Originally posted by greenpawn34
Here is a slice of something I posted earlier on this matter.
In my opinion, Fishcer would have beaten Karpov in 1975 because
Karpov was not yet Kaprov and Karpov went to pieces in the '78 match
when the pressure and the off board antics flared up.
He allowed 5-2 to become 5-5 within 4 games.
Also right up until 1980 Karpov had a slight weak ...[text shortened]... match would have
seen an even contest."
Edit: Sadly they never played a game.
Something I learned by watching a couple Fischer documentaries (confirm if true?) - Fischer faced Spassky alone with the weight of the world on his shoulders, whereas Spassky was accompanied by an entourage of his teammates to give advice between rounds, coaches and who knows whatelse. It was like a real life, Rocky IV of chess.
Set aside for a moment who would have one. Considering the amount of assistance and support the Russians had, does that bump Fischer up when comparing them as chess players? What place would you rank Fischer as for as chess players of all time?
Where would he rank for:
- Most dominant for their time?
- Best chess players regardless of period?