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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 2339 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Apr-27-16 Topalov vs Kramnik, 2016
beatgiant: <SimplicityRichard> Surely White lost on time? After, say, 21. e3 I do not see any great danger worthy of immediate resignation, especially at blitz.
   Apr-24-16 Carlsen vs Eljanov, 2016
beatgiant: <thegoodanarchist> Doesn't Black have 36...Bg6 instead, losing "only" the exchange?
   Apr-24-16 US Chess Championships (2016) (replies)
beatgiant: <SirRuthless>,<OhioChessFan> Whatever happened to "pre-chess"? That solves the "game of chance" issue because the opening position is a product of skill. And for computers to become good at the piece placement phase would probably require algorithms a little more ...
   Apr-24-16 Marshall vs Lasker, 1907
beatgiant: <Sally Simpson> Thanks for the analysis. <33. Qa5> Back to the original theme <to restrain the ...a5 advance>? No way would Lasker go for a draw with 33...Rxd6 in your line above. At least he might prepare it with 33...Kg7, waiting for 34. Nd5 and only now ...
   Apr-17-16 Spassky vs Petrosian, 1969
beatgiant: Or finally, 41...Kf7 42. Rh6 Ra8 43. c7 <Rc8> was also suggested above, but again 44. Nd4 appears to win.
   Apr-17-16 World Championship Candidates (2016) (replies)
beatgiant: <dynamica> Except in the US, where the second floor by count is called "the second floor" instead of "the first floor".
   Apr-16-16 Prins vs Stahlberg, 1949
beatgiant: <edubueno><big advantage for black> Which position are you talking about? The final position is drawn, because of the awkward situation of Black's rook.
   Apr-15-16 Korchnoi vs Pirc, 1957 (replies)
beatgiant: <jemptymethod> Use the "find similar games" link. The earliest example I found is E Schallopp vs E Varain, 1893 and there are a couple of others before this game. Korchnoi played it once, Kholmov three times. Maybe "the Kholmov variation"?
   Apr-12-16 Sergey Karjakin (replies)
beatgiant: The original premise by <Sally Simpson> is borne out much better if we consider pre-FIDE matches. Lasker (Germany) humiliates Marshall (US) in the 1907 title match, and the US declares war within the decade....
   Apr-06-16 Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1927 (replies)
beatgiant: <maxi>,<offramp> Playing out the line, it might go 21...Rxc5 22. b4 Nxa3 23. Qb3 Qa4 24. Qxa4 bxa4 25. bxc5 g6 26. Nf4 Bc6 27. Ra1 Nc4. Now I don't see anything better than 28. Nxg6+ fxg6 29. Bxg6 [DIAGRAM] I agree with <maxi>, Black has two minor pieces for a ...
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