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beatgiant
Member since Jun-05-04 · Last seen Aug-03-15
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 2139 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Jul-30-15 Kasparov vs Anand, 1998 (replies)
 
beatgiant: <tivrfoa> White has Nd6+.
 
   Jul-28-15 Fischer vs Petrosian, 1962
 
beatgiant: <RookFile> Was anyone actually claiming a clear Black win? I do think Black would keep a noticeable advantage after something like 36. h3 e5 37. Kf2 Nh7 38. Rc2 Ng5, but of course it often took a lot more than that to beat Robert J. Fischer.
 
   Jul-24-15 Louis F Stumpers (replies)
 
beatgiant: Given ab - c = (power of 2) and ac - b = (power of 2), adding the two equations gives ab + ac - (b + c) = power of 2 plus other power of 2 and factorizations are possible. ab + ac - (b + c) = (a - 1)(b + c) and 2^i + 2^j = 2^i[1 + 2^(j-i)] and that could help when proving ...
 
   Jul-23-15 Karpov - Fischer World Championship Match (1975) (replies)
 
beatgiant: <AylerKupp> I'm still not sure what <win by 2> means without a tied match provision. Suppose the match is for first to get 10 wins, and the match reaches 9-9. Does the required number of wins now become 11? and if the match then reaches 10-10 does the required number
 
   Jul-19-15 Kasparov vs Gligoric, 1983 (replies)
 
beatgiant: <tivrfoa> 19...Bxe5 20. dxe5 Qxe5 21. b4 Nc4 22. Rxc4 dxc4 23. Qxd8.
 
   Jul-15-15 Euwe vs C Vlagsma, 1940 (replies)
 
beatgiant: <leow> When Black plays ...g5, White can always reply with f5 and I don't see how either side can break through. 40...g5 41. f5+ Ke5 42. Kh5 Kf6 43. Kg4 Ke5 etc.
 
   Jul-10-15 Reti vs Rubinstein, 1919 (replies)
 
beatgiant: <Fusilli>,<Gypsy> After <60. Bxb2 Qxb2 61. Rf4>, Nalimov tablebase claims it is mate in 34 starting with <61...Qc1>, but if it would be White's move in the diagram it would be a draw with <Rf2>.
 
   Jul-08-15 Botvinnik vs Matulovic, 1970 (replies)
 
beatgiant: <ughaibu> The point of 61. Qa7 is to prevent ...Ne3+, which is a strong reply to the suggested <61. h7>. On 61. Qa7 Nxh6 62. Nb4+ Kb5 63. Qa6+ wins the queen, and on 61. Qa7 Qe4+ 62. Kh3 Qh1+ 63. Kxg4 Qe4+ 64. f4 Black soon runs out of checks. Finally, after 61. Qa7 ...
 
   Jul-02-15 Fischer vs Ivkov, 1966
 
beatgiant: <fredthebear> What happens on 21. f6 Bf8?
 
   Jul-01-15 Rubinstein vs Alekhine, 1911 (replies)
 
beatgiant: <RandomVisitor> Ah, I missed Black's counterplay with <...g5> and that kills the whole line for White. So your computer may be right about no win after 36. Kd3.
 
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