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Paul Keres beated 9 former, actual or future WC. Don't think anybody else accomplished that.
Korchnoi; played for the WC three consecutive times (1981 Merano, 1978 Baguio, and the de facto championship match when Fischer defaulted, 1975 Moscow) all against Karpov. One must include his multiple appearances in candidates matches and tournaments.
Keres; great win in AVRO 1938 tournament, 4 successive 2nd place finishes in candidates tournaments, some in heart-breaking fashion.
Rubinstein; five consecutive first place finishes in major tournaments San Sebastian, Piešťany, Bresleau, Warsaw, Vilnius before WWI prevented him from a scheduled match with Lasker.
A tragic hero is Bronstein, for his epic struggle versus the egocentric Botvinnik and amazing ideas, but his inconsistent results does not match up to the players above.
As much as I admire him and his play, Schlecter does not receive my nod. A difficult man to beat, but one with a modest match record.
Marshall periodically had some flashy tournaments, but was not among the top echelon for match play.
Zukertort was disarmed by Steinitz decisively, similarly as Tal was sadly, by Botvinnik in 1961 WC rematch.
IMHO, either Keres, Bronstein, or Korchnoi. If I have to choose one, my pick would go to Keres.
Keres, then Fine
oh wat wrong thread
After briefly looking through the posts so far, it appears that the top three are (not surprisingly) Bronstein, Keres, and Korchnoi. Keres seems to be very slightly more popular than Korchnoi, with Bronstein being the least popular of the three (!?). A few "honorable mentions" would be Pilsbury, Fine, and Rubinstein. I've seen a few posts mention Carlsen, and while Carlsen is certain a strong player, I don't really think he counts in this thread. He is still young, and probably has a long and glorious career in front of him, and there is, I think you will all agree, every chance that he will one day become a world champion. This thread is mainly targeted at players that are either deceased or very old, and therefore are essentially at the end of their careers.
And how could I forget to mention Tarrasch.
Bent Larsen is undoubetly on the list.
A very good call.
Larsen unfortunately was never the same after the 6-0 drubbing by Fischer (the score did not reflect the closeness of the positions on the board in that match); prior to that Larsen was the sole standout versus the USSR juggernaut for many years when Fischer was less active.
Don't count Ivanchuk out yet!
Here are a few, who I believe are contenders for the spot:
Efim Geller, if I remember correctly had a mind boggling record against world champions.
Yasser Seirawan, I belive had the talent but had too many other interests alongside chess.
Mir Sultan Khan perhaps.
In no particular order of course.
Lokaz, NN is terrible... He's lost every single game he's played, and he's played thousands of them.
(S)he is not that bad
Why Russians are so good at chess.
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What is the lamest game or setup position you can think of.
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what the #$%^was he playing and how did he win?
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