! It's amazing how White falls apart after that, a point which I missed. Thanks.
   Apr-02-17 Benko vs Bronstein, 1964
beatgiant: <Howard>,<Everett> It was discussed in depth on the Curacao Candidates (1962) and the number was changed between 1959 and 1962. 1959: "Maximum 4 from a single country in the candidates" (not clear whether seeded players counted toward the limit) 1962: "Maximum 3 from a
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