Every month Ron Jones writes an article for the club newsletter called 'Window on the Web'.
This will also now appear on the website for those looking for good chess on the web.
Arguably, the most famous chess players in history are those who became world champion. There are very strong players who never reached that pinnacle, but achieved fame for their ideas and their contribution to chess theory through their games and books. Let’s spare a thought for some of those who could have become world champion, but never did. The website Uncrowned Kings at http://www.uncrowned-kings.co.uk/ names five such players. (Click on the Files link.)
Akiba Rubinstein (1882-1961) won 5 consecutive major tournaments in 1912. At that time Lasker was world champion but Rubinstein, who was thought by some to be stronger than Lasker, never had the opportunity to challenge him for the title.
Well known for his books on chess strategy, Aron Nimzowitsch (1886 -1935) played his best chess in the 1920s, winning several elite tournaments. He beat Alekhine, but was never able to win against Capablanca.
Paul Keres (1916-1975) tied for first place with Alekhine at the 1936 Bad Nauheim tournament and the following year finished ahead of Alekhine at Margate. He finished equal first in the Avro Tournament of 1938. He finished equal third in the 1948 world championship tournament won by Botvinnick, followed by finishing second or equal second in the Candidates’ tournaments of 1953, 1956, 1959 and 1962.
Victor Korchnoi (1931-2016) was USSR champion four times and was a candidate for the world championship cycle ten times. He played matches for the title against Karpov in 1978 and 1981, losing them both.
The strongest ever Danish player Bent Larsen (1935-2010), played in several Candidates’ matches and was at his peak in the 1960s and 70s. He gave his name to Larsen’s Opening (1. b3) and was known for re-invigorating such out of favour openings as the Scandinavian Defence, the Bishop’s Opening and Bird’s Opening.
Databases containing almost 9,000 of these players’ games can be downloaded in CBV format, (familiar to Chessbase users) and apart from the games of Larsen and Korchnoi, in PGN format as well. On the Home page there are links to downloads of more databases containing the games of other masters such as Reti, Staunton and Winter.