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Member since Jun-05-04 · Last seen Aug-25-16
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 2395 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Aug-22-16 Dus Chotimirsky vs Capablanca, 1925
beatgiant: One more chance for White may be <30. Qc3> instead of the game's <30. Nxb3?>. After that, Black can win back the pawn and trade down to what looks like a drawn ending, but I don't see much more than that. For example, 30. Qc3 Be6 31. Nd2 Bxc4 32. Nxc4 Qxc4 33. Qxb3 ...
   Aug-15-16 McDonnell vs W Fraser, 1831
beatgiant: Oops. Taking a second look at the diagram of the hypothetical line above: [DIAGRAM] A better move order for the breakthrough would be <52...Nxa3> so that if 53. bxa3, only now ...b4 and Black will soon queen a pawn. Or otherwise, White can't prevent ...Nc4 followed by ...
   Aug-10-16 Fischer vs Bronstein, 1958 (replies)
beatgiant: <cunctatorg> Simply 39. Qxh4 Qxh4 40. Rxh4 <Rd8>, followed by...Rd2 looks like it wins back the pawn with a big advantage for Black.
   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-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)
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