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World's first black Grandmaster immigrated to New York from Jamaica when young.
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Paul Keres was an Estonian chess player. He played competitively in the 1970's and wrote articles for an American magazine. He was born in 1916 and died in 1975, never once being world champion but competing with people such as Tal and Petrosian.
Many times during chess history there has been dissent about who the "real" World Champion is. Yet there is often general agreement about who the strongest player is. This is an inclusive listing of players considered the best in the world during their era, as well as all those who have won widely recognized "World Championship" events.
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