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Spassky and Geller were very dominant during the 1960's
Geller was never dominant or the strongest player in the world.
yes now where you say it also dont believe he was. but he ofc was universally recognized for his great opening knowledge though.
well and for his wins against fischer but that doesnt mean he was automatically the better player.
but if you think about it botvinniks opening knowledge was also fantastic
Regarding Capablanca and tactics and calculations, these are some intriguing games.
It appears that Capablanca, much like Kramnik, was a master of the small combination. He would find some neat shots to increase his advantage in the game. an example would be http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1007840
Finally, a riveting game against Savielly Tartakower
Initially, I only wanted to add 5 games, but I decided I might as well add some more! :)
Some opening preparation with a pretty finish
Queen sacrifice and superb ending
Some defense then attack
Powerful knights! Beautiful is flawed game
Dangerous activity naturally leads to fireworks
A lovely king hunt
" The ending is now won by force"
The power of centralization
The famous Marshall Attack game
A delightful combination
An entirely correct sacrifice followed by marvelous endgame play
A knight wheel
A few pawn sacrifices pressures White
A few tactical ideas help gain the full point
A king hunt
Another king hunt
Remove the defender, Smother, Back-rank
He just loves hunting kings
Some endgame calculation
Possibly Capablanca's immortal game
Fighting chess and a winning pawn ending
An "only" move
wow sometimes capablanca reminds me a tiny bit of fischer
you know the part when people say, well its not hard to figur out what he wants to do but you cant stop it. awesome games, thanks chessman
There's a Spassky interview where he says Capablanca was a genius in part because he rarely ever made tactical mistakes. Here are some quotes:
" I believe that the real grandmaster of the super class has to follow the logical course from the beginning to the end of a game. It is necessary to work out all the right tactical decisions which justify your ideas. Sometimes I am too lazy to do this properly, and that is a very, very bad attitude for a grandmaster. I do not believe that Capablanca, Alekhine or Lasker had this particular problem."
"Probably there have been two pure geniuses in chess; Morphy and Capablanca. Tal is also a genius as a tactician, but because he makes a lot of unsound sacrifices this is not pure genius; Morphy and Capablanca hardly ever made tactical mistakes. Perhaps Rubinstein was also a genius of positional chess, and his playing style was also very pure; but he was a bad tactician."
(Interesting that the way he distinsguishes between Capablanca and Rubinstein is tactical abilty.)
No wonder Fischer named him one of the best chess players ever! :)
The Backyard Professor.
Easily outclasses any of the people mentioned so far. He is in semi-retirement at the moment, but will resume his quest for the WC shortly. That is, if Carlsen or Anand can find the courage to play him.
You must not him very well.
Paul Morphy, without a doubt, gets my vote.
There are many factors at play here; time period disadvantages, attractiveness of style over practicality, pioneers of theory...but my vote might have to go to Carlsen, who is in many ways an improved version of Fischer. Both have (had) similar styles, but Carlsen is better all around. My "favorite" chess player will always be Mikhail Tal, for his sheer love of the game and combinative brilliance, but Carlsen would likely beat him in a match. If Capa had the advantages of computer study, he could give Carlsen a run for his money, but Carlsen is young yet.
People refer to ratings as if there were only one way to rate players. Different rating scales exist and may be better than FIDE'S.
For example what if draws were not counted in the ratings? Should a high level player be penalized because someone slightly lower rated did not make any mistakes?
Every player has his good and bad sides. So I think there shouldn't really be a best player ever. Every players have got a shameless blunders in one of his games.
The problem with Morphy is that the players he met were way weaker than him.
I remember an interview in a recent tournament, where someone (I don't know who) was talking about the young Kramnik. He was, at this time very interested by Morphy and in these pre-computer/database times, this was not so easy to find games from a player.
So this person provided Kramnik with a copy of a book about Morphy's best games. A few weeks after, Kramnik gave back the book saying:" Morphy's opponents... they were so weak !"
We will probably never be able to assess how strong Morphy really was.
But he was good, that's for sure!
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