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George Alan Thomas
Jan Hein Donner
Don't forget NN.
Unluckiest chess player ever!
On the plus side, NN was probably involved in more instructive games than any other player in the history of the game.
He's also enjoyed an unusually long playing career
... try asking a member of the general public to tell you the most famous game that [Kasparov] has played. They will probably say this one:
What about this one?
Some famous players had famous losses, too. Emmanuel Lasker lost a brilliant game to Carlos Torre. Alekhine lost a beautiful game to Euwe in the world championship; the game was dubbed "The Pearl of Zandvoort". Capablanca had very few losses, so each one was considered sensational; his loss to Mir Sultan Khan stands out.
It depends on how much chess history you know. Many of the supposedly obscure losers cited here are actually pretty well known to people who like to read about the game
You're probably referring to Polar_Bear's list. He lists a number of players well known for their success, not because of famous losses, including Burn, Fine, Larsen and Ivanchuk.
Napoleon, that obscure guy who lost a game against the Turk:
Isn't that the same guy that lost at Waterloo? Guess he's remembered for TWO famous losses... what a shame!
yup, but he was going well until he played against Russia