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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.
Tarrasch is the strongest chess player who ever lived.
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