Sally Simpson: The Chernev article of the Nov/Dec 1933 Chess Review.
‘The perfect game is Réti-Kostiæ, Teplitz, 1922.
The most important game. Pillsbury-Tarrasch, Hastings, 1895.
The most exhaustive – and exhausting – annotator is Tartakower.
The laziest. Lasker and Teichmann.
The most interesting matches were Alekhine-Bogoljubow, 1929, Tarrasch-Schlechter, 1911, and Capablanca-Euwe, 1931.
The most interesting combinative game was Alekhine-Cohn, Stockholm, 1912.
The coolest player under fire is Kashdan.
The perfect annotators are Alekhine, Marco and Grünfeld.
The game most interestingly annotated is Bernstein-Nimzowitsch, St Petersburg, 1914, by Marco in the Wiener Schachzeitung.
The most brilliant move was move no. 36 R-Q5, in the game between Alekhine and Tartakower, Vienna, 1922.
Perhaps the most overrated player was Morphy.
The most underrated player was Teichmann.
The greatest “natural” player was Zukertort.’
As Phoney Benoni says this is 1933 so don't start weeping because Fischer, Tal, Karpov, Kasparov and Carlsen are not given a mention.
I think I can disagree with every one of Chernev's 1933 choices and everyone will disagree with mine.
Morphy must come out top at the greatest 'natural' player, I'd have John Cochrane or David Janowski as the most underrated players.
The most overrated....don't have a clue....if pushed.....Henry Bird.
The most important game. was not Pillsbury-Tarrasch, Hastings, 1895.
It was the first game played with the 'new' pieces in the Spanish Court
around about 1500. Just a little tweaking was required regarding pawn promotion and that was it. Perfection.