In 1964, for ChessWorld Magazine, Robert James Fischer was asked to name the Top 10 Best Chess Players in the world.
Here is his list (in alphabetical order) of those players:
Alexander Alekhine, José Capablanca, Paul Morphy, Samuel Reshevsky, Boris Spassky, Howard Staunton, Wilhelm Steintz, Mikhail Tal, Siegbert Tarrash, and Mikhail Tchigorin.
Wilhelm Steintz - 1836 – 1900
Fischer said: He always sought completely original lines and didn't mind getting into cramped quarters if he thought that his position was essentially sound.
This World Championship Game includes notes by Robert James Fischer from a television interview: