The Best Player Never to Become World Champion?

  • #521

    Samuel Reshevsky,another Great American player of the past along with Fischer,Morphy,Fine and probably Marshall.

  • #522

    From Wikipedia:

    During his long chess career, Reshevsky played eleven of the first twelve World Champions, from Emanuel Lasker to Anatoly Karpov, the only player to do so (he met Garry Kasparov but never played him). He defeated seven World Champions: Lasker, José Raúl Capablanca, Alexander Alekhine, Max Euwe, Mikhail Botvinnik, Vasily Smyslov, and Bobby Fischer.

     

    Frigging unbelievable!

  • #523
    Diakonia wrote:

    My personal choice:  Sammy Reshevsky.  If the man could have just avoided time trouble.  

    Did you know that Reshevshy was a tremendous blitz (rapid-transit) player?

  • #524

    Paul Keres

  • #525
    There are more than one: Rubinstein, Keres, Bronstein, Korchnoi
  • #526

    Paul Keres and of course, Akiba Rubinstein.

  • #527
    batgirl wrote:
    Diakonia wrote:

    My personal choice:  Sammy Reshevsky.  If the man could have just avoided time trouble.  

    Did you know that Reshevshy was a tremendous blitz (rapid-transit) player?

    That i did not know.

  • #528
    Diakonia wrote:
    batgirl wrote:
    Diakonia wrote:

    My personal choice:  Sammy Reshevsky.  If the man could have just avoided time trouble.  

    Did you know that Reshevshy was a tremendous blitz (rapid-transit) player?

    That i did not know.

    For example, this is July, 1942 showing where Reshevsky came in 2nd by just one game behind the best speed player of the 40s, Reuben Fine:


  • #529

    me...

  • #530

    herbanmusic wrote:

    I have two names- Paul Keres and David Bronstein at the time of his match with Botvinik... Maybe Reuben Fine would have had a real chance as well, at the time of Alekhine's death at the hands of USSR's secret police in Estoril, Portugal ! 

    And another player a lot of times underated was Pilsbury...Lord knows where he could have got had he not died...

    herbanmusic wrote: I have two names- Paul Keres and David Bronstein at the time of his match with Botvinik... Maybe Reuben Fine would have had a real chance as well, at the time of Alekhine's death at the hands of USSR's secret police in Estoril, Portugal ! And another player a lot of times underated was Pilsbury...Lord knows where he could have got had he not died...

  • #531

    Pillsbury was destined to be WC but was a victim of his own lusts if the stories are accurate...syphillis is what ive read

  • #532

    Korchnoi

  • #533

    Keres and Bronstein both seem to have been victims of their own government

  • #534

    Has Carl Schlechter been mentioned? Drawing a WC match with Lasker was impressive.

  • #535

    In regards to Paul Morphy, i've always considered him to BE a world champion

  • #536

    Official or not, he was head and shoulders above any other player at the time and he defeated all the other candidates for best in the world. Staunton clearly ducked him, so thats a non issue.

  • #537

    Why don't you make 1 post with paragraphs instead of 4 posts?

  • #538

    Wasnt aware i was in English class, does it really matter? I post thoughts as they come to me. Frankly i think youre nitpicking.

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