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Member since Jun-05-04 · Last seen Oct-04-15
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 2155 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Oct-04-15 Ulf Andersson vs E van den Doel, 1997
beatgiant: <Mateo> White can maneuver one bishop to e7, the other bishop to a4 and then to d7 and to e6, and eventually win the d-pawn and the game. But true, this seems like a strange moment to decide to resign.
   Oct-03-15 Ulf Andersson vs T Nalbandian, 2005
beatgiant: <Mateo> I'm having trouble understanding the winning idea in your line above. For example, if 33. c4 h5 34. a4 c5 35. bxc5, why wouldn't Black play simply <35...c6>, for example 36. a5 a6 37. h4 Kf5 38. Kd4 Kf6 39. Ke4 Ke6, and I don't see how White makes progress.
   Sep-27-15 Lasker vs Steinitz, 1894
beatgiant: <sportember> 32...Kg7 33. Kxe5 Kxh7 34. Kf6, followed by 35. Ke7, 36. d7 and White will soon mop up.
   Sep-22-15 I D Dorfman vs Tseshkovsky, 1978 (replies)
beatgiant: <ColdSnowman> On 41. Rxf6 <Ng4+> 42. Kg1 Nxe3 43. Rd6 Nxg2 44. Kxg2 Kf8 etc. and Black will soon pick up the d-pawn and end up a pawn ahead in the endgame.
   Sep-21-15 DeFirmian vs G Sigurjonsson, 1984
beatgiant: <Abdel Irada> Good point, Black can improve with 32...Qe6 in my line above, but then after 33. Qxe6 Rxe6 34. bxa6, it looks like that ending has some technical difficulties for a Black win, with only two kingside pawns left and the potential "wrong-colored rook pawn" issue
   Sep-18-15 Schlechter vs W John, 1905
beatgiant: <Andratos95> Welcome to the site. On 18...Nd7, White replies 19. Qe7 and wins some material.
   Sep-16-15 L Carranza vs Alekhine, 1926 (replies)
beatgiant: <jgsimmons> It might go 13. Rxc5 0-0 14. Re5 Bd6 15. Re2 Qc7 16. h3 Rfe8. Black has a huge lead in development, but White can probably hold out for a while and it's definitely better than the game line.
   Sep-12-15 Alekhine vs L Asztalos, 1927
beatgiant: <Tempo Gambit> Could you post your line? 42. Bd3+ f5 43. Bxf5+ exf5 and now what? I do not see how Black loses the queen, besides already having an extra rook and bishop.
   Sep-08-15 Korchnoi vs J M Gomez Esteban, 1990 (replies)
beatgiant: <fredthebear> <NOT a perpetual check> 54...Kh7 55. Qe4+ Kg8 55. Qe8+ Kh7 56. Qg6+, and how does Black avoid the perpetual?
   Sep-04-15 Alekhine vs Reshevsky, 1932
beatgiant: <fokers13> <premature resignation> I played it out against an engine and won with the simple plan of pushing the e-pawn, trading it for the b-pawn, and then piling up on the a-pawn. Example: 57...Kg7 58. e6 Re1 59. Rf7+ Kg8 60. Rb7 Rxe6 61. Rxb5 Ra6 62. Rb4 Kg7 63. ...
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