Hardinge Simpole

Who Was The Strongest?
Warriors of the Mind II
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By Raymond Keene,Nathan Divinsky and Jeff Sonas, with an Appendix by Harry Joe
ISBN 1843821796
Paperback  Second  396 pages
Published 30 May, 2006
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All chess enthusiasts are fascinated by the question of Who is the strongest of all time? Here two respected chess statisticians and a noted chess grandmaster come together to provide an answer, each one attacking the problem from his own perspective, but each one also coming up with the same unavoidable response!One can argue endlessly about preferences, but when such preferences ( backed up by the informed opinion of readers of The Times, as well as exhaustive results between the Úlite and a close examination of tournament and match charts ) all point in the same direction, then it is difficult to dispute the outcome.In the course of this fascinating and scholarly journey, the reader encounters all the greats of chess, from Staunton via Steinitz to Lasker, Capablanca, Alekhine, Botvinnik, Fischer, Karpov and Kasparov. Each contender is provided with a thumbnail cv and extracts from their most significant encounters.

Ray Keene, OBE, is a Grandmaster who has organised three world championships and writes daily for The Times, London. Professor Nathan Divinsky has held chess and bridge championships in Canada and is a figure of repute in the University of British Columbia, while Jeff Sonas, chess statistician extraordinaire operates the celebrated and highly respected chessmetrics website.

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