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Obviously Fischer was doing a little score settling here too. Botvinnik had always treated Fischer with contempt, as a devoted Stalinist, Botvinnik hated Fischer. So leaving Botvinnik off was pretty deliberate. On the other hand, He and Reshevsky cordially loathed each other (At the Buenos Aires tournament in 1964, Reshevsky told Taimanov, "I would settle for 19th place--if Fischer placed 20th.") but Bobbye certainly showed plenty of respect for Sammy's toughness.
In some sense, this wasnt so much a formal "10 Best" list, and more a list of Fischer's personal preferences. For instance, this interesting comment about Alekhine: "Alekhine has never been a hero of mine. I've never cared for his style of play: there's nothing light or breezy about it."
Hübner once showed that Fischer was right about Alekhine. In his books Alekhine used his analysis instead of the played moves to make his games shine brighter! Hübner could show this because he found differences between Alekhine's games in his books and other sources (like chess papers, tournament bulletins or game notes of Alekhine's opponents)! (By the way Lothar Schmid has one of the largest private chess libraries.)
I need a math genius to explain how many Chess positions there are.
by Brazil_World a few minutes ago
Is this a new opening?
by Ironman111 4 minutes ago
Is there ANYONE who can challenge ZOD?
by I_am_Zod 4 minutes ago
If Hitler had won the war, what would chess be like?
by kaynight 5 minutes ago
by TheGreatOogieBoogie 7 minutes ago
Is 8 hours of chess enough for a 4 year old future world champion?
by yureesystem 7 minutes ago
Could you tell a computer from a human?
by tjepie 8 minutes ago
Ashley's Million-dollar chess tourney - but bring your own clocks
by btickler 9 minutes ago
Bug reporting ticket?
by AmazinglyMellifluous 13 minutes ago
help me find the right material for my son
by eehc 14 minutes ago
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