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beatgiant
Member since Jun-05-04 · Last seen Oct-01-14
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 2038 times to chessgames   [more...]
   Sep-22-14 Viswanathan Anand (replies)
 
beatgiant: <visayanbraindoctor> <In that match, Capablanca lost the only two Rook and pawn endgames that he ever lost in his entire career.> He had this loss against Aurbach at least, A Aurbach vs Capablanca, 1913 although probably not a tournament game.
 
   Sep-21-14 Korchnoi vs Mednis, 1956 (replies)
 
beatgiant: <Jamboree> How about 23...bxc4 24. Ng6+ hxg6 27. hxg6+ Bh4 <28. Bd6> Qf6 29. Bxf8. White has a rook for two minor pieces, and Black's bishop on h4 is still in a precarious position.
 
   Sep-19-14 Caruana vs Mamedyarov, 2014
 
beatgiant: Was anything wrong with <49. Kf4>? At first glance, the pawn ending after 49. Kf4 Nxd7 50. Bxd7 looks like a win.
 
   Sep-15-14 Louis F Stumpers (replies)
 
beatgiant: <al wazir> <Is it possible for glurks to be igs?> Yes.
 
   Sep-12-14 Petrosian vs Larsen, 1972 (replies)
 
beatgiant: Following up my previous comment, it's still a draw after 52...Ne5 53. Ke3 Nxg6 54. Bxg6 Kxg6 55. Kf4 Kf6 56. Kg4 Ke5, and both sides capture a pawn and get new queens. If so, it seems drawn since 46. g5. Was that a mistake?
 
   Sep-01-14 Schlechter vs Bird, 1895 (replies)
 
beatgiant: C'est la vie.
 
   Aug-23-14 M Ridge vs E Spencer, 2012 (replies)
 
beatgiant: Why not <18. Nxd6>?
 
   Aug-16-14 Shirov vs D Reinderman, 1999 (replies)
 
beatgiant: I was studying 22. Qh4 h6 23. g4 Re8 24. g5 Bf8 26. gxh6 gxh6 27. Rg2+ Kh8 28. f5 which looks like an easy win. That's not all forced, but I don't see anything much better for Black either. What am I missing?
 
   Aug-16-14 Nimzowitsch vs Rubinstein, 1926
 
beatgiant: <Ulhumbrus> On 17...exf5, why not <18. exd5>, then 18...Bxd5 19. Rxe7 wins. So 17...exf5 18. exd5 g6 19. c4 with a much better pawn structure for White.
 
   Aug-15-14 Rubinstein vs Capablanca, 1914 (replies)
 
beatgiant: <tamar> You weren't convinced by my now 10-year-old suggestion of <20. Qb3>? I'm no Capablanca, but I would have a hard time holding that position as Black.
 
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