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beatgiant
Member since Jun-05-04 · Last seen Feb-27-15
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 2084 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Feb-21-15 Karjakin vs Aronian, 2015
 
beatgiant: My guess is the score sheet is wrong and 59...Re4 was played (instead of 59...Rd4).
 
   Feb-20-15 Browne vs Smyslov, 1982 (replies)
 
beatgiant: <Cheapo by the Dozen> My guess is Browne resigned after moving. It looks like a quick win for Black after 32...Ne5+, at least.
 
   Feb-18-15 Tal vs J Klovans, 1954 (replies)
 
beatgiant: <al wazir> A joke, right? He probably played it at least a dozen times per year throughout his career and has some well-known wins such as Tal vs Fischer, 1959 Tal vs Bronstein, 1982 Tal vs Bronstein, 1957
 
   Feb-17-15 Viktor Korchnoi (replies)
 
beatgiant: <Olavi> <It is very unlikely> On a brief search, the only tournament I found in which both appeared is the Leipzig 1960 Olympiad, although they don't seem to have played each other. Korchnoi was board 3 for the USSR and Euwe was board 1 on the Dutch team.
 
   Feb-08-15 Averbakh vs Botvinnik, 1955 (replies)
 
beatgiant: <ughaibu> 22. Qc2 <Qh1+> 23. Kf2 Qxh2+, followed by ...Qxg3+ and ...Qxg5.
 
   Feb-06-15 Louis F Stumpers (replies)
 
beatgiant: <Sneaky> Are you sure the video was not about gamma, another Euler constant? I'm not sure that one has been proven to be irrational yet.
 
   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.
 
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