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Best player never to win the World Championship

Posted: Fri May 06, 2016 4:37 pm
by Colin Patterson
I often read in books, online, and in magazines, that the author rates one of the above players to be the best never to have won the World Championship.

Of course there are many different criteria that we might use to make such a judgment; natural giftedness, creative genius, fighting spirit, longevity at the top, periods of tournament domination, most world champion scalps etc. The list is pretty endless.

It would however be good to see and hear what forum users think. You might even want to venture a different candidate altogether - the choice is yours ...

Re: Best player never to win the World Championship

Posted: Fri May 06, 2016 4:54 pm
by Jonathan Bryant
Rubinstein deserves consideration

Re: Best player never to win the World Championship

Posted: Fri May 06, 2016 5:36 pm
by PeterFarr
Bronstein for me as he was so desperately close in 1951. That's a rather biased view as he's my favourite player; Keres and Korchnoi were nearer the top for longer. Then there's Schlechter of course..

Re: Best player never to win the World Championship

Posted: Fri May 06, 2016 6:07 pm
by Matt Mackenzie
Add on Rubinstein in place of Larsen (never *quite* there, IMO) and that would be my shortlist too.

Though some who consider he never won a "legitimate" title may wish to include Topalov?

Re: Best player never to win the World Championship

Posted: Fri May 06, 2016 6:40 pm
by Barry Sandercock
How about Samuel Reshevsky ?

Re: Best player never to win the World Championship

Posted: Fri May 06, 2016 7:38 pm
by James Hooker
Jimmy White

Re: Best player never to win the World Championship

Posted: Fri May 06, 2016 8:13 pm
by Andrew Bak
Who Keres?

Re: Best player never to win the World Championship

Posted: Fri May 06, 2016 8:28 pm
by Ronnie Burton
Paul Morphy. Sadly no World Championship around his time of playing. Would have won it and probably would have kept him playing longer.

Re: Best player never to win the World Championship

Posted: Fri May 06, 2016 8:45 pm
by Paolo Casaschi
According to Elo ratings, it's most likely Fabiano Caruana.

Re: Best player never to win the World Championship

Posted: Fri May 06, 2016 8:47 pm
by JustinHorton
Ronnie Burton wrote:Paul Morphy. Sadly no World Championship around his time of playing. Would have won it and probably would have kept him playing longer.
I was considering nominating Morphy, but if we go down that road don't we also end up saying Philidor and everybody else back to Greco?

Re: Best player never to win the World Championship

Posted: Fri May 06, 2016 8:57 pm
by Ronnie Burton
You have to Paul Morphy in the list ! His play over the board and blindfold games clearly show he was ahead of his time and certainly could hold his own with players from 1860 to 1900 when world championship matches were played. Bobby Fisher rated him one of the greatest player ever to play Chess

Re: Best player never to win the World Championship

Posted: Fri May 06, 2016 9:00 pm
by Carl Hibbard
The choices are too limited.

Re: Best player never to win the World Championship

Posted: Fri May 06, 2016 9:38 pm
by IM Jack Rudd
I'd probably go with Caruana.

Best relative to his era never to have won the title is a different matter.

Re: Best player never to win the World Championship

Posted: Fri May 06, 2016 9:51 pm
by LawrenceCooper
So it's not only at ECF elections when "None of the Above" can win :lol:

Re: Best player never to win the World Championship

Posted: Fri May 06, 2016 10:05 pm
by Matt Mackenzie
No, I *don't* think the list should include Morphy, Philidor and other pre-Steinitz de facto if not de jure champs :)

Reshevsky is a good one, though.....