Yes of his era.
Fischer said something like give him a month or two to get booked up
and he would be a contender.
Maybe, maybe not. We will never know.
But his influence on the game and the publicity he brought to the game
in just 4 active years! should not be underrated.
His games inspired Steinitz (who was known for a while as 'The Austrian Morphy.'
Steinitz took the game up a level.
Tarrasch & Lasker took the game that next step up.
Capablanca raised the bar further.
Nimzovitch, Reti, Tartakower etc. furthered our understainding of the game.
And bit by bit each generation stands on the shoulders of the previous crowd
and added to game till we are here today.
And when they write the final history of chess computers will have the last
Somewhere in the middle of 'Chess the Complete History of this Forgotten Game'
will be a sentence dedicated to greenpawn.
"Despite his valiant attempts to set the game back 150 years, greenpawn, that
most handsome of chess players, failed.