40 ( +1 | -1 ) re-Paul Keres one of my favorites . an absolutely brilliant player . fantasticly creative . held back from his true greatness by government meddling in his career namely being pressured to do things . lack of self control of his career only thing kept him from playing and beating botvinnnik.His career was great but so was the sad fact that he was restrained from his ultimate victory. yours BBG
37 ( +1 | -1 ) Keres's contstraintsBotvinnik did spare him that time, but why couldn't he just escape from the country.The USSR would mark him as a traitor for that, but during the cold war the US would certainly find some excuse to vindicate Keres. Besides I think it was Stalin's and not Botvinnik's decisision on him not becoming world champion ever so why wouldn't he do that after Stalin died?
66 ( +1 | -1 ) anyPaul Keres and Reuben Fine co- winners of AVRO 1938, it was to decide challenger for match against Alekhine. so upon Alekhine 's death they were technically supposed to play each other for the title , thats my reasoning . nevertheless , chess history took a different path and Keres was a victim of government control of the title and the championship . forget FIDE the russian government and champ botvinnik control things in such a way that challengers to him were virtually hand picked by them . So Keres never got the shot he deserved . actually deserved more than some that did get the shot. yours bluebabygirl .