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Best Chess Players

  • billwall
  • | Jul 27, 2007
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  • | 13 comments

There is some forum discussion on who are the top 50 chess players in the world or who the best player in the world is (or was).  Well, if we look at current Elo (FIDE) ratings, they publish a list of the top players in the world.  If we look at it historically (is Morphy better than Kasparov), there may be no way to know.  Here is a list of lists of the best players in the world.  You can then decide who the top players in the world are.

Current top 50 (July 2007): Anand, Topalov, Kramnik, Ivnchuk, Morozevich, Mamedyarov, Leko, Aronian, Radjabov, Jakovenko, Shirov, Svidler, Gelfand, Grischuk, Adams, Kamsky, Carlsen, Akopian, J Polgar, Ponomariov, Eljanov, Wang, Bacrot, Alekseev, Bu, Nisipeanu, Kasimdzhanov, Short, Almasi, Volokitin, Ni, Dominguez-Peres, Rublevsky, Van Wely, Karjakin, Malakhov, Sasikiran, Milov, Miroshnichenko, Landa, Movsesian, Sargissian, Vallejo Pons, Sokolov, Harikrishna, Georgiev, Inarkiev, Krasenkow, Socko, Volkov

Chessmetrics (Sonas) top 50 list: Kasparov, Lasker, Capablanca, Botvinnik, Fischer, Karpov, Alekhine, Anand, Kramnik, Pillsbury, Ivanchuk, Korchnoi, Steinitz, Smyslov, Tarrasch, Maroczy, Petrosian, Rubinstein, Tal, Reshevsky, Keres, Najdorf, Nimzovich, Spassky, Zukertort, Bronstein, Chigorin, Marshall, Kamsky, Leko, Gelfand, Salov, Bogoljubow, Beliavsky, Shirov, Geller, Timman, Adams, Fine, Janowsky, Polugaevsky, Topalov, Schlechter, Portisch, Stein, Euwe, Flohr, Morozevich, Larsen, Bareev

Roman Krumsieck's top 50 list: Eichborn, Kasparov, Anand, Kramnik, Ivanchuk, Karpov, Topalov, Svidler, Ponomariov, Leko, Shirov, Morozevich, Aronian, Grischuk, Adams, Kamsky, Milov, Bareev, Gelfand, Fischer, Radjabov, J Polgar, Salov, Bacrot, Kasimdzhanov, Mamedyarov, Short, Akopian, Sasikiran, Dreev, Smirin, M Gurevich, Malakhov, Van Wely, Sokolov, Khalifman, Azmaiparashvili, Georgiev, Rublevsky, Korchnoi, Nikolic, McShane, Piket, Yusupov, Beliavsky, Lautier, Nisipeanu, Nakamura, Naiditsch, Timman

Professional Chess Association (PCA) (WCC) top 50 list (2002): Kasparov, Kramnik, Topalov, Ponomariov, Anand, Bareev, Leko, Adams, Ivanchuk, Gelfand, Grischuk, Khalifman, Shirov, Morozevich, Svidler, Azmaiparashvili, Malakhov, Zvjaginsev, J Polgar, Karpov, Bacrot, Dreev, Short, Lautier, Krasenkov, Smirin, Sutovsky, Van Wely, Sakaev, Ye Jiangchuan, Akopian, Sokolov, Nikolic, Vallejo Pons, Vaganian, Lputian, Radjabov, Rublevsky, Tkachiev, Graf-Nenashev, Goldin, Kasimdzhanov, Georgiev, Volkov, Lutz, Almasi, Macieja, Piket, Pigusov, Tiviakov

PCA top 50 list (1994): Kasparov, Karpov, Kamsky, Anand, Ivanchuk, Salov, Piket, Shirov, Kramnik, Gelfand, Yusupov, Lautier, Sokolov, Ehlvest, J Polgar, Timman, Short, Akopian, Vaganian, Korchnoi, Adams, Bareev, Tiviakov, Nikolic, Huebner, Georgiev, Dreev, Topalov, Hodgson, Epishin, Kaidanov, Beliavsky, Gulko, Nunn, Hansen, Speelman, Dolmatov, Dautov, Malaniuk, Azmaiparashvili, Vladimirov, Nenashev, Illescas, Magerramov, Khalifman, Romanishin, Gurevich, Oll, Fischer, Andersson

Edo (Rod Edwards, Bradley-Terry algorithm) historical ratings (1809-1902) top 50 list: Morphy, Steinitz, Em Lasker, Kolisch, Tarrasch, Paulsen, Neumann, Zukertort, vond der Lasa, Pillsbury, Anderssen, Chigorin, Winawer, Suhle, Staunton, Blackburne, Maroczy, Dubois, Bauer, de Vere, Makovetz, Lipshutz, Gunsberg, Weiss, Janowski, Mackenzie, Schlecther, Mason, Harrwitz, Charousek, von Bardeleben, de Labourdonnais, Buckle, Burn, Englisch, Rosenthal, Petrov, B Lasker, Potter, Moehle, Atkins, Goetz, Lipke, Schwarz, Alapin, Bird, Riemann, Hirschfeld, Lange

Wall's top 50 list (my opinion only): Fischer, Kasparov, Anand, Topalov, Kramnik, Karpov, Leko, Ivanchuk, Svidler, Capablanca, Botvinnik, Lasker, Alekhine, Tal, Spaasky, Smyslov, Morphy, Petrosian, Ljubojevic, Adams, Morozevich, Anderssen, Shirov, Kamsky, Ponomariov, Euwe, Steinitz, Bareev, Bacrot, Gelfand, J Polgar, Korchnoi, Blackburne, Timman, Short, Reshevsky, Kasimdzhanov, Bronstein, Keres, Lautier, Yusupov, Fine, Beliavsky, Portisch, Geller, Khalifman, Ehlvest, Boleslavsky, Sokolov, Larsen

Top players by Elo rating (all over 2700, 47 players): Kasparov, Topalov, Kramnik, Anand, Fischer, Karpov, Svidler, Leko, Ivanchuk, Morozevich, Aronian, Mamedyarov, Adams, Shirov, Radjabov, Kamsky, Ponomariov, Bareev, J Polgar, Jakovenko, Gelfand, Grischuk, Bacrot, Navara, Capablanca, Botvinnik, Lasker, Salov, van Wely, Akopian, Short, Beliavsky, Carlsen, Nisipeanu, Kasimdzhanov, Sokolov, Tal, Dreev, Krasenkow, Smirin, Khalifman, Azmaiparashvili, Eljanov, Malakhov Bologan, Sasikiran

Elo's list (1978, 47 players): Capablanca, Botvinnik, Lasker, Tal, Alekhine, Morphy, Smyslov, Petrosian, Reshevsky, Spassky, Bronstein, Keres, Korchnoi, Fine, Geller, Boleslavsky, Euwe, Steinitz, Rubinstein, Najdorf, Pillsbury, Portisch, Timman, Flohr, Gligoric, Kholmov, Kotov, Larsen, Maroczy, Stein, Averbakh, Nimzovich, Andersson, Bogoljubov, Furman, Ljubojevic, Szabo, Tarrasch, Mecking, Polugaevsky, Anderssen, Chigorin, Schlechter, Taimanov, Vidmar, von der Lasa, Zukertort

First Elo list (1969): Fischer, Spassky, Korchnoi, Botvinnik, Petrosian, Larsen, Smyslov, Portisch, Geller, Polugaevaky, Stein, Keres, Tal

First Grandmasters (1950, 27 players): Bernstein, Boleslavsky, Bondarevsky, Botvinnik, Bronstein, Duras, Euwe, Fine, Flohr, Gruenfeld, Keres, Kostic, Kotov, Levenfish, Lilienthal, Matoczy, Mieses, Najdorf, Ragozin, Reshevsky, Rubinstein, Saemisch, Smyslov, Stahlberg, Szabo, Tartakower, Vidmar

Official World Champion list: Lasker, Kasparov, Karpov, Botvinnik, Alekhine, Steinitz, Kramnik, Petrosian, Capablanca, Spassky, Fischer, Euwe, Smyslov, Tal, Anand, Ponomariov, Khalifman, Kasimdzhanov, Topalov

Unoffical World Champion list: Anderssen, Morphy, Staunton

World Championship Challengers: Zukertort, Chigorin, Ginsburg, Marshall, Tarrasch, Janowski, Schlechter, Bogoljubov, Bronstein, Korchnoi, Timman, Kamsky, Akopian, Bareev, Grischuk, Adams, Svidler, Ivanchuk

Computer analysis, players with fewest errors (Guid and Bratko): Capablanca, Kramnik, Karpov, Kasparov, Spassky, Petrosian, Lasker, Fischer, Alekhine, Smyslov, Tal, Botvinnik, Euwe, Steinitz

Irving Chernev's list: Capablanca, Alekhine, Lasker, Fischer, Botvinnik, Petrosian, Tal, Smyslov, Spassky, Bronstein, Rubinstein, Nimzovich

Fischer's list: Fischer, Morphy, Staunton, Steinitz, Tarrasch, Chigorin, Alekhine, Capablanca, Spassky, Tal, Reshevsky

Keene and Divinksy's list (Warriors of the Mind): Kasparov, Karpov, Fischer, Botvinnik, Capablanca, Lasker, Korchnoi, Spassky, Smyslov, Petrosian

Top commercial chess computers (all over Elo 2600) : Rybka, Fritz, Shredder, Hiarcs, Zap, Junior, Chess Tiger, Chessmaster9000, Gandalf, Rebel, Ruffan, Loop, Toga

CSS top chess computers: Rybka 2.3, Loop 10.32, Shredder 10, Hiracs 11, Fritz 10, Toga II, Fruit 2.2.1, Zap!Chess Zanzibar, Spike 1.2 Turin, Junior 10, Ktulu 8, SmarThink 1.00, Chess Tiger 2007, Glaurung 1.2.1, Naum 2.0, Scorpio 1.8, Gandalf 6.0, The King 3.33, SlowChess Blitz WV2.1, Pro Deo 1.2, Ruffian 2.1.0, Delfi 5.1, Aristarch 4.50

CEGT top chess computers: Rybka, Zap!Chess Zanzibar, Deep Fritz 10, Deep Shredder, Num, Hiarcs 11, List, Loop, Deep Junior 10, Spike 1.2 Turin, Fruit, Fritz 10, Toga II, Hiarcs 10, Fritz 9, Glauring, Ktulu, chess Tiger 2007

Comments


  • 6 years ago

    dwavechess

    Hello! I did the same as with Rybka 2.3.2a at 14 ply forwards(posted in this site), but this time using 3 minutes per move with Rybka 3. Resuts are more logic, but Kasparov is still just at 8th place and Capablanca in 26th place. 6 of the top 10 still active players, 1 active player of the bottom 10. Most ahead of their time, Morphy, Fischer and Lasker. Promising new star: Karjakin. The top 8 have been World Chess Champions (Svidler of chess 960, 2nd at WCC 2005 ), the 9th Morphy is consider an unofficial chess champion, the 10th Leko is still an active player (World Chess 960 Champion, 2nd in WCC 2004, won Linares, Corus, Dortmund). More than 1000 moves consider except for Greco, Philidor , Eichborn. Players were selected considering results obteined in previous analysis of concur with Rybka 2.3.2a at 14 ply, and adding most famous players. Fischer, Topalov, Tal , Karjakin , Kasparov, Botvinnik, Petrosian and Leko most significative advances compare with previous study. Matulovic, Uhlmann and Ivkov are still a surprise, did they were that good?, or is a problem with this very simple method, or both? You can compare results with what Deka , Bratko & Guid , Charles Sullivan and others. Similar results for Fischer at Top with Deka (nimh) and Charles Sullivan, with Kramnik at Top with Bratko & Guid .

    1. Fischer 65,86
    2. Kramnik 65,85
    3. Svidler 64.98
    4. Topalov 64.77
    5. Karjakin 64.47
    6. Tal 64,45
    7. Anand 64,11
    8. Kasparov 63,94
    9. Morphy 63.75
    10. Leko 63.50
    11. Shirov 63.09
    12. Ivanchuk 63.09
    13. Lasker 62,92
    14. Euwe 62.75
    15. Beliavsky 62.65
    16. Khalifman 62,64
    17. Matulovic 62.42
    18. Uhlmann 62.33
    19. Pillsbury 61.95
    20. Karpov 61,83
    21. Alekhine 61,77
    22. Ponomariov 61.62
    23. Aronian 61.11
    24. Botvinnik 60,91
    25. Smyslov 60,85
    26. Capablanca 60,84
    27. Ivkov 60.58
    28. Kasimdzhanov 60.53
    29. Spassky 60.20
    30. Geller 59.75
    31. Petrosian 59.71
    32. Rubinstein 59.33
    33. Kolisch 58.69
    34. Steinitz 58.4
    35. Korchnoi 57.44
    36. Eichborn 56.27
    37. Stein 56.04
    38. Zukertort 55.44
    39. Anderssen 55.34
    40. Greco 54.10
    41. LaBourdonnais 53.73
    42. Staunton 50.35
    43. Philidor 46.20

  • 6 years ago

    figrock

    Yes..! Everyone has their list; but lets keep in mind that the great grandmasters paved the way with awesomeness for the modern day grandmasters that analyzes all their games with annotation and tried lines up till now. Why do you think Rybka 3 is so dominant? Every chess game ever recorded inside a microchip. Tomorrow's grandmaster will have more photographic memory power than skill through calculated moves and nerves of steel. Anyway, bravo to all the grand chessmasters making chess what it is... The best damn game ever invented!

  • 7 years ago

    dwavechess

    Hello! Obsesed with rankings, statistics, chess, wandering who was the greatest chess player ever, or perhaps the strongest chess player ever, Inspired by the work of bratko &guid, I made a simple statistics of % best moves matches of rybka 2.3.2 at 14 ply forwards of many of the most famous players, world champions, I selected the games that were regarded as greatests, bests, most perfect, of chess, and of any of the players selected, also games when their were in their peak, the work is still in progress, but Almost finished for the champions.I pick all the moves, even blunders, even the first move of the opening.But all perhaps i found is the most rybka-like player ever, perhaps most computerlike.
    The numbers:kramnik 58,55% +1500 P. 41 G. 58,55% of "best moves played" according to engine, more than 1500 Positions evaluated,from 41 Games
    Khalifman 57,00% +1400 P. 37 G.
    Morphy 56,24% +1800 P. 56 G.
    Kolisch 55,69% +1000 P. 30 G.
    Von der Lasa 55,24% +600 P. 20 G.
    Gunsberg 55,05 % +1000 P. 26 G.
    Anand 54,87% +1900 P. 46 G.
    Tal 54,66% +2600 P. 68 G.
    Dubois 54,59 % +800 P. 29 G.
    Capablanca 54,55% +2900 P. 66 G.
    Rubinstein 54,54% +1400 P. 34 G.
    Pillsbury 54,52 % +1300 P. 34 G.
    Ponomariov 54,37% +1800 P. 40 G.
    Karpov 54,30% +3000 P. 63 G.
    Kasparov 54,21% +3100 P. 69 G.
    Lasker 54,02% +3600 P. 91 G.
    Fischer 54,00% +2900 P. 72 G.
    Smyslov 53,91% +1700 P. 42 G.
    Buckle 53,89% +900 P. 23 G.
    Kasimdzhanov 53,52% +1400 P. 40 G.
    Paulsen 53,46% +1500 P. 39 G.
    Petrov 53.41% +600 P. 15 G.
    Kieseritzky 53,39 % +1100 P. 29 G.
    Spassky 53,33% +1200 P. 33 G.
    Alekhine 53,09% +3000 P. 68 G.
    Euwe 52,85% +1600 P. 45 G.
    Harrwitz 52,08 % +1000 P. 25 G.
    Topalov 52,00% +1400 P. 30 G.
    Neumann 51,69 % +1000 P. 30 G.
    Steinitz 51,65% +1500P. 52 G.
    Janowski 51,5 % +1300 P. 33 G.
    Winawer 51,44 % +1300 P. 32 G.
    Botvinnik 51.10% +2600 P. 60 G.
    Greco 51,03% +600 P. 37 G.
    Maroczy 50,98 % +1100 P. 35 G.
    Zukertort 50,82 % +1100 P. 28 G.
    Marshall 50,21 % +1100 P. 31 G.
    Petrosian 50,05% +2000 P. 51 G.
    Tarrasch 49,65% +1400 P. 38 G.
    Suhle 49,63% +600 P. 21 G.
    Chigorin 49,61 % +2100 P. 55 G.
    Anderssen 49,31% +1800 P. 54 G.
    Blackburne 48,45% +1600 P. 41 G.
    Lowenthal 48,44 % +1200 P. 29 G.
    Mason 48,34 % +1600 P. 34 G.
    La Bourdonnais 48,19% +1300 P. 31 G.
    Cochrane 48,00% +700 P. 28 G.
    Staunton 47,98% +2400 P. 61 G.
    McDonnell 47,79% +1300 P. 32 G.
    Saint Amant 47,40% +1500 P. 34 G.
    Philidor 44,41% +900 P. 26 G.
    with few positions analyzed:Lucena 59 %Damiao (Damiano) 64%Ruy Lopez 49%Boi 46%Cutri 30%Salvio n.a. Legall (legal) 71%Deschapelles 54%Stamma 56%Allgaier 56%Polerio 46%Eichborn 58% Schlechter 51% Horwitz 49% Flohr 54% Fine 55% Kashdan 50% Reti 50% Nimzowitsch 46 % Tartakower 52 % Charousek 49% Mackenzie 47% Spielman 47% Teichmann 49 %
    What do You think of this numbers, can you tell something, some conclusion, thanks


  • 7 years ago

    shands

    kasparov, karpov, capablanca, alekhine, botvinnik, steinitz
  • 7 years ago

    Akuni

    For me it's Fischer, Kasparov, Capablanca, Karpov, Alekhine, Rubinstein, Korchnoi and the greatest (if not soundest) attacker ever, the player who out-Taled Tal, Nehzmetdinov!

  • 7 years ago

    piemonkeydude

    Capablanca, Alekhine,Kasparov,Fischer,Chigorin,Lasker,Morphy in my opinion, but nice lists.
  • 8 years ago

    Smartattack

    Topalov..no doubts!
  • 8 years ago

    pakuu

     

    Dear,

    Capablanca, Alekhine  are the genious player,Nmzowicth, Boby Fischer,Botvinik

    are the great player.But there are no words with me to express Garry kasparov .

    thank you

    regards 

  • 8 years ago

    vernon

    i like Fischer but Capablanca is best to me
  • 8 years ago

    travis1010

    Good lists, Bill!

     

    Yeah I like Fischer's list too, starting with himself. 

  • 8 years ago

    jay

    hahahaha, this is my favorite:

     

    Fischer's list: Fischer, Morphy, Staunton, Steinitz, Tarrasch, Chigorin, Alekhine, Capablanca, Spassky, Tal, Reshevsky

  • 8 years ago

    Orentas

    Nimzovich is very good player
  • 8 years ago

    cappy

    fischer is the best
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