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What excuse do you have for Capa's failure in 1927?
Same as Alekhine's in 1935. They both liked to party a little too much.
Please one more utterance obout Morphy.
He played before there were chess clocks. He used roughly one hour per game to 8 hours for his opponent. A miracle he scored so well as he must have fought boredom.
His strongest opponent was probably Anderssen. He scored a 4 to 1 win ratio. Compare to Steinitz, who only had an even ratio against Anderssen.
Fischer (and Anderssen in his day) said he was the best player to have played- Fischer said this in 1964 and in 1970.
Not saying he was the best, just one in the mix. As Euwe said of him, we will never know for sure but he has to be considered.
That's likely the answer to the question- we may never know.
Please, quote Fischer accurately. He said Morphy was the greatest chess genius. He did not claim that Morphy was the best player ever. Fischer knew better than just about anyone that genius alone isn't enough to be the best player in the world.
Good point, well made.
Fischer also said "Genius. It's a word. What does it really mean? If I win I'm a genius. If I don't, I'm not."
So, genius=wins games.
And greatest genius= greatest at winning.
But enough- we can't be certain what he meant. Forget it! Vulcan mind meld!
Its too bad Pillsbury died at a fairly young age. His tournament victory at Hastings was one of the biggest shockers in all of chess history. It would have been great if he had had a world championship match but such is life. A Fischer-Karpov match also would had been nice.......I always prefer the topic of who is your favorite rather than who is the "best". There are so many different ways to evaluate world champions that is impossible to come to a clear answer.
Pillsbury definitely had talent. We'll never know how good he could have been. He really did have the good excuse that he partied too much.
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