Kramnik = Euwe?
Leonard Barden thinks
History may judge Kramnik as one of the weaker champions.
His claim to a more positive verdict rests largely on his London 2000 triumph over the all-time No1 Garry Kasparov. Since then he has scraped a tied series against Peter Leko, won the error-strewn Toiletgate series against Veselin Topalov, suffered a long form dip through arthritic illness and not won a classical game as Black for two years. In the current match, except for game 10, he was outprepared.
Who are the other so called “weaker champions”? I think Max Euwe is one. He had an upset 15.5-14.5 victory over Alekhine and lost the return match rather tamely 15.5-9.5 and never came close to regaining his title. Who else qualifies as weak?