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|May-02-15|| ||TheFocus: <The majority of people imagine a chess master as being a townsman who passes his life in an atmosphere of smoke and play in cafés and clubs; a neurasthenic individual, whose nerves and brains are continually working at tension: a one-sided person who has given up his whole soul to chess> - Reti, Richard.|
|May-03-15|| ||TheFocus: <Chess is a fighting game which is purely intellectual and includes chance> - Richard Reti.|
|May-12-15|| ||TheFocus: <The essential disadvantage of the isolated pawn ... lies not in the pawn itself, but in the square in front of the pawn> - Richard Reti.|
|May-17-15|| ||TheFocus: <It is a delight to watch a young and gifted chess player. To him have come no sinister experiences; to him continual carping care is foreign. Therefore he loves the attack and the bold sacrifice; for theirin lies the shortest way to his ultimate objective> - Richard Reti.|
|May-19-15|| ||TheFocus: <Reti is the only grandmaster whose moves are often completely unexpected to me> - Alexander Alekhine.|
|May-19-15|| ||TheFocus: <Reti studies mathematics although he is not a dry mathematician; represents Vienna without being Viennese; was born in old Hungary yet he does not know Hungarian; speaks uncommonly rapidly only in order to act all the more maturely and deliberately; and will yet become the best chessplayer without, however, becoming world champion> - Savielly Tartakower.|
|May-26-15|| ||TheFocus: <It is a mistake to think that a combination is solely a question of talent, and that it cannot be acquired> - Richard Reti. |
Thanks, Richard. There may be hope for me yet.
|May-28-15|| ||offramp: He is today's player of the day. He obviously had a huge analytical brain. |
It makes me think of students of the Torah or high mathematicians. No one outside of a small tiny circle will know that they even spoke a word.
|May-28-15|| ||TheFocus: <It is the aim of the modern school, not to treat every position according to one general law, but according to the principle inherent in the position> - Richard Reti.|
|Jun-01-15|| ||TheFocus: <Chess is the triumph of the intellect and genius over lack of imagination; the triumph of personality over materialism> - Richard Reti.|
|Jun-01-15|| ||TheFocus: <Chess is particularly the game of the unappreciated, who seek in play that success which life has denied them> - Richard Reti.|
|Sep-30-15|| ||Sastre: White to play and win:
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|Sep-30-15|| ||thegoodanarchist: <offramp: He is today's player of the day. He obviously had a huge analytical brain. >|
|Nov-04-15|| ||Christoforus Polacco: The best chessplayers in history who didn't become a World Champions : Chigorin, Reti, Nimzowitsch, Rubinstein, Tarrasch, Tartakower, Bronstein, Keres.|
|Nov-04-15|| ||keypusher: <Christoforus Polacco: The best chessplayers in history who didn't become a World Champions : Chigorin, Reti, Nimzowitsch, Rubinstein, Tarrasch, Tartakower, Bronstein, Keres.>|
Korchnoi is better than everyone on that list, with the possible exception of Keres and Rubinstein. Tartakower and Reti, though well known because of their writing, were never serious contenders for the title. It's a stretch to say Nimzowitsch was IMO.
|Nov-04-15|| ||Christoforus Polacco: Yeah ! - Korchnoi is OK at that list :) Tragedy of Richard , Akiba and Aron is that they even didn't take a part in match for World Champion. Each of them deserved much more than Janowski (especially at 1910) or Marshall ... Champions were the best at his times - but pretendents were sometimes too weak .|
|Nov-04-15|| ||starry2013: Sneaky:<the a1-h8 diagonal is no longer than the h1-h8 file...>|
The relevant diagonal (which is bent) in the player description puzzle seems to be h8-e5, then e5 to h2. That's 7 squares, one square less than the a1-h8 diagonal. And (as you know) if the pawn gets to h1 it doesn't matter as the other pawn can queen then too.
|Apr-10-16|| ||Everett: Korchnoi <is better than everyone on that list, with the possible exception of Keres and Rubinstein>, yet Korchnoi credits Bronstein with making him a much better player. The latter had the plus score. Further, Bronstein was the superior player Keres H2H from 1946-55. Keres and Korchnoi of course had greater longevity at the top.|
I would put all three together.
|May-28-16|| ||thegoodanarchist: It is sad that Reti died a week after turning 40. Maybe his weak constitution made him more susceptible to the disease than others.|
Before modern medicine, the mortality rate was about 20%
|Nov-01-16|| ||kevin86: How appropriate that this battle of titans should end in a draw!|
|May-28-17|| ||RookFile: I'm going to bring up an unpopular player, namely, Bogoljubov, to show how inappropriate it is to say Nimzo was the stongest never to be champ. Bogoljubov put 16 wins up on the board against Alekhine in his prime, had a match victory against Nimzo, and for a period of 5 years was winning a lot of top events, including the super strong Moscow 1925.|
Other players were tougher than Bogo - for example, remember Chigorin, who lost to Steinitz in one of his matches by the narrowest of margins. Also, Reshevsky, who had a mini-match win over Botvinnik, Pillsbury, who was more than competitive against Lasker, and the other players mentioned above. Meanwhile, Nimzo doesn't even show up on the radar screen against such players, especially in match play. Nimzo was a genius at marketing books, and good for him, but in terms of chess strength was was about as a strong as Milan Vidmar.
|May-28-17|| ||I Like Fish: |
I am getting reti...
for the worst...
|May-28-17|| ||Retireborn: My body is Reti.|
|May-28-17|| ||Nosnibor: <Rookfile> I agree with most of your comments concerning Bogoljubov.What also should be noted is that he beat Reti by 15 games to seven with 4 draws|
|May-28-17|| ||JimNorCal: Yes, Rookfile's comments are on target.|
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