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Best Chess Players Never to Become World Champion

The history of chess is full of great chess players.

Some of them were lucky enough to actually become World Champions.

However, the list of losers is even longer. And among these losers, certain players stood out head and shoulders above the rest. Certain masters came extremely close to the chess throne, but lack of nerves or/and luck prevented them from making the final step.

This series of posts explores these great players.

Chess eternal seconds.

Best Chess Player Never to Become World Champion.

Best chess players never to become World Champion – part two – Paul Keres

 Friend Paul If it weren't for the greatness of Viktor Korchnoi, examined in the first part of this series, the Estonian Paul Keres would have easily taken the number one spot on the "greatest player never to become World Champion" list. During his career, Paul Keres displayed amazing consistency and longevity. Brilliant tournament victories, multiple SSSR…
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Best chess players never to become World Champion – part one – Viktor Korchnoi

In the history of the chess there were only sixteen undisputed World Champions. The names  of those masters who have managed to win the most valuable chess title are rather well known. Every chess player has heard about Wilhelm Steinitz, Jose Raul Capablanca or that Dutch guy who managed to beat Alexandar Alekhine. [caption id="attachment_1614" align="aligncenter" width="352"]…
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