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Member since Jun-05-04 · Last seen Sep-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 3144 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-20-18 Marshall vs Pillsbury, 1904 (replies)
beatgiant: "Castling into it"! Instead of 17...0-0, how about 17...Bd7 18. Rf2 0-0-0 19. Raf1 <h5>, with counterplay (20. Nxf7 Nxf7 21. Rxf7 Qg5). I'm not even sure White has the advantage.
   Sep-20-18 T Chapman vs Kasparov, 2001 (replies)
beatgiant: Maybe White's play earlier wasn't perfect, but it looks like White was still in a winning position as late as move 30 or so.
   Sep-20-18 AVRO (1938) (replies)
beatgiant: <newzild> <Well, how to compare tournament strengths across generations, then?> Wikipedia has a nice article on historical chess strength comparisons:
   Sep-18-18 6th Sinquefield Cup (2018) (replies)
beatgiant: <AylerKupp> I'd be interested in hearing about the different variants you are talking about. Pre-chess is nearly unrestricted - the only rule is each player must place the bishops on 2 different colored squares - so it's hard to imagine another variant that yields ...
   Sep-16-18 Fischer vs Smyslov, 1959
beatgiant: <Howard> "Harmonious" is an aesthetic judgement about a series of moves, or an arrangement of pieces, that they fit well together into a larger picture. For some of us, this aesthetic side adds a lot to the enjoyment of chess. But of course, it's hard to pin it down with ...
   Sep-14-18 Botvinnik vs Capablanca, 1938 (replies)
beatgiant: <OhioChessFan> <Some day, Naka is going to beat Carlsen.> You mean, like this? Carlsen vs Nakamura, 2016 Maybe it proves your point - people don't seem to remember that game.
   Sep-14-18 E Safarli vs E Relange, 2018
beatgiant: Shall we call this... the Immortal YouTube Game?
   Sep-13-18 Euwe vs Alekhine, 1935
beatgiant: <DVRazor> Tablebase says there are two drawing moves there, your 56. Rf8 and also 56. Rc8+. But otherwise, you are right. So to summarize, there were three consequential mistakes according to tablebase. 56. Kf3? loses (56. Rf8 or 56. Rc8+ draw). 57...Rh2? draws (57...a3 ...
   Sep-12-18 Howard Staunton (replies)
beatgiant: <kotoo> The original Chinese is 磕頭, and the most common English rendering today is kow-tow. Yes, it means to bow down before.
   Sep-12-18 E Bebchuk vs Bronstein, 1974 (replies)
beatgiant: <Sally Simpson> Great try, but A Kovacevic vs E Bebchuk, 1995 also features a 3-move knight hop (Ne5-c4-e3-xf5) and has the added pun potential with copacetic/Kovacevic. And the moral of the story is, "There is nothing new under the pun." (Cue the "Aesop and Son" closing ...
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