the question recently posted on ChessBase's website about what player had beaten more different world champions than any other... but I was so busy preparing for the Fall Chess Classic I didn't have time to get the latest Chess Gangs title proofed and printed.
In installment #10 of the Chess Gangs of New York and London, in the introduction of Keres Machine Gunner, you would have read it WAS indeed Paul Keres.
This is the same Keres about whom Reshevsky wrote that he was too nice of a guy to be a chess killer. Bzzzzz.... the buzzer goes off. Wrongo. Mr. Keres also had more consecutive Chess Olympic gold medals than anyone else in chess history.
In 19 encounters Reshevsky beat Keres 6 times and lost 4 (and Reshevsky was 2-1 in their mini-match of won games in the 1948 world chess championship). I think it was from Reshevsky's POV that since Keres did not have the edge over Reshevsky and Reshevsky never became world champion, then Keres was not up to the task either. If so, that kind of thinking is always of the fallacious variety.
There was one odd thing though, even though Keres and Petrosian tied for first in the 1963 Piatigorsky Cup event, Reshevsky beat Keres both times! It is true that Reshevsky was an amazing calculator and had great will to win, but Keres knew more about opening theory than almost anyone in those days. So what was the difference?
It would have been interesting to see a match between those two. I don't think the outcome would have been like Fantasy Baseball.
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