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Who do you think were the top 10 attacking players of all time?
yay, cainite is in our group, and how do u do the daily puzzles now? i click then it brings me to chess forums
Petrosian....just kidding.....I don't have much else to add besides Morphy and Tal....are there any stories of a player literally attacking another player at the board? I would vote for them too then.
and then I don't know...
Gary Kasparov, Bobby Fischer, Viswanathan Anand, Alexander Morozevich, Alexei Shirov, Mikhail Tal, David Bronstein, Alexander Alekhine, Paul Morphy and Adolf Anderssen
For a moment I thought you had said Adolf Hitler!
I would add Judit Polgar to this list.
Short once said: "Judit "smells" mate 20 moves in advance!"
Keep in mind, people make the misconception that positional = defensive and tactical = agressive/attacking, which is completely false, and just because you are a positional player doesn't mean you aren't an attacking player! In essence, it's the top 10 at playing White.
That said, my humble opinion of the top 10 attacking players of all time:
2) Karpov (An excellent attacker even though it didn't feature the fireworks of Kasparov's games)
9) Judit Polgar
10) Morozevich/Nakamura (toss up)
Tal doesn't make the list because his play was too unsound and erratic. I don't base grades on results. A player with 5 brilliant wins and a loss to me is better than a player with 6 wins, all of which involved burning bridges, and should have all been lost with correct play by the opponent.
Morphy doesn't make the list because I think he's highly overrated simply because there was no competition around him. It's like the Cleveland Browns taking on the top High School football team in each county in Ohio. The Cleveland Browns are far better than any ordinary player on the street, and better than any highschool team, but they aren't the elite of the professionals out there!
Capablanca doesn't make the list because he played a lot of second best moves just to keep the position simple. Don't believe me? Check out My Great Predecessors I
1.) Ulf Anderson
Andersson, Trifunovic, Leko, Petrosian, Flohr, Steinitz, Staunton, Euwe, Smyslov and of course Velimirovic. I will go to sleep now, if you'll excuse me.
You forgot Averbach
Petrosian, Steinitz and Smyslov were mainly positional player not attacker! (See Fischer's comment to his game with Petrosian titled "Bear Hug": 'I was amazed during the game. Each time Petrosian achieved a good position, he managed to manoeuvre into a better one.'
ThrillerFan: 2) Karpov (An excellent attacker even though it didn't feature the fireworks of Kasparov's games)
Karpov too, is a typical positional player! (Of course Karpov could attack from a very solid position but this are the main characteristics for a positional player!)
Tal on the other hand is an attacker! Timman was an attacker as well.
Petrosian, Steinitz and Smyslov were mainly positional player not attacker! (See Fischer's comment to his game with Petrosian titled "Bear Hug": 'I was amazed durin the game. Each time Petrosian achieved a good position, he managed to manoeuvre into a better one.'
Tal on the other hand is an attacker! Timman was an attacker as well.
Uhm, Positional and Attacking are not opposites, nor mutually exclusive.
You have Positional and Tactical, Attacking and Defensive.
So yes, Karpov was a positional player, but he was also a Top 10 Attacker, contrary to say, Petrosian, who was a Positional Defender.
For Petrosian, safety of his own King came first. For Karpov, it was all about getting at his opponent's King. How he went about his "Attack" was in a "Positional" manner.
So as already stated before, POSITIONAL DOES NOT MEAN THE OPPOSITE OF ATTACKING, and YES, there are POSITIONAL PLAYERS that belong in the TOP TEN ATTACKING PLAYERS LIST!
It's the players where Defense came first that don't belong here, like Korchnoi and Petrosian. Korchnoi was the opposite of Karpov, a tactical defender!
I don't agree to this. For one reason Positional players always need a solid game (as Karpov). While Attacker need to attack even if that means the sacrifice is not quiet sound (typical for Tal)!
So if you look for Attacker look for players like Tal or Judit Polgar.
Compared to Kasparov Karpov will always be a positional player. And for Kortschnoj he will always be a chess worker (as Spassky proved).
No I really don't see your point of arguement. And I will never call Karpov an Attacker!
Fischer was one of the founding members of the Pawnsnatchers Anonymous club. He was far more comfortable accepting a gambit and defending the extra pawn than he was attacking with a slight material deficit.
My own list of the top ten attacking players of all time is:
This isn't a final list, and there are many great attackers who are not on the list.
A list of the greatest American attacking players would include Christiansen, Shirazi, Nakamura, Pillsbury, Marshall, Reshevsky, Dzindzichasvili, and Kamsky. I'm sure I'm missing some.
No, I am not missing Nezhmetdinov from the list of greatest attacking players. He was perhaps the most overly aggressive player to become a master. His victories were spectacular. But a great attacking player knows when his attack isn't going to work and prepares it better. When Nezhmetdinov's attacks didn't work, he'd attack anyway. That's not a sign of greatness, it's a sign of recklessness.
My favourite attacking player is Mickey Adams, not an obvious choice since he is viewed mainly as having perhaps a more "boring" positional style, but when he does choose to attack I just love the way in which he executes it.
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