-“How is that you never managed to become Chess World Champion?”.-
-“Because, like my country, I had bad luck” (Paul Keres)
(Curiously enough, the first time I saw this statement was in Spassky´s words. Both were friends, so …)
I hardly remember when I began to admire him. Perhaps everything began when I managed to get a copy from Anthony Saidy´s book “The Battle of Chess Ideas”(around 1980). In this book the author confess he wants to follow Reti´s path and chose ten modern super GMs, wrote a biographical summary and included games and positions. He also wrote about the history of Chess and the Chess ideas/schools. The GMs Saidy´s analized were: Botvinnik, Reshevsky,Keres, Bronstein, Smyslov,Tal, Petrosian, Larsen , Spassky and Fischer. He also regretted having to pass over names like Korchnoi, for instance.
Or , perhaps like Keres, I have never had good luck either…
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