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Boris Spassky vs Miroslav Filip
Gothenburg Interzonal (1955), Gothenburg SWE, rd 18, Sep-14
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Leningrad Variation (E30)  ·  1-0
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May-10-06
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  chancho: Nakamura is 18 now and has won some nice games in his career thus far.
May-10-06
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  chancho: Capablanca was playing magnificent chess at a very young age. (He defeated Juan Corzo the champion of Cuba when he was only twelve) Keres also was playing awesome chess at a young age. Here is one of his wins when he was 19.

Keres vs Samisch, 1935

May-11-06
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  offramp: Filip used to introduce himself before games with new people like this:

"I am Filip the tallest Grandmaster in the world! What is your name?"

May-11-06  Open Defence: <tallest GM> how tall was he ?
May-11-06
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  offramp: As I mention of Filip's own page, he was 7ft 8 inches tall, but he often wore cuban heels and a top hat with an aerial on top.

He is no longer the tallest GM in the world because Kramnik is - wait for it! - 8 foot 10!! Unbelievable!

May-11-06  Open Defence: <Kramnik is - wait for it! - 8 foot 10!! Unbelievable!>??? I do not believe it .. 6ft 10 maybe
May-11-06
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  chancho: I wonder how tall is Nakamura ...
May-11-06
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  tamar: Who was the widest GM?
May-11-06
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  chancho: <tamar> I think it was Richard Teichmann.
May-11-06
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  tamar: Really? I didn't know Teichmann was heavy. How about Gufeld?
May-11-06
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  keypusher: Georg Marco would also be a candidate. In his younger years he was jokingly called "the strongest master in the world."
May-11-06
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  keypusher: Nov-24-05 An Englishman: Good Evening: Marco sometimes joked that he was the "world's greatest chess master." Since he weighed about 150 kilograms, he was in that sense correct.

Since he was rather fond of stuffing himself, he makes a great choice for our Thanksgiving Player of the Day.

May-11-06
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  chancho: <Keypusher> true, but Marco was a muscular man.
May-11-06
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  chancho: I just looked at Marco's picture in his page. Damn! he was large.
May-11-06
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  keypusher: <chancho> yes, and 150 kg is about 330 lbs. -- I don't think Gufeld or even Teichmann are in that league.

I guess Kramnik (if he counts) or Smyslov would be the tallest WC, but who would be the heaviest? None of them seem particularly heavy. Steinitz was wide but short. Might be Adolf Anderssen if unofficial world champs count.

May-11-06  square dance: kramnik is 6'4" at most. ive read that he is 6'2" though.
May-11-06
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  offramp: Marco was a colossal man; a true behemoth - a Gulliver among the Lilliputians. A moving Mt Rushmore of a man.
May-11-06
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  chancho: <square dance> Kramnik is probably 6'2". When he was standing next to the Klitschko brothers (6'7") the height difference was very apparent.
May-11-06  Open Defence: Marco looks a lot like Clemenceau
May-13-06
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  offramp: <chancho: <square dance> Kramnik is probably 6'2". When he was standing next to the Klitschko brothers (6'7") the height difference was very apparent.> I remember - they were a LOT shorter than him.

Valuev (the boxer http://images.tsn.ca/images/stories... ) is closer in height to Kramnik.

May-13-06
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  chancho: <offramp> here are some pics of Kramnik with the Klitschko's. The one with Kramnik next to Wladimir, seems to indicate that Kramnik is much taller than 6'2". I guess I got it wrong.

http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail...

Sep-06-10  miguelito: donner was tallest too .
Oct-31-10  Rick360: 18 year old Spassky pummeled Filip into submission. Impressive.
Apr-02-15  A.T PhoneHome: For some reason I really like the move <29.Bxe5>. I guess that's because Filip has to capture with d-pawn which obstructs White's pawn on d5. After <29...dxe5 30.d6> White's light-squared Bishop has that a2-g8 diagonal emptied for him.

<34.Bg8> is to remove that Knight guarding e7. After <34...Rxg8 35.Ne7> White's pawn on d6 is making sure that Filip will lose one of his Rooks.

Worth noting is that if Filip hadn't played <31...Bc6>, Spassky wouldn't have been able to carry out the manoeuvre Ne3-Nf5-Ne7.

Beautiful chess by Boris Spassky!

Nov-12-15  ToTheDeath: Nice methodical attack. Spassky was very careful to block any counterplay before proceeding with the execution.
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