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Member since Jun-05-04 · Last seen Nov-21-18
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 3278 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Nov-20-18 Karpov vs Korchnoi, 1971
beatgiant: <thejack> After 26. Nf5 exf5 27. Rxd5, Black has <27...Rxc3> but it gives only perpetual check. But shouldn't White be playing for a win in this position?
   Nov-19-18 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2018 (replies)
beatgiant: <thegoodanarchist> <"first among equals", a phrase coined by Botvinnik.> The phrase is ancient, <primus inter pares> in Latin and was used for first speaker of the Roman senate, if I have my history right.
   Nov-16-18 Rubinstein vs Alekhine, 1911 (replies)
beatgiant: <manselton> Thanks a lot! Now I'll have to look at the whole thing all over again ;-)
   Nov-16-18 Louis Stumpers (replies)
beatgiant: OK, I'll continue the story. It's a world championship live broadcast. 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.Ng1 Ng8 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Ng1 Black makes draw claim. Arbiter refuses and warns the players to play a real game or face forfeit. 4...Ng8 5.Nf3 Nf6 6.Ng1 Ng8 7.Nf3 Nf6 8.Ng1 d6 9.Nf3 Bg4
   Nov-15-18 Carlsen - Caruana World Championship Match (2018) (replies)
beatgiant: <Ultra> <Note to all discussing the format of the Chess Championships: You donít get any say about it. Especially here in this thread.> By the same token, we don't get any say about what opening Carlsen will use in the next game, or lots of other topics discussed ...
   Nov-13-18 Anand vs Kasparov, 1995
beatgiant: <iron john> 28. Nxe7 Re8 29. Nd5 Bxd5. Black wins a piece, because the e-pawn is pinned.
   Nov-13-18 Ulf Andersson vs Salov, 1987
beatgiant: <iron john> Why do you think so? 84...Kg7 <85. Ke4> followed by Ke5 and it looks like White can soon force the exchange of rooks, with a win.
   Nov-12-18 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2018 (replies)
beatgiant: <An Englishman> <When visiting France in the 70s, discovered a soft drink called Pschitt.> Japan famously has drinks called "car-pis" and "pocari sweat."
   Nov-11-18 La Bourdonnais vs McDonnell, 1834
beatgiant: <kenilworthian> Back in 2005, I suggested 21..Qxf3 22. Rxf3 <Bf6> (instead of Razuvaev's ...Be7) and did not see a clear win, but now I see I missed <23. Ne4> where the threat of Rfh3 wins material. At least 21...Qxf3 22. Rxf3 Bf6 23. Ne4 Nd5 24. Rfh3 g6 <25. ...
   Nov-10-18 Carlsen vs Caruana, 2018 (replies)
beatgiant: It looks like nearly a dead draw to me, but Black should definitely play it out for a while to take revenge for yesterday's game.
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