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Who was the most underrated player in your opinion?
Personally, I think Nezhmetdinov was the most underrated because he never got to be World Champion and helped Tal beat Botvinnik in one of the World Championship matches.
Nezhmetdinov is often mentioned in this type of threads, but he is fairly well known for a player with his results. He was never top 20 according to Chessmetrics, and his by far best result in a Soviet Championship was 7th.
One rather unknown player nowadays is Erich Eliskases. He won against Capablanca and Keres in Semmering/Baden 1937, won Noordwijk 1938 far ahead of Keres and Euwe and was undefeated in eight consecutive tournaments from then on, and still good enough to beat Fischer in 1960. In the 1930s he played four matches against Spielmann and Bogo, winning all four. He was Alekhine's second in the title match in 1937, and was scheduled to challenge Alekhine in 1941 but by then he had moved to South America. Here he is outplaying Capa in the endgame:
My list of underrated players are:
Paulsen, Chigorin, Euwe, Spassky
Can somebody help me analyze this pawn structure?
by Charetter115 a few minutes ago
KG accepted question
by tmkroll a few minutes ago
7/5/2015 - Lasker - Alekhine, London 1913
by turkhuu_5 8 minutes ago
first to finish gets a trophy
by Shravani_Patil 9 minutes ago
How to exploit a very slight space advantage
by ponz111 15 minutes ago
strength attainable without theory
by Diakonia 18 minutes ago
Why do Sicilian players hate 2.c3?
by Fiveofswords 25 minutes ago
A quick analysis anyone?
by Charetter115 27 minutes ago
an italian repertoire for players under 1200
by SKh94 30 minutes ago
When a coward refuses to resign.......
by Meet_Your_Sensei 31 minutes ago
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