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    Vasily Smyslov

    • Born: Mar 24, 1921
    • Died: Mar 27, 2010 (Aged 89)
    Although Smyslov only held onto the World Championship title for a year he outscored Mikhail Botvinnik over the course of their three matches
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    Mikhail Tal

    • Born: Nov 9, 1936
    • Died: Jun 27, 1992 (Aged 55)
    The 8th World Champion, nicknamed the "Magician from Riga", overwhelmed opponents with dazzling attacking chess
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    Tigran Petrosian

    • Born: Jun 17, 1929
    • Died: Aug 13, 1984 (Aged 55)
    The 9th World Champion, famous for being perhaps the hardest man to beat in world chess
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    Bobby Fischer

    • Born: Mar 9, 1943
    • Died: Jan 17, 2008 (Aged 64)
    • Peak Rating: 2785
    Robert James Fischer was a lone genius who took on and defeated the might of the Soviet chess machine, winning the World Championship in 1972
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    Viktor Korchnoi

    • Born: Mar 23, 1931
    • Died: Jun 6, 2016 (Aged 85)
    • Peak Rating: 2695
    "Viktor the Terrible" is many people’s choice as the "strongest player never to become World Champion"
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    • World No. 1525

    Walter Browne

    • Born: Jan 10, 1949
    • Died: Jun 24, 2015 (Aged 66)
    • Peak Rating: 2590
    • Blitz Rating: 2448
    • Rapid Rating: 2428
    Grandmaster Walter S. Browne was a six-time U.S. Champion and a World Chess Hall of Famer.
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